Book reviews, musings and waffle from a British lit addict

A for-once-on-time ‘Mailbox Monday’

Meme currently being hosted at She reads and reads – WARNING: this can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and insurmountable wishlists!

I always intend to participate in this meme because I love it (and all such similar posts) when done by other bloggers’. It doesn’t help me stop buying books or racking up a monster of a wishlist on LibraryThing but I like finding out about what other people are buying and enjoying etc.

Its simple, and you all know how this goes: here’s a run down of books I received this week…

From the Waterstone’s website:

No and Me by Delphine De Vigan – a story about a 13 year old super-intelligent girl who befriends a homeless girl while researching for a school presentation. I know it will make me cry and probably break my heart but I’m doing it anyway!!

Also bought: Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder; The Dead Girls’ Dance (Morganville Book 2) by Rachel Caine

Won at The True Book Addict


Dandelions in the Garden and The Hidden Will of the Dragon by Charlie Courtland

These are a two-part historical fiction series about the 16th century Hungarian Countess, Elizabeth Bathory (aka ‘The Blood Countess’), who may or may not be the most prolific female serial killer ever known. I’m trying desperately not to read about the real life figure before I read the book but its getting tough – I shall resist temptation by starting these as soon as possible!

And before I forget…

I bought an ebook copy of Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce because I’ve been wanting to buy one of her books for ages and this way, I’ve no excuses!

AND I bought The White Queen by Phillippa Gregory on Kobo books for £2.70 – it practically threw itself into my ‘basket’ and I couldn’t help it!! I’ve read a mixture of books by Gregory and they haven’t always been favourites but, what can I say? I have no self control…

So, what have you all snatched up this week?!



  • Oh wow…I loved that Tamora Pierce book when I was younger! Don't think I ever read the others in the series though…

  • One of these days I need to read a Phillippa Gregory book. Enjoy all your new books!

  • No and Me sounds lovely, and I really like the cover…hope you enjoy your books 🙂

  • Don't you love the books that don't let you leave the "store" without them? 😉

    Here's my Monday.

  • No and Me sounds really good. Enjoy!!

  • I really liked No and Me when I read it. My mailbox is here.

  • Charlie Courtland's book sounds interesting. Happy reading!

  • booksploring: I'm really looking forward to reading it so glad to know that someone liked it to remember it years later. How could you resist not reading them all though? I always find myself just ploughing through all books in a series til I'm through!

    Mary: You do – she's good but in a bit of a raunchy manner – don't say I didn't warn you!

    TheBookGirl: Thanks 🙂 Isn't it just gorgeous? So far I love it!

    CherryBlossomMJ: Unfortunately for me, there seem to just be too many of them!! But I love it because I can hardly wait to get started!

    Holly: So far so teary!

    Trillian: Glad to hear you liked it – I'm hearing mixed things but I think its just great!

    Cathy: I thought so too – I was really excited to get hold of them and think they might be just the thing for a historical Halloween!