Book reviews, musings and waffle from a British lit addict

Mailbox Monday #…3? (Yes, 3…)

The meme baby of Marcia at The Printed Page and currently being hosted at She Reads and Reads, this is a happy little tale of books with new homes and tumbling TBR piles! It suits me perfectly because I get giddy at new books and this gives me somewhere to gush appropriately!

Borrowed/stolen from my bestest friend

For some reason, this lovely girl will read a book, rave about it at me and then hand it over without even a speech about its required care, not bothered about whether it will grace her bookshelves again. I’m not complaining – we have very similar taste and these books more often than not dawdle my way (and then my mum’s, truth be told…)! And I know that my life would be less cluttered if I was like her…but I’m not…ANYWAY, from her bedroom floor, I snaffled these:

Sister by Rosamund Lupton

This is a mystery-with-a-twist type book where Beatrice Hemming tells the story of her sister’s murder…to her sister in the form of a letter. It’s my current read and it’s hard-going in places, not least because I’m a big sister myself and the story is one huge torrent of raw emotion, but I’m finding it oddly compelling!

Also *rescued* were: The Night Watch by Sarah Waters and The Other Side of You by Salley Vickers.

A moment of weakness in Waterstone’s…

…saw me greedily grab up The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger – so I now have books 1, 2 and 3, or to give them their names Soulless, Changeless and Blameless which I am *tremendously* excited about!

I also bought a beautiful new cookbook of homely deliciousness in the form of Kitchen by Nigella Lawson. I’m not sure if she’s as popular in the US but I love her and wish I could emulate her domestic goddessness – at least I’m one step closer now!

And finally…

From the charity shop

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie which was recommended to me by Dad and has otherwise been touted as brilliant. One quote about it which I loved was this one:

“Has such a sad story ever been told so beautifully?”

So this is marked up as a mega find for me!!

So what was in your mailbox this week?!

  • Stopping by from She Reads and Reads' post for Mailbox Monday.

    Have a great week.

    Stop by my blog if you like.

    Enjoy your books.

  • Sister sounds really good!

  • Looks like a very cool reading week!! Enjoy!! Here's my Mailbox: Coffee and a Book Chick — Mailbox Monday…

  • I have the Gail Carriger books in my huge TBR pile..they look so good!

  • Love your bestest friend. Those who will loan books like that are to be treasured! Enjoy your books!

  • Elizabeth: Thanks for stopping by! Saw that you've had a quiet week – always good for tackling those you've had in your TBR for just that little bit too long, I think!

    Mary: So far it really is – quite chilling!

    Coffee and a Book Chick: I shall, thanks! Saw your awesome prize – enjoy!

    purplg8r: Don't they? It took all my willpower not to cast everything aside and start them right away!

    Holly: Although her 'dog-earing' drives me utterly insane, I appreciate her generosity immensely! Not least because it saves me a fortune and I'm doing the books a service by bringing them into my house (at least, that's my excuse…)

  • All your books sound good. I like the charity shop find though.

  • Mystica: I was really excited about that one too – I love digging around in charity shops and just don't do it often enough!

  • Love the cover on Soulless…how nice it is that your dad recommends books to you 🙂

  • TheBookGirl: Isn't it gorgeous? They're all like that and I can't wait to get to them! Also, my dad is a huge book fan too so I'm lucky enough to trade reccommendations with him all the time 🙂