Book reviews, musings and waffle from a British lit addict

In My Mailbox #6: The Unexpectedly Large One

During this past week, I wandered in to get a book and then stood for a little while wondering why my study was starting to look a little bit ragged around edges.  The shelves have reached the point where there’s just no more room and the little piles that are creeping onto the edge of the desk seem to be breeding.  I knew that I’d brought in quite a few books recently, I just didn’t quite realise how many. This week is pretty indicative of many of my recent weeks.  Fortunately, most of them are library books whose residence is only temporary so it’s not so bad…

Borrowed from the library

I went into the library to collect a book that I’d reserved.  I somehow came out with six books.  Standard.  

 The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower series: Book 1) by Stephen King – I’ve been wanting to read this series for a long time.  I was reminded of that when Hanna (Booking In Heels) bought it from Ellie’s (Musings of a Bookshop Girl) and this was one of those shiny new library copies that is impossible to resist.

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin – the book that I went in to pick up.  I’d accidentally borrowed the fourth in the series a little while ago and decided that I should start at the beginning. 

The Secret History by Donna Tartt – another one that I’ve been meaning to read for years.  VERY EXCITED about this one!

The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking series: Book 2) by Patrick Ness – I read (and reviewed) the first in the series just over a year ago. I really should finish the series.

Geist (A Book of the Order) by Phillippa Ballantine – a random pick from the Fantasy section.  We’ll see how that turns out.

The Girl in the Steel Corset (The Steampunk Chronicles: Book 1) by Kady Cross – I’m not desperate to read this but I do kind of feel like I want to.  Probably the bottom of the list but I’m glad I found it.

Bought in Waterstones

The Waterstones in Leeds has to be one of my favourites.  It’s not quite as pretty as the one in Bradford but it has everything that you could possibly want.  I could live in there and be perfectly happy (because it has a Costa in it too so I wouldn’t even have to starve or be caffeine deprived…).  In an exercise of restraint, I bought just these three:

 The Black Prism (Lightbringer series: Book 1) by Brent Weeks – More Brent Weeks on the shelves is never a bad thing.  I read and loved Weeks’ Night Angel trilogy recently (review of the first here) so this was inevitable. 


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – After the outpouring of praise for Bradbury’s work that rained down on the blogosphere shortly after Bradbury’s death, I decided that I really should finally read this.  It was calling to me from the Waterstones bag sat by my desk at work the whole day after I bought it and I still can’t wait to get to it.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Half price with The Black Prism.  It would have been rude not to.


So that’s what has managed to sneak on to my shelves in the past week – what’s been in your mailbox? 🙂