Monday, August 15, 2011

In My Mailbox, 7th Edition

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren
Participants are encouraged to talk about anything bookish they received during the week.

This week might be the last in a little while I'm going to post an IMM. Until school starts, I have decided not to buy any more books. This self-imposed book buying ban started last Sunday, and will go until the beginning of September. These books are the ones I ordered before last Sunday that arrived during the week. Of course, since I had told myself I wouldn't be buying any more books until September, I went on a mini-splurge and bought a bunch. Which kind of defeats the purpose of not buying any more books. Oh well. Note: In the absence of several new books every week, I am going to take a couple of weeks to do a giant re-read of some books I loved and want to pick up again. (If I have the time - I ended up with more books than I thought I would have. Oh well - the more the merrier!)

This week I bought:
The Blade of Shattered Hope, by James Dashner
I picked up the first book in this series when I got to meet James Dashner at the super author visit in Logan back in April (he is super nice, by the way, and incredibly funny as well). I read the second one in June, and now I've gotten around to buying the third. These books are a lot of fun to read, but they don't force you into reading the next book in the series (like his Maze Runner trilogy does - I can't believe I still have to wait two more months for The Death Cure). This is going to be a "daytime book" for me. I mentally separate the books I read into "daytime books" and "nighttime books." The daytime books are usually less intense, something I can pick up and read if I have 10 minutes here or there, and are usually paperbacks I can shove in my bag on my way out the door. Nighttime books (the majority of the books I read) are the books I read hours at a time, in bed before I go to sleep. I've had a shortage of daytime books recently, and I'm looking forward to picking this up. Besides, I know anything by James Dashner is going to be good.

 Brightly Woven, by Alexandra Bracken
I bought Brightly Woven on a recommendation from Small Review, and it seems like exactly the kind of book I'd love. I'm really excited to start this one.
 Corsets and Clockwork, edited by Trisha Telep
I kept seeing this book around Goodreads because several authors I enjoy contributed to it, including Maria V. Snyder and Kiersten White. I enjoy steampunk, I enjoy romance, and I love short stories, so why not? When I received it, I was a bit surprised by its length, but based on Goodreads reviews that I've read, it seems just my style.
Fire Study, by Maria V. Snyder
I loved Poison Study, and Magic Study was wonderful as well. I'm hoping Fire Study will be just as good, and that it leaves room for more books to come.
The Iron Queen, by Julie Kagawa
Many reviewers have written that they thought The Iron King was pretty good but not amazing, The Iron Daughter was good but not great, and The Iron Queen was fantastic. Really, the whole reason I continued the series after finishing The Iron King was the promise of the fantastic-ness of The Iron Queen. The Iron Daughter was actually a lot better than I was expecting (click here for my review of The Iron Daughter), so I'm really excited for The Iron Queen.

From the Library:
And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie
I checked this out of my school library a few weeks ago (see my In My Mailbox for it the first time around) but then I had to return it when summer school ended since the library will be closed until September. I was about 30 pages in when I had to return it, so I decided to try again. This week I checked it out of my local library, and I am determined to read it this time. And I read that the ending was changed in the movie, so I'll still be surprised-ish (don't correct me on this even if I have it wrong - I want to find out for myself). I'm also hopeless at solving mysteries, so sometimes it's even more fun to read it when you already know the end, just to see how it all plays out.

Dragonhaven, by Robin McKinley
I found this at the library and decided to give it a try. I've only read one other McKinley book (Beauty), even though I really want to read more. I loved Beauty, and was excited to find another McKinley at the library. Since I wasn't at home on my computer, like I normally am when choosing books, I didn't get a chance to look it up on Goodreads or read any bloggers' opinions. I don't think I'm going to until after I've finished it, so I'm not biased. Sometimes I like to read with absolutely no idea what I'm getting into other than it's probably very good, but I don't often get a chance because I want to have some background when I'm spending my own money on books.

What's in your mailbox?


Small Review said...

I hope you like Brightly Woven and The Iron Queen!

Pica said...

I hope so too! I'm really looking forward to both of them.


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