Monday, August 31, 2009

Books Bought + Mailbox Monday (August 31): I’m back!

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I’m back from a lovely three-week vacation, most of which was spent visiting family in sunny Nova Scotia. Thank you to everybody who commented on my blog during my absence; I will respond to your comments as soon as possible! In the meantime, here are the books I acquired during my vacation...

Learning to Swim by Clare ChambersThe Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler HathawayBefore Women Had Wings by Connie May Fowler
The Likeness by Tana FrenchThe Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally ArmstrongThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Learning to Swim by Clare Chambers, The Little Locksmith: A Memoir by Katharine Butler Hathaway, Before Women Had Wings by Connie May Fowler and The Likeness by Tana French were all second-hand finds. I’m particularly excited about The Little Locksmith, which was originally published in 1943 and is the memoir of a woman who, despite a childhood spent strapped to a board (she had spinal tuberculosis), went on to be part of the vibrant artists’ culture of the 1920s. The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally Armstrong is actually a loaner from my sister in BC (she was also in Nova Scotia while I was there). Finally, I received a brand-new copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins in the mail, which I won from the lovely Vanessa at Today’s Adventure.

The Books Bought meme is hosted by Cindy at Cindy’s Love of Books.

For other Mailbox Monday posts, head over to Marcia’s blog, The Printed Page.


  1. I liked Learning to Swim a lot when I read it. Hope you enjoy all your new books!

  2. So glad you had a good vacation. You got some good books while you were gone. Enjoy!

  3. Welcome back Avis!

    Amazing, not one book I would want to read :) But you knew that already right?

  4. Avis welcome home. You were missed.

    You got some really good books. Hunger Games sounds really good. Whenever you are finished it I would love to borrow it if I can.

  5. Welcome Back!!
    your mailbox had some great stuff just waiting for you!! Enjoy!

  6. Welcome back! That's a great selection of books. I hope you enjoy The Hunger Games as much as I did.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  7. Oh Boy...The Likeness is one that I need to add to my list. I thought I had added it once before, but I don't see it :(

    Enjoy all your new books.

  8. Welcome back, Avis!

    I read Before Women Had Wings quite a few years ago. I think I liked it! I have The Likeness waiting to be read. You're TBR pile is growing too!

  9. glad to hear you had a fabulous vacation. I have just bought The Hunger Games too, as I loved it so much and I read a library version.

  10. Looks like you got some great books. I loved The Hunger Games.

  11. Oh, oh! The Hunger Games! I need to read that one. Enjoy your books. =)

  12. I'm glad you had a nice vacation and welcome back! How great to come back with a stack of books. That's how vacation should be :)

  13. Welcome back from vacation! Hope you also have some pics to share with us :)

    The Little Locksmith sounds fascinating! I recently read a Clare Chambers book and would love to read another so will be looking forward to your review of Learning to Swim.

  14. Kristen, that's actually one of the books I read on vacation and I really enjoyed it.

    Thanks, Kathy!

    Tina, I'm actually a little surprised that you're not interested in The Hunger Games! (Too SF for you?)

    Thanks, Cindy! And of course you can borrow The Hunger Games when I'm done with it.

    Thanks, Staci!

    Thanks, Anna! The Hunger Games has gotten such great reviews, so my expectations are high, but I'm sure I'm going to like it too!

    Diane, The Likeness is a great book. I highly recommend it!

    Thanks, Donna! The crazy thing is I've already read Before Women Had Wings too, but I don't have a copy and I've been wanting to reread it... Oh and you should see my office now, there are piles of books everywhere! (My TBR pile is officially out of control!)

    Vivienne and Serena, I'm really looking forward to reading The Hunger Games; I've only heard great things about it!

    Thanks, Holly!

    Linda, you can always borrow The Hunger Games after Cindy is done with it!

    Thanks, Dorothy! Not that I need an excuse to buy books, but I totally agree!

    Iliana, embarrassingly enough I barely took any pictures on this vacation. Too busy having fun, I guess... The Clare Chambers book was definitely a fun read!

  15. So glad you enjoyed the Clare Chambers book. I just reread it recently and loved it as much the second time around as the first!

  16. I really do have to pick up Hunger Games asap. Enjoy your books!