Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mailbox Monday, Books Bought & Library Loot: The Catch-up Post (December 23)

I’m hopelessly behind on my blog posts, so I thought I’d do a catch-up post to let you know what books I’ve received in the mail recently, what books I’ve been given or bought, and what I’ve taken out of the library (or rather what my sister Brogan took out of the library for me).

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In the last few weeks, I’ve received a couple of books in the mail: Friends Like These: My Worldwide Quest to Find My Best Childhood Friends, Knock on their Doors, and Ask Them to Come Out and Play by Danny Wallace and Role of a Lifetime: Reflections on Faith, Family and Significant Living by James Brown with Nathan Whitaker, two more BBAW scavenger hunt wins, courtesy of Hachette. (I can’t say the second book appeals to me, but I’ll probably give it a try anyway.)

Friends Like These by Danny WallaceRole of a Lifetime by James Brown

I haven’t done very well at blogging about my get-togethers with Cindy, Donna (who missed the last one), Linda and Tina either lately. At the last one, Cindy passed on a few books to me: Tell Me Something True by Leila Cobo, Kiss My Tiara: How to Rule the World as a SmartMouth Goddess by Susan Jane Gilman (which I had no recollection of requesting, but when I checked on Cindy’s blog, sure enough I had!) and I Am Neurotic (And So Are You) by Lianna Kong. Thanks, Cindy!

Tell Me Something True by Leila CoboKiss My Tiara by Susan Jane GilmanI Am Neurotic by Lianna Kong

I bought myself nine (!) more books recently, most of them secondhand (although I ordered a few too):

Blood Lure by Nevada BarrWhat Should I Do with My Life by Po BronsonThe Sibyl in Her Grave by Sarah Caudwell

Old Friend from Far Away by Natalie GoldbergThe Best American Poetry 2001 edited by Robert HassA Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel

Lives of Girls and Women by Alice MunroNonviolent Communication by Marshall B. RosenbergThe Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith

The Mailbox Monday meme is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

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

Library Loot buttonLibrary Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva at A Striped Armchair and Marg at Reading Adventures that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post—feel free to steal the button—and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries! Want to share your loot? Eva has the Mr. Linky this week!

While I was in Nova Scotia, my sister requested a bunch of books for me, only three of which I actually read: The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg (a reread), The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick and The Arrival by Shaun Tan. One of these days I may even get around to reviewing some of these graphic novels I’ve been reading (and rereading) this year!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian SelznickThe Arrival by Shaun Tan


  1. Happy Holidays Avis. you are more then welcome for the books. Thanks for taking them off my hands.

  2. Wow, you've gotten some good books lately! I loved Tell Me Something True and hope you do too. Enjoy all of your treasures!

  3. Ohhh-I love Shaun Tan! :D I'm awful at reviewing graphic books though; I usually have like four sentences and then I'm done.

  4. I'll probably pick up The Invention of Hugo Cabret eventually. Great loot!

  5. What a great assortment of books! Enjoy!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  6. What a great and diverse collection of books! I can't wait to see what you think of Zippy!!!!!!