Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mailbox Monday - April edition (on Tuesday)

These public holidays are really throwing me out of sync. It was only as I was going out last night that I realised that it was Monday and not Sunday. As long as I remember to go to work on Thursday I guess it doesn't really matter, but I nearly forgot to do my Mailbox Monday post for this month!

If you compare this list of books to last month it looks pretty small, but really, it is still a lot for just one month. Here's what I got:

For review:

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross - When I was at ARRC 2011, there was a publisher representative there talking about various books. As soon as I saw this one, I knew I wanted it. The cover is stunning.

Trade Winds by Christina Courteney - This author co-blogs with one of my very favourite authors and so that was enough to make me want to try her books. Yes, I am that easy to tempt!

The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton - I've been seeing some really good reviews for this book!

Queen by Right by Anne Easter Smith - I loved Anne Easter Smith's first book, but never read anymore. This one looks really good though, so when I was offered a spot on an upcoming book tour I jumped at the chance.

The Wedding Shroud by Elisabeth Storrs - Another gorgeous cover! If you are interested in finding out more about this book check out the Aussie Author Month guest post from Elisabeth, and for the Aussies, you can win a copy of the book too!


Netgalley is a dangerous, dangerous place to spend time in!

Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Shadow of the Wind is one of my favourite books of all time, but I haven't quite been brave enough to read anything else by him.

Royal Wedding anthology - Gives me a chance to finally try Stephanie Laurens.

A Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn - I was very excited when I saw this was available. The previous book in the series was probably my favourite so I have high hopes for this one.

Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman- This got a good write up at BethFishReads the other week so when I saw it was available I thought I would give it a try.

The Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly - No matter where you live in the world, you would possible have heard me squeeing very loudly when I got accepted for this one! I have been waiting for this book for about 5 years!

Portrait of Seduction by Carrie Lofty - Carrie Lofty's Song of Seduction was the first book I read on my e-reader and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so happy to give this one a go too.


La Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver - This was being given away through Facebook following the Orange long/short list nominations. (whichever list came out not too long ago anyway).

Photographs and Phantoms by Cindy Spencer Pape - Free book from Carina Press.

Romeo, Romeo by Robyn Kaye- Can't remember where I go this one.


Soul, Tremble and Yearn by Tobsha Learner - won all three of these books from Meghan at Literary Life.


The Beauty Chorus by Kate Lord Brown - I tried to get this through Netgalley, but it was only available to Canadian readers! I thought about waiting to see if anyone got it here (ie at the library) but in the end decided that I wanted it too much.

Love Me Tender by Heather Boyd - Heather talked about the starting premise of this story at ARRC at the Up and Coming Authors panel, and I knew that I wanted to read it then.

Next month, I am going to have some self control. No really.

Mailbox Monday is on tour and for April it is being hosted at Passages to the Past. Head over there to share your links, or to see what everyone else has posted about this week.


  1. I just saw a rather interesting review of Steel Corset over at Goodreads. Best of luck with that :)

    How cool was it that Wild Rose showed up at Net Galley, eh?

  2. Wow, well done! I tried to get the Netgalley of Jennifer Connelly's book but was told I couldn't because I didn't have an 'established relationship' with the publisher (a bit odd I thought)!
    Hope you enjoy The Tapestry of Love - I'll be putting up my review shortly.

  3. It looks like you received some very scrumptious books!

    I see you bought The Beauty Chorus by Kate Lord Brown. I would have too if it wouldn't have been offered to me. I'm happy I live in Canada.

    I bought a few ebooks myself: http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2011/04/mailbox-monday_25.html

  4. The Dark Enquiry! *not so gentle shove* Go! Read! Now! Ignore the spreadsheet Marg. You -know- you want to! ;)

    Apart from that, The Girl in the Steel Corset looks stunning. I'm really interested in that one.

  5. I just love the cover of Trade Winds - just beautiful.

    Hope you enjoy The Tapestry of Love as much as I did.

  6. I don't think you'll be disappointed by Trade Winds, Marg. Christina is a lovely, lovely writer (and person, come to that) and her blend of the Swedish East India Company with a Scottish hero AND adventures in 18th century China makes for a great romantic read!

  7. Wow! Your mailbox must have been stuffed! I have read a few of these. I didn't much care for the Kingsolver book, though it did have it's moments, but I really liked The Tapestry of Love and thought that it was a great read. I also just got Domestic Violets and The Wild Rose, and can't wait to see what I think of them!

  8. The Tapestry of Love is on my shelf, too. Looking forward to your thoughts.

  9. I just added a bunch of titles to my TBR list from your mailbox list! Wow! I enjoyed The Tapestry of Love and can't wait to read The Wild Rose. Have a great week and enjoy all the books :)

  10. Oh I didn't realize Carlos Ruiz Zafon had a new book. Like you, I loved Shadow of the Wind but haven't read anything else by him. I must check out NetGalley more often :)

    I hope you'll enjoy Tapestry of Love. Such a great, comfort read.