Monday, May 30, 2011

Mailbox Monday: May edition

Uh-oh! It's another big acquisition month for me. I originally decided to do this post monthly as I do enough weekly memes and I wanted to leave Monday's free for other things. I am thinking however that maybe I should do it weekly because then I could be more in denial of how many books it is that are coming into my house!

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

Here's what I got this month:


The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making by Catherynne Valente - This book was available for a free download for a weekend. I have heard however that the illustrations and cover etc make this a book that you want to own the physical copy of! I loved the last book I read by Valente and have heard really good things about this one!

Sealed with a Kiss by Mary Margret Daughtridge - I remember not being interested in this one when it came out because I didn't read contemporary romance but that is changing so this is a chance for me to try this one.

Baby, I'm Yours by Stephanie Bond - Free download for the same reason as I downloaded Mary Margret Daughtridge.

For review

Whispers in the Sand by Barbara Erskine and Midnight on Julia Street by Ciji Ware - For review from the publisher. I didn't like the only Barbara Erskine book I have previously read all that much, but I think she is one that I should like, so I will give her another chance. I have quite liked the other Ciji Ware books I have liked.

The Rose Garden  by Susanna Kearsley - This is one of my most anticipated releases for this year, and I have to say I wasn't disappointed with it at all! Such a fun read. Thanks again Susanna

Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick - Another of my most anticipated releases for this year!

Before Versailles by Karleen Koen - for a blog tour later in the year.


Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts and Nightsiders by Sue Isle - Both of these books are part of the Twelve Planets series being published by Twelfth Planet Press, which is a small independent publisher based in Perth.  I have read both of these and enjoyed them, especially Love and Romanpunk which was a lot of fun. I have already preordered the next release!

The Dead Girls Dance, Midnight Alley and Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine - I bought all of these for the author signing event that I went to earlier this month.

Exposed: Misbehaving with the Magnate and Wife for a Week by Kelly Hunter - Kelly Hunter is an Australian romance author who has been nominated for a RITA award this year. I thought it was time I gave her a try.

Sanctuary of Roses, A Whisper of Rosemary, Lavender Vows, Victoria Gardella - Vampire Slayer and The Shop of Shades and Secrets by Colleen Gleason - These are all available from Smashwords. The Gardella book is a short story introduction to the Gardella vampire series which I read I few years ago. Have to say, the covers on the first thee are gorgeous for self published books! I have no idea what the quality of these will be as I suspect they were early writing that is now being published.

City of Fallen Angels  and Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - I have already read Clockwork Angel but I bought both of these books to get them signed at the author event I went to this week. I ended up deciding that I couldn't queue up for more than an hour to get the books signed!

Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore - I have read both of these before but couldn't pass up the chance to get signed copies when Kristin was in town this week.


  1. Ok, seriously how amazing is the title for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making!? So fun. Enjoy your reading!

  2. Wow, fantastic mailbox list!! I'm looking forward to reading The Rose Garden. I recently read The Winter Sea and loved it so I plan to catch up on all of Kearsley's books. Have fun reading all these wonderful books!

  3. What an incredible mailbox! I'll be interested in your thoughts on The Rose Garden as I read it last month.

    I hope you enjoy all your new books.

  4. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making, I have this on ebook but I had to have buy the real book because I love the pictures and the cover as well. I have read a lot of the authors books and they seem to be really interesting and thrilling. I will highly suggest this one for anyone to read.

  5. Wonderful mailbox!! Have a great reading week. I received only one book in my mailbox!!

    Here is my Monday: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings post!

  6. The Ciji Ware book and The Rose Garden both look like titles I might enjoy! Great mailbox!

  7. Ooh, you got a lot of amazing stuff there this week! I am interested in hearing what you think of the Cashore books.