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Subject: What's in your mailbox?
Date Posted: 9/8/2008 4:22 PM ET
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For some reason, all of the books I request seem to arrive at once, on Mondays, and I got a lot today. Seriously. A lot!

  • In the Shadow of Lady Jane - Edward Charles
  • Rashi's Daughters - Maggie Anton
  • Spangle - Gary Jennings
  • Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony - Lee Miller
  • The Beggar's Throne - David Falconieri
  • Redemption Falls- Joseph O'Connor
  • Sovereign - C. J. Sansom
  • Boy's Life - Robert McCammon
  • Two books I requested for the kid's library.

Ridiculous amount of books, I know. So, make me feel a bit better about my book gluttony - Tell me what you got today!

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 5:19 PM ET
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I had two books cancelled on me, but assuaged that sadness with ordering two books (see, it all evens out, yes?) one is the October BOM, and the other is "The Canterbury Papers" about my favorite, Eleanor of Aquitaine.

 

 

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 5:34 PM ET
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Holy smokes, Valli, save some books for the rest of us!  :P  :)

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 6:01 PM ET
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I just received some Borders gift cards, so ordered some new books that came right before I left for Asia.  Of course I already have 60 books in by TBR list, not including BOM's, so who knows when I'll get to them!!  They're on people's wish lists, though, so I'll probably move them to the top of the pile so I can share.

  • Isabella: Queen without a Conscience by Rachel Bard
  • To Live: A Novel by Yu Hua (now that I think about it ....this would have qualified for Nov BOM as well)
  • A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth (this one's 1200 pages, so who knows when I'll get to it)
Date Posted: 9/8/2008 6:05 PM ET
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Oooh! To LIve is my absolute favorite movie and I loved the book too! I highly recommend it!



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Date Posted: 9/8/2008 6:07 PM ET
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I recently got Pope Joan (thank you Colleen).  Pilate's Wife and The Exiled are their way to me does that count?  As Isaid in another thread I ordered Stealing Heaven and Iseult from half.com.  But I think Valli wins for today.  I just hope I live long enough to read everything on my TBR list.

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 6:50 PM ET
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I just got two in the mail today- Voyager by Diana Gabaldon and Forever in Blue; The 4th Summer of the Sisterhood by Anne Brashares.  I'm expecting lots this week though.  I've got 9 enroute to me.

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 7:12 PM ET
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I don't have any. :(

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 7:31 PM ET
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sadly none for me either. :( should have two soon though!
Date Posted: 9/8/2008 8:11 PM ET
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LOL, Valli! I haven't even opened today's mail. Let's talk the weekend! :)

  • The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
  • Penmarric by Susan Howatch

Genie

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 8:35 PM ET
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My mail carrier acted seriously perturbed when she handed me all these books today. She pulled up in the driveway, and honked the horn about ten times! LOL!  I also mailed out nine books this week, does that make me look even a tiny bit less greedy?! Only three of these books came from PBS.  Okay, I should just quit explaining 'cause there's no getting around the fact that I'm a book pig.

Now, I have to go look up the Gore Vidal book Genie mentioned because I haven't heard of that particular Vidal book. I probably shouldn't have asked what all you guys got because it's just going to make me want more books.

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 8:44 PM ET
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Genie, how can you not open your mail right away?! When it gets close to the time my mail is delivered, I'm hovering by the front door, ready to pounce on the poor carrier. Hmm... maybe that's why she always looks so perturbed. LOL!

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 10:56 PM ET
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LOL! I am exactly the same way Valli! I live in an apartment building and our mailboxes are inside. I live on the top floor and when it gets close to time for the mail to run I creep about halfway down the first flight of stairs and peek around the corner to see if I have any packages sitting on top of the mailbox (they won't fit inside). If the mail is even 10 minutes later than usual I go nuts.

Anyway, I only got one book today, next month's BOM: A Breach of Promise by Anne Perry.

On a side note, did you all know that she is a convicted murderer? Crazy!

I only have two other books en route to me right now. One from PBS, The Parthian by Vic Hurley, and one that I ordered from Strand Books, Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie.



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Date Posted: 9/9/2008 12:35 AM ET
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I haven't received any books for a while, but there are 4 on their way to me. Can't wait 'til they get here!

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 12:37 AM ET
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The first thing I do when I pull in the driveway from work is stop and get the mail.  I actually get mad when my husband tries to get the mail. Its MINE!  ALL MINE!

I miscounted.  I actually have 10 books enroute to me right now.  I have had an explosion of WL books offered to me lately and for the first time since I joined this site I am below 5 credits.  I have 13 books I just mailed out though so that should help replenish the credit stock.  I think my supply would quit dwindling if  I stopped joining the swaps :)

Right now I am waiting on Sarah by Marek Halter which someone is sending me in a swap, Falling Man by Don Delillo, Madame Serpent by Jean Plaidy, The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor, Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo and Wheel of Time bks 2, 3, 6, 8, and 10 by Robert Jordan.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 1:18 AM ET
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<<On a side note, did you all know that she is a convicted murderer? Crazy!>>

She and her friend killed the friend's mother.  There's a movie based on the story - Heavenly Creatures.  Kate Winslet is in it.  Read about it here. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110005/trivia

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 6:59 AM ET
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My mail carrier acted seriously perturbed when she handed me all these books today.

ROTFL!

Now, I have to go look up the Gore Vidal book Genie mentioned because I haven't heard of that particular Vidal book.

I think The City and the Pillar is Vidal's first book. It's contemporary fiction featuring a gay character as opposed to the historical fiction he usually writes. It received high praise when it appeared (in the 50s I think).

On a side note, did you all know that she is a convicted murderer? Crazy!

Yeah, committed with a friend when she was about 16 years old. She's apparently a poster child for redemption. I guess she knows whereof she writes.

 

Date Posted: 9/11/2008 8:00 PM ET
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From PBS I recently received Drowning Ruth, and I just ordered Resurrection.  (Damn the new feature of books in your favorite genres showing up when you log in!!!)

I also recently joined Quality Paperback Book Club and got: 

The Pillars of the Earth  and Kabul Beauty School (yeah, I was sick of waiting for them here on PBS)

India (a beautiful coffee table type book about a land which fascinates me)

Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker (I'm a vegetarian who loves using the crockpot for fresh, hot, homemade meals all ready to eat when I get home from work)

And one other, which name escapes me at the moment. 

 

 

Date Posted: 9/12/2008 8:29 AM ET
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I had one book waiting for me when I got back from my business trip yesterday, The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith.  It is #4 in a delighful series about a female sleuth in Botswana.  I am also waiting on our BOM for October that is on the way to me

Date Posted: 9/12/2008 11:33 AM ET
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Nothing. Absolutely nothing.  :(

In theory, 2 PBSs are on their way to me but haven't shown up yet, and I've ordered the October BoM selection and have been through 5 senders who've not responded so far.....so a big, fat, zero.  I need a fix!

Date Posted: 9/12/2008 9:42 PM ET
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Well, yesterday I got A Deadly Game (my true crime fix) and today I got Stealing Heaven by Marion Meade.  So I'm happy. Earlier this week I ordered a bunch from half.com:
Years of Wonder,
Mary,
Circles of Stone,
Auschwitz



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Date Posted: 9/13/2008 8:53 AM ET
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Yesterday, I received The King's Nun by Catherine Monroe.

Date Posted: 9/13/2008 10:57 AM ET
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I've received a few more this week!

  • The Mammoth Book of Explorers edited by John Keay - I'm very excited about this one because I'm hoping it will mention some new explorers that I can find books about. I'm running out of new-to-me explorers to read about!
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of A Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah - I've been dying to read this one and will read it next. Has anyone else read this one?
  • Soul by Tobsha Learner
  • Secret of the Sands  by Rai Aren & Tavius E. - This is one of those small press books that I'm curious about.

I'm really enjoying seeing what everyone is getting in their mailboxes. Maybe we should make this a monthly thread! If anyone ever wants a book I post about, feel free to pm me and I'll post it to you if I can. ;-)

Date Posted: 9/13/2008 11:30 AM ET
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I have only received two books this week: Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie. It is the final book in the fantasy trilogy I am currently reading. I also received Egyptian Woman: An Account of Life in Everyday Thebes by Hilary Wilson. I requested this from someone in Britain on BookMooch. I had this one on my WL for a while but finally removed it to make room for other stuff. I am very into Egyptian HF so it was worth the two points!

Date Posted: 9/13/2008 12:29 PM ET
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I got Sarah by Marek Halter in my mailbox today.  Also did a little shopping and got Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell at Barnes and Noble, Water for Elephants for $2 at the library, and My Antonia by Willa Cather, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Tender is the Night, This Side of Paradise and The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Kite Runner at Goodwill.   Its like Christmas over here!

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