Mailbox Monday PLUS some Birthday Loot!

Admittedly, the books I am about to show you are mostly birthday gifts and NOT books I received in my mailbox, but I figured I would include it all in this post.

First up, my actual mailbox loot.  I only received two books in my mailbox this week but I am super excited about both of them.




Waiting for Robert Capa, by Susana Fortes was sent to me by the publisher for a TLC book tour.  Watch for my review towards the end of the month!

The True Memoirs of Little K, by Adrienne Sharp is September’s choice for Jen and Nicole‘s BOOK CLUB.  The discussion starts September 27!

Now, as far as my birthday goes, I hit the motherlode! My mom came up with a great gift for Christmas 2010.  She took my Borders wishlist and found a bunch of the books for just a few dollars used and then filled up a huge box o’ books for my gift.  Given how much I loved it (it was my favorite gift for sure!), she stole her own idea and redid it for my birthday.

Mrs Craddock, by W Somerset Maugham: I know it looks like it’s upside down BUT the spine is just upside down . . . the book is face up! That’s not even the beginning of the problem.  I noticed a huge issue with this book when I started reading the back of it.  It’s in GERMAN.  My poor mom never noticed! So I won’t be reading this particular edition.

The Other House, by Henry James: This one was another strange edition.  It is in large print! My mom strikes out again . . .

The Raising, by Laura Kasischke: I saw a few reviews of this one and it seemed really good.

The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, by Melissa Bank: Another one I really wanted to read!

Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell: I JUST finished The Wordy Shipmates . . . and I didn’t really like it.  But I have high hopes that I’ll enjoy this one!

A Curtain Falls, by Stefanie Pintoff: This is the second book in the Simon Ziele series.  I enjoyed the first book, so I went ahead and added this to my wishlist.

The Silver Swan, by Benjamin Black: I didn’t really like Christine Falls BUT I felt like this series had promise, so I want to give it another shot.

Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc: I saw this in a recent issue of Bookmarks magazine and wanted to read it.

And then I got all these NYRB books! I didn’t have a single one, but obviously my wishlist was chock full of them!

Summer Will Show, by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Hons and Rebels, by Jessica Mitford

The Dud Avocado, by Elaine Dundy

The Slaves of Solitude, by Patrick Hamilton

Fatale, by Jean-Patrick Manchette

The Fountain Overflows, by Rebecca West

Short Letter, Long Farewell, by Peter Handke

Classic Crimes, by William Roughead

A Meaningful Life, by LJ Davis

Madame de Pompaudour, by Nancy Mitford

LASTLY, I got a cover for my Kindle! I recently saw that Vera Bradley had an e-reader cover so I mentioned it to my mom and she surprised me with one!

Have you read any of these books?  If so, please spill!

23 Responses

  1. That is some loot, lady! I liked Assassination Vacation tons better than The Wordy Shipmates, so I hope you do as well! I’ll also be eagerly awaiting your review of The Silver Swan because I am in the same boat as you there!

  2. First off – so good to see a picture of you!! 😀

    Too bad about Mrs. Craddock. That’s one of my favorites by Maugham. I hope you find another edition sometime.

  3. Happy birthday!

  4. Happy Birthday. What a wonderful pile of books .

  5. Happy Birthday! I think that is a perfect gift for a reader, books from their wish list. I love that e-reader cover too. I hope you enjoy all of the books.

  6. Your mom sounds great! And happy birthday!

  7. I haven’t read any of these, but wow, what a haul! I have heard Rebecca West is really good. She’s been recommended to me enough that she’s now on my own TBR list.

  8. Goodness gracious – you get a truck load of books and I have only read one and…it’s the chick lit one – Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing. It was long ago and I liked it but didn’t loooove it. Remember thinking at the time that it was probably more my own bad mood than the actual book! Happy birthday!

  9. I hope you had a fab birthday and enjoy all of your wonderful new books!

  10. Wow, that’s a great haul. I don’t think I’ve even heard of any of these. At least the James book is in English, even if it is large print. The way the spine is on Mrs. Craddock is characteristic of non English books. I got some French books this summer, and their spines were like that. Hope you can find another copy of it.

  11. I hope you like this Sarah Vowell book better. I really like her, but I’ve just listened to her books on audio, not actually read physical copies. I think they’re a lot of fun to listen to.

  12. I’m reading the Mitford’s sisters biography by mary S. Lovell. It’s fantastic. I haven’t read any of their novels but need to do so.
    I also got Slaves of Solitude and another by Hamilton. I’d like to read it soon. I bought it in summer but it seemed wrong to read it then. The atmosphere wasn’t right.
    Random Family is a lso I book I bought not long ago. I’m very interested to read it.

    • The Mary Lovell book is what turned me on to the Mitford sisters in the first place! I thought it was extremely well written. Since then I have read quite a few on Nancy Mitford’s novels. She writes great social satires. I have also read Jessica Mitford’s The American Way of Death Revisited, which I also loved.

  13. Happy Birthday to you, too!
    Assassination Vacation is excellent – very funny in places.

  14. Wow, it looks like you had a great birthday! I bet opening that box of books was loads of fun.

  15. happy birthday! hope you enjoy all the books you got! i haven’t read any of these books so i’m looking forward to your reviews of them!

  16. Too bad it’s in German! You have a great IMM, though I haven’t read any of these yet.

  17. Man, Oh, Man! You did get the best birthday haul I’ve ever seen! Yes, I’ve read several of your books:
    Madame du Pamp. (always a wonderfu author)
    Assassination Vaca. (Love Sarah’s humor!)
    The Other House (James is one of my top fav. authors)
    Mrs. Craddock (Maugh is sad and fabulous!)

    I was so kicked to see you’d visited and followed my blog! Thank you sooo much. Love your book themed blog template. I want to collect this beautifully issued set. Have you seen the “Little Women” in this collection? Scissors all over it. Darling cover.

  18. Wow, you sure were spoiled! Happy birthday!

  19. WOW! What a great haul! I wish my kids would buy me books, but they look at all of the books I haven’t yet read and say that I don’t need any more (although my oldest DID buy me a new bookcase for my birthday!). Enjoy!

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