In My Mailbox #27

The idea behind In My Mailbox is to share any books you get your hands on, be they borrowed, bought, gifted, received for review, with your readers. I particularly like this meme because I’m often picking up books that don’t get read, at least for a while. It’s nice to spotlight them before they are shoved into some corner of my shelf to gather dust. Hosted by The Story Siren.

Okay, as of now I’m starting my book buying ban. Maybe. I just wanted to grab a last few for Discovering Steampunk and now I either have them all or.. there should be one more in the mail which will hopefully be listed on next week’s IMM now, so yes. Hannah’s book buying ban. *snigger* Any bets on how long I’ll last?

The thing is, I’m a slow reader, and I’ve been very lucky lately. My to read list is getting a bit extensive, and that’s not even my to be read list. Yes, they are different. The top 20 on my Goodreads to read is about accurate though I don’t always stick perfectly to it and change it around a fair bit, but I do have things to read sooner rather than later. I’m babbling again, aren’t I? Anyway!

From the Charity Shop

Last Argument of Kings (The First Law #3) by Joe Abercrombie | Goodreads

Woot! Last time I grabbed one and two of this series, saw book three on the shelf too but decided against it. I regretted not bringing it home but I figured in a village charity shop, nobody would buy it, I’ve seen awesome fantasy books sit on those shelves for a matter of weeks, and I was right. It was still there, so I yoinked it to complete the trilogy. That’s all I wanted to grab because I knew I have a lot to read, and a few to buy myself. From now on I really need to slow down with my charity shop addiction, 25p books are rare but I don’t have space, nor the time to read them all.

From the Library

I won’t lie, I don’t think I’m going to get time to read these any time soon, so they’ll probably end up going back unread, but I couldn’t resist having a look around the library in the little town my charity shop is in.

One for the Money (Stephanie Plum #1) by Janet Evanovich | Goodreads

Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1) by Anne Rice | Goodreads

One for the Money is the first in a series that was recommended to me by a lady who works in the charity shop. She talked about how easy and fun the books were to read and how funny they are, so when I spotted it in the library I had to pick it up because though these sorts of books aren’t usually my thing, I’m always willing to try something at least once. And Interview with the Vampire is the first in a very famous series that I haven’t read and really should remedy.

Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper | Goodreads

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver | Goodreads

I had to borrow these two! I’m a little sad that I might not get time to read them before returning them because I’ve heard brilliant things about both of them and they should also be nice quick reads. Plus I’m in a bit of a historical fictiony mood at the moment so it would have been quite nice to at least get around to Fallen Grace which sounds like such a wonderful little read. Maybe I will, we’ll see.

Won in Giveaways

Just the one this week, you’ll be glad to hear, though I’m not usually as lucky as I was the past couple of weeks. I won one of Victoria Schwab’s bookplates, now I just need a copy of The Near Witch to put it in! *pines* I love her swirly artwork, it’s very funky.

Random Acts of Kindness

These will also be listed in my Random Acts of Kindness post which I will do sometime after Monday.

Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie | Goodreads

Gifted by the lovely Donna from Book Passion For Life. I’ll hopefully get around to reading it soon! This is my first received Random Act of Kindness and I loves it.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins | Goodreads

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters (Miss Temple, Doctor Svenson, and Cardinal Chang #1) by G.W. Dahlquist | Goodreads

When this parcel arrived.. Dan hogged it, and teased me, and when I finally opened it up and had a look inside, I let out a giant ramble of SQUEE. Gifted by the amazing Hanna from Booking In Heels, I’ve wanted to read The Hunger Games for over a year now, when I first saw everybody on my Goodreads friends list reading the series and loving it, and The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters will be a part of my Discovering Steampunk feature and it sounds utterly fantastic and the cover is so, so pretty and.. I apparently am not done squeeing. *cough*

Bought for Myself

Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century #1) by Cherie Priest | Goodreads

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells | Goodreads

I wanted to buy myself a couple more books to read for my steampunk feature, and they arrived on Friday. I love that The Time Machine is such a small read because it means I’ll get through it a lot quicker than I anticipated. Boneshaker I ordered from the Amazon Marketplace as brand new, one to save money, and two because I don’t think it’s actually available in the UK? This is a Tor edition. I was very impressed with the seller, they shipped it out very promptly and it came very well wrapped in perfect condition. Can’t wait to read them!

Received for Review

Lottie Biggs is (Not) Tragic (Lottie Biggs #3) by Hayley Long | Goodreads

Shimmer (Riley Bloom #2) by Alyson Noël | Goodreads

These were sent to me from Pan Macmillan. Whilst I’m not entirely sure if I want to read Lottie Biggs, it’s part three in a series and is exactly the kind of teen fiction I don’t enjoy, I was still really happy to receive my first unsolicited books for review. Shimmer is part two of a spin off series from The Immortals, which I also haven’t read, but it sounds interesting. Will I suffer from not having read The Immortals though? I don’t know. But it was very nice of Macmillan to consider me! That made me very happy in itself.

Book Tours

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor | Goodreads

SQUEE! Okay so I wasn’t expecting this one. And I don’t actually know if that is the series’ name but I know it is the first in a trilogy. I’d signed up on UK Book Tours, and then I didn’t hear anything, and suddenly there was a pink parcel in my kitchen with this beautiful book inside, which smells wonderful ;) Okay, I can’t the the only one here with a book sniffing habit – own up! *cough* Anyway. I have started reading this one and it is fantastic. It’s about a girl with blue hair who is leading a double life, one as an art student in Prague, and another as an errand runner for the chimaera she was raised by. The language is wonderful and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Review in the next couple of weeks hopefully!

What did you get this week?


  1. Read One for the Money!! The Stephanie Plum series has started to get rather repetitive by now but the early ones are AWESOME – ultra-fun and really easy reads when you just want to kick back and relax without thinking too hard.

    • I suppose that is exactly what I’d need after The End of Mr Y which I’ve accidentally found myself analysing as a piece of literature rather than just enjoying it for the story (old habits die hard!) – we’ll see though, I have rather a lot to get through in the next few months! Can always come back to it.

  2. I’ve got “Before I fall” on hold as well, hope you enjoy it…looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

  3. Congratulations on the RAKs :D Those are some awesome books! I loved The Hunger Games! And I have tried reading Interview with a Vampire but have never finished it, hope you enjoy everything :)

    PS. Just tweeted you on the whole can’t follow from your one profile. Wanted to say good luck on your first giveaway :)

  4. Dream Eaters just looks fantastic! :O I have only read Hunger Games of the rest but i hope you like them. And i see H.G.Wells. A classic lover?

    Also thanks for visiting my mailbox too:)
    -Splash of our Worlds

    -P.S: Also new follower :)

    • *wave* I wouldn’t call myself a classic lover but I do like to read the ones worth reading. Been meaning to dig into Dickens and Poe for a looong time and still haven’t. I just like a good read :D

  5. Love Matched and Stephanie Plum!!!
    Great week!
    Thanks for stopping by My Mailbox.

  6. Hi! Thank you for stopping by my blog! Great IMM! You got some really cool books. I can’t wait for Daughter of Smoke and Bone! :)

  7. Wow, Hannah! That’s a lot of books you got this week!! I really want to read Fallen Grace, too, for quite some time! Hope you manage to get round to it!

    As for Wolf Hall, while it’s not bad, I have been having problems with it (and struggling to finish it) for two reasons: a) the fact that it has some chapters which are 80 pages long while others are just 2 and b) the fact that quite a few times I have completely lost track of who is saying what to whom. Do tell me if you decide to try reading it! :)

    Happy reading!


    PS: Yep, I’m half-Greek, half-English (hence the accent)!

    • Ahhh well I’ll try it one day when I come off my book buying ban and find a little more time anyway! I’ll put myself in the mood for a heavy book I suppose. I love the Tudor period so, anything in or around interests me.

      You know what? I didn’t notice an accent. :o Maybe I’m just unobservant, heh.

  8. You got some awesome books this week! Im seriously hoping that I made it on to the list for The Daughter of Smoke and Bone from UK book Tours too! :D
    I hope you enjoy all your books! :D

  9. Before I Fall was on my list this week as well. There are a few there that I have been wanting to read as well. This week is my first IMM post:

  10. Great set! I loved Before I Fall and Matched.
    My IMM

  11. Oh you have some great titles here. I just bought HG Wells’ Time Machine a few weeks ago and posted that I believe in my IMM several weeks back.

    Interview With a Vampire is I suppose a classic now compared to all the younger vampire YA novels – it doesn’t have the sweetness of today’s vampire/werewolves, but it’s definitely one of my favorites. It’s a league of its own.

    I am jealous of your Dream Eaters. Looks like something I’d definitely enjoy.

    Here’s my IMM for the week:

    • That’s probably why I want to read Anne Rice, because I get tired of the same old romances that are very hard to escape in YA fiction at the moment

      I know, right? Looks frickin’ awesome :D Had been itching for it, and then it arrived unexpected, along with Hunger Games, and I couldn’t help but squee!

  12. Oooh I’ve been DYING to start the First Law trilogy… I ALMOST bought the first book yesterday too! Gah! Now I’m SO wishing I would have!!
    Check out my IMM!

    • It’s going to take me a while to actually get around to it but it’s nice knowing it’s all there when I get the chance! And for the grand total of £1 for all 3, I’m not complaining ;)

  13. Wow, you got great books! I love that cover of the Hunger Games! I hope you enjoy all you got! Here’s my IMM if you want to check it out! Happy reading!

    -Jessica (Peace Love Books)

  14. EVERY SINGLE TIME I go to comment here, it confuses me that the comment link is at the top. You’d think I’d know by now…

    Yay for RAKs! Haha, I’d forgotten I’d sent them so I was really confused when I saw the photo because somehow those books looked familiar… Your copy of the HG is different to mine though, how odd.

    Apparently you don’t need to have read the Immortals series, or so I read on someone else’s blog. The spin-off series does look interesting though.

    I read The Time Machine about eight years ago (God, I’m getting old…) and I remember it was different to what I’d expected. I need to reread it actually.

    • Rofl! I don’t think reading something when you’re 14 makes you old :P

      And sorry, I would move the comment link but my CSS knowledge is absolute pants! So.. yeah. I did check in my theme settings though, but nope. Ah well.

      It is different, I noticed recently that the cover design seems to have changed (bet there’ll be loads in The Works at the moment). Thankfully it’s not the movie cover though! I hate those.

      That’s cool. Shimmer’s only a little book as well so, assuming the first one is about the same size, they’ll be very quick reads.

      • Haha, I was just thinking how I’d reply to the bit about your comment link… as I scrolled down to the BOTTOM to find it. Sigh. I’m not having a go at you and your choice of placement, just my inability to remember :)

        No, it doesn’t make me old. But the fact that eight years ago I was fourteen does lol.

        I haven’t seen the movie cover yet. Oh God, it hadn’t even ocurred to me there’d be one.

  15. Jessica@a GREAT read says:

    Oh wow! You got a lot this week!

    Happy Reading!

    Here’s my IMM

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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