Saturday, June 26, 2010

In My Mailbox (June 27, 2010)

The weekly In My Mailbox post is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is fun to see what everyone else gets in their mailboxes, shopping bags, and library visits. Click on the link to The Story Siren's site to see the rules and join in the fun.

I guarantee that your TBR pile will grow when you see all the cool books everyone gets. You will discover lots of wonderful blogs and lots of books that you won't be able to live without.

My resolution not to add more books than I can read was trashed this week. I have no willpower!

I added these books by a couple of authors that I have been reading for a long time.
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich is, as the title says, book 16 in the Stephanie Plum series. These are light, fun mysteries with a bit of romance.
Mission of Honor by David Weber is the 12th in the Honor Harrington series and the 16th in the Honor Harrington Universe. 
These were added because they were recommended on either a Teaser Tuesday post or another blog I read.
When the Wind Blows by James Patterson and The Tightrope Walker were recommended on Teaser Tuesday posts. I recently read my first James Patterson YA and thought I would give his adult books a try. I am a big fan of Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax series and thought I would try one of her non-series books to see if I like the writing style or just the characters.
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson was recommended by one of my favorite authors - Lois McMaster Bujold. I am reading a chapter a day in this one because there is so much to think about. 
Those were the only print books I added but I also added lots to my Kindle.
I had seen some interviews and giveaways with Katie Salidas. I am not luck so I decided to buy her books for my Kindle. I got Immortalis Carpe Noctem and House of Immortal Pleasures. I like paranormals and chose these after reading the interviews and reviews.
I also saw a blog post about Sea of Suspicion by Toni Anderson and decided to try this mystery.
The rest of these books were free for my Kindle this week.
The Last Drop by L. Ron Hubbard was chosen because I know he has written some science fiction but I haven't read any. He is rather more famous for his involvement with Scientology.
Violet Dawn by Brandilyn Collins -- Here is the product description:
Something sinuous in the water brushed against Paige's knee. She jerked her leg away. What was that? She rose to a sitting position, groped around with her left hand. Fine wisps wound themselves around her fingers. Hair? She yanked backward, but the tendrils clung. Something solid bumped her wrist. Paige gasped. With one frantic motion she shook her arm free, grabbed the side of the hot tub, and heaved herself out. Paige Williams slips into her hot tub in the blackness of night-and finds herself face to face with death. Alone, terrified, fleeing a dark past, Paige must make an unthinkable choice. In Violet Dawn, hurtling events and richly drawn characters collide in a breathless story of murder, the need to belong, and faith's first glimmer. One woman's secrets unleash an entire town's pursuit, and the truth proves as elusive as the killer in their midst.

Even Now by Karen Kingsbury because "With hallmark tenderness and power, Karen Kingsbury weaves a tapestry of lives, losses, love, and faith-and the miracle of resurrection."
I also downloaded some shorter work by some other newer science fiction authors that I have heard of but have never read. These were made available by and were all finalists for various science fiction awards.
Overtime by Charles Stoss - This novelette is a finalist for the 2010 Hugo Award
First Flight by Mary Robinette Kowal - This is a finalist for the 2010 Locus Award
A Memory of Wind by Rachel Swirsky - This is a finalist for the 2010 Nebula Award
I am very thankful that my Kindle doesn't get heavier with each new book I load onto it. I think of my Kindle as my rainy day reads. I think I need a decade of rainy days to catch up.
That was my week. What new books did you choose this week?


  1. The cover of Overtime looks kinda creepy...

  2. Wow, that's an amazing haul! Happy reading! :D

  3. Ooh! So jealous you've already got Sizzling Sixteen! It's not out until this coming week over here :-( Can't wait to get my hands on it!

  4. Great books you got this week. I've heard a lot of good things about Bill Bryson. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  5. Wow...That's quite a few books :P
    Enjoy them :)

  6. Great books. I hope you enjoy all of them.

  7. The Immortalis and Immortal Pleasures books look really good!

  8. Love Bill Bryson! Enjoy all your books :)

  9. I love the Stephanie Plum series as well and can't wait to read Sizzling Sixteen. When The Wind Blows is also one of my favourite James Patterson books. I hope you enjoy all of the books you received this week. I too have no willpower. ;) Happy reading. :)

  10. Good selection this week: I really enjoy Karen Kingsbury, I have read most of her stuff. Happy Reading! Here is my IMMB if you want a peek:

  11. Lots of books! They're all new to me, so I hope you enjoy them!

  12. I Love Bill Bryson!! His book A Walk int he Woods is one of my all-time favorites, followed closely by his book about Australia. I highly recommend both of those.

  13. you got a great collection of reads many will be added to my wish list

    Enjoy reading them

    The Blog

  14. I just downloaded A Memory of Wind - I hadn't heard of it before, but it looks like something I would like.

    My IMM is here -

  15. So many books! Hope you enjoy reading all of them!

  16. I like Bill Bryson, so will have to check that one out. Will keep an eye out to see what you think of Sizzling 16, as I'm getting a little tired of Stephanie. She seems to be in a rut and I keep hoping she'll snap out of it! :o

    Happy reading!


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