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, first of all, I thought I’d try again with my bookshelf. I have a second image which I’m hoping will be a little clearer. This is me assuming that I’m not the only one who likes to nose at the books on people’s bookcases and catering for those people 😉 Completely unrelated to my “mailbox”.

This one you can actually click to embiggen!

From the Charity Shop

Sovay by Celia Rees | Goodreads

The Wee Free Men by Sir Terry Pratchett | Goodreads

Possession by A.S. Byatt | Goodreads

I won’t lie. I went into the charity shop on Tuesday thinking, “What can I pick up that could be worth swapping on Read It Swap It?” And I had a massive pile to sort through and managed to whittle it down to just the five listed in this post.. Except I want to read these and keep at least the Abercrombie and Pratchett books. So we’ll see about the swapping, but they were at least fantastic finds!

I’m especially interested in Sovay. I’ve had Witch Child and Sorceress by Celia Rees for years and never managed to get into Witch Child but in Sorceress, though I haven’t read it because it’s a sequel, the writing style seems much better so I thought I’d give her another try.

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie | Goodreads

Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie | Goodreads

They also had the third book in the First Law series which I might grab tomorrow if it’s still there, but yeah. I already had The Blade Itself but it’s an old hardback with teeny tiny text so this paperback, though I prefer the other cover, will be much easier to read.

From the Library

Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran | Goodreads

Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson | Goodreads

This week I rediscovered the library. I hadn’t been inside a library in a matter of years, I can’t actually remember how many, because I wouldn’t let myself get books out. I have a thing about liking to own my books, and I also have a problem with late fees – I always managed to rack them up. But being low on money and all, I figured it was worth a look around. I ended up picking these two up even though I told myself I wouldn’t get anything as I have enough to read but they sound so good! Plus, libraries now? Awesome! You can renew online – no more late fees!

If you look closely, you can see my favourite bookmark poking out of Ultraviolet, coincidentally, I believe I’m the first to borrow that one. And as I’ve already started reading it, I can tell you it’s good so far.

Won in Giveaways

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine | Goodreads (From The Slowest Bookworm)

One Day by David Nicholls | Goodreads (From noodleBubble)

I had a very good run with giveaways this week. I’m usually quite unlucky, but I won Glass Houses from the delightful Karen from The Slowest Bookworm – massive thank you to her! This is a series I eyed up in The Works last week but decided to go with The Weather Wardens instead, so now I can read both. The wrapping was fantastic. I had a job getting into it.

I also won One Day from noodleBubble who I had a lovely conversation with through email. That particular giveaway was a part of Blogfest, which featured 300 blogs all hosting their own giveaways. I was very surprised actually, there were a lot of entries for those giveaways so I was pretty ecstatic to win anything at all and even better a book I’ve been wanting to read for over a year now. Thank you!


Scar Night by Alan Campbell | Goodreads

I discovered Read It Swap It in the past week, I put up a few unwanted books, and a wishlist, went away and my first request came through for The Accidental Sorcerer which I’d picked up and just didn’t feel like reading so I swapped it for Scar Night which appears to be a dark fantasy, though I’ve heard it’s a little steampunk so it will hopefully be featured in Discovering Steampunk.


So, I also had a browse on for free Kindle books. Random urge, blame The Book Vixen. I don’t know if I’ll read them any time soon because I don’t have an ereader and I struggle to read on the PC, but I’ll plopped them all on Kindle For PC and I’ll either give them a read on the PC sometime if I can manage it, or they’ll be there when I finally manage to beg, borrow, or steal a Kindle! 😉 They’re a bit of a mixed bag, some fantasy, some paranormal, some historical, some YA, some not. And here’s the list for those interested:

What did you get this week?