Last week, you may remember, I was contemplating starting something else to take a break from Black Rain but I ended up getting a good chunk of it read that night and finished it up early in the week. It was certainly a worthwhile read and one I'll not forget. After that, still in the mood for some fantasy, I picked up A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, partly inspired by Heather's recent post mentioning the trilogy. There's definitely something to be said for reading a book that you're in the mood for. I'm almost done and will most likely finish it in bed in just a little while. Next up, Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman. I'm quite looking forward to reading about Iorek Byrnison and Lee Scoresby, from the His Dark Materials books, and how they first met. I've flipped through it and it looks fun. And I love illustrations. I wish more books had them!
Otherwise, this has been a good week for receiving books in the mail. Most of the books I ordered from The Book Depository last week have arrived (just waiting for one straggler). Books really are the best kind of mail! So here are my new lovelies:
Once Upon a Time in the North - Philip Pullman
I Was a Rat - Philip Pullman (since I didn't win it in Nymeth's giveaway...)
Pardonable Lies - Jacqueline Winspear (I read Birds of a Feather last month so I need to have the next one in the series on hand for when the mood strikes).
The Goose Girl - Shannon Hale (I've read so many glowing reviews I knew it had to be one of my reads for the Once Upon a Time Challenge)
The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly (Another one I've heard good things about).
Grotesque - Natsuo Kirino (I found her earlier book, Out, compelling in a dark, twisted way and have been waiting for this one to be released in paperback).
Plus I have a few more books coming my way. An order from Amazon (I've been a very bad girl this month!) and a couple I won (I've also been a very lucky girl this month!) so there is certainly no shortage of books around here. And I wouldn't have it any other way. Have a great week!