Last week was my Canadian book loot. This week, the books that were waiting for me when we got back to Japan. Technically all of these books were ordered, requested or won in November last year but since they only arrived this month I'm counting them as books acquired in 2009. Most of them are from a BookCloseouts order for which I blame Susan. She mentioned their half-price fiction sale back in November on Win a Book and so I decided just to have a quick look. Well, we all know how that goes! Even with the expensive international shipping, it still worked out much less per book than I'd be able to get them for otherwise so how could I resist? They're bargain books so they're a bit marked up and scruffy but because of the price, I can't really complain. But anyway, here's the stack (click on the photo to enlarge):
The Blood King - Gail Z. Martin (Book Two of the Chronicles of the Necromancer)
I won this one in a giveaway at Temple Library Reviews (Thanks Harry and Gail!). I haven't really read much adult fantasy. Most of the fantasy I've read has been the Harry Potter, Philip Pullman variety, but from the interview Harry did with the author, this one sounded interesting, plus there are vampires! But first I have to get my hands on a copy of book one.
Mother Superior - Saleema Nawaz
A collection of multicultural stories and novellas. I requested this one from Mini Book Expo about 2 months ago so I was glad it finally arrived!
The rest are all from the BookCloseouts order. Several of these had been on my wishlist for a while, either because I've read other books by the authors and wanted to read more or thanks to bloggers recommendations.
The Girl from the Chartreuse - Pierre Péju
The Character of Rain - Amélie Nothomb
The Diving Pool - Yoko Ogawa
And Only to Deceive - Tasha Alexander
The Samurai's Daughter - Sujata Massey (Book 6 in the Rei Shimura series)
The River Midnight - Lilian Nattel
Broken for You - Stephanie Kallos
mosquito - Roma Tearne
The Post-Birthday World - Lionel Shriver
Kissing Games of the World - Sandi Kahn Shelton
I'm reading it right now for a blog tour later this month and at the moment it's on my nightstand in the other room.
Now I have to figure out where to put all of these! I still haven't put away last week's pile because there simply is no room on the shelves. I fear that I may have to go through and cull some books sometime soon. Ah, the plight of the bookworm.
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