Monday, January 12, 2009

Mailbox Monday: Bargain Books

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

Not shown:
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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  1. Looks like an interesting selection of books - I'm waiting to read The Post-Birthday World myself. Not in my local library though. And I seem to have the same problem finding space on my shelves! Universal problem, that one.

  2. Don't you just love BookCloseouts. I get in trouble every time I go to that site. Since I am in the US, I always try to hit up their free shipping deals.

  3. Yum!!! So many tasty new acquisitions. Good luck finding a place to put them. I find I'm dealing with the same problem.

  4. More books to add to my ever growing wish list! Though, this does remind me that I need to get to my copy of Kissing Games of the World as well. :p

    I've tagged you for a meme, if you are interested.

    ~ Popin

  5. You're definitely not suffering from a post holiday slump like just about everyone else is. Happy reading!

  6. Somehow I was completely convinced that Bookcloseouts didn't ship outside the USA. I'm not sure if knowing otherwise is a good thing :P

  7. You could always buy another shelf!

  8. What a great list of books! I've been meaning to try BookCloseOuts for a while now - I'm in Canada, so I've been hesitating, unsure about the extra shipping, but I think I'll give it a try!

  9. You've got some great ones there, Nat. I have The Diving Pool in my TBR collection and will be curious to read what you think of it once you've read it. And then Broken for You is one of my favorite books. Enjoy your new books!

  10. Wow - you had a wonderful week. I've got the same problem - piles of books with no more space on the book shelves. I've also got to go through and get rid of a few. . . hmmm - what to do with them . . . maybe trade on LT.

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  11. I'm addicted to's such a bad thing...but oh so good at the same time!

  12. Books on sale are always dangerous!

    I've enjoyed Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily Ashton books when I've needed some light historical crime fiction, so hope you do as well.

    I've heard good things about Mosquito, The Diving Pool and Nothomb, so look forward to hearing about them.

  13. Oh, a book held by my hands has been turned immortal by your picture and hosted on your blog. Hah, great book porn. I feel so important that I get mentioned in a post. *laughs*

  14. Oh no, you had to go remind me that I haven't checked out BookCloseouts in a while! :)

    Great stuff you got.... Have you been reading the Rei Shimura series? I really liked the first books in the series a lot. All the details about Japan, the food, the neighborhoods, etc. were so fascinating to read.

  15. Michelle - I'm looking forward to reading The Post-Birthday World, whenever I manage to fit it in that is. As for the lack of space, at least I know I'm not alone! :P

    Monique - I'm sure if I was at home in Canada I'd be tempted by them all the time!

    Andi - LOL. I still haven't put these 2 stacks away. All my shelves are already double-stacked, it's like an evil game of Tetris trying to fit in just. one. more!

    Popin - Funny meme! I'll try to get to it soon. And I just finished Kissing Games of the World and really quite enjoyed it.

    bermudaonion - Technically I didn't get any books last week. All these arrived the week before but I already had a big stack for MM so decided these deserved their own post. But I'm not complaining. I think these will keep me busy for a while.

    Kailana - I thought so! :)

    Nymeth - LOL. I know what you mean although I probably won't order from them very often. The cost for shipping internationally is quite expensive, but this time, especially since the books were only a couple dollars or so each, it worked out much cheaper than the Book Depository or other sources. Course they are bargain books so they're not in perfect condition but I'm still pleased with them.

    saveophelia - LOL. The problem is I don't even know where I'd put another shelf! Our little apartment is pretty filled up as it is!

    Belle - From what I understand, they also ship out of a warehouse in Canada or something because Canadian orders are shipped from somewhere in Ontario. You know you want to check them out! :P

    Wendy - I'm looking forward to reading The Diving Pool too, and likewise, I look forward to your thoughts on it when you get around to it.
    I remembered that Broken for You was one of your favourites (and it was already on my wishlist because of you) when I was browsing the BookCloseOuts site so of course I had to get it! :)

    Wendi B. - Yes I think it really is time for me to go through and sort out the ones I'm not really interested in anymore. Sigh.

    Chris - Haha! I understand! :P

    Sarah - I've heard good things about Tasha Alexander's series so I'm looking forward to trying it.

    dayream - LOL. Glad you enjoyed the book porn! ;)

    Iliana - I didn't read any last year but yes, I've read the first 5 books in the series. They're light but I've enjoyed the Japanese cultural stuff and how each book has focused on something, ikebana, kimono, etc. I remember you mentioning that you didn't like the series as much after she left Japan, but I'm still curious about what she'll be up to next so I couldn't pass this one up when it was so cheap.

  16. Hi Nat :)

    Wow ;)Enjoy THE CHARACTER OF RAIN and THE DIVING POOL, I enjoyed both.
    It is definitely time for me to buy some books...

  17. Thank you for stopping by the 'mailbox' this week. Two very good weeks in a row for you. I found 'Broken for You' different and, um, interesting. I'm looking forward to your thoughts.

  18. Sylvie - You should check out BookCloseOuts, you might find some good deals. I'm looking forward to reading more by Nothomb and The Diving Pool which I've heard good things about.

    Marcia - Well I didn't get a single book this week so things are starting to balance out. Your comment has made me very curious about Broken for You.


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