Monday, January 05, 2009

Mailbox Monday: Canadian Book Buying Extravaganza

Considering I had to carry all of these back to Japan, along with all the other stuff we got (like my big box of Cheerios!), I probably went a little overboard but we managed somehow. I usually try to buy only Canadian books when I go as they're often more difficult to get here than American or British titles, but I couldn't pass up a few great offers and was lucky enough to win a couple of giveaways (a big thank you to everyone who sent me a book!) so there are a few others mixed in too. Anyway, here is the stack (click on photo to enlarge):
The Tao of Pooh - Benjamin Hoff (from my aunt, Thanks O!)
Embroideries - Marjane Satrapi (found in the bargain section at Chapters)
A Wall of Light - Edeet Ravel (found in the bargain section at Munro's)
A Reckless Moon - Dianne Warren (bargain book from Chapters)
Barnacle Love - Anthony De Sa (ordered from
Sarah's Key - Tatiana De Rosnay (won from a giveaway at Bookroom Reviews, thank you!)
The Time in Between - David Bergen (also from my aunt O)
Moonheart - Charles de Lint (ordered from Chapters.Indigo)
Dreams Underfoot - Charles de Lint (ordered from Chapters.Indigo)
The Boys in the Trees - Mary Swan (found while browsing at Bolen Books, one of my favourite places to browse in Victoria)
Certainty - Madeleine Thien (ordered from
The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry (won in a giveaway at she reads and reads, thanks Avis!)
The Scream - Rohinton Mistry (ordered from
The Magician's Book: A Sceptic's Adventures in Narnia - Laura Miller (won in a giveaway at book:thirty, thanks Stacey and Miriam from Hachette).
The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson (ordered from Chapters.Indigo)
Windflower - Nick Bantock (bargain book from Chapters.Indigo)
Skim - Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki (graphic novel, found while browsing at Bolen Books)

So many tempting books! These should keep me busy for a while.
Next week, the books that were either waiting for me or that I've received since we got back to Japan a few days ago. It's a pretty decent pile too. I definitely haven't been lacking in books lately!

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  1. It is a beautiful thing not to be lacking in books...enjoy your haul!

  2. THat is a fantastic pile o' books! Moonheart is probably my favorite of deLint's books that I've read so far. It's really good. Happy Reading Tan!

  3. I can't wait to hear what you think of the Mistry. He's on my 'short' list of favorites.

  4. Oh my, I bet your suitcase was heavy!

    What fun to have so many new books to dive into. I bet you had a blast going to all the bookstores. Enjoy your bounty.

  5. I'm drooling over all those books, Nat! What a great stack of wonderful mouth watering reading treasures! I hope you enjoy each and every one of them. :-)

  6. The Gargoyle is really good. I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

  7. Wow lucky you to be able to spend lots of money on books. Hope you enjoy them. Glad you went to Canada too (I'm Canadian)

    My MM is here

  8. Wow!! That's a LOT of books..I'm jealous :) I've heard some good reviews about "The Time in Between". I wasn't able to get a copy here in the US. I hope you enjoy them.

  9. I've heard great things about Sarah's Key - I've got it near the top of my tbr pile. Here's my Mailbox!

    :) Wendi

  10. Wow, what a terrific haul! Those should keep you busy for awhile :)

  11. Wow, you've got some good reading there. The Boys in the Trees is a great story. The Time in Between was good too. Both big award nominees by the way. Edeet Ravel is fantastic. I just finished Ten Thousand Lovers, my second book by her and I can't get enough. I look forward to some of your reviews. You've got enough there to complete the Canadian book Challenge all by itself. Happy reading in 2009. My MM is posted.

  12. What an awesome stack of books!

    BTW: I enjoyed your pictures of the Christmas trees at the Empress :o)

    Thanks for stopping by and saying hello at my blog. I'm hoping that some things will change and I can get back to some blogging. I have been able to do some reading thank goodness.

    Happy New Year!

  13. Embroideries! De Lint! Everything else! That's a great pile. I hope you enjoy them all :)

  14. What a fantastic pile! (I posted a pile in my MM post this week too, though the pic is not as good as yours!)

    I'm glad you finally got your hands on The Lace Reader!

  15. The Gargoyle was my favorite book of 2008...but no pressure :-)

  16. That is a great pile of books! Enjoy :)

  17. Lovely stack there, Nat. I've heard good things about Sarah's Key. I have an ARC of The Lace Reader in my stacks. It's not calling out to me, so I'll be interested in your thoughts. Is The Scream a new or old title of Mistry's? I still have his Family Matters to read. Must, must, must read it in 2009!!!

  18. That is quite a haul. There are wome wonderful books in that stack!

  19. Wow, I love just looking at all those books :) Enjoy THE GARGOYLE I liked this book a lot. I haven't heard about the other books.

  20. Amy - Thanks. The problem is that I want to read all of them right now! :P

    Chris - I'm glad to hear that you liked Moonheart so much. I'm looking forward to reading some de Lint this year.

    Teresa - It's been a few years since I've read anything by Mistry so it'll be good to revisit him, even if it is so short.

    Iliana - We had 3 checked bags between the two of us for the return journey so I split them up to divide the weight and it worked well. :)

    Wendy - They're still in a stack on the table and are so tempting! I think I need to move them out of my line of sight. ;)

    Kailana - And I had great fun choosing them. :)

    Monica - I've heard such good things about The Gargoyle I hope my expectations aren't too high. But I do think I'll enjoy it.

    Callista - About half of them were free or bargain books but the rest were my Christmas splurge for myself. I only get to Canada about once a year so I try to stock up when I'm there. :P

    Happy Reader - My aunt who gave me the copy of The Time in Between said it was one of her favourite reads of last year. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Wendi B. - I've heard great things about Sarah's Key too. :)

  21. Wendy - These will definitely keep me busy for a while, but I'm not complaining! :)

    Sandra - I hadn't heard of The Boys in the Trees before but it caught my eye while browsing and after I read the blurb and a little from the beginning I knew I had to have it! Glad to hear you enjoyed it.
    And I've been wanting to read something by Edeet Ravel for a while so I couldn't pass up this one when I found it on the bargain table.

    Terri B. - Life does get in the way of blogging sometimes, doesn't it? Hope your new year is starting off well. :)

    Nymeth - LOL. I'm so impatient to read them all I wish I could read faster! :P

    Avis - Thanks again for The Lace Reader! I'm really looking forward to reading it!

    Janet - LOL. I'm curious what I'll think of it, but I've heard such great things about it!

    Maree - Thanks, I plan to. :P

    Les - The Scream was originally published a few years ago in a limited edition to raise funds for the charity, World Literacy of Canada, but now it's been released in this trade edition, so I guess it depends on how you look at it. :)

    Teddy Rose - I think I need to refrain from buying for a little while, at least until February! ;)

  22. Sylvie - LOL, me too! I'm looking forward to reading The Gargoyle. I just hope my expectations aren't too high from all the rave reviews.


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