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 Amazon.ca)
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 Amazon.ca)
The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry (won in a giveaway at she reads and reads, thanks Avis!)
The Scream - Rohinton Mistry (ordered from Amazon.ca)
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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23 comments:

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

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  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!

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

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  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.

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  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. :-)

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

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  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

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  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.

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  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

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

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  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.

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  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!

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

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  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!

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

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

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  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!!!

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

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  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.

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  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. :)

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  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! ;)

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  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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