Monday, February 02, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Three books came into my house last week.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling. Ordered to replace the Collectors' Edition that I sent back because it was so poorly put together. I read it, very carefully, before returning it but I still wanted to have the stories to read again.

Shakespeare Wrote for Money by Nick Hornby. I've thoroughly enjoyed the 2 previous collections of his essays about what he's been reading so of course I had to get this one too!

The Cloister and the Citadel by Brigid Knight. "A little-known novel about Charlotte de Bourbon-Montpensier, a little-known Renaissance princess" that I first heard about at Reading the Past. Originally published in 1958, it's now out of print but I found a cheap copy at Amazon Marketplace and decided to give it a try.

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  1. A nice variety. Those essays about reading sound good. Happy reading in February. My MM is up.

  2. Enjoy the Nick Hornby :D I had never heard of Brigid Knight before, but that book has a lovely cover.

  3. I didn't know Hornby had a new book of essays out! I too enjoyed his first two. Thanks for mentioning it!

  4. I am glad they replaced your book :)

    A nice week to you and a nice month of February

  5. Oh! I remember reading about The Cloister and the Citadel on Reading the Past! I'm looking forward to seeing what you think about it. :D

    - Anastasia

  6. I still haven't read Beedle the Bard...I have no idea why! And I'm dying to read the Hornby books...they sound great!

  7. Love, love, love Nick Hornby. Someday, I'll get a copy of Beedle Bard, but I was really horrified when you said you spent the big bucks and it wasn't even put together well. Disappointing. I'll go for the cheap version, when I do. The Cloister and the Citadel looks interesting.

  8. The Cloister sounds interesting - hope you enjoy it - I might need to grab a copy for my book club.

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  9. I really want to read The cloister and the citadel too. I have to try to get my hands on a copy!

  10. I'm reading Shakespeare Wrote for Money painfully slowly at the moment, trying to take my time as its the last one! Very very good!

  11. I'm familiar with Nick Hornby's novels but one of these days I must read his essays! Yay for new books. Hope you enjoy them... The historical one sounds pretty interesting too.

  12. Hello... Another Nick Hornby book to add to my To Buy pile. Not sure about the Rowling book although I'm a HUGE fan. Worth the splurge?

  13. I hope you enjoy reading Cloister! Glad to know that my writeup encouraged you to purchase it :)

  14. Thank you for stopping by the 'mailbox' this week. I thought sure when I spied 'Citadel' you were going to the winner of Sarah's contest.

  15. Sandra - Nick Hornby's columns about what he's been reading are always fun to read.

    Nymeth - I'm sure I will! Enjoy the Nick Hornby that is. :)
    I'd never heard of Brigid Knight before either, but that's the good thing (bad thing?) about blogging!

    Teresa - You're welcome. :) It's sad though that it's the last one, now that he's no longer doing the column in The Believer.

    Sylvie - I actually got a full refund for the one I sent back and I ordered this one myself to replace it as it's the much cheaper edition, but it works out the same. I hope you have a good February too! :)

    Anastasia - I have no idea when I'll get around to reading it, but it does sound interesting. :)

    Chris - You can read Beedle during the Once Upon a Time challenge. :)
    And yes, Hornby's essays on reading are very fun!

    Nancy - The Collectors' Edition wasn't worth it, for me, so I'm happy now with the cheap standard edition. The tales really are a lot of fun to read!

    Wendi B. - I'm not sure when I'll get to it but it does sound interesting. I'm always up for some good historical fiction.

    Teddy Rose - I found this one on Marketplace and I think there were others available at that time anyway.

    mariel - LOL. I'll probably try to draw it out too but we'll see if that works or not! :P

    Iliana - I've actually only read one of Hornby's novels (About a Boy) so far. But I think all book lovers would enjoy his essays on reading. :)

    indigo - It's definitely worth getting The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The standard edition only cost me about $4 with the exchange rate right now, but the stories are great and I'm sure I'll read them again. Plus if you're a fan of the series, you'll love Dumbledore's commentary for each tale.

    Sarah - Your writeup made it sound very appealing so when I found this copy available on Amazon Marketplace, rather cheaply too, I decided I had to give it a try. :)

    Marcia - No, sadly I didn't win it, but finding a cheap copy was the next best thing.

  16. I am looking forward to reading Shakespeare Wrote for Money one of these days. I have yet to read a collection of essays by Hornby yet, but I'm so sure I'll love them. Haha!

    Enjoy your new books!

  17. Wendy - I'm sure you'll love them too! :)


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