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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17 comments:

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

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

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

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  4. I am glad they replaced your book :)

    A nice week to you and a nice month of February

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  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

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  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!

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  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.

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  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

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

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  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!

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  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.

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  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?

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

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  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.

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  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 Amazon.co.uk 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.

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  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!

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

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