Monday, May 18, 2009

Mailbox Monday

It's been 4 weeks since my last confession, book confession that is. I've been consciously trying to limit the number of books and the amount I spend on books this year, because I really do have too many unread books as it is, plus with things a bit tighter this year due to the economy. So earlier this year H and I agreed on a small-ish monthly book budget each and I've been sticking to it. H went over last month but tried to justify it since they were computer books that he was going to use for work. Hmm.. Anyway, I haven't used any of my budget this month since it seems silly to buy more now when we'll just have to pack them and move them in a few weeks. (I fully intend to carry it over though and splurge after we're settled in!) However, I did receive a few books for review last week, and they look great!

Best Intentions by Emily Listfield
I thought it sounded like something I'd enjoy, and it's had some great reviews by other bloggers, so I'm looking forward to it even more now.

The King's Bride by E.T.A Hoffmann
The Flight of the Icarus by Raymond Queneau
Both of these are from OneWorld Classics, an independent publisher whose "aim is to expand the literary canon in the English-speaking world through a series of mainstream and lesser-known classics, often by commissioning new translations." Sounds good, right? I'd actually been approached to review a different title, but when I was browsing their site these ones caught my eye, and they were kind enough to send me these instead. They both sound like such fun, I can't wait to read them. Since they're also both quite slim, I hope to slip them in sometime soon.

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What new books have you received lately that you're eager to read?


  1. A friend just sent me the brand-new Ishiguro, "Nocturnes." As he's one of my all-time favorites, I'm very excited. It's up next!

  2. I don't know about the books but I sure like the covers!

  3. Your first sentence made me laugh. You're doing well if you are sticking to a book budget. I love literature in translation and both of those books sound interesting. I've heard of the authors but never read them. I'll be interested to see what you think of them. Enjoy. My MM is posted.

  4. I received Best Intentions too...can't wait to get to it!! The other two look interesting. Enjoy!!

  5. You've got such good will power, Nat! :-) Your new books do look good. Enjoy!

  6. Hi Nat :D

    I will be interested to see what you thought of BEST INTENTIONS I liked it enought to give it 5 stars.

  7. I just won best intentions from book escape. I can't wait for it to arrive...thanks for sharing your confession.

    happy reading.

  8. I like the way you started this post! lol Enjoy your books!

  9. We have a book budget too although it's so easy for my husband to go over his because he gets those expensive art and graphic design books. And, yea, he tries to justify it with the same reason as H :)

    I've got Best Intentions too and am really looking forward to it. Sounds like a good, fast-paced book. Enjoy your new books!

  10. I had the chance to review Best Intentions and really enjoyed it. I hope you do to!

  11. Best Intentions sounds good, as do the others. Enjoy your new books! My mailbox post is here.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  12. Teresa - I was reading about Nocturnes just the other day. It does sound good! Did it live up to your expectations?

    Mary - The covers are very pretty, aren't they?

    Sandra - Glad it made you laugh. :)
    I love literature in translation too. I'd heard of Raymond Queneau although I haven't read anything by him, but not Hoffmann. I'm really looking forward to both books.

    Staci - Best Intentions has been getting some great reviews. I have a couple others to read first but I hope to read it soon.

    Wendy - Sticking to a budget has been good at making me prioritize which books I absolutely MUST have. It's not like I don't have loads of books here already that I haven't read yet. :P

    Sylvie - I saw that you'd given it a perfect 5! I'm looking forward to reading it.

    gautami tripathy - They're all tempting me, I think I'll be reading them all sooner rather than later.

    Serena - I enjoy reading everyone else's 'confessions' so it's only right to share. :)

    Kailana - I was wondering how long it had been since I'd had anything to report for a Mailbox Monday post and that's what popped into my head. LOL.

    Iliana - We need to figure out a way to justify our books as a work expense. Hmmm... ;)

    Jess - I do too. It's had great reviews so I have high hopes for it.

    Anna - It was nice to get some books in the mail again, especially since they all sound so fun.

  13. I've only read the first story in "Nocturnes," so I'll have to get back to you. Right now I'm reading my son's thesis! :) Then I'll go back to the Ish.

  14. Teresa - Your son's thesis definitely takes priority. I'd love to hear what you think of Nocturnes though when you get back to it.


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