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Sunday, 4 October 2009

In My Mailbox (#5)

This meme is hosted by Kristi, The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

This week I have two books in my mailbox.

Shiver by Maggie Steifvater
This book I guess doesn't need an introduction. Everyone in the Bogosphere seems to be talking about it.

But anyway, Amazon says:

Grace is fascinated by the wolves in the woods behind her house; one yellow-eyed wolf in particular. Every winter, she watches him but every summer, he disappears. Sam leads two lives. In winter, he stays in the frozen woods, with the protection of the pack. In summer, he has a few precious months to be human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. When Grace and Sam finally meet they realize they can't bear to be apart. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human - or risk losing himself, and Grace, for ever.

The Last Elf by Silvana De Mari
This is the tiniest, cutest hardback. I bought this book as it was nominated for the Marsh Award which is a prize for translators. Sadly, it only made the longlist. I'm thinking about using it at work for a Young Cultural Creators project which aims to look at literature first published in a language other than English.

Here is what Amazon has to say:
Yorsh the Elf finds himself in the unlikely company of two humans and their pet dog. Humans and elves do not get on! But stranger things are happening in the world, with the endless rain, the floods and the ensuing disasters. When Yorsh happens upon a prophecy in a cave, he realises that his journey will have an even greater significance than being simply his attempt to avoid the weather! Heart-warming and truly original, this wonderful novel brings to readers an utterly charming character whose innocence and style are irresistible.

This is my TBR pile. It's getting pretty big. I don't think I'm going to have an IMM next week. I just can't justify buying more books when I have all these titles to read.
I am going to force myself to read The Very Thought of You once I've finsihed Chosen by P.C. and Kristin Cast. I have my staff book group on Friday so I have the deadline for motivation. Then I'm going to read Shiver because I want to finish it by the time Maggie has her London signing on October 15th.
Hope you all got some cool books in your mailboxes this week!


The Bookologist said...

You got great books, I also got Shiver from amazon this week and I can't wait to read it!

Lauren said...

The Last Elf looks realy cute! I'm reading Shiver right now, and it's good.

Chicklish said...

Happy reading! That's an impressive TBR pile. :)

Nina said...

WOw, great books! I love the second one: the last elf, it looks so cute. You have a big TBR pile, enjoy reading the books you got.

bookalicious said...

I really like the Shiver cover, even though it doesn't sound like my cup of tea at all. :)
And your TBR pile has nothing on TBR mountain which consists of about 140 unread books (and counting), heh. It's quite frustrating to know that I have to read that many books and yet I can't wait. I still buy more and more new books because I want to read them really badly when I see them, but then it usually takes ages for me to get round to them. Boo, wish I could just read all day! Happy reading to you though and looking forward to your reviews!

Jo said...

Wow, great books! I so want to read Shiver, and The Last Elf looks adorable! Happy reading!

Lea said...

The Last Elf looks so cute! Shiver is amazing, too. Whoa, look at that TBR pile!

happy reading!

prophecygirl said...

I'm looking forward to your Shiver review! & your Catching Fire one as well.. :)

Rebecca said...

Great books you got this week. I love the UK cover of Shiver. I think my library has that version. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

GardenofEdee said...

I started Shiver this weekend!! Love it so far!

Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

Sweet stack!
Enjoy Shiver.
I'm SOO jealous.

Amanda said...

Shiver sounds like a good book, another book I'll be adding to my wish-list!