Jan 5, 2009

Mailbox Monday: The Post of Shame

Not really, actually, because most were either mooched or gifts:

  • The Princess' Blankets by Carol Ann Duffy
  • Fables 10: The Good Prince by Bill Willingham et al
  • Black Hole by Charles Burns
  • Heartbreak Soup by Gilbert Hernandez
  • Bone by Jeff Smith (yay!)
  • Ratha's Creature, Ratha's Ground and Ratha's Courage by Clare Bell (Thank you, Imaginator Press! This is a fantasy series about pre-historic cats I first heard about on Jeane's blog, and it sounds right up my alley.)
  • The Tygrine Cat by Inbali Iserles(A lovely surprise from Valentina, and more fantasy featuring cats! Seriously, I want to read all these books right now.)
  • The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee
  • The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Also, not on the pile, either because they're still on their way to me or because I forgot to remove them from the nightstand to include in the picture:
  • Hero by Perry Moore
  • The Girl in the Castle inside the Museum by Kate Bernheimer and Nicoletta Ceccoli
  • We Are on Our Own by Miriam Katin
  • Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
  • Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
  • Pobby and Dingan by Ben Rice
  • Here, There be Dragons by James A. Owen (I can't believe I managed to mooch this!)
Before you say anything, this is my last massive book acquisition for a while. This time of year, with Christmas and my birthday, is always when I hoard books to last me for months to come. The only problem (and yes, I know there are worse problems) is that looking at my pile of brand new shiny books almost makes me hyperventilate, because I want to be reading them all NOW. And I've only been managing to read for half an hour before bed these days. And that won't change for another week yet. Sigh.

Still, now that my tbr has hit 100 books, I should probably adopt something similar to Memory's rules. Or I could just shut up and go read my books.


  1. Your stack is great! Many of them are on my own TBR list to buy. My problem with buying is that I usually end up not loving the book after I read it or reading it months after I bought it. I'm thinking about adopting Memory's rules also.
    Happy readings, Nymeth.

  2. All I can say is Holy Cow! Happy reading.

  3. I'm hoping I won't get much in the next few weeks but I've been saying that for a few weeks now! Someday!

  4. Holy moly, that's quite the stack of books Nymeth! You'll be busy for a bit.

  5. Awesome - I'll be watching for a few of these on bookmooch when you are done (???) I liked The Rules - how fitting, indeed. I'm hyperventilating, too!

  6. Vasilly: That happens to me too, but the ones I don't enjoy can always go on Bookmoch, which helps. But if I had access to a good library I would definitely buy less books. I use a university library, which is good for non-fiction, classics, and contemporary canonic fiction. But they'd spit at the mere mention of comics, fantasy or children's and YA. Those three together are about 70% of what I read, and unfortunately it's either buy them or don't read them. And thank you!

    Bermudaonion, thanks :D

    Alea: I will definitely behave for the next few weeks, lol.

    Dar: I promise it's not often that I have weeks like this. Otherwise I'd have drowned in books :P

    Care: It'll depend on how much I like them...but I kinda suspect most are keepers :P

  7. yay! You got the Princess blanket's (in hardback!) AND the girl inside the castle inside the museum!
    You could actually tick them down pretty quickly,you should take you more than 5-10 mins each!what's your first impressions of them?

  8. I was tickled pink to see the Ratha books on your pile! I'll be eager to hear what you think of them. My favorite is still the first, Ratha's Creature. I've just finished no 4 and am reading to start the final one soon!

    The Tygrine Cat sounds good, too. Have to look for that one for myself, now!

  9. Can't wait to hear about the prehistoric cat books. They sound fascinating. (Almost hope they're no good so's I don't have to add to my tbr mountain. ;-)) The Uncommon Reader is delightful. A really nice haul.

  10. LOL...don't feel bad, I'm sure that I've done worse than that at some time :p So many good books on that pile by the way! You're going to love The Uncommon Reader and I'm jealous that you got The Yellow Lighted Bookshop! I really want to read that one too. Life as we Knew it is FANTASTIC. I know you'll enjoy that one too. I know exactly what you mean about hyperventalating, lol.I do the same thing when I see all of my new books!

  11. Man, that's totally me. I come home from a good libray haul all Hnnn hah hnnnn! I want to...but which shall I...I need!!!!!

  12. Oh man, I could never make that promise...I don't think I'd get to buy another book for the rest of my life. Hmmm...probably shouldn't have admitted that, huh?

    That is one awesome pile of pages there! And I can't believe you just got the first three of The Named series. Annie just got a comment today on her blog from Clare Bell, because she had Ratha's Creature on her list of books read last year. Annie's really been wanting to read the rest of the series, but they just don't have them in the bookstores. I should probably just Amazon them for the poor girl.

    Anyway, I hope you enjoy each and every one of those beauties! Oh, and I've really been wanting to try Bone! Have you read any of them before? Can't wait to hear what you have to say about it!

  13. That's a very nice pile you have there Nymeth! I sooo totally know the feeling of just wanting to gobble all of your new books in one second. Those are always good times. Enjoy!

    On another note, with my own TBR pile well over 100 books, I need to establish a few rules myself. ;)

  14. WOW! That is one awesome pile of books.

    looking at my pile of brand new shiny books almost makes me hyperventilate, because I want to be reading them all NOW.

    This is me too. Getting new books is such a high, but the terrible realization that I can't read them all at once always brings me crashing right back down.

  15. I always buy a lot of books around Christmas and my birthday, too. Last year I was really good and hardly bought any books, though, so now I have a list a mile long and I have no idea what to get! I have changed my mind so many times, I am stressing myself out! So, you know what, me being good and hardly buying books didn't turn out quite how I had planned...

  16. Don't feel bad, Nymeth! After all, this is one 'bad' habit that we could not ditch, ever! LOL. You've a nice haul there! I've The Tygrine Cat too so I'm looking forward to reading your review on it. :)

  17. Great stack, Nymeth! I haven't seen most of the titles you've listed but they sound good.

    I dare not look at my TBR but recently rearranged my bookshelves from by author's name to those as follows:

    1) Listed in various 2009 challenges, including personal challenge (top-most of the shelf)
    2) Want to read and most likely will read very, very soon
    3) Unlikely to be read in the near future (so this stack goes to the lower part of the shelf)
    4) Read (lowest part of the shelf)

  18. Wow - all those books should keep you happily reading for a while!


  19. great stack of books nymeth! enjoy them :)
    'looking at my pile of brand new shiny books almost makes me hyperventilate, because I want to be reading them all NOW'...my sentiments exactly! lol


  20. Wow, that is a lot of books!! You'll have to remind me of when your actual birthday is--but Happy Birthday! I'm looking foward to what you think of The Uncommon Reader. After reading Dewey's stellar review a few months back, it's been on my radar. Enjoy enjoy enjoy!! If only there was a way to read them ALL at the same time. :)

  21. Sweet pile O' Books!! Lots that I would love to have.

    Since I didn't get any books for Christmas, I'm hoping to add a few to the pile for my birthday. I don't know how many more hints I have to leave for my family to get the picture. Oh well....the library will just have to keep my going!

  22. Boy, being a book blogger is hard work, right? ;)

  23. That's a very nice pile of books! I'm trying to work at feeling less guilty for buying books when I already have hundreds of unread ones in my TBR piles! LOL. But seriously I do need to do something since I have absolutely no more room on my bookshelves.
    And I know what you mean about wanting to read them all. Right. Now! I'm totally the same! :P

  24. Hi Nymeth and everyone,

    It was great fun to see my Ratha books in your book pile. Thank you! My thanks also to Imaginator Press (Sheila Ruth). She is so great to work with

    Enjoy them and let me know what you think.

  25. That is one serious list of books! Hope it keeps you going for awhile! Enjoy.

  26. I am beginning to believe that the ultimate idea of the tbr pile is for, on day, the tbr pile will be larger than the amount of books we keep on our book shelves! ..but don't quote me. *sigh*

    great bunch of books! I hope you enjoy James Owens book, I did!

  27. I came back to work yesterday to find quite a stack of books waiting for me too! Very exciting. Also got the Yellow Lighted Bookshop for Christmas, so looking forward to hearing what you think of it! Enjoy!

  28. Strange, I was just holding Ratha's Creature in my hand at work today and wondering if I should read it! I'll be waiting to read your review, then :)

    I loved The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop! Hope that you will, too!

  29. Aw! More book porn please. :)

    This is a stack you can be proud of.

  30. My tbr pile is probably close to 300 by now, but I can't stop! I know what you mean about wanting to read them all NOW! I always feel like that. But, as you say, there are worse problems, right?

  31. Fantasy novels about prehistoric cats? How did I miss those?
    And yay, for new books :)

  32. Valentina: I know I could read them fast, but I'm saving them for a Picture Book Day along with The Lorax. I want to take lots of time over the art and whatnot :D My impression so far is that they're gorgeous!

    Jeane, I look forward to your thoughts on the last book.

    Cath: lol! I'm really looking forward to The Uncommon Reader.

    Chris: I know I will too! I just had to get it for the Sci-Fi Experience. And actually, I think I'm going to violate my ban before it even becomes official and add one more: Speaker for the Dead.

    Raych: lol! As always, perfectly put :P

    Debi: "pile of pages", I like that :P And I didn't remember that Annie had read Ratha's Creature! I read that the books were out of print for years, but they are back now. I have never read Bone, no, and I know it sounds kind of crazy to get the whole thing without trying it first, but I just can't imagine not liking it!

    J.S. Peyton: We should all make a list of Official Rules to Follow, Or Else. That would restrain us for a good 5 days :P

    Memory: lol, we sound like a AA meeting or something, don't we?

    Kailana: Just be impulsive! Click "checkout" without thinking twice! That's probably not advice I should be giving, but oh well :P

    Melody: I know, I know...there are definitely worse habits.

    Alice: You're so organized! I should do that, but I'm moving in a month or so, so until then I'll leave them as they are: piled on the floor :P

  33. Yay for book piles! Check mine out here!

    Happy reading!

  34. Wendi: They surely will :D

    Naida: I knew you'd all understand!

    Trish: It was on Saturday, actually, hence the huge pile of books :P Or part of it, anyway. Thank you for your wishes! I'm kind of in denial :P Not in a "oh noes I'm elderly" way, but more in a ahhh-where's-my-life-plan-I-have-no-direction-whatsoever kinda way :P Sorry for the rant, though. The Uncommon Reader is really short, which is an extra reason why it will be one of the first I'll get to. And yes, simultaneous reading would be so awesome!

    Stephanie: I hope you do get some books for your birthday! You more than deserve them.

    Renay: It's a hard life, full of woes :P

    tanabata: I'm trying to work at feeling MORE guilty! Maybe that would stop me :P I got a new bookshelf last March and already it's full. We're hopeless.

    rathacat: Hi, and thanks for stopping by! I'm really looking forward to reading your books :)

    Michelle: It definitely will. And thanks!

    Deslily: You know, that's really not an impossible scenario :P

    Mariel: yay for new books! I've heard great things about The Yellow Lighted Bookshop and I bet we'll both enjoy it.

    Marineko: I'll let you know soon!

    Dark Orpheus: This will probably be the last book porn for a while :P

    Lisa: 300! That makes me feel better :P And yep, there definitely are, lol. I always feel so spoiled when I complain I have too much to read. But it's all in good humour!

    Maree: I don't know how I missed them until now either. They've been around for ages!

  35. What a great big stack!

    Wanted to let you know to stay tuned tomorrow for your award! Check out my blog.

  36. Thanks for all the enthusiasm, guys!
    It makes it all worthwhile. If you want some prehistoric cat fun, follow me on Twitter.

  37. With stuff that cool there is certainly no reason to be ashamed!!!

  38. Wow Nymeth, with a list like that I have to wonder how many books are kicking around your place that you are to read and review for publishers. Maybe you should consider joining my ARC reading challenge.

  39. Your pile of books looks wonderful! I love it when I have weeks like that.

  40. Ratha's Creature! Woohoo woohoo woohoo!

  41. Nymeth, I left you an award on my blog today. Check it out.

  42. I'm so jealous that you got a copy of Carol Ann Duffy's the Princess' Blankets, which I didn't see when I was in Foyle's! I have Mean Time instead to read. You read her too, this is like a Christmas present for me! yaay! I just got The Uncommon Reader and Well-Lighted Bookshop too, so maybe this year we can try reading them around the same time, and it will work out better this time?....it was all my fault last time, but I do love the idea!!
    and if you go see my post, you won't be at all shamed by your books. No, you might even let yourself 'acquire' a few more!!! lol and happy late birthday, dear Nymeth.

  43. i can imagine you must get tons of books around this period!

    and i know that feeling very well of wishing you could dive into them right now. especially with the wonderful selection you've gotten!!

    will you at least be able to read a few?

  44. that's a lot of books...though I would hate to show you my TBR pile!

  45. I don't remember when my TBR collection was only 100 books, isn't that sad? I hope you enjoy your new books!

  46. Hy Nymeth :)
    I love to look at this great stack of books :o ! I seen a great big one on Nat's website too. Now that I am feeling at home and my puter is installed it is time to look-up some books I'd like to read and buy them through amazon market place, a lot of them are new and at a low price.

  47. I hyperventilate about my TBR books too....


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