Jan 8, 2010

Birthday Book Loot

Birthday Book Loot

Photo also includes my Holiday Swap gift, The Changeover, which was rescued from mail distribution centre purgatory by my friendly local postman. Thank you so much, Alessandra!

These will be my last book acquisitions for a while. Well, except for the gift cards I've yet to spend, and the packages from lovely friends I've been told are on their way to me, and which I highly suspect will contain books. But other than that, no more! I will focus on reading these instead.

Where should I start?

50 comments:

  1. Ooh, I see lots of books in there that I'd like to pluck out. Enjoy!

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  2. Where to start...now that's a good question!

    And I happen to know for a fact that the birthday pile loot pile will end up at least two books taller...was so hoping it would happen today. :(

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  3. Nice haul. I wouldn't mind stealing a few from that stack, myself. I've been wanting to read another Meg Rosoff since I read How I Live Now, so I think maybe you should start with that one, so I can find out what you think of it!

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  4. I really enjoyed Love is a mix tape. He (Sheffield) also has a new one coming out this summer, so you might want to get this one out of the way now!

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  5. I read that version of Jane Eyre last year and it's really beautiful so I'm not sure you'll be able to resist it for long!

    Also, I concur with A Bookshelf Monstrosity - Love is a Mix Tape was a really beautiful little book that made my heart swell (and break!).

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  6. Looks like you had a great birthday :-) ! The only ones I've read are "Chicken with Plums" (good!) and Jane Eyre (long, long time ago!)

    In fact I don't have a copy of Jane Eyre and was eyeing that version with Dame Darcy's illustrations in the bookstore the other day, but it was in hardback. Looks like this one is in paperback?

    A couple others I've heard of and sounds good. Looks like you'll have fun deciding what to read :-)!

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  7. I'd love to read what you think of The Perilous Gard. It's on my TBR.

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  8. Ooo...the Bourbon Island one sounds interesting!! For a minute I thought it was Island of the Blue Dolphins :)

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  9. Ooooh...look at the pretty books...*drools* I'd start with the Lanagan because I want to eat up everything she's written write now!!! Enjoy whatever you start though!! And you have at least one more book on it's way ;)

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  10. I just got Red Spikes from library! :) But I'm voting for Woman, because it is SO awesome!

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  11. *jumping up and down* Woman! Woman! Woman! by Natalie Angier. I'm reading it now and it's awesome. You definitely have a nice pile there, though. You're going to have a lot of fun for a very long time. :)

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  12. Ha! Eva and I recommended the same book at the same time. You HAVE to read it now. Lol.

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  13. Oooh I spy another Meg Rosoff and Marjane Satrapi! An an illustrated Jane Eyre?! I want :)

    Happy Birthday!

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  14. I'd go with Chicken With Plums!

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  15. I'd start with Chicken with Plums or the Illustrated Jane Eyre....all of them look fantastic..enjoy whichever one you start off with!

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  16. Oooh, lots of lovely books!

    The Rosoff is great fun, and The Changeover is excellent too!

    Fun times ahead. :o)

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  17. Oh wow! So many good books! Chicken With Plums! Red Spikes! I'm hyperventilating just looking at that pile! :D

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  18. I'm so jealous you have Chicken Plums! :) And that Jane Eyre looks fantastic!

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  19. What a haul! I vote for Love Is a Mix Tape, just because...well, what's better than a mix tape (even if we now have to refer to them as "playlists")? Enjoy your new books!

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  20. My eye immediately gravitated to The Secret Life of Words. Read that one, and tell us all about it! I love books about how language got formed.

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  21. Daaaaaaaang! looks like you'l be having fun. I bet you start the Lanagan first!

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  22. I vote for the Le Fanu because I have heard nice things about him. From Harriet Vane. So now I'm curious.

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  23. I do believe everyone is jealous of the ILLUSTRATED Jane Eyre! You can add me to that list! :--)

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  24. I vote for The Perilous Gard! A lovely book.

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  25. A very Happy Birthday, to you Nymeth; I'm a January girl myself, and I find it an excellent month in which to read one's birthday treasures (especially if you live where it's prone to snow as I do). So much of your luxurious pile is new to me, but I do recommend the Jane Eyre...such a good read. Blessings, M.

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  26. Happy, Happy Birthday Nymeth! The Illustrated Jane Eyre? No question, that's where I would start:)

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  27. Nice collection! I love Mary Oliver's poetry.

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  28. Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Ana!

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  29. Happy Birthday!! I feel bad that I missed it. What day was it?? Mine is Wednesday. Figures. You are a Capricorn too!!

    I couldn't begin to pick one from that wonderful pile...although I am a bit partial to Jane Erye!

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  30. Happy Birthday, awesome hall and I kill Giants is amazing.

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  31. Lots of good looking books there. Enjoy!

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  32. Oh gosh. Love is a Mix Tape takes your heart, makes it happy and then crushes it. It's really beautiful and sad and wonderful though.

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  33. I've heard The Changeover is really good - I'll be interested to hear your thoughts!

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  34. Birthday books so soon after Christmas books. YOu are so lucky. I hope you had a fabulous day.

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  35. wow, what a great pile to choose from! I think you'll love Good Women of China, I sure did!

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  36. So many great selections! I read The Changeover a few years ago (it was really hard to find at the time) and it was really good.

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  37. It's such a lovely stack of books...so hard to know where to begin! Hope you have a wonderful weekend of reading ahead of you!

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  38. Oh, VERY nice! Happy Birthday!

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  39. Hapy birthday! It's hard to know isn't it? I vote for love is a mix tape because of its excellent name.

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  40. Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes and recommendations! I started with Love is a Mix Tape (because I've been in the mood for music-related books and because it was so short) and have finished it already. You were right; it was wonderful! Now, what to pick next...

    Also, I'm in love with the illustrated Jane Eyre :D I wasn't going to re-read it again so soon, but it's so so tempting...and I do want to do more re-reading in 2010, sooooo...

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  41. Also, Valerie - yes, this edition is paperback!

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  42. Happy Birthday! How awesome to get all those books - I think they make the best gifts ever because we can never have too many of them right. lol.

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  43. Happy Birthday, Ana! You have a great loot there! If you ask me, I'd say go for Chicken with Plums because that's the only book I read from that pile! :P

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  44. Hope you had a wonderful birthday! That's a very nice looking pile of books - I'm so interested in that "Secret Life of Words" that I've put it on hold at my library ;)

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  45. I say start with The Changeover or Whispers in the Graveyard because I haven't heard of those and want to know more :)

    Just kidding. All look great. I have read Love is a Mix Tape and that was cute. Enjoy your birthday look! Hope your birthday was wonderful.

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  46. THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS sounds very appealing to me. Enjoy your books, Ana! I'm so jealous!

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  47. Happy very belated birthday! And what a great stack of books! Happy reading.

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  48. Where should you start? The Changeover!!!!!!! :D

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  49. Fabulous stack, Ana! I say they all look great!

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  50. Happy birthday! Enjoy all your new books.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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