Mar 2, 2009

mailbox monday

This is my first time participating in Mailbox Mondays, hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page. Usually only one or two books a month come to me through the mail, not much to shout about. But this past week was something else!

I had a bunch of credits on Powell's, and at first thought I'd get lots of books from my wishlist. But to my (at first) dismay, they don't carry many of the titles I wanted. So I picked out a few, and got nicer editions than I would normally pay for. Check it out!

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute- this is a book I remember always seeing on my mother's shelf, and I finally read it myself a few years back. Now I have my own copy!

Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James- I've been trying to find a copy of this book for a few years. It's the story of a wild mustang that gets caught by a cowboy and works on the range. The only hardback copy I could find at Powell's also happened to be a first edition one illustrated by the author.

Mary Shelly's Frankenstein illustrated by Bernie Wrightson- this is the most fabulous book I now own. Ever since I was introduced to Bernie Wrightson's work in art school, I've drooled over this edition. And I didn't realize it until the book was in my hands, but the cover is some kind of black velvety material. I'm keeping my old paperback copy, because this is one book that will stay treasured on the shelf and not get pulled out for ordinary reading wear!

And two more:

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke- I won this book from Heather at a giveaway on her blog Book Addiction. Thanks, Heather! Now I've really got to read Inkheart, so I can enjoy this one.

Making Things Grow Outdoors
by Thalassa Cruso- after reading To Everything There is a Season, I wanted more gardening books by this author, and found this one at Paperback Swap. Now as soon as it warms up, maybe I'll be ready to head outside and apply some of her tips to my own yard and garden (we just got dumped on by several inches of snow last night, after a week of warm weather that coaxed the crocuses out of the ground.)

What books have come through your mailbox lately?


Yvonne said...

This was my first Mailbox Monday, too. Nice list of books! Enjoy!

Serena said...

Nice variety, happy reading.

here's mine:

chartroose said...

This is awful--I went to B&N last weekend and bought three books, even though I promised myself that I wouldn't do this any more.

Why, WHY this obsession?

There was a movie adaptation of "A Town Like Alice," and I recall that it was good. You must have liked the book a lot!

Jenners said...

That is great that you found some books from your past and have been wanting! That is always fun! Quite a diverse batch you got.

And here is a link to my post if you are interested:

avisannschild said...

Welcome to Mailbox Monday! Enjoy your books!

Wrighty - said...

Welcome! You have some great books! I would love to see that edition of Frankenstein. I enjoyed Inkheart but I have to catch up on the rest of the series now. Have a great week!

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Wow! I remember reading A Town Like Alice a LOOOONG time ago - what memories. :)

Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

An Anonymous Child said...

"Inkheart" and "Inkspell" are fun, good books - I hope you enjoy them. As for the others, I haven't read them (though I've tried to get through "Frankenstein" a few times, quickly getting bored each time...), but I hope you enjoy them as well.

Jeane said...

Yvonne, Serena- Nice to meet you! Thanks for the welcome.

Chartroose- ha ha! I can't resist buying books, either.

Jenners- I'm always thrilled to find books I knew in childhood.

Avianschild- Thanks! I might not get to them for a while, but I'm sure looking forward to it.

Wrighty- Thank you! You just might be able to find it through a library- I interlibrary-loaned the first copy I read.

Wendi B- It's actually been years since I read it, too. You're in Seattle? That's my hometown!

Anonymous Child- the illustrations make this one so interesting it was hard to get bored. I recommend it!

Marcia said...

Welcome and thank you for stopping by the mailbox this week. Looks like your 'Smoky the Cowhorse' is quite a find. Enjoy your books!

Anna said...

Welcome to Mailbox Monday! You had a great week, and I hope you enjoy all the books.

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