Until recently, my book-buying habits have been fairly sporadic; I'd go weeks, sometimes months, without buying anything and would then binge terribly. It was fairly simply achieved by ignoring Kobo/Waterstones/Amazon emails in my inbox and denying their shiny offers and by not going into bookshops. It might seem like a fate worse than death to some of you but it was the only way I could keep myself on the straight and narrow!
Since I discovered Google Reader on my iPhone, that's all changed. I've been browsing all the fantastic blogs that I follow regularly and it's become almost impossible to ignore those books that get raved about all over other blogs, the glowing reviews of books I know that I would love and the all-round book-buying craving.
The result? A much more consistent pattern of book acquisition. Consistent enough, even, that I can probably give IMM a fair attempt! "Every cloud..." and all that.
SO this week (or possibly a little bit of last week, because I get confused by time easily...), these little beauties lit up my doormat/inbox:
As part of the 'Black Friday' fun and games, I bought my sister boxed sets of Maggie Stiefvater's The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy and Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. I have managed to convince nobody that there isn't a smidgen of self-interest in that present, since I haven't read any of them.
Since that concluded my Christmas shopping for the year, I treated myself to The Woman in Black by Susan Hill and Dark Matter: A Ghost Story by Michelle Paver. Obviously I'm going through a ghost kick!
Since I read Hanna's reviews, I've seen Divergent by Veronica Roth popping all over surrounded by heaps of praise. I went on a quest to bag myself a copy after a tip off that they were being sold in The Works for £1.99. That trip was woefully unsuccessful. Off I toddled to Waterstones, only to find that it was £9.99 in there. I knew that the book was lauded as one of the best releases of the year (according to GoodReads...) but £9.99 was a few pounds too far for me.
Since then, I received a lovely shiny copy in the post from Hanna @ Booking in Heels! I know, Christmas come early, right?! She is a book angel and I am in her debt.
(Also, I've already read it. It was AMAZING! Enough said, for now)
Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett because it's nearly Christmas and a re-telling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is just the ticket and Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder because I read and really enjoyed her Study series and Glass series last year.
General eBook purchases (i.e. I can't remember where from, exactly :-s)
These have all (pretty much) come about as a result of GoodReads' recommendations page. It is my nemesis.
So that's a pretty heft In My Mailbox from me - what's been dropping onto your doormat this week?!