21 February 2011

In My Mailbox (3)

This is the third edition of In My Mailbox, hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.  Here I highlight books I received the past couple of weeks.  All titles link to Goodreads, authors to their websites (when available).

For Review:

Burn Down the Sky by James Jaros (HarperVoyager, April)  A post-apocalyptic tale sends one mother in search of her daughter, abducted by a religion that makes female children a commodity.  Many thanks to HarperCollins for providing this ARC to me.

From NetGalley, I picked up Tomatoland by Barry Eastabrook (Andrews McMeel, June), Chasing Chiles by Kurt Michael Friese, Kraig Kraft and Gary Paul Nabhan (Chelsea Green, April) and The Deadliest Bite (Orbit, June) by Jennifer Rardin (this is the final book of the Jaz Parks series, written before Rardin's death).

From the Library:

I have been good!  Really!  Only three books!

Ash by Malinda Lo.  I was fortunate to read an ARC of Huntress a couple weeks ago and really wanted to see where this world leads to.

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food and Love by Kristin Kimball.  An urbanite-becomes-farmer story, but one who not only farms for herself, but for the community.

Homesteading by Abigail R. Gehring.  This book covers a lot of topics I am personally interested in.


Told you I couldn't stay away from used bookstores. Or any bookstores.

I am slowly working on gathering a full collection of Tamora Pierce's books.  Having been reading them for several years, it is definitely a "To Buy" set of series.  In this round of shopping, including digging through several boxes in a back corner, I acquired Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness, #4), Wild Magic (The Immortals, #1), and a first edition of The Will of the Empress (standalone, but with characters from the Circle series).

I also hit the Borders out in western MA that unfortunately has been put on the closing list.  I picked up one title for my daughter (Cardcaptor Sakura) and for myself, The Week by Week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook by Ron and Jennifer Kujawski.  I want to improve my vegetable production in my garden this year, and the idea of having plans for each week helps.  

While these titles were not purchased by me, they were purchased for me.  I have participated in SantaThing from LibraryThing the last two years.  Unfortunately this year's delivery was delayed by overseas shipping and weather and customs, or whatever other story you might have heard.  But they arrived!

Archangel by Sharon Shinn.  A futuristic tale by an author I love.

Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey.  I have really enjoyed Carey's Kushiel series, and this is world shift to an alternate earth filled with military occupancy, oppression, and one woman who defends her town.

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.  This has been on my Goodreads "To Read" list for a while, so I am thrilled to have received it.

Thank you to my Santa for choosing these for me.

Happy Reading!


  1. How will you decide what to read first? Hope you enjoy them.

  2. A fanstastic mailbox! They all look very interesting. Happy reading :)
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  3. What a great list of books. What did you think of A Dirty Life? I haven't read it yet.

    Thanks for the recommendations....

  4. Thank you everyone!

    @Jill - I try to read those that I have promised reviews for in the order of requested date (by publisher/author) or by publishing date. From there, my library books are usually scattered in between - I am a multi-book-tasker!

    @MiaandSofia - Thank you! You have a great YA blog.

    @Catherine - I think I did a bit of a fangirl squeal when you posted this. I cannot wait to get my hands on Sheepish! A Dirty Life is still queued up to be read, but I cannot wait to see. I am an upstate NY gal myself and the area she placed her farm is lovely.