In My Mailbox #5

In My Mailbox is a book meme hosted by The Story Siren. Click here to read more and participate!

In My Mailbox is a book meme hosted by The Story Siren. Click here to read more and participate!

Classes started back up again this week, and–like most first weeks–it went by smoothly. For the first time in a long while, I finished several books and managed to complete all my work. (This really is an accomplishment of pathetic sorts, all scatter-brainedness considered.) If only this week could be a predictor for how the rest of my quarter will go! Meanwhile, I did buy new books (and it was torture trying not to read them all right away), which I’m rather excited about. First off:

Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets & Life of Pi

This was the quietest little book on my to-read list. It recently came out, and it seems that not too many people were anticipating its publication like I was. I stumbled across its GoodReads page not long ago, and the title alone caught my interest. Yes: I really wanted to read this, and so I did — do expect a review from me! Overall, I think the pacing is steady but you can finish it in under a day, and I find James Whitman naturally endearing.

I haven’t seen the movie, and for good reason: I am waiting on little ol’ me to read the book. Finally–finally!–I picked it up! I’m just beginning my trek through Shelley’s Frankenstein, and after that I like to think I’ll begin either Persuasion, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, OR The Unfailing Light, so who knows when I’ll make room for Martel’s novel. It’s one of those books that’s received plenty of praise in an ocean full of hype, but I think I’ve steered clear of spoilers and overly indulged plot descriptions. If there is anything hype is good for, it’s raising my expectations to the point of deflation.


How can I pass up a Dracula hardback when it’s only $11? It’s classic, inexpensive, hardback, and with a pretty cover to boot. I’m satisfied, to say the least.

A couple years ago I made a failed attempt at reading this, but only because it was due back at the library. Curses! To think: I read half way through (just when Bram had hooked me at last) and I didn’t get to see the end. It took me a long while to get it, but I now have my own personal copy — no due dates to interrupt my read this time!

The Unfailing Light & SS&D

Although I bought The Gathering Storm (Katerina #1) last year, I didn’t find my way to reading it until February of this year. I discovered that Robin Bridges keeps the atmosphere light with quick pace, but she still manages to include conflicts. By no means is The Gathering Storm perfect–and you can read my thoughts about it here–but I enjoyed reading it for stress-relief and fun. I couldn’t deny the sequel, so I plan to read and review that as well.

I surprised myself! Last year I read–and reviewed–SS&D, and I always planned on reading the sequel by the same means that I read book one: through the library. I enjoyed Dennard’s novel, regardless that I easily uncoiled the mystery and disliked the main character. Something strange happened. Strange, but not deadly. (I don’t think so, anyway.) Obsession hit back in March, or perhaps in February, because all I wanted was something quick! fun! light! I wanted Susan Dennard’s Something Strange & Deadly, so now I have it. (Now, of course, I also intend to buy the sequel. If only summer would get here sooner.)

That’s all from me. Which books did you snatch up this week?

15 thoughts on “In My Mailbox #5

  1. Your hardcover Dracula book is soo awesome :). It’s really beautiful! A lot of people read Life of Pi in Grade 12, but I didn’t. I feel like it’s a book with no middle ground-people either love it or hate it. Dr.Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets seems like it’ll be a great read :).

    Fabulous haul Raya!

    • I’ve always seen some really nice Dracula covers, especially hardbacks, but they can cost some money. No way would I pass up an $11 offer! I hope I end up in the camp of people who like Life of Pi, because I’ve heard so many great comments — that includes both the book and film. Have you seen the movie yet?

      Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets is good (: It resembles The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Looking for Alaska, but without the ‘grit.’ I love the main character, and the humor is a nice change from more angsty YA books with similar subject matter.

      • No I haven’t seen Life of Pi yet. I’ve heard really good things about the movie and I’m so happy it won best original score because the composer is Canadian :D.

        I have yet to read Perks. I saw the movie and I really enjoyed it. did you like the movie?

      • Ha ha, I’ll have to listen to the OST, then!

        I still haven’t seen the film adaption of Perks — I’d like to re-read the book again before I do — but I have heard from a ton of people that the movie is good. Which I should hope it is, because I believe Stephen Chbosky wrote the screenplay himself (:

  2. I REEEALLY want to read Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets and Life of Pi. I can’t wait for your review of Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets. (:

    • Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets is a good book, or at least I think so. I instantly fell for the main character, and the book overall reminded me of a lighter The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Looking for Alaska. They all send off a similar vibe. It’s pretty light and humorous, but serious where it needs to be.

      • I love both of those books. I’ve been wanting to read this one since I realized it existed. I don’t think my library has it, though, so I might have to buy it. It sounds great.

  3. Is that Dracula edition one of those classic editions from Barnes and Noble? They look so nice and are really tempting to add as part of a nice collection for a bookshelf.

    Happy reading!
    Michelle @ Playing Jokers

    • It is. They have some very attractive covers, don’t they? I’d like to add their leatherbound editions of 1001 Arabian Nights and Sherlock Holmes to my shelf!

  4. It’s funny, the books we like to re-read. One of my favorite books to reread is Spellbound even though I don’t think it’s the best book out there. I mean, I like it a lot, but I wouldn’t count it as an all time favorite. But, like you mentioned with SS&D, it’s safe and fun to read.

    Annnyway, hope you enjoy your goodies and happy reading :)

    • It was shocking, too, because the urge to re-read it slammed down on me with a lot of force. A couple of series I’m reading whose sequels were supposed to come out this summer were pushed further out into 2014, so now I’m even anticipating SS&D’s sequel with zeal — I just pre-ordered it today, ha.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • I love the cover, and I almost hate to bend spine a little in order to read it! But I’m happy to own it, and I can’t wait to finish reading the story.

      Thanks for dropping by!

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