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Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 08:29 am
A little while ago I ordered some books from Amazon, and they happily arrived here yesterday.

(I'd be taking actual pictures of these books instead of just posting links if I could find my freaking camera again. Seriously, that thing gets lost more than my house keys do!)

Tanight Lee's Biting the Sun is a compilation of two of her earlier novels, and I was so excited to get my hands on this because I haven't read it in over a decade now, and I remember loving it to death in high school. L J Smith's Night of the Solstice and Heart of Valor are part of the same series involving magic and Celtic mythology in modern times, and I've only ever read the second book but not the first.

These books, along with a gift for my roommate, cost me all of $4.63, since I'm a member of Swagbucks and I exchange all of my points for Amazon gift certificates. I wait until I save up enough to get free shipping ($40 or more in a single order), and then away I go. It may take me half a year to save up that many points, but given that it's all free and more than I would have had otherwise, I'm not complaining.

The downside is that I still have a bunch of review copies of books to read first, since I feel somewhat obligated to read them before I read books that I spent my own money on. The LJ Smith books I might make an exception with, since they're going to be fairly quick reads, but otherwise I'm going to try to focus on those review copies for a while.

NetGalley has been both good and bad for me in that respect! (I'm not even going to list the books I got through NetGalley this week. Perhaps next week, though, since I don't expect any more hard copies of books to arrive for a good long time.)
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Monday, June 21st, 2010 08:18 am
This weekend was pretty awesome for having books come to me in one form or another, and right now my only regret is that there aren't 3 of me so that I can read them all quicker and enjoy them faster!

In the actual mailbox

Second Story Press sent me two books, both of which look very awesome and I can't wait to get started on.

101 Ways to Dance is a book that you normally may not see me review here, as it definitely steps outside the bounds of SFF and instead takes a positive look at the subject of teen lust, but sometimes when you're passionate about a subject, you take a chance and step outside your regular zone and show off your diversity in reading. Rough Magic is a YA fantasy novel based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, which looks like it'll be an awesome read by an author who lives only one province over from me! My roommate's excited to get the chance to read it too.

In my email inbox

Since signing up for NetGalley, I've received e-copies of 5 books that looks awesome. Since I have no problems with e-books, it seems unfair of me not to not promote them a little when I receive them, just because they didn't arrive in a package with the regular mail. So any future "In My Mailbox" entries will feature those ebooks that I got my hands on, too.

I've read two of Mori Kyoko's YA novels in the past (One Bird, and Shizuko's Daughter, though it was long enough ago that I wouldn't mind reading them again), and so when I saw that her memoir, Yarn, Remembering the Way Home was not only available but also featured knitting (I'm a knitter as well as a bookblogger), I couldn't resist asking for a copy from GemmaMedia.

From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt I got a copy of Tyger, Tyger, written by the very woman who directed me to NetGalley in the first place. YA fantasy with Celtic mythology? I'm sold! The second book I requested, Trickster's Girl, another YA novel dealing with magic in a post-apocalyptic world.

And finally, Carina Press sent me e-copies of In Enemy Hands, an awesome-looking sci-fi novel, and Exit Light, which looks like it's received very high ratings and looks like it has a fascinating paranormal storyline that I can't wait to start tearing into!

Plenty of good reading to keep me busy, and I'm expecting an order from Amazon to come next week, too, increasing my collection another little bit further!

This is exactly why I envy the people who have the time and the ability to read hundreds of books in a year. There really are far too many books that I want to read, with more coming out every week!

Happy reading, everybody!