Monday, March 8, 2010

In My Mailbox - March 7th

Welcome to In My Mailbox on The Calico Critic!  This weekly post reports the books and related materials that have found their way into my collection this week.  This meme is sponsored by The Story Siren and The Printed Page ("In My Mailbox"/"Mailbox Monday").  Thanks to any fellow participants who stop by The Calico Critic!  I'll do my best to get around to as many of your sites as I can this week-- leave a link!

Here's what has arrived since February 28th:

Sunday, February 28th - This came in the mail the day before, but as I'd been out of town, I received it today.  From The B&B Media Group came Good Game: Christianity and the Culture of Sports by Shirl J. Hoffman.  While I wouldn't consider myself to be a sports fanatic, I am a Christian who enjoys watching them from time to time.  It'll be interesting to see how many of Hoffman's conclusions I agree with.  My college hoops-fan husband is going to take a look, too!

Tuesday, March 2nd - Thanks to the folks at Jane Austen Today, I won Marsha Altman's Pride and Prejudice Continues series, a three-book set. When they arrived, I was surprised at how substantial they were.  These are not slim titles that I could finish in one sitting.  I can't wait to dive in!

Wednesday, March 3rd
- Portal and matching bookmark, sent to me by author Imogen Rose.  I'm a sucker for time shift/alternate dimension stories.  This one is going to be fun!

Brigid of Kildare
by Heather Terrell for the Amazon Vine reviewers program, in a plain-Jane galley, sans this gorgeous cover art.

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes - Galley from Random House/Doubleday

Thursday, March 4th
- Angelology by Danielle Trussoni for the Amazon Vine reviewers program.  I'm SO glad this one is in the "must read" pile, because I really want to get to it!  I have to review it for Amazon, otherwise it would just be in the "want to read" pile!

Friday, March 5th
  -Thanks to the folks at, I won a copy of the BBC's  Emma on DVD.  When it aired recently, I taped it on my scratchy old VCR and I was going to watch it soon.  I'm so glad to have the superior DVD instead!

 An Altar in the World
by Barbara Brown Taylor is a book I requested through my daily Shelf Awareness email.  I'd actually forgotten about it, so it was a treat when it came in.  The binding of the book was really nice for a paperback, which included a lovely card stock cover sleeve to slide over it, just like alot of DVD covers have these days.  So nice!

Saturday, March 6th
- I found a copy of The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley in The Vero Beach Book Center's used book section.  Jane Greensmith turned me on to this title last year after she kept tweeting quotes from it.  After checking it out from the library several times, I decided that it was time to have my own copy.  Now, to finish it!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. those look like good books..most interested in Portal & angeloogy..Can't wait to see the reviews

  2. Yay, you had an excellent week! I really enjoyed "Emma" on PBS and will probably invest in the DVD at some point, too. Lots of great stuff here!

  3. Julie:

    They'll certainly be up for giveaway at some point-- my bookshelves can only take so much!


    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Laura Portal looks interesting and glad you got your nice DVD to watch, those old scratchy VHS are really just not good to watch since gotten spoiled with the DVD's!!!
    Where did you get your mailbox kitty from, I want to steal it it is just so cute!!!

    jackie b central texas

  5. Jacabur1:

    I'm ashamed to say that I just found it somewhere on the web. One of these days I need to get one of my computer-guru friends to make me a new one.

    Cone of Shame for me:

  6. Congrats on winning the jane austen books and the emma dvd!! i watched it on pbs and loved it! Enjoy!

  7. I haven't seen all of the Emma yet. I tried watching it on the computer but it just wasn't a large enough picture for me. What I did see was excellent though! Enjoy all your new treasures!

  8. Thanks Carrie & Beth!

    I'd considered watching Emma online as well, but with my TEN INCH screen, I couldn't bear the thought.


  9. Thanks for the tweet and the mention. I hope you enjoy all that you received this week. I loved watching Emma and could watch it over and over again

  10. Angelology looks so good. There are really some days when I wish I was an Amazon Vine reviewer. :) I loved Marsha Altman's series. It is one of my favorite Jane Austen sequel series. I hope you enjoy them.

    I also came up with a solution to the dust jacket problem because I am just that crazy. I replied in the comments because my email is refusing to work like usual.


  11. Hi Laura, all those books in one week? You are going to be very busy reading and reviewing! Thank you for mentioning The Haunted Bookshop. Jane Greensmith has excellent taste so I know it will be an fantastic choice. I'm off to track it down. Thanks for the shoutout on the Altman P&P series. Here plots are very campy and outrageously lively, so you are in for a wild ride.

    Cheers, Laurel Ann

  12. Laurel Ann:

    Oh yes, my growing library has caused my TV watching to go down for sure! And that's always a good thing.


  13. Wow, it looks like you've got some great books! I came over to see if you had a chance to read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, but I don't see a review here, so I guess you haven't. I look forward to hearing your opinion of it.

  14. Simcha:

    Thanks for stopping by! You know, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms just arrived in the mail today! So that title will be in my Mailbox Monday post next week.

    As far as when the review will appear-- I have to keep up with my "must read" books for various publishers, and then I can get to my "want to read" pile. But believe me, 100K is not at the bottom of that stack!!


  15. that is great cover art on Brigid of Kildare; I hope hte book lives up to it! :-) Looks like a great week in books :-)



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