Booklover Mailbox and Library Loot – September 2013 Edition 1

Here are the books that arrived in my mailbox during the last few weeks:

Ramadan Sky by Nichola HunterThe Signature of All Things by Elizabeth GilbertCombustion by Steve Worland

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Ramadan Sky is a new literary novella from Harper Collins UK’s Authonomy imprint, described as ‘a contemporary twist on a classic story of illicit love, set in Jakarta’.

At around 500 pages, The Signature of All Things, the latest fiction from Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame, is an imposing but intriguing novel that appeared in my mailbox courtesy of Bloomsbury Sydney. I do hope it lives up to the effusive early reviews.

I was thoroughly entertained by the audiobook of Steve Worland’s action-thriller Velocity narrated by Sean Mangan last year, so I was excited when the next title in this series Combustion arrived in my mailbox in audio format too, courtesy of the author.

Yolanda @ Notorious Spinks Talks Books is hosting Mailbox Monday in September – checkout what everyone else got!

Here are the titles that I borrowed from the library during the last few weeks:

Swimming Home by Deborah LevyChasing the Light by Jesse BlackadderThe Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

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In considering which of the titles long-listed for this year’s Man Booker Prize I would find time to read (The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan and TransAtlantic by Colum McCann reviewed so far), I was reminded of one of the titles short-listed in 2012 that I’d heard great things about, Swimming Home by Deborah Levy.

Ever since coming across Chasing the Light by Jesse Blackadder when collating my list of Book Releases by Aussie Authors in February 2013, I have been looking forward to reading this title. I have finally begun and am totally immersed.

I’m a sucker for some time travel every now and then and have had The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes on my wishlist for sometime now. It’s recent inclusion in the CWA Gold Dagger short-list has given me the nudge I needed to find myself a copy.

Claire @ Captive Reader has the next linky for Library Loot – checkout everyone else’s loot!

Which books entered your home recently?

PS: While you’re here make sure you enter my International Birthday Book Giveaway – choose your own prize!

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    • says

      Thanks Pat. Yes, not all the reviews of The Shining Girls are positive, but the concept of a time travelling serial killer intrigued me and I’m in the mood for some escapism after some of the more serious titles I’ve read recently.

  1. says

    I am looking forward to reading The Signature of All Things. I hope we both enjoy the book.

    I have the Shining Girls too…not sure when I will get to it, though.

    I don’t know what I have received since I am out of town, but I did attend a Hachette Book Event and received 9 books. I will report about those books on next week’s Mailbox Monday when I return.

    Actually my husband just called and told me I received SIX books. I said please tell me the titles, and he said he didn’t feel like opening all the packages. :( Oh well…it will be an even bigger surprise.

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    My Mailbox Monday

    • says

      Yes, we’ll have to compare notes on these titles Elizabeth.

      The Hatchette event sounds fun and lots to weigh down your luggage on your return trip. Your husband is being a party pooper not telling you the titles! My arrangement is whomever signs for my book parcels opens them for me and texts me the title when I’m at work – always makes my day!

  2. says

    I had no idea Elizabeth Gilbert had a new book out. Although considering I’ve yet to read anything by her, maybe it’s not too much of a surprise. Considering this one is fiction though, it seems like one I’d be more likely to pick up.

    • says

      Yes Shoshanah, despite the huge commercial success of Eat, Pray, Love it was not without its flaws – I gave it 3.5 stars (my review) but as you say, this title is a work of fiction and I really like the synopsis.

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