Consider this my “comeback” post for now since I haven’t been on for weeks now. I have been a recluse for the past few days, dealing only with orcs, night elves, and alliance forces in my fantasy world. Work has been really stressful (not to mention frustrating and annoying), and the last thing I wanted to do is to have my neurons fire continuously. Before I take my powernap for work, I’d like to share with you what’s In My Mailbox recently. (Thank you, The Story Siren, for hosting this blog event every Sunday.)
While it is true that the library is only 3 blocks from where I live, receiving packages from the mail is always an exciting prospect for me. Because June is my birthday month, I allowed myself to spend a few extra dollars to 7 new books to my shelf. (It is also a good excuse for me to go online shopping. LOL.)
When Barnes & Noble sent me an e-mail about their children’s books sale, I immediately opened another window tab and browsed through their limited selection of books on sale. I’ve already seen Heart of a Samurai a few times in-store and online. I bought it because 1) it was cheap at the time; and 2) I can write a review on it for our upcoming Newbery Medal theme. The book was based on a true story. I was sold mainly because it was Japanese-related.
I only meant to buy Heart of a Samurai but when Horton Halfpott appeared in B&N’s book suggestions I decided to give it a try. The cover reminded me of Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Mysterious Benedict Society and the 43 Old Cemetery Road series by the Klise sisters. Subtitled “Or The Fiendish Mystery Of Smugwick Manor Or The Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset,” the book had already earned the reputation of being hilarious.
The Eyeball Collector is one of those “must-buy” books, especially after I’ve read F.E. Higgins’ The Black Book of Secrets. While it turned out to be the third book in her series (the name of which I forgot again), I still thought it was worth the money. Thanks to my Borders coupon, I got this more than half price off. Yay.
This other set of books were bought the same time I bought my last batch of book donations for GatheringBooks’ 1:4:1000 Book Drive. I got these from Goodwill, and only spent $8 for all 16 books I bought. Mikey and I went to the store half an hour prior to closing, and the lady at the counter said they would be closing soon. In my mind, I was telling her, “Don’t worry, miss. I know exactly what I came here for.” True to my word, I ransacked their shelves in less than 10 minutes and brought a ton of books to the counter. People in the store probably thought I was crazy! Ha!
I bought The Game is Afoot because it’s Sherlock-Holmes-related. Its subtitle, Parodies, Pastiches, and Ponderings of Sherlock Holmes, sets it apart from other Sherlock Holmes spinoffs I’ve seen. It’s more of a collection than an actual whodunnit novella.
The book next to it is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. I bought it simply because it was written by the genius behind Sherlock Holmes. (Yes, I was reminded of Jurassic Park when I saw this the pterodactyl on the cover. Maybe Conan Doyle inspired Michael Crichton? Haha.)
Solomon Snow and the Silver Spoon sounded intriguing enough so I grabbed it from the shelf without reading the synopsis at the back. It makes reading the book more exciting! Also, the book was still in very good condition considering it was on a thrift store shelf so that was definitely a plus.
Last but not least is another Roald Dahl classic, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More. When I bought my Roald Dahl box set, this book was not included. I wanted to read it mostly because it’s a short story collection. (I have a thing for short story collections. Heh.) Also, it’s a nice addition to the Dahl box set.
While it saddens me that the $1 Bookstore by the mall had closed down – disappeared without warning! – I still look forward to more thrift store looting. Who knows? Maybe I’ll have a new set arriving at my mailbox this week. 😉