FAIL!! Haha. This is our 35th contribution to In My Mailbox, a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. As I was saying, the books I get are usually the result of my inability to suppress my will to NOT buy books. I don’t have the willpower. Books are notorious for being irresistible, especially for a nerd pie like me! The following books were from the Barnes & Noble clearance sale as well as a special online treat from the Science Fiction Book Club.
1. Sunday Brunch: The Best of Zits Sundays by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
I love comic strips and Zits is my second favorite next to Calvin and Hobbes. I discovered Zits more than 5 years ago through our local newspaper. I was hooked into the hilarious story of Jeremy Duncan, a 15-year-old aspiring rock musician. I love how Zits creators Scott and Borgman portray the life of an adolescent. Sunday Brunch is my first Zits collection so you can imagine just how happy I was when I purchased it.
2. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
I was introduced to Sedaris when my colleague lent me a copy of Me Talk Pretty One Day. I love his wit and dry humor. I started collecting his books ever since. I haven’t gotten around this collection yet. Hoping to get my hands on it this year, along with his other books that I own.
3. Dracula’s Guest and Other Tales of Horrors by Bram Stoker
One of my happy discoveries. I’m only familiar with Bram Stoker’s classic, Dracula. Glad to have unearthed this short story collection from the clearance rack. Would be perfect for our bimonthly theme if I have enough time to read it.
4. Cross Fire by James Patterson
5. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
6. Kill Alex by James Patterson
The three James Patterson books are for Mikey. He is such a big fan that he has read almost all of his books. B&N had a special James Patterson promo at the time. If you purchase his latest book in the Alex Cross series, Kill Alex, and buy another James Patterson book of equal or lesser value, then you get the holiday special novella for free. The man friend would be happy so I thought why not? I wished I recorded his face when he saw the books. Heh.
7. A Study in Sherlock by Various writers, Edited by Laurie King
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary masterpiece remains my all-time favorite book to this day. I simply cannot get enough of the cunning sleuth. A lot of Sherlock Holmes spinoffs and short story collection had been published since the last publication of Doyle’s long-standing series. I try to own a copy of each of these collections as much as I can. I was happy to get this latest Sherlock Holmes collection for only $9 from SFBC. Neil Gaiman was featured in this collection so that was a plus.
8. The (Complete) Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I wasn’t aware that there were five books in the series. This is my first official venture into science fiction (although I did have my share when I read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451), and humor is the way to go. Ha!
9. The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore
This, on the other hand, is my first dive into fantasy. Yes, I’ve read a bunch of books that fall under that genre, but not the hardcore fantasy novels from writers such as Terry Pratchett or Salvatore. I’ve heard lots of good things about Salvatore’s writing, as well as his Dark Elf series. Really excited to finally flip through this book.
10. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I loved the movies, but I haven’t read the books. (Someone please shoot me now. Heh.) I did enjoy reading Tolkien’s The Hobbit and the Silmarillion. Mikey has started reading the book, and I’m not surprised at all that he loved it.