Sunday, 18 October 2009

In my mailbox (2)

Another week with my mailbox full of books: good times. Hence, time for another episode of In my mailbox! (Cue theme music.) These books are all pretty recent releases, too, which will help me towards completing my Countdown Challenge.

I know very little about Rooftops of Tehran, but it's about "growing up in an Iran headed toward revolution". Really, what else do you need? It sounds fascinating.

I won this book courtesy of a competition at Savvy Verse and Wit

I won The sister, a debut novel by Poppy Adams, in a competition at Need more bookshelves.

The story follows Ginny, a woman living in her childhood home, a sprawling Victorian house, whose life centres around her moths and the "ghosts of her past". But when her sister Vivien returns to their home, "dark, unspoken secrets rise, disrupting Ginny's ordered life and threatening the family's fragile peace....This [is] a disquieting story of two sisters and the ties that bind — sometimes a little too tightly." (Summary adapted from the backcover copy)

I won Comfort food by Kate Jacobs, from Need more bookshelves as well! This is another story about a woman teetering on middle age. Gus, the host of a TV cooking show, is struggling not only with the big "Five-Oh" approaching, but with being forced to work with a beautiful bee-yatch to boost ratings; with two demanding daughters at home; and with, of course, some attractive man. (I'm going to assume Gus is single. But of course, heroines always are. Why aren't there ever any heroines who start and end books in a happy, stable relationship, and who just have other issues in their lives?) (Even in the Shopaholic series, once the heroine gets together with her man, their relationship is threatened in every single book. It gets old fast.)

Pretties is the second book in the Uglies series. Basically, I read Uglies on Sunday, and ordered the next two books in the series on Monday. I got this on Wednesday, and finished it at lunch-time the next day. Review to follow.

I started Specials — the third book in the Uglies series — as soon as I got home from work on Thursday, and finished it before 8pm that night. It's not that skinny a book, so I was slightly surprised at how little time it took me to read it. Again: review to follow. These two books weren't as good as Uglies, though. (But if you read Uglies, you're probably going to have to read the other two anyway, just to find out what happens. Just warnin' ya.)

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Aimee said...

What a great set of books! i'll be hanging around to heard what you think of them :)


Rebecca said...

Awesome books you got this week. I think that Specials was my favourite book in the Uglies series but I still have to read Extras. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

PolishOutlander said...

I liked the Uglies series, except I never finished the fourth book, Extras. Just didn't enjoy it that much. Rooftops sounds good though. Happy reading!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I LOVED the Uglies series. Actually I've loved all of Scott Westerfeld's books! Happy reading!

Allison said...

I loved the Uglies series! Happy reading :)

Tena said...

I love the cover of Comfort Food... nailed it.. cupcakes = comfort!!
HAppy Reading

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

Great looking reads! I will be reading Rooftops as well!

Elizabeth said...

Hope you enjoy the two I sent! =)

Ruth said...

Wow, lots of fans out there for the Uglies series! I'll try and write my review for these books sometime this week....

I've heard that EXTRAS isn't as good as the rest of the series. I was surprised to hear it isn't even about the same characters!

@Elizabeth: I'm sure I will - thanks again for them! I really appreciate your generosity in shipping worldwide. :)