Saturday, December 29, 2012

In My Mailbox #27: The Christmas 2012 Edition

It's time to show off all the awesome new books, bookish thingies, and assorted nerdy goodness I received for Christmas this year, courtesy of my amazing family.  This was definitely my biggest book haul of the year and I'm so excited to start reading and reviewing all of these!

Here's what I got:


 I pretty much fell in love with this gorgeously illustrated Penguin Classics edition of Jane Eyre. OK, yes, I've read it-- but this beautiful cover makes me want to read it again!  I'm thinking of a doing a Classics read-a-thon or challenge this year-- I still have read so few of them. 

Still on my current historical fiction kick, both of these books are from the Tudor period.  Innocent Traitor is about Lady Jane Grey and Bring Up The Bodies the sequel to Wolf Hall, one of my favorite reads from this past year.

 These two are more epic fantasy.  I've heard a lot of great things about The Name of the Wind, and want to read more George RR Martin because of A Song of Ice and Fire.

The Prisoner of Heaven is a sequel to The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game-- two of my favorites which I've yet to review on my blog. They're sort of Spanish Gothic novels with the love of books as a key theme. Storm Front is the first Dresden Files book.  I'm really interested to try this series. 

Book Breakdown:
-- The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
-- Bring Up The Bodies (Wolf Hall #2) by Hilary Mantel
-- Dreamsongs: Book One by George RR Martin (short story collection)
--Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
--The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
-- Storm Front (Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher
--Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
-- The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Books #3) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Assorted Thingies:

 I definitely love the Soft Kitty t-shirt (from The Big Bang Theory) and the Gandalf Lord of the Rings Funko Pop thingy. (On a side note, I saw The Hobbit and it was fantastic!) 

What's in your mailbox this week?  Leave me the link to your post when you comment and I'll come check out your latest bookish acquisitions.  :)


Katie (Call Me Crazy) said...

I should check out the Wolf Hall series, I've been wanting to read some adult historical fiction, but didn't quite know where to start, thanks!
OMG I LOVE your soft kitty shirt! Sheldon is the BEST! The hobbit is too perfect too!
Have a great weekend Kat!

Kristina said...

I don't read much historical but both books look really good. Love the Gandolf. Happy Reading

Kat said...

@Katie-- Ooh, definitely recommend Wolf Hall-- and Philippa Gregory-- for adult historical fic. I've wanted that soft kitty shirt for FOREVER-- love Sheldon!

@Kristina-- I'm a huge fan of Gandalf (the White and the Grey). Historical fiction can be addicting-- once you start reading it, it's easy to get into. And as a bonus, you pick up random historical facts.

Thanks for visiting!

Rinn said...

Ah, what a great haul! That Jane Eyre edition looks gorgeous. And I really, really need to read Wolf Hall, and then its sequel...

I've read Dreamsongs, some really fantastic stories there, but also some ones I wasn't so keen on. I suppose the good thing about that is that parts of it will appeal to most.

I have The Name of the Wind to read as well. And my friend has the Soft Kitty t-shirt, so cute!

Not even going to mention how jealous I am of the Gandalf figure... ;)

beccabooklover said...

I love your haul! I have the Big Bang Soft Kitty t-shirt in blue and I love it! I'm actually watching it on TV now, such a funny show. I really need to get round to reading some of Patrick Rothfuss' books as I love epic fantasy and I loved George R. R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series and really want to read some other works of his. Amazing haul! I absolutely love your Gandalf! So cute.

Becca @ Lost in Thought

Kat said...

@Rinn-- Having just flipped through Dreamsongs, I'm getting the same vibe about the different stories. Some look really good; others I could maybe do without-- particularly the sci-fi, since I'm more of a fantasy reader. Can't wait to see what we both think about Name of the Wind. :)

@beccabooklover-- I actually haven't watched too much of The Big Bang Theory, despite loving the shirt. (I did see the episode with the soft kitty song, haha.) Sounds like I'm definitely going to have to rent some of the DVDs, rather than catching re-runs. Also, glad to have found your blog!

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