The Mountains of Instead

Championing fiction as an escape from pandemics, politics and bad TV.

IMM (#23)

In My Mailbox is a meme created and hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren with inspiration from Alea at Pop Culture JunkieAll book titles link to further info at Goodreads.  All books in this IMM post have been received for review/bought/gifted/loaned/sent by UK Book Tours/acquired through nefarious means.

Ally Condie
Razorbill 2010
I've already read this title (in fact, I seem to have three copies of it now so look out for a giveaway in the near future).  It absolutely lives up to the hype that is surrounding its release - beautiful writing and a haunting storyline. Review coming soon.

Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero
Rick Riordan
Puffin 2010
I was ridiculously excited about this book and am happy to say that it has lived up to and exceeded my expectations as you can see in my review.  The world that Rick Riordan has created is a place that I love disappearing into.  All I want for Christmas is to be a demigod so get on it, people.

13 To Life
Shannon Delany
St. Martin's Griffin 2010
Another really excellent book - werewolves, the CIA and the Russian Mafia.  Yes - you read that correctly.  It's a completely new take on the paranormal and I'm loving it.

Magic Or Madness
Justine Larbalestier
Razorbill 2006
I recently read the lovely Lauren's post on this title over at I Was A Teenage Book Geek.  As I've never met a Lauren-recommendation that I didn't like I went online and ordered it straight away.  It is sure to be good. If you don't already follow Lauren's blog then stop reading this one and go and sort it out - she rocks.

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
Alan Garner
Harper Collins 2010 (new edition)
One of the reason that I love blogging is that I get approached to read titles that I probably would never have picked up.  This is one of them and I really can't wait to get started on what looks like a magical, old-fashioned fantasy story.

The Cinderella Society
Kay Cassidy
Egmont 2010
This is another book that I probably wouldn't have looked twice at in a book shop but am now quite excited to read.  It's not my usual sort of read but I've read a lot of positive buzz about it so am curious to see what I think.

And that's all, folks!  I've been keeping my book acquiring to a minimum  over the last few weeks as I've had a lot of studying to do and a huge TBR pile. However, I'm now settling into a workable routine (albeit one which requires me to do nothing every evening but read, take notes, read, write reviews ad infinitum) and should at least make some headway into my towering pile of novels.  I've also got some interesting ideas for blog posts so keep your eyes peeled and, until then, happy reading!


Unknown said…
Fabarooney book week. Enjoy. And well done for being so organised with the studying :D
Great books this week! I can't wait to read Matched. Happy Reading :)
iffath said…
Awesome books, enjoy! :D
You've got a wonderful selection of reads. I so want to read 13 to Life and Matched. Can't say I've heard of Magic or Madness, but I'm definitely going to go and check it out! Happy reading!
Alison Can Read said…
Great books! I really want to read 13 to Life and Cinderella Society. I've heard great things about Matched.
Unknown said…
I can't wait to read MATCHED - and it has such a beautiful cover! Hope to read your review soon.

Nomes said…
cool list. i liked magic and madness - it was different and pretty imaginative

also - three copies of Matched! wow :)

I'm loving your blog... so much so that I've just given it a 'blog award'. You can check out my post to see the link...
Keep up the great work!!
Lauren said…
Awesome selection this week, and I'm thrilled you picked up Magic or Madness. <3 Thanks for the shout out too. :D

I think the Kay Cassidy one looks fun. I'd probably pick it up myself (uh, because it has so much pink on the cover) so I'm especially interested to hear what you think of that one.
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