Monday 11 April 2011

In My Mailbox: Ooh, Pretty!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, highlighting cool books that bloggers have gotten each week by buying, borrowing or, er, being sent (I had to keep the alliteration going, sorry). I haven't participated before, but this morning I received such a pretty book that I just had to share. Seriously, I just keep looking at it. It's so pretty. And SHINY.

But I'll take my eyes off it for a minute to tell you more about it: It's The Beautiful and The Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, as you can see by the dodgy picture above (that REALLY doesn't do justice to the prettiness). After loving The Great Gatsby, I wanted to read more of Fitzgerald's work, and when I saw this book from the Penguin Classics hardcover collection on AbeBooks, I knew I had to have it. Now I can look at it lovingly and stroke it as much as I want... oh, and read it too.

I also picked up The Woman in Black by Susan Hill from AbeBooks, because I've been interested in reading it since seeing the still of Daniel Radcliffe looking very periody and un-Pottery for the upcoming movie adaptation. Plus I received my copy of Caroline Overington's Ghost Child from Fishpond, which I'll be reading and reviewing in the next week or so as part of Aussie Author Month. Any other day, I would have been super excited to receive both of these books, but they had the misfortune of arriving on the same day as the shiniest book I've ever seen. I tend to get distracted by shiny things.

Now, excuse me while I go back to staring at my precious...


  1. I know they say you should never judge a book by its cover but I always do! It's become a lot harder though since I started reading on my Kindle (no covers at all). Now I have to go into bookshops, browse the shelves then go buy them from Amazon. Very practical for reading on the train but you do lose that lovely 'reading a book' experience a bit!

    Ooh, and I read Ghost Child in one day. Loved it. If you like it, you have to read her other book I Came To Say Goodbye.

  2. I know, I always do too! I may or may not buy doubles of books I already own if I see a prettier cover... I haven't got an ereader yet for exactly this reason! I can't bear to part with books you can see, touch and smell (yes I love the smell of books hehe).
    I'm glad you enjoyed Ghost Child - I really want to read I Came To Say Goodbye, too, it sounds so interesting!

  3. Although the Great Gatsby didn't apeal to me in high school, that is a very pretty cover of The Beautiful and The Damned; "Pretty cover" *drools*.. lol. Ghost Child by Caroline Overington sounds thrilling.. I did a little research, and after listening to an interview done by the ABC, I think I'll HAVE to buy this book. Considering it's an Australian author, and has an Australian setting makes it all the more interesting. Thanks for sharing, and happy reading.

  4. Thanks! I'll let you know what I think of it! :)

  5. OH my gosh, I LOVED The Woman in Black! I hope you enjoy it :)

    Your photo of The Beautiful and Damned looks great. The way the flash lights up the letters is awesome.

  6. That's good to hear! I'm excited to read it - hopefully it makes it to the top of the pile soon!
    Thanks for the compliment - I used a dodgy little digi so I was frustrated because I wanted to show how PRETTY my book was ;)