Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Under My Tree.

A Holiday-warped version of In My Mailbox, hosted by The Story Siren.

This post is a few days late, but there is a reason! Jolly old Saint Nick brought my momma a Flip video. For some brilliant reason, I thought I could do my premiere In My Mailbox post via video even though video cameras and I have never gone hand in hand. Eventually you might find a video posted here of dear smiling me delivering cheeky zingers about what I got in my mailbox, but sadly not today.

  • Black Unicorn by Tanith Lee. I just recently found out that Tanith Lee has another series, besides her fabulous Claidi Journals and just had to have them right away. Luckily, Santa Claus knew that. I can't believe my library didn't have this book when I first discovered Tanith Lee. Actually it still doesn't have them, but now I'm better educated about the wonders of Amazon.
  • Spindle's End by Robin McKinley. I have a confession: I have never read a Robin McKinley book. How tragic is that! She seems like my kind of woman, and I am a sucker for fairy tale retellings. I think this is the beginning of something beautiful.
  • Ice by Sarah Beth Durst. I recently finished East by Edith Pattou (review to come) and liked that. The fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon is absolutely beautiful and touching. I like different versions of the same story it seems, from Beauty and the Beast to Cupid and Psyche.
  • Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines. A little something to tide me over until the third Hunger Games book (soooo.far.away). I have heard good things about it.
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pffefer It seems like Thea from the Book Smugglers talks about these books a lot. The first in the Moon series, it follows a high school sophomore as the end of the world comes about. I really am a sucker for a good chaos-filled apocalypse book, so I'm excited for this one. And the protagonist is my age, how lovely.


  1. Stumbled across your 'Under the Tree' list and saw Spindle's End. While I agree that it's a tragedy you have not yet read McKinley (she is my favorite author, hands down), I felt I needed to interject on your behalf. Spindle's End is great, but it's not her best. Beauty or Deerskin would by my recommendation and are also fairytale retellings.

    But you'll love Spindle's End too, she really can't write a bad book.

  2. I figured Spindle's End could be my jumping off point for McKinley. I honestly didn't know what book to put on my Christmas list, so I just added the first one on Amazon that caught my eye. Beauty or Deerskin will for sure be my next McKinley reads, though.



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