Sunday 3 April 2011

Mailbox Monday/ In My Mailbox

Made it to the library this week, which was a totally good thing because I didn't buy a single book! Not even one! This may have had something to do with the fact that I was working 4 days out of 5, but who's counting? I can definitely show self-restraint by myself, anyway! So, the books I got from the library this week were:

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda
I have developed this disturbing (for me) crush on Alan Alda because I have been watching quite a lot of M*A*S*H repeats with my dad of late, and he is hilarious and warm and amazing in it. This is disturbing to me only because I mainly think of him as Arnie Vinick in The West Wing, where he is an exceptionally old man, and a Republican to boot. So. Not. Sexy. Ignoring that though, when I saw his autobiography in the library, I knew I had to read it, and considering that I am already well over halfway through it, in a week where I really haven't felt like reading, is a testament to how good his writing is, and how interesting his life has been. Expect a review of it this week.

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
I can't get over how much I love Margaret Atwood, on the strength of The Handmaid's Tale alone (so spectacular, read it immediately!) I also have Alias Grace waiting to be read, but in the back of my mind I was pretty sure that I had read at least something good about The Blind Assassin (I'm a little fuzzy on the details) and so I checked it out of the library pretty sharpish. Even if I completely made up that good review of The Blind Assassin, it's still Margaret Atwood, so how bad can it be?! Not bad at all, if you ask me!

Jamie's America by Jamie Oliver
Let me preface this by saying that I really don't like Jamie Oliver- he's a British chef and he really just bugs the hell out of me, for reasons I can't explain and really aren't his fault, but it's the truth, and I'm sorry about it (in the same way I am sorry about my Gwyneth Paltrow hatred- it's irrational, and she really was quite funny on Glee, but I just don't like the woman!) But anyway. Having said all that, I got this out of the library, mainly because of my America-obsession, but also to see if there were any noteworthy recipes I could copy out and make (I don't really buy cookbooks because I'm cheap...) Having gone through the entire thing yesterday, I'm pretty assured that there aren't really any, but I found a few recipes I can have a go with so that works for me!

So, these are the books I had experiences with this week- how about you? Hope you all got lots of goodies! On a side note, next Saturday is my Birthday, so my IMM on Sunday is really going to be very exciting, since basically all I've asked for is books! Yay for birthdays!

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Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their houses last week. You can view the touring blog list at the Mailbox Monday blog for the upcoming months.


  1. 1. Mash is an awesome show. I watch it occasionally on weekends. So I get the crush thing.

    2. I don't think republicans are sexy either.

    3. Margaret Atwood is AMAZEBALLS. An ex gave me Oryx and Crake for my birthday a few years ago, it was super amazing. It started my love my dystopian lit.

    4. I kind of like Jamie Oliver, mostly due to my British obsession. However, I completely agree about the hatred of Gwyneth Paltrow even though she was funny on Glee. She just irritates me.

  2. Isn't he a cutie though that Jamie.
    Enjoy the reads and if you're cooking up those recipes... just mail some of those goodies up to CANADA! ;P

  3. @Jenn- republicans are completely not sexy. Except possibly Lincoln, but he'd be a democrat if he was alive today, apparently. Also, he probably wasn't all that sexy anyway. And OBViously you love Margaret Atwood too! You're like, not allowed not to! Hehe, have you read The Handmaid's Tale? SO excellent! And, ugh, Jamie Oliver... I'm quite impressed y'all know who he is though, I didn't know he'd made it out there yet!

    @AisleB- I so would if that would work! Hehe, maybe I'll just have to turn up on your doorstep with goodies and you'll have to let me stay- I quite fancy going to Canada!

  4. The Alan Alda sounds like an interesting read. You're reading Atwood, too!

  5. I love Alan Alda. I LOVE HIM. I totally get the crush. And M*A*S*H is one of my favorite shows. I think I may be one of the few people under the age of 30 who has the show's box set and a cast photo on display in her office...

    Don't forget to read his other autobiography "Things I overheard while talking to myself."

  6. Great books! I've been meaning to read another Atwood book but I never get around to it. Happy reading!

  7. I also love Margaret Atwood's books...Blind Assassin was one of them. Enjoy!


  8. I liked The Handmaid's Tale;I'll have to try more Atwood

  9. All of your new books look good to me! Alan Alda is a good one to have a crush on.

  10. Alan Alda is a classic! Can't be beat. Enjoy all your new books. Have a great week and happy reading. My MM is here

  11. MASH is a classic! Alan Alda sounds pretty good too!

  12. I can't say the same about not buying a book this week, but some weeks I can. :-)

    I've wanted to read THE BLIND ASSASSIN for a long time. Hope you enjoy it!

  13. Can't wait to see what you think of this Atwood -- I loved THT but have hated everything else she's done! (Altho I don't mind some of her poetry.)

  14. The Blind Assassin looks really good , Love Alan Alda from Mash,enjoy!

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  15. Atwood is somewhat too different for me, but the cover looks good.

    Stopping by from the linky on Passages To The Past.

    Love your blog.


  16. I have not read a Margaret Atwood book but think maybe I should try one. I love the cover. I hope you enjoy all your new books.

  17. awww, Jamie is such a good decent guy. But yeah, we all have these weird like/dislikes, lol. Don't think I'll bother with that one then.

    Handmaid's Tale is superb. I struggled connecting with Blind Assassin, but it has many many fans. Good luck with it!