In My Mailbox: 1/2/11

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

I didn’t have a chance to post my IMM last week, so I’m posting it this week instead. I just wanted to share because I got a package from HarperCollins full of ARCs (excuse the crappy framing, btw. My camera kept shutting off due to its dead battery):

That gorgeous package is Michael David Lukas’s The Oracle of Stamboul. I almost didn’t want to unwrap the book because it looked so pretty. The inside of the wrapping is all gold. I swear I was a cat in my former life, because I’m easily distracted by shiny things. So of course, I immediately wanted to read this book. I finished it in 2 days, but I won’t talk about it until it’s released in February.

The other two books in the background are She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor and Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters by Donald Bogle. I look forward to reading those because they’re going to be published right in time for Women’s History Month.

I’m super excited about another package I received in the mail. It was my Christmas present to myself: I finally splurged on the new edition of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex! Pricey little sucker, but now it’s alllll miiiiine!!! I’ve never read The Second Sex because I refused to read the first edition due to translation issues. This new translation, which came out earlier last year, is unabridged and…non-translation-issuey? It’s also hardcover and deckle-edged and pretty. And big. The (much cheaper) paperback edition comes out in May, so the price of the hardcovers will probably go down some in a few months, but I don’t care. I really wanted this book.

Sadly, I don’t anticipate anything other than bills in my mailbox in the near future, so this will probably be my last IMM for a few weeks. Boo. 😦

3 thoughts on “In My Mailbox: 1/2/11

  1. Oohhh fantastic books there. The new Second Sex looks fantastic, I’m bummed to have the old one but will be interested to compare my thoughts with yours!!

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