November 21, 2006

Free Books!

Remember this?

Well, here's what I wound up buying.

I've already started The Night Watch and am about 230 pages in. It's wonderful!! I can't wait to read more by Sarah Waters. I have The Other Side of the Bridge and The Swallows of Kabul in my stacks for the From the Stacks Winter Reading Challenge.

Now if we'd only get a blizzard so I could stay home and read all day...


  1. Anonymous9:20 PM

    Wow, that looks like a typical Nebraska winter. Was that last year?

    I do remember that coupon you won online and I didn't. I was hoping for the bag, but didn't win it either.

    The day after I read The Swallows of Kabul, women were voting for the first time. I cried.

  2. I didn't realise the paperback of Night Watch was out already. I'll have to get that soon. I've enjoyed all her books!

  3. Anonymous5:06 AM

    Great selection! Isn't a trip to a book store paid for by someone else a grand thing?

  4. ooo.. i'd love to be snowed in!
    great haul!

  5. Well done! Looks like great choices. I will put The Night Watch on my list immediatly. Good luck with your blizzard. No chance of that in ATlanta, the best I'm hoping for is low forties, and some peace and quiet so I can finish The Woman in Black by Susan Hill which is REALLY spooky and good.

  6. I want to read all of those books. I'm not much of a winter person but the thought of a snowstorm and all that time for reading sure sounds like a good idea :) Enjoy your books.

  7. Oooh, I've been waiting patiently for your list. It sounds like you have some good reads ahead. Enjoy!

  8. Hmmm....don't know about that blizzard...I live too close to you! :) Nightwatch is in paper????

  9. Booklogged, no. We don't usually get that much snow in one storm, but it does happen on occasion. Yep, it was last year.

    Awww, what timing. I'm really anxious to read The Swallows of Kabul.

    Nat, I'm really enjoying The Night Watch. I love the reverse progression of time and how events and relationships are falling in (or out of) place. What a talented writer!

    Jenclair, thanks! Yes, it is most certainly a treat to get a few free books. It was difficult making up my mind (and I did spend a little of my own money), but I'm quite pleased. Now to read them!

    Angela, I like winter and snow and the IDEA of being snowed in, but when it boils down to it, it's really a pain in the ass! Instead of a blizzard, I should really just wish for enough snow to keep my MINICooper stuck in the driveway so I can't get to work. ;)

    Sheri, I keep hearing good things about The Woman in Black. Off to add it to my TBR list. Thanks!

    Thanks, Iliana. As I said, I'd really just prefer enough snow to keep me home but not enough to shut the whole city down! I better be careful what I wish for.

    Thanks, Andi. Have you read anything by Waters? She seems like your kind of author. I'm anxious to curl up with The Night Watch tonight. It's quite a chunkster, but the pages are flying.

    Danielle, sorry for the blizzard wish! How about 2"? With temps just below freezing. None of that twenty below like we had when I first moved to Nebraska. That was terrible!!!

  10. Unfortunately I know nothing about any of the books you bought. But, I am happy you have them. I adore that picture of snow: to me, it's perfect peace. Did you take it?

  11. Oooh, The Night Watch is out in paperback?! Guess where I'm going this weekend!

  12. Anonymous4:32 AM

    Oh, Les, ofcourse I remember your coupon from B & N - I was so glad for you and so envious, too! :)))

    I love your selection of books. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on "Swallows" and the new Mary Lawson one.

    A Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  13. I bought Night Watch yesterday myself in my pile of books that I didn't need online purchase. I am glad to hear it is good! I have another book by her that I will try to read between receiving it and now. Night Watch just sounded good... and I couldn't pass it up!

  14. Oooh, what fun you had, Les! I loved The Madonnas of Leningrad. Haven't read any of the others, but I have a feeling some will end up on my wish list after you've reviewed them. A snow like that would be a portent of doom if it happened, here. Beautiful photo!

  15. I, too, wish for snow. Unfortunately, it was 75 degrees here in Tulsa. :(

  16. I'm longing for a reading blizzard as well. Unfortunately it is an unseasonable 70 degrees today, or close to it anyway! Fun for yesterday's family Thanksgiving football game but miserable for getting one into the Christmas spirit.

  17. I haven't read anything by Waters, but I'm going to keep an eye out now! :)

  18. Anonymous8:59 AM

    We're 2 peas in the pot you and I. I hate getting gift certificates because I always end up buying so much more. I 'loose' $$$$ ;)


  19. Looks like a really great bunch of books. I recently read Fingersmith and liked it a lot.

    I think I'm too far south in South Korea to get snowed in. Dang!

  20. I love, love, love the snow and can't wait for mounds of it to fall from the sky! :)

    I'm also looking forward to your review of THE NIGHT WATCH. I have that on my TBR list. Hurry!!!

  21. Bellezza, yes I took that picture from the warmth of my cozy dining room. That was quite a big storm for us!

    Lesley, I'm thoroughly enjoying The Night Watch. I'm ready to curl up with it and a cup of tea and read the afternoon away.

    Lotus, thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes. I've been a bit lazy this weekend, neglecting my blogs and responses to comments. We had a lovely Thanksgiving and are now beginning to think about Christmas. I'm almost finished with my shopping and have begun wrapping. I should get on the ball with decorating since I have jury duty for the next two weeks (if I get called) and won't have any free time in the afternoon like I usually do.

    Kailana, I think you'll be quite pleased with The Night Watch. It's taking me a bit longer than I thought, though, and will probably be the last for my war-related books for your challenge.

    Bookfool, thanks. I have a few more pictures from that storm that I'll post in the coming weeks. Glad to hear The Madonnas of Leningrad was a winner for you. It's on the top of my stack. At least for now.

    Adrienne, thanks for visiting. Hope you get some wintery weather soon. We're down to 44 today but it feels colder with the cloud cover and dampness.

  22. Carl, I hope you get your wintery weather wish soon. It does help to put one in the mood for Christmas, doesn't it?

    Sassypants, I plan to get more by Waters. I enjoy her style and her characters are the type that will stay with me long after I finish the book. I think I even dreamt about one last night.

    Hi, Nessie. The funny thing about gift certificates is that when I finally get around to spending them, the books sit on my shelves for months, if not years. I do hope to get to these much more quickly than others I've purchased with gift cards. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Bybee, I intend to buy all of Waters books now that I've discovered her. I have yet to hear of anyone who doesn't like her writing.

    Joy, I'm going as fast as I can! I'm off to read right now. I promise.


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