Sunday, 13 December 2009

Recent Acquisitions...




There have been rather less books arriving at Paberback_Reader abode recently as I have been making a conscious attempt to receive or request less titles, as well as buying none, because I completely overwhelmed with reading material at the moment. As of early New Year I will also be using the library less as I embark on a personal challenge to gain control of my current to-be-read titles without adding to them. However, there have been a few recent acquisitions, a few of which are photographed below.

When Verity recently wrote about the Animal Series published by Reaktion Books, I was immediately intrigued and thought that the books looked original, interesting and beautifully presented. Upon looking at the website I also discovered their Edible series and knew that I had to have a closer look at these titles; Reaktion Books very kindly sent me two titles from each series: Penguin and Elephant from the Animal series and Cheese and Chocolate from the Edible one. These books are simply stunning with wonderful illustrations and both are unique series with Edible books hardbacks and both series have their own distinct style.

The lovely people of Random House also sent me a review copy of Ruby's Spoon by Anna Lawrence Pietroni, which sounds spell-binding. In the photograph below, the book is wrapped in a promotional newspaper front-page that alludes to the witch, mermaid and missing woman that the plot revolve around.



Another package to arrive this week that was not a book but definitely a bookish item was this incredible Jane Austen action figure! I won this from J.T. Oldfield of Bibliofreak blog after entering Everything Austen mini-challenge there. As a Jane Austen fan and a lover of all things literary, this action figure will make a wonderful addition to my bookshelves where I shelf a lot of bookish and literary-themed paraphernalia.



Have you received anything exciting recently or are you waiting for Santa Claus to bring you some instead?


19 comments:

dolcebellezza said...

So fun; like Santa came early!

Gavin said...

These are so beautiful! I may have to have the animal series...

JoAnn said...

I NEED a Jane Austen action figure!

Kals said...

The Jane Austen action figure is brilliant! Lucky you! =)

Jodie said...

The animal books are very classy and checking out the website it sounds like an original idea.

verity said...

Lucky you with those Reaktion books! I'll be interested to hear about the food ones.

I also got Ruby's Spoon and started it last night - it's very good!

Paperback Reader said...

bellezza, it felt like Christmas the day the parcels arrived! I had so many parcels and cards.

Gavin, they are impressive-looking books! So beautifully presented.

JoAnn, hee- maybe Santa will bring one! I am so glad that I have one.

Kals, she's quite something, isn't she?!

Jodie, they are very classy and I love their concept.

Verity, I'm looking forward to reading them as they look incredibly interesting.

Good to hear that you are enjoying Ruby's Spoon!

farmlanebooks said...

I saw the animal books on Verity's blog too. I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed them too.

Darlene said...

You're on your way to building a yellow shelf with those Chocolate and Cheese books, yum!

I'm waiting for a book to arrive to give to R, hope it arrives in time.

Paperback Reader said...

Jackie, I have only just received the books but I envisage that I will enjoy them.

Darlene, too true! Hee; they would make a lovely addition to a yellow shelf.

I'm waiting for two books that I bought G for Christmas to arrive too; I'm anxious that they won't arrive before we travel home on Friday.

claire said...

I have also been intrigued by the animal books when Verity posted them, and now you add the edible ones.. zoinks! Like you, I've decided to tackle just my tbr next year (but will not go on a book buying ban). :)

The Ruby's Spoon looks fascinating.. will wait for your thoughts.

I've gotten books for the wedding anniversary this month and a few wins, so my December is quite happy. :)

Steph said...

What a wonderful haul! I've seen (and coveted) that Jane Austen figure for a few years now... I think she'd be a marvelous addition to my prized "Jane Austen" shelf!

All of those books you received look really lovely - I'll be interested to read your thoughts!

Paperback Reader said...

Claire, I don't think I'll keep up a strict book-buying ban next year but certainly for a while until I begin to have the TBR under control.

You have received some lovely acquisitions of late! Your anniversary gifts were perfect.

Steph, Jane the action figure would be perfect for your Jane shelf! I didn't know she existed until the challenge and I'm so glad that I now own her :).

This is a lovely little pile and I'm looking forward to a couple more for Christmas before I call it quits on acquiring new books in bulk!

savidgereads said...

Oooh what lovely arrivals. The cheese (though it looks like it is the cause of my migraines and may be banned) and chocolate books sound right up my street and that Ruby's Spoon has had me pondering... I will await your review before I decide on it either way.

Eva said...

Those covers are all so pretty! I just reviewed a book about chocolate today. :)

Rebecca Reid said...

pretty books!

Paperback Reader said...

Simon, I love cheese and at what point I had to cut it out of my diet for health reasons; one of the worst periods of my life! Looking forward to reading about it.

Eva, you actually reviewed two books about chocolate - the nonfiction and Like Water for Chocolate!

Rebecca, thanks :). They are pretty.

Meg said...

I'm totally loving the Jane Austen action figure... I need one to hang out on my desk, maybe providing some writerly inspiration! :)

Paperback Reader said...

Meg, that's what I'm hoping she'll do for me! She comes with her own desk too.