In my mailbox today… (special edition)

Today the postman brought all kinds of goodies to my door and I am totally excited.

First I received a gigantic package from Carin. We swapped tote bags and other nice things and look what she got for me:



A big tote bag from a local Austin book store called Book People and three more bags from Half Price books, all absolutely fantastic. Then she bought me a mug from Book People. How did she know I love mugs, that I buy one wherever I go and use them regularly? And on top of it all she doubled my bookmark “collection” by sending me a ton of bookmarks she collected at various shops plus her own (regular sized and tiny) bookmark and a few homemade Origami ones. What an awesome gift package! Thanks so much, Carin! This was a fun swap! I enjoyed shopping for it and unpacking my gift was just as pleasant.

Not done yet!kitchenhouse

Later the postman rang and delivered a letter from my crazy book swap partner who is currently residing in Croatia. Oh, I was a bit nervous when I opened the letter. After all it could have been almost anything in there. Robbie from Pink Sheep Cafe sent me “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom. Needless to say I had never heard of the book before. This is the blurb:

When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family.

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin.

Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.

The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail.

I probably would not have picked up the book myself, but reading the blurb I think I will definitely like it. As this is Robbie’s favourite book for 2010 so far, I will move it up on my list and squeeze it into my September reads. According to the book swap rules I HAVE to review this, even if I hate it. Don’t think that there is any danger of that.

Thanks, Robbie, for being my swap partner. I just hope that the book I sent you will be something you’ll enjoy, too.


Crazy Book Swap

crazy-book-swap-graphic Wallace from Unputdownables is organizing a crazy book swap that is going to be fun! The participants all have to send a surprise book – an unputdownable one – to another participant who HAS TO read and review it, no matter what genre, no matter whether we like it or not. The only genres excluded are scary horror stuff (I wholeheartedly agree) and porn (well, I did say I don’t object to porn but I was overruled, lol).

The event is international, so if any of you feel a little daring and are willing to try out something new, head on over to sign up!