December 04, 2011

My Wassailing Inbox


(Yeah, I know; the title of this post...  What can I say?  I have a SuperToddler.  We watch "A Claymation Christmas" A LOT around here.  A LOT.)


ANYway, my Christmas-y little Inbox had a rather exciting week (and frankly, that was a happy thing, since this was a pretty sad week for me overall).  Without further ado, the newest inbox inhabitants are as follows.

FOR REVIEW:

The Dragons of Chiril
by Donita K. Paul

Did YOU know that there is now a Christian Fantasy subgenre?!  Because this was a new one on me.  Last I knew, the Evangelical community--and therefore their publishers--were still heavily frowning on this sort of thing, denouncing Harry Potter, all his pomp and all his works.  But it exists now, and has for a while, and this book will be my first foray into it.  Good or bad, it should at the very least be INTERESTING.

The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters (ARC)
by Jeffrey Zaslow

The eponymous "magic room" here is the fitting room at a bridal gown shop.  I'm hoping this one will be a nice, fluffy read, and informative, since I definitely did not have the cash--or the patience--to go that route for my own wedding.

WON:

Yes, I won a HUGE giveaway this week, and am REALLY excited about it!  Maria Grazia at Fly High held a giveaway of Katherine Ashe's four-volume historical fiction series about Simon de Montfort, a collossal figure in medieval English history, and I WON!  I LOVE books about medieval England, fiction, non-fiction and everything in between, so I was thrilled to find out I'd won these, and my Kindle got four books richer, which is ALWAYS a good thing.

So, the rest of my week kind of sucked, but my Inbox had a stellar time of it, which perked my own days up considerably.  Hope yours filled up, too!

6 comments:

  1. I'm always surprised when something is labeled Christian and some how I missed it in reading the book. I've had a Donita K. Paul book on my shelf for a long time - I hear the series is great though and I hope next week goes better for you!

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  2. Hope you enjoy your books! Congrats for winning! How exciting :) I love medieval England books too!

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  3. Montfort sounds interesting!

    Happy Reading!

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  4. I LOVE the title of this post - Congrats on your hail, too!

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  5. Congratulations on winning the giveaway!!

    So, I'm curious...
    Knowing how much you LOVE Harry Potter, I'm wondering what your take on the wizarding wonder was pre-conversion?

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  6. Entirely predictable, I was convinced that Harry Potter was of the Devil when I was a Pentecostal. Even after I converted, I wondered at times if this world-wide publishing phenomenon might be evil--right up until the moment I actually opened one of the books for the first time. The themes, creatures, thousands of tiny details, were so familiar from the many literature and folklore references I learned about in college. I'd never been particularly afraid of house elves, because I didn't believe they actually existed. That's how I felt about all of the Harry Potter world, once I actually read the books and saw that J.K. Rowling had simply fleshed out the folk beliefs of northwestern Europe. As I always say on this subject, I really don't think teaching a kid to wave a stick and shout phrases of fake Latin are a danger to anybody's soul.

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