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.


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.


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!


  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!

  3. Montfort sounds interesting!

    Happy Reading!

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

  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?

  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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