Monday, January 12, 2009

Mailbox Monday

The caption on the mailbox above read "redneck mailbox" but frankly I can see a lot of positives there. Obviously, it's a fine example of repurposing, huh? One big old hunk of plastic that's not ending up in the landfill. And man, just think how much the mailman would love me if I built of those things...he'd save so many trips up to the door when all you people make me order books.

So, before I get on with the previous week's loot, let me say a big thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting Mailbox Monday!

This came from Paperback Swap. I honestly don't remember ordering it. It's not that I dispute the fact that I did. But I really don't remember it. Any way you look at it, that's just not a good sign, is it?

The blame for all three of these falls squarely on Nymeth! What am I going to do with her?!! Except, the obvious, I suppose...thank her for expanding my reading horizons in so many wonderful ways!

When I was trying to put together a list for the Graphic Novels Challenge, I came across this title. Just sounded good.

No excuses. Total impulse buy.

And finally, there's this one. But it shouldn't count against me, because it's for the science course I ordered from The Teaching Company to use for school next year. The fact that I may read it for the Science Challenge is not relevant.


Just wanted to let you know that if I should disappear for a while, there's no need to worry. The computer is totally flaking on me here. (And yes, I have everything backed up this time.) It's acting just like it did before it croaked back in November. We'll get it to "the shop" next week once Rich gets home. But if it dies in the meantime, I won't even have his laptop to use, so I'll be incommunicado for a few days. But hopefully it will hang in there, and you're reading these last few sentences will have been a complete waste of time. ;)


Jean said...

What course did you order from the Teaching Company, Debi? We actually have a couple here that you're free to borrow if you need/want them. The basic probability one, the basic statistics one, and the great battles of the ancient world one. As for computers, keep everything backed up, and we'll be keeping our collective fingers crossed for you. Oh, I hope the snow finally stopped.

Nymeth said...

I don't mind being blamed because I really think you'll absolutely love those three books :D After finishing Shakespeare Wrote for Money my brain crush on Nick Hornby is bigger than ever. The man is so hilarious and so wise.

Also, I really look forward to your thoughts on Palestine. It looks very intriguing.

I hope the computer doesn't die! If you're gone for a week we'll all start having Debi withdrawal symptoms :P Thanks for warning us, though!

Debi said...

Do you guys like their courses? Rich got one (can't remember the name of it, but the lecturer was Robert Sapolsky), and he loved it. So I decided to take the plunge, and hopefully save myself tons of work for next year. I bought "The Joy of Science" and "World History: The Fertile Crescent to The American Revolution" and "Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature's Most Fantastic Works." I'm really tempted to buy "Peoples and Cultures of the World" as well. Need to make up my mind soon, as its current sale price is soon gone.

The snow did stop. And today looks clear. Tuesday into Wednesday looks like the next chance for shovel-able amounts. :)

I've a strong feeling that all three of those are going to be among my favorites this year. Of course, I'll actually have to get around to reading them first to find out, huh?

Sandra said...

Love the mailbox. Last Chance to see sounds fascinating if tragic. Happy reading.

DesLily said...

ahhh the blame game is alive and well in 2009! lol..

Jean said...

The three courses I mentioned are the only three we've seen, but we do like them. The high school here has used the US History one for the kids in a special program in which they take one semester of US History at UVa. The school uses the video course for the other semester, with the kids doing the lectures on their own and a teacher developing exams based on the course. I would only buy any on sale, though, because they're very pricey.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Ugh, always something with the computers. Hope it doesn't die on you, but good to know if you do turn up missing :) Hope Rich gets home safe and sound and the time flies until then!

Have a wonderful week!

Literary Feline said...

That really is a gread idea for a mailbox. :-) It looks like you have some good reading ahead of you. I really liked Persepolis and hope you will too. Nymeth rarely steers anyone wrong.

Carl V. said...

I'm excited, between you and Chris I have no doubt the book economy will be stimulated! ;)

Melody said...

Nymeth's recommendations are always good!

I'm keeping fingers crossed that your computer will be well and fine. ;)

Kailana said...

Okay, I really need to get around to reading Nick Hornby! I have never before and I am seeing him everywhere! Enjoy your reading!

Belle @ MsBookish said...

I like your mailbox picture! Redneck mailbox is definitely an odd title for it.

What a lovely list of books! Why are Black Holes Black sounds intriguing.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Great week! Can't say that I've read Nick Hornby yet, but now I'm curious!

Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

Chris said...

Haha! I love that mailbox photo!

I nearly went into heart failure when I saw the books that you got! the complete polysyllabic spree and Persepolis may just be the top 2 books on my wishlist right now! Why I haven't bought them yet, I don't know! order. Enjoy them!

I hope your internet (or computer) doesn't go away! I'd miss you :( Oh, and me and Nymeth have decided that even though you're way too young to be our mom, you should adopt us as extended family :p

Debi said...

It does look good, doesn't it? But like you said, tragic. One of those books you wish there was no need to write.

DesLily,'s so fun shifting responsibility onto someone else, isn't it?

Pricey indeed! And they're so good about putting them on sale (I swear we get at least one catalog a week!), I can't imagine anyone buying them at regular price! I have to admit, I think I'm looking forward to them as much as Annie is.

Thanks! Gotta admit, I'm missing him pretty badly at this point!

Literary Feline,
I'm sure I will love just sounds wonderful! And you're right about Nymeth. The trouble is she steers me right far too often. :)

LOL. Of course, I buy most of mine used, so I'm not sure how much help I really am.

So true! And thank you!

I've never read anything of his either. I'm really looking forward to Polysyllabic Spree, and I'd love to try some of his fiction, too.

Yeah, I thought it sounded pretty interesting, too. I just hope I can understand it. ;)

Hornby will be a new author for me, too, but I'm just certain I'm going to love him!

I probably should have let you and Nymeth know, but I already have!!! Without question! Annie, Gray, and Max have the coolest big brother and big sister ever! Ah man, the sad thing is I'm really not too old...

Carl V. said...

The places that sell used stuff probably appreciate it greatly!!!

I really want to read Persepolis at some point, and after reading Nymeth's latest review of Nick Hornby I think I'm going to have to pick up that book of his as well.

DesLily said...

Ain't it great?!! As soon as everyone blames everyone else for spending money.. it becomes OK !! lollol..ahhh it's good to be guilt free!

Dawn said...

The mailbox makes me laugh. :)

I hope your computer behaves itself. Oh, it is so frustrating when they stop being our best friend!!!

take care,

Stephanie said...

Oh are the sweetest person!!! I was leaving the house to go grocery shopping this afternoon, and there was an Amazon box outside my door. I figured it was for my in-laws, delivered to me on accident (it's happened before) since I hadn't ordered anything. But it was addressed to me! Your gift was so sweet...and the message made me cry. AND, it happened to show up today...on my birthday!!

I can't tell you how much it means to have friends like you. Even someone I have never actually met...Thank you SO much!! I really wanted to read John Green, and now I can!

kreed said...

Argggggh! I am so far behind on everything but wanted to pop in and say hi and that I hope you are hanging in there without Rich around! And let me know what you think of Persepolis - we read it for bookclub. And if you haven't read Hunger Games, it is a must! I have a copy if you need it.

Marcia said...

Welcome and thank you for stopping by the 'mailbox' this week. Enjoy your books!