The m-bag from nekki2976 finally arrived this week. It was HUGE!!! The poor postman almost ruptured himself lifting it out of the van (as did MrPloppy when he brought it inside!) A few of the boxes inside had come apart in transit, but luckily none of the books were damaged. And what a treasure of books inside! It took me all night to journal them all, and I kept finding ones I wanted to set aside for myself. I was reasonably restrained though, and only put nine on my TBR pile:

Celebrity Cats by Larry Wright
Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Crocodile Bird by Ruth Rendell
Off the Map: The Curious Histories of Place Names by Derek Nelson
The Da Vinci Code (illustrated edition) by Dan Brown

MrPloppy grabbed up The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka, and most of the rest of the books are going to our breakfast meeting (I’m trying to remember not to call them meetups any more, but I haven’t found an alternative term I’m happy with yet – “meeting” sounds too formal, really) tomorrow:

The Paintbrush Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla
It Takes Two by Devra Newberger Speregen
The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
It Came From the Cafeteria by Peter Lerangis
The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
Cliff Notes for The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne
The Outermost House by Henry Beston
Surrender the Pink by Carrie Fisher
Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee
The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve
Too Many Notes, Mr Mozart by Robert Barnard
The Exile by Pearl S Buck
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Satyricon by Petronius
The Blue Last by Martha Grimes
Night Work by Joseph Hansen
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie
The Associate by Phillip Margolin
Brady by Jean Fritz
The Secret by RL Stine
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
When Darkness Falls by Shannon Drake
Lake in the Clouds by Sara Donati

Plus there were three sets of multiple copies of the same book. I’ll probably take one copy of each along to the meetup just in case someone wants one, but I’m hoping to do something special with the rest… I won’t say what just yet, just in case it doesn’t work out, but watch this space…

Six copies of 100 People Who Changed America by Russell Freedman; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6

Seven copies of Six Plays by Lillian Hellman; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7

Thirty-four (!!!) copies of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 31; 32; 33; 34

[album 128913 mbag1.JPG thumblink] The m-bag

[album 128913 mbag2.JPG thumblink] Ming checks out the strange American smells on the m-bag

[album 128913 mbag3.JPG thumblink] Inside the m-bag – books running loose!

[album 128913 mbag4.JPG thumblink] The m-bag unpacked – loose books, boxes of books, and scraps of cardboard that once were boxes (I’m still trying to work out what unnatural cheese is…)

[album 128913 mbag5.JPG thumblink] My stash of books from the m-bag

[album 128913 mbag6.JPG thumblink] The rest of the books

In other news, only a few days until MrPloppy leaves for the UK, so I’ve been hard at work on the embroidery for his brother’s wedding. Nearly finished now – I’ve finished the bottom section, and done most of the outline for the top section. All that remains is to finish off the outlining, fill it in with the pattern, and then add their names and the date of the wedding (which I still haven’t plotted out…) Lucky this is a long weekend! (I’ve just got to avoid the temptation of playing The Sims all weekend – MrPloppy bought me the University expansion to keep me occupied while he’s away, and it’s brilliant fun – I was playing until some unmentionable hour last night, and I’ve already had my first Sim graduate, and now I’m trying to get her a job that matches her degree, but the only jobs on offer are completely unrelated… (hmm, just like real life, really!))

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Currently reading: Like You, Really by Kate Flannery and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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