New books up the wazoo!

I week or so I realised that recently I have acquired quite a few new books that I haven’t shared with you, my beloved Bookbaggers!

You may not be particularly interested in my new purchases/library borrowings, but if you are read on and gaze in wonder at the bargains and tantalizing tomes I have acquired! 😀

Firstly I took a trip to my local library when I had to take Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane and Mammels by Pierre Mérot and got a new haul:

library books

In case you can’t quite read the titles: Peaches for Father Francis by Joanne Harris (AKA Peaches for Monsieur le Cure, the second sequel to Chocolat); The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman (the first Sandman graphic novel); Shades of Grey by Jasper FfordeSkinlane by Neil Bartlett (which I have borrowed and re-borrowed a few times without actually getting to it); Carnevale by M.R. Lovric;  and The Diviner’s Son by Gary Crew.)

Then while visiting one of my best friends, who has been working at the Maylands Salvo’s store I bought myself a bunch of books:

op-shop buys

Again the titles are: Zoology by Ben Dolnick (a debut novel from 2007 with a very pretty cover 🙂 ); Ravelling by Peter Moore Smith (another debut novel, from 2000, which sounds wonderfully spooky!); The Third Brother by Nick McDonell (who also wrote Twelve, a book I read a few years ago and was one of my Top 10 Reads of 2010 – pre-Book Polygamist); The Cure for Death by Lightning by Gail Anderson-Dargatz (which is another debut novel, from 1996 with a very pretty cover); Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier (which I read a few years ago but still wanted to own); and Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge (which I chose because of the blurb: “In a cut-throat world of highwaymen, spies and smugglers, and insane rulers in silly wigs, runaway Mosca Mye and her goose companion have uncovered a dark plot winging its way toward the city”. It had me at “goose companion” :P).

Then on the 3rd of March I went to the Hyde Park Fair and HAD to get this bunch of books (they were for orphans! What was i meant to do? :P):

hyde park fair books

Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris (as I’ve already established Joanne Harris is one of my favourite authors so I had to add this one to the collection 🙂 ); Pilgrim by Sara Douglass (Book 2 of the Wayfarer Redemption Trilogy, which is a follow-up to one of my Top 10 Fantasy Series’); The Good Major by Andrew Nicoll (which was one of my Top 10 Reads of 2011); Curious and Curiouser by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (a non-fiction buy which I’m certain will be very amusing and informative); and last but certainly not least, The Lot: In Words by Michael Leunig (a collection of essays by one of my favourite writers/cartoonists 🙂 )

AND THEN on the 10th of March I went to Oz Comic Con and besides getting lots of awesome bit and bobs (mostly jewelry :D) I got Soulless, the manga based on Gail Carriger‘s Parasol Protectorate series, which I have really taken a shine to:

soulless from oz comic con

and these cute bookmarks:

bookmarks from oz comic con

(that’s actually just two bookmarks – the single bird one has the black and silver on one side and the silver and blue/purple on the other, and the owl one is the same on both sides. I also go two badges which match the owls on the bookmark ^-^)

I’m absolutely chuffed with my new books and bookmarks, and I can’t wait to read some of them soon 🙂

I’m going to end with a short reminder. My blogiversary competition ends on the 31st, less than a week from now, so if you want to enter you need to get in quick smart!

Currently there are only 4 entrants, which means if no one else enters all but person will get a prize (nice odds for the current entrants, but not so lucky for the single person that misses out!) so if you haven’t entered please do so and make the giveaway a little more interesting 😉

That’s it for now, so as always:

Happy Reading (and acquiring)!

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Happy 2nd Blogiversary to me and all my Bookbaggers! :D

Salutations one and all! Welcome to  a very special event: Book Polygamist’s 2nd Blogiversary!!

To celebrate I will be doing my first giveaway competition where one of you will get the book of their choice off my Top 10 Reads of 2012 list plus a bookmark, and two runner-ups will also get a bookmark!! YAY! Bookmarks are fun!!

According to The Wedding Anniversary site the traditional gift for a 2nd anniversary is cotton/straw and the modern one is china O.O hmmm seems like this competition would’ve been more suited to the 1st anniversary (since the traditional gift is paper) but oh well.

In case you haven’t read my Top 10 Reads of 2012 the choices are:

1. The Night Circus by Erin MorgensternThe Night Circus

2. American Gods by Neil GaimanAmerican Gods by Neil Gaiman

3. The Raven’s Heart by Jesse Blackadderravens heart

4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Leeto-kill-a-mockingbird-by-harper-lee

5. Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbinsstill life with woodpecker

6. Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjaliansecrets-of-eden

7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collinshungergames

8. Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsCover - Catching Fire

9. Mockingjay by Suzanne CollinsMOCKINGJAY-jacket

10. The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groffmonstersoftempleton

How to enter/how this will go down:

1. First off if you don’t already follow Book Polygamist please do so 🙂 If you’re a WordPresser then just click the “Follow” button at the top of the page. If not you can follow me on Networked Blogs (via Facebook) by clicking on the widget at the side of the page, or by email subscription (also at the side of the page). You’re also welcome (AKA encouraged; pressured; sad-pleading-puppy-dog-eyed) to Like me on my brand spanking new Facebook page, or subscribe to my RSS feed

2.  Like this post so I know exactly who has entered at a glance

3.  In the comments (or if you’d prefer email me at bookpolygamist(AT)gmail(DOT)com) tell me how you follow me (so you’re easy to find 🙂 ); the book off my Top 10 that you want; the reason you want to read/own that book; and a vague subject matter for the bookmark (i.e. I like fairies; something a bit badass; I hate those zodiac ones/I love those zodiac ones [I’m a Leo] etc. etc.). Please include your prefered email address with your comment as once I have announced the winners I will contact them via email to acquire delivery info

4.  Inspired by Natalie Dee of STUFF I PUT ON MYSELF: a make-up blog I will be assigning every entrant a number starting at 01, in the order of receiving/reading your comment or email. I’ll then put the numbers through a random number generator with the first generated number being the grand prize winner and the next two being the runner-ups. I thought this was a nice and fair system rather than just picking the ones I liked the most (pretty darn biased) or putting your names in a hat (pretty out-dated and easy to cheat). If the first winner is chosen again for one of the runner-ups I will generate a new number. Even if its random it’s not fair if one Bookbagger gets all the goods

5.  You have from the moment this post goes up until the end of the month to enter. On the 1st of April (according to the Perth, Western Australia timezone) I will not accept anymore entries. The numbers will then be crunched and I will announce the winners in a follow-up post as soon as possible

6.  The books will come from bookdepository.co.uk for a few reasons:
A. I love Book Depository
B. They’re cheap but of good quality
C. They deliver really quickly so I can receive your book and send it out to you nice and swift

7.  All books will be paperback and will have the cover shown above, except for Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian because I couldn’t find that cover on book depository. The cover I chose for Secrets of Eden is this. As you all know I am finickity when it comes to covers, and I totally understand if you are too, so If you desire a different cover from the one shown let me know in the comment/email (along with a picture of your desired cover) and I will endeavour to get that one instead

8.  Once I have announced the winners I will contact them via email and ask for their best delivery address to send the prize(s) to and they will be sent out ASAP. Estimated delivery times will be discussed, but keep in mind I’ve never done a competition before so I’m just kind of flailing around during this process

So there you go!

I hope that all of that made sense and I look forward to reading your entries 😀

If you have any questions/queries/concerns/grumbles/funny animal pictures feel free to send me an email at bookpolygamist(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Happy Competition Entering!!!

Quick! Write something inspiring!

At the end of last year I received a lovely surprise when checking how my little blog was chugging along via my handy dandy smartphone – one of my followers/followees cricketmuse nominated me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

I was a little stunned because I don’t really consider my brand of blogging to be particularly inspiring, but when I saw that she had nominated me because of my Save The Words Saturday posts (may they Rest In Peace in the discontinued blog feature afterlife) I was touched. I only started the Save The Words Saturdays because I personally love strange words that have fallen out of use, savethewords.org was such a fun site I wanted to spread the word (pardon the pun) about it, and since it was the National Year of Reading I wanted to do some new features which promoted reading and literacy…..wow, ok now that I read that back it does sound a little inspiring O.O

Anyway, I didn’t initially seek to inspire, but I’m tickled pink that cricketmuse was inspired by my posts (especially because her blog is quite the inspirational itself, which is why she was nominated for the award and paid it forward to me) and I firstly just wanted to say thank you 🙂

Before sitting down to fulfil my nominee duties I did a little search to try to determine the origin of The Very Inspiring Blogger Award (like I did for The Versatile Blogger Award) but I couldn’t find a starting point, and the rules seemed to differ somewhat from blog to blog.

From what I can gather the protocol for a nominee is as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog. Thanks again cricketmuse!
  2. List 7 random things about yourself. See below ↓
  3. Nominate other blogs. This is where there’s a bit of a discrepancy – some nominated blogs said 7 and some said 15. Since I nominated 15 for the Versatile Blogger Award and I love repeated numbers (which may or may-not be one of my random facts ;)) I’ll be doing 7. See these below ↓ also
  4. Notify the nominees. Will do! 🙂
  5. Put the award logo on your blog.
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Done and done!

The 7 blogs that I nominate are:

  1. cricketmuse – because one good nomination deserves another and her posts always make me 🙂
  2. Crafting Art with Words – a beautifully simple blog which constantly inspires me with its short poems and accompanying photographs
  3. The Daily Post – for inspiring thousands of bloggers with new ideas for posts
  4. The Better Man Project – pick out any one post off this blog and you will find a simply honest and inspiring post about one man and his quest for self-improvement
  5. witches can be right – a wonderful book blog which is more about stories than books – some of the posts are about fairy tales, fables and spirituality and on the whole I find them very inspiring 🙂
  6. 12 Books in 12 Months – The name of this blog speaks for itself – it follows the journey of a writer completing the first drafts of 12 books in 12 months (and then beyond) and what she has managed to achieve blows me away.
  7. Doctor Grumpy in the House – nominated/awarded because it inspires me to have a hearty chuckle whenever I read a new post, and to feel a bit better about the insanity that is often in my own field (libraries/tertiary education)

And now for the 7 random facts:

  1. I’m crazy for paint samples.
    If I visit a hardware/home improvement store the first place I’ll make a beeline to (unless I’m on an in-out mission) is the wall of little paint sample cards that people can take home to help them decide on what exact shade of beige they want to paint their living room. In my life so far I have never actually needed the samples for their traditional purpose as I’ve never repainted/decorated a room, and yet I have a growing collection of them in a box at the bottom of my wardrobe. Why? Well besides the obvious fact that I’m a tad cuckoo, I just love the ridiculous names given to the paints! Whoever comes up with the names for paint must have an awesome job, but also I suspect they have never seen or experienced the origin of some of the names – why is Self-Destruct beige? Why is Hide And Seek a bright yellow (anyone who had played that game before would know that a yellow-clad participant would be an instant target)? And what kind of Looking Glass is a gross grey? All of these (and many more baffling and giggle-worthy ones) are in my collection.

    paintsample book

    A world of giggling and sniggering possibilities!

  2. Ditto for racehorse names
    I don’t collect these but I do enjoy reading them out of racing forms or when there’s a race on TV – and I’m not even a gambler! I don’t really understand the betting system for races, but I’m fine with it as an activity because the names are so great! The best thing about them is the juxtaposition of noble, inspiring names (such as Aristides, winner of the first Kentucky Derby; Might and Power; and Black Knight) against silly ones bursting with puns which I figure were thought up just to embarrass any race official or bookie who has to shout them out  (i.e. Bodacious Tatas; Nosupeforyou – yes, based on the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld; and, That’s Whatshesaid).

    "An coming from behind is That's Whatshesaid!"

    “And coming from behind is That’s Whatshesaid!”

  3. I’ve never been out of Australia
    While I have been on holiday in New South Wales (I live in Western Australia) I have never travelled overseas. This is pretty unusual for someone my age (26) as a trip to Bali, Thailand or New Zealand is a bit of a rite of passage for most young Aussies, but I’ve never had an interest in cheap, booze-fuelled holidays and would rather save up for a more cultural trip (say to Italy, Greece, France, the UK or Russia) that I can enjoy at an age where its more meaningful…plus so far in my life I’ve been too poor and disorganised to travel :s

    the world

    I’ll get there eventually world

  4. I love repeating numbers
    Like I said above, I have a bit of a thing for repeating numbers. This may be because my birthday is the 22nd of October (alas, not November), and I certainly love multiple twos the most, but really any repeated number makes me happy. You know how some people make a wish if they see 11:11 on a digital clock? I don’t personally do that, but I get a tiny thrill any time I  see any repeated number time. I addition to this (and this is where my fixation takes a slight OCD turn) when I use a microwave and the recommended time allows me to do so, I will cook my food for a length of time with three repeated numbers (i.e. if the box says “cook for 2-3 mins” i’ll cook it for 2 minutes and 22 seconds). I’m not saying that I have to do things in repeated numbers, or that If I didn’t it would upset me (which I think means I don’t actually have OCD) but still…so far this list is making be sound like an insane hermit O.o

    2 22-cover

    Funnily enough I have never seen this movie, despite the name…

  5. I have an ever-increasing collection of earrings and head-bands/bandanas etc.
    Ever since high-school I have expressed myself through headbands, clips and other hair decorations rather than colourful clothing and make-up. When I shaved my head for the Shave for a Cure this extended to earrings because they could be seen so much clearer than when I had long hair. Since then matching my hair accessories and earrings to my (now much brighter) clothing has kind of become my “thing”, which makes it very easy for people close to me when looking for birthday and Xmas presents 😛

    Some of my earring collection - all the non-hanging ones and ones that don't get worn a lot reside in a little drawer of a jewellery box

    Some of my earring collection – all the non-hanging ones and ones that don’t get worn a lot reside in a little drawer of a jewellery box

  6. I’ve recently become obsessed with Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
    This started on my birthday last year when I popped into their store in the city centre of Perth (which I had frequented before to buy a Mother’s Day present and generally to sniff delicious-smelling concoctions) and bought myself some bday goodies. I then went back when I received some birthday moolah and my shower has been invaded by amazing Lush products ever since.

    6026-happy-Happy-Joy-Joy-500x500

    The newest item on my wishlist

  7. I have a big collection of bookmarks and I try to match the bookmark I’m using to the cover art and/or subject matter of the book
    I have loved bookmarks since I was a kid as I loathed the thought of folding down page corners (*shudder*) or
    using any old piece of paper to mark my place. As I got older my collection grew as I usually bought a new bookmark with each bookshop purchase, and as friends and family knew I liked them I often was gifted free bookmarks they collected or when I was given a book. Since I have so many its pretty easy to match the bookmark to the book, and as I said above, I like colour coordinating so that just filters down to my books as well 🙂

    My current collection of bookmarks

    My current collection of bookmarks

I’ll end with a quick nag – the Micro Reviews Poll ends on the 27th of January, so if you want your say on the future of Micro Reviews get voting! Currently all 4 votes are in favour of continuing the Micro Reviews but supplemented with some full-length reviews, so that seems to be the most likely outcome, but there is still time for a different result if you so desire.

Oh! and this post is a bit of a milestone for Book Polygamist – it is my 200th post! 😀

I just want to say a big thank you to all my followers and commenters. We may be a small group, but without you, my Bookbaggers, I would probably have abandoned this endeavour (as a usually do with projects after a while) long ago, and that would be a shame because I really do enjoy writing it and reading your feedback.

Bring on post number 300! Also Book Polygamist’s 2nd birthday is approaching (March 5th) and since I completely forgot about the 1st birthday I will make sure I don’t let this one pass without some kind of special surprise 🙂

In the meantime, keep your collective eyes peeled for my Top 10 Books of 2012 and The 2012 Book Polygamist Awards which will be up before the end of January, as well as the usual Notable Quotables, updates on my current reads, and once the poll has finished, more Micro Reviews (as well as some sorely neglected full-length ones that are waiting in the wings).

Until then I wish all my fabulous Bookbaggers:

Happy Reading!

Perhaps on one of the wonderful blogs I nominated 😉