Sunday, 1 January 2012

In My Mailbox: Steampunk and A Few Classics

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a lovely time welcoming the new year. Speaking of new... what do you think of the new look? I would honestly love some feedback - constructive criticism most welcome, as it'll help me with future designs.

Now, on to In My Mailbox!

To kickstart the year, I got myself a copy of Soulless by Gail Carriger. As part of my 2012 Something New Reading Challenge, I've put steampunk down for January. For the unfamiliar, a definition from good old Wikipedia:

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually Victorian era Britain or "Wild West"-era United States—that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology includes such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the contemporary authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld and China Mieville.

The rest of this week's goodies need no further introduction, and were free downloads from Kobo.

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme created by The Story Siren for book bloggers to share their books and book-related items that they've got for the week. It's a great way for book bloggers to share about books that we're excited about.


  1. I got Soulless for Christmas and I'm really looking forward to it. Enjoy your new books!

    In My Mailbox #3

  2. Aesop's Fables is part of my reading goals for 2012. Good luck with War & Peace; I've started it but it's just way too heavy for me so I gave it up after reading one chapter and I never thought of trying again---lol! Happy New Year to you, akong higala (in Cebuano, "my friend").

    Best wishes,


  3. By the way, I love your blog's new look!

    And before I forget again, I am now grabbing your button for my blog. :-)

  4. Your blog looks so great Toni! Very professional! I'm participating in your reading challenge this year and will be doing a blog post on it after the post I've just done! I'll add the button to my wall as well. I hope you had a great New Year's Eve last night.
    By the way, Soulless sounds like such a great book! I think I'm gonna add it to my wishlist.

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

  5. Great blog theme! I certainly need to check out Steampunk - it seems to be quite the trend :)

    New follower
    My IMM

  6. I love the look of your blog, it's so pretty and elegantly professional! Hehe. I want to read Soulless so badly now >.<

    I really like your blog, do you want to do a link/follower exchange?

    Wdebo :)

  7. Tritan and Isolde? I might have to look into that one. And I enjoy steampunk novels, so I may have to check out Soulless. Great haul this week! Happy New Year!

    My IMM

  8. Hey Toni! I just did my post on your reading challenge. Can't wait to get started!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

  9. Happy New Year Toni!! <3

    Hope you enjoy Steampunk! I read one novella to introduce me to the genre and wasn't bowled over...but I think that is because it really didn't play much into the story at was just a tiny bit of the setting.

    PS. Love you so I am going to be honest...I liked the old blog theme better. It was clean but still cute and showed your personality. This one seems 100% doesn't show you at all!

    My In My Mailbox

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  10. First of all- I really like your new look. Very streamlined. I also liked your old look. Second of all- thanks for posting the definition of steampunk. I hear the term all the time- but I haven't been completely clear about what it is! Now I know! I am not sure that I have read any steampunk books- but this one looks great. Can't wait to hear how it is!


  11. Great haul! I've been really interested in the Gail Carriger series I should pick up book 1 soon!

    Xpresso Reads