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Book Buying Ban week #5/ The Postman Knock #6

Hello everyone! So nice to be back! :D
Today's post is coming in 2 parts. First is my progress on diminishing my TBR pile (good!), second is the buying ban (not good) which I suspended for the week I was away for 2 reasons:
Wigtown - a national book town of Scotland which I visited and just could not not buy anything,
Steampunk Convival in Lincoln I went to yesterday and just had to support new British authors in this genre.

So, I had fabulous time, photos are coming, but first things first...

What I read last week


I've read through half the book, the concept was interesting, but unfortunately the main hero was a jerk, the heroine didn't know what she wanted and I just couldn't connect to them both. A shame, because I had 3 books in this series to read and now I'm not continuing with any of them.

Reading highlights of the week?

Dark Oracle surprised me as a good psychological thriller, and Blood Therapy was a messy crazy fun of over the top vampires including Dracula and Brad Pitt! Go figure, eh? :D

72 books (8 for review)

My goodies from Wigtown. Both second hand books.

Gabriella Mondini is a rarity in 16th century Venice: a woman who practices medicine. Her father, a renowned physician, has provided her entrée to this all-male profession, and inspired in her a shared mission to understand the secrets of the human body.

Then her father disappears and Gabriella faces a crisis: she is no longer permitted to treat her patients, women who need her desperately, without her father's patronage. She sets out across Europe to find where-and why-he has gone. Following clues from his occasional enigmatic letters, Gabriella crosses Switzerland, Germany and France, entering strange and forbidding cities. She travels to Scotland, the Netherlands, and finally to Morocco. In each new land she probes the mystery of her father's flight, and open new mysteries of her own. Not just mysteries of ailments and treatments, but ultimate mysteries of mortality, love, and the timeless human spirit.

Filled with medical lore and sensuous, vivid details of Renaissance life, The Book of Madness and Cures is an intoxicating and unforgettable debut. 

Never heard of this book, but it sounds just right up my alley!

Goodies from the steampunk do!

How to Bag a Jabberwock is beautiful! It's a monster hunting guide with pictures and sketches.
Greaveburn has cover art by Ravven (who did Hannah's blog) and a good premise, and both Sam Stone's books sound like fun - first is about time-travelling vamps, second is steampunk novella with zombies :D

Just one sneak pic of me and Al, and I hope you are all having a great weekend!

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