Saturday, February 19, 2011

In My Mailbox (24)

Welcome to another edition of In My Mailbox, hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It's a weekly showcase of the books received for review, picked up at the library, or purchased in the past week.

It was another quiet week here, though I did do quite a bit more shopping than originally planned. I did pick up a few titles through GalleyGrab, including the forthcoming Elizabeth Scott, Hannah Moskowitz, and Jenny Han, which I'm loading up on my Nook now.

For review:

Father of Lies by Ann Turner (available now from HarperTeen): Little gets me more excited than coming home to a hard copy of a book! This is a retelling of the Salem Witch Trials and it sounds like it's up my alley.


As you've likely heard, a number of Borders stores are closing. I went to the nearest one to me closing (which, ahem, also happens to be the nearest large book store to me, period) to see what I could pick up. I picked up quite a few things.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen: Herein I admit to never reading a full Jane Austen novel in my life, despite majoring in English (my specialty was more writing than British Lit). This little ditty will show up again on the blog -- Jackie and I have a little project up our sleeves to help other readers who haven't read this one pick it up (and to leave those who have read it enjoying it a little bit differently).

The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon by Sarah Beritia: This is a mystery I've been wanting to read for a little while, and when I saw it sitting there on a near empty shelf, I decided there was no better time.

Her and Me and You by Lauren Strasnick: I read Strasnick's first book, Nothing Like You, and reviewed it here, so I'm interested in seeing what her second has to offer.

Dangerous Angels: The Weezie Bat Books by Francesca Lia Block: I've never read any of her books, and Block's one of my best friend's favorite authors. Since I've inflicted a ton of books upon her, I thought it would only be fair to return the favor. I also love that it's an omnibus.

Roses & Bones: Myths, Tales, and Secrets by Francesca Lia Block: Again, same reason as above. Block's really sort of a ground breaker in YA lit and was the rage when I was a teen. But I never read her.

Split by Swati Avasthi: I don't own this one and since it won the Cybils award, I keep thinking about it. I want to reread it, which in itself says something about the power of this book. I snagged the last copy.

I like to call this small selection my comfort reading collection.

The Essential Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson: Have I ever mentioned that Calvin and Hobbes is my favorite cartoon ever? Well it is. I have a few books on my shelves and am excited to add another. Calvin and Hobbes always cheer me up.

Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker: I love this book, and I love Quinn. I cannot wait to revisit this one on a bad day (or on one of the inevitable cold days still in my future).

The Pigman by Paul Zindel: My husband and I got into a good conversation about how this was THE book we both read in middle school. It's such a classic and still shows up in tribute in other ya books.

And finally, I bought one more book....

A Shore Thing by Snooki: After I laugh my way through it, this will make one heck of a white elephant gift, won't it?


  1. Wish a Borders was closing by me. Or well, wish there was Borders by me at all. I was not a fan of Strasnick's second book though I love the cover. Her first book just worked for me better. Lots of good books!

  2. You wish a Borders was closing near you?
    It was a madhouse. We waited in line for, I kid you not, an hour.

  3. I hit mine (well, it was an hour away - the two nearest me are actually staying open!) right at opening, only walked out with two books. Of course, now I want to go back tomorrow and get some Block for myself!

  4. @KellyJ I just wish there was a Borders period near me. I just have B&N which hardly stocks anything I like to read. The closest Borders is north side of Colorado Springs which is over an hour away. But then... I don't envy the line either. Though that should show how many book lovers are out there.

  5. Great book week. Father of Lies has me hooked from the synopsis, really looking forward to hearing what you think of that one :D

  6. Awesome books! I read Lovestruck Summer last year and thought it was super cute!

  7. I'm sad that so many Borders stores are closing. I recently moved to a new city and was so excited to find a Borders half an hour away. I made plans to go back and visit often after the winter is over but it is one of the stores that are closing :( I hope I'll be able to make a trip before it closes.

    I want to read Father of Lies and Split. I hope you enjoy Sense and Sensibility. It is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels.

  8. An awesome mailbox! They all look fab. Happy reading :)
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    Mia @GrippedintoBooks

  9. Father of Lies is definitely near the top of my TO READ pile! So jealous! I hope you enjoy it! Happy reading!

    Check out what's IMM this week!

  10. You totally just reminded me that I have Father of Lies in my TBR pile! I have to pick that one out soon. You did good at Borders! One of the DC stores had the sale this weekend but I didn't go, I knew the lines wouldbe crazy long and parking in there is equally frustrating. I just went to my local store and bought there instead :)

  11. I've read one book by Francesca Lia Block, but it wasn't really for me. I was intrigued by Roses & Bones and picked up a copy recently, so I hope I like it more than I did the first one I read. Hope you enjoy all your new books!

    Here's what I got in my mailbox this week :)

  12. You are brave -- so brave! -- to pick up A Shore Thing. Just seeing Snooki's dumb hair bump on the cover almost sends me into a blind rage.


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