Mailbox Monday #83

Before we get to today’s Mailbox Monday, I wanted to let everyone know that I am still recovering from Book Expo America and Book Blogger Con, which occurred last week.  I had a great time prior to the conventions exploring New York City — Central Park, the subway system, New York’s Hudson River, and other sights.

I also want to prepare you . . . this is going to be a long post about the books I received while gone and from the conventions.  Watch out there are some good ones in here that are going to make your own TBR lists grow.

Marcia at The Printed Page and Kristi of The Story Siren both sponsor memes in which bloggers share what books they’ve received in the past week.  I’m going to continue calling these Mailbox Mondays, but The Story Siren also has In My Mailbox.  Just be warned that these posts can increase your TBR piles and wish lists.

Here’s what I received in the mail:

1.  The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli — two copies for the end-of-year giveaway at War Through the Generations.

2.  I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne — one copy for review from Hachette, and the funny story about this book is that it has been sitting in my leasing office since February, and yet, I’ve been to the leasing office at least a dozen times since February to pick up other books, and yet, no one bothered to give me this one.  Gotta love it.  I started reading this one and it is hilarious from page one!

3.  The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner — one copy for review.

4.  War on the Margins by Libby Cone — one copy for review from the author.

5.  The Wishing Trees by John Shors — one unexpected copy for review from the author.

Here’s what I picked up at the Expo for me mom:

Tess Gerritsen and Lisa Gardner both signed their books and told me to tell my mom to review their books on Savvy Verse & Wit.

The others:  Suitcase Full of Dreams by Hoy Kersh, Think of a Number by John Verdon, and Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives by Josie Brown were books I got her just for fun.

Ok, my haul from BEA and BBC is huge, so I took two photos.  Totally Crazy!  I did ship a box home via postal service, since it was far cheaper than shipping through the convention and FedEx.  But the rest I had to find places for in my suitcase, which was already full.  I’m surprised the bag didn’t burst.

Check out these shots:

Ok, let’s start from the top:

1.  The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry, which is my signed copy and I will be reviewing soon.

2.  Wading Home by Rosalyn Story, which is a novel about a son trying to find his father after Hurricane Katrina.

3.  Sourland by Joyce Carol Oates, which is a collection of short stories that I waited in line for more than 30 minutes to get signed and the author did not show.

4.  The Gendarme by Mark Mustain, which I picked up at random.

5.  The Forgotten Highlander by Alistair Urquhart, which is another WWII story.

6.  The Keepers’ Tattoo by Gill Arbuthnott, which looked really great at Scholastic with its hint of paranormal.

7.  Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead, which I waited in line to get signed and was told not to take pictures of the author.

8.  Red Moon Rising by Peter Moore, which is another vampire/werewolf young adult novel.

9.  Murder in Vein by Sue Ann Jaffarian, which is the first in a fang-in-cheek series of vampire novels.

10.  Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin is another paranormal young adult series.

11.  The Year of Goodbyes by Debbie Levy is another true story about the Holocaust and WWII.

12.  Emma and the Vampires by Wayne Josephson because you know I love Austen and vampires.

13.  This Totally Bites by Ruth Ames, which I got from Scholastic.

14.  Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart, which I was so thrilled to stand in line for and meet the author in person.

15. Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives by Josie Brown, which I got from BBC in a swag bag.

16.  The Great Lover by Jill Dawson, which I got from BBC in a swag bag.

17.  The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins, which I got from BBC in a swag bag.

18.  The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti, which I got from BBC in a swag bag.

19.  Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart, which I got from BBC in a swag bag.

20.  Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty by Tony Hoagland, which I got from the booth of Graywolf Press and is the only poetry book I was able to find.

21.  The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell, which I got from BBC.

22.  Semper Cool by Barry Fixler, which Heather at Age 30+ . . . A Lifetime of Books gave to me to read for the Vietnam War Reading Challenge.

23.  The Enemy by Charlie Higson, which is a zombie novel I picked up for my husband.

24.  The Zombie Chasers by John Kloepfer, which is a young adult zombie novel for my husband.

25.  Pariah by Bob Fingerman, which I picked up for my husband as well because it was supposed to be a graphic novel, but there are only about 5 images in it.

26.  Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson on audio, which I got from BBC in a swag bag.

That’s about 2 weeks worth of books. You’ll probably see some of these in my blogiversary giveaway in June.

Wow. . . now I’m tired.  But please do share what you got in your mailbox?


  1. I love looking at everyone’s BEA books! We got very few books in common.

  2. I really don’t know how you packed all of those! And you still have to post the ones that were in the box that was delivered to my house! I didn’t realize you snagged that many books. I only got 5 or 6 for myself, and I’m wondering if I missed out on something. LOL

    Happy reading!
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..The BEA Post, or I Need Another Vacation to Recover From This Vacation! =-.

  3. Great pile! I am so jealous you got Spirit Bound…its on my WL!

  4. What wonderful books you received. I am having a giveaway at my blog site, come check it out.
    Kelly Bookend Diaries
    .-= Kelly Bookend Diaries´s last blog ..My Giveaway =-.

  5. sooo jealous!!

    i’ve read live to tell and ice cold already and enjoyed both books. i hope your mom enjoys them too and she really should review them! i’m looking forward to reading her thoughts on those books.

    i think i just added another 15 books to my wishlist thanks to this post.

    happy reading! ^^
    .-= dw´s last blog ..Tooth and Mail (2) =-.

  6. LOL – love the book photos (looks amazingly like MY photos!!). Can’t wait to dig into all these great books, I bet 🙂
    .-= Wendy´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday – May 31, 2010 =-.

  7. That is some kind of haul! I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts on many of them as the weeks go on.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? =-.

  8. bookworm says

    Wwo, so many great books!! Sounds like you had fun.
    .-= bookworm´s last blog ..Monday’s Movie: Sex and the City 2 =-.

  9. Now that is a fun and amazing stack of books! There are quite a few titles in there I will have to check out. Enjoy all your treasures!
    .-= Beth(bookaholicmom)´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday May 31 =-.

  10. Oh would love to review I am Ozzy and Zombie chasers!
    Hope you enjoy them- good selection!

    Here’s mine if you’d like to drop by!

    Happy Monday!


  11. Serena, I’m tired too after seeing and reading about all of your books, but I’m also “green with envy”…LOL ENJOY

    I actually had a great week as well: http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/
    .-= diane´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday – May 31, 2010 =-.

  12. Wow, that’s some list you have there! Can’t wait for the reviews 🙂

    We had a book expo here in Kolozsvár in April. I came home with ten books at once and went back the next day for even more, it was so much fun. And they look great on my new bookshelves.
    Now, I’m off to read 😉

  13. That’s quite a bunch. I’m green with envy cause I want to go =D

    Here’s mine for the week

  14. What an interesting mix of books. Would love to see what you think of them when
    the reviews come up. Lovely haul.
    .-= Mystica´s last blog ..2 Mini Reviews of old favourites and a review of a new book! =-.

  15. Laura Fabiani says

    I am hearing such great things about BEA! Too bad Joyce Carol Oates did not show for the signing. Enjoy all the great books you got.

  16. I think you might have beat me in what you brought home! (And I didn’t ship anything!) I was determined to make whatever I DID pick up fit into my carry-on.

    I’m glad to have at least had a moment to shake your hand at the conference although I regret not getting to spend more time with you and Anna.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time sightseeing!


    5 Minutes for Books
    Reading to Know

    • I hope we can meet again sometime. It was great to meet you. I felt like I didn’t get to talk to many people very long. It’s the nature of the conference I think.

  17. Laurel-Rain Snow says

    I am truly green with envy here…the experience alone must have been fabulous! I’d love to go to NY, and to attend BEA there…fantastic!


    Here’s my pitiful stack…lol:


  18. pussreboots says

    That’s a ton of books. I hope you enjoy them. Four books for me this week.
    .-= pussreboots´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday: May 31, 2010 =-.

  19. You are right. My tbr pile is gonna grow just looking at your titles! Happy reading, Serena!

    Mondays: Mailbox/Whereabouts
    .-= gautami tripathy´s last blog ..Mondays: Mailbox/Whereabouts =-.

  20. what a great haul! I have several of them on my TBR pile already, and look forward to your reviews before I put anymore on the list. You’re a braver woman than I to even attempt that many! Glad you had such a great time.

  21. Wow, that’s lot of books! Can’t wait to get my hands on The Confessions of Catherine de Medici. Enjoy your books!
    .-= Elysium´s last blog ..Shadow Prowler by Alexey Pehov =-.

  22. What an amazing haul! I’m so glad to hear that you had fun at the BBC!!

  23. Wow is all I can say to that list Serena and I’m kinda glad I don’t have to find room to put all those. lol.
    .-= Darlene´s last blog ..Sunday Ramblings & Buddy =-.

  24. What an amazing list of books! I’m reminded that I have Summer at Tiffany’s on my shelf. I want to read that soon. Enjoy all the great books!
    .-= Mary (Bookfan)´s last blog ..In My Mailbox/Mailbox Monday – May 30/31 =-.