Mailbox Monday #87

World Cup mania continues, even though the United States was ousted by Ghana, once again!  My team is still in it.  Portugal will face Spain on Tuesday, June 29.  I’m crossing my fingers that they continue their winning streak and get the chance to meet Brazil head on in the finals.

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:

1.  A jewel-crafted Phoenix pin, which I won from Beth Fish Reads.

2.  Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, which came from Shelf Awareness.

What did you receive?


  1. The pin is just beautiful Serena.
    Darlene´s last blog post ..Guest Post with Liz Fichera- author of Captive Spirit -amp eBook Giveaway

  2. What a neat pin!!

    And I’ve not followed the World Cup all that much … but then I saw some photos of the soccer players in UsWeekly and I was like “Maybe I will start watching…”
    Jenners´s last blog post ..Recommending Books- Part 2 Plus A Mini Wrap-Up

  3. Bummer. I’m trying to figure out which team I’m going to root for, however, I seem to be the kiss of death, which ever one I pick, they lose. So far I’ve only decided to cheer for new world teams over old world teams. May have to resort to better jersey color, it has worked for picking horses.

  4. Enjoy your wins!
    Mystica´s last blog post ..Review – Our Spoons came from Woolworths by Barbara Comyns

  5. That pin is so very cool!!!

  6. That pin is gorgeous and I so wanted to read Crooked Letter! No books for me this week, but I’ve got a copy of Captivity to give away over on my blog if you’d like to stop by!

  7. Baubles and a book! How fun! Crooked Letter sounds very suspenseful. The pin is gorgeous! Enjoy both!
    Beth(bookaholicmom)´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday June 28

  8. It’s always fun to get something in addition to books in the mail! Now you can look good while you read. I’ll be watching for your review of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.

  9. Beth Hoffman says:

    I love stopping by, Serena. And guess what? I already received Liz Gallagher’s book, which is far quicker than if I’d ordered it from a distributor in the States! Already I’m hooked. I opened the book to a random page and read this: “…daffodil bloom keep sprouting from my mouth…”

    • I’m so glad you received it that quickly and that you are enjoying it! I really liked that book! Great quote!

  10. Beth Hoffman says:

    I’ve always loved the myth of a phoenix rising from its own ashes — I think we creative types do that so often. And for a writer (especially a poet) to have a phoenix pin is so cool. Enjoy!

  11. You picked a good team to support, if only because of that tall drink of water. He is quite the dude! I infuriate my husband (a European and just a tad obsessive over his football) when I make comments like that.
    Sandy´s last blog post ..Sunday Salon- Nesting

    • LOL. I don’t mind that “tall drink of water” on my favorite team…he’s an added bonus for me. Who is the hubby rooting for?

  12. Beautiful pin! As for the book, I’ve never heard of it, so I’m looking forward to your thoughts.
    Anna´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday — June 28

  13. Bling and a book! Crooked Letter sounds interesting (and I see on Amazon that one of my fav authors wrote a blurb). Enjoy – I’ll watch for your review.
    Mary (Bookfan)´s last blog post ..In My Mailbox-Mailbox Monday June 27-28

  14. The phoenix pin is beautiful! I got Crooked Letter too. Enjoy your new book and jewelry.