Mailbox Monday #111

I hope everyone had a great holiday.  Mine was nice and quiet, minus the horrendous loss of the Celtics to the Magic.  Very sad.  We had a nice Christmas Eve with Anna and her family and got to see The Girl as Gabriel in the Christmas Pageant at her church.  She did wonderfully.

Mailbox Mondays (click the icon at the right to check out the new blog) has gone on tour since Marcia at The Printed Page passed the torch.  This month our host is Lady Q of Let Them Read Books.  Kristi of The Story Siren continues to sponsor her In My Mailbox meme.  Both of these memes allow bloggers to share what books they receive in the mail or through other means over the past week.

Just be warned that these posts can increase your TBR piles and wish lists.

Here’s what I received from Anna & her family as Christmas gifts, mostly for our baby girl who isn’t quite here yet:

1.  The Odious Ogre by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

2. It’s Christmas, David by David Shannon

3. Tony Baloney by Pam Munoz Ryan and Edwin Fotheringham

4. Thirst No. 2 by Christopher Pike, obviously for me.

5. Bedtime Stories published by Hallmark

These are from my Booklovers Secret Santa: (see photos below of the books and other goodies; Thanks so much Beverly)

6. The Sibling Society by Robert Bly

7. La Dame d’Esprit by Judith P. Zinsser

8. The Beautiful Cigar Girl by Daniel Stashower

What did you receive in your mailbox?


  1. I love your challenge button in your side-bar. Is that a widget or did you make it yourself? Awesome mailbox too!

  2. I love the David books! Enjoy all your goodies! Here’s my mailbox.
    Just Mom´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday

  3. I love that you are building a library for your new daughter! Congratulations on the upcoming addition to your family.
    Beth(bookaholicmom)´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday December 27

  4. How exciting to already get some books for that little one! Hope you had a great Christmas Serena.
    Jo-Jo´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday from my Secret Santa!

  5. mary Ann Langan says

    I received for review The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson from Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways.

    “I asked the sailor what an Elephant looked like; he replied that it was like nothing on earth.”

    England, 1766: After a long voyage from the East Indies, a ship docks in Bristol, England, and rumor quickly spreads about its unusual cargo—some say a mermaid is on board. A crowd forms, hoping to catch a glimpse of the magical creature. One crate after another is unpacked: a zebra, a leopard, and a baboon. There’s no mermaid, but in the final two crates is something almost as magical—a pair of young elephants, in poor health but alive.

    Seeing a unique opportunity, a wealthy sugar merchant purchases the elephants for his country estate and turns their care over to a young stable boy, Tom Page. Tom’s family has long cared for horses, but an elephant is something different altogether. It takes time for Tom and the elephants to understand one another, but to the surprise of everyone on the estate, a remarkable bond is formed.

    The Elephant Keeper, the story of Tom and the elephants, in Tom’s own words, moves from the green fields and woods of the English countryside to the dark streets and alleys of late-eighteenth-century London, reflecting both the beauty and the violence of the age. Nicholson’s lush writing and deft storytelling complement a captivating tale of love and loyalty between one man and the two elephants that change the lives of all who meet them.

  6. What a wonderful variety of books. My son and I loved the David books, they are very funny. Congratulations on your pregnancy, I missed that also:)
    Bonnie´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday- December 27

  7. p.s. I just read your comment about the baby…congratulations!!!!!! thats wonderful 🙂
    bookworm´s last blog post ..Merry Christmas

  8. sounds like you had a nice Christmas even tho your team lost 🙂 Great mailbox! they all look good, especially the Zinsser book.
    bookworm´s last blog post ..Merry Christmas

  9. Great mailbox!. I didn’t realize you were expecting — super, super congrats on the new baby girl!

  10. Great Mailbox! La Dame d’Esprit catches my eye. I used to love Christopher Pike when I was younger. Thanks for linking up to Mailbox Monday! Happy reading!
    Lady Q´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday- December 27

  11. Based on the cover alone I’d buy It’s Christmas, David 🙂
    Enjoy all the new books!
    Mary (Bookfan)´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday – Dec 27

  12. It’s never to early to build the baby’s library! Happy reading.
    Anna´s last blog post ..Merry Christmas!

  13. What wonderful books… I recently saw one of the David books at my son’s preschool and it was a GREAT book. 🙂 ALL the kids just loved it and really interacted with the story.

    Congratulations on the upcoming arrival of your new baby girl (I’ve obviousely been away from blogland WAY too long!!) – how exciting!

    My Mailbox is up at Wendi’s Book Corner! ~ Wendi
    Wendi’s Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday- Books and Bracelets and Movies Oh My!

  14. These all look intriguing…hope you enjoy them.

    Here’s my Monday:

    Laurel-Rain Snow´s last blog post ..MONDAY MEMES- MAILBOX &amp WHAT ARE YOU READING — DEC 27

  15. Love the mix of books! Judging by the comments, even though I’d never heard of It’s Christmas David, I should put it on my to-buy list! Enjoy the reads!
    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday and In My Mailbox – December 27- 2010

  16. Oh you’re so lucky you got It’s Christmas David. I’ve seen it in our local bookstore and the reviews are amazing.

    Must say you have a great selection of books for the Mailbox.

    Now back to celebrating some more with friends and family.

  17. It’s Christmas David looks wonderful!! My sons loved those books 😀

  18. A very nice mixed bunch of books. Enjoy the reading if you are still on holiday!
    My mailbox is also up.
    Mystica´s last blog post ..Merry Christmas!