Mailbox Monday #143 & BBAW Welcome

Mailbox Mondays (click the icon to check out the new blog) has gone on tour since Marcia at A Girl and Her Books, formerly The Printed Page passed the torch.  This month our host is Amused by 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 this week:

1. Little Black Dress by Susan McBride, which I won from The Girl in the Ghetto.

2. The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore, which I won from Booking Mama

3. The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson from Shelf Awareness.

What did you receive this week?

Today is also the first day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, so be aware that there will be multiple posts from me this week, which we all know is not the norm. Please click on the button to find out this week’s daily topics.

I’d like to talk a little bit about community. Online communities like that of the book blogging community inevitably grow, but in our case, we’ve grown exponentially. There are so many great people from real life friends who blog together, people who became friends and work together on a variety of projects, to those of us who have never met in person.

While Dewey of The Hidden Side of a Leaf encouraged me to keep with my blog and spread the poetry love, the rest of you have kept me going through the years. While I haven’t met everyone in the community, not have I seen your blog before, just knowing you are there is a comfort to me.

I encourage people to leave your blog link in the comments, and I will try to visit and comment if I haven’t done either before. Thanks again to everyone.

Today’s giveaway is for Operation Blue Light by Philip Chabot and Laurie Anne Blanchard.

You must be a blogger to enter and you must leave a link to your blog. Open Internationally and deadline is Sept. 16, 2011, at 11:59PM EST.


  1. Thank you so much!

  2. My address is: http://emrelove.blogspot.com and I would love to be entered! Thanks so much for the chance! 🙂

    [email protected]

  3. I never had the chance to know Dewey, but I’m glad that she was a huge influence on you! I like the book you’re giving away – I haven’t heard of it before, but I’ve added to my TBR.

  4. Thanks for the giveaway. I book blog at http://sugarpeach.wordpress.com.

  5. Fox Inheritance looks good.

  6. Even though my time in the book blogging community did not overlap with Dewey’s, I have heard such wonderful things about her and the impact she had on the community I’ve come to love so much. I’m happy to see her being mentioned today. I hope you have a wonderful BBAW!

  7. Really nice wins. Enjoy!

  8. Grace Fonseca says

    New follower. Looks like you had an excellent week. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog. I really like some of the covers.

  9. I didn’t realize Dewey encouraged you toblog about your love of poetry. I’m glad she did and that you continue to post about poetry. In addition to your wonderful book review posts and author interviews, your poetry posts make your blog shine brightly in this community, Serena. Thank you!

    • She really encouraged me to keep going with my poetry posts. She told me not to give up, the readers would come. Thanks for continuing to visit, Amy.

  10. Hi to a fellow poetry lover.

  11. If you’ve been book blogging for as long as we have, it’s hard to think of community without thinking of Dewey, isn’t it? Even now. I’m glad she encouraged you to stick with it!

    Happy BBAW :-).

  12. Those first two look like books I would love! Enjoy your new reads!

  13. I’m jealous about The Fox Inheritance!

    No need to enter me in your giveaway, but I’ve added it to my sidebar.

  14. It’s so nice to see Dewey being mentioned lately. Looks like a good pile of books!

  15. Looks like you have some great books to keep you busy Serena…I would love to get my greedy paws on that Susan Gregg Gilmore book!

  16. I don’t think my first comment went through…

    I loved The Adoration of Jenna Fox, I’m hoping to read The Fox Inheritance soon. Little Black Dress is on my wishlist!

  17. I hear Little Black Dress is very good! It has been getting great reviews! I have Bezellia Grove and had forgot about it until I saw it here. I could read that for my Southern Belle Challenge! Thanks for reminding it of it! Have a great reading week!

  18. Congratulations on the wins! I hope you love your new books.

  19. Like the look of the Fox Inheritance. Please also count me in for your giveaway.