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Mailbox Monday #53

Welcome to another Mailbox Monday, sponsored by The Printed Page.  This is a meme to share your latest library finds, books you bought, ARCs you’ve received and more.

1.  An ancient Roman coin from Michelle Moran in appreciation of my interview with her at D.C. Literature Examiner.  You can find it here and here.  Mine doesn’t look exactly like this, but it is very cool and unexpected.  Thanks, Michelle.

Borders delivered the next two for the Sookie Stackhouse Challenge:

2.  Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

3.  Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

4.  According to Jane by Marilyn Brant, which I won from AuthorBuzz.

5.  The Queen’s Mistake by Diane Haeger, which I won from Devourer of Books.


6.  Dragon Tattoos for the Stieg Larsson book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which I believe I won at Literate Housewife.

What did you get in your mailbox?

Mailbox Monday #52

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia of The Printed Page, where bloggers reveal their bookish finds from the bookstore, giveaways, the library, and other venues.

These are the books I’ve collected via co-workers in the last few weeks that I kept forgetting to put in previous Mailbox Monday posts:


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1.  Scandal Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee


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2.  The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard


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3.  Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman


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4.  She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

5.  Storming the Heavens by Daniel Peris

Addendum:  I got one book in the mail that I ordered from Maya Ganesan’s Website, and you’ve seen it in the mailbox before since I borrowed it from Susan at Color Online.

 6.  Apologies to an Apple by Maya Ganesan


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7.  Words That Burn Within Me by Hilda Stern Cohen, which I purchased at the local reading at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Md., on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009.

What did you get in your mailbox?

Mailbox Monday #51

Welcome to another Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page, on Sunday.

I’ve been relatively good in terms of not buying or accepting review copies in the last few weeks, but now the Book Blogger Appreciation Week wins seem to be starting to flow into the mailbox.

Here’s what made its way into my mailbox:

1.  The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget by Josh Dorfman, which I got in the mail from Jeannie at I Like to Be Here When I Can.

2.  The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst, which I won during the Dog Days of Summer at Literate Housewife, and boy did we go through mail hell with this package from Amazon.

3.  Night of Flames by Douglas Jacobson for a Pump Up Your Book Promotion Tour near the end of October; this is yet another mailing fiasco–good thing Anna had a copy I’ve started to read.

4.  Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, which I won during Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Mailbox Monday #50

Welcome to another Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page.

We’re trying to slow down on the number of books accepted, but I can’t stop myself from buying books?!

This week, I didn’t purchase any books, thankfully, but I did get a few in the mail:

1.  The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley from Hatchette for review in late November.

2.  True Compass: A Memoir by Edward M. Kennedy from Hatchette for review; I still cannot believe he is gone, though he had suffered so much in the end.

3.  Evil for Evil by James R. Benn, which is the fourth book in his Billy Boyle WWII Mystery Series, signed by the author and from Author Buzz giveaway.

4.  The Bum Magnet by K.L. Brady signed by the author and for review.  I also received an additional signed copy for an international giveaway, so stay tuned.

What did you get in your mailbox?

Mailbox Monday #49

Welcome to another Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page, on Sunday.

I had a slow week until the National Book Festival happened!  Yes, I lose all self-control.  First, let’s check out the books I received in my mailbox, and then I’ll show you all the National Book Festival goodies.

1.  Perfect Timing by Jill Mansell

2.  Set Your Compass True by Signe Bergstrom

3.  The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan (which I reviewed; this copy is for a giveaway)

4.  The Company by K.J. Parker

5.  Titanic’s Last Secrets by Brad Matsen

Ok, now for the National Book Festival goodies:

6.  The Pocket U.S. Constitution (I actually got this at the U.S. Capitol because I’ve always wanted one)

7.  How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsch

8.  The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

9.  Going After Cacciato by Tim O’Brien

10.  Say Uncle by Kay Ryan

11.  Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith

12.  Poetry Out Loud Anthology

What did you get in your mailbox?  What did you get at the National Book Festival, if you were there? 

I may get other books since I am headed to the Baltimore Book Festival today.  But those will be in the next mailbox.


Mailbox Monday #48

Welcome to another Mailbox Monday, sponsored by The Printed Page. I’ve tried to slow down on the ARCs, etc, but somehow they keep finding their way into my mailbox.

Books Bought:

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson

Vampire Haiku by Ryan Mecum

Other Books:

Haunting Bombay by Shilpa Agarwal for a tour in October

The Way Home by George Pelecanos

Stand the Storm by Breena Clarke

Something Mis ing by Matthew Dicks

Still Midnight by Denise Mina

What came in your mailbox?

Mailbox Monday #47

Yes, it is Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia of The Printed Page, on Sunday again!

Not too many books arriving in the mailbox these days, but I did head out to my local library sale and picked up some goodies for me and for Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

1. Inglourious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino; if you missed my joint review of the movie with Anna of Diary of an Eccentric, click on the link.

2. More of Me Disappears by John Amen from the poet.

3. Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin from Delacorte Press, which I believe I saw in Shelf Awareness.

4. Apologies to an Apple by Maya Ganesan, which Color Online let me borrow for review.

5. Seduce Me by Robyn DeHart, which I won from Pudgy Penguin Perusals.

From the library sale:

6. Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews

7. Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan

8. The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman

9. Solstice by Joyce Carol Oates

10. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

11. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

12. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

13. Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro

14. The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections by Tom Brokaw

I’m sure you are wondering which of these books are for BBAW giveaways, but I’m going to leave you in suspense. You’ll just have to come back during the week to find out.

All week, I’m trying something new for giveaways. If you order through one of my amazon affiliate program images, you will get 5 extra entries into each giveaway and for each book you buy. You just have to email me an order number/invoice.

What did you get in your mailbox?


Mailbox Monday #46

Welcome to another edition of Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page, on Sunday.

You guessed it, there is another pre-scheduled review this Monday, and its for a fantastic, fast-paced Jill Mansell book, Millie’s Fling.

So you really want to know what came in the mail this week, here it is:

1. True Blue by David Baldacci from Hatchette Group for review.

2. Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran for review; I’m not sure how I ended up with one hardcover and 2 ARCs, but I did, so expect another giveaway for this beauty.

3. Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World by Abigail Reynolds for review from Sourcebooks in January 2010.

4. To Hell in a Handbasket by Beth Groundwater, signed for a lucky BBAW winner.

What did you get in your mailbox?


Mailbox Monday #45

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page, on Sunday.

I’ve got a few books for the BBAW giveaways and a book from Amazon Vine, which I passed along to Anna at Diary of an Eccentric since I have an actual hardcopy coming in the mail for our September Book Club.

Here are the books I received:

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1. 2 signed copies of Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein for BBAW giveaways. (THANK YOU)

2. 2 signed copies of Mind Scrambler by Chris Grabenstein for BBAW giveaways. (THANK YOU)

3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins from Amazon Vine for review. This is the September book club selection and I passed this copy onto Anna because I already have a hard cover copy on the way.

4. Nibble & Kuhn by David Schmahmann for review.

5. The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel by Maureen Lindley for review.

6. A Prisoner of Versailles by Golden Keyes Parsons from Amazon Vine for review.

What books arrived for you this week?


Mailbox Monday #44


Welcome to another Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page, where we share our books from the library, the bookstore, swap programs, and the publishers, etc.

The number of ARCs is tapering off for me, while I try to catch up on the books already in my piles.

1. Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran from the author for review.

2. Shapeshifter: The Demo Tapes Year 2 by Susan Helene Gottfried from the author for review.

3. Let the Shadows Fall Behind You by Kathy-Diane Leveille from the author for review.

4. Girls of Tender Age by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith from the author for review.

5. The White Queen by Phillippa Gregory, which I won from A Girl Walks Into a Bookstore.

What books did you get in your mailbox?

Also, I have a great international giveaway for the Rooftops of Tehran going on through August 24, 2009.

Mailbox Monday #43

Welcome to another peak inside by mailbox, here at Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page.

The number of books making it into my mailbox should be smaller and smaller in the coming weeks as I decline more offers than I accept from publishers. I really need to focus on the books already lining my shelves.

Plus, I have a coupon and a gift certificate for two different bookstores that are burning holes in my pockets!

1. The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan from the Amazon Vine program, which will be published in August/September 2009.

2. The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini for review in October 2009 from Sourcebooks.

3. Dusk by David Doub, which I won from Literary Escapism.

4. Soul Survivor by Bruce and Andrea Leininger with Ken Gross, which I won from A Bookish Mom.

5. Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen, which I received from Library Thing and was published in July 2009.

6. The Woodstock Story Book by Linanne G. Sackett and Barry Z. Levine, which I received from Lisa Roe for review–check out my preview of the book at D.C. Literature Examiner.

Ok, so when I decided to write this up, the Borders coupon for my birthday (15% off) burned a hole in my pocket and sent me to the bookstore to pick out some books:

7. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, which I have seen so many of you rave about.

8. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris, which is (I believe) the second book in the Sookie Stackhouse series–this will be great for the challenge…Now, that I have two books from the series I can get started.

9. Best Burgers from Publications International, which is a board book my husband picked out from the bargain bin for $1.99…which ended up being considered a cookbook by the Borders’ system and I paid $1.39 for! Must have been a good day for sales.

What did you get in your mailbox?

Mailbox Monday #42


Welcome to another Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page. We’ve got books. . . yes, more books, this week. Ready for a photo of the beauties?

TBR Growing

From the bottom, up:

1. The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl for a TLC Book Tours on October 22.

2. The Walking People by Mary Beth Keane, which I won from Peeking Between the Pages.

3. Picking Bones from Ash by Marie Mutsuki Mockett from the Amazon Vine Program.

4. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry for a TLC Book Tours on August 31.

5. Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman, which I snagged from our office kitchen. Some of us drop books in the kitchen to give away as freebies, and I got two this week and gave a third to Anna at Diary of an Eccentric. I haven’t read Alice Hoffman yet. Can you believe it?

6. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, which is also from the office kitchen.

7. FU, Penguin by Matthew Gasteier, which came a s a surprise from Random House.

What did you get in your mailbox? Have you read any of these, what are your thoughts? Do you like Alice Hoffman? What books of hers have you read?