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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?

Mailbox Monday #41

It’s another full mailbox this week at Savvy Verse & Wit. It always amazes me how many books make it into my home each week.

Here’s what came last week:

1. Eye of the Whale by Douglas Carlton Abrams; the author graciously sent me this novel and I am thrilled to review another of his books. If you missed my review of the Lost Diary of Don Juan, check it out.

2. A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand, which I won at All About {n}. If you haven’t checked out Nely’s blog you should.

3. The Condition by Jennifer Haigh for the August Book Club Girl August 18 show.

4. Carta Marina: A Poem in Three Parts by Ann Fisher-Wirth, which I received from the poet for review in October.

5. Searching for Pemberley by Mary Simonsen from Sourcebooks for review in November/December.

6. Willoughby’s Return by Jane Odiwe from Sourcebooks for review in October/November. If you missed my review of Odiwe’s Lydia Bennet’s Story, check it out.

7. The Waker’s Corridor by Jonathan Thirkield, which I received from the American Academy of Poets. This book of poems received the Walt Whitman Award in 2008.

8. Wait Until Twilight by Sang Pak from the author for review in August.

9. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, a young adult novel from Simon & Schuster for review in October.

10. A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean by Gary Buslik from the author for review in September.

What did you get in your mailbox?

Mailbox Monday #40

Another Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page, has arrived. This meme is all about book love and sharing what came in the mail, in from the library, and whatever other means books arrived in our homes.

Here’s what came in my mailbox this week:

1. Dirty Water: A Red Sox Mystery by Mary Ann Tirone-Smith and Jere Smith, which I got through inter-library loan for our 2nd book club meeting.

2. Mercury in Retrograde by Paula Froelich from the publisher, Atria.

3. The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos, which I won from Pudgy Penguin Perusals for correctly guessing the name of Pudgy (Alphonse).

4. When You Went Away by Michael Baron from the publisher Story Plant

5. Sweet Mary by Liz Balmaseda

6. Visions of America by Joseph Sohm for review with Lisa at the Online Publicist

7. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

8. Fair Creatures of an Hour by Lynn Levin from the poet for review.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

Mailbox Monday #39

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

Here’s what I got in my mailbox, while I was out of town for a memorial service, which was beautifully done. I’m back now, and hope to get into the swing of things again and resume commenting on a regular basis.

Some of these were surprises.

1. B as in Beauty by Alberto Ferreras

2. Hungry Woman in Paris by Josefina Lopez
3. Houston, We Have a Problema by Gwendolyn Zepeda
4. The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos by Margaret Mascarenhas
5. Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
6. The Widow’s Season by Laura Brodie from the author for review in October.
7. The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

Don’t forget my giveaway for Rubies in the Orchard by Lynda Resnick. Deadline is July 24.

Mailbox Monday #38

Another Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page, is here. This is another big one thanks to the local library sale. I’ve included Amazon.com links for the affiliate program in this issue.

Here are the books I received in the mail:

1. A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve from Hatchette Group for review.
2. Last Days in Lacuna Cabal by Sean Dixon for review in August from Blue Dot Literary, LLC.
3. The Moon Looked Down by Deborah Garlock from Hatchette Group for review.
4. A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman for a TLC Book Tour in September.
5. Bloody Awful by Georgia Evans for review.
6. Bloody Right by Georgia Evans for review.

Books I received from my mother in the mail:

7. Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
8. Swimsuit by James Patterson
9. 8th Confession by James Patterson
10. Daniel X: Watch the Skies by James Patterson

Books I snagged at the Germantown Library Sale this weekend for $6:

11. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
12. Voices of Ireland by Malachy McCourt
13. The Vietnamese and Their Revolution by John T. McAllister, Jr. and Paul Mus
14. The Raid by Benjamin F. Schemmer
15. The Caves of Perigord by Martin Walker
16. Nam by Mark Baker
17. Holocaust Poetry by Hilda Schiff
18. Downfall by Richard B. Frank
19. Lipstick Jihad by Azadeh Moaveni

What did you get in your mailbox?

Mailbox Monday #37

Welcome to another edition of Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page. This is the meme in which I share what books I received through the mail, the book sales, the library, and any other location.

This week, I received the following:

1. Cheerful Money by Tad Friend from Hatchette Group.

What did you receive in your mailbox?

Also, check out the Quote Challenge for the blogiversary, here and here and here.

Mailbox Monday #36


Welcome to the latest edition of Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page.

I’ve been accepting fewer books fore review, but I have received a few this week and I can’t wait to read them.

1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows for a TLC Tour in August.

2. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange from Sourcebooks for review in August.

3. Red to Black by Alex Dryden from Shelf Awareness for review.

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Also, have you checked out my latest article on the Examiner? Here’s my D.C. Literature Examiner posting about YA novels in verse.

Don’t forget my giveaways: 2-year Blogiversary, here and here and here.

Mailbox Monday #35

Welcome to another addition of Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page. I’m getting fewer books in the mail, which is a good thing when the shelves are bursting.

1. Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell from Sourcebooks


2. Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdullah from the author and her publicist.

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Don’t forget my current giveaways:

2-year Blogiversary, here and here.

Mailbox Monday #34

Welcome to an edition of Mailbox Monday, sponsored by The Printed Page, on Sunday! Yes, I have a book tour scheduled for Monday, so you get to see my little stash today instead.

I’ve also got a treat for you as well . . . a picture of the line outside the Germantown Library Sale.

Ok, so these are the books that came in the mail:

1. The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson, which I won from Diary of an Eccentric

2. The Tudor Rose by Margaret Campbell Barnes, which I received from Sourcebooks for review in October.

3. Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant, which I received from Shelf Awareness for review in July.

The local Germantown, Md., library has book sales pretty often, usually about once per month. June 13 was the latest book sale that Anna, The Girl, and I swooped into to get some good books. $1 for hardcover, 50 cents for paperback, and kids hardcovers were 50 cents, and kids paperbacks were 25 cents. The last book sale we went to, we arrived after 10 AM, and the sale began at 9 AM. We decided to get there when it opened to see if there were better books at that hour. Well, we got there and found a line already had formed before 8:50 AM. Crazy. I took a shot with the camera phone.

Here’s what I got at the library sale:

4. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

5. Great Cases of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle–a collection with gold-edged pages and a nearly pristine, green hard cover.

6. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

7. Stone Cold by David Baldacci


8. Audition: A Memoir by Barbara Walters; this one is for my mom, who loves biographies.

9. In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam by Robert S. McNamara

10. Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

11. We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway

Don’t forget my current giveaways:

2-year Blogiversary

Secrets to Happiness

Mailbox Monday #33


Welcome to another edition of Mailbox Monday, sponsored by The Printed Page.

Even after Book Expo America, there are new books entering the house. Check them out:

1. Gifts of War by Mackenzie Ford from Shelf Awareness

2. A Match for Mary Bennet by Eucharista Ward from Sourcebooks

3. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart from Borders for $1, and it’s hardcover.

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins from Borders, full price almost, for the new book club’s monthly selection; Hubby and I are sharing this copy.

5. Best Intentions by Emily Listfield from Book Escape

What did you get in your mailbox?

Check out this giveaway:

1 copy of Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham, here; Deadline is June 10, 2009, 11:59 PM EST

Mailbox Monday #32

Ok, here’s a gigantic Mailbox Monday, sponsored by The Printed Page, for you.

I received three books in the mail before leaving for Book Expo America.

Dragon House ARC

1. Dragon House by John Shors, which I received from the author.
2. Jantsen’s Gift by Pam Cope, which I won from The Bookworm.
3. The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha

Check out the stack of these books and BEA books:

BEA Book Stack #2

4. Hex in High Heels by Linda Wisdom
5. Hope on a Tightrope by Cornel West
6. Into the Beautiful North (audio) by Luis Alberto Urrea, narrator Susan Ericksen
7. Jarrettsville by Cornelia Nixon
8. The Book of Walla by M. Ram Krishn
9. Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
10. The Dancing Plague by John Waller
11. Murder in the Latin Quarter by Cara Black
12. The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James
13. Tombstone Tea by Joanne Dahme
14. Anne Frank by Francine Prose
15. The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand
16. Blood Relative by Richard Tortorici
17. He Was My Chief by Christa Schroeder and Roger Moorhouse
18. Blood Alone by James R. Benn
19. Lives of Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers by Bryan Mark Rigg

What did you get in your mailboxes?

Don’t forget these great giveaways:

3 copies of Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton, here; Deadline is June 3, 2009, 11:59 PM EST.

1 copy of Reunion by Therese Fowler, here; Deadline is June 4, 2009, 11:59 PM EST

Mailbox Monday #31

This Mailbox Monday is sponsored by The Printed Page. It was a nice slow week, and I’ve had a few days off, visiting my parents up in Massachusetts.

Here’s the one book I got this week:

1. The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale, which I received for review.

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend and got some great books. Stay tuned for my review of Reunion by Therese Fowler, which after sifting through some confusion is supposed to be posted May 28. So keep your eyes open for the review and a giveaway.