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Mailbox Monday #68

Before we start with Mailbox Monday, let’s take a look at the snowfall and see if you can find Charlee.  Ive already posted about the snow, but I couldn’t resist showing some more.

My husband made a trail for Charlee so he could go potty, but can you even see him?

Today, Charlee is even more tired.  Who knew going outside would be so exhausting?!

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.

Here’s what I received:

1.  Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show by Frank Delaney for review later this month.

2.  In the Wake of the Boatman by Jonathan Scott Fuqua for review and the Vietnam War Reading Challenge.

3.  The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey from Hachette for review.

What did you get in your mailbox?

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Mailbox Monday #67

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.

Here’s what I received:

1.  Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah for review.

2.  The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti from a co-worker.

3.  Simon’s Cat by Simon Tofield, which I won from A Circle of Books.

What did you get in your mailbox?

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Mailbox Monday #66

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.

1.  Beatles Rock Band for Wii!  I won this at Presenting Lenore; if you haven’t checked out her blog, you should.  Pictures are forthcoming…

2.  Venom by Joan Brady, which I received from Book Chick City as a participant in her 2010 Thriller & Suspense Reading Challenge and it is a U.K. title.

3.  City of Refuge by Tom Piazza, which I received from Jen at Devourer of Books for her Feb. 16 appearance on That’s How I Blog, which will feature a 20 minute book club discussion of this book!

4.  Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, which is for TLC Book Tour in May.

And two holdovers from the last mailbox; both I purchased with gift card money:

5.  Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum

6.  Birthing House (audio) by Christopher Ransom, this is the latest book club selection.

What did you get in your mailbox?

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Mailbox Monday #65

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.

This mailbox is another full one and I have no idea how that happened.

1.  The Radiation Sonnets by Jane Yolen
2.  The Woman I Kept to Myself by Julia Alvarez
3.  The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar
4.  Gargoyle 54
5.  Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger by Lee Smith
6.  Christening the Dancer by John Amen, a gift from the poet.
7.  An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
8.  Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran
9.  Tainted by Brooke Morgan
10.  Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie
11.  Stettin Station by David Downing

12.  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
13.  The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
14.  The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel

What did you get in your mailbox?

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Mailbox Monday #64

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.

Here’s what arrived in my mailbox thanks to the library sale (LS), a trip to Wonder Book (WB), a trip to Barnes & Noble (BN) to spend my holiday gift cards, and some publishers:

Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley (LS)
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers (BN)
When I Was a Young Man by Bob Kerrey (WB)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (LS)
The Kommandant’s Girl by Pam Jenoff (BN)
The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason (LS)
In a Perfect World by Laura Kasischkke (LS)

Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman (LS)
Without a Backward Glance by Kate Veitch (WB)
Love & Friendship by Jane Austen (BN)
Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor (Library Thing)
The Children’s War by Monique Charlesworth (LS)
Questions of Fire by Gregg Mosson (poet)
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (BN)
The Father of All Things by Tom Bissell (WB)

From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris (WB)
Fortune’s Rocks by Anita Shreve (LS)
The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville (LS)
Worst Case by James Patterson (Hachette)
When Angels Fooled the World by Charles Fenyvesi (Dryad Press)
They’ll Have to Catch Me First by Irene Awret (Dryad Press)

You’ll note there are two copies of When I Was a Young Man by Bob Kerrey; one of these copies will be for the end of year giveaway for the 2010 Vietnam War Reading Challenge.   Also, I realized today that I already have From Dead to Worse in paperback, so once I finish the Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge, look forward to a giveaway for that hardcover copy!

What did you get in your mailbox?

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Mailbox Monday #63

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.

Here’s what arrived in my mailbox thanks to a going out of business sale at the Waldenbooks!

1.  The Weight of Silence by Heather Gundenkauf

2.  The Reserve by Russell Banks

3.  The Diplomat’s Wife by Pam Jenoff

4.  Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

5.  Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris

6.  All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

7.  From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris

8.  Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

What did you get in your mailbox?

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Mailbox Monday #62

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.

This is the Mailbox Monday and In My Mailbox Holiday edition!

Let’s start with these from my SantaThing!

1.   The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz

2.  Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

3.  The Vampire Diaries:  The Awakening by L.J. Smith

Next, is the book I received from Staci of Life in the Thumb, my Secret Santa:

4.  The Morganville Vampires:  Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine

As many of you know, my husband and I spent the holidays with Anna of Diary of an Eccentric‘s family, and lucky me, I got more books!

6.  Peony in Love by Lisa See

7.  Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

8.  Learning to Breathe by Karen White

And as you know, I can’t resist buying books when I’m in the bookstore shopping for others:

9.  Under the Covers and Between the Sheets by C. Alan Joyce and Sarah Janssen

10.  Dragon House by John Shors, which I received from the author to replace the xeroxed sheets I read for my review.  Thank you!

11.  A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick, which I received unexpectedly from publisher Algonquin Books.

12.  Crossing the Bridge by Michael Baron from publisher Story Plant for review.

13.  Issue 55 of Gargoyle.

****Addendum****

I got these at WalMart with the giftcard my in-laws sent; I figured I would continue with the vampire theme (sort of).

14.  Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

15.  Thirst No. 1 by Christopher Pike; I loved Pike as a kid and remember these books; I first read these vampire books in the library.

16.  Fallen by Lauren Kate

What did you receive in your mailbox?

Oh, before I forget.  If you’re wondering who that cute bear is up there on the tower o books, that would be the gift I got from The Girl!  The one she wanted to give to me when she bought it, rather than wait until Christmas! 

Oh, and I had Anna try an old family tradition — Apple pie topped with melted Cheddar!

 
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Mailbox Monday #61

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.  It’s another edition of Mailbox Monday and In My Mailbox on Sunday!  This coming Monday is the tour stop for Ivy + Bean:  Doomed to Dance and a giveaway.

OK, onto the books:

1.  Sorrow Wood by Raymond Atkins, which I won during Literate Housewife‘s Birthday Bash.

2.  The Wrong Miracle by Liz Gallagher, which the poet kindly sent to me for review.

3.  She by Saul Williams, which I bought at Borders over the weekend.  I’ve been looking at his books for a while and took the plunge into a new kind of poetry.

4.  The Secret Mandarin by Sara Sheridan, which Marcia at The Printed Page sent me as part of her Read it Forward program.

5.  Nothing But Ghosts by Beth Kephart, which I won from The Hiding Spot and received from the author with an inscription.

What did you get in your mailbox?!

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Mailbox Monday #60

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.  It’s another edition of Mailbox Monday and In My Mailbox on Sunday!  Got a great tour starting on Monday 12/14 for John Shors Dragon House.

Anyway, here are the books I got this past week:

1.  Now & Then by Jacqueline Sheehan, which I won from Peeking Between the Pages.

Purchased from Wonder Book, a local used book store:

2.  The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

3.  Blindness by Jose Saramago (I’ve been dying to read this ever since I saw the movie and read Sandy’s review on You’ve Gotta Read This!

4.  The Circle of Hahn by Bruce Weigl (this was a treat after reading his book Song of Napalm in class and meeting him in person.  Anna and I did not know he had a memoir about his Vietnam War experiences.  You can guess what reading challenge this is for!)

Purchased from the local library sale:

5.  American Daughter Gone to War by Winnie Smith; this is for the Vietnam War reading challenge.

6.  Collected Poems 1947-1997 Allen Ginsberg; this book was in fantastic condition, like new!  And I got it for 50 cents!

7.  Once Two Heroes by Calvin Baker

8.  The Natural Order of Things by Antonio Lobo Antunes (translated from the Portuguese)

9.  The Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth

10.  Forrest Gump by Winston Groom, which is for the Vietnam War reading challenge.

11.  Taking Fire by Ron Alexander & Charles W. Sasser, which is also for the Vietnam War reading challenge.

What did you get in your mailbox?!

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Mailbox Monday #59

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.  It’s another edition of Mailbox Monday and In My Mailbox on Sunday!  Got a great tour starting on Monday, 12/7 for Mary Lydon Simonsen’s Searching for Pemberley.

Anyway, enough of that!  Let’s get to the books, shall we?!

1.  Ivy + Bean:  Doomed to Dance by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall, which I received for review.

2.  Government Girl by Stacy Parker Aab, which I received for TLC Book Tour.

3.  Our Choice:  A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore (audio), which I received from The Green Books Campaign after all you wonderful commentators checked out my review of Saffron Dreams (click for my review during the campaign).

4.  The Glass Room by Simon Mawer, which I received for review from BlueDot Literary

5.  The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli, which I received for a TLC Book Tour.

6.  The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran, which I received from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

7.  Kitty’s House of Horrors by Carrie Vaughn, which I received from Hachette Group for review.

8.  Broken Birds:  The Story of my Momila by Jeannette Katzir, which Anna at Diary of an Eccentric gave me over the weekend.

What did you get in your mailbox?!

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Mailbox Monday #58

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  We had a great time with all the fixings, except for the turkey mishap.  We bought a turkey a couple days before Thanksgiving and the night before we were cleaning it to brine it only to find the inside of the turkey was rotting and smelled like the local dump on a hot summer’s day!

I called the store and was told I had to bring the turkey in with its packaging since we didn’t have the receipt.  We headed out to the store and to the customer service desk of Safeway.  Imagine a short, young, Asian woman at the customer service counter waving her hands feverishly, trying to prevent my husband from opening the bag to show her the rotting turkey.  She quickly told us to head back to the meat department and get our replacement turkey.  Safeway’s customer service was excellent the night before the holiday, and the new turkey was great!

OK, onto the business at hand. . .

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.

Anyway, enough of that!  Let’s get to the books, shall we?!  These are the books I recently bought over the holiday weekend.  Yes, I know I should be holiday shopping for other people, but I will soon.

1.  Persuasion by Jane Austen because I only have this novel as part of a larger anthology which is very hard to carry around the subway.  And it was only $6 at Borders!

2.  Images of America: Forest Glen by Rich Shaffer and Ric Nelson, which I picked up because my husband and I had an unexplainable experience there in a place that is allegedly haunted by ghosts.

3.  Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons, which is set during WWII!  How could I resist!  And, I ended up getting this at a deep discount thanks to a dopey cashier.

4.  They Dared Return by Patrick O’Donnell, which is an autographed copy and is about Jewish spies behind the lines in Nazi Germany.

And my dear friend, Joanne from Jo-Jo Loves to Read!!!, sent me her ARC of the following book.  Thanks!

5.  The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter

What did you get in your mailbox?!

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Mailbox Monday #57

It’s Monday again and we’re here with another peep at my mailbox.  Mailbox Monday is sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should, especially since she started sharing her vacation photos from New Zealand and more.

Anyway, here’s what came in the mail this week:

1.  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford for a January tour date with TLC Book Tours.

2.  2 copies of When She Flew by Jennie Shortridge, one will be given away to a reader of my blog; naturally, it will be an international giveaway.

3.  Fire in the Lake by Frances FitzGerald, which is going in the box of giveaway books for the 2010 Viet Nam War Reading Challenge.  Stay tuned at War Through the Generations for more information on Dec. 1.  I got this copy in excellent condition from the library sale shelves for 50 cents.  Be advised that the cover image is not the same as the bargain book.

Clicking on titles and cover images will bring you to my Amazon Affiliates page; no purchases are necessary.

What did you get in your mailbox?