Mailbox Monday #11

Mailbox Monday is here once again! Thanks to Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting this wonderful meme where we get to see what lands in everyone’s mailboxes during the week.

Here’s what I got in my mailbox; It was more than I expected:

From SantaThing:

1. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, which I presume was picked because I mentioned that I wanted to branch out into fantasy reading more.

2. The Odyssey by Homer, which I’m not sure why this was selected given that I noted I would love to read more contemporary poetry. I have read Homer’s Odyssey many times, and I doubt I’ll be reading this again anytime soon.

3. Now Silence by Tori Warner Shepard, which I received from the author and will be reading during the WWII reading challenge.

4. The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick, which is an ARC I received from Paul Samuelson at Sourcebooks. It’s a big one at nearly 600 pages, so lets hope this one keeps my attention long enough for a March review.

5. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay, which I purchased at Target shortly after Christmas. I couldn’t resist this best-seller. I’ve heard so many great reviews of this book, I just had to have it.

6. A Dangerous Affair by Caro Peacock is my first book from the Harper Collins’ First Look program. I’m bit annoyed that I have less than a month to review it, especially since many of the others I’ve seen have at least until the first of the next month. This book is slated for release on 1/27/09.

7. The Scent of Sake by Joyce Lebra is another book I received from Harper Collins’ First Look program. It’s interesting that I only got one email about getting a First Look book and it wasn’t this one. This book is slated for release 2/17/09. I probably won’t be reviewing this one until near the end of January.

***Today’s the last day for a chance to win Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips! The Gods Behaving Badly Contest, which runs through January 5 at Midnight EST.***

Mailbox Monday #10

Welcome to my 10th edition of Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page. Ok, it’s on a Sunday again.

Here’s what I got in my mailbox before the Christmas holiday:

1. Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker, which I won at A Circle of Books. Thanks Toni and Mariam at Hatchette Group.

2. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb, which I received for the next Book Club Girl on January 27 at 7PM. I had no idea that this would a signed first edition volume. I was tickled pink when it came in the mail.

The Bookish gifts I received over the holidays:

3. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry, which Anna at Diary of an Eccentric got me. I’ve heard so many great things about this book, and I even got a copy for Suey on her birthday, though I hadn’t read it or owned it yet. I can’t wait to dive on in.

4. The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty, which came from Anna as well. This one is an audio book, which will be great for those commutes into work with the hubby.

5. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane, which came from Carrie at Care’s Online Book Club through the Book Bloggers Christmas Swap 2008, sponsored by Nymeth and Dewey. This book has been on my to-read list for a while.

6. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, which also came from Carrie, my Secret Santa. This is another of those books that has been on my to-read list. I can’t wait to dig into this one.

Mailbox Monday #9

Welcome to another addition of Mailbox Monday, sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page, and you’ll never guess, its appearing on a Monday!

Here’s what I got in my mailbox this week:

From M.J. Rose for the upcoming TLC Book Blog Tour:

1. The Reincarnationist by M.J. Rose

2. The Memorist by M.J. Rose

Also in this week’s mailbox:

3. The Sinner’s Guide to Confession by Phyllis Schieber for a January tour

4. Revelations by Melissa De La Cruz (I bought this new one in the Blue Blood Series at Target–I wasn’t supposed to buy any before the holidays, but I couldn’t resist it)

What did you get in your mailbox?

Mailbox Monday #8

This week’s Mailbox Monday is posted a day early and is sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page.

Here’s what I got in the mail:

From Paula Krapf at the Author Marketing Experts

1. An Obsolete Honor by Helena Schrader

2. Recovering Charles by Jason Wright

3. Bedlam South by Mark Grisham and David Donaldson

4. Bear Any Burden by Ellis Goodman

From Dar at Peeking Between the Pages:

5. Broad Street by Christine Weiser (which I won in her contest)

From Cheryl Cory:

6. Must’ve Done Something Good by Cheryl Cory

What did you get in your mailbox?

Mailbox Monday #7

Mailbox Monday is sponsored by Marcia at the Printed Page.

Here’s what I got in the mail this week:

1. Another copy of Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips from Hatchette Group

2. When Ghosts Speak by Mary Ann Winowski from Hatchette Group, the only book on backorder from the Spooktacular box I won.

3. Keeping Hannah Waiting by Dave Clarke from Bostick Communications

***Don’t forget my Pemberley by the Sea contest. It ends on Dec. 10 at Midnight EST. Sorry open only to U.S. and Canadian addressed residents.**

Mailbox Monday #6

This is the first Mailbox Monday that will actually appear on a Monday! Amazing. No tours for me this week! But here’s what I got in the mail over the past week. There are some great ones in here. Mailbox Monday is sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page.

From Hatchette Group! Thanks Valerie. Check back for a review and giveaway of this novel.

I won a copy of this much-talked-about novel from Anna at Diary of an Eccentric. The author, David Ebershoff, sent the novel to me via priority mail, which was certainly unexpected.

I received this novel from Danielle Jackson at Sourcebooks. I cannot wait to read this one. It did really well in the United Kingdom.

I recently received this book from Minibook Expo. Another WWII novel. I cannot wait to read this one.


Don’t forget my contest for the writing guide Grit for the Oyster. You have two chances to enter: the review and the guest post

Deadline is December 1, Midnight EST.

Mailbox Monday #5

Welcome to another edition of my Mailbox Monday, which is sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page! I swear I will have a free Monday sometime soon, but for now, I’m posting these on Sunday nights.

What did I get in my mailbox, you’ll be surprised!

1. A box of Spooktacular books, which I won at Words to Mouth and Hatchette Group; I think one of the books that was supposed to be in the box is still on back order–Possibly When Ghosts Speak by Mary Ann Winkowski

The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time, edited by Leslie Pockell
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
Isolation by Travis Thrasher
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Monsters by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
Ghostly Encounters by Frances Kermeen
The Myrtles Plantation by Frances Kermeen
Dracula by Bram Stoker (Can you believe I didn’t own this yet?!)
The Terror by Dan Simmons

2. Breathing Out the Ghost by Kirk Curnutt (from the author for his TLC Book Tours).

3. The Memorist by MJ Rose (from the author)

Mailbox Monday #4

Marcia at the Printed Page hosts Mailbox Monday, and maybe one of these days I will have a Monday free to post it on. No such luck again this week, but I am posting it in the evening today, so that’s close…right?!

So here goes the list, though it’s not that much this week:

1. Cross Country by James Patterson from Miriam Parker at Hatchette Group! (Yes, this is one of those special books that will be in Mom’s hands before mine, and she will be sharing her thoughts with you, here on the blog!

2. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks (also from Miriam Parker at Hatchette Group!) And you know who will be guest reviewing this one?! You got it: my mom. She’s in love with Patterson and Sparks’ novels. I just couldn’t deny her the pleasure.

3. Mrs. Lieutenant: A Sharon Gold Novel (from Phyllis Zimbler Miller); I’ve already reviewed this one, but I won it in a contest unknowingly and Phyllis was nice enough to autograph it for my mom. We’ll probably get her take on this one too.

4. Roosevelt’s Secret War by Joseph Persico, which I bought at Borders this weekend while shopping for Anna’s birthday! It’s her birthday today, so go wish her a happy one at Diary of an Eccentric.

5. Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll edited by Jonathan Wells, which I also bought at Borders, though in the bargain bin! $2 find. This book has poems by one of my favorite poets: Yusef Komunyakaa.

6. Gargoyle 53, which is a poetry journal. I’m not sure why I got this in the mail because I haven’t subscribed, unless it is the long awaited free subscription from the D.C. conference earlier this year.

7. Open Slowly by Dayle Furlong, which I borrowed from Anna at Diary of an Eccentric (keep an eye out because I think she has a review of this coming up soon).

My Third Mailbox Monday & More

Welcome to my third addition of Mailbox Monday sponsored by Marcia at The Printed Page. I must be on a roll. Somehow I have been inspired to keep a list of these books that make their way to my house during the week.

I’m happy to share with you the latest arrivals:

1. Against Medical Advice by James Patterson and Hal Friedman (Thanks to Miriam Parker at Hatchette Group)–Look forward to a guest review from my mother.

2. Testimony by Anita Shreve (Thanks to Miriam Parker at Hatchette Group)–Check back here for a giveaway with a unique twist.

3. Secret Love Poems by Arlene Ang (Sent to me from the poet and her friend Valerie Fox) I can’t tell you how excited I am that Arlene entrusted me with this volume to review here on the blog. I’m really excited about it.

4. Bundles of Letters by Arlene Ang and Valerie Fox (Sent to me by Arlene Ang and Valerie Fox) I’m looking forward to reviewing this one as well. You know I love poets!

5. The Rorscharch Factory by Valerie Fox (Sent by Valerie Fox)

6. Be Still and Know; Reflections from Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh (sent to me out of the kindness of Jeannie’s heart. Jeannie has a great blog, I Like to Be Here When I Can. You all should go pay her a visit! This book has been on my Amazon wish list forever. Jeannie, this is my BIG THANK YOU!)

7. Little Stories by Jeff Roberts (From the author and Bostick Communications)

What cool books did you get in your mailbox?


It’s that time of year again! Where book bloggers give out of the kindness of their hearts.

Check out the Book Blogger Gift Exchange Details here. You have until Nov. 18 to get your information in. I can’t wait to see who will be my next “victim.”

My Second Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is sponsored by The Printed Page’s Marcia. Boy, do I have a big list this week!

1. My spoils are still coming in from BBAW
I received Fixing Hell by Col. (Ret.) Larry C. James

2. From Iliana at Bookgirl’s Nightstand
I received Society of S by Susan Hubbard

3. From Borders and Amazon.com I purchased Vampires & Vampirism by Montague Summers and one by Dudley Wright as part of my novel research for NaNoWriMo

4. From Pump Up Your Book Promotion Grit for Oyster by Suzanne Woods Fisher, Debora M. Coty, Faith Tibbetts McDonald, and Joanna Bloss

5. From TLC Book Tours, I received You Lost Him at Hello by Jess McCann

6. I also received a box of election books from Trish at Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?
Here’s the contents of that box:

1. Mike’s Election Guide By Michael Moore
It’s a great year to be an American and a voter. Don’t miss out on MIKE’S ELECTION GUIDE – the indispensable book that belongs in every American’s back pocket this season.
– Also available as audio book
ISBN: 9780446546270

2. The Preacher and the Presidents By Nancy Gibbs
Also by Michael Duffy. Reveals how the world’s most powerful men and world’s most famous evangelist, Billy Graham, knit faith and politics together.
– Also available as audio book
ISBN: 9781599951041

3. Hard Call By John McCain
In Hard Call, acclaimed authors John McCain and Mark Salter describe the anatomy of great decisions in history by telling the remarkable stories of men and women who have exemplified composure, wisdom, and intellect in the face of life’s toughest decisions.
– Also available as audio book
ISBN: 9780446699112

4. The American Journey of Barack Obama By The Editors of Life Magazine
Covers the candidate Barack Obama from his childhood and adolescence to his time as editor of The Harvard Law Review and his Chicago activist years, culminating with the excitement and fervor of the historic 2008 Democratic National Convention.
ISBN: 9780316045605

5. Goodnight Bush By Erich Origen
Also by Gan Golan. A hilarious and poignant visual requiem for the Bush administration.
ISBN: 9780316040419

6. Takeover By Charlie Savage
Takeover tells the story of how a group of true believers, led by VP Cheney, set out to establish near-monarchical executive powers that, in the words of one conservative critic, “will lie around like a loaded weapon” for any future president.
ISBN: 9780316118057

7. Her Way By Jeff Gerth
Also by Don Van Natta Jr. The first truly balanced investigation into the life and career of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr.’s masterful biography.
– Also available as audio book
ISBN: 9780316017435

8. Dream in Color By Congresswoman Linda Sánchez
Also by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. Often considered Congress’s Odd Couple, these warm witty sisters are not only perfect role models for young Latinas in the US, but for all young women looking to break out and create a brighter future for themselves.
ISBN: 9780446508049

9. From Hope to Higher Ground By Mike Huckabee
In his insightful and plainspoken manner, Mike Huckabee carries hope to Americans and provides practical solutions to current problems in our nation.
ISBN: 9781599951553

10. The Revolution By Ron Paul
In this book, Texas congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul provides answers to questions that few even dare to ask.
ISBN: 9780446537513
– Also available as audio book

11. What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don’t
A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues
Jessamyn Conrad
The first and only issue-based nonpartisan guide to contemporary American politics.

What did you get in your mailbox?

My First Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday, sponsored by The Printed Page, is something I’ve seen floating around the blogosphere for some time, but since I am less organized than other book reviewers, I often forget to write down what books I got that week and where they came from. This week, I made a concerted effort!

Here are the fruits of my labor:

(I won this at A Patchwork of Books)

2. From the author Jane Pupek (Thanks, Jane!)

3. Scattered Leaves by Richard Roach from the author for a Pump Up Your Book Promotion Blog tour in November.

***Another giveaway from Savvy Verse & Wit. Win a copy of The Safety of Secrets by Delaune Michel! Go here, follow the rules, and enter.

FYI Readers:

On Oct. 28, I’ll host an interview with Shannon Burke, author of Black Flies and Safelight, as well as a giveaway for Black Flies.

M. Ann Jacoby, the author of Life After Genius, will be touring Savvy Verse & Wit on Oct. 29, stay tuned for the review, interview, and giveaway!