Sunday, March 7, 2010

In My Mailbox (10)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme that talks about books that have been bought, swapped, received for review or borrowed from the library.

This week I went a bit crazy at the bookstore!  The beginning of the week was a bit rough, between classes and work and then my oven decided to stop working (Yikes).  So, it was time for some retail therapy.  I've been trying to stick to a monthly book buying budget, but this week I ended up buying 8 books and ordering a few more - using my whole budget for March!

I have a great excuse for buying two of the books, because Lauren Oliver did a signing at the Borders down the block from the library and of course I had to go!  She is so lovely, she read from two different sections of Before I Fall and then answered questions.  She offered lollipops and chocolate to anyone who asked a questions!  It definitely worked because people were asking really good questions.  She also gave great advice to aspiring writers.  At the signing I also got to meet Sharon of Sharon Loves Books and Cats.  It was very cool to meet and talk with a blogger that lives in the same area.  And Sharon gave me some awesome blogging/Twitter/BEA advice!  Thanks Sharon :-)

This week I bought:
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dulap
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (2 copies, one for me and one for the library)
Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White

Lately, I have been going to this great independent book store called The Village Bookstore.  The owners are so wonderful.  They have helped me find a lot of different books from current releases to older, hard to find titles.  They know that I'm a librarian, so whenever I'm there we always chat about books and authors.  This week, when I popped in to pick up Hex Hall we started talking about ARCs and they offered to let me take home some of the ones they had.  After careful consideration, I only took one:

The cover just seemed like was something that I would have picked up in 4th or 5th grade so I had to bring it home with me.  It looks very cute, so I'm very excited to read it and hopefully buy a copy for the library collection

From the Library:
Stray by Rachel Vincent

This week I also got my first book for review.  I am very excited about it because the book looks very ineteresting.

Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser by William Irwin and Richard Brian Davis

I love Alice in Wonderland.  I loved it as a child and read my copy so many times that it started falling apart.  A few years ago, I found an annotated version (I think its this one with a different cover) and just fell in love with the story all over again. 

What's in your mailbox this week?


  1. Awesome books! Especially Speak, Wintergirls & BIF! That's cool that you got to meet Lauren & Sharon. I'm so excited to meet Lauren on Wednesday :)

    Congrats on your first book for review! :D

  2. You did get some great books this week even though you blew your March budget. A few of the same ones showed up in my mailbox too. I'm starting with Hex Hall (if I ever get caught up on reading other people's posts). Happy reading!

  3. Amazing choices! Perfect Chemistry, Before I Fall & Hex Hall are books I want on my shelf. Hope you have a happy and enjoying reading! :)

  4. Ooooh you got Stray!!! I LOVE that series soooooo much :o) Can't wait to see what you think of it!! I also loved Perfect Chemistry - I'm sure you'll enjoy that one too :o)

    I really want to read Hex Hall & Before I Fall so I'll be watching out for your reviews of those. Hope you have a fab week

  5. Anastasia's Secret sounds good - it's on my TBR list.

  6. Wow, how awesome that you got to meet both Sharon and Lauren!!! Did you take any pictures?
    Plus you got some outstanding books, like BIF and Wintergirls and Speak! I really want to read Forget-Her-Nots too!
    Can't wait for your reviews! Happy reading! :)

  7. Great list!!

    I read speak a very long time ago, but it's absolutely amazing. Very moving story. Some moments are pretty dark, but overall it's just... wow. Even after all these years I'm still amazed by it. I hope you enjoy!

    Stray's one of the books I've been looking into recently. Can't decide if I want to add it to my TBR pile or not.

    Here's mine:

  8. Sarah - Stray was so good! I'm so glad that I started this series.

    Bookalicious Ramblings - going to the signing was a last minute thing, I only heard about it that afternoon. I didn't have time to go home and get my camera, so no pictures :-(

  9. Great selection. I have been wanting to read Speak and Wintergirls. I'll keep me eye out for your review. I read Hex Hall this past week and just started Before I Fall. Everyone is saying how great it is and that's awesome you got to meet the author! Enjoy your books this week!

  10. Those are all such great books, and so many of them I've yet to read! I forced myself to stay away from the bookstore this past week only because medical expenses are piling up, but I hope to get some new books soon! Happy reading! :)

  11. What a great week! So jealous you got to meet Sharon, other then my BFF, I have yet to meet another blogger IRL. I hope you love BIF as much as I did :)
    Happy reading,

  12. What a terrific line-up of books! I really want to read Speak and Wintergirls. And I keep reading fabulous reviews of Before I Fall. I hope you enjoy all these novels. Have a great week!

  13. Ooh, forget her nots and the alice in wonderland book look awesome!! Enjoy!

  14. Sounds like you will have some bibliotherapy to make your week better! Fantastic list of books! I hope you enjoy all of them.

  15. Awesome books! I really loved Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles! Happy reading.

  16. Great books! I also went a little crazy this week with my retail therapy!! I bought Before I Fall and Forget-Her-Nots too(along with a few more!). Sometimes it is just too hard too look without buying isn't it?!! LOL

  17. The Alice In Wonderland book was awesome. I got it for review too!

    And, you met Sharon, I'm so JEALOUS!

    It does look like you have a great week of reading ahead!

  18. WOW - great week for you! Happy reading!

  19. WOW, you did quite well. I hope that you will enjoy your books. Here's mine.


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