Welcome to another edition of In My Mailbox, hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It’s a weekly showcase of the books received for review, picked up at the library, or purchased in the past week.
It was another quiet week here, though I did do quite a bit more shopping than originally planned. I did pick up a few titles through GalleyGrab, including the forthcoming Elizabeth Scott, Hannah Moskowitz, and Jenny Han, which I’m loading up on my Nook now.
Father of Lies by Ann Turner (available now from HarperTeen): Little gets me more excited than coming home to a hard copy of a book! This is a retelling of the Salem Witch Trials and it sounds like it’s up my alley.
As you’ve likely heard, a number of Borders stores are closing. I went to the nearest one to me closing (which, ahem, also happens to be the nearest large book store to me, period) to see what I could pick up. I picked up quite a few things.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen: Herein I admit to never reading a full Jane Austen novel in my life, despite majoring in English (my specialty was more writing than British Lit). This little ditty will show up again on the blog — Jackie and I have a little project up our sleeves to help other readers who haven’t read this one pick it up (and to leave those who have read it enjoying it a little bit differently).
The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon by Sarah Beritia: This is a mystery I’ve been wanting to read for a little while, and when I saw it sitting there on a near empty shelf, I decided there was no better time.
Her and Me and You by Lauren Strasnick: I read Strasnick’s first book, Nothing Like You, and reviewed it here, so I’m interested in seeing what her second has to offer.
Dangerous Angels: The Weezie Bat Books by Francesca Lia Block: I’ve never read any of her books, and Block’s one of my best friend’s favorite authors. Since I’ve inflicted a ton of books upon her, I thought it would only be fair to return the favor. I also love that it’s an omnibus.
Roses & Bones: Myths, Tales, and Secrets by Francesca Lia Block: Again, same reason as above. Block’s really sort of a ground breaker in YA lit and was the rage when I was a teen. But I never read her.
Split by Swati Avasthi: I don’t own this one and since it won the Cybils award, I keep thinking about it. I want to reread it, which in itself says something about the power of this book. I snagged the last copy.
I like to call this small selection my comfort reading collection.
The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson: Have I ever mentioned that Calvin and Hobbes is my favorite cartoon ever? Well it is. I have a few books on my shelves and am excited to add another. Calvin and Hobbes always cheer me up.
Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker: I love this book, and I love Quinn. I cannot wait to revisit this one on a bad day (or on one of the inevitable cold days still in my future).
The Pigman by Paul Zindel: My husband and I got into a good conversation about how this was THE book we both read in middle school. It’s such a classic and still shows up in tribute in other ya books.
And finally, I bought one more book….
A Shore Thing by Snooki: After I laugh my way through it, this will make one heck of a white elephant gift, won’t it?