Saturday, August 31, 2013

In My Mailbox #97

Saturday, August 31, 2013 with 15 comments

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.  It's a weekly meme where we all get to brag about the books and swag we got in the mail, for review, won in contests, etc.

So, this happened this week:

Katie's 1st day of Kindergarten!!!

And so I didn't get much reading done, nor have I been able to visit blogs much lately, but I'm working on that.  A solid three-day weekend should set me right again.  :D  But now I have even more to read...

For Review:

Finding It (Losing It, #3)The Waking Dark

click on covers to be taken to the Goodreads page for each book

Finding It by Cora Carmack - I can't wait to read Kelsey's story!  These books are sooo much fun!

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman - Was surprised that Random House finally approved me for this on Netgalley, but oh so happy, too!  I loved her last book, and I'll be fitting this one into the schedule momentarily.


The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendThe Sky Is Everywhere

click on cover to be taken to the Goodreads page for each book

The DUFF:  Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger - As soon as I finished listening to Shut Out, I knew I wanted more from this author, so I immediately downloaded the audio for The Duff.  I wish I could find the audio for A Midsummer's Nightmare because I've had that book on my shelf for ages, but no such luck.  :(

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson - I'm already listening to this one, and why did I not pick up this book sooner?!?  I know why...because I thought it was going to be a grief book, full of sadness and I'm rarely in the mood for a book that's going to make me cry.  But this is so not that book.  It's about a sister's grief, yes, but it's funny and poetic and clever and just so REAL.  Definitely going on the favorites shelf.

my Half-Price Books haul

Included in my HPB haul:
  • ARC of Delirium by Lauren Oliver - I already have this entire series, but I love having different covers for books I loved, so I had to pick this up.
  • Paper Towns by John Green - *sigh* I've only read The Fault in Our Stars, but after that, I'm a fan for life.  And a brand new PB for less than $5?  Must collect them all!  =)
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy by Carrie Ryan - I've been wanting to re-read this series for awhile, but my Nook Color went kaput and so went all my books.  I gave the thing to Katie to play Angry Birds and stuff on when it does work, but it's useless to me because it won't DL anything anymore and it only works when it wants to.  And right before it became an obsolete toy, I'd already switched to a Kindle, so yeah, I'd just rather have hard copies of the books in this series now.
Expect a big HPB haul next week, too, because they're having a big sale for Labor Day weekend.  Had I known that, I probably wouldn't have gone last weekend, but hey, more books, right?!?  :-P

So, that's my haul.  How about you?  What did you get this week?

The Week in Review:


Current Giveaways:  So Many Books So Little Time Giveaway, in which I make some room on my bookshelves!!!

Promotional/Discussion Posts:  On Monday, I admitted my disbelief that The Book Thief is already a movie and I still haven't read it yet.  I teased Haze by Paula Weston on Tuesday and now I want to smack myself for reading it when the series isn't finished yet...oh, the inhumanity of it!  And I'm waiting on World After by Susan Ee this week, as you probably all are. =)  Plus, we discussed the effectiveness of blurbs on Thoughtful Thursday.  Elizabeth Miles stopped by for the Forgiveness or Fury Tour in which she dropped some knowledge on us in celebration of the release of the final book in her Fury trilogy.

Jen's Currently Reading/Listening To:

The Sky Is EverywhereMonsters (Ashes Trilogy, #3)From angels to zombies. :)  But I love zombies, and I love this series.  Ilsa J. Bick is brilliant.  This is long, and there are so many POVs but it's going to be worth it in the end. I'm only 10% in but it's already pretty epic.

I am absolutely freaking loving this book.  It's just so real.  It's not just about grief but how you handle it and how you handle the guilt that comes from moving on with your life.  So. Effing. Good.

The Week Ahead:

Reviews:   Shut Out (audio), The DUFF (audio) & Haze

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)

On Monday, April Genevieve Tucholke, author of the gothic horror novel Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea -- which I LOVED -- stops by for a guest post.

On this week's Thoughtful Thursday, I'll either be discussing the evolution of my bookshelves (if I get them organized enough to take a picture this weekend!) or I'll be ranting about the judgmental nature of some bibliophiles.

So Many Books So Little Time Giveaway

Win ARCs of Teardrop & The Eye of Minds - Ends Thursday

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Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!


  1. I have The Waking Dark to read and review too. So many books for September. Katie looks adorable! I can't imagine how it will feel when my wee one goes to school. Gives me anxiety.

    My Friends Are Fiction

  2. Sky is Everywhere! Paper Towns! I am so excited for you. And Katie is adorable. Kindergarten is a huge milestone :)

  3. The waking dark looks good! and I LOVE the forest of hands series <3 Happy reading!


    Oh, and awesome haul xD
    Happy reading

  5. Seriously, could she BE any cuter?! Sorry I haven't responded to your email yet - it's coming, I swear! :D Great books this week! And can I even tell you how much I LOVE your owl graphic for your giveaway?! :D Enjoy you're weekend, Jen! I'll email you back asap!

  6. Your daughter is so cute. A lot of excellent fabulous books this week. Giveaways are always awesome.

    Books of Love

  7. I'm reading The Waking Dark right now and it is intense! Definitely one of the darkest YA books I've ever read. I hope you enjoy it!

    Pretty Deadly Reviews

  8. Holy crap, Katie is adorable!! I received The Waking Dark this week, too. I was surprised since I requested it ages ago and had totally written it off. It won't go to my Kindle though. Did you have any issues? LOVE HPB. It's one of my favorite places. Great haul!

  9. Aww! Congrats on getting some time off from the kid by her being in Kindergarten! LOL Hope she enjoys it :-D I still need to read Faking It and I'm excited for Finding It as well. I LOVED The Duff, Shut Out, and A Midsummer's Nightmare. Definitely recommend them all! I won a copy of Paper Towns forever ago and have been meaning to read it. I've been meaning to read The Sky is Everywhere forever too! I met the author and got my copy signed and Tahereh Mafi is a huge fan of the book and so is one of my blogging besties but it just sounded sad so I've been waiting till I'm in the right mood! LOL Anyway this got long! Happy 3 day weekend!

  10. Finding it looks good and way to take advantage of the sale.

    Cute little kindergartner! Ahhh!

  11. Katie is so cuuuute!

    I really want to read The DUFF, b/c I loved Midsummer's Nightmare. I hope you enjoy your books, Jen!

  12. My daughter started kindergarten this year too! Adorable. Enjoy Jen!

  13. Wow, what an amazing haul! You know how I feel about The Waking Dark ;) I had no idea it was on Netgalley and it's gone now :( But oh well, it's not like Random House would have approved me anyway :P
    I think I got an excerpt-booklet thingy of The Sky is Everywhere at the bookstore once but I never read it - I remember liking the synopsis, though!
    I've been debating reading the Delirium series for what feels like ages. I^'m just really not sure it's the story for me. But that cover is definitely the best I've seen!

    Your daughter is SO CUTE!! :D I hope she was fun at Kindergarten and makes new friends ^^
    And I'm really looking forward to Tucholke's guest post! I loved that book :)

    My haul

  14. Katie is ADORABLE. You reproduce well, Jen. (Is that weird to say?) Your haul looks great!

  15. I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU HAVEN"T READ THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE EITHER!!! It is amazing. Also, your daughter is adorable. They grow fast, don't they?!


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