November 21, 2011

What's In Your Mailbox?

Hey, so I've never participated before in the In My Mailbox thing over at The Story Siren, but today felt like a good day to join in. I actually have a pretty decent haul this week, since I took full advantage of cheap books available on (10 books for a whopping $35 total + free shipping!!!). The thing about Canada is that we regularly get hosed BIG time on books. It doesn't matter if the Canadian dollar is doing extraordinarily well (like it has been for the past several months), we still pay way more for books. Some books don't even specify an exact price, they just have a sticker that actually says "More In Canada" on it (that's not a joke). So I definitely take advantage of a good bargain book table, Walmart, and sites like And now, without further burbling, here's what is in my mailbox (or that I picked up from the store):

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
This happens to be the Fall Book Club's November selection. Still not 100% sure if I'll be getting to it in time to discuss it in a week's time (my husband is home for a few days from work, working on my NaNo story, not sure if it's what I'm in the mood for at the moment). We'll see, though. It definitely sounds interesting and is getting really good reviews so I might have to give it a whirl.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
I've been wanting to read this for a while (read the first several pages on Amazon) and almost jumped up and down and did a happy dance when I found it at Chapters in hardback for only $2!!! Seriously, this is practically unheard of in this country (see above reason).

Heist Society by Ally Carter
I don't have much to say about this one other than that it sounded interesting and some of the blogs I've been following (and Goodreads) gave it good reviews.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
I started reading this awhile back and had to put it down for some reason. I noticed recently during a trip to Indigo that there is a sequel out now, so I figure it's a good time to attempt reading it again. Nothing better than having a sequel to read right away if you like the first one.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
The title of this book initially had me going "Umm...what?" because it sounds a little questionable. Twenty boys in one summer? They have labels for girls with that many conquests, and none of them are flattering. Turns out the story isn't raunchy like that - if the synopsis is to be trusted - so that's good.

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
If you've been following my blog lately, you'll know that I'm currently writing a modern day spin on a Jane Austen novel. As you probably also know, there have been many of these types of novels (not that that worries me). This book is a telling of Emma set in a coffee shop with the Emma Woodhouse character cast as a match-making barista. Sounds cute !
(P. S. If you haven't seen the Romola Garai and Johnny Lee Miller Emma miniseries, watch it right now!)

The Luxe, Envy, Rumors, & Splendor by Anna Godbersen
Not sure if these books are my thing, but the dresses are so pretty on the covers and they do sound interesting (if a little Gossip Girl-ish, if GG was set over a hundred years ago). They also have pretty good ratings so I thought they might be worth checking out.

My Fairy Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison, The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton, & Prada & Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard

Fun, fun, fun little romances, which happens to be what I'm hooked on at the moment (post Anna and Lola). These types of books don't involve a whole lot of brain strain to get into them and they're usually easy to pick up and set down when necessary. They're just sweet, quirky love stories that give me the warm fuzzies and there's nothing wrong with that.

Like I said, books can be pricey here in Canada, so I sometimes go a little hog wild when I find them for cheap. Most of these were in the $2.99 range brand new which is unheard of here.

Anything new and exciting in your mailbox (or from the library or store) lately?

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So I'm just putting this out there because I feel it bears mentioning:

In an ab showdown, Henry Cavill's abs could SO totally beat up Taylor Lautner's abs.

The husband and I went to see Immortals yesterday (definitely not for everyone). There was no way on God's green earth Todd was going to Breaking Dawn Part 1 with me. He 's me, but not quite that much, I'm sure. Do you blame him really? I could have begged and pleaded and we would have gone, but turns out I him more than that.


  1. Great mailbox!!! I just got The Scorpio Races in my mailbox today! I have Twenty Boy Summer, Heist Society and The Esspresologist in my TBR pile. And An Abundance of Katherines, Prada & Prejudice and My Fair Godmother are on my WL!

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  2. The Luxe was great! Hope you enjoy it!

  3. You had a great mailbox this week. I tend to need free shipping and bargains here in Australia too...

  4. Wow! I want to trade mailboxes! I just checked out Virtuosity from the library and picked up Jellicoe Road from a used book store. Excited to read!

  5. So many great books! I hope you have fun reading this week :)
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  6. Wow! You've got all kinds of great books to read! I'm about 1/4 through SCORPIO and absolutely loving it. Honestly, I wasn't sure I would, but so far it's beautiful. And yes, don't be put off by TWENTY BOY SUMMER's title... it's a lovely, heart wrenching story. I'm a fan of KATHERINE and JENNA too. :) Happy reading, Jaime!


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