February 5, 2012

In My Mailbox

This week's books came from a variety of sources:

- Mrs. Silverstein's awesome blog giveaway
- The Book Depository (best site ever)
- my local Chapters (Indigo) store

I've been noticing more and more lately that Chapters has been getting YA books in trade paper right from the start and not in hardback. I'm not sure if this is just in Canada or everywhere, but it certainly makes visiting the bookstore a little more fruitful (good and bad, I guess). I can more easily justify spending $9.99 on a book, but $19.99? Not so much. I do prefer hardbacks though, so that's why I love the Book Depository -- super cheap!

Anyway, on to the books... (NB: All of the chapter titles are linked to their Goodreads descriptions)

 1)  The Girl of Fire and Thorns 
by Rae Carson
This was one of Mrs. Silverstein's favourites of 2011, and I got to choose it as part of her super generous giveaway last month on her blog Reading on the F Train (check it out).

2)  Two-Way Street 
by Lauren Barnholdt
I'm kind of a contemporary YA romance junkie right now and this one sounded interesting. Plus, since I enjoyed Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, I thought another road trip book might be just as fun. I'll let you know if it's as good as I'm hoping it will be.

3)  Shine by Lauren Myracle
Confession: This book was not even on my radar until the whole National Book Awards debacle, not because I wasn't interested, but because I hadn't really even heard of it yet. When I saw it at Chapters the other night and actually took the time to read the synopsis, I realized that this was a book that I wanted to read. And not because of the NBA mess. It just sounds very interesting.

4)  Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
Okay, if that title doesn't grab your attention, then I'm not sure what will. This was recommended on Theresa Paolo's blog, and sounded exactly like the type of book I've been in the mood for lately. Enter The Book Depository and their cheap hardbacks, free shipping, and quick delivery.

5)  Austentatious by Alyssa Goodnight
This is a bit of a departure from the norm for me because this book is not YA. I do read adult fiction from time to time, but generally prefer YA. What's not to love about a book in Austin, TX about Austen (as in Jane)? I'm purposely ignoring the use of 'sexy' on the back of the book, not once but twice in the description. I've already mentioned how words like 'sexy' make me twitchy.

6)  Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
I'm not going to lie, when I first read that Alex Fuentes (the guy in this romance) was a gang member* I was kind of turned off. But, when 81% of over 20,000 people on Goodreads give a book 4 stars or higher, and when everyone keeps recommending that same book, it's tough to ignore. Not to mention when I picked it up and read the snarky little snippet on the back, I was hooked.

7)  Everneath by Brodi Ashton
This was another book from the awesome Mrs. Silverstein's giveaway. I got to choose a 2012 pre-order and since I've been waiting for this book for many a month now, this was my pick. I've just started reading it and already I'm very intrigued. This is what I'll be doing while thousands(?) millions(?) of others will be watching the Super Bowl this afternoon -- reading Everneath, drinking Earl Grey tea, and eating HobNobs (quite possibly the tastiest imported British 'biscuit' ever).

So what's in your mailbox this week (and 'mailbox' can also be 'borrowed from the library', or 'purchased at your local bookstore', or however your books magically showed up at your place)?

*After working with the police and seeing what kinds of scary and god-awful things real-life gang members were doing in the community (and their miles long rap sheets), it's difficult to find anything attractive in a dude that's part of a gang. I do have high hopes for this story, though.


  1. Everneath has gotten some really positive reviews!

    Enjoy your books, Great IMM! :)

  2. WOW, amazing haul this week! LOVE them all!

    Here is my IMM

    Lindsay :)
    Turning the Pages

  3. Girl of Fire and Thorns was actually on my 2012 TBR list--and I still can't wait! I almost bought it yesterday, in fact, but then I couldn't remember if I had already picked it up. Instead, I bought signed copies of Shiver, Where Things Come Back, and Across the Universe (because Books of Wonder is the coolest store in the world and has signed copies just sitting around...) and a regular copy of The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight. Yes, I did have a resolution against buying more books until a few weeks from now! But I can't walk into an indie bookstore without buying a book (which is how I got Cinder last weekend, which I've already started) and this weekend Mr. S went out of town to watch the Super Bowl with friends, so I got to treat myself. See? It's totally reasonable!

    Some women have shoe addictions, or handbag addictions, or buy designer clothes. I might have holes in my sneakers and I can't think of an item of clothing in my closet that had a three-digit number on the price tag, but lord help me in a bookstore!

  4. Wow !
    You've got some great books this time!
    Happy Reading =)

    Thanks for dropping by.

    Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

  5. What an awesome haul! I loved Shine so much. And if it helps, Alex in Perfect Chemistry is a conflicted gang member--gangs are definitely bad in that book (though yes, the macho factor is supposed to help in his sexiness, I suppose).

  6. PERFECT CHEMISTRY is pretty awesome. Definitely my favorite of that trilogy. And I've been wanting to read SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD, SHINE, and THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, so I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on those. Happy reading!

  7. Hmm. Austentatious sounds interesting. I'm reading Heather Hepler's LOVE? MAYBE (upper-MG/lower-YA sweet read) and then I'll start THE FUTURE OF US. Can't wait!

  8. Thank you for the mention :)

    You have three of my favorite books! Perfect Chemistry, Sean Griswold's Head (as you know) and Two Way Street (I'm a huge contemporary romance junkie) are all awesome! And as far as Perfect Chemistry, like you I didn't think I could like a book about gangs, but Simone Elkeles handles the topic extremely well, she did her research and I think you will fall in love with the main character Alex. I've read all three in the series and he is still my favorite character. Happy reading. I can't wait to hear what you think.

  9. Nice collection! I've been impressed with Indigo recently. :)


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