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Category: In My Mailbox

In my mailbox 2/21/11: Presidents’ Day Edition

I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon and I’m going to attempt to get back on by doing some easy meme posts. So here are the books I acquired this week:

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel (ARC courtesy of a contest that was linked through the Shelf Awareness newsletter).

A question for anyone who’s read this book–do you think The Land of Painted Caves is a good standalone book or should I try to read the rest of the books in this series first? It’s only thousands of pages, I’ve got time, right?

The Emerald Atlas
by John Stephens (again, an ARC from the publisher via Shelf Awareness)

House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer’s Journey Home
by Mark Richard

The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig (which I finished in just a few days)

The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig

I also got a few titles through Kindle’s lending program and e-ARCs from Netgalley. I’m going on vacation at the end of this week and I feel confident that I won’t run out of reading material, even if I get stranded on a desert island (that miraculously has an outlet to charge my Kindle).

Thanks for visiting!


In My Mailbox: 1/22/11

I almost wrote 2010 in the post title, and I keep writing 2010 on checks and documents–anyone else?

Anyhow, here’s the lineup of new books I got this past week:

Front Page Affair by Mira Lyn Kelly–a contest win from Beverley Kendall, author of romance novels and the excellent e-zine/blog The Season.

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

Among Others by Jo Walton

La Bonne by Michelle de Lully

The Orchid Affair
by Lauren Willig–meanwhile, I haven’t read the first book yet in the Pink Carnation series.

The Iron Witch
by Karen Mahoney

I’m looking forward to reading all of these books soon.

What about you? What are you most looking forward to reading this week?

In My Mailbox this week (1/10/11)

It was a slow week for acquiring books until today when I bought these titles at the thrift/outlet store (where I often find great deals including ARCs) close to my office:

Shield’s Lady by Jayne Ann Krentz
Matched by Allie Condie
A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware
The First Love Cookie Club by Lori Wilde

Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern was the only ebook I bought this week.

I’m looking forward to reading all of these books soon. That is, after I finish my book club selection, Guns, Germs and Steel.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

In My Mailbox: Early September Edition

The first week of September has been good for me in terms of new book releases and book purchases.

Let’s see what I got!

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. I have the next two books in the series on hold at the library though I haven’t even started this one yet. I’m hoping it will be as good as the Alanna series by Tamora Pierce, which I read about a year ago.

Into the Wilderness by Sarah Donati. I pre-ordered this book when it was available in the Kindle store for just a few days. It showed a release date of 2035 which was bizarre. But *poof* I got the book on August 31st.

One Night…Nine-Month Scandal
by Sarah Morgan. This is a Harlequin Presents title that’s gotten some good reviews.

Several Julie Garwood titles that were on sale for the Kindle: The Clayborne Brides: One Pink Rose, One White Rose, One Red Rose, The Lion’s Lady (which actually came with Castles), and Rebellious Desire.

The Taming of Mei Lin by Jeannie Lin

Wicked Delights of a Bridal Bed
by Tracy Anne Warren

The Sergeant’s Lady by by Susanna Fraser, a digital-only Carina Press title. I pre-ordered this book after seeing the hilarious book promo site, an example of scrappy marketing at its best.

Warrior by Zoe Archer which I finished already. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks

At the thrift store by my office, I got two historical novels, Juliet by Ann Fortier, Captive Queen by Alison Weir, and a trade paperback copy of An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon.

Now I need to add these books to my TBR list…and carve out some more time to read. Because the days are getting shorter, I’m more inspired to curl up and read in the evening. How about you?

In My Mailbox is a meme that was started at The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.