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3 Oct

This weekly meme is a great way to let other readers know what books they should be looking out for. In My Mailbox is hosted by the  The Story Siren.  You can find out more deets about it  here.

REVIEW
It was a light week for me (thank God) and I only received two books for review.

Tainted by Ross Pennie (ECW Press) – this one is for the Eco Libris Green Books Campaign.
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (Random House Canada)

BOUGHT
So, I went to Word on the Street. I bought books at Word on the Street. Here’s what I got:

Zombie Calling by Faith Erin Hicks
Brain Camp by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan and Faith Erin Hicks
the road to god knows where by Von Allan
Play Me by Laura Ruby
how to ruin your life and other lessons school doesn’t teach you by Carolyn McTighe
The Dread Crew : Pirates of the Backwoods by Kate Inglis
Rattled by Lisa Harrington(signed)
The Nine Lives of Travis Keating by Jill MacLean(signed)
The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy by Jilkl MacLean(signed)
The Canadian Press Stylebook(14th ed)

SWAG
There were free bookmarks galore at WotS. Of course I snagged some.

In My Mailbox

26 Sep

This weekly meme is a great way to let other readers know what books they should be looking out for. In My Mailbox is hosted by the  The Story Siren.  You can find out more deets about it  here.

REVIEW
One Bird’s Choice by Iain Reid (House of Anansi Press)
The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published by Arielle Eckstut & David Henry Sterry (Workman Publishing)
American Vampire by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque & Stephen King (Random House Canada)

WON (I think)
The Things that Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley (Delacorte Press) – This one arrived signed to me. I think I won it? I’m not sure, so if I won it from you, please let me know!

BOUGHT, REFUNDED, THEN GIFTED(kinda)
Kiki the infamous KINDLE!!!!!!!

AND ……

My business cards!!!!

In My Mailbox

19 Sep

This weekly meme is a great way to let other readers know what books they should be looking out for. In My Mailbox is hosted by the  The Story Siren.  You can find out more deets about it  here.

I was too sick last Sunday to do an IMM post, so this is for the last two weeks. Bear with me: there’s a lot of books.

BOUGHT

So this week I kinda failed big-time on the whole book buying ban. I ended up buying a bunch of books using an in store credit I had.  Since part of my goal was to save money, I sorta didn’t fail. But I did bring more books into the house.

I could stress out and feel bad, but I’m not gonna. It happened. No biggie.

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
The Birth House by Ami McKay
The Gravesavers by Sheree Fitch

BOOKMOOOCHED
The House of Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Trapped in Ice by Eric Walters
Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Mongomery

GIFTED
The Candidates by Inara Scott – Sent to me by the lovely Monica at Bibliophilic Book Blog.

REVIEW
Jake by Audrey Couloumbis (Random House Canada)
Torment by Lauren Kate (Random House Canada)
Dust City by Robert Weston (Penguin Canada)
Virals by Kathy Reichs (Penguin Canada)
The Eternal Ones bu Kirten Miller (Penguin Canada)
The Fossil Hunter of Sydney Mines by Jo Ann Yhard (Nimbus Publishing)
The Fall by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro (HarperCollins Canada)

Amazing book care package from Tundra Press:
Gunner: Hurricane Horse by Judy Andrekson
Avalanche Dance by Ellen Schwartz
Winter Shadows by Margaret Buffie
Dear George Clooney Please Marry my Mom by Susin Nielsen
Ghost Trackers by Chris Gudgeon
The Nightwood by Robin Muller
Here Comes the Bride by Beatrice Mann and Anna Laura Cantone

And, I bought some ebooks this week. Why, you ask? Because I got a Kobo eReader!!!!!!! Thanks bunches to my awesomely wickedly amazing folks who got it for me as an early Christmas gift.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Radiance by Alyson Noel
Intrinsical by Lani Woodland

In My Mailbox

5 Sep

This weekly meme is a great way to let other readers know what books they should be looking out for. In My Mailbox is hosted by the  The Story Siren.  You can find out more deets about it  here.

REVIEW
Two books came in this week for review and I am much excited to be on the blog tour for both.

Plain Kate by Erin Bow (Scholastic Canada) – I just finished Plain Kate this morning and I urge everyone to go out and pick up a copy. This one will definitely be on my top of 2010 list.

Apple’s Angst by Rebecca Eckler (Random House Canada) – Digging into this one today. I really enjoyed the first book, Rotten Apple, so I have high hopes for Apple’s Angst.

GIFTED

I already wrote up a post about the happiness I felt when I received my Crazy Book Swap books from Bella over at A Girl Reads a Book. Bella sent two books I have been lusting after for some time. Once again, thanks sweetie!

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

13 to Life by Shannon Delaney

SWAG

I rarely ever get swag, so when I do, I get mucho excited. I also have a thing about bookmarks (I am obesssed with them!) and let me tell you, I had a slew of them come in this week.

Jessica over at Live, Laugh, Love had a contest for a signed bookmark from Maggie Stiefvater. I was over the moon when I won. Bella also sent me some bookmarks with the Crazy Book swap books, including one signed by Bree Despain. Then, Amy over at Amy Reads gave me a bunch of booksmarks, one of which was signed by Denise Jaden.

*Ahem, you will notice that I didn’t buy any books this past week. Week one of the Book Buying Ban is a success!!!!!*

In My Mailbox

29 Aug

This weekly meme is a great way to let other readers know what books they should be looking out for. In My Mailbox is hosted by the  The Story Siren.  You can find out more deets about it  here.

Last week my book buying ban kinda went straight to Hell. But, after counting and realize I have, oh, about 400 unread books in the house, I’m thinking I really need to try harder not to bring any books into the house. But, on the other hand, I have a small talking book on my shoulder mumbling, “What’s the damage? Who are you hurting by buying books?” So, we’ll. Now for this weeks books:

REVIEWED/GIFTED

Thankfully the number of review books that are coming into the house has slowed down. I find that most of my review books tend to arrive all at the same time, leaving me with so many books to review that I get a bit panicky. I am woefully behind on the review copies I have that have already been released and my September/October releases are begging to be read. I’ll pick away at them, and have decided not to accept anymore review copies until my stack is much, much lower.

Review
Rotten Apple by Rebecca Eckler(Random House Canada)
The Raven’s Gift by Don Rearden (Penguin Canada)

Gifted
Amy from Amy Reads, who is fast becoming my local bookish partner in crime, gifted me some ARCs that she has already finished.

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
Home is with Our Family by Joyce Hansen
Stranger Here Below by Joyce Hinnefeld
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Birth of a Killer by Darren Shan

BOUGHT

So, that big book sale at Indigo I went to last Saturday? I kinda went back again on Sunday. Only so the hubs could check it out, you know? And, lo and behold, any book over $10 was on for $2 and the rest were all $1 each. Seriously, what was I to do but buy some more books? I also picked up a book at the Mockingjay release party and received one through bookmooch.

Hinterland from James Clemens – This one came via bookmooch
Benny and Omar by Eoin Cofler
Ordinary Ghosts by Eireann Corrigan
Alex Detail’s Revolution by Darren Campo
Alien Taste by Wen Spencer
The Magical Monastery by Idries Shab
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

And, of course, the big one:

In My Mailbox

22 Aug

This weekly meme is a great way to let other readers know what books they should be looking out for. In My Mailbox is hosted by the  The Story Siren.  You can find out more deets about it  here.

Only a few books this week. (Yay!) Actually it was only two until I went to preorder Mockingjay and discovered the bookstore was having a MASSIVE tent sale. Sale books for another 50% off. I mean, I picked up 3 books for 4 bucks. Not too shabby, eh?

Won/Gifted

City of Glass and Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare -So freaking excited to win this Twitter contest from Simon Pulse Canada. Started Clockwork Angel last night and hoping to get a good chunk of it read today.

Evil in Return by Elana Forbes – I was The House of Anansi Press‘ reader of the month a while back and as a belated thank-you they sent me a book!

Bought


Wow, my book buying ban is going splendid! 😛

The First Time I Got Paid for It edited by Peter Lefcourt and Laura J. Shapiro- This non-fiction collection of Hollywood writers chatting about the first time they got paid should be interesting along with inspirational. And if I don’t enjoy it, it was only a dollar.

Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude and Other Commandments I have Broken by Rosemary Graham – I loved the title of this YA and hey, it was a buck!

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning – Beautiful hard copy for $2.50. I didn’t realize this was the second in the series. I’m usually anal about reading series books in order, but this time I may just go wild.

Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin – I kept seeing this one popping up on blogs lately and the premise sounded pretty unique. It was also a sale book ($4.50) so I grabbed it.

In My Mailbox

15 Aug

This weekly meme is a great way to let other readers know what books they should be looking out for. In My Mailbox is hosted by the  The Story Siren.  You can find out more deets about it  here.

Lots of great books came in this week. In fact, I’m kinda hoping for no books next week. I am seriously behind on my review books and desperately want to get caught up.

BOUGHT
Yeah, yeah, I know. What about that serious book buying ban, right? Well, last Monday sucked the worse and I needed a bit of a pick me up.

Rachel Caine
Ill Wind
Heat Stroke
Chill Factor
Windfall
Firestorm
Thin Air

Jeanne DuPrau
The City of Ember
The People of Sparks
The Prophet of Yonwood

L.J. Smith
Night World 2

G.P. Taylor
Shadowmancer
Wormwood

Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Hidden

Fantasy Stories chosen by Diana Wynne Jones

REVIEW

HarperCollins Canada
Black Hole Sun by David MacInnis Gill

Penguin Canada
The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

Simon and Schuster Canada
Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs

From the author -Lacey Weatherford
Of Witches and Warlocks book 1: The Trouble with Spells
Of Witches and Warlocks book 2: The Demon Kiss

Lacey was sweet enough to sign both of these for me and throw in a couple of bookmarks.

In My Mailbox

8 Aug

This weekly meme is a great way to let other readers know what books they should be looking out for. In My Mailbox is hosted by the  The Story Siren.  You can find out more deets about it  here.

So, that little amendment I had on my moratorium on book acquisition? The one where I said books order/requested/won before don’t count? Well, it seems that the majority of the books I was waiting on arrive this past week.  I also ended up buying two books post moratorium but since they were purchased at a literary reading so the authors could sign them, they don’t count. (Hey, my moratorium, my rules!)

I know I normally blurb about the book, but because of the number that came in this week and the fact that I woke up late and have a crapload to do, I’m skipping that part this time round.

So here’s the slew of books that came for my enjoyment:

BOUGHT

Maggie Stiefvater signed collection from Fountain Bookstore
Ballad
Lament
Shiver
Linger


The Devouring by Simon Holt
Kitty Goes to War by Carrie Vaughn
Heave by Christy Ann Conlin (signed)
The Hidden Life of Humans by Erika Ritter (signed)
Inside Out Girl by Tish Cohen – gifted from a friend

REVIEW

Candlewick Press carepackage
Another Faust by Daniel And Dina Nayer
Another Pan by Daniel And Dina Nayer
Girl Parts by John M. Cusick
Stork by Wendy Delsol
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett
The 10 pm Question by Kate De Goldi
My Worst Best Friend by Dyan Sheldon

Penguin Canada
You Wish by Mandy Hubbard

Random House Canada
Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong
Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski

From author
Pour Rich by Jean Blasiar

In my mailbox

1 Aug

This weekly meme is a great way to let other readers know what books they should be looking out for. In My Mailbox is hosted by the  The Story Siren.  You can find out more deets about it  here.

So, this week saw a hodge-podge of bookish goodies arriving on my doorsteps. There were books, pins and bookmarks, along with other fun stuff. Here’s the break-down.

REVIEW

Second Story Press
The Second Trial by Rosemarie Boll – Being a girl, I haven’t read a lot of YA that is geared towards boy. This makes me kinda sad. This boy-ish book should help with that.

Home Free by Sharon Jennings – I’m from PEI. This book’s blurb mentions Anne Shirley several times. Need I say more???

Penguin Canada

This is my first review book from Penguin Canada and I just wanted to say a quick howdy and thanks for helping me with my book addiction. I love when new enablers come aboard. 😀

Death’s Excellent Vacation Charlaine Harris, editor – I asked for this primarily because it has a new Sookie short story in it. I’m half way through and have already discovered three new to me authors that I love.

WON

The gals over at Got YA held a cool Canada day contest and I won! I was so happy to receive some cool CanCon tunes in the form of Molly Johnson’s wonderfully jazzy CD and a best of The Tragically Hip compilation. A teeny, tiny Robert Munsch book and some pins added to the swag awesomeness.

Amy over at A Simple Love of Reading held a contest last week for bookmarks and I was one of the lucky winners. Isn’t it purdy? Oh, and the back is signed by the author!

Pretty cool week, if’n I say so myself.

In My Mailbox

25 Jul

This weekly meme is a great way to let other readers know what books they should be looking out for. In My Mailbox is hosted by the  The Story Siren.  You can find out more deets about it  here.

This was a slow week for me, book-wise, which is actually a good thing. I’ve got a ton of review books to read!

REVIEW
Simon and Schuster Canada
The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory – I found myself pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed The White Queen. I have a feeling that this one is going to be just as yummy! On a side note, I won a book plate signed by Philippa last year and since my copy of The White Queen was an Arc and this is a hard cover, looks like the bookplate has a new home.