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In my mailbox

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

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

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

18 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.

So, this week brought me a smörgåsbord of books both for keeps and borrowed. I got a signed review copy, wins and swaps. First up, the books I got for keepsies:

Gifted from the wonderful Amy over at Amy Reads:
Dust by Joan Frances Turner – I dig zombies. I dig zombie books. A zombie book where the zombies still think and love? Kinda diggin’ that, too.

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff – The cover, oh the cover! This was a book I wanted to read before I even knew what it was about based solely on the creepiness of the cover. Add changeling kids and a lead who’s name is almost the same as my last name and I was hooked.

Suspect by Kristin Wolden Nitz – I hadn’t heard of this book until Amy recommended it. It’s an YA mystery, a genre I don’t read a lot. Mucho curious about this one.

Won from Amanda over at The Zen Leaf via Twitter.
Trance by Linda Gerber – About a chick why can sense when someone is going to die. Creepy?  Yes. Delish? We shall see.

Won from The Fauna Facebook group and Random House Canada
Fauna by Alyssa York – Anyone who knows me knows I not only love animals, but have a slew of them both as pets and rehabs. A pic of the hubs with a baby chick in his hands won me this one.

For review from author
Promise by Kristie Cooke – Kristie is a friend of an online friend of mine and I was tickled pink when asked to review Kristie’s books. It’s signed and everything!

All of these books were borrowed from Amy at Amy Reads. Amy is another local book blogger. Yeah, we have the same last name but after much discussion decided we weren’t related. At least not directly. On the Island pretty much everyone’s related. :0P

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce – Cue the squeeing. Little Red Riding Hood with a twist, this one has been getting mega online love.

Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic novel by Matt Dembicki – I don’t read a lot of graphic novels and, sadly, I am unfamiliar with Native American traditions and stories. Amy spoke so highly of this book that I knew I had to give it a try.

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins – This YA novel takes place in Burma and deals with war and politics. Lately I realize I’m not very well read when it comes to the literature of other countries, which is really a sin.

Of All the Stupid Things by Alexandra Diaz – This book deals with friendship, trust and acceptance when one of those friends comes out. I’ve never read any GLBT fiction before (I know, shame on me). As I’ve said recently I want to try to branch out and read other genres besides my fave.

I am J by Cris Beam – This YA novel about a trans-gendered teen looks like it will be both intense and inspiring.

I’ll get there. It better be worth the trip: 40th anniversary edition by John Donovan – This was the first teen novel written that actually deals with homosexuality. As someone new to the GLBT genre I think it will be interesting to see if it stands the test of time.

So, that’s what I got this week! How about you?