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In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and is a fun way for bloggers to socialize and network their blogs!

So this week, I may or may not have gone a little crazy on NetGalley. (Thank you to NetGalley and all the publishers!) I ended up getting five titles from NetGalley although I have no idea when I’m going to read them!  Oh well, summer is coming soon and I’ll have loads of free time then! So, here are the books in my mailbox this week.

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon GreenlandThe Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

I’ve seen this one around on some other blogs and figured it was time I requested it.

Elizabeth Margaret—better known as Em—has always known what life would contain: an internship at her father’s firm, a degree from Harvard and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is that it’s not what she wants. When she gets the opportunity to get away from it all and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, Em pursues her secret dream of being a chef, and she also learns that her family has kept some significant secrets from her, too. And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn’t. Naturally, she can’t resist him, and as their romance blossoms, Em feels she is living on her own terms for the first time.

Diva by Jillian LarkinDiva by Jillian Larkin

I have no idea why I requested this one.  I really wasn’t a fan of, Vixen, the first book and haven’t even read the second title, but the cover is just so pretty!!!

Parties, bad boys, speakeasies—life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles. If Marcus Eastman truly loved her, how could he have fallen for another girl so quickly? Their romance mustn’t have been as magical as Clara thought. And if she has to be unhappy, she’s going to drag everyone else down to the depths of despair right along with her.  Being a Barnard girl is the stuff of Lorraine Dyer’s dreams. Finding out that Marcus is marrying a gold digger who may or may not be named Anastasia? A nightmare. The old Lorraine would have sat by and let the chips fall where they may, but she’s grown up a lot these past few months. She can’t bear to see Marcus lose a chance for true love. But will anyone listen to her?  Now that the charges against her have been dropped, Gloria Carmody is spending the last dizzying days of summer on Long Island, yachting on the sound and palling around with socialites at Forrest Hamilton’s swanky villa. Beneath her smile, though, Gloria’s keeping a secret. One that could have deadly consequences . . .

The Glimpse by Claire MerleThe Glimpse by Claire Merle

I jut love this cover and the summary sounds really cool!

Throughout England people are now divided into Pures and Crazies according to the results of a DNA test, with the Pures living in small Communities cut off from the madness of society, and the Crazies living outside the walls in the squalor and mayhem of the City. Ana has lived a privileged existence amongst the Pures, but her whole world crumbles when she finds out that there was a mistake with her Pure test. She is actually one of the Crazies, and one day in the near or distant future she will become sick. But Ana has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell. Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s defects, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a conditional reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony looms closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears. And as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.

Unbreak my Heart by Melissa WalkerUnbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker

This one sounds like a great summer read.

Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life. Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now. Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley CoriellWelcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

I love this cover and can’t wait to read it!

Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass, and so she joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t find her too queenly. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Grams’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up hosting a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe faces her loneliness and helps others find the fun and joy in everyday life. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home.

So, there you have it! My mailbox for the week.  What did you get in your mailbox?

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In My MailboxHello and Happy Sunday!

Every Sunday I bring you an In My Mailbox post, which is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.  In My Mailbox is a fun way for bloggers to socialize and network their blogs, it’s also a great way to share the books they acquired during the week.

So let’s get to my mailbox!

Its been a crazy busy week in my household!  Between my school PTSA meeting, running errands,  our Small Group, the Rehearsal Dinner and Ceremony/Reception for the wedding my husband was in (best man) we were out almost every night! Amidst the crazy schedule that was this past week I did manage to get some reading time in and I also got some fun things in my mailbox!

On Wednesday night my husband and I were out running errands that took us to a bookstore where I just had to buy two books I’ve been craving for a while now. One, is a debut by Jessica Spotswood, called Born Wicked, which I wasn’t too interested until I saw the trailer (which you can watch here) and loved it!   The other is the fifth and newest book in Ally Carter’s awesome Gallagher Girls series, Out of Sight, Out of Time. I love the feel of brand new book jackets!  Plus I think both of these covers are completely lovely!

 

Born Wicked and Out of Sight Out of TimeBooks I bought

-Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

-Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

In the middle of a tiring (but good) busy week, after a long and exhausting day at work I came home to find a nice little package waiting for me! YAY!!

Turns out, the package was from MacMillan Audio, who sent me a review copy of the audio version of Death Cloud, the first book in Andrew Lane’s Young Sherlock Holmes series! The summary sounds super exciting with a fourteen year old Sherlock Holmes investigating two possible murders. I can’t wait to get to this one, so I’m sending out a HUGE THANK YOU to MacMillan Audio for being so generous!

 

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Books I received

-Young Sherlock Holmes #1: Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

I’m pretty happy with all my new books to read and listen to. They should keep me busy or a while now!

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

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In My MailboxHello and Happy Easter to you!

It’s that time of the week again, to spotlight all the tasty treats we  received whether it was in the mail, bought, picked up from the library or gifted. In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

This past week I went to Jacksonville to visit my parents for the night.  The weather had shifted while I drove the two and a half hours from Orlando and when I opened the car door it was so cold (colder than it had been in Orlando!  That’s driving two hours north will get you.  And for you actual Northerners, I know this is nothing compared to what experience on a regular bases!

Anyway, while I was visiting, my Mom who works in a children’s library gifted me with a set of three titles from the original Nancy Drew series. Thanks Mom!  I loved this series growing up so much and at one point had a copy of almost every title (not to sure what happened to those, I guess I’ll have to call Mom).  The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn KeeneThis set contained:

#4 The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene

#5 The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene

#6 The Secret of Red Gate Farm by Carolyn Keene

On Saturday I went to a baby shower for a good friend and the theme was children’s’ books.   We each had to bring a favorite children’s book along with the gift and there were little bookish decorations around the house.  These adorable little bookmarks were ours to take home, so I snagged two because you can never have too many bookmarks right?!

Baby Shower Bookmarks

Aren’t they completely adorable?  I think I’m going to have to laminate them at school so they’ll last longer.

My Kindle also got some action this week when I received a bunch of e-galley from NetGalley.

Thanks to Random House Children’s I now have:

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle  Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle

Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab

The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman

Thank you to Disney-Hyperion for:

Breaking Beautuful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf Lucky Fools by Coert Voorhees

Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Lucky Fools by Coert Voorhees

Lastly (but not least!)  thank you to Lerner Publishing for

Skylark by Megan Spooner

Skylark by Megan Spooner

Overall, it was a fabulous week full of intriguing books that I was really excited to receive!  I look forward to see what you got in your mailbox this week and hope  you have a wonderful Easter!

I love reading comments, so please tell me what was in your mailbox!

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In Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren with the purpose of spotlighting books and giving bloggers a chance to get to know one another.

This was my Spring Break so I had a lot
of time to read and relax. Although I didn’t receive any books in the mail, I did visit my local public library! While there I managed to get my hands on some delicious looking audiobooks! Let’s look and see what goodies
I brought home.

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Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
Fire by Kristin Cashore

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Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson

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The Death Cure by James Dashner
Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

I’ve already started Wildwood Dancing and can’t wait to begin the others. What did you get in your mailbox this week?

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme created by The Story Siren to highlight new books and allow book bloggers to get to know each other better.

This week was slow in the book department, but what I did get was so fun and exciting!

Such a Rush by Jennifer EcholsI came home from an incredibly busy (but good) day at work to find an envelope stuffed into my mailbox. I had forgotten I had requested anything, and was pleasantly surprised to see I’d received a print Advanced Reader Copy of Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols! (THANK YOU SO MUCH!) I can’t wait to read this one! She also personalized the autograph! How awesome is that?!

Such a Rush autograph
So, there you have it! What did you get in your mailbox this week?

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In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren with the purpose of helping bloggers get to know each other and to highlight books!

This was was slow in the receiving book department, but not in the totally fun and awesome book related goodies department!

Obviously, the world knows that The Hunger Games movie comes out this coming Friday, March 23 at 12:01 a.m.!!! *squeals with anticipation*

My husband and I have our tickets to the midnight showing and this will be the first midnight showing we’ve ever gone to before!  I’m super excited and can’t stop watching the trailers.

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Well, on Thursday the 22nd, I get to host a Hunger Games party in my school’s Media Center!  We have about 65 students attending and are going to be doing some fun activities.  But with that I’ve also had to get a hold of awesome raffle/giveaway prizes for the students.  So, of course I’ve hit up Barnes and Noble and Hot Topic to purchase some fun Hunger Games paraphernalia.

I also  contacted Lionsgate Films and asked for some free movie promotional materials to give to my students, and a few days later got a response saying they’d send some posters.  I expected like maybe two or three posters, so imagine my surprise when I opened the box and found 10 movie posters, a pack of 50 Hunger Games lanyards, and 50 3-D Katniss bookmarks!!  So, a humongous thank you (THANK YOU!!) to Lionsgate Films for sending these to my students!  With all this swag everyone will leave the party with at least one cool Hunger Games item!

Earlier I mentioned that I went shopping for some cool Hunger Games merchandise.  20120317-235642.jpgI got a cool Peeta and Katniss mug and some bookmarks, a mockingjay sweat band bracelet, a Gale key chain and a journal .  I’ll also be getting two movie tickets for one lucky student.  But in the mix of my Hunger Games shopping extravaganza, I had to treat myself to a mockingjay t-shirt.  So I did.

Yeaaa!!!

So, no books this week, which is okay because I have so much I already want to read sitting on my To Read Shelf.

What was in your mailbox this week?  I look forward to reading about what fun goodies everyone else received!

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Happy Sunday everyone!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.  This is a fun way for bloggers to get to know each other and network their blogs, and it’s also a good way to showcase some new (or older) titles!

Well, I didn’t get any books in my actual mailbox this week, but I did receive three e-book galleys from NetGalley! Thank you NetGalley!  I can’t wait to get started on these.

Suck it Up and Die by Brian MeehlSuck It Up and Die by Brian Meehl

Whisper by Alyson NoelWhisper by Alyson Noel

Sammy Keyes And The Power of Justice Jack by Wendelin Van DraanenSammy Keyes and the Power of Justice Jack by Wendelin Van Draanen

I also bought some e-books recently because Amazon was having a sale.  Actually bought these a few weeks ago and forgot to mention them here. So, here they are!  I’ve heard awesome stuff about all three so they may move to the top of my “To Read” stack.

Ten Things We Did and Probably Shouldn't Have by Sarah MlynowskiTen Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mylnowski

Unearthly by Cynthia HandUnearthly by Cynthia Hand

Entwined by Heather DixonEntwined by Heather Dixon

I am planning a Hunger Games party for my 8th graders on Thursday March 22, so I also bought some bookmarks from the ALA Store to go into the students’ goodie bags!  They’re so fun and I can’t wait for my students to see them-they’re going to be so excited!  ALA Hunger Games bookmarks

What fun stuff did you get in your mailbox this week?

 

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In My MailboxYou know its been a good but busy week and weekend when you take a 3 hour nap on Sunday afternoon; a much-needed nap!  I slept like a log for three whole hours and other than a tiny bit groggy, I’m feeling pretty good now!

So good in fact, that I’d like to share what I got in the mail this week! (Sorry about the bad lighting in the photo!)

Cinder and Dead End in Norvelt

Thanks to a very generous MacMillan Audio I received two exciting audiobooks!  On the left you’ll see Cinder, the first novel by Marissa  Meyer.  I have heard incredibly good things about this one, so I can’t wait to read (listen to) and review it!  Here is the summary in case you’re interested.

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl… Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

In addition to Cinder, MacMillan Audio also sent award-winning Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos!  This book received the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year’s best contribution to children’s literature and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, so you know its gotta be good! Below is the summary.

Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is “grounded for life” by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets. But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack’s way once his mom loans him out to help a fiesty old neighbor with a most unusual chore—typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his utopian town. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launched on a strange adventure involving molten wax, Eleanor Roosevelt, twisted promises, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, a man on a trike, a dancing plague, voices from the past, Hells Angels . . . and possibly murder.

So this week I must give a huge thank you shot out to MacMillan Audio who fed my audiobook addiction this week! THANK YOU!   What was in your mailbox this week?

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

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Happy Sunday!

Its been a few weeks since I posted an In My Mailbox post, but that’s because I was waiting to write a big one!

See? I waited patiently, and now I have seven books to share with you and it seems I have lots of people to thank!

The first two books I have to share were given to me by two different friends.

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My friend Deborah (Thank you!!) gave me Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale as a gift to make me smile and feel loved through a pretty difficult week. She knew it would be the perfect gift because we both adored the first Austenland and have been waiting a long time for this one to come out! Can’t wait to finish this one (I started a little so far and love it!)

The second one is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and was given to me by my friend Stephanie (Thank you!) because she read it and thought I might enjoy it. I haven’t gotten a chance to start it yet, but I’ve heard very good things, so I’m hopeful!

Next up is a group of books I acquired in three different ways.

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The two on the top: Stay with Me by Paul Griffin and The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg, were given to me by fellow book blogger The Compulsive Reader. (Thank you!) Also excited to read these!

Next we come to Storm Runners: Eruption by Roland Smith. Roland Smith is awesome. Seriously, he held a contest for teachers and librarians to receive one of four ARCs of his newest (releasing March 1) in the middle grade Storm Runners series. So, I entered and checked back later only to find out he not only was giving away the four ARCs but also twenty-four finished copies, one of which I won!!!! Did I mentioned he autographed it?! I did a little happy dance when I saw my name of the list and another when I found the book in the mail!! A huge thank you to Roland Smith!

The sixth book I personally bought, with a gift card someone sent my way (THANK YOU!!) and I knew The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith was exactly what I wanted!

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The last book I got this week was actually more of a “find”; I was rummaging through the Teacher Book Exchange shelf in the copy room at my school and came across Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty! There is never any YA books in that shelf, so I was pretty excited to find one! Needless to say I snatched it up right away!

Okay, so this isn’t a book, but my Mockingjay Pin came in the mail this week! YAY!  It as taken up proud residence on my teacher ID lanyard! My students love it! (excuse the blurry finger!)20120226-093731.jpg

So, all in all I’ve received some pretty fun stuff over the past few weeks! What titles are in your mailbox?

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

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This week the books I’m showcasing did not come in my mailbox. I bought them from
an awesome new and used bookstore in Jacksonville, called Chamblins. Anyway, these titles, which it seems everyone but me had read were half off the cover price, so I yoinked them!
On the left we have Bluebloods by Melissa De La Cruz.
On the right we have Gone by Michael
Grant. Both are first books in series, so that’s exciting too!

As always, you’ll know when I read them!