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Tasty Treats (9)

Hello and welcome back to BookTasty!

If you’re not from Florida then you don’t know too much about FCAT…but if you are from Florida then you’ll understand when I say that we (my middle school) are in FULL FCAT MODE for the next two weeks! Oh the joys of FCAT. Well, when I came home this week from our first day of FCAT testing I was exhausted…and I wasn’t even the one actually testing! I walked into the family room and sitting on the table was box from Harper Collins!

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A box! A box!

Seeing this box waiting for me when I came in from a tiring day just completely made me smile! I was so excited!

So….do you want to know what was in it?

Of course you do…

Two audiobooks!!

Two audiobooks!!

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders book 1) by Peter Lerangis

Yay! Two middle grades books to add to my TBR list! I’ve heard fabulous things about The One and Only Ivan, but not much about The Colossus Rises (look it’s a series!) so I can’t wait to get started on them ASAP! It’s great because I am totally in need of some more audiobooks to run to. To Harper Collins…THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Did you get any fun new reads recently? Which of the two books above should I start first?

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Obsessive Behavior and Non Protests

Hello and a Happy Sunday to everyone!

As you can see,this is not a weekly In My Mailbox post. In My Mailbox is a weekly meme where book bloggers showcase and talk about the books they received during the past week and it is hosted by Kristi, The Story Siren. In light of recent news/events in the blogging community a lot of people have drawn a line in the sand and I‘d like to be incredibly clear as to my decision to no longer participate in In My Mailbox.

1. I was too obsessed. As a newish blogger I confess, I was mesmerized by the statistic graphs I saw when I participated in and linked up to a meme, specifically In My Mailbox. I was so obsessed with posting and linking up on Sunday morning, that it was my only focus as soon as I woke up. I even resulted to sneaking my cellphone during church and checking to see if The Story Siren’s post and linky was up. I admit to actually pretending to use the restroom in order to link up on time. Then once linked up, I would spend hours visiting other bloggers’ posts so they’d then return the favor and my stats would go up. I’ve realized that this is a bit on the obsessive side and I’m not proud of it. I needed to step away.

2. I am not protesting. Please understand, my decision is not a protest. This event just provided me with an opportunity to look at my own behavior and priorities. I do not condone plagiarism in any way. I cannot defend what The Story Siren did. However, I also do not condone bullying and people being overly mean. I do not defend their actions or words. My choice in ending my weekly participation in this meme is in no way me “picking a side”; it is purely personal. I am one hundred and ten percent fine with other bloggers who continue to participate in this meme. Likewise, I am also one hundred and ten percent fine with people who do choose not to follow The Story Siren. I’m all for bloggers (and people) making their own decisions based on their own personal convictions.

3. I’m not saying never. I may still post an In My Mailbox when I am particularly excited about a book or books I was gifted, bought or picked up from the library. But three weekly memes is just too much for me to handle and behave in a sane and reasonable manner! Those who can do it sanely – meme on! :)

Blah.

Okay, that’s enough explanation. I need to go clean my house, read, spend time with my husband and then later work on some reviews.

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In My Mailbox (13)

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 Mailbox (12)

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 Mailbox (10)

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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?