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In My Mailbox (5)

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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Top Ten Tuesday: Books It Seems Everyone Else Has Read But Me

I was off of work last week and enjoying a whole week of Thanksgiving (Yay education!).  So, because of that, my mind ran off and I completely forgot about Top Ten Tuesday.  I must have been swimming in a world of friends, family, books, free time, and good food!  It is what it is!

Since I’ve been blogging on YA and Middle Grades Fiction (almost a year!), I’ve noticed that there are some titles it seems everyone in the YA fiction blogging world has read.  I keep hearing people talk about but I haven’t had the chance to read yet. Too many books and not enough time!  This week’s Top Ten are books everyone else had read but me!

Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Matched by Ally Condie

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

The Fallen series by Lauren Kate

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

I’d better get working on reading these; lots to read…lots to read…