In My Mailbox

Another week of great books.  You can tell the season for our business is winding down because my work load is as well and my reading this time of year naturally goes up.  Colder weather keeps me inside more, the bike tournaments are over for the year and my natural cold weather remedy is books.  :)  This meme is from Kristi’s Blog:  Story Siren

I am excited to share this weeks mailbox treasures with you!

Americans In Space by Mary Mitchell: Life is a challenge for 36-year-old Kate Cavanaugh, high school guidance counselor to a motley group of at-risk students. Two years after finding her young husband dead in bed beside her, Kate’s storybook life has vanished, and she and her two children are still reeling. Her daughter Charlotte, once a sweet girl, has morphed into an angry, tattooed, tongue-studded teen; and Hunter, Kate’s four-year-old, keeps his feelings sealed tight inside and an empty ketchup bottle clasped to his heart. When a tragedy occurs at the Alan B. Shepard High School, it’s Kate who finds herself in need of counsel and guidance. What she does next catapults her and her family down an unfamiliar road, on a trajectory into space – toward understanding, forgiveness and healing.

Doesn’t that sound good?  GAH!  I want to read it now!


Cold Streak by Lewis Aleman (with a bonus insert to his new book Faces In Time coming out in December!):   Laura has lost it all. In one strange and tragic night her husband and daughters were brutally murdered as she worked late at the office. The news sent her into a downward spiral of depression and regret. It became all the more intense when she knelt in the blood of her husband’s last struggle. Unable to cry, unable to release the pain or share it with others she folds herself into a coiled rage ready to explode as soon as the time is right. Tugged by wisps of memories, her feet move her in whatever direction the pull dictates so long as it leads her closer to understanding what happened and who was responsible.

This one is signed!  Oh… and in case you notice a theme with the two above books having dead husbands… that is just a wierd coincidence that I just noticed too…. ;)


Fablehaven by Brandon Mull: For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite. Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken — Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good — powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.

Doesn’t this look fantastic?  I was so excited to get this book!  It is a win off of the great With A Good Book blog.   AND it came with this super cool bookmark!


Love In Translation by Wendy Nelson Tokunaga: Stuck. That’s how 33-year-old aspiring singer Celeste Duncan feels, with her deadbeat boyfriend and static career. But then Celeste receives a puzzling phone call and a box full of mysterious family heirlooms which just might be the first real clue to the identity of the father she never knew. Impulsively, Celeste flies to Japan to search for a long-lost relative who could be able to explain. She stumbles head first into a weird, wonderful world where nothing is quite as it seems—a land with an inexplicable fascination with foreigners, karaoke boxes, and unbearably perky TV stars.

Seriously how much do you love this cover? And do you see this great swag that came with it?  The cards and then a cd that I haven’t listened to but I am excited to see what that is!


What a Christmas by B.R. Roberts: There’s a war going on, and Clementine Rose Miles has her eyes open. She’s just ten, but nobody can size up the situation better than this future investigative reporter with her knack for vocabulary and fondness for coffee.

Is the new hired hand a Nazi spy? Can the shootout with her twin cousins ground them for life? How long does the smell of strawberry Jell-O last on a wool skirt? Do mailboxes really talk? Will Christmas still come to the Miles family when there’s a tragedy? Can anything else possibly go wrong? You bet!

Whether it’s helping Grandma churn butter, understanding her teen-impaired sister, approaching the unapproachable Mrs. McPugh, or praying for her uncle’s unredeemed soul, Clementine stays on the case until it’s solved. She tells a very grownup story with a child’s humor and candor.

In spite of one disaster after another befalling the Miles family, tears, love and laughter anchor them to their faith. And when everything comes to a crashing climax at the Christmas pageant, the whole town is saying, “What a Christmas!”


Beating Diabetes: A weight loss plan on how to take care of you

I love books like this.  I am always interested in healthy eating tips and exercise!

The Ghost, The Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano by Larry Sweitzer: It’s the summer of 2004 and Freddie Holtzman can’t wait to get to Camp Mason, a summer camp for eggheads or rather, gifted teens. He hopes to reconnect with Ginny Haig, a girl he met at camp last year. Freddie’s old friends, Logan and Monty, are there along with some new faces. He tries to win Ginny’s affection, but every time he tries to talk to her, he says—and does—nerdy things.

At Camp Mason, a science fair pits the eggheads against one another for the top prize of a five thousand dollar scholarship. But, when the projects go missing, friendships are put to the test, relationships get put on hold, and everyone’s a suspect. To make matters worse, the camp is haunted by young Billy Mason who died there decades ago. The boys are determined to solve the mystery of the ghost and the missing science projects.

Freddie’s quest to win the scholarship—and the girl of his dreams—are constantly in jeopardy. There are complications at every turn: the ghost, a creepy caretaker, Freddie’s high school nemesis, a cantankerous camp manager, and a saboteur all threaten his chance to win the prize and Ginny’s heart.

Yeah the title threw me too but reading about the book… it sounds good!  This is a blog tour in December.


From Doon To Death by Ruth Rendall is a book I won during BBAW.  It arrived on Saturday from Australia!  Wild huh?


Books I purchased:

Breathless by Dean Koontz I purchased from Amazon.  It was just released this week and I do not usually pass up a Koontz book!

The final picture is of my two sons on Thanksgiving.  I purchased two copies of Hunger Games which I told them they both had to read!

So thats what was in my mailbox this week.  What was in yours?  Be sure to stop over and see Kristi at Story Siren to link on to the In My Mailbox link!  :)

About Sheila (Book Journey)

Bookaholic * Audio Book Fan *Bike Rider *Rollerblader *Adventure Seeker *Want To Be Runner*Coffee lover *Fitness Fan * Movie junkie

Posted on November 29, 2009, in In The Mailbox and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Hi, Sheila! I think you’ll love Fablehaven! I enjoyed that book a lot, and I think I’ll be buying the rest of the series as well.

    Your sons are very lucky to have a mom who buys them books. (I’m sure they’ll have a blast with The Hunger Games!) I guess I have to thank my mom as well for instilling in me a love for reading.

  2. You once again have posted a Mailbox that makes me green with envy. Fablehaven sounds right up my alley and now I have to go get it.

  3. Excellent mailbox again this week! I just got my copy of Breathless from Amazon on Friday! Couldn’t resist the $9 price, but I would have bought it anyway!

    Wow, you have a great looking family! Be sure to let us know what your sons think about Hunger Games! Maybe they could do a guest post?

    Enjoy!

    • Thanks Alexia! I had Breathless preordered. It scared me when I got the email that my order had been shipped… I thought there was a mix up :)

      I dont think the boys would do a guest post – maybe Justin, he is going to college to be a journalist.

  4. Hiya,
    I just adored your IMM presentation. It got my attention. You had some great books this week and YEAY! for getting your sons to read the Hunger Games, it is an amazing book.

    RR

  5. Fablehaven is a great series – my daughter and I have been reading it for a while (each time a new book comes out we devour it) – I hope you love it as much as we did!

    Enjoy your reading week!

  6. great stuff you got this week..Loved Hunger Games so I hope your sons do too…. I am currently reading the Egghead book..definatly a young boys read..LOL but its not to bad.

  7. What a nice selection! “Love in Translation” sounds intriguing.

    I did a Sunday Salon over at Accidental Life Blog here:

    http://laurel-rainsnowsaccidentallife.blogspot.com/2009/11/sunday-salon_29.html

  8. Ohman, you had a fantastic week! And pretty much with all books that I’ve never even heard of. I’m very intrigued by Love in Translation. Looks good!

  9. Those do sound like some fun reads. I think I would like to read What a Christmas. I took a break this week and just read books for me, not review. I loved it!

  10. Out of all those books, it’s Fablehaven that caught my attention – another one for my wish list I suspecct.

  11. Callie (Handle Like Hendrix)

    Hope they like The Hunger Games! Happy reading!

  12. Great books you got this week. They all look really good. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

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