In My Mailbox

Wow!  It seems like this week just flew by.  It’s nice to finally be done running around the country and being back in my own home!  Kristi from Story Siren hosts this wonderful meme and I love posting about my mailbox.  It not only is fun to talk about the books – but it creates an online record for me to know when books came into my home.

So – no more chit chat…. let’s get to the mailbox!

Do you not just love love (yes – it deserves two loves because that’s how much I love them) these wonderful covers?  I read Adriana last year when I read Viola In Reel Life and I enjoyed that book.  I was so excited to be offered these two for review – and I have 3 copies of  Very Valentine to give away so lucky commentators get to read this one with me!

I really enjoy historical fiction so when this book offer came my way the answer was an “Uhhhhhhh…. YEAH!”   Here’s a little taste:  The third child of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand of Spain, Juana is born amid her parents’ ruthless struggle to unify their kingdom, bearing witness to the fall of Granada and Columbus’s discoveries. At the age of sixteen, she is sent to wed Philip, the archduke of Flanders, as part of her parents’ strategy to strengthen Spain, just as her youngest sister, Catherine of Aragon, is sent to England to become the first wife of Henry VIII.

**Elizabeth at Evil Overlord has a copy of this book for giveaway – enter soon, giveaway ends Feb 24

I am a sucker for leadership books and enjoy learning new tips for organizing my office, staff and group events.  This one looks good and with my upcoming teams I am building – this is timely too!

Another book that had me at the cover.

From the day Cobb and Mary meet kayaking on Maine’s Allagash River and fall deeply in love, the two approach life with the same sense of adventure they use to conquer the river’s treacherous rapids. But rivers do not let go so easily…and neither does their love. So when Mary’s life takes the cruelest turn, she

vows to face those rough waters on her own terms and asks Cobb to promise, when the time comes, to help her return to their beloved river for one final journey.

Ok I will let you in on a little known fact about me…. I used to write a little (ok a lot) of poetry in High School.  I actually have photo albums filled with my quirky little attempts at “witticism”  This book looks good and has a CD in the back as well.  I think it will be a fun read!

Books such as this one always surprise me.  I look at them and think they are not for me.  They are old school (really old school – as in Little House in the Prairie you may have a school but you have to walk 6 miles to it bare foot) and then…. I get into the story line and I am amazed how I can let myself fall back into simpler times and find something I just can’t put down.

The Overnight Socialite looks fun right?

Lucy Ellis moved to the Big Apple to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a fashion designer, but the native Midwesterner has just about had it with the city. A mousy, self-conscious girl trapped in a job at a designer sweatshop, Lucy has been mistreated, road-blocked, and otherwise insulted since her arrival. Overwhelmed by city life, Lucy is about to pack it all in and return home to Minnesota. Then she meets Wyatt.

And uhhhh…. hello – it’s about Minnesota!

Books I won

Its been like months since I have won a book and then suddenly I won several – so woo hoo!  Two came in the mailbox this week!

I love Ted Decker’s books.  They are hard to explain.  Ted Decker writes Christian Fiction but his books are not what you think of when you think Christian Fiction.  His books are mysterious and at times spooky.  And when he hooks up with another author it only adds to the intrigue!  This was a win over at Julie j’s blog My Own Little Corner Of The World.  This one looks sooooo good!

And then another exciting win came from Vera’s blog, Luxury Reading.  Vera runs a giveaway each month on comments…. it’s a pretty unique idea you would have to stop over there to see the details.  I won the giveaway for this past month and I was able to pick a book of choice and I went with this one.  I have seen this on blogs and heard wonderful things!  Thanks Vera!

Books From The Library

I seen this book on a blog and wanted to give it a try.  So here it is in my own home…. apparently a well liked copy as this baby is worn out!

Books I Bought

I weakened.  I have looked at this book and passed it up time and again.  And then – I blame Borders.  It was my first Borders.  In Illinois last weekend at Brad’s Navy Graduation.  I had to have books that reminded me of the occasion.  SO I went in and I browsed…. and this one came home with me.  I want to read it and review it along with the movie.

Ok this one?  I blame you.  Well – maybe not you….. but all you bloggers that had this book on their Mailbox posts and in your reviews you raved about it and well…. ok, I should probably thank you.  I am so excited to have this baby in my home!

And this one I would like to blame on some of you…. because I did first follow it on the blogs…. but the final blow goes to Amy in my Book Club who has RAVED about this book for two months now.  Not only has she read it (and the two that follow) but so has her husband and her daughter.  Apparently this is a book that everyone is enjoying and now I hope to as well!

This is our Book Club read for March and I actually read this book a couple years ago and it was fun and light and good.  I am excited to do this one again and Angie (By Book Or By Crook) found some fun things we can do with our review for this book on-line that I am excited to do.   This should be a great book club read and a great discussion on March 9th.

Oh if you are wondering why I have 5 copies – I get free shipping through Amazon Prime and will order for anyone in the book club that asks me to order their copies as well.

And Finally I have one more thing to share from my mailbox!  Look what Reagan sent me from Miss Remmer’s Reviews.  How super sweet is she?

So that’s my mailbox.  I would love to hear what came in yours!

72 thoughts on “In My Mailbox

  1. Oooohhh, so many pretty, pretty books in your mailbox this week! Some covers are just too pretty to resist, aren’t they? 🙂

    Can’t wait to see what you think of The Iron King, as I really enjoyed that one! And I wound up buying City of Bones too because I saw so many rave reviews, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Need morereading time!


    1. There are so many great books out Alexia that are already sets of three… I know getting caught up in one means I will need to read the others as well…yipes. 🙂

  2. Wow -that is a lot of books! But you read really quickly so I am sure you will get thought them all soon.

    I love Adriana Trigiani’s books – did you read the Big Stone Gap series – I adore them!

    I read and reviewed Eternal on the Water last week – hope you like it as much as I did.

    I agree – The Overnite Socialite does look fun!

    Enjoy your books!

  3. So much great stuff–I have Iron King this week, too! And City of my Bones is on my shelf waiting. I love the cover of Overnight Socialite–will definitely have to search this one out!

  4. I also use to write alot of poetry in school but that was along time ago (45 now) and just picked up reading 3 years ago and so glad i did!! I’m branching out on my reading and i finished my first Vampire book The Vampire who loved me and i loved it. I would’ve never read anything in that gentry if it wasn’t for the movie Twilight and the Vampire Diaries series. I have bought many a book just because of the cover that usually leads to the purchase however i rely heaviely on reviews now when i purchase, Enjoyed your In My Mailbox!

  5. I haven’t done an IMM post in a while. I had a great week, so I think I just might get it done this weekend!

    You had a great week, as usual!

    Looking forward to your Lightning Thief review!


  6. Very Valentine and the Last Queen look like books I’d really enjoy!!

    I’m glad your copy of Tea With Hezbollah made it to you safely…you’ll just love it I know! I look forward to your review on that one! I also look forward to your review of City of Bones..another book and series that I thoroughly enjoyed!! I’m looking forward to the new release in that series next year!

    You’d never been to Borders before?!?!? Oh My!! Sheila, I’m proud that you’ve now been…it’s an experience eh? 🙂

    I’ve seen lots of reviews on The Iron King as well. I may have to break my book buying ban to get this one!

    Great box this week. Mine will post on Monday. It’s not quite as interesting as yours! 🙂

  7. The Iron is awesome, so excited for it sequel. The City of Bones was good. And I’m excited to read the first Percy Jackson book after seeing the movie.

    1. Maura I am thinking that seeing the movie Lightning Thief is actually going to help me with the book. Normally I wouldnt see a movie first – but I am really struggling with the book.

  8. Great mailbox! I’m a little envious. Mine’s going to be a little long this week cause I went a little crazy on both books and DVDs. I need therapy. 🙂

    1. I read NTOML and thought it was cute. Funny it came up and won for our book club. Of course I couldnt find my copy so I bought another one to refresh me for the review. 🙂

  9. I am jealous looking at the books. 🙂 I know I am one of those responsible for you picking City of Bones. LOL. Can’t wait to see how you like it! 🙂

  10. Everything you posted looks great!!! I loved Tea with Hezollah and I’m sure that you will enjoy the Lightning Thief…the students at my middle school love this series!!! Iron King..I’m there and loving the cover of the Last Queen!!! Enjoy your great books!

    1. HI Cheryl – week to week it varies. recently my count has been up due to vacations and long road trips. Last week and this one I have been alone while my hubby is in Honduras so that leads to more reading time as well. You can see my post about this in the right side bar with the smiley face that says “How do you read so many books?” that kind of explains me.

      As for you,

      I would suggest taking a book with you every where you go. You never know when you will get stuck at a traffic light, or waiting at an appointment. If you like tv, try giving up a show a week and make that reading time instead. Remember to read for enjoyment. 🙂

  11. That is a lot of good books! I really enjoyed The Last Queen so I’ve been passing that one around to my book club gals and they’ve been enjoying it too. The Next Thing on my List was a fun book, and I think that would be a great one to talk about with the book club. Enjoy all of your goodies!

    1. JO JO there is a list of ideas on line for this book to do with your book club such as creating your own “lists” and then you randomly read some of them and guess who wrote that – or reverse it and create a list for someone else -w aht you think should be on their list!

      If you do this with your book club let me know and I will link you with the ideas. 🙂

  12. Well, that is quite a stack of books to get this past week. WOW! There are a few on the list that I am hoping at some point in the future to get that you have here: Iron King and City of Bones. We have Lightning Thief here, but my son is working on it at school.

    Have a great week!

  13. Nice selection of books. Several I put on the shelf of our library. Several I tried to include, but was blocked. Too bad, they are good books.

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