In My Mailbox

What an exciting mailbox week!   Here is what arrived in the DeChantal home this week – either by mail, by book store, or by Library!  🙂  (Thanks as always to Kristi at Story Siren for hosting this wonderful meme that makes me say, “Dang….  that’s a lot of books”.  🙂

I am so excited about this book!  I heard about the girl’s From Ames last fall and loving stories like this I knew I had to read it.  This is the true story of friendship through the years.  I was beyond giddy (I mean BEYOND giddy) when I was emailed this last to see if I would be interested in being a part of a book tour for this book.  “Uhhhhhhh…..  YEAH!”

I stumbled on to this read through Random House and have since discovered that this is the W.O.W. (Women On The Web) pick as well.  Hmmm…. the book sounds like it is about a funny family.  Hey, I have one of those!

Hiking Through was an offer through an email that I thought would be an interesting read.  Author Paul Stutzman, after the passing of his wife, decides to quit his job of 17 years and quite literally takes a hike.  2,176 miles through 5 states.  This book – is his journey.  I for one am fascinated.  🙂

Occasionally I like to read about topics of the past….  a history lesson.  While war topics are usually not picks for me, something about this story line drew me in….  almost reminding me a bit of the Pearl Harbor movie.

I read Liz Curtis Higgs about 3 years ago.  It was her book Mad Mary, which is you like your Christian Fiction with a bit of an edge, I recommend  Mad Mary.  At that time I was really impressed with Liz’s writing and I was fairly new to “edgy” Christian fiction and have to admit I was a bit excited about the book.  For that reason, when this book came as a possible review – I had to say yes.

** Oh – and yes – two copies means one of my readers is going to have a chance to read this one too!

Brilliant Disguises came in as an offer for review through my email.  At first glance I probably would have passed, but since a PDF of the first chapter was linked to the email I decided to read it.  This is a book about a man who pretends to be a Christian to get a job.  There was something about this first chapter that struck me and I enjoyed it what I read.

*** yes!  Two copies!  One will be given away soon!

When I started this blog I really wanted to have a Children’s review section.  I set a tab up for it and everything and for whatever reason, just havent had a lot of time or call for Children’s reviews.  Still working on that.  🙂  This one was offered and since I have done one other review on Horrible Henry with success, I thought I would bring him back for another try.

Patterson!  I know, I know….  I don’t know what this current fascination is with his writing but I have been hooked.  I was hoping to be able to review this one and here it is in audio – woo hoo!  I am so excited for this one!!!


Library – library what do you have for me!  You may see a theme here and if you do you, you are correct.  This months theme for The Social Justice Challenge for march is Domestic Violence and Child Abuse.  A topic that breaks my heart.  There were so many excellent titles on the list that I started plugging them into my online Library hold and they are coming in like crazy.  I hope to really sit down and get through several if not all of these books.


And last but not least my trip to Wal-Mart yesterday did not leave me bookless.  I snatched up the 2nd book in the Percy Jackson series and our April book club read, Little Bee.

Winner Winner!

So beyond excited to share with you two books I won and they arrived this week!  From the wonderful Lydia at The Lost Entwife I won her Percy Jackson Giveaway !  Woo hoo!    AND from Kari from A Good Addiction Blog, I won The Jody Piccoult book of my choice!   Yes!  Thank you both for holding wonderful contests!  🙂

So that is my mailbox for this week.   For those of you who read me on a regular basis you are probably ready to call me out here and say, “Wait a minute Sheila….  didn’t your library have a book sale this week – AND didn’t you come home with a box of books?  Where are those”?

Whew!  Tough crowd!  I am still prepping those and I will post that picture tomorrow with my It’s Monday, What Are You Reading post.  Also, if possible…. the haircut picture that has been requested will be posted as well.  Yipes!

Ok – enough about my mailbox.  What bookish items were in yours?

54 thoughts on “In My Mailbox

  1. Your mailbox was way more than good to you!!! I’ll be on the Aames tour too..can’t wait to read that one either. Hiking Through sounds very fascinating. I just picked up for 50 cents at my library sale, the first two books in the Lowlands of Scotland series by Wiggs!! Little Bee is terrific, sad and brutal but compelling!

  2. What a great book week you’ve had! Couple thoughts:

    1. Please don’t tell my kids there’s a new Horrid Henry book before I can get my hands on it. 🙂 They LOVE Horrid Henry and they are very into telling jokes, so this will likely be a winner in my house.

    2. I’ll be interested to read your thoughts on The Girls from Ames. Sadly, it didn’t really hold my attention …

    3. However, Because I Am Furniture definitely did. A powerful book. I work within the domestic violence field and this really resonated with me. (There’s a review of it on my blog.)

    Enjoy your new books!

    1. HI Melissa – oh I hope The girls from Ames is good. I have so been looking forward to it! I have a group of girls I hang out with – we have probably dont this for 10 years and I kind of imagine us to be like them.

      And I am really excited to read I Am Furniture. I will check out your review. 🙂

  3. So you got the Percy Jackson 2 book! Continuing on, eh? I probably will too, but it’ll be a while before I get to it. Maybe if they make another movie, I’ll get it read before that one comes out!


    1. Laura my son raved about the books and I had a week moment at Wal-Mart…. they are like $6.00. Who knows when I will get to it…. but yeah, I think I will finish them – and I won the last one as you can see above so have to right? 😉

  4. Oh MY GOODNESS what a haul you hauled in this week! Congrats on the wins, too! Looks like you’ll be quite busy for quite awhile! Happy Reading to you! 🙂

  5. Another great selection of books! Like you, I can’t seem to stay away from my library and have way too many books checked out! They all seem to come in at once, no matter how many people I think are in front of me. Really need more hours in the day to get all of my reading done! *L*

    Happy reading!

    1. I know Alexia 🙂 I seen the Social Justice list and just started plugging in titles…. I thought that way whatever came in would be what I would read. Well… I have the 5 here and one waiting for me at the library 🙂

    1. I think it will be a good one Angie – and come to think of it, after what you said at this months book club – this would be a wonderful book for you to read. 🙂

      I am going to pass it your way when I am done 🙂

  6. Your bookshelves must be sagging underneath all that weight! 🙂 You had an excellent haul this week.

    For the first time ever I’m debating whether or not to go to the library’s book sale next week. If I do I’m going to have to clear some space under my bed for the books because there just isn’t any space elsewhere.

    I wanted to review the Girls from Ames book, but couldn’t accept a review copy because I’ve just got too much to read right now. I look forward to seeing what you think of it.

    1. Alyce I think it was the first time I quested what I was doing too. Even with the new book shelves I received for Christmas, some planning needs to go into my future book purchases. 🙂

      I try to give a lot away….. just need to do more of that I guess 🙂

  7. Great mailbox this week. I don’t think I’ve actually read any of those so I hope you enjoy them all & I’ll watch out for your review 🙂

  8. I want your mailbox.
    This past week I got:
    COWBOY TROUBLE by Joanne Kennedy
    IN FOR A PENNY by Rose Lerner
    TOTALLY TONED ARMS by Rylan Duggan

    Enjoy Percy Jackson. I got to read the first book and would like to follow up with the others. I’m debating buying them. My grandson is dyslexic and takes a long tome to read a book. It is easier to have them here at the house than try to keep them renewed at the library. He liked the movie, but don’t know if he wants to read the series. We started Fablehaven by Mull on CD. He loved it, but the books are long and I don’t know if he’ll tackle them. I’d love to get them on CD, but they are way too much.

  9. I’ve only read one James Patterson book and that was many years ago. I have a couple waiting on my shelf to read, so looking forward to reading them at some point. Great mailbox this week. Happy Reading! 🙂

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