In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi over at The Story Siren to share new book acquisitions, whether bought, gifted, received for review, borrowed, or won.

Bought

  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
  • The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
  • An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
  • On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn
  • It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

  • The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
  • Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
  • Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
  • Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill
  • Hidden by Kelly Armstrong
  • I Was a Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn

Won

  • Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook (plus tons of swag)
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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings 

1. A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley

Crowley’s Graffiti Moon is one of my most anticipated reads for the coming year, so I’d like to get a taste for her writing style. This one sounds lovely and has garnered some great reviews.

2. Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax series is one of my favorites, despite my slight aversion to science fiction. If there’s any author who can sell me on the young adult dystopian genre, I trust Aguirre to do it.

3. A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

I’m a sucker for fairy tale adaptations, and this take on Sleeping Beauty (set in the future) intrigues me, despite mixed reviews.

4. Hidden by Kelley Armstrong

Technically, I’d best hope for this one as a New Year’s present, since it doesn’t release until after Christmas. While I’ll be sorry to say goodbye to Clay and Elena, I can’t wait to see what trouble Armstrong stirs up for them this time around.

5. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

So far, this is the only Marchetta book to elude me. While the fact that it was her debut novel makes me a little wary that it won’t stand up to the brilliance of her other works, I have no doubt that even a lackluster Marchetta book will be stunning.

6. Underdogs by Markus Zusak

I’ve avoided reading this series until now simply because none but the last had been published in America. Now that the entire series is available in an omnibus edition, there’s nothing stopping me from seeking out this story, particularly as I tend to love tales focused on the convoluted relationships between brothers.

7. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Though I’ve not read anything by Johnson before, this title seems to be generating positive reviews in the blogosphere. The premise seems unusual enough that I hope it can breathe some new life into the young adult paranormal genre.

8. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

I devoured the first three books in this series. Though I’m sad that the fourth does not appear to focus on Gen, I’ll gladly venture back into Turner’s world to see how Sophos is faring.

9. Requiem for the Devil by Jeri Smith-Ready

I’ve been searching for this title for years now. While I disliked Wicked Game, the only Smith-Ready novel that I’ve read, the premise of a love story between an average woman and the devil is too intriguing for me to ignore. Unfortunately, until I can finally track down a copy, I will have to wait to see if I remain averse to Smith-Ready’s writing or if my previous impression was a fluke.

10. Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill

Once I find a copy of this book, I can finally, finally, start the Chicagoland Vampires series. Although, judging by the reviews circulating on goodreads, it might behoove me to wait just a little longer until certain plot threads are resolved. One of the benefits to being a spoiler-hound is that I can sometimes avoid the heartaches of following an author’s whims until things have been mended, else I would go insane from waiting for the next installment.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Zusak crafted one of my all-time favorite books in I Am the Messenger. Perhaps it’s foolish, but my love for that book is so great that for a long time, I steered clear of The Book Thief simply for the fear that it wouldn’t be as good. I finally acknowledged my silliness and bought a copy of The Book Thief, but until my class load is lighter, I doubt I will be reading it for a while.

2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

After much pleading and coercion, I finally succumbed to my boyfriend’s attempts to get me to watch the movies a few years ago. And yes, I can see why so many people love the story. Suffice it to say, I feel that my movie experience will be more than adequate for the foreseeable future.

3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I’ve read the lackluster reviews for this final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, and given my lukewarm response to the first two, I haven’t felt it necessary to rush out and buy this one. I’m keeping an eye out for a used copy, but in the meantime, I’m not really feeling any mad desire to find out whether Katniss goes team Peeta or Gale (perhaps due to the fact that I’m largely in team I-don’t-like-either).

4. Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill

I’ve been lusting after this series for what feels like years, and in the past few months, I’ve actually acquired three of the four books which are happily sitting on my shelf right now. But I’ll confess a little secret: I shamelessly read the spoiler reviews after this last book was released, and so have decided to wait to read the series until certain storylines are resolved.

5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I’ve seen the movie and think it’s a brilliant story. However, I think the book might just be a little too gritty for me. I like grit in my stories, but usually need it tempered with some fantasy elements else it becomes too disturbing for me to want to read.

6. Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison

I read Dead Witch Walking ages ago but never continued with the series. Thanks to a great friend, I now have books two and three sitting on my shelf, so I’m going to have to find another copy of the first and start to reread this series, since it seems to be an urban fantasy favorite.

7.Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

This book seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it genre-defining behemoth. From the reviews I’ve read, I’m fairly confident that I would land in the hate-it camp, and unfortunately the length has scared me away from attempting to find out.

8. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes works

These classic works seem to be a staple of many a blogger’s keeper shelves. Holmes rests outside of my go-to genres, so I’ve never experienced the stories that so many seem to love, yet I’m hoping to have the time (and concentration) to rectify that someday.

9. Looking for Alaska by John Green

As of now, I’ve only read Green’s An Abundance of Katherines, and I really have no excuse for not having read this one by now. It is going on the top of my to-be-found list.

10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I recently found this one at the thrift store, so it won’t remain unread for long, which is good considering how prominent a place it seems to hold in contemporary young adult literature.

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi over at The Story Siren to share new book acquisitions, whether bought, gifted, received for review, borrowed, or won.

Bought

  • Vampire Empire Book Two: The Rift Walker by Clay and Susan Griffith

Gifted

  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  • Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
  • Love Story by Jennifer Echols
  • Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

For Review

  • Cold Fire by Kate Elliott