Saturday, September 10, 2011

Me on In My Mailbox (38)

In My Mailbox is a bunch of weekly fun hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. :)

Back to school time. Well, not for me. I graduated from university in 2010. I've got one of those ever popular but often sneered at English lit degrees. ;) I quite honestly spent those entire 4 years of my life reading. And it was awesome. I took Shakespeare and studied some good plays (Hamlet, Twelfth Night, The Tempest), I took a children's lit class & read Blue Balliet's Chasing Vermeer (an MG book I'll always suggest to people, along with Stephanie Burgis' Kat, Incorrigible), a creative writing class, and a popular literature & culture class where we read genre fiction like Le Guin's The Dispossessed and Larissa Lai's Salt Fish Girl (which I whole-heartedly recommend, it sounds weird but give it a try). :)

Also, I don't I'll be holding another giveaway in October. I have to think realistically, which sucks because you guys are super nice. *sigh* Maybe I'll give away whatever swag I can pick up (cheaper postage), or just get a book and save it for a bigger giveaway (stockpile prizes), or I could donate it to a fundraising blog (karma).

Received from Ashelynn at Gypsy Book Reviews:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (in exchange for Cynthia Hand's Unearthly and for letting her borrow Aprilynne Pike's Illusions and Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Ashelynn sent me her extra ARC of Mara Dyer, what a nice Ashy she is)

Won from ChaptersIndigo during a round of Twitter Trivia:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (should've taken a picture of the cover, it's gorgeous)

Requested from NetGalley:
The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison (another auto-request from EgmontUSA that only lasts for 30 days)

Borrowed from the library (comment with which book you want to see a quick flash review of):
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
Darklight by Lesley Livingston
Fearscape by Simon Holt
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

I added links to Goodreads for the books in case you guys want to add them or look them up. :)

To review list: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Carrier of the Mark, Eve, Past Perfect (still not sure if I'm actually going to read it, did any of you enjoy it?), Crave, The Pledge, The Butterfly Clues, and The Night Circus. I'm wondering if I should be posting reviews 3 times a week instead of 2. I don't review everything I read, mostly because it gives me a break, but I don't want to leave you guys bored.


  1. I got The Butterfly Clues a few weeks ago too.. Was it only 30 days? I feel like it's much less.. lol.. I started reading it, but it's quite tiny print on my kobo.. so finding it a little difficult to really get into, even tho the premise sounds interesting!

    Here's my IMM! ;)

  2. I ADORED 'Past Perfect'!! You should definitely check it out if you have any interest in history and how we view it, oh and there's also funny/snarky girls and cute boys. =b

  3. Mara Dyer! Lucky girl! I hope you LOVE it!!!!!

  4. nice haul. we're excited for the night circus to come out.

    Here's our IMM

  5. i love Nick and Norah's! enjoy your haul :D

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  6. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is AWESOME. I really really enjoyed it.

    The Night Circus was good too!

    Great haul this week. Enjoy!

  7. Oh, you got so many great books this week.

  8. You have a copy of The Night Circus? You lucky thing! Everything I've heard suggests it's going to be one of those amazing, award-winning books. Of the rest of your haul, I must say I really enjoyed Magic Under Glass. It's like a fantasy/steampunk re-imagining of Jane Eyre and a good read.

  9. Congrats on the win! I can't wait to begin reading The Night Circus when I have a chance. It sounds soooo good and I've been hearing some amazing things about it! Happy reading! :)

  10. I loved Awaken. It is one of my favorites of 2011!

  11. This is a great list! I won Night Circus in a giveaway as well and I am really looking forward to reading it.

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