19 June 2011

In My Mailbox (14)

Welcome to In My Mailbox! Hosted by The Story Siren, it is a way to showcase books received for review or won, picked up at the library, or purchased in the last week (or two). Titles link to Goodreads.

I am thrilled because I received a lot of my Armchair BEA prizes this past week, plus a win from School Library Journal. It was giveaway week for me.

Armchair BEA:

From HarperPerennial I received this nice tote bag. I love the Barbara Kingsolver quote on it. Also received were an ARC of Swing Low: A Life by Miriam Toews and a copy of Quarantine by Rahul Mehta.

Force of Habit by Alice Loweecey. This book was a prize directly from the author. An ex-nun turned private investigator sounds intriguing. Also, Loweecey hails from western Massachusetts and is a local author!

A whole slew of romance titles from Hott Books. These are not all up in my Goodreads yet, but are a mix of contemporary and historical romance titles. Many thanks, Regina!

I also won five codes for iPod Touch books from PicPocket Books. I ended up getting children's books for some wee ones I know, who are being entertained by their parent's handheld devices.

Last week I caught a tweet from School Library Journal about ARCs available by Maggie Stiefvater. I have not read any of her titles so far, but heard some good buzz from my friends who attended BEA about her October release, The Scorpio Races.

This ended up being delivered around lunchtime on Saturday. By 4 PM I was finished with it. I literally could not put it down - and when I did I picked it right back up. This is an amazing book, and while not quite contemporary YA, it definitely further in that direction. I loved the setting, the characters, the story. Everything! There was enough of my childhood love of horses to pull me into the book and I just kept riding.

Happy Reading!