Sunday, October 31, 2010

In My Mailbox 9

In My Mailbox is a meme started by The Story Siren, where bloggers post any new books they bought, received, borrowed, etc.

Once again, I succumbed and got a whole lot of books - although I've been stuffing in reading time wherever I can over the week, so it's not like it's totally pointless to get these books! The thing is, I feel an obligation to read and review books from NetGalley as soon as possible, so I have to keep renewing the library books (which I read on Shabbos [Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath] when I can't use my iPod) sitting on my shelf for weeks!
(Excuse the picture - I'm working on learning how to create a collage of all my new books, and this is the best I could do - so far! - in PowerPoint. I'll learn all the ins and outs soon, I hope!)

From NetGalley:
The Long Road Home, by Mary Alice Monroe
Against the Wind, by Kat Martin
Raider's Heart, by Marcia Gruver
In Office Hours, by Lucy Kellaway
What Can't Wait, by Ashley Hope Perez
Savannah Grey, by Cliff McNish
The Betrayal of Maggie Blair, by Elizabeth Laird
The Kiss Test, by Shannon McKelden
Fiona: Stolen Child, by Gemma Whelan
Drinking Closer to Home, by Jessica Anya Blau
Unearthly, by Cynthia Hand
Delirium, by Lauren Oliver

From the library:
Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
The Ladies' Paradise, by Emil Zola

From my school's book sale (from which I hoped to get some good scholarly books but only found a chick lit novel!):
Cause Celeb, by Helen Fielding

So I've got a lot of good books! I started In Office Hours, and I'm really liking it. It's about two women, switching between each one's point of view, who work in the same office and who both have office romances.

I'm so looking forward to Unearthly  and Delirium! I've been reading so many good things about those two, and they seem right up my alley. Besides, who can resist such covers?

Ender's Game and The Ladies' Paradise are both old books and both were recommended to me by people in school, Ender's Game for its great science fiction and The Ladies' Paradise for its satirical imagery, so I'm looking forward to those as well.

Thanks to NetGalley, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HarperCollins, Carina Press, Gemma Media, Harlequin, Lerner Publishing Group, Hachette Book Group, and Barbour Publishing Inc. for providing free galley downloads for review!


  1. I was deciding between Unearthly and Angelfire when I went to NetGalley. I might read Unearthly next tho! Great IMM. and I have o clue how to make a evidence by my blog LOL

  2. You could always request them both! Though then you might fall into the trap I did - requesting way more books than you could read in one week! But at least that means you won't run out of books anytime soon.

  3. Esther very nice list and if you chose to use photobucket for anything it has a good free way to make collage pictures fast and easy, especially compared to powerpoint!
    - My Mailbox this week is full of my YA finds and a couple of winnings from blog contests if you want to come check it out!

    jackie >_<

  4. Thanks for the tip, I will definitely check it out!

  5. So jealous! I am dying to get my hands on Delirium!

    My IMM vlog

  6. Wow! What a great bunch of books! I think your collage looks just fine! I like to do that too when I have a bunch of new books! Looking forward to your reviews. I'm a new follower!
    The Delusional Diaries

  7. I hope you enjoy WHAT CAN'T WAIT, and I'd love to hear from you after you finish it! I welcome you to my website,

    All best,
    Ashley Pérez

  8. I'll be sure to let you know when I post a review, Ashley! It's interesting that you're a comp lit PhD student. I wonder if that influenced your writing at all?

  9. @Esther: Sorry to be so slow replying! I always forget to click the thing that'll let me know there's a follow-up comment.

    I actually started writing YA before my comp lit days (back when I was teaching high school). But my writing is absolutely shaped by my reading, so we'll see what I turn out for my third book.

    Thanks for swinging by my website! Blog chugs along a couple of times a week at