Sunday, October 16, 2011

In My Mailbox :: 4

 In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren where you can post the books that you've received, purchased, won in a giveaway, borrowed from the library, swapped on PaperBackSwap, etc. For more information, click here

This was a very exciting week for my mailbox and I! Lots of great books and goodies!

Won a Skype Visit with Anne Ursu (author of Breadcrumbs) via Mary Ann Scheuer at Great Kid Books:

Breadcrumbs by: Anne Ursu

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers/Walden Pond Press

Hardcover, 313 pages (September 27, 2011)

Summary from Goodreads:
Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. They had been best friends since they were six, spending hot Minneapolis summers and cold Minneapolis winters together, dreaming of Hogwarts and Oz, superheroes and baseball. Now that they were eleven, it was weird for a boy and a girl to be best friends. But they couldn't help it - Hazel and Jack fit, in that way you only read about in books. And they didn't fit anywhere else.

And then, one day, it was over. Jack just stopped talking to Hazel. And while her mom tried to tell her that this sometimes happens to boys and girls at this age, Hazel had read enough stories to know that it's never that simple. And it turns out, she was right. Jack's heart had been frozen, and he was taken into the woods by a woman dressed in white to live in a palace made of ice. Now, it's up to Hazel to venture into the woods after him. Hazel finds, however, that these woods are nothing like what she's read about, and the Jack that Hazel went in to save isn't the same Jack that will emerge. Or even the same Hazel.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Breadcrumbs is a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.
I am so excited to win this Skype visit from Anne Ursu for my students. I love sharing my love of reading with them and I think it's going to be so great for them to interact with an author and see that there are real people behind the books they read! Can't wait! Thanks Mary Ann and Walden Pond Press  

Won from giveaway by Jil of The O.W.L.:

Publisher: GRAPHIX (September 1, 2011)

Paperback, 224 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Kazu Kibuishi's thrilling, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series continues!

Emily and her friends think they'll find the help they need in Cielis, but something isn't right. Streets that were once busy are deserted, and the townspeople who are left live in crippling fear. Emily is escorted to the Academy where she's expected to compete for a spot on the Guardian Council, the most powerful Stonekeepers. But as the number of competitors gets smaller and smaller, a terrible secret is slowly uncovered—a secret that, if left buried, means certain destruction of everything Emily fights for.

I am coming into this series late, but have always been curious about it. I think I might go back and get the 1st one so I know what's going on!

Received from Simon & Schuster via Crazy Book Tours to review:

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (expected publication date October 18, 2011)

Hardcover, 448 pages 

Summary from Goodreads:
Number 1 bestselling author Philippa Gregory continues the Plantagenet story with Jacquetta Woodville, mother of The White Queen.

The Women of the Cousins' War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother by Philippa Gregory

Publisher: Touchstone (September 6, 2011)

Hardcover, 306 pages

Summary by Goodreads:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory and two historians present a must-have non-fiction book for both fans and scholars.

I LOVE Philippa Gregory and jumped at the chance to review two of her newest books for Crazy Book Tours. I read almost all of her books on the Tudors and now I'm starting this series on the Cousins' War. I am itching to get into these two books! 

Received from Booksneeze to review:

The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere

Publisher: St. Martin's Press (expected publication date: October 25, 2011)
Hardcover, 224 pages
Summary from Goodreads:
From author of The Christmas Hope series, which has enthralled millions of readers, comes a new inspirational novel about an unlikely friendship between two women, but one that will change each of their lives forever.
Gretchen Daniels has recently moved into an apartment with her two children to be closer to her mother, Miriam. She and her children are building a life together in a new community when a mysterious young woman, Melissa McCreary, moves into the apartment next to them. She has few possessions, little personality, and keeps to herself. One day, a local landlord who is looking for Melissa knocks on Gretchen’s door for assistance. Melissa’s mother has died and in the coming weeks the landlord needs Melissa to empty her mother’s apartment. Gretchen reaches out and offers to help, but the apartment is a gut wrenching shamble of a home. There is little worth saving except for a few photos and a note that is discovered on the crate beside the bed. It is unfinished but in the two scribbled lines, Melissa discovers she has a brother and a sister that she never knew about. Even more shocking, she begins to uncover family secrets that show her who she really is. Can two very different women embark on a journey that explores a long-buried need for forgiveness, hope, and redemption?

For two Christmases in a row, I've been wanting to read VanLiere's Christmas books. I see that Costco and have been curious about them. I'm finally checking them out and it makes me happy because I love stories that take place during Christmas. Once October rolls around, it's holidays time in our home so this is a perfect read for this time of year!

Received from PaperBackSwap:
The Lucky Shopping Manual by:

Turtleback, 320 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
What to wear, how to buy, where and when to spend: These are the topics covered each month by the exceedingly plugged-in staff of Lucky, whose circulation rocketed from 500,000 to 800,000 in just two short years. For Lucky's devoted fans, and anyone devoted to dressing better and shopping smarter, The Lucky Shopping Manual will be the über-find. Finally, there is a book that does away with the inconsequential information in previous fashion books and presents only the most useful tips and imperative information for how to dress better for less. Filled with tips that will appeal to shopaholics and disciplined bargain hunters alike, this enticing guide is packed with over 1,000 full-color photos and illustrations, with a ribbon marker and flexi-cover so women can take it shopping with them.

With great advice on every uniquely designed page, The Lucky Shopping Manual includes features such as:
* Building a wardrobe you love, with cross-referenced sections on everything from skirts, tops, dresses, pants, and suits, to shoes, bags, belts, and what looks best for your body type
* How to spot great finds at the local flea market or the best boutiques
* What to spend your money on and where you can scrimp
* Cool stores coast-to-coast to check out when you're traveling
* Practical tips for fabric care, shoe maintenance, and stain remedies
* Shipping just in time for the holidays, The Lucky Shopping Manual makes a luscious gift-a fantastic shopping spree under the tree.
Board book, 28 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Max was interested in helping children understand their value - not from the world's perspective, but from God's. Wemmicksville is a land created by Eli, the "God" figure of the story. He creates each Wemmick in Wemmicksville uniquely, each with its own look and personality. Each story and video is a new adventure with the citizens of Wemmicksville. Punchinello is the central character, along with his friends Lucia, Splint, and Chip. When Punchinello strays from Eli, he begins to have problems. Only when Punchinello stays close to Eli does he clearly see how to walk through his life in Wemmicksville.

In this heartwarming tale, Eli helps Punchinello understand how special he is-no matter what other Wemmicks may think. Children will learn a vital lesson-regardless of how the world sees them, God loves each of them just as they are.

I got this for Lily. I read about it in Love You More by Jennifer Grant and wanted to add it to Lily's personal library. I've heard such great things about Max Lucado. One of these days, I'll have to read one of his books. 

This was a great week for my mailbox! What's in yours?  

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