Monday, October 13, 2008

Mailbox Monday

This has to be the most fun post to write all week. And I can get just as excited about reading what others have received too. This week was a doozy because on top of the expected arrivals, I received four ARCs that I'd requested back in August and had given up on receiving. To wit...

Eclipse by Richard North Patterson. My son introduced me to this writer when I needed something lighter and I liked his work. This ARC comes from Henry Holt and Company. It's set in a fictional African nation and involves greedy oil companies and defending someone who will be sentenced to death. Sounds intense.

Yes, You Can Make it Happen by Junai Jinsei, an ARC from Outskirts Press, also a Henry Holt and Company publication. This is non-fiction and not my usual choice but I'll give it a whirl.

The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak from Bookmooch. This was on the Orange Prize longlist, one of my ongoing reading challenges.

Arsenic Soup for Lovers, subtitled When Chicken Soup Doesn't Work, short stories by Georgia Z. Post. From the author, who calls them "Very Very Short Stories for Very Very Busy People" Her previous book was With Malice Toward Some. I like this woman already.

Jenford: A Short History of Upland, a novel by Hendrik E. Sadi. From the author. Same publisher as Arsenic Soup, which is iUniverse of Lincoln Nebraska.

Keeping the Faith: A Memoir by Faith Evans, won during BBAW, but I can't remember where. It was my first experienced with that whirlwind phenomenon and I apologize to whoever was responsible. It could very well have been MyfriendAmy herself. I am now offering it in a giveaway, it's a beautiful hardcover and has a lot of inside information about the music industry and the author's life as B.I.G.'s wife before he died.

Tethered by Amy MacKinnon, from Read It Forward. Another ARC that I thought wasn't coming but I'm glad it did.

The Believers by Zoe Heller, author of Notes on a Scandal. An ARC from the Barnes & Noble First Look Club, my first from them.

Swap by Sam Moffie, his first book, which I did not request. Mr. Moffie thought I needed something to read while I was waiting for his ARC of The Organ Grinder and the Monkey to arrive, which he said would take another three weeks. Surprise surprise, it had arrived nine days before his letter and I will be having a giveaway. Let's just say the story involves baseball players and an infamous incident a few short years ago, albeit fictionalized, and they were not swapping baseball cards. Not my cup of tea. In fact if you've read this far and want it, leave a comment saying so and I'll send it to you. Or email me if you prefer.

A Day at the Apple Orchard by Megan Faulkner & Adam Krawesky. A Scholastic publication acquired through Bookmooch. It's a non-fiction pictorial about children in an orchard. I'm taking this to a reunion with my four sisters next year. We grew among apple orchards.

If any title, here or mentioned in my blog or library interests you, let me know. I'll move it up in the TBR pile and review it. Even if I've already read it. Or answer any questions you have about it. Until next week...keep your letter openers sharpened.


  1. Today was my first Mailbox Monday. I swore I wasn't going to do another meme, but I love reading what everyone else has gotten, so I decided to take the plunge. Eclipse is in my TBR pile, too.

  2. I received Jenford last week too - it actually sounds really interesting! Hope you have another great week of books!

    To check out what I got last week, come visit me at:

    Take care ~ Wendi

  3. I also got Jenford and The Believers this week :) You're right - one of the most fun events to write each week!

  4. I too received ARC of Eclipse a few days back. I have mentioned that along with The Kings of Innocence which I received from you.

    You got a lot in your mailbox!

    Come have a look at my mailbox!

  5. I'm actually hosting a giveaway for dewey on the 18th during the read a thon. I am shipping canada as well as US. So check back in a few days.

  6. You had a great week Sandra. I'm expecting The Believers, too. Should arrive this week I hope.

  7. Thanks for stopping by my post today! Didn't you just sign up for The Complete Booker? I host that challenge ... !

  8. You received some great books! I have a couple of them on my tbr list. I haven't participated in Saturday Review of Books yet. I will have to check it out- usually I have Weekly Geeks but this Sat. is the Read-a-thon! yeah! :D

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm like you--just as excited over seeing what everyone else has received. That was quite a haul!

  10. I'd love to have you join us for Tuesday Thingers! :-) It would remind me to read your wonderful blog more often. :-)

  11. I've been stunned to see how many ARCs bloggers are receiving. I can't quite keep up with mine, so I'm trying to get a little self-control and only request the most appealing. It's soooo hard.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog! I'm enjoying yours, too. :)

  12. Thanks for stopping by the 'Mailbox' this week. I agree it is the most fun post I write all week even if I only have a book or two to list. Books for me are like being a kid in a candy store.

  13. I saw Tethered at Borders and almost picked it up, but I was distracted by something else. I'll look forward to your review.

  14. I was here to remind you about the read-a-thon :)

    Have fun participating!!
    On Oct 18th!

    For Read-a-thon
    My BLOG

  15. Oh I really want to read Bastard of Istanbul!!!! That has been on my list for a while. I can't wait to see what you think about it :)

  16. I've heard/read such great reviews of *Tethered*, it's on my wish list now.

    Looks like you've got a lot of great new books to read ... how will you choose what to dive into first?!?

  17. What a list! I just finished "Arsenic Soup for Lovers." I'll be posting my review soon.

    Happy reading!! Looking forward to your reviews!




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