In My Mailbox (9)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme sponsored by The Story Siren.  It’s a way for bloggers to share what books they’ve received for review, borrowed from the library, or bought from the store. 

This has been an exciting week in the world of books!  I’ve bought some great books, won a signed copy of a book, received some for review, etc. 

Trapped by Michael Northrop- I bought this to read for the Contemps Challenge.  I just finished it this morning, so look for a review later this week 🙂

Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal- I have an ARC of this, but it’s so utterly awesome that I HAD to buy a finished copy!  Plus my students are lining up to read it.  I’ve already reviewed it and participated in Lorraine’s blog tour if you’d like to check those out.

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John- I hadn’t heard of this until I saw it win the 2011 Schneider Family Book Award when I was watching the ALA awards being announced.  It sounds awesome, so I’m excited to read it.

Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupula- This past summer I won a two chapter preview of this and couldn’t wait to read more.  I’ve been searching for it at book stores, and haven’t ordered it online because I like physically buying books much more.  I was so excited last month when I found out I won a signed copy from Kari’s giveaway at A Good Addiction.  I was wondering when Holly was going to send it, and then it was in my mailbox yesterday! 

Sent by the Author:
Losing Faith by Denise Jaden- Earlier this month I posted an interview with Denise.  She answered some of my questions and some of my student’s questions.  When she sent the answers, she told me I had a gift coming in the mail.  I really wish I would have taken a picture of everything before I brought it to school… Denise sent a finished copy signed to me and my students.  She also annotated it marking her favorite scenes and included notes about different scenes.  She also sent me some bookmarks and stickers.  I showed this to my YA Lit class–the stickers went fast and we had to draw numbers for the bookmarks.  One of my students grabbed the book quickly to read it before anyone else (and swore on her life not to ruin it lol).  THANK YOU, Denise!!  You are beyond wonderful 😀

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys- Last week I posted my first Students Want to Know interview which featured 2011 debut author Julia Karr.  My students are interviewing a variety of 2011 debut authors, and once this interview posted, Ruta signed up as well.  I replied to her email telling her how excited I am because my students are eager to read Between Shades of Gray since they’ve read Night earlier this school year.  Ruta sent us a signed ARC (to me and my students!) for my students to read before sending her questions, bookmarks, and a beautiful hand-written note.  She also included notes/questions/guidelines if her book is ever used in curriculum.  I’m over-the-moon excited, and can’t wait to show my kids.  Ruta, you are more awesome than awesome!  THANK YOU!!


  1. GREAT haul this week! I hadn’t realized that Trapped was out already, will have to get it ASAP! And congrats on all the swag and fun stuff, your kids must’ve LOVED it!!

    My IMM is here, if you’d like to check it out:

    Have a great week!

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      Thanks 🙂 They were really pumped about the Losing Faith swag. I’m looking forward to showing them the stuff Ruta sent us.

  2. Can’t wait to read Tell Me A Secret! Enjoy! Happy

  3. Those books look awesome – and how great are authors to teachers?! Love it! I’m hoping my copy of Trapped, from winning the Contemps Challenge grand prize, comes soon – I’m hoping it will hook boys too. Have to admit, Five Flavors of Dumb and Other Words for Love (especially based on your review) are both at the top of my wish list, too.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      I’m hoping Trapped will hook my boys too. That’s so cool that you won the Contemps Challenge grand prize!

  4. Wow Between Shades of Gray looks really good. Tell me a Secret was a emotional read and I think I cried through most of the book. Happy reading!

  5. WOW! You have gotten so many great things this week. All of the signed books/bookmarks/arc’s/stickers/notes/etc. are beyond great =]

  6. Awesome mailbox! They all look great and congrats on the
    book win. Have fun reading!

  7. That’s really cool about the book that you got signed for
    your class, how special for them & you!

  8. I think it’s super cool how you are getting all of these signed books and book marks! 😀

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