In My Mailbox (19)

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.

Received in the mail:

A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie by Matt Blackstone– Gae Polisner (The Pull of Gravity) told me about Matt’s book which just debuted this week.  After mentioning it on Facebook, one of the guys in my alumni book club said he wanted to read it.  As a group, we decided this would be our next book 🙂  Gae told Matt he should add me on Facebook, which is how I found out that he’s also a high school English teacher!  I love it when teachers become YA/MG authors.  Anyway, he offered to send me a copy, which I accepted of course because it sounds awesome!

Summary (From Goodreads): Rene, an obsessive-compulsive fourteen year old, smells his hands and wears a Batman cape when he’s nervous. If he picks up a face-down coin, moves a muscle when the time adds up to thirteen (7:42 is bad luck because 7 + 4 + 2 = 13), or washes his body parts in the wrong order, Rene or someone close to him will break a bone, contract a deadly virus, and/or die a slow and painful death like someone in a scary scene in scary movie. Rene’s new and only friend tutors him in the art of playing it cool, but that’s not as easy as Gio makes it sound.


Ruined (How to Ruin #1-3) by Simone Elkeles (Goodreads)- I’m pretty much obsessed with her books.  I’ll read these while I eagerly await the release of Chain Reaction.

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens (Goodreads)- A couple middle school teachers I follow on Twitter have recommended this one.  Plus I’m trying to include more middle grade fantasy to my “read” pile.

The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson (Goodreads)- Another teacher I follow on Twitter recommended this one 🙂  I also just found out that this is a 2011 debut author.  AND it works for the Diversity in YA challenge. Win, win, win!

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter (Goodreads)- Another 2011 debut author.  Isn’t the cover pretty?!

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa (Goodreads)- I ended up liking the first one, so I’m going to try the second book.


  1. I’ve been putting aside some more books to send you for your class library, Sarah, and one of them is Ruined. 🙂 You’ll have to let me know what you think of it–I’ll be curious.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      Thank you, Amy! 😀 I can’t wait to read Ruined. I’m trying to narrow down my reading pile a little bit before I dive into that one b/c I won’t want to stop until all three books are finished!

  2. Great IMM 🙂

    I also got the first two Ruined books by Simone Elkeles this week! 😀

  3. A great haul! Awesome stuff… I can’t wait to read Lost Voices 🙂
    Check out what’s In My Mailbox

    Mia @ Gripped into Books

  4. Wow, you have a nice stack of books this week in your mailbox. I cannot wait to read Lost Voices.
    Happy Reading,
    Book Sniffers Anonymous

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