In My Mailbox (20)

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.

My weekends have been really busy these past two weeks, so I’m behind with my IMM posts.  This week’s IMM consists of two weeks worth of books!

Dinner Party w/Lisa McMann:  I have an entire post about how awesome this was here.  Before the party I bought hardcover copies of the Wake trilogy to get signed and brought along my ARC of Cryer’s Cross.  Lisa told Simon & Schuster about inviting all of us over, so they sent us some awesome presents!

Received from HarperCollins:

Variant by Robison Wells (Goodreads): This one sounds really suspenseful.  Plus, it has boy appeal.

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (Goodreads): I’ve been on a middle grade kick lately, so I’m pumped to read this one. I’ve read some great reviews from bloggers and teachers I trust.

Don’t Breathe a Word by Holly Cupula (Goodreads): After reading her debut Tell Me a Secret, I don’t think it’s possible not to like this book.  She’s incredibly talented, so I have high hopes for this one.

Eve by Anna Carey (Goodreads): I’m really into dystopian novels, and this 2011 debut sounds promising.

I told my contact at HarperCollins about a freshmen English class full of struggling readers that I’m teaching this fall.  I’m thinking that offering these students more middle grade novels will be a good idea, so I was sent these five titles to see if they’ll work!  Thank you, HarperCollins!!

Dragons of Silk by Laurence Yep (Goodreads)

Wolf Storm by Dee Garretson (Goodreads): I already know that out of the 26 students scheduled for this class, 20 of them are boys.  This one sounds like a great action/adventure title for them to read.

Deep Zone by Time Green (Goodreads): The description isn’t up yet on Goodreads, but based on the cover I’m going to guess there will be some interest in this book.

The Family Hitchcock by Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett (Publisher): There isn’t a cover on the Goodreads page, but the cover on my copy is really cute! And since there isn’t a description on the Goodreads page either, I’m linking to the publisher’s page.  It sounds adorable.

The Goblin War (Gobline Wood #3) by Hilari Bell (Goodreads)

Received from Little, Brown and Company:

Boy21 by Matthew Quick (Goodreads): I was sent this one because it will probably appeal to my boys in class.  I love the cover and even though it doesn’t come out until March, I think I’m going to read it this summer because it sounds awesome!

Wintertown by Stephen Emund (Goodreads): An illustrated novel that appeals to boys?!  Yay!  Plus it’s blurbed as “Garden State meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” which sounds like all sorts of awesome.

The Rivals by Daisy Whitney (Goodreads): I really liked The Mockingbirds, which has become a favorite in my classroom.  I can’t wait to see what happens in this sequel.

Received from Tor, Random House, Simon & Schuster:

I didn’t want to waste space and take three individual pictures, so I put these three together.

7th Sigma by Steven Gould (Goodreads): I’m really picky about sci-fi, but this one sounds like a book a few of the boys that borrow books from me all the time would like to read.  Plus, I promised one of them that I would read more books that are specifically books he enjoys to read.

Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough (Goodreads): Kathy signed up to be interviewed by my students this fall for my Students Want to Know feature.  Now my students will be able to read her book before the interview 🙂  Also, I’m featuring the trailer for Don’t Expect Magic in this week’s Book Trailer Thursday.  It’s a wonderful trailer with music that fits perfectly!

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez (Goodreads): Jessica is another 2011 debut author that signed up for my Students Want to Know feature.  This book has a lot of what my students are interested in–music, addiction, relationships, etc.

Book Launch for Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris:

Carrie Harris is another debut author signed up for my Students Want to Know feature (how awesome are these 2011 debut authors?!).  Her book launch was yesterday, and she invited me and some other bloggers to get lunch with her before the party.  Lunch was really fun and a great way to finally meet Kelly from Stacked and some other cool bloggers as well.  It was awesome to get to know Carrie, along with her husband.  The launch itself was amazing because Carrie is incredibly funny, read a great section from her book, Nicola’s Books might be my new favorite book store, and two of my students made the trip down to Ann Arbor to get their books signed 🙂

I bought my second copy of Bad Taste in Boys (it’s incredibly funny), along with some other books as well.

  • Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker (Goodreads)
  • Everything Beautiful by Simone Howell (Goodreads): I’m reading this one right now and REALLY liking it.
  • Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman (Goodreads): I thought this wasn’t coming out until August, but I decided not to question it and bought a copy since it was there!



Beautiful (Goodreads) and Clean (Goodreads) by Amy Reed: Both of these have been highly recommended and sound exactly like what many of my students in class want/like to read.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (Goodreads): Is anyone else sad that this is the last book??


  1. I’m soooooo jealous you got Wake signed!!! And Small Town Sinners looks like an amazing book! You got so many good books this week and I hope you enjoy all of them! Here’s my IMM if you want to check it out! Happy reading!

    -Jessica (Peace Love Books)

  2. What an incredible week you had! So jealous of the dinner party with Lisa. And you got Liesl & Po and Virtuosity. Awesome.
    My IMM

  3. Okay, I am so jealous of your reads this week I cannot stand myself. And I won’t even mention your dinner part with Lisa (sigh).

    I am dying to read Liesel and Po and Rivals, so I cannot see what you think of those.

    Happy Reading!

    Wannabe Librarian’s IMM

  4. You got so many books that sound good – and that’s so cool that HarperCollins is trying to help you find books that will work for your students. You’ve had an awesome couple of weeks with author contact! 🙂 And, yes, I’m also totally sad that The Wolves of Mercy Falls is ending – I have 80 pages left in Forever and I’m trying to savor it, but I want to know what’s going to happen!

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      You should email HC and see if they can do something similar for you. I get the impression that publishers really like working with teachers. I haven’t started Forever yet, but I’m going to make sure I have it done before summer is up. I love that trilogy.

  5. WOW you got a lot of books. I LOVED Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez, and Want to Go Private? Is also great. And I have to say, I’m envious of Liesl and Po and Don’t Breathe a Word. Enjoy your new books!

  6. Lots of awesome!!! Thanks for sharing.

  7. What a great haul. I really want to read the Wake series but haven’t found it around town. Enjoy!

    Here’s mine:

  8. I had more to say but, um… The Rivals. *dies of jealousy*

    This week’s IMM on my blog.

  9. It was GREAT meeting you, finally!

    I actually think THE RIVALS was better than THE MOCKINGBIRDS, fwiw. Much stronger and man, there are a heck of a lot of memorable lines in there!

  10. Clean is REALLY good. It’s one of my favorites.
    I really want to read want to go private!

    Check out my IMM

  11. You have an Amazing IMM!! Enjoy all your reads! *jealous for Small Town Sinners 😉

  12. Okay, you were saying how you had quite a haul on Twitter the other day but I had no idea it was this big! This is like a crazy-insane amount of books! Thank you for adding all the goodreads links because I will now have to go through and add them all (if they haven’t been added already!) To answer your question on my blog: Diana Peterfreund’s Secret Society Girl series is one you need to read. It is more on the adult side but you will LOVE the main character. As for Jennifer Echols, she is quickly becoming my favorite author. Forget You, Going Too Far, and Endless Summer are my favorites by her! Super fabulous, awesome, radical mailbox this week!!! 🙂

  13. You have a nice list of books in your mailbox this week. How awesome that they send you all those books.
    Happy Reading,
    Book Sniffers Anonymous

  14. Good gravy!! You got a whole bunch of books!! I have so many of those on my list to read!!

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