In My Mailbox (27) NCTE/ALAN Edition Part II

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 post is a couple weeks overdue, but at least I’m getting it done 🙂

Finished Copies Received at NCTE:

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Goodreads) (My Review)
Poetry Speaks Who I Am: Poems of Discovery, Inspiration, Independence, and Everything Else in Your Amazing Future by Elise Paschen, Dominique Raccah (Goodreads)
The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton (signed copy) (Goodreads)
If I Tell by Janet Gurtler (Goodreads)
Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber (Goodreads)
Reasons to Be Happy by Katrina Kittle (Goodreads)
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (signed copy) (Goodreads)

**Sourcebooks and HarperCollins really rocked my socks!**

Books Purchased at NCTE:

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (signed!!) (Goodreads)
And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky (signed) (Goodreads)
After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel (signed by Carrie Jones) (Goodreads)
Lie by Caroline Bock (Goodreads)
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger (signed) (Goodreads)
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce (signed) (Goodreads)
The Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell (Goodreads)
The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler (signed by both authors!) (Goodreads)
Looking for Alaska by John Green (signed!!) (Goodreads)
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr (signed!!) (Goodreads) (My Review)
The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titatanic by Allan Wolf (Goodreads)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (signed) (Goodreads)

Books Received at ALAN:

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (ARC) (Goodreads)
Bronxwood by Coe Booth (Goodreads)
Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender (Goodreads)
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler (Goodreads)
Ravenwood by Andrew Peters (Goodreads)
Sweet, Hereafter by Angela Johnson (Goodreads)
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (Goodreads)
I Will Save You by Matt de la Pena (Goodreads)
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Pie by Sarah Weeks (Goodreads)
Bumped by Megan McCafferty (Goodreads)
The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson (Goodreads)
Money Boy by Paul Yee (ARC) (Goodreads)
Stick by Andrew Smith (Goodreads)
Deviant by Adrian McKinty (ARC) (Goodreads)
Girls Don’t Fly by Kristen Chandler (Goodreads)
Bitter Melon by Cara Chow (Goodreads)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (ARC) (Goodreads)
This Thing Called the Future by J.L. Powers (Goodreads)
The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald (Goodreads)
Explorer: The Mystery Boxes by Kazu Kibuishi (Graphic Novel-ARC) (Goodreads)
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick (ARC) (Goodreads)
Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson (ARC) (Goodreads)
Divergent by Veronica Roth (Goodreads)

In My Mailbox (26) NCTE/ALAN Edition Part I

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.

It’s been a long time since I’ve participated with In My Mailbox, mostly because I have mixed feelings about it and also because I like keeping Sunday blog-free sometimes.  My mixed feelings are usually about whether these posts come off as bragging, even though that’s never my intention.  Today’s post might feel that way for some, but it’s the best way for me to get recognition for titles that I honestly may not get to reading soon enough.  I’m also hoping that some teacher bloggers, teachers-in-training bloggers and librarian bloggers (or those that aren’t bloggers) will see this post and consider attending NCTE/ALAN in the future (it’s in Las Vegas next year!).  Tomorrow I’ll have a post re-capping the experience and the sessions I attended.


January Releases:

  • Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani (Goodreads) I’m excited about the diversity in this one.
  • Irises by Francisco X. Stork (Goodreads)
  • Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom (Goodreads) This one sounds really cute!
  • The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe (Goodreads)
  • Fracture by Megan Miranda (Goodreads) I started this and it’s pretty good.
  • May B. by Caroline Starr Rose (Goodreads) MG title & 2012 debut author
  • The Storyteller byAntonia Michaelis (Goodreads)
  • Everneath by Brodi Ashton (Goodreads) I’m really looking forward to this one!
  • The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges (Goodreads)
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Goodreads) I just found out via Goodreads that this is a January release.

February Releases:

  • DJ Rising by Love Maia (Goodreads)
  • The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour (Goodreads) This is her second book, which I’m eager to read!
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen (Goodreads) This is a new twist on Robin Hood.
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (Goodreads) A literary LGBT title that I’m excited to read.
  • Fever by Lauren DeStefano (Goodreads) This isn’t pictured b/c I already gave it to a student to read 🙂

March Releases:

  • Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (Goodreads) I loved Kirsten’s first book, so I can’t wait to read this one!
  • Rock On: A story of guitars, gigs, girls, and a brother (not necessarily in that order) by Denise Vega (Goodreads)
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (Goodreads)
  • Embrace by Jessica Shirvington (Goodreads) The woman at the Sourcebooks booth GUSHED about this one.
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (Goodreads)
  • Slide by Jill Hathaway (Goodreads) This one sounds like the Wake trilogy by Lisa McMann. Just realized this is a March release despite what the ARC says.

April Releases:

  • The List by Siobhan Vivian (Goodreads) This will be the first book I’ve read by this author.
  • Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg (Goodreads)
  • Purity by Jackson Pearce (Goodreads) I had this one signed 🙂
  • Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf (Goodreads)
  • Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin (Goodreads) It bugs me when the ARC has one release date & Goodreads has another. Goodreads says this releases in April.

May Releases:

  • When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle (Goodreads) A twist on Romeo & Juliet!
  • The Drowned Cities byPaolo Bacigalupi(Goodreads)
  • Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick (Goodreads) She is one of my favorite authors.
  • Struck by Jennifer Bosworth (Goodreads) A 2012 debut author
  • Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell (Goodreads)

June/July Releases:

  • A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger (Goodreads) I had this one signed 🙂
  • Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown (Goodreads)
  • Nerd Girls: A Catastrophe of Nerdish Proportions by Alan Lawrence Sitomer (Goodreads) The title on Goodreads is different.
  • A World Away by Nancy Grossman (Goodreads)A story of an Amish girl forced to choose between a new life and the life she grew up in.

I had grand plans of including the books I bought at NCTE & was given at ALAN, along with the finished copies I was given at different booths.  I’ve decided to save those for next week’s IMM because this post has taken FOREVER.  Stay tuned for even more books! 🙂



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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.

I feel like I’ve been a bad blogger because I have not been able to keep up since school started a couple weeks ago!  I’m sure I’ll get back in the groove soon **fingers crossed**.

Books Purchased:

Hush by Eishes Chayil (Goodreads): I love the cover for this one and the summary is really intriguing.  I’ve been on a realistic fiction kick for almost a month now, so I’m sure this will be read soon.

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick (Goodreads): I’ve read some positive reviews for this, but the real selling point is that it takes place in Michigan.  I want to read this one sooner rather than later so I can hand it off to my students.

Supernaturally by Kiersten White (Goodreads): I finally bought my copy!  I read Paranormalcy last fall, so I guess it makes sense for me to read the sequel this fall 🙂

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski (Goodreads): My book club has grown this year!  We had our first meeting last Tuesday and decided that each person will get a chance to pick the book we read.  Tristan drew first and she decided on The Sweetest Thing.  I have an ARC that Christina sent me in the spring for my kids to read for their Students Want to Know interview with her, but because I have a bigger group this year, I had to buy a finished copy so more kids can read it at the same time.  I’m excited to hear their thoughts!

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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.

Today’s my birthday, so I’m keeping this post short and simple! 🙂

Won from Good Books and Good Wine (Thank you, April!):

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Goodreads)
  • Fury by Elizabeth Miles (Goodreads)
  • Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham (illustrator) (Goodreads)
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Goodreads)


  • I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler (Goodreads)
  • Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles (Goodreads)
  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Goodreads)

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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.

The past two weeks I’ve been focusing more on reading the books I already have and resisting the urge to buy/order more.  Even though it’s been hard, I’ve definitely made a dent in my TBR pile 🙂


The Pledge by Kimberly Derting (Goodreads): I was very excited when Simon & Schuster sent me this because I love The Body Finder series.  I’m about half way through The Pledge, and it’s a little slow at parts, but I’m hoping it picks up the pace.

Sass & Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler (Goodreads) and Popular by Alissa Grosso (Goodreads): A huge THANK YOU to Shanyn of Chick Loves Lit for these two books 😀  She needed some contemps, so I traded books with her.  I’m excited to read Sass & Serendipity because even though I haven’t read Sense & Sensibility, I love the movie.  I asked for Popular because my students interviewed Alissa for my Students Want to Know feature and I haven’t been able to find a copy of her book anywhere!

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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.

Purchased (all but Anya’s Ghost):

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (Goodreads): I just started this one and I’m liking it so far. I’ve read a lot of positive, glowing reviews.  So far it’s very lyrical, as many of the reviews have stated, and it feels almost like a fairy tale in atmosphere.

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (Goodreads): I’ve heard good things about this book, too.  I’m not always sure about zombie books, but I know my boys in class like them and I loved Bad Taste in Boys.  I skimmed through the book and found out that the chapters are short, so maybe it will be a fast read.

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (Goodreads): A friend of mine on Twitter sent me this one (Thanks John! @MrSchuReads).  My best friend read it and enjoyed it, plus I’ve heard good things from other teachers I’m friends with.  Any time I hear good things about a graphic novel, I have to look into it.

You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz (Goodreads): I found this one while perusing what was left in the YA section at Borders.  It’s written in verse which is the primary reason for buying it.  I read a few pages yesterday and already know that I’ll love it.  It’s looking like a very poignant tale of love and loss.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Goodreads): Most of the reviews I’ve read for this one talk about it being fantastic, creepy, funny, etc.  I have a book club with a group of alumni students and this is our most recent pick.  I’ll have to start reading it soon!

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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.


Split by Swati Avasthi (Goodreads): This one comes highly recommended, so I picked it up at Borders the other day.  Based off the reviews I’ve read, what I’ve been told, and the summary, I’m assuming this will be a hit with both the boys and girls I have in class.

  • Summary: Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father’s fist), $3.84, and a secret.

    He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school, and a new job, but all his changes can’t make him forget what he left behind—his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret.

    At least so far.

    Worst of all, Jace realizes that if he really wants to move forward, he may first have to do what scares him most: He may have to go back. First-time novelist Swati Avasthi has created a riveting and remarkably nuanced portrait of what happens after. After you’ve said enough, after you’ve run, after you’ve made the split—how do you begin to live again? Readers won’t be able to put this intense page-turner down.

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick (Goodreads): Even though it’s nice to buy a paperback for once, I almost wish I had the hardcover copy of this one.  That cover looks a little more gender-neutral than this one, but I’ve compared covers with my students before and they were split down the middle.  Either way, this one has racked up quite a few awards and has come highly recommended.

Received for review:

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr (Goodreads): I liked Sara Zarr’s last two books and loved her debut, Story of a Girl.  I’ve heard great things about this one, so I’m sure I’ll like it as well.  Hopefully I’ll love it!

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan (Goodreads): I promised one of my students that I read more science-fiction/fantasy novels this summer so he’ll have some new books to read this coming school year.  Glow sounds like it’s right up his alley!  Plus, I’ve heard great things about this one, so I’m extra excited to read it.  I’m not sure if I’m going to read this one or Split after I finish the book I’m currently reading.

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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??

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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.

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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 for review:

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young (Goodreads): I won this ARC through Goodreads! I’ve never won any of their giveaways, so I was excited.  I just finished this book and it’s wonderful!

Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic (Goodreads): Megan is the first 2012 debut author to sign up for Students Want to Know next year 🙂

Bought for memoir unit:

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah (Goodreads): We’re working on our memoir unit for English 9 and we’d like to add something current.  I looked up memoirs for teens and found this one.  I’ve been told it’s a tough read, but a worthwhile read.

Life Is So Good by George Dawson, Richard Glaubman (Goodreads):  This was recommended by a teacher I follow on Twitter who has taught it for three years.  It’s about a man who learned to read when he was 98!!  I’m really looking forward to this one.

Bought because, you know, I love books:

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma (Goodreads)

Hourglass by Myra McEntire (Goodreads)

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith (Goodreads)

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