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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 From a Friend (Borrowed):

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer- Holy cow I’m excited about this one!  Jillian at Heise Reads & Recommends is letting me borrow her ARC since I’m sending her my ARC of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

Bought at the Dark Days of Supernatural Event:

Yesterday Schuler Books & Music in Lansing (you can order signed copies through their website!) hosted the Dark Days author event.  Ellen Schreiber, Aprilynne Pike, Josephine Angelini and Veronica Roth were there promoting, signing, and autographing books.  All of them were funny and offered helpful advice about writing and getting published.  Just after listening to Josephine talk about her book and how she gets her ideas made me want to read Starcrossed that much more!  They also had some bookmarks and tattoos.  I hope this indie book seller brings more YA authors to their stores.

After getting Divergent and Starcrossed signed, I took a walk through their YA section.  I really wish I lived closer to their stores because their YA section is awesome!  I bought myself a copy of Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton.  I’ll be making another trip once school gets out 🙂

**My pictures of the authors aren’t very good because I wasn’t sitting close enough 🙁 So I’m skipping those in this post. **

 

 

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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.

Eek! I’m really bad about keeping up with my IMM posts.  I’m officially making it my goal to post more IMMs this summer.  Maybe someone should remind me just in case… 😛  Because I’m months behind on these, I’m definitely missing some of my most recent purchases and such.  For instance, I still haven’t posted about my Donors Choose books.  That needs to happen pronto!

Books Received for Review (I’m super excited about these!):

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King (Thank you, Paul Hankins!)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (I already read this one and LOVED it!)

Books Purchased:

Swim the Fly by Don Calame
Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith
The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

What’s in your mailbox this week?! 🙂


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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:

Yesterday I received a copy of Dead Rules by Randy Russell (Yay!!) and Open Wounds by Joseph Lunievicz (look at the publisher’s note for the summary).  Randy’s publicist sent me his book for my Students Want to Know interview.  She sent Open Wounds because it’s a book that guys should like; the synopsis sounds pretty good.

Swag:

Gae Polisner, the author of The Pull of Gravity, is incredibly generous and sent my class a ton of swag!  Each student in my YA Lit class is getting a signed bookmark, a troll, and a couple of buttons 🙂  And look at that picture–isn’t everything so cute?!  I loved Gae’s book, so I seriously recommend reading it when it comes out (May 10th).

Bought:

I bought quite a few books this week, but all of them are already at school.  Why do I always forget to take a picture before taking them to school?!  I bought finished copies of Wither by Lauren DeStefano, Clarity by Kim Harrington, and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.  I also bought Thirsty by M.T. Anderson and Going Bovine by Libba Bray for my student who has discovered that YA is made of awesome 😀

What did you get this week?  I’d love to know!

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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:

I requested a copy of Wildefire by Karsten Knight from Simon & Schuster.  Karsten is a 2011 debut author and his book doesn’t come out until July, but I’ve already been hearing great reviews (mostly from Kiersten White on Twitter).

Received from fellow bloggers/teachers:

Heidi at YA Bibliophile LOVED The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan, so she spread the love by offering to mail copies to fellow bloggers.  My copy came the other day 🙂  This is in our school library, and I’ve been wanting a copy since hearing great things at a YA conference last year.  I haven’t been able to get myself a copy, so I was thankful and excited that Heidi offered to send one!

Paul W. Hankins of RAW INK online (and extraordinary teacher!) sent me an ARC of Shine by Lauren Myracle.  I’m almost done with it; it’s utterly fantastic.

Bought:

Patrick Jones is visiting my YA Lit class on April 18th, so I bought two of his books, Cheated and Nailed.  I have Things Change and The Tear Collector already, but I want my students to have a variety of his books to choose from and read before he visits.  I’ll definitely post about his visit, so check back in April 🙂

Kelly at Stacked recommended that I read Scrawl by Mark Schulman.  After reading the synopsis, I had to have it!  I couldn’t find it at any of our local book stores, so I ordered myself a copy along with the Patrick Jones 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.

This is an IMM full of about two weeks of fun stuff 🙂  I’d love to know what you have in your mailbox!

Received for my Students Want to Know feature:

My students are going to interview Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman about being authors and their debut novel Sirenz.  My kids are big fans of mythology, so this should be a fun read and interview!  Natalie sent me some cool stickers, super cute charms and a bunch of pins!  I’m passing these out to my students tomorrow, and I know they’ll be excited!  The interview with Charlotte and Natalie will take place in June, so come back and check it out 🙂

Amy Fellner Dominy is the debut author of OyMG.  She is incredibly generous and sent me some books she’s read so I can add them to my class library.  I took those to school already, but she sent us a few titles like XVI, The Looking Glass Wars and Feed. She also included some bookmarks, cool magnets and a discussion guide for her book since my students are interviewing her as well.  Amy’s interview will post on May 17th.

My students interviewed Bettina Restrepo, the debut author of Illegal, which posted on March 1st.  It’s a great interview, and as a thank you to my students, Bettina sent them personalized Illegal bookmarks, some Class of 2K11 bookmarks and stickers, and a couple of cute buttons to go with her picture book Moose and Magpie.  These just came in the mail yesterday, so I’m going to have some excited students tomorrow!

On April 25th an interview between my students and Amy Holder, the debut author of The Lipstick Laws will post.  Amy sent me bookmarks to give to all of my students, a bunch of cute stickers and an even cuter lipstick pen!  I handed out a bunch of the bookmarks on Friday, and the girls loved them.

In June my students will interview Elana Johnson about her debut novel Possession.  I just received the ARC the other day, and whoa am I excited about this one!  I love the cover.  And I know my students will be all over this one 🙂

A HUGE thank you goes out to all of the SWTK authors who have sent my students awesome swag and ARCs.  I can’t express how much they are appreciating this (myself included!).

For review:

Beck McDowell emailed me to ask about reviewing her book Last Bus Out.  It’s about a teenager, Courtney Miles, who rescued over 300 people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  I just started it last night and it’s really good.  My kids love the idea of reading true stories, and since this is something my students can remember happening, I know they’ll enjoy this book.  I’m hoping to have it finished this week and I’ll post my review soon after that.

Bought:

I ordered a copy of Exposed by Kimberly Marcus, which arrived yesterday.  I read and finished it yesterday, because WOW is it good!  And of course I bought a copy of Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins.  I liked Paranoid Park by Blake Nelson, so I bought a copy of his book Girl.

 

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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 Students Want to Know: Carole Estby Dagg, debut author of The Year We Were Famous signed up to be interviewed by my students for my Students Want to Know feature.  She is wonderful and sent my kids a bunch of signed bookmarks, a few postcards and wrote us a nice note 🙂  Thank you, Carole!!  Our interview with her is scheduled for April 18th.

Bought (I’m addicted to buying books!): I read Courtney Summer’s Fall for Anything and absolutely fell in love with that book, so I bought her other two books Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are.  I can’t wait to read them!  Kelly from the blog Stacked recommended reading some of Blake Nelson’s books.  I could only find Paranoid Park at my bookstores, so I bought it.  I finished it yesterday (my review will post tomorrow) and I plan on ordering more of his books.  My guys in class will enjoy this one and I suspect the rest of his books as well.

What did you get this week? 🙂

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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.

For my Students Want to Know feature:
This was a GREAT week for my students.  I received an ARC of The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski and some signed bookmarks on Valentine’s Day!  On Thursday I received a bunch of super cool buttons from Randy Russell to go along with his book Dead Rules.  Those buttons were HOT with my freshmen!  Thank you Christina and Randy!  You two are wonderful 🙂

Bought at a launch party:
Yesterday my alumni book club and I drove to Lansing for Courtney Moulton’s launch party for her debut novel Angelfire. I bought a copy and had it signed, plus a couple extra copies to put in my class library.  Courtney was really fun to listen to!  She had a couple giveaways, served root beer floats (delicious!), and was awesome in general.  Quite a few bloggers were there along with a couple authors, but it was pretty hectic and I didn’t get to meet any of them :/

The party was held at Schuler’s Books and Music, an indie bookseller.  I’ve been searching for a couple copies Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer, but I haven’t been able to find them at either Borders of Barnes & Noble.  There were five copies at Schulers!  So I bought two copies 🙂  I of course want to read it, but my students are going to interview Sara for my Students Want to Know feature which means I need a couple copies to spread around.  Yay indie booksellers!!

 

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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.

For my Students Want to Know feature:

Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer and Memento Nora by Angie Smibert- My students were so excited to receive these books!  Sara sent us a signed ARC along with signed bookmarks.  A couple girls have already read it and are busy writing their interview questions.  Angie’s publicist sent us three ARCs!!  My freshmen have been having a field day reading these 😀  I think four or five of them have read Memento Nora so far.

I bought a couple copies of So Shelly by Ty Roth so my students can read this before sending Ty interview questions.  I just picked these copies up today, which means there will be some excited students tomorrow!

Books I’ve bought:

This has been a week for graphic novels.  Today I went to Borders and bought Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel, The Lightning Thief, Coraline: The Graphic Novel, Athena: Grey-eyed Goddess, and Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland.  I hope my kids are as excited as I am!

 

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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. 

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. 

Bought:
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.

Won:
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!!

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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’m not feeling too hot today, so I’m going to put together a quick and simple IMM.

Purchased:
Trash by Andy Mulligan

The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan (On my gosh, this is a beautiful book!)

Received for Review:
The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner– This is on deck as my next read.  I’m really looking forward to it because Gae found me and asked if, as a teacher and blogger, I’d like to read it and review it.  This is my first time receiving a book for review, so it’s extra cool 🙂  Also, I don’t have a cover for this one to show because it’s still in the works.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano– Oh man!  After I posted this, I went out to check my mail from yesterday and Wither was in my mailbox!  I’ve never even sent a request to Simon and Schuster before, so I’m geeked! 😀  Thank you Simon and Schuster!

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