Mailbox Monday and In My Mailbox - November 1, 2010

10/31/2010 03:19:00 PM

"Mailbox Monday" is the brainchild of Marcia at The Printed Page

Mailbox Monday is now on a blog tour.  Click here to see the tour schedule!

This month's host is ME!   Visit every week this month to see links to the latest and greatest books arriving in mailboxes!  Be aware, though, visiting can lead to book envy and toppling TBR piles!

I will also be offering a different giveaway every week throughout November to encourage participation! 

This week's giveaway: 

I have an extra ARC of Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane to give to one of you!

How to enter?  Simply link up YOUR Mailbox Monday post and then add a comment stating that you'd like to enter!  If you don't have a blog, leave a comment letting me know what you got in your mailbox and that you'd like to enter!  If you are outside of the US/Canada, you can enter too!  If it costs more to ship than it costs to send you the book through Book Depository, you will get a gift certificate from Book Depository in an amount equal to the value of the book!   You have until the following Monday to link up and enter!

"In My Mailbox" is hosted by The Story Siren.

Every week we'll post about what books we have that week (via your mailbox/library/store bought)! Everyone that agrees to participate will try to visit each other's list and leave comments!  Everyone is welcome to join! You can join at anytime and you DO NOT have to participate every week. 


You Already Know How To Be Great by Alan Fine with Rebecca R. Merrill - from the publisher for Review and Giveaway (11/15) - A bold new approach to performance by one of the top coaches in the country. In trying to improve-on the playing field, in the office, or even at home-most people seek out new information to get to the next level. They read a book, attend a class, or hire an expert to give them an edge. But Alan Fine, an accomplished tennis, golf, and executive coach and a renowned authority on peak performance, believes that this "outside-in" method is precisely what's holding you back from doing your best work. He's found the biggest obstacle to improved performance isn't not knowing what to do; it's thinking too hard about what you already know. The tips and tools designed to help you get ahead can actually interfere with your ability to focus. Fine reveals his simple and proven approach to achieving breakthrough performance. It starts with reducing the interference that blocks your potential through an amazing process called G.R.O.W. (Goal, Reality, Options, Way Forward). No matter who you are or what you do, You Already Know How to Be Great will help you eliminate what is standing in the way of your goals.

I Am Santa by Kristy Haile - For Review and Giveaway (11/26) through Pump Up Your Book - One day little Nicholas wondered away from his mom and his sister while they were out shopping because he has always felt mostly invisible in comparison to his sister Holly.  Little Nicholas meets an old man sitting on a bench at the mall.  This old man tells Nicholas he is Santa Claus and that he is very sick and dying.  Santa Claus also tells Nicholas he will now be the new real Santa Claus and the elves would be in touch with him shortly.  Little Nicholas believes this old man a hundred and ten percent that he is to become the new real Santa Claus. Enjoy this journey into a little boy’s imagination as he struggles in a world of doubt, continuously striving to turn non believers into believers. I believe my son is the new real Santa Claus no matter what other people may believe. The question is, do you believe?


The End of Marking Time by C. J. West - For Review from the author - Gifted housebreaker, Michael O'Connor, awakens inside an ultramodern criminal justice system where prison walls are replaced by surveillance equipment and a host of actors hired to determine if he is worthy of freedom. While he was sleeping, the Supreme Court declared long term incarceration to be cruel and unusual punishment and ordered two million felons released. The result was utter chaos and the backlash from law-abiding citizens and police departments reshaped the United States. Felons now enter reeducation programs where they live freely among the population. At least that's what they think. In reality they are enslaved to an army of counselors and a black box that teaches them everything they failed to learn from kindergarten through adulthood. Michael believes he's being tested by the black box, but what he slowly begins to realize is that everything he does is evaluated to determine whether he lives or dies.

Running the Books by Avi Steinberg - for Review/Giveaway (11/5) from Doubleday - Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to Harvard, he has only a senior thesis essay on Bugs Bunny to show for his effort. While his friends and classmates advance in the world, he remains stuck at a crossroads, unable to meet the lofty expectations of his Orthodox Jewish upbringing. And his romantic existence as a freelance obituary writer just isn’t cutting it. Seeking direction—and dental insurance—Steinberg takes a job as a librarian in a tough Boston prison.

The prison library counter, his new post, attracts con men, minor prophets, ghosts, and an assortment of quirky regulars searching for the perfect book and a connection to the outside world. There’s an anxious pimp who solicits Steinberg’s help in writing a memoir. A passionate gangster who dreams of hosting a cooking show titled Thug Sizzle. A disgruntled officer who instigates a major feud over a Post-it note. A doomed ex-stripper who asks Steinberg to orchestrate a reunion with her estranged son, himself an inmate. Over time, Steinberg is drawn into the accidental community of outcasts that has formed among his bookshelves — a drama he recounts with heartbreak and humor. But when the struggles of the prison library — between life and death, love and loyalty — become personal, Steinberg is forced to take sides.

Running the Books is a trenchant exploration of prison culture and an entertaining tale of one young man’s earnest attempt to find his place in the world while trying not to get fired in the process


The Christmas Chronicles - ARC for Review (12/9) through Pump Up Your Book - In this new holiday classic, Tim Slover crafts a marvelous, magical novel about how Santa Claus became the man he is today. After reading The Christmas Chronicles, you’ll believe all over again in the magic of the season.
Snow is falling, and the clock ticks toward midnight on Christmas Eve while countless children, too excited to sleep, anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus. But in Tim Slover’s deeply charming and utterly thrilling new novel, that’s the end rather than the beginning of the story. In this richly imagined tale of Santa’s origins, the man in full finally emerges. The Christmas Chronicles is at once an action-packed adventure, an inspiring story of commitment and faith, and a moving love story.

It all starts in 1343, when the child Klaus is orphaned and adopted by a craftsmen’s guild. The boy will grow to become a master woodworker with an infectious laugh and an unparalleled gift for making toys. His talent and generosity uniquely equip him to bestow hundreds of gifts on children at Christmas—and to court the delightful Anna, who enters his life on a sleigh driven by the reindeer Dasher and becomes his beloved wife.

Still, all is not snowfall and presents. Klaus will be shadowed by the envious Rolf Eckhof, who will stop at nothing to subvert him. But in the end, Santa’s magic is at last unleashed, flying reindeer come to his aid, and an epic battle between good and evil is waged in the frosty Christmas skies.

By turns enchanting, hair-raising, and inspirational, The Christmas Chronicles is a beguiling tale destined to become a holiday favorite for the ages.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler - Won from As Told by Jen during her Banned Books Week giveaway - This one goes into Not-So-Bebe-Girl Autumn's Christmas book box! - "Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Promise me? Promise you won't say anything?"
"Don't worry." I laughed. "It's our secret, right?"

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy ever day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie---she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer. 


To Nourish & Consume by Ryan O'Reilly - For Review/Giveaway (11/19) through PR by the Book - A HAUNTING RETURN TO A FIERY LOVE TRIANGLE Brian Falk and his best friend, Dabney, share a passion for the beautiful and wealthy Jackie, their childhood playmate and the prize catch of their social set. But, the young men are also drawn to each other a secret, illicit connection that is cut short when Jackie chooses to wed the more moneyed Dabney. Soon after graduation, a devastated Brian flees his hometown and, for ten agonizing years, tries to overcome the anguish that has all but consumed him. Now he is drawn back to try to answer some of the questions he can no longer ignore: Is he over Jackie? Was what he felt for Dabney really love? Does Jackie still love him? As Brian desperately searches for closure, old wounds are reopened, a new love appears and revelations about his past throw his life into renewed turmoil.


Amy Inspired by Bethany Pierce - For Review from Bethany House Publishers - Amy Gallagher is an aspiring writer who, after countless rejections, has settled for a career as an English professor in small-town Ohio just to pay the bills. All her dreams suddenly start to unravel as rejections pile up--both from publishers and her boyfriend. But just as Amy fears her life is stuck in a holding pattern, she meets the mysterious, attractive, and unavailable Eli. She struggles to walk the fine line between friendship and something more with Eli, even as staying true to her faith becomes unexpectedly complicated. When secrets, tragedy, and poor decisions cause rifts in Amy's relationships, she must come to terms with who she's become, her unrealized aspirations for her life, and the state of her faith. Can she dare to hope that she will find love and fulfillment despite it all?

A Rush of Wings: A Novel by Kristen Heitzmann - For Review from Bethany House - When fragmented images and unfocused panic force Noelle St. Claire to flee her wealthy, sheltered life in New York, she gains sanctuary on a ranch in the Rocky Mountains. There Noelle finds solace in the breathtaking scenery she paints. But as the attentions of two brothers, Rick and Morgan Spencer, breach the wall she hides behind, the past she yearns to escape becomes a menacing threat from which she can no longer hide. Award-winning and bestselling author Kristen Heitzmann has skillfully created a story resonating with emotion and depicting a poignant spiritual journey.

The Radleys:  A Novel by Matt Haig - ARC for Review from Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster - Meet the Radleys

Peter, Helen and their teenage children, Clara and Rowan, live in an English town. They are an everyday family, averagely dysfunctional, averagely content. But as their children have yet to find out, the Radleys have a devastating secret

From one of Britain’s finest young novelists comes a razor-sharp unpicking of adulthood and family life. In this moving, thrilling and extraordinary portrait of one unusual family, The Radleys asks what we grow into when we grow up, and explores what we gain – and lose – when we deny our appetites.

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  1. I would definitely like to enter, it sounds like a great book.

  2. Looks like you had a very busy mailbox this week!! I also have in my pile "Running The Books" so I will watch for your review to see if we have the same thoughts.

  3. Nice mix of books. I have a Christmas book in my mailbox too!
    Thanks for hosting the meme :)

  4. Thanks for dropping by my blog! I quite enjoyed Twenty Boy Summer, hope you do too :)

  5. WOW, looks like you're had a great week. I've never read anything from Dennis Lehane. I would love a chance to win. Happy reading!

  6. I am happy to have found your blog, I enjoyed reading around it. Found you from Kittling's - Cathy's blog.

    I have only read Shutter Island, I would be interested, thanks for the opportunity.


  7. I got To Nourish & Consume too!

    Another smashingly successful mailbox.

    The Christmas Chronicles looks great what with Xmas around the corner.

    Have a great read girl :)

  8. WOW, a long list of books. I will be adding Amy Inspired to my list.

    Have a wonderful week!

  9. I am returning your visit from the Hop! Thanks for stopping by The Window Seat Reader. I have to admit that I'm a bit envious of your Mailbox stash from this week. It looks like you have several good reads waiting on you! I've heard good things about Twenty Boy Summer.

  10. I have Running the Books. I started reading it, but had to put it aside for another book I had to get finished. It's pretty good though.


  11. You have several appealing looking books here...The Radleys caught my eye. Also Moonlight Mile.

    Here's mine:

    Click on my name....

  12. Nice group of books this week. I got Running The Books last week... haven't started it yet.

    I just read a positive review on Moonlight Mile, it sounds good. I'd be interested in reading it.

  13. Wow, that's a great set of books. I'm particularly interested in Running the Books-- I'll be interested in hearing what you think!

    I'm interested in being entered to win Moonlight Mile-- I need to check out Dennis Lehane at some point :-).

  14. The Lehane book sounds interesting. Count me in.

  15. Thank-you for hosting this month. The prison library memoir looks interesting!

  16. I'm currently reading The Running of the Books, so far I am enjoying it.

    Enjoy all your books!

  17. You got a diverse bunch of books this week! Twenty Boy Summer is the one that catches my eye. I'll look for your review. Thanks for hosting this month!

  18. Great mailbox! The End of Marking Time sounds good. Hope you enjoy your books!

    And thanks for hosting this month :)

  19. You got a nice variety of books! Running the Books and The Radleys both appeal to me. Happy reading!

  20. You got a great selection of books. I am also waiting to get Amy Inspired from Bethany House. Please enter me in your giveaway. (Great idea, by the way!) Thanks.

  21. thanks for the link

  22. These look like some great books! Twenty Boy Summer is one that has caught my eye quite some time ago! Enjoy!

  23. Running the Books looks pretty interesting.

  24. Please enter me in the giveaway. I'm a Lehane fan and have been looking forward to this one.

    Thanks for hosting! The giveaway idea is very nice.

  25. Looks like you got a great variety. I love that It's time to start reading Christmas books. Enjoy!

  26. You have a great mailbox this week. These all sound like good reads.

    I would love to enter the giveaway. I saw the summary for this book last week and thought it sounded like a great suspenseful read. Thanks for the chance to win it and thanks for hosting MM.


  27. Hi Julie,

    Looks like you had a bumper mail box this week, makes my single meagre entry look a little sad.

    Truth be told, I am on a ban from bringing any more books into the house, until my TBR mountain has shrunk a little.

    Just sneaking the odd book in is quite easy though!!

    I love the blog, yu obviously put a lot of time and effort into it, I shall be back again to browse more thoroughly.

    Thanks Yvonne

  28. Looks like you got lots of great books this week. Thanks for hosting!

    (No need to enter me in the giveaway; as you'll see from my post, I have too many books as it is!)

  29. Some great books! Thanks for sharing. This is my first time participating so I am excited to see what everyone else is reading. Angie.

  30. Looks like you got in some good reading. Enjoy!

  31. Some great books! Thanks for sharing. This is my first time participating so I am excited to see what everyone else is reading. Angie.

  32. Great mailbox! The End of Marking Time sounds good. Hope you enjoy your books!

    And thanks for hosting this month :)

  33. Running the Books looks pretty interesting.

  34. I am returning your visit from the Hop! Thanks for stopping by The Window Seat Reader. I have to admit that I'm a bit envious of your Mailbox stash from this week. It looks like you have several good reads waiting on you! I've heard good things about Twenty Boy Summer.

  35. I am happy to have found your blog, I enjoyed reading around it. Found you from Kittling's - Cathy's blog.

    I have only read Shutter Island, I would be interested, thanks for the opportunity.



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