Monday Memes - It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading?; Mailbox Monday: In My Mailbox - September 3, 2012

9/03/2012 10:21:00 AM

"Mailbox Monday" is the brainchild of Marcia at The Printed Page.  Martha has closed The Printed Page effective December 18th and set up Mailbox Monday on it's own blog here:

September's host is Kristen at BookNAround!   Hop on over, link up, and join the fun!

"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.

I guarantee that you will add to your reading list by visiting the participating blogs in both of these memes!

Book fun received this week ([almost] all YA, not by design, though.  It seems that books make it into the house in some cyclical fashion):

Graceling by Kristin Cashore -  Through Paperback Swap- (The Book Depository / Amazon) - This is the third time this book has made it into my house - hopefully, THIS time I will get to read it, especially since I have the second book, "Fire", sitting on my shelves.  It was in Not-So-Bebe-Girl Autumn's Christmas book box a couple (three? maybe?) years ago.  She took it to the Y and lost it.  She begged for another copy.  A few months later, I bought it. She read it, loved it, loaned it to a friend before I got a chance to read it.  It never made it back :)  Third time the charm?

Goodreads description:

Kristin Cashore’s best-selling, award-winning fantasy Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable yet strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful teenager who lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his thug. Along the way, Katsa must learn to decipher the true nature of her Grace . . . and how to put it to good use. A thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure (and steamy romance!) that will resonate deeply with adolescents trying to find their way in the world.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - WON from Simon Teen -  (The Book Depository / Amazon

Goodreads description:

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hopkin -  ARC WON from Simon Teen - Releases October 23, 2012 (The Book Depository / Amazon)

Goodreads description:

Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?


The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton -  Galley from Atria through Net Galley - Releases October 9, 2012 (The Book Depository / Amazon) - A delay in shipment of the actual ARC gave me the opportunity to download a copy from Net Galley - it's Kate Morton, so I'm super-excited!

Goodreads description:

1959 England. Laurel Nicolson is sixteen years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day and lay to rest her own feelings of guilt. One photograph, of her mother and a woman Laurel has never met, called Vivian, is her first clue.

The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths some people go to fulfill them, and the strange consequences they sometimes have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers and schemers, play-acting and deception told against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

What Are You Reading?

"What Are You Reading?" is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  Click over to see what other readers are into this week and add to your TBR pile!

I managed to read a LOT this week!  It helped that almost all of them were very easy, kind-of-quick reads and that even the ones that took a little more thought and brain power were easy to get lost in.

READ (click cover for Goodreads page):

Hemlock by Katherine Peacock
The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano Alice on the Outside by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Byte-Sized: A Collection of Flash Fiction
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

REVIEWED:  (click the cover to go to the review):

The Breakthrough by Jerry B. Jenkins
3.25 of 5 stars

(Click on the cover for the Goodreads page)

Wisdom's Daughter by India Edghill
Hard copy
81 Classics of Literature (various authors)

I'm still stuck at Gulliver's Travels in 81 Classics.

Next to be read on the personal pile (click cover for Goodreads page):

The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood

Next to be read on the hard copy review pile (click cover for Goodreads page):

Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub
Lost Antartica by James McClintock Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It by Gail Carson Levine


The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

Of course, The Solitude of Prime Numbers was pretty fab, but The Middlesteins!  Well - contemporary, real - I read this book and felt as though I was part of the family - it was just an all-around wonderful read.  I can see this one being a fabulous hit (it releases October 23rd).

Last, but not least, if you like romances, you can feed your eReader with two classic romances by Cindy Gerard if you enter and win (click the cover to go to the giveaway):

This giveaway is open internationally.

How was YOUR reading week?  Please leave a link to YOUR "What Are You Reading/In My Mailbox/Mailbox Monday" post(s) in the comments (I'd love to come visit) or simply comment with what your reading week was like!


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  1. The Secret Keeper sounds good. They all do, actually!

  2. The Secret Keeper sounds really good so I hope you love it!

  3. Hodkin's books sound so intriguing. You got a lot of reading done! I'm always amazed at this. Enjoy your reading week!

  4. I'm so looking forward to reading The Middlesteins. I keep hearing good things ;)

    Looks like you've had a great and busy reading's to another!
    The Relentless Reader

  5. What an awesome reading week you had *yay* I really liked Graceling, so I hope you get to it soon :-)

  6. Wow! Impressive reading list! Have a great week...and thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. I love looking at all the wonderful books you have to read and are reading! Can't wait for the new Kate Morton book as well!

    Here's my list - if you get a chance, pop by!

  8. That's a lot of reading done in a week! :)

    I hope you get the chance to read Graceling--it's one of my favorite YA books.

  9. What an interesting list of reads. You've covered lots of genres here. Enjoy.

  10. I'm green with envy, I've been a Kate Morton fan since reading The Forgotten Garden but missed out on a NetGalley ARC of The Secret Keeper.

    Better not let Graceling out of your sight, love, love that book. Hope you do too.
    Enjoy your reads this week :)

  11. did read a LOT this week - how on earth do you do that?? I have been working on the same book for 3 weeks (though it IS a hefty one - 11/22/63).

    I read The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and would love to read her latest.

    I also read an earlier Kristin Hannah novel that I LOVED - can't recall the name right now!

    And I NEED to read some Margaret Atwood - can you believe I never have? yeah, me either.

    Enjoy your books this week!


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  12. Love your mix of books, The Middlesteins is tempting and I hope you get to read Graceling , I really loved that to my surprise.

    Have a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd oUt

  13. Wow - I see so many intense reads on your list. From the Mara novels, to Graceling to Secret Keeper - some good looking reads for me to think about buying. And a great Gail Carson Levine novel book for the school library - I try to buy all of her works for the library - she's a very talented childrens' author. Thanks for showing up on my blog, so I could then find your blog and these great novels. :)

    Happy Reading!

  14. Graceling is amazinggggg! and everything else looks awesome too :)

    Happy reading! xx


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