In My Mailbox (10): Hodge-Podge

It’s been a while since I did an In My Mailbox post, and I’ve been meaning to do one for the past weeks but life has been a little bit hectic lately. So I apologize. Like I mentioned in one of my last posts, we moved to an apartment down the street because our house is being renovated. Moving is a pain when you have so many books, and I realized as I was packing that I do have a lot of books. More than I thought I owned!

This next picture is rather depressing, but I promised my books they’d have a better home once the house is finished by early next year (my parents promised me a bigger shelf in my room). I am planning to let go of some of my books though, but I’ll sort them out soon, probably after NaNoWriMo.

So, my books. In 9 huge plastic bags:

I’m pretty sure my favorite ones won’t be dented in those plastics.

Anyway, so the moving thing kind of stopped me from acquiring books since I really have no place to put it. But…does that stop me? Of course not. Especially when there are ebooks to get and read! And I’m using books as a reward for me to get to certain word counts in NaNoWriMo!

But now you also know why my word count is way behind. Shiny books = procrastination. :P

Anyway, here are the books I got for the past few weeks for today’s In My Mailbox post! In My Mailbox is a weekly book meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren, where bloggers post about what books received that week, be it via  mailbox, library or store.

I guess I should start with the books in picture, first. :)

  1. Storm Front by Jim Butcher (Fully Booked). I gave in to curiosity because I know a lot of people like this and recommend this. The only reason I’m hesitant to jump in this series is because it has 11 books — too much investment, IMHO. But let’s see. Got this as a reward for myself in reaching 12,000 words last week. :P
  2. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley (Libreria). I’ve been eying Robin McKinley books in Fully Booked ever since I’ve heard praises about her from Chachic, so I was really planning to buy Sunshine first (the sparkly vampire book LOL). But I never got around to it, then Chachic reviewed her latest book, Pegasus, and she said that she recommends reading other McKinleys first before reading that, especially Beauty and The Blue Sword. Just my luck, I got to visit Libreria earlier with some Filipino Book Bloggers (more detailed accounts of that in Jason‘s and Blooey‘s blogs), there was a copy of The Blue Sword. :) I call that fate. :P
  3. Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly (Fully Booked). This one is an impulse buy, really. I don’t know why I got it, except I know it’s really a reprint of a YA book published in 1942. I guess I was feeling the need to read some contemporary books, and this one just jumped out at me. I know Chris from Ficsation liked this one, so I thought it was worth a try. :)
  4. Skin by Ted Dekker (Book Sale). I’ve been wanting to buy more Dekker books, but some of them are just too expensive. I saw the hardcover of Skin in Booksale, and well…I didn’t let it go. :)

Not in picture:

  • The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell (Book Depository). My first Book Depository order is a zombie book. Not surprising, of course. I’ve been looking for this book for ages but I can’t find it here, so I got it online. And I think I love Book Depository already, especially for hard to find books. :) There’s a more detailed post on how to order in Book Depository in Ariel’s blog if you’re curious.

Ebooks (no more background stories for this one, since I’m a bit tired of writing…plus I don’t think I should explain why I got free ebooks, right? :P):

  • Awaken by Kate Kacvinsky (NetGalley)
  • Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann (Simon and Schuster Galley Grab)
  • The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell (NetGalley)
  • Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish (NetGalley)
  • Deceit by Brandilyn Collins (Amazon)

Pretty hefty mailbox. Of course, I have no idea when I’ll be able to read this, but I think that’s a given already. Mt. TBR, hello!

So, what’s in your mailbox this week? :)

24 Thoughts on “In My Mailbox (10): Hodge-Podge

  1. I love that I get to influence you to buy a book whenever the Filipino Book Bloggers get together. :P I hope you love The Blue Sword! That and Beauty are my favorite McKinleys.

    Really interested to hear what you think of Seventeenth Summer.

    • I trust your taste. I rely on Aaron for the good dystopia stuff and you for fantasy. If it weren’t for you guys, I would still have stuck to chick lit. ;)

  2. Great reads! I loved Sunshine and want to read more McKinley, but I’m wary because her other books are so different from Sunshine. I’m sure they’re great though.
    My IMM

    • Hi Alison! I have a few friends who are McKinley fans and they highly recommend The Blue Sword. I’ve wanted Sunshine for a while now, but I’ll get that probably after I read this one. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

  3. Nikki Brandyberry on November 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm said:

    Oh my you have a ton of books sitting there! That has got to be a pain! But well worth it in the end Im betting! Great post this week! mine is here:

    • Packing and moving them was a pain! I am not really looking forward to digging through them to see which books I will let go, but I can’t wait for my room to be fixed so I can put them back on proper bookshelves. :)

  4. A great selection of books! They all seem to be great. Happy reading :)
    Check out what’s In My Mailbox
    and don’t forget to enter the giveaway

    Mia @GrippedintoBooks

  5. WOW 9 bags of books for the move! Just note that once the books sit on the shelf all will be well. Mine is a mess, literally falling out of the shelves: on top of each other and on the floor…. My husband has given up on me… at least I buy Books ;)

    Enjoy your stash and going to look into reading Dekker next. The title intrigues me…

    • Yes, I’m sure they’ll be happy once I put them in a proper home. :) I asked my Mom when they were discussing renovation plans if I could have shelves made and she told me it was already a part of the new house plans. The amount of books I have surprised me, though!

      But yeah, buying books are better than buying other things or vices. :)

      Ted Dekker is good! This is one of his books that I have not read yet, but I like his other titles. :)

  6. Happy reading!
    If you want to know what I got in my mailbox this week, check out my blog here-
    And don’t forget to enter my Book a Week Giveaway!

  7. Holy cow! What a pile of books! (I’m completely envious) I hope you have a great reading week! I’m your newest follower. Drop by my blog and have a look at my list if you get a chance.

    • Thanks for the follow, Barb! I am surprised at the piles, actually, but most of them were from my childhood. :) Some of them I might have to start letting go soon.

  8. Way jealous of all those books!!! My inbox was way sad this week lol you can find it here

  9. NetGalley rocks :) I can’t wait to read Awaken! Hope the unpacking process goes well and that you enjoy all your new books!

    Here’s what I got in my mailbox this week :)

  10. Hi Tina! Great stack of books! I haven’t gotten to my first Dekker book yet, but very excited about it. His books seem interesting. .. even if I judge by the covers. ;)

    I’m super excited about Cryers Cross! You’ll have to let me know how you like it.

    NetGalley is Super Awesome, I agree! I may have to look into a more permanent e-reader. humph…
    Come by Attack of the Book and check out our IMM. Have a great week and I hope the rest of your move goes smoothly. ;)

    • You got Thr3e last week, right? That’s my first and favorite Dekker. :) Skin is one of his old ones that I never got around to getting until I found one in the bargain bin. That guy writes novels faster than people can get them!

      I’m super excited about Cryer’s Cross, too! The blurb sounds positively creepy, and I loved the Dreamcatcher series, so I’m hoping this one is as good!

      Oh, and NetGalley totally made me love owning a Kindle. :)

  11. I’ve always wanted to read Dekker’s stuff but a lot of his apocalypse-y type of stuff seemed a little too dark and frightening to me. I saw the book trailer for all the color books, they were really well done!

    • Dekker usually writes spiritual/psychological thrillers, and some of them don’t really have happy endings. Thr3e is good book to start with if you want to try his works out. That’s the first Dekker book I read and it made me want to read more of his works after. :)

  12. Oh some good looking books. I hope you enjoy!

  13. hi fellow blogger! new to your blog here. would love if you could return the favor and follow my blog as well. got some awesome giveaways going on!

  14. I really get sad when I see your books in that red and white plastic bags. I hope they won’t get damaged. :(

    And Dresden Files Book 1!! I’m pretty sure Ariel will be extremely happy when he see that!

  15. Tina,
    Sorry I’m just getting back here! I’m swamped with work!! And everything else.
    Yes! I did get Thr3e last week! So excited about it too! You know I don’t read the synopsis though, so I don’t really know what it’s about.. the cover just looks great! ;)
    And, now that you told me it’s a stand alone novel.. I’m more excited!

    Enjoy C.C.! I may get around to a Kindle soon, Netgalley is pretty hard w/o one. I hate reading on my laptop and I-Pod or I-touch. And refuse on my BB. Ugh. Maybe I’m just old school! ;) haha.

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