"No one can be lonely who has a book for company." ~ Nelle Reagan

Saturday, August 6, 2011

In My Mailbox (Just Received) August 8, 2011

Hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, In My Mailbox is a weekly meme for us bookaholics to share our recent treasures, whether received by mail, borrowed or purchased; and to drool over others.  Do you have your wish lists handy?
This week in my mailbox I got some exciting books!!!  I can hardly wait to immerse my nose in these!

How Can You Not Laugh at a Time Like This?
by Carla Ulbrich
(complimentary copy provided by the author and Bostick Communications)

"...As Ulbrich spins her tale (and shares some songs), she lampoons common fears and prejudices about illness and lovingly lambastes the foibles of the medical industry. She offers heartfelt and humorous advice for navigating mainstream and alternative therapies, and she guides partners, families, and friends who wish to help their loved ones. Her candid insights, wisecracking commentary, handy lists, hilarious song lyrics, and gentle camaraderie will put a smile on the face of anyone who wants to face illness with courage and humour...." (from the author)

Huber Hill and the Deadman's Treasure (ARC)
by B.K. Bostick
(I am participating in a blog tour for Huber Hill and the Deadman's Treasure.  Watch for the review August 18.  I received this book from Cedar Fort Publishing in exchange for an honest review.)

"Huber Hill wishes he could exchange lives with somebody--anybody!  he endures each day of junior high, tormented by his long-time adversary, Scott McCormick.  And at home, his parents bicker endlessly.  His only escape from all the madness is Grandpa Nick.

But tragedy strikes when Grandpa Nick dies, and Huber is left devastated...until he opens a mysterious box left behind just for him.  An old gold coin and directions to a hidden Spanish treasure send him off on a mind-blowing adventure, but he's not the only one on the hunt.  Filled with dangerous animals, cryptic puzzles, and long-dead Spanish corpses, this book will enthral you to the last page." (from the back cover)
I am so excited to read this!!!!  I saw the movie first, loved it, now I finally get to read
  I Am Number Four!!

I Am Number Four
by Pittacus Lore
(I won this hardcover copy at fReado)

"WE may be walking past you right now,
WE are watching as you read this.
WE may be in your city, your town.
WE are living anonymously.
WE are waiting for the day when
WE will find each other.
WE will make our last stand together - if
We win,
We are saved, and
YOU are saved as well.
(from the back cover)

(ooh, isn't that an exciting intro?)


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
(I requested a copy on the author's site and was sent one by Random House Canada!!!!  I am so excited!)

"A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows."


You Don't Sweat Much For a Fat Girl (ARC)
by Celia Rivenbark
(I received this ARC courtesy of Tanya Farrell of Wunderkind PR and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.)

"In her latest wickedly funny collection of essays award-winning humorist Celia Rivenbark tells it like it is...and how it should be.

With her trademark style of southern snark and sass, Celia channels her inner Betty Draper and shares her thoughts on everything from terrorists to Twitter to The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

So grab your Snuggle and pour a glass of your favourite boxed wine -- You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl will make you laugh so hard you'll split your yoga pants."


Coming Up for Air (ARC)
by Patti Callahan Henry
(I received this ARC from Tanya Farrell of Wunderkind PR and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review)

"In this breathtaking novel, one woman's search for truth after her mother's death brings her to a mysterious house on a bay--and face-to-face with an ex-boyfriend who opens a window onto her past...."


Little Black Dress
by Susan McBride
(a copy was provided by the author and Harper Collins Publishers in exchange for an honest review.)

"Two sisters whose lives seemed forever intertwined are torn apart when a magical little black dress gives each one a glimpse of an unavoidable future."


Abe's Lucky Day
by Jill Warren
(I received this book from the author in conjunction with Bostick Communications in return for an honest review.)

"Any day could be your lucky day.  
Abe is a homeless man who lives in the alley behind a bakery and winter is coming.  What will happen on his lucky day that could change his life forever?"

What's new in your mailbox?  What did you borrow or purchase?  Please share in the comments below with a link so I may return the visit.  I look forward to see what's circulating out there!  Perhaps add some titles to my ever growing wish list.  :) 

Have a terrific week everyone!


  1. Hello Everyone! Thank you for visiting me today here on My Bookshelf and checking out my IMM post! Please take a moment to enter the contests I am currently hosting, Reflections of a Successful Wallflower and Only Time Will Tell (Jeffrey Archer's new release!!). The contest links are on the side panel. Open to US and Canada residents. Sorry to my international friends.

  2. Great mailbox! Enjoy your books and have a great weekend!

  3. While I enjoyed the movie, the I Am Number Four book is so much better! I loved it. I have Peculiar Children, but haven't read it yet. I can't wait to finally get to it! I hope that you enjoy your new books!


  4. Hey Shirley,

    On my comments you asked about the I Am Number Four books. The Power of Six is the next book coming out (I think it comes out at the end of the month). The Lost Files (the one I got) is a little novella about Six before she meets John. Hope this un-confused you!


  5. I Am Number four is an amazing book :)
    New follower!!

  6. Wow, great loot this week Shirley! These look terrific, I'm writing down some of these titles. I just wanted to stop by and tell you that I was nominated for a blog award and had to pick 5 of my favorite bloggers to shine the spotlight on and you were one of them! I hope you'll drop by to check it out. :-)

  7. Oh no I'm such a ditz, I just noticed your message about award-free zone. You don't have to reciprocate, I just wanted to acknowledge you as a great blogger and hope that others will stop by and enjoy your blog as much as I do. :-)

  8. Thank you everyone for visiting and for your comments. SweetMarie, I humbly thank you for thinking of me! I apologize that I do not have the time to reciprocate the award, thus my policy, but I certainly appreciate your kind words. :)


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