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in my mailbox (2) June 21, 2009

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In My Mailbox explores the contents of my “mailbox” on a weekly basis. I’ll be using this as a book and contest round-up tool to show what I’m getting ready to review. If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here at The Story Siren.

Library Check-out


You Know Where to Find Me by Rachel Cohn.

First cousins Laura and Miles grew up like sisters. Miles thought of Laura as the golden one — smart, beautiful, rich, and popular — while Miles considered herself the unwanted one — an unattractive, underachieving outcast. Laura’s suicide shatters Miles and leaves her feeling completely alone, and sets Miles on a dangerous downward spiral. But in the strength Miles finds in herself and in those she didn’t believe cared about her, she is able to rebuild her life in unexpected ways. Amazon.com

Didn’t catch this one around when it first came out; snatched it off the shelf while shelf-reading on Friday.

TMI by Sarah Quigley.

Sophomore Becca just can’t help sharing whatever is on her mind with whoever happens to be around. Her tendency to offer “TMI” (too much information) has resulted in her having only two friends: her cute-but-geeky freshman boyfriend and kind, shy Katie. When a new boy moves to their tiny Minnesota town, Becca and Katie discover a kindred spirit in the fashion-conscious Jai, who likes musical theater and baking. After Becca inadvertently and publicly humiliates her boyfriend, she decides to turn over a new leaf and confine her thoughts and fantasies to a blog, which she blithely assumes will be secret. Booklist

I’ve had it on hold for a while, and finally ordered it for my library just based off other people’s reviews. I’ve actually already finished it (early this morning!) and I am so pleased that it’s my library’s collection.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

While a highly motivated killer murders his family, a baby, ignorant of the horrific goings-on but bent on independence, pulls himself out of his crib and toddles out of the house and into the night. This is most unfortunate for the killer, since the baby was his prime target. Finding his way through the barred fence of an ancient graveyard, the baby is discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Owens, a stable and caring couple with no children of their own—and who just happen to be dead. After much debate with the graveyard’s rather opinionated denizens, it is decided that the Owenses will take in the child. Under their care and the sponsorship of the mysterious Silas, the baby is named “Nobody” and raised among the dead to protect him from the killer, who relentlessly pursues him. Booklist

It’s the Newberry for this year, it must be read before ALA Annual.

Books Purchased


Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison.

This is the hilarious Bridget Jones-like diary of 14-year-old Georgia, who has a rather wild cat named Angus, a three-year-old sister who pees in her bed, and a best friend who is in love with the vegetable seller’s son. Georgia discusses kissing (snogging) lessons, which she needs because she has just met the “Sex God” of her dreams; what to wear to parties and school; and how to spy on your crush’s girlfriend (this is where thongs come into play). In typical teen manner, Georgia lives in her own world; she thinks she is ugly, is convinced that her parents are weird, positively abhors schoolwork, and has a deep desire to be beautiful and older. Yet she still has time to enjoy the mad antics of her cat and indulge her odd but sweet sister.School Library Journal

I am thrilled to join up the Georgia Nicolson Challenge at GreenBeanTeenQueen‘s website! I’ve always wanted to read these books and this was just the perfect little shove to get me going.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han.

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer — they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.Amazon.com

My teens went wild about “Shug” by Jenny Han and I knew once I saw her book at Borders that I needed to pick it up and read it before adding it to my YA collection.

The Sorceress: The Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel, Book Three by Michael Scott.

This third volume of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series continues the adventures of Josh and Sophie amid a sea of immortal mythical and historical figures. As the twins continue to dodge the evil machinations of John Dee and Niccolò Machiavelli, newcomers Billy the Kid, William Shakespeare, and a rather insane Gilgamesh all make appearances. The intricacy of weaving so many legends into one complicated contemporary conglomerate is a fascinating juggling act, though plot is sometimes sacrificed for simply piling on new characters—which leads to some narrative bloat. Immersively imagined, this series remains a great choice to fill the post-Potter vacuum.Booklist

I did start this series shortly after the end of Harry Potter. It’s definitely not Harry Potter, but it’s held my attention so far. I’m excited to read the conclusion and evaluate the series on a whole.

Contest Round-Up



1. Rebecca - June 21, 2009

Great books, I love the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series they’re great. Enjoy.

2. Callie (Handle Like Hendrix) - June 21, 2009

The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series is my favorite which is why I can’t understand why I didn’t like the first one. Enjoy!

3. Kristen - June 21, 2009

Great grabs this week! I loved The Graveyard Book – I’m still surprised it won the Newbery – but Gaiman deserved it. Enjoy the others too!

4. Sophie - June 22, 2009

The Georgia series will having you peeing yourself with laughter. They’re fabulous! Enjoy!

5. Sarah - June 30, 2009

I’m glad you joined the challenge. And I agree with Sophie-Georgia will make you laugh so hard you’ll pee your pants!:) Such fun reads-just beware of reading them in public!!

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