full-mailboxThe “In My Mailbox” meme was first brought to my attention from The Story Siren’s blog.  She got the idea from Alea’s Mailbox Monday, so I thought I’d mention her too.  Both blogs are great so go visit them.

I rec’d some surprises this week.

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BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

DEAD IS SO LAST YEAR by Marlene Perez

GHOST HUNTRESS: THE AWAKENING by Marley Gibson

TURN COAT by Jim Butcher (Not YA, but one of my favorite series)

FLIRTIN’ WITH THE MONSTER: YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS ON ELLEN HOPKIN’S CRANK AND GLASS

What did everyone else get this week? 

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full-mailboxThe “In My Mailbox” meme was first brought to my attention from The Story Siren’s blog.  She got the idea from Alea’s Mailbox Monday, so I thought I’d mention her too.  Both blogs are great so go visit them.

I had an excellent week.  Here is my haul:

ROAWR! by Barbara Joosse

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TROLL’S EYE VIEW: A BOOK OF VILLAINOUS TALES edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

TMI by Sarah Quigley

SIMON BLOOM: THE GRAVITY KEEPER by Michael Reisman

MONSTER PROOF by Richard Lewis (ARC)

WICKED LOVELY: DESERT TALES: SANCTUARY by Melissa Marr (Graphic Novel)

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INTERTWINED by Gena Showalter (ARC)

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MY SOUL TO TAKE by Rachel Vincent (ARC)

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The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

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So, color me happy.  What about everyone else?



full-mailboxThe “In My Mailbox” meme was first brought to my attention from The Story Siren’s blog.  She got the idea from Alea’s Mailbox Monday, so I thought I’d mention her too.  Both blogs are great so go visit them.

This week I rec’d 3 great books.

20 BOY SUMMER by Sarah Ockler

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TRISKELLION 2: THE BURNING by Will Peterson

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VAMPED by Lucienne Diver

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What did everyone else get?

I made it back from Texas alive.  I didn’t know if that was going to happen with the way I felt through the entire trip.  So, here is the quick recap:

TUESDAY

Woke up early and packed and headed to the airport with my traveling buddy.  I felt okay.  I was looking forward to seeing Cassandra Clare’s session that afternoon.  Arrived in Houston with no problem and got to the convention center and registered just fine.  Found our location and waited for the fun to begin.

Cassandra Clare getting ready to speak at her session on Tuesday.

Cassandra Clare getting ready to speak at her session on Tuesday.











 

The session was great!  We also heard Nancy Werlin, Justine Larbalestier, Margo Rabb, and Patrick Jones speak. 

After the session we went to the hotel and checked in and got something for dinner.  Then we settled in for an evening of reading. I was finishing COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL (which I totally ended up loving!).

WEDNESDAY

Woke up at a reasonable hour and went to the conference center.  I had a plan.  I had looked ahead to see which publishers would be at the conference and located their booth number.  I also wrote down a wish list of books that I hoped each publisher would be giving away.  It definitely paid to do this.  I came away with most of my list, and definitely all of the ones I was really wanted.  My shoulder was sore by the time I got done carrying around my bag of books at the end of the day.  As far as sickness goes?  I had been enjoying the cycle of spiking fever/take Tylenol/fever breaks/Karin sweats like a crazy person all day.  I had to carry around a washcloth from the hotel room to wipe my face.  I had to pull my hair in a pony tail because it was just too gross without it.  All this on the day I was going to get my picture taken with Cassandra Clare.  I admit, I’m not completely photogenic on a good day, but this was just pitiful!

 

Cassandra Clare and Karin

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Here are some of my favorite books I got that day:

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THURSDAY

Felt so bad that I couldn’t even make it the whole day at the conference.  My poor roommate had to drive me back to the hotel after the first session.  I crawled right into bed and went to sleep.  I didn’t get up until 7PM that night.  Stayed awake a few hours and then slept the whole night with no problem.

FRIDAY

The day I got to go home.  First we got up and packed and checked out of the hotel.  I was just going from minute to minute. Hoping I could keep going.  We went to the conference center and saw Meg Cabot speak.  (I was too far away to get a good picture)  She is so cute.  Just like she looks on her website.  She is just so bubbly and funny.  Even though I felt awful she had me laughing.  I wonder how much her school visits cost?  HA!  Anyway, went to lunch after the conference and then made it to the airport.  I considered it a success.  I just closed my eyes on the plane and kept thinking about home.

SATURDAY

Went to the doctor and got some antibiotics.  After a flu test and some chest xrays the doctor comes back with the generic diagnosis of bronchitis.  GRRRR.  With a fever like that????  Today is the first day I feel human again.  

Anyway, while I was gone I also rec’d some books in the mail.

PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS by Michelle Zink
SAY THE WORD by Jeannine Garsee
WILLLOW by Julia Hoban
SOME OF TIM’S STORIES by S.E. Hinton
HOTTIE by Jonathan Bernstein
YOU’VE GOT BLACKMAIL by Rachel Wright
LOOK BOTH WAYS by Jacquelyn Mitchard

So I’m kind of considering this my In My Mailbox post for the week as well since I was too out of it yesterday to post anything.  

I didn’t get my last General Exam question finished like I needed to since I was so sick so I’m hoping my advisor will look upon me with kindness and grant me a couple of extra days.  That is what I’ll be working on the rest of the day.  I’m glad to be back among the living though! 

full-mailboxThe “In My Mailbox” meme was first brought to my attention from The Story Siren’s blog.  She got the idea from Alea’s Mailbox Monday, so I thought I’d mention her too.  Both blogs are great so go visit them.

WOO HOO!!!  What a week.  A few of these books would have been on last week’s post, but since it was Spring Break I didn’t go up to the school building.  Anyway, it just makes for a super week this week.

1. THE AWAKENING by Kelley Armstrong (with two gorgeous bookmarks) – Thank you Kelley!

2. COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL by Suzanne Selfors

3. PURE by Terra Elan McVoy

4. TOUCH by Francine Prose

5. CRASH INTO ME by Albert Borris

6. DEAD GIRL DANCING by Linda Joy Singleton

7. JANE IN BLOOM by Deborah Lytton

Because I’m busy working, I decided not to post pictures or descriptions this week.  I know, shame on me!!! Back to the normal post next week.

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The “In My Mailbox” meme was first brought to my attention from The Story Siren’s blog.  She got the idea from Adele’s Mailbox Monday, so I thought I’d mention her too.  Both blogs are great so go visit them.

I had a slow week which isn’t a bad thing really since I have piles of books I need to be reading anyway.  But, it is always fun to open new packages and touch brand new books.  I suspect I have mail at work, but since it was Spring Break I didn’t go up to the building. So, I’ll have a lot to share in next week’s post.  Anyway, this week’s additions include:

1. SPRING BREAKUP by Stephanie Hale (Thank you Stephanie)

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Twisted Sisters’s Aspen Brooks can’t catch a break—even during spring break…

Aspen Brooks trades in sand between her toes for shopping on The Strip when she agrees to go to Las Vegas for spring break with her boyfriend, Rand, her bff, Angel, and Angel’s bf, Lucas. Their hotel is hosting the Miss Teen Queen Pageant and surgically enhanced beauty contestants are everywhere. But when Miss Illinois goes AWOL, it’s up to Aspen to represent her home state and find out what’s really going on. Even if it means putting down the suntan lotion and ignoring Angel’s meltdown over breaking up with Lucas…

2. STARGAZER (Autographed) by Claudia Gray (Thank you Claudia – this was a total surprise)

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The vampire in me was closer to the surface …

 

Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the most beautiful, dangerous students of all—vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny is to become one of them.

But Bianca fell in love with Lucas—a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her kind. They were torn apart when his true identity was revealed, forcing him to flee the school.

Although they may be separated, Bianca and Lucas will not give each other up. She will risk anything for the chance to see him again, even if it means coming face-to-face with the vampire hunters of Black Cross—or deceiving the powerful vampires of Evernight. Bianca’s secrets will force her to live a life of lies.

 

Yet Bianca isn’t the only one keeping secrets. When Evernight is attacked by an evil force that seems to target her, she discovers the truth she thought she knew is only the beginning. . . .

What about everyone else?  I know some of you got a ton of books this week!  Anything great?  

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full-mailboxThe “In My Mailbox” meme was first brought to my attention from The Story Siren’s blog.  She got the idea from Adele’s Mailbox Monday, so I thought I’d mention her too.  Both blogs are great so go visit them.

This week I had a lot of luck in the book department.

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1. TORCHED by April Henry

2. TAKEN BY STORM Angela Morrison

3. GOING TOO FAR by Jennifer Echols

4. KISS ME, KILL ME by Lauren Henderson

5. HUNTED by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Yesterday I had the opportunity to see P.C. and Kristin Cast at a book signing.  WOO HOO!!

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6. GODS OF MAHHATTAN by Scott Mebus

7. WINGS by Aprilynne Pike  I’m very excited to read this one.

8. JUST ONE WISH by Janette Rallison

9. STORM: THE BLACK SPHERE by Emma Young

10. SEA CHANGE by Aimee Friedman

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11. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

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