In My Mailbox (73)

Y’all, this week’s In My Mailbox as hosted by the Story Siren is actually pretty sweet. I am not drowning in books, but am feeling rather pleasant about what I got for my birthday Thursday and various other goodies this week.

In My Mailbox 73

For Review:

Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch (Unsolicited) – I just listened to The Eleventh Plague a few weeks ago and thought it was okay. I am hoping to like Magisterium a bit more. The concept is super cool, basically there’s a rift, on one side there’s magic, the other science. Legit I am too excited about reading this world.

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (Amazon Vine) – OMG YOU GUYS! There is a Patrick Rothfuss cover blurb and a Japanese girl wielding a katana. Never have I been SO FUCKING EXCITED FOR A BOOK AHHHHHHH. Seriously. I am fucking psyched you guys. So psyched I am cursing, but whatever I am an adult I can curse if I want on the blog/webspace that I pay for.

Floors #2: 3 Below by Patrick Carman (Netgalley) – Friends, I am fit to burst when it comes to reading about Betty the duck again. Ahhh. Also, the Whippet. Seriously, if you are looking for fun middle grade books, READ FLOORS!

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry (Netgalley) – I have been told this is a sexy read, THUS I am so pumped up. I am reading to be sucked into steam and a bad side of the tracks relationship and deep issues AND ALL OF THE THINGS!

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage audiobook (Unsolicited) – Ahhh! I love middle grade and I love audiobooks and I love Saturday afternoon surprises. I think when I finish current audio and library audios this will be my next listen! Yayy!

The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon’s Court by Michelle Moran (Amazon Vine) – Yo, Michelle Moran is like an expert at writing compelling historical fiction and so I am head over heels to read this book, especially after falling for Madame Tussaud.


The Black Prism by Brent Weeks (Kindle) – I really liked The Way Of Shadows and when I saw this was on sale, I figured, hey I need this on my kindle for when I finish the Night Angel trilogy someday.

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols (Kindle) – I have been wanting to read this book for FOREVER but haven’t been super compelled to shell out for it, but then omg I saw it was on sale for $3.99 so I snapped it up. (FYI Forget You is on sale for $3.99 as well)

The Book Of A Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (Kindle) – Peeps, I am totally a Shannon Hale fan even though, lol embarrassingly I’ve only read The Goose Girl, but hey I super enjoyed that book and I think you can call yourself a fan if you really liked a book you read by an author. Also when I bought it, it was only $0.99.


From Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit:

Wine rack book ends, which FYI give me a great excuse to buy wine…. to fill the bookends of course. <3

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. OMG–PUSHING THE LIMITS is definitely on my top 10 of the year! I just clicked, yanno? And STORMDANCER–I can’t wait to read this one. Katanas and griffins and kick-ass chicks, oh my!

  2. You’ve only read The Goose Girl?!?!?! Oh honey, you are going to LOVE Book of a Thousand Days! You should read the rest of the Books of Bayern too {Enna Burning, River Secrets and Forest Girl}. Oh and Austenland is soooo amazing!!!!! I’m a huge Shannon Hale fan, if you can’t tell.

  3. Read more Shannon Hale. Read more Goose Girl series. DO IT NOW, WOMAN!

    Wine rack books ends.. awesome. My only problem with that is that I have discovered only one wine that I like and it has to be refrigerated. heh. Maybe I could store books in the fridge? It has shelves. That would work, yes?

  4. Hah! I did the same thing with Shannon Hale. I said I was a big fan of her after only reading The Goose Girl. Then I bought Book of a Thousand Days because it was on sale and loved it! And I just read my third book by her, Princess Academy, this week and loved it too!

  5. OMG SHANNON HALE. The Goose Girl is, as you probably know, AMAZING. The rest of that series is great also, but The Goose Girl is still my fave of them. And Princess Academy is LEGIT. I was stoked beyond belief when I snagged an ARC of the sequel at BEA. Book of a Thousand Days is one of hers that I haven’t read yet, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. It sounds FAB!
    And SERIOUSLY?? I can’t even talk about Going Too Far. I know you loved Forget You, but to me, Going Too Far is my favorite Echols. THERE IS A HOT COP. A hot, TORTURED cop. I can’t wait to see what you think of it. 🙂

  6. Happy belated birthday! You’ll love Pushing the Limits – it is fantastic! 🙂

  7. YES TO STORMDANCER! So curious to see what you think of it. I heard the same about Pushing the Limits too so I’m excited to start it. Also this is the second time I’ve seen Going Too Far pop in someone’s mailbox, clearly a sign I need to read it.

  8. Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you enjoy all your fine books.

  9. I bought Going Too Far too!! I read it in a day and loved it! Hope you like it too!

  10. I have an ARC of Pushing The Limits sitting on my shelf. I’m hoping to read it this month! I hope you enjoy everything you got this week and here’s my IMM =)

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

  11. Happy belated bday! I just read Going Too Far this week – it’s so good! Yay for Stormdancer and Three Times Lucky too. Enjoy all your new reads, April!

  12. I really can’t wait to hear what you think of Pushing the Limits! It’s sooo good and sexy! Oh, and Going Too Far is too! John After…sigh. I’ve heard awesome things about Stormdancer! Enjoy all your new books.

  13. I really want to read Pushing The Limits and Going Too Far- definitely interested in hearing your thoughts on both. Enjoy all of your books!

  14. Oh I really wish I could get Pushing the limits. I’ve been wanting this one for quite a while. I hope you enjoy the books.

  15. Aghhh, I want to read Pushing the Limits so bad. You got some great books this week!

    Mind checking out my IMM?
    Have a great week!

  16. OMG that present from Shanyn! So perfect lol!

  17. Go read Going Too Far right now lady. That book is AMAZING. Like one of my top 5 books EVER.

    Also YAY birthdays. Enjoy all your books 🙂

  18. I love Going Too Far. It was my favorite Jennifer Echols book until I read Such a Rush. Now they are both way up there 🙂 Also, I love Shannon Hale’s Goose Girl and all the others that followed! Can’t wait for the next Princess Academy!

  19. WINE BOOKENDS! Those are the shiznat. Except I would not be able to fill those until 21/18 whatever the drinking age is up here in the North. Stormdancer looks awesome and it’s all Japanese Steampunk so I’m like YES.

    Happy reading! Here’s my Book Haul:

  20. Thanks for stopping by my blog

  21. Stormdancer looks awesome! Book of a Thousand Days is AWESOME; you should read more Shannon Hale for sure!

    ~Kailia @ Reading the Best

  22. Love the wine racks! They do make perfect book ends. 🙂 And who doesn’t like drinking wine while reading?

    I need to read some Jennifer Echols one of these days — she sounds like a great writer!

  23. Pushing the Limits is an awesome read! I loved it =D

    I am also excited for Stormdancer and Going Too Far is also a great read!

    Here’s my Book Haul post.

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

  24. HAHA Love the wine racks! AND YOUR ADULT CURSING. Dude Stormdancer looks AAMAAAZING. I’m going to be buying a finished uS and UK copy for sure.

  25. Great set! Happy birthday. I can’t wait to read Stormdancer. Enjoy.

  26. For Shannon Hale, I def recommend Princess Academy, the next two in the Bayern series (I was disappointed by Forest Born) and the Actor and the Housewife. 🙂 She rocks.

    Oh, and, hell yeah, Stormdancer! I wish I were part of Amazon Vine. Sigh. Why they no love me?

  27. DUDE! Magisterium?! JEALOUS! I have been wanting that book FOR DAYS!! I hope it ends up being awesome. Also, wine rack book ends? That is like a match made in heaven for you. I’m a little jealous because they sound legit. LOL! Enjoy your wine and books!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

  28. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!!! I hope you had a fabulous one. I love the cover for Stormdancer! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it. Enjoy your goodies!

  29. Ive felt the same way about Those Jennifer Echols books! Thanks for the tip on the sale! And Pushing the Limits is fabulous!

  30. I just added Pushing the Limits to my Amazon wishlist because I’m hearing so much about it! Hope you enjoy it 🙂 thanks for stopping by my blog and happy belated birthday! 🙂

  31. Happy Birthday week, April!

    Stormdancer does look pretty fucking cool. 😉

  32. Ahhh, you have to let me know how STORMDANCER is! It sounds so good! GOING TOO FAR is ne of my favorite contemporary books of all time. I hope you love it as much as I do! 🙂

  33. I can’t wait to read Pushing the Limits, I have it in TBR too.
    Happy Reading!
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  34. Great haul and happy belated birthday! I always ask for B&N gift cards so I can get more books! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  35. I’ve heard great things about Book of A Thousand Days and really want to read that one myself! Also Going Too Far was just recommended to me as a first Echols read, so I think I may have to pick both of those up myself. I think I liked Eleventh Plague maybe a bit more than you (we’ll see how our reviews pan out), and am really excited for Magisterium which sounds awesome. I was lucky enough to get a copy at BEA. Also you’re reaction to Stormdancer? Pretty fucking appropriate. Also yay for wino bookends!

  36. Pushing The Limits was wonderful. I normally don’t do YA Contemps and it was brilliant. Awesome haul.


  37. Thanks for sharing … that’s a pretty interesting list of books you’ve got. Although I hadn’t heard of them before, I think I’d like to get my hands on them as well 🙂

  38. I am a fan of Shannon Hale too and I really love her books! Hope you get to read the rest. I love Jennifer Echols books as well.

    Great Haul!

    Thanks for stopping by my Book Haul. ^_^

    Janus @ The Blair Book Project

  39. I have an ARC of Magisterium, but I haven’t read it yet. It sounds great! I hope you like it!


  40. Love Shannon Hale! You should read her Princess Academy book.

  41. How awesome are those wine rack book ends?! BEST gift ever!

    And also, I really, really loved Pushing the Limits. I’ve read a few people had issues with a coupla things, but I loved it for all the steaminess. Holy crap. Enjoy!!

  42. I’ve heard a little bit about Storm Dancer, it sounds like it’d be really good. I’m looking forward to seeing what you think about it. As far as the others, I haven’t really heard much about them other than Going to Far. They all sound pretty good though, and I hope you enjoy them all.

    The bookends are pretty awesome to. 🙂