In My Mailbox (88) / Stacking The Shelves (9)

All I can really say about last week and the week to come is that I am hopeful. AND I am getting my hair re-dyed because I cannot stand having my roots showing. But, hey I know you came for the books and not talk of my hair.

In My Mailbox 88


Historical Romance Boxed Set by Brenda Novak (Kindle) – This was free and I like historical romance, so of course I had nabbed it. It’s not free anymore though, unless you are borrowing it via Prime.

Larklight by Philip Reeve (Kindle) – This was the Amazon Deal Of The Day last week , and what pushed me over the edge was the most helpful review by Betsy Bird, so like I KNOW her recommendations are legit, her review of Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge also pushed me over the edge. Basically Larklight  is supposed to be really good sci-fi.

The Tattooed Duke by Maya Rodale (Kindle) – This Avon historical romance is $0.99 so even though I’m a bit skeptical about tattoos and such being a giant prude and all, I purchased it anyways because I generally like Avon and the price was right.

The Next Always by Nora Roberts (Audible) – I was perusing Audiobooks Fans like I always do, and saw that The Next Always was free on Audible and of course snatched it up. Basically this is a contemporary adult romance between a woman who runs a bookstore and a man who is rebuilding an inn. Recipe for awesome.

For Review:

Summer Of The Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Unsolicited) – So, after requesting and being approved for a digital galley, this hardcover came in the mail. I am very excited and plan on getting to read it over the week and then will be giving away this hardcover.

MidwinterBLOOD by Marcus Sedgwick (Requested Review Copy) – Okay the tag line is: ‘Seven Stories Of Passion And Love Separated By Centuries But Mysteriously Intertwined’ obviously I requested that noise as soon as I saw it offered, even though I’m not keen on the American cover. I like the UK one much more.

Furious by Jill Wolfson (Requested Review Copy) – Furies? OH HECK YES. I love those avenging, raging women.

Big Nate In A Class By Himself Special Edition by Lincoln Peirce (Unsolicited) – I guess this is supposed to be kind of a readalike for Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, so I will read the heck out of it because it will be a quick read, then pass it on to a kid who will appreciate it.

Omen Of The Stars Warriors boxed set includes: The Fourth Apprentice, Fading Echoes, Night Whispers by Erin Hunter (Unsolicited) – I am so partial to boxed sets, you guys. IDK, I guess these books are about cats and I am more of a dog person, but there’s a prophecy and star power and what the heck I used to get invited to RPG groups on goodreads based on these books so I might as well give them the old college try.

Charlotte’s Web by EB White 60th Anniversary Edition (Unsolicited) – AHHH! It’s hardcover. I freakin love this book and definitely, like most American bookish kids, have a beat up paperback laying around. I cannot wait to re-read this and ugly sob over Charlotte and laugh over Templeton and sigh over Wilbur.

Wildwood by Colin Meloy illustrated by Carson Ellis (Unsolicited) – I read this book last year and absolutely loved it, because it’s the kind of book I really would have been into as a kid — it’s thick, has big words, and is a fantasy with illustrations.

Under Wildwood by Colin Meloy illustrated by Carson Ellis (Unsolicited) – I kind of hugged this book as soon as I pulled it from the package. Legit I cannot wait to read this. There is a map. There are COLORED PLATES. There are deckled pages.

One Direction: Behind The Scenes (Solicited – JK JK JK, this was totally Unsolicited) – While I like the musical stylings of One Direction, I’m a bit out of the target audience for this. Although after Tony was reading this out loud to me, I did learn that one member is afraid of water and another is afraid of BO.

Justin Bieber: Just Getting Started (Unsolicited) – I am full of guffaws. Seriously. While this book is hard cover and glossy and full of pictures, it’s just not my thing. And sigh, Tony did not want it when I tried to give it to him as a present. Expect a giveaway.

The Turning by Francine Prose (Unsolicited) – This is my third unsolicited copy, so I will read this over the week, I am hoping.

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young (Netgalley) – As soon as I saw this on Netgalley, I requested because it looks kind of steamy and good and was at the top of the Kindle charts for awhile there.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Netgalley) – I am so partial to the cover and the summary of the book, which is set in 1986 and is all about first love. SIGH.

Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt (Netgalley) – THAT COVER OOO GIRL. Basically the main character seeks out attention and affection from boys and is slut shamed but then finds a boy who is more than just a person to use and holy crap I can’t wait to dive right in.

In case you skipped it or missed it, here’s a recap of what we’ve posted here last week:

Today I reviewed The Traitor’s Daughter by Paula Brandon and am very meh about it.

That one time I channeled my inner Tim Gunn and get to be a judge for the Severed Heads, Broken Hearts Cover Contest.

In which I listen to Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman and get nervous about posting my review after reading about Fair Game, etc.

I’m pretty sure Monsters On The March wasn’t written by a real ghost, but Halloween reading is Halloween reading, all the same.

Oh heyyyy I’m on the vlog tour for The Lies That Bind hurrah! Hurrah!

Blergh! I would have liked it way more if The Boy In The Box by Cary Fagan had a legit ending.

Allison recounts her Top Ten Favorite Children’s Authors and we all breathe a collective sigh of nostalgia.

I review Ten by Gretchen McNeil and would have liked some more blood and gore.

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren. Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

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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. What an awesome book haul. I love the Wildwood series. It’s one of my favorite MG series. Happy Reading! I hope you have a lovely Sunday.

  2. Great stack you got there – i was contemplating Wildwood but haven’t yet decided. That lot should keep you in reads for a while 😀

  3. I literally laughed out loud when I saw that Biebs book there. Heehee! I didn’t notice the One Direction one though. You lucky thing, you. Tweens will be banging down your door!

    After my burst of “HA!” which startled the dogs, I then moved on to ‘OOOOOoooooOOO!” (dogs didn’t care by then since they realized what I was doing had nothing to do with food) when I saw your Wildwood books. I have been longing to read the first one but it’s one I always forget about when I’m in a store and then I see it on a blog and I’m reminded “I WANT THAT!” but alas, I can’t seem to get my tiny, old brain to remember it when I’m near books to buy. Argh.

    Charlotte’s Web is 60! Goodness! Where does the time go? I didn’t realize it was 30 when I was reading it in elementary school!!

  4. On Dublin Street was brilliant. I really enjoyed it. It had a solid romance whilst really touching on some emotional issues. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    Admittedly I cringed at Justin Bieber and One Direction… I abhorr the lot of them.

    Happy reading anyway!

  5. Nice haul. I always love seeing what people get in their hauls. Your haul is always filled with diverse books.


  6. What the frick? A Justin Bieber book, seriously?!? Haha, well regardless I think you got all sorts of awesome books this week. Like you, I have been insanely excited to read Uses For Boys. Enjoy!!!

  7. The Tattooed Duke was a really great romance!! I hope you enjoy it.

  8. Thanks for stopping by my IMM & SP. I’m not even sure where to start with your haul this week! You got so much!!! I’m really excited about reading Ten. I’ve heard great things about it.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  9. Pretty sure I’m having palpitations over Wildwood.

  10. Ooo, we got the same books! I got FURIOUS too, but I didn’t get a chance to take a picture, so it’ll be in my post next week 😛

    Enjoy all your books, April!

  11. I wish I got this book, so I could give them to my gf (huge fan of one direction)!
    the others look great 🙂 enjoy reading

  12. Great Haul this week. So many awesome books. I see several on my TBR list. I hope you enjoy them all. Have a great week reading. New follower My StS

  13. Quite glad you didn’t request the Bieber book. If you had, I might have been forced to unsubscribe. (Just kidding. Not really.)
    The Warriors books are kids books. I used to LOVE them. I still do. Though there’s a lot more than just those three books you got. Those are the first three in the fourth six-book arc in the series. It’s pretty long… And, though they’re kids books, I’m still super jealous of you. 🙂

  14. Wow, that’s an impressive range of books! Have fun reading. 🙂

  15. I hope you enjoy everything you got this week!

    My IMM

  16. I really want to read Wildwood, but haven’t gotten around to it. It is popular at the library. And so is Big Nate. I can’t keep the books on the shelf. I bet there are a lot of kids who would appreciate that book. 🙂

    The Warriors series used to be really popular at the library, but I think its popularity is fading a bit. They still circulate, though.

    Happy reading!

    Here’s my IMM

  17. So many books! Can’t wait to hear what you think about On Dublin Street, I’ve been curious about it for some time.

    And yes, who doesn’t LOVE FURIES!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

  18. So many books! I loved the art for Wildwood but didn’t enjoy the book very much. Hope you enjoy all your books!

  19. I think Tony really does want the Beiber book and is just too embarrassed to say something. I think you should save it for Christmas.

    Also, even though I haven’t read Wildwood yet, I really want to, and I had no idea there was a sequel coming out! They look so pretty together. I really need to read this one soon…it’s just so fat. D:

  20. Okay, I seriously need to go get a copy of Wildwood.

  21. Great books! I also got Uses for Boys and Elenanor & Park two books I cant wait to read! Feel free to stop by and check out my IMM…

  22. Wildwood and Under Wildwood looks SO PRETTY! I really want to read those books. Also hooray for Eleanor & Park, I’m so excited to read that.

  23. The Turning and Midwinter Blood both look good and creepy! LOL, I brought home the One Direction book from a trade show for my daughter and got called “an angel”. 🙂

  24. ‘Omen Of The Stars Warriors’ has interesting cover. I read ‘Watership Down’ which was about bunnies, so I am intrigued with this cat books. Must check them out. 🙂
    ‘Wildwood looks’ also very interesting. A love a nice thick fantasy book.
    You can see my IMM here.

    Happy reading!

  25. Bahaha!! I love that you were sent a One Direction and Justin Bieber book. You know there are some tweens who would be SO JEALOUS upon seeing that you have them. And I need to check out Wildwood sometime after hearing so many great things about it!

  26. Justin Bieber and 1D…not what I was expecting XD XD XD

  27. I’m super excited about Eleanor & Park. I LOVE the cover and the fact that it’s set it the 80’s! You enjoy your One Direction and Justin Bieber books. 😉


    The Turning sounds seriously good. I loved The Turn of the Screw (though the excessive use of commas really threw me off) so I’m interested to see how that one is. LET ME KNOW.

  29. OMG the Justin Bieber book! That is toooo funny! What were they thinking?

    I got a copy of Uses For Boys too. Really love the cover. I’m interested to see how this one is plotted.

  30. I totally came for discussion of your hair!

    Okay, that’s a lie. Maybe I didn’t, but you DO have very pretty hair.

    Also, I know that secretly you love those books about One Direction and Justin Bieber. And so does Tony. You sleep with them under your pillows. It’s true. Do not lie to us.

    I have the audio of Under Wildwood, and I am so stoked about it. I will be awaiting your Furious review, because I really WANT to like a book with the furies, but Envy was awful and so is this cover, and I am afraid!

  31. Thanks so much on the heads up on The Next Always!