Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is a weekly gathering of book bloggers and book lovers where we share what arrived in our mailboxes the previous week. It is being hosted for the month of August by Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit. Be warned: Mailbox Monday can lead to towering TBR piles and out-of-control wish lists!

Last week brought three new arrivals into my mailbox. The first to arrive was:

The Recessionistas by Alexandra Lebenthal. I know, I know, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I just love this one! It looks like the skyline of New York, but the buildings are actually purses and handbags! Too delicious.

On the same day, and in the prettiest bubble mailer that I have ever seen, a copy of Simply From Scratch by Alicia Besette arrived. This was a win from The Debutante Ball and it was signed! I'm going to read this one soon, probably on my upcoming family vacation.

My final arrival of the week was a copy of How To Be An American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway. I feel very lucky to have won this one from Alyce at At Home With Books, because it's been garnering some fabulous 5-star reviews, and my library doesn't have a copy! I'm excited to read this one as well.

But wait! The book goodness doesn't stop there! Thanks to an unexpected child-free afternoon (thanks to my handsome hubby for taking them out for the afternoon!!), I was able to make a trip to my absolute favourite used bookstore. There are several things that I love about it: 1. Most of the fiction books are $3 or $4. 2. They only accept used fiction 6 years old and newer, so I'm getting new, hot fiction at discounted prices. 3. It is well-organized and easy to see if they have specific books that you're looking for. 4. All proceeds go to a charity (right now they are donating to Haiti diaster relief). I browsed the shelves for a good hour or so, and this is what I came home with:

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Rescuing Rose by Isabel Wolff
Real Life & Liars by Kristina Riggle
Gucci Gucci Coo by Sue Margolis
Just One of the Guys by Kristina Higgins
Little Pink Slips by Sally Koslow
Bridesmaids by Jane Costello
Not That Kind of Girl by Catherine Alliot
Two's Company by Jill Mansell (a steal at $1 because it is older than 6 years! Plus, it is one of the few Jill Mansell books that I do not have for my collection! I used to have it, lent it out, and never saw it again. I feel blissfully reuinited.)

I'm happy with most of my bookstore selections, but sometimes I wish that I had a laptop so that I could look up Goodreads reviews before I bring a book home! There are one or two that I will probably bring back (for a small credit) without even reading.

That was my week in books- how was yours?


  1. You got so many good books - how are you going to decide what to read first? A lot of your books are on my tbr list - looking forward to reading your reviews!

  2. I love the used book store. Looks like you found some really good books there. Enjoy them all!

  3. Wow, good stuff! A friend of mine just read "How To Be An American Housewife." I'll be interested to know how you liked it!

    And you need to tell me what you thought of the film "Eat, Pray, Love" sometime soon too! :-)

    Right now I'm reading some short stories I picked up from the library and I picked up another book by Barbara Kingsolver (The Bean Trees) b/c I loved her book "The Poisonwood Bible" so much when I read it in April. I also got a young adult book about an African American teen struggling with her faith. So I've got quite a mix on my reading list this week!! :-)

  4. You got lots of good ones this week; enjoy.

    By the way the comment with link before mine is most likely to a porn site....spammers.

  5. what a great store!! I am in book envy!

  6. Wow, you had a great week in books! I got How to be an American Housewife too and actually did a little happy dance when I opened it. Have a great week in books.

  7. Enjoy your new books! They all look really good and I love the range. My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

  8. Ooh, what fabulous finds at the used bookstore -- and a great cull from the mailbox! How To Be An American Housewife just might be my favorite book of 2010 (so far, at least!) -- enjoy it! Can't wait to receive The Recessionistas, too; sounds so fun, and I adore that cover!

  9. Now that's what I call a BOOK LOOT!
    WOW! Very green with envy for How to be an American Wife. Need to get a copy soon too.

    Enjoy the reading :)

  10. What great books! That used book store sounds just divine!

  11. I wish our used book store was that great! What a treasure! The cover on the Recessionistas is very interesting. Looking forward to your review of it! Enjoy all your new reads!

  12. I'd love to read Simply From Scratch

  13. I hope you enjoy How to Be an American Housewife as much as I did!

  14. I hope you love the Forgotten Garden as much as I did. Congrats on your touching reunion with Jill Mansell's book. Lol!

  15. I LOVED the Forgotten Garden.

    Great books and great site design.

    Hopping by...

    Hop on over to my blog if you like...My Monday Mailbox, Teaser Tuesday, and a review of I'd Know you Anywhere by Laura Lippman.