Saturday, December 31, 2011

In My Mailbox (vlog #1, Jan. 1st 2012)


In My Mailbox is a weekly event created by Kristi at The Story Siren where we all get to share the fabulous things that we received, bought or borrowed. It's a fun way to see all the great things happening to others in the book blogging community.

I am very excited today because I get to share my first ever video IMM with you all!! I got a Kodak PlaySport 2x3 video camera and a tripod for Christmas (I love it!). Please bare with me -- I have a cold so I might sound kind of off.




In My Mailbox:

For Review:

Miss World
by Randi Black
It's 1993. Kim Ho wishes she were Courtney Love, instead of the chubby 16-year-old who clashes with her traditional Chinese parents. Her very own Kurt Cobain arrives in the form of Kevin, a 26-year-old failed musician. But Kevin uses Kim's rock-star dreams to exploit her, and those dreams die along with the real Kurt Cobain.Too scared to tell anyone, Kim conjures up a cross-dressing imaginary friend and dates Walter Riordan, the cute boy from special-ed. Walter helps her recover, but after a joke snowballs into a plot to murder Kevin, Kim's forced to choose between revenge or her sanity. This is a truly daring and original coming-of-age novel about one girl's quest to reclaim her power from those who've stolen it.
I am very excited to be reading this as part of the blog tour, which is being hosted by Paranormal Wastelands. While this book covers a genre of music that is not my main focus, as a musician who has traveled, competed, etc. the music 'element' of this book definitely intrigues me. I am also very curious because Randi Black seems to have a very unique writing style. I can't tell you what I think of the book yet -- but I can tell you that reading it looks like it will be interesting. 

I Bought:

from Walmart
from Zellers
from Zellers

from Zellers
from Zellers
from Zellers

Gifts:

Thanks, A. Brenda!
Thanks, Shawn!
Thanks, A. Brenda!

Thanks, A Brenda!
Thanks, Shawn!
Thanks, A. Brenda!

Thanks, Shawn!
Thanks, Shawn!
Thanks, Shawn!

Thanks, Andrea!
Thanks, Aeicha!


So, were the holidays good to you? What did you get in your mailbox this week? Have anything to say about what was in mine? I'd love to know so feel free to leave a comment! :) Happy New Year!

39 comments:

  1. You got some really good books. Some of these books I've never heard of. Good haul. Come visit me as well.

    Grace
    Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog

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  2. wow you were gifted some pretty awesome books!!!
    I can't wait to get my hands on the probability of miracles <3

    great IMM!!

    - juhina

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  3. Great Christmas haul!! And good on you for Vlogging!! I chickened out yet again lol Loved the Wake trilogy, and hope you enjoy them. I've got a non spoiler review kicking around the site. Yay for Dark and Hollow Places. That one was my favorite of the three by far. You picked up some really great books! Have a great new year!

    MaryAnn
    My IMM
    Chapter by Chapter

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  4. Wow, what a bunch of awesome gifts!

    The Dark And Hollow Places is very very good! As is Shatter Me.

    I'm curious about Everything I Know About Love because I read Sarah Wendell's blog and she is awesome.

    Happy New Year!

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  5. Wow! So many great books. I can't wait to read Shatter Me and Probability of miracles, among others. Recently read Sweetly and really enjoyed it. Thanks for visiting and Happy Reading!

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  6. Cinder looks like fun! Hope you enjoy all your books.

    Alison at The Cheap Reader

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  7. Wow, what a load of great books! Almost all of them are in my TBR pile, lol. But I really want to read Shatter Me, heard so many good things about it!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! =D

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

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  8. Wow, you got lots of books! I hope you enjoy them.

    Happy New Year :)

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  9. Oh my! Awesome haul! I won Miss World from Goodreads awhile ago. I still haven't read it yet though! I just got Shatter Me and The Probability of Miracles this week too!

    Nerd Girls at Books to the Sky

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  10. I'm taking the risk to look like a complete idiot, but what the heck is Zellers? A US bookstore or something international or.. ? *so confused*

    Your haul looks great.. so great, in fact, that I think you should send me at least four of these books.. ;)

    Happy Reading!

    Patricia

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  11. @ Patricia: Zellers is a lot like Walmart and is a Canadian store. :)

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  12. Great books! I loved Legend! I'd like to read McMann's Dream Catcher series. Happy reading and Happy New Year!

    My IMM
    http://areaderintime.blogspot.com/2012/01/in-my-mailbox.html

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  13. Awesome IMM! Shatter Me is A-MAZ-ING! I got Clockwork Angel over the holidays and I've yet to start it, but I've heard so many good things about that series. Enjoy and Happy Reading! My IMM

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  14. Wow! What a great mailbox this week. I love the Need series. Legend, Shatter Me and Clockwork Angel are awesome too. Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

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  15. Oh, lots of great books :D I hope you enjoy them all ;) <3
    Happy New Year! :)
    Thank you for commenting on my IMM. <3
    Love, Carina

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  16. I want to read Cinder... I wasn't a fan of Wake, but I know people who are. So hopefully, you'll enjoy them. You got a lot of great gifts! Greatr haul this week and happy New Year!

    Thanks for visiting my IMM.

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  17. LOL!!!!!!! OMG, you have the same exact camcorder I do!!! We are seriously like twins!! I still need to get a tripod, though...because I can't get it to stand on its own! But yeah, twins! I skipped last week, too. And as you said, LEGEND and SWEETLY. All right!!! I've already read an ARC of LEGEND but loved it enough to request a real copy. I bought DESTINED a couple of weeks ago to read. I think that GHOSTGIRL book isn't the first in the series. The black one, GHOSTGIRL, is the first. The hardcover copy is even more gorgeous-looking. Check it out sometime! Maybe you can get a cheap used one on Amazon? That's how I buy a lot of the older hardcovers. I have Lisa McMann's THE UNWANTEDS to read. I thought THE WAKE TRILOGY was just okay. I skim-read it pretty fast, but it's not really my genre. I still have an ARC of SHATTER ME to read. I really want to, but am nervous because I've heard mixed things from people I really trust. Haha, If I had the first two Carrie Ryan's in paperback, I'd probably borrow the third one and then buy it in paperback. I'm so OCD that I must make all my books match, be they hardcover, paperback, ebook, etc. Glad you liked LEGEND so much. Me too. I'm trying to recall if I reviewed it in Nov. If not, I so totally will have to this month... I think the reason the Clare book was in the back is that it was initially overstock. They probably had a ton of copies out and then they sold out and nobody recently checked the overstock to see what needed to be replenished. (Can you see the bookseller in me coming out? That happened with us recently. I forget what it was, but it was a teen book we had a ton of copies of...in the back.) Did you see that next year, Jackson Pearce's book is FATHOMLESS and THE LITTLE MERMAID? I'm so freaking excited!!! YAYYYYYYYY, CINDER!! Our copies came in on Wednesday!! It's not strict-on-sale, so the bookstore is allowed to sell it now. My store has it in a corrugated display, in the New in Teen Fantasy, and it will be on the Happy New Year Endcap for two months. Since Marissa had Macmillan send me an ARC, I read it early and passed it to the store manager. He really liked it and also featured the book on our What's Hot Stepladder. So excited for her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Geez!! Longest comment EVER! Sorry ^^;;

    (And yes, I DO need to write. Help kick me into gear?)

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  19. Hello Kathy. Thanks for being part of my blog tour!

    Happy New Year!

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  20. No worries about the super long post. :p Just means you had a lot to say. :) I didn't know you worked in a bookstore. That's pretty cool. :) If I lived in a city I would probably try to get a job doing that. As it is I live in a tiny town that doesn't even have a bookstore. *shakes head*

    And OMG a retelling of The Little Mermaid? How exciting! That's my mom's favorite fairy tale. I'll have to get that when it releases and let her read it.

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  21. Oh my gosh! I'm slightly jealous! You got some wonderful sounding books!
    Thanks for visiting my IMM (and yes, you should totally read HG before seeing the movie!)

    Amanda

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  22. I really need to catch up on Carrie Jones' series - love it!!
    - Jessica at Book Sake.

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  23. Wow! You got some seriously awesome books. Enjoy!

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  24. Nice! I've been intrigued by the book cover of "Sweetly" from the first time that I've seen it. Seems like a truly interesting read. And you have such great friends to have given you loads and loads of book-presents!!! Good on you! You also bought quite a number of great books. I also just recently bought ghostgirl: homecoming!! for 1 sgd! i got it from a warehouse sale (will be posting my awesome loot from that next week). enjoy all your new reads and happy new year!

    Here's my IMM:
    http://gatheringbooks.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/in-my-mailbox-a-happy-new-year-special/

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  25. I'm reading Cinder right now through Netgalley and I'm loving it so far. So jealous to see you have a finished copy! I hope to get one soon. Hope you like all your books! Happy new year. :)

    My IMM!

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  26. My eyes are bulging out of my head right now... THAT IS AMAZING! BEST HAUL EVER <3

    I'm a new follower :D

    Taneika @ Flipping Through the Pages

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  27. Scratch that ^^ old follower! haha

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  28. Wow big haul! I really enjoyed Destined. I hated Wake - worst book I ever read. And I have Miss World too I,m curious about it! :)

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  29. So many great books! And great gifts!! ;) I'm about 3/4 thru Clockwork Angel right now.. really liking it! :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Michele | IMM

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  30. @Giselle: Oh, no! *laughs* Don't tell me this will be (book-that-won't-be-mentioned) round two? I'll keep an open mind and definitely let you know what I think. But *eep*, you and I tend to like a lot of the same stuff.

    As for Destined, extremely excited about reading it. Clockwork Angel is brilliant but taking me a while. And my Legend review should be up tomorrow, my cold permitting. (Should be fine.)

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  31. An IMM of awesomeness! \o/ Shatter Me, Legend, Clockwork Angel, Sweetly, CINDER. o: Woot. Hope you'll enjoy the all! I absolutely loved Cinder and the rest I just can't wait to pick up!

    Hope you enjoy and that the beginning of the new year has been a good one! Thanks for stopping by!

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