Sunday, December 12, 2010

In My Mailbox (9)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme started by The Story Siren with inspiration from Pop Culture Junkie

From Madam Siren: "The idea behind IMM was not only to put new books on your radar but to also encourage blogger interaction. IMM explores the weekly contents of my mailbox & books bought. And sometimes other fun goodies.  Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you've bought or books that you've gotten at the library."

Please join us in getting to know one another and sharing great reads! 

Here are the books I picked up this week from the library:

by Kody Keplinger
(will be posting a review on Monday)


Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.


by Tom Franklin


In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas "32" Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. The incident shook the county—and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town.

More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they've buried and ignored for decades.

From LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program:

Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys


Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously—and at great risk—documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

From GoodReads FirstReads program:

by D.R. Haney


In this bare-knuckled, frankly autobiographical collection, D.R. Haney shares a series of personal essays on his life, struggles, and artistic evolution; from punk rock malcontent in 1980s New York, to B-movie actor in the films of Roger Corman; to screenwriter on Friday the 13th: Part VII; to expatriated American writer in Serbia; to author of the celebrated underground novel Banned for Life. Consisting of material originally published by the popular online literary magazine The Nervous Breakdown, Subversia is written with the bracing candor and lyrical beauty that have earned Haney a well-deserved cult following worldwide.


  1. I am fascinated with the premise of Crooked Letter Crooked Letter and Between Shades of Gray so put them both on my ongoing wishing to read list someday, happy reading enjoy all your loot!

    My Mail box was full this week

    jackie >_<

  2. I love the sound of Crooked Letter. Definitely sounds like my kind of murder mystery/thriller. Can't wait for your review of it! Enjoy!

  3. Congrats to you on two wins! I hope you enjoy them.

    I'm especially looking forward to your review of The Duff. I've heard mixed reviews and haven't read it for myself yet.

    My IMM

  4. Yay for The DUFF! I recently finished that one and LOVED it. It's definitely a hit or miss for people though, I just loved that it wasn't a perfect story. She wasn't perfect, he definitely wasn't, and that made it fun to read for me:) Can't wait to see what you think!

  5. Happy reading!

    If you want to know what I got in my mailbox this week, check out my blog here-
    Merry Christmas!
    Gabrielle Carolina

  6. I hope you enjoy the books you got. Happy Reading. Check out what I got In My Mailbox.

  7. Ohhh, I so hope you enjoy DUFF. I read it a few weeks ago and absolutely could not put it down!

    Have a great week!

    Here's what's in my mailbox!

  8. Linds,

    I'm really looking forward to reading your thoughts on DUFF because I've seen such a mix of reviews for it.

    Your other books this week sound great! Hope you enjoy them all.