Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mailbox Monday, What are you Reading?

Ok... my memes are getting all sloshed around and I don't know how to participate in all of 'em or keep them separated by day or hour or subject or something... or not.

I think Martha's Bookshelf is hosting Mailbox Monday in May... which is MARVELOUS!  (Gotta love M!)

And this past week was quite Merry for getting More books!!!

Yay!!!  Sweet Evil arrived!!  THANK YOU Kelly Vitollo!!!  (And the Mmmlovely SM Johnston who hosted the giveaway way back when!! Which research reminds me I also rec'd Sweet Evil Swag!!!  Oh yea!!)  (I've got it here somewhere...)

Sweet Evil

You know that super-awesome Fairytale giveaway hop last week?  I might have gone a little crazy entering giveaways... and I'm so happy to have one TWO!!  Ha!!!
Rose Daughter
by Robin McKinley
my favorite!!!

Won from Books Beside My Bed:

This is Karen's lovely giveaway decor, ogle with me!

And from Rachel Van Dyken:
The Ugly Duckling Debutante
The Ugly Duckling Debutante

For Review:
I'm hyper-excited about this book... 'cause it's from Edelweiss, which is Above the Treeline... (which does NOT make any sense!) which looks so simple and easy to request books from, but I always get denied and I've never figured out why... and then all of a sudden, this beaut arrived in my in-box. A YES!

The Sweetest Dark

A YES for me with mysterious billows of white and purple and a sleeping beauty and... okidoki!!

The weird thing is... New Arrivals have very little to do with what I'm reading.


Hence... the all-important Monday organizational...

It's Monday! What are you Reading?
hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey

Honestly, this meme is like an anchor telling where I'm at and where I'm headed. I know that sounds co-dependent. What of it?!  (And anchors aren't directional, their more like weights. What's wrong with my metaphors today?!)

Last week I finished Immortal Rules & Shatter Me - I know... how awesome is that?!  Plus a short story by Erin Hoffman that I actually reviewed already.

I started Under the Never Sky and Eve... and then on my Nook I began The Lure of Shapinsay. 'Cause it's not dystopian, if you must know.  And yes, I'm aware that I'm still in the middle of Changeless. And The Iron Daughter... except I have a feeling that I won't be able to put The Iron Daughter down, so I had to wait 'til after the book signing Friday to begin it or else I'd've never started Under the Never Sky and Eve, which I wanted to read.

And why is Changeless lingering so long, you ask?!  Humph.  I don't know!!!  It's that I can't review Soulless and that really bothers me!!!  What?!  Haven't you ever had a book whose review eluded you?!

Alright... CONFESSION TIME!!!  Which book has been the hardest for you to review this year so far?!

Go ahead, share!!  I might not repost your answer!!

Memorable Monday is hosted by Escape in a Book and we share memorable quotes we've found while reading.

And here's a quote from Shatter Me just in case you haven't read it, yet.
"For a moment we're just staring at each other, breathing hard until I'm blushing, until he closes his eyes and takes one ragged, steadying breath and I place my hand on his chest. I dare to trace the outline of the bird soaring across his skin... 'You're my bird,' I tell him. 'You're my bird and you're going to help me fly away.'"
Ah, the significance of the bird, the bird they never see flying anymore. *sigh*


  1. Congrats on your book wins! I've only read one Robin McKinley book, but I've heard so many good things about them that I know I should track down more of them.

    1. *gasp* Oh... you MUST read more McKinley books!!!!

  2. Lovely quote, Laura :) I want to read Shatter Me so badly :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Such lovely books! I'm so interested in The Ugly Duckling Debutante, - love that cover! :) Going to check it out... Enjoy all your reads! :)

  4. I know what you mean about the Monday It's Reading meme being like an anchor...I think if I miss it, I'll lose my way. I'll go off course!

    Enjoy your week...and here's MY MONDAY MEMES POST

  5. You really got some awesome books :) And the quote is so great. I haven't read Shatter Me yet, but I heard some awesome things about it. The quote you picked is really cute but seems meaningful as well. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. If it makes you feel any better, I get mostly denied on Edelweiss, too. I have no idea why because I have no problem on NetGalley. It makes no real sense!

    Looks like you have an exciting week coming up :)

    1. I was thinking maybe I needed to RAVE about myself in the little tiny blip of a space... but maybe they just pass 'em out sparingly?

  7. I always find your posts so amusing. The tangled memes has definitely made me smile. Happy Reading with all those books you got!

    I have too many good books in my TBR pile right now and I want to read several of them at once. So I can relate to the distractability in reading and reviewing. Many reviews are hard to write, but the hardest are when a book really blows my mind with its awesomeness. Unfortunately, it does not happen as often as I would like.

    1. Thx!! Sometimes I worry that I'm just crackin' myself up over here. (Well, "worry" is a strong word.)

      Do you post your reviews somewhere I can follow? Just curious. I think my problem with Soulless is I read this really great - like technically great - review on the book, and I'm in awe over the review. Maybe I should review the review!! :-) Hey... that might work!

  8. I love the covers on the books in your mailbox. I hope you enjoy them!

  9. Yay, you broke your not-winning streak! ;)

    I was so sad today, I was SO excited to go to the library...
    Me: "They have my copy of Immortal Rules MOM, I need to get it before the hold expires!"

    Mom: "But you have like 30 books on your floor waiting to be read"

    Me: "Yeah, and they will be read AFTER IMMORTAL RULES."

    So, there I am walking all excitedly to the desk, handing the lady my card...she's looking for my books "It appears your book hold expired yesterday and it's been transfered to another library"
    SLDIFJLSDAFKDSLKJFLADJSFS;LAKJF NOOOOOOOOOOOO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOO NOOOOOOOOOOOO. Commence kicking self repeatedly in head. So, next week or in two weeks I will be DEVOURING Immortal Rules. I put it right back on hold and next time I will go there THE DAY it's available for pick up.

    I hope you love Under the Never Sky! I thought it was amazing. Amazing! I just loved it. I haven't read Eve and I've heard really mixed reviews on it, it seems to be either loved or just "meh", I think it sounds fricking awesome though. I'm always tempted to buy it on Amazon. You have to let me know how you feel about it when you're done! Or even how you feel about it half way in :p

    1. Oh, man!!!! I totally FEEL for you!!

      I did the same thing, only backwards... I checked out Echoes of Betrayal (and The Clockwork Angel) and now they're DUE BACK ALREADY - like pay per day starting tomorrow!! I'm going to have to get back in line for both of 'em and check 'em out again. Darn it all.

      But that's not as dramatic as being AT THE LIBRARY when yer book's not!!! ouch!! You'll like Immortal Rules, too. :-D


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