12 August 2012

In My Mailbox (83) + Sample Sunday (1)

This past week has been ah-mazing!  Why, you ask?  Because, dear readers, y'all are awesome.  (Oh, yes.  I totally just busted out the "y'all".)  My 300 Follower Giveaway has ended.  Two winners have been chosen.  Why two winners?  Because I reached over 400 before the 300 Follower giveaway ended!  And y'all are still coming!  I've gained almost a 130 followers in the past two weeks.  This...beyond amazes me.  This is a moment where I want to explain how I'm feeling but I might take up the whole page.  So just know that y'all are awesome, and not just because you're suddenly following me.  Y'all were awesome before that.  But now I get to know your awesomeness! :)

Here's what I got this week...

Paperback Swap:
Alpha & Omega #2
Oh my lord, y'all, it's Patricia Briggs.  Which means awesomeness is falling out all over the place.  I received this in excellent condition from a lovely person on PaperbackSwap and have happily added it to my bookshelves.  Since I haven't reviewed this yet (though I've read it, of course) and since I think it's more than appropriate for teen readers, I'm going to be rereading it and putting up a review.  But that's next month.

I saw this in B&N on a random trip some Saturday afternoon and was captured by it.  But of course!  It's Peter Pan!  I have always loved the story of Peter Pan, though I've stayed away from any kind of renditions because I want to preserve the love of the original -- untainted -- in my mind.  So I read this book with some amount of skepticism.  I am, however, very excited.

Dust Lands #1
Yaayy for Blood Red Road!  A LOT of people have told me that this is one helluva good book, and I'm willing to try it out.  Dystopians aren't always my thing, but they do hold an appeal if done right.  And, I've been assured that this book does it right.  Honestly, though, I wanted to read this book because I love the new covers. :3

I also got some writing books.  Story by Robert McKee (which is AHMAZING and impressively thick) and Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass.

* = Y'all wanna hear a funny story?  My eldest brother, John, has severe autism, but has always been able to speak very well (to himself, anyways).  He likes doing "movie voices" or, in other words, saying things while sounding uncannily like a voice from a movie trailer.  When I came home from the library recently with a stack of books in my arms, he came over and tried taking them from me.  This was new.  So I told him to ask (which he did) and then he sorted through the books I had, gave them back to me, disinterested, and went back to doing his movie voice.

So I was in my room, putting the books away, when I heard him talking downstairs.  (The way sound travels in my house, I can hear anything that goes on downstairs if the door to my room is open.)  What was he saying?  I got a bit closer to my door to hear.  Then, "Blood...Red Road.  Rated PG-13.  Blood...Red Road.  Rated R."  (Like he'd changed his mind once he'd said the title.)

This is the second time this has happened (but the first time when he's come up to me and actively taken the books out of my hands to look at them.)  He'll see that I've come home with books and he'll look through them, choose a title, and add it into his ramblings.  I have no idea why.  Maybe he thinks one of them is being made into a movie?  Or maybe he's just fishing for titles for his spiels? Who knows...?

what did you get in your mailbox?

These are just the books that I grabbed samples from on my Kindle this past week.

Iron Druid Chronicles #1
Ever since I saw this cover aaaages ago, I've wanted to read it.  But...alas, it wasn't in at the library.  So I got a sample of it to either sate my curiosity or set it aflame.

The Grisha Trilogy #1
I've heard so many good things about this book, it's rivaling Blood Red Road.  I saw it at B&N when I was there a while ago and wanted it so bad just because it had a map in it. :3