In My Mailbox #6

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Well, I had hoped I would have my Showtime review posted by now, and instead I let my blog grow quiet for a week. My mind’s been stuck in a haze, and while Midnight Coffee Monster sat in its own stagnant puddle of silence, I became lazy. For once, classes and schoolwork didn’t interfere with blogging and reading — a first? I think so.

Now I’m a couple days behind, which I hope to catch up on as I busy myself today with workworkwork. Let’s see if I can get out of this funk before it worsens and I de-evolve into another bedblob. Doing nothing became my newest hobby, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t resist the allure of Shiny New Books — which is something.

Sense & Sensibility and The Outsiders

I am in the habit of frequenting Barnes & Nobel for a couple of reasons. For one, I not only live and go to school less than ten minutes away from the store, but it is the closest bookstore around. Unless I wish to venture across town or walk into Borders, which is located in the mall and — I’m sad to report — has a rather sad book selection. I also like to plop myself in front of B&N’s bargain-priced books and fancy buying them all. I wouldn’t dare, but I do love the covers — they’re hardback and pretty eye candy. Naturally, I’m prone to snatching one for myself now and then.

I have heard lots of praise surrounding Austen’s Emma–which will probably be my next Austen-buy–but the itch to own Sense & Sensibility has bothered me for a long time, and I’m happy to finally own a copy.

I saw the movie years ago — not horribly long ago, but long enough to where I can hardly recall the movie at all. What I do remember is that I enjoyed it, and I’ve wanted to read the novel ever since I spaced out during a class read-along in seventh grade. Hopefully I can fit The Outsiders as one of my reads this year!

…Oops. Wait a minute. Don’t I already have this book? Didn’t I already order this? Yeah, I did — my mistake! Like I said, my mind has been fogged this week. What I wanted to pre-order is Robin Bridges The Morning Star, which is the third and final book to her Katerina trilogy. This book here is the second in the series, which I have yet to read but already own. I have to skulk on down to the bookstore and hope there are no problems with a return, but either way: I will have my pre-order!

A Monster Calls

  • A Monster Calls written by Patrick Ness, inspired by Siobhan Dowd, and illustrated by Jim Kay

I bought a copy! For myself! I have A Monster Calls! I read this last year and it quickly became a book that I can’t separate from. I can read this a million times over, and the charm that Ness, Dowd, and Kay created won’t ever grow faint or wither. Not for me, anyway. I will give away one copy once my review is written up, and I sincerely hope that whoever I send it to will cherish this story as much as I do.


These last three are from NetGalley, which I’ve had an account with for some time and only now am I taking advantage of it. NetGalley sent me invitations to read the first two, and the third is one I requested. (I’m a bit excited for Gavin Extence’s book especially!) I’m notorious for spending ample time working through ebooks, so I expect a challenge — hopefully I won’t take too long. If there is one thing I took from my last digital book, it’s that it is possible to lasso my attention span so long as I’m even slightly interested.

And that’s a wrap. Share your latest bookish finds with me!


10 thoughts on “In My Mailbox #6

  1. Ohhh I like your cover for The Outsiders! It’s very pretty. I’m a bit confused lol, so do you have two copies of The Unfailing Light now?I’v yet to pre-order The Morning Star and Emperor of Thorns. I’m just waiting for my tax return, so I can do all of that. I got the email from netgalley about those books as well. I’m not sure if I will read them considering that I have all these other books to read, but The Universe versus Alex Woods seems quite interesting. Enjoy your books Raya!

    • I do! I was so upset with myself. For whatever reason I was thinking The Unfailing Light is The Morning Star and ordered it (again), so now I have two copies of The Unfailing Light. I only realized it wasn’t the correct book until my order had been processed and shipped, so it was too late to cancel it. I’m hoping I won’t have any trouble doing a book return/exchange of sorts.

      Ratner’s and Brkic’s books both sound interesting, but I’m worried it will take me extra long to finish them — considering how my attention just floats around when it comes to ebooks. I really want to read The Universe Versus Alex Woods, though (:

      • Were you able to cancel/switch your order to The Morning Star? I don’t think you’ll have a problem returning it because they usually let you return books within a number of days.

        I know what you mean about ebooks. I have three more books from netgalley,but I lose my attention so easily lol.I feel like no matter how much physical books take up space, they’re meant for me lol.

      • I was (: I went into the store after my morning class, easy-peasy. I’ve actually never returned a book before — never needed to! — so I wasn’t sure. But I did get in the right pre-order for The Morning Star!

        My netgalley request for one book was accepted today, and it unfortunately would only download for kindles. I of course have no ereader, except for some compatible applications on my computer. I had to download an app onto my phone, which is the only device the book will transfer to… Challenges! I just might end up investing in an actual kindle.

  2. Alex Woods looks intriguing. I haven’t heard about that one before. And the cover of The First Rule of Swimming caught my eye. Netgalley is so addictive :)
    Happy reading!

    • It really is addicting. I’ve been approved for three books so far and five are pending — I really don’t want more than what I can read, but it’s sometimes difficult to exercise control.

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