Monday, January 4, 2010

Mailbox Monday (January 4)

Mailbox Monday buttonHappy New Year everybody! I didn’t receive any books over the holidays this year, although I did get a $60 gift certificate (yay!), so books will be coming my way soon. In the meantime, I received a signed ARC of The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Artistotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin (which I requested after reading Alea’s review at Pop Culture Junkie), courtesy of Harper Collins. Not only does this seem like the perfect book to read at the beginning of a new year, but to be honest I could use a “happiness project” of my own right now!


Speaking of happiness, I also received a surprise package in the mail over the holidays from Penguin Canada. I’d been feeling bummed about missing out on both the Book Blogger Holiday Swap and LT’s SecretSanta (at signup time, I hadn’t felt up to committing to either), so receiving this made my day! The goodies are pictured below (click on photos to enlarge): a lovely card, The Book of Penguin (also pictured right), a penguin key chain, a Penguin Canada book bag and an embossed Moleskine notebook. Thanks, Barb and Bronwyn! (Is it just me or do others think Penguin’s penguin looks somewhat apprehensive?)



What did you find in your mailbox this past week? For other Mailbox Monday posts, head over to Marcia’s blog, The Printed Page.

23 comments:

  1. What a lovely parcel from Penguin.

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  2. What a nice surprise! I hope you love the book!

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  3. What a nice gift to receive from Penguin! Have fun spending your gift certificate!

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  4. Cool stuff! I didn't get any books for Christmas either, but did manage to snag a gift certificate and bought a few.

    Happy New Year!

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  5. I really enjoyed this book so I hope you have fun with it!

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  6. Great books - we both got The Happiness Project this week :) enjoy!

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  7. The Happiness Project looks terrific. I've seen it on several blogs & would love to read it.
    Where do you request ARCs on Harper Collins?

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  8. Happy New Year! I can't wait to hear what goodies you find with those gift cards :)

    And, I definitely have The Happiness Project on my list. Can't wait to read your review.

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  9. I love notebooks...I always start with one and then somehow accumulate 2 more and leave them all over the house!!

    Send me your address as I have a book to mail to you!!

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  10. How fun to get an unexpected gift from Penguin! Enjoy your gift certificate as part of your happiness project.

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  11. I just loaded The Happiness Project onto my Kindle last week and am really looking forward to reading it!

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  12. Now that you mention it, the penguin does look like he's trying to figure out if you're going to steal his book. Or maybe he's trying to determine which Penguin book would suit you. Nice surprise package.

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  13. Vivienne, it really made my day! I'm a big fan of Moleskine notebooks and this one is perfect to slip in my purse for when inspiration hits while I'm on the subway.

    Thanks, Kathy, I hope I do too. I'm already thinking about starting my own happiness project in any case!

    Thanks, Jo-Jo. I've already spent the gift certificate three times over in my head (there are way too many books I want!), but I'll be sure to post about the books I get once I've narrowed down the list!

    Happy New Year to you too, Amy! I'll have to pop by your blog to see what you bought!

    Michele, I missed your review somehow, but I'll be sure to read it once I'm done with the book.

    Diane, we'll have to compare notes!

    DCMetroreader, HC actually emailed and asked if I wanted to read this book; I'm not sure how I got on their list.

    Happy New Year to you too, Iliana! I'll be sure to let you know what I buy (of course)!

    Staci, I know exactly what you mean! I think I have about five notebooks on the go at the moment. I'll send you my address asap!

    Laura, that's a great way of looking at it, thanks!

    Kathleen, we can compare notes too!

    Amber, that's too funny!

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  14. Enjoy spending that gift certificate on books...how fun, a shopping spree! The Happiness project sounds good, looking forward to your thoughts. How nice of Penguin to send you a box of goodies, everything looks wonderful!

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  15. Awesome goodie package!!! And I think that Happiness Project sounds fantastic .. I saw a review of it on another blog and it seemed really great. Can't wait to see what you think of it.

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  16. How nice! That must have made you smile. :)
    I also missed the LT Secret Santa...I did want to do this. I have to remember next year.

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  17. Bonnie, book-buying sprees are the best! I had resisted treating myself to one this year, but now that I have a gift certificate, I have no choice!

    Jenners, The Happiness Project is interesting so far. (And I'm glad people don't think it's gauche of me to be excited by a gift from a publishing company!)

    Wisteria, I'm definitely doing at least one of the book swaps next year! (Mind you, that's what I said to myself last year too...)

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  18. I can't wait to see what you think of Gretchen Rubin's book. I keep thinking of starting a Happiness Project like she suggests, but never have. Maybe the book would finally convince me? Who knows.

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  19. Have you read the book, Rebecca? I'm definitely considering starting my own happiness project this year.

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  20. Wow lucky you! Getting books in the mail is so much fun but goodies even better ;)

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  21. Pinkilili, I was pretty thrilled! (Although I also feel guilty because I owe Penguin a couple of reviews!)

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  22. The Penguin stuff is awesome. Enjoy!

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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  23. Anna, isn't it? I love the somewhat apprehensive penguin!

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