Monday, July 26, 2010

Mailbox Monday (July 26) + Bookstore Loot!

Mailbox Monday buttonI just got a box of books in the mail this morning from Scholastic Canada, which was very exciting. I generally don’t like receiving unsolicited books (because I feel guilty when I don’t want to read them), but in this case I’m at least as excited about the two unsolicited books I received as I am about the one I requested!

I first came across Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve in a similar covers post called “Red Riding Hoods” at Jacket Whys, who linked to a rave review at Bookends: A Booklist Blog. After reading the review, I wanted to read this book, but then promptly forgot about it (my wish list is too long as it is!). Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork, on the other hand, is a book I’d seen mentioned on various blogs, but for some reason I hadn’t paid much attention to it. It turns out the wraparound cover art is even more gorgeous in person, and I’m very intrigued by the quote in the front flap: “The term ‘cognitive disorder’ implies there is something wrong with the way I think or the way I perceive reality. I perceive reality just fine. Sometimes I perceive more of reality than others.” (The book is about a high-functioning autistic boy.) Finally, Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci is the book I requested: Castellucci is going to be in Montreal at the end of August, and Cindy and I are planning to go see her. So far I’ve only read Castellucci’s graphic novels (The Plains Janes [read my review] and Janes in Love [read my review]), so I’m hoping I’ll love her YA as well.

Fever Crumb by Philip ReeveMarcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. StorkRose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci

I also finally finally went to Beazley Books, the bookstore owned by Donna and her husband, Pierre. It’s a lovely shop—the books are obviously picked with care—and I couldn’t resist buying a few more books: Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand, Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction edited by Sabrina Chapadjiev and Write from the Heart: Inspiration and Exercises for Women Who Want to Write by Lesléa Newman.

Generation Loss by Elizabeth HandLive Through This edited by Sabrina ChapadjievWriting from the Heart by Leslea Newman

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

Note that Mailbox Monday is on blog tour as of next week: The August host will be Chick Loves Lit.


  1. I have Marcelo on my shelf too! And that Cecil Castellucci book sounds really interesting. Of course you know I also loved her GNs. I have her novel Beige on my shelf but haven't read it, and I also hope I like it as much as the Jane books.

  2. What a great haul! I love the Marcelo cover and On Creativity and Self-Destruction just sounds fascinating.

  3. thanks for stopping by! :)

    all of the books you got from scholastic look great! i'm definitely jealous.

    i hope you enjoy all of your books and i'll be looking forward to reading your reviews.

  4. I haven't heard of any of these. But that's what I like about this, I get to find new books.

  5. What a great week! I'm especially intrigued by "Marcelo in the Real World", as I think that many autistic children seem to be operating on a different, maybe higher, plane.

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

  6. Great looking books there. I have Marcelo and the Real World (audio version) on my iPod.

  7. Nice week in books! I'd be excited about Marcelo in the Real World too. Happy reading!

  8. Avis what you came to the WI and didn't tell us? Shame on you LOL

    Oh i am jealous of the Marcelo book. I love the cover its so pretty.

    Can't wait to hear what you think of Rose Sees Red and looking forward to meeting up with you for the signing.

    Happy reading

  9. I haven't heard of any of these. Happy reading!

  10. I'm sorry I wasn't at the store when you dropped by Avis! Enjoy your books!

  11. That's an excellent Mailbox Monday loot! Marcel in the Read World has a great cover so I'll have to wait for your review before I put it on my shelf. Great finds and envious of your loot :)

  12. Wow you got a lot of books. They all look great!