Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mailbox Monday (October 18)

Mailbox Monday buttonMailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books they received during the previous week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists! Mailbox Monday, which was started by Marcia at The Printed Page, is on blog tour—and I’m thrilled to be hosting this month!

I’m back from vacation—it was great to see my family and meet my new nephew, although I unfortunately was sick the last few days I was there, which explains the total lack of posts this week! (I’m feeling better now.)

One new book was waiting for me upon my return: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, which I won from Ladybug at Escape in a Book as part of her SpeakLoud giveaway. (You may want to read her thoughtful post about book banning from a Norwegian perspective.)



Here’s the blurb from the book’s inside flap:

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t know hate her from a distance. It’s no use explaining to her parents; they’ve never known what her life is really like. The safest place for Melinda to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she admitted it and let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have no choice. Melinda would have to speak the truth.

What did you find in your mailbox this past week? Let us know by leaving a link to your post below (and now that I’m home, I’ll make an effort to visit all your blogs!).


26 comments:

  1. I've added this one to my list...I loved the movie, so I'm sure the book would be great.

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  2. I'm glad you're feeling better! I read Speak last year and thought it was fantastic - I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  3. Sounds like a good book, Avis. Welcome back!

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  4. Welcome back. Always nice to find a book waiting for you when you return.

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  5. I read Speak last week and liked it more than I thought I would. Hope you enjoy it!

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  6. I've heard good things about Speak! I hope you like it.

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  7. I was thinking of reading this one soon. I keep picking it up and looking at it.

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  8. I haven't heard of Soeak before, but based on the synopsis I think I would enjoy reading it.
    Enjoy it and have a great week!

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  9. Can't wait to hear what you thought of Speak.
    Bon retour!

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  10. Thank you for hosting one of my favorite memes.
    CMash

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  11. Speak has been getting a lot of attention lately. Looking forward to your thoughts.

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  12. Speak is in my house somewhere. I bought it for my daughter when it was first published. Have a great week!

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  13. Enjoy your new book...I've heard this is a good one!

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  14. I have Speak here too. The kids had to read it for school. I am hoping to get to it one of these days myself.

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  15. I purchased Speak for the Banned Books Week Challenge - marked it as read because my Not So Bebe Girl Autumn re-read it (it was a family challenge), but I still have to get to it. I know that I'll enjoy it. Welcome back and I'm glad you're feeling better!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

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  16. I have heard amazing things about this book and hope to have the chance to read it soon. I wanted to buy it during banned book week but I didn't have the time to read it them & knew if I had it I would read it! I am looking forward to your thoughts on it.

    I hope you are feeling better. It's kind of a bummer to be sick while on vacation. Otherwise your vacation sounds relaxing. Congratulations on your new nephew, babies are great!

    Have a good week!
    ~ Amy

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  17. Speak is one of my favorite books of all time..enjoy!

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  18. I'm hoping I'll run across Speak at one of my library sales. Now that would be a find!

    I'm kind of late with my post, as usual!

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  19. Enjoy your new book, Avis.

    I'm a day late--sorry! :)

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  20. Oh I've heard lots of interesting things about Speak! I'll be interested to hear your thoughts!

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  21. Speak is definitely awesome!! Looking forward to your review!

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  22. There's been a lot of buzz about this book and the schools that have been banning it. It's on my TBR list! Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for visiting my Mailbox!

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  23. you know, I'm growing increasingly curious about Speak. I'm going to have to read it sooner rather than later, I'm thinking.

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  24. I can't wait to hear what you think about Speak. I found it to be really powerful. I hope you are feeling better now too.

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