Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page; you can look over at her site to find links to other readers’ mailboxes.
A fun variety of books and accessories came into the house last week:
I won a bookmark in a random drawing at Jeane’s DogEar Diary. This is two-sided, the picture of the bat continues on the reverse. When I opened it, my son said “Cool! Can I have it?!” I agreed to share, only if he remembered to put away his backpack after school each afternoon. So far he’s keeping up his end of the bargain.
Last Tuesday was the Book Fair for our local elementary school. Instead of inviting a large bookseller to set up in the school, the PTG (Parent Teacher Group, our version of the PTA) works with our local independent bookstore. They create classroom wish lists, parent/teacher recommendations, schedule guest readers to appear in the store throughout the day … oh, and the cookies … there are always yummy homemade cookies to draw you in. Ten percent of sales from the day are returned to the school (and you don’t even have to say some magic phrase at check-out, all purchases, even those from people walking in off the street, count toward the fundraiser.)
One of the books I purchased that day is Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. This was recommended to me by Jill at Fizzy Thoughts after I made a comment about being in a rut with my NaNoWriMo project. Jill is brilliant; Anne Lamott is smart, funny, and encouraging; and I’m out of my rut! Highly recommended book, but more about that when I write my full review.
I won a random drawing during BBAW, and I received the prize from Serena from Savvy Verse and Wit. It’s an issue of 32 Poems magazine. Each biennial issue contains – you guessed it! – 32 poems. The small format is perfect to tuck in a purse or tote; this will be coming with me on the road as we navigate Thanksgiving traffic this week. Serena has been conducting interviews with many of the poets featured in 32 Poems; you can find them on her blog.
Two books came into my house ‘just because’ from other book bloggers! I received a package from Care with Jennie Nash’s memoir The Victoria’s Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming: and other lessons I learned from breast cancer. Care knows I enjoy memoir and sent it to me as a surprise; there was an extra surprise inside – no, not pie – she included an oval READ sticker from her local bookstore I’ll be passing this book along to another reader who commented on Care’s post, after I have a chance to read and review it.
Another book came to me from Jill at Rhapsody in Books, via Ti at Book Chatter. Last month Jill reviewed Michael Buckley’s NERDS: National Espionage Rescue and Defense Society; it’s a Middle Grade book which commendably included a lot of multicultural characters and gave positive traits to the ‘nerds’ and ‘geeks’. Despite this effort, Jill noticed that any reference to physical beauty encompassed a stereotypical (and not multicultural) version. She asked for feedback from other readers, and I volunteered my 11-year-old son for the task. I’ll be sharing this book with another young reader when he is done with it.
What new books have made their way into your house and onto your nightstands this week? Any surprises from other readers?