Here at 5 Minutes for Books, we have a team of reviewers, so we are taking turns posting here for Mailbox Monday. I (Jennifer) was away last week, so I knew that would make for a dramatic return late Saturday night to piles of goodies. In addition to that, our trip was to Portland, Oregon home of one of my very favorite bookstores (linked to my thoughts on my personal blog Snapshot), so I knew we’d be buying some books there, and boy did we!
Knowing the reviewing commitments I already had and the stack of books that would come while I was gone, I opted to buy a T-shirt instead of books. My husband perused the sports and finance sections while I happily stayed with the kids in the children’s and YA room. We left Portland when my oldest was 2, so I had no appreciation for the children’s section. It’s fantastic!
- Amanda (about to turn 14) was able to get the Mortal Instruments City of Bones books 2, 3, and 4 in the series, which she’s been unable to get at our library, because she found some good prices on some used ones.
- Kyle (8) got 3 new/used Hank Zipzer books at $3.50 each (and has read 2 of them already on our trip!). He also got two Pokemon Manga Graphic Novels.
And this is what I had waiting for me, thanks to the neighbor boy who came by and collected all the things that UPS and FedEx dropped off while I was gone:
- When I was asked if I wanted to read Gretchen Rubin’s new book Happier at Home, I didn’t have to think twice. I reviewed The Happiness Project over 2 years ago. I couldn’t believe it had been that long, because her humorous and down-to-earth outlook from that project has stuck with me. Can’t wait to get to this one.
- Melissa D’Arabian’s Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week — This is a beautiful book, and I can’t wait to try some recipes out.
- The Busy Mom’s Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Quick, Delicious, Home-Cooked Meals — I’m a Top Chef fan, and I remember contestant Antonia Lofaso from a few years ago. She’s a single working mom, and I always found her recipes accessible, and they looked delicious, so I can’t wait to look through this one. I used to have quite an addiction to cookbooks, and looking at this week, it appears to be back. Coincidentally I also have a review/giveaway over at 5 Minutes for Mom for The Mom 100 Cookbook today (live at midnight Eastern).
- Geronimo Stilton Saves the Olympics is a graphic novel in the Geronimo Stilton series. The Geronimo Stilton books were among the first that my son would dive into as an independent reader, and he reads graphic novels over and over again, so I know this is going to be a bit hit.
- The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell — I’ve been getting unsolicited novels from Simon & Schuster fairly frequently, but I’ve loved the ones that I’ve received lately, and I think this one will be no different. It’s a story of “three strangers brought together by the father they never knew.” I always love a good family drama! I usually feel like unsolicited mailouts are wasteful, often receiving books I’d never read, but I’ve found that receiving a book that I am excited to read but didn’t even know existed has a special thrill for me. What about you? I’d love for you to leave a comment telling me what you think of unsolicited review copies.
How about you? Have you visited a bookstore lately? Or received some ARCs that you can’t wait to read? Link up below, or feel free to share your bounty in the comments if you don’t have a blog.
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