Sunday, April 22, 2012

In My Mailbox (22)

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren. To see this weeks list of participants go here.

It's been a very fun and varied two weeks, lots of books I can't wait to read.  Here is what I received in the mail for review:

Cat Girl's Day Off by Kimberly Pauley (from Lee and Low Books for a Teen Book Scene Tour)
The Innocents by Francesca Segal (Hyperion Voice)
The 500 by Matthew Quirk (Hachette Books)
The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich (Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster)
Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt and Company)

The Get Yourself Organized Project: 21 Steps to Less Mess and Stress by Kathi Lipp (from the author, for a review and for National Purse Cleaning Day special blog post on May 1)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Crown Publishers)
The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond (for tour with Teen Book Scene)
The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport (for the Revell Blog tour)
The Big Fun Sexy Sex Book by Lisa Rinna and Ian Kerner, PH.D. (from Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, watch for a giveaway this week)

Egalleys received this week

Night Forbidden
Just A Wish Away
The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc
Final Crossing: A Novel of Suspense
Sin's Dark Caress
The Lady is a Vamp

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What did you receive this week?  Leave me a link in the comments because I love seeing what others receive and I will get by and visit your post as well! 

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Wrap-Up

As Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon draws to a close, I must say it was one of my least successful years but I am okay with that.  And that's because one of my long time friends dropped by for a visit out-of-the-blue and it was a visit I really needed.  I was very refreshed and happy after she left and she even took my 6-year-old to her house for a little while. I love her dearly and even though we don't stay in constant touch (and we live around the corner from each other) we stay close and I know I can count on her and she can count on me.  So yesterday was special for that almost 3 hour visit. 

Other than that there were kids to attend to and supper to help fix.  I did settle the husband and boys down with their own movie so I could finish the evening but I started not feeling well and called it a night around midnight.  But when I read I had a blast!
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  Right around midnight, I could not keep my eyes open.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?  If you like light YA dystopian that's more like reality tv (think The Bachelor) then The Selection by Kiera Cass is a great read, it moves quick and sucks you right in.  I also chose a light romance and enjoyed that.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  I never do, I think everyone does a wonderful job.  I have to confess to not paying as much attention to what was going on and focusing on reading.  I'll get back to paying real attention to the read-a-thon in the fall.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  The posts were on time and the cheerleaders were great from what I could tell.
  5. How many books did you read?  I finished 2 and started a third.
  6. What were the names of the books you read?  The Night She Got Lucky by Susan Donovan and The Selection by Kiera Cass.  I also started Touch by Jus Accardo
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?  The Selection by Kiera Cass (comes out Tuesday)
  8. Which did you enjoy least?  None were bad or ill-suited for the read-a-thon.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  I'll be back in the fall and I'll be a reader again and maybe host a mini-challenge, I keep wanting to take that plunge.
So how was your Read-A-Thon?

***I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free.  ***