Saturday, October 29, 2011

In My Mailbox (51)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, inspired by Pop Culture Junkie. The books you share do not have to be ones you actually received in the mail. They can be ones you bought at the book store, checked out at the library, or downloaded to your e-reader. The idea is just to share what's on your TBR pile for the upcoming week.

For Review:
My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody
Leisl & Po by Lauren Oliver (audiobook)

The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Phantom Tollbooth is one of my favorite books of all time. With the 50th anniversary of this children's classic, they created two new editions this year. I bought the annotated version because I love the idea of learning all of the secrets of how this book was created.

This was an EPIC book week at the used book store. Look at all of these books I got - for only $12 total.

Firehorse by Diane Lee Wilson
The Flame Tree by Richard Lewis
The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
8th Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
Dark Life by Kat Falls
The Mystery of the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Freefall by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Pile of ARCs
Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Relic Master: The Dark City by Catherine Fisher
The Empire of Gut and Bone by M.T. Anderson
Slayers by C.J. Hill
Ravenwood by Andrew Peters
The Hunter Chronicles: Return to Exile by E.J. Patten
Six Days by Phillip Webb
Seven Sorcerers by Caro King
The Books of Elsewhere: Spellbound by Jacqueline West
iBoy by Kevin Brooks
The Buccaneer's Apprentice by V. Briceland

And this one was so epic and I was so spellbound that I found it at the used bookstore that my eyes literally bulged out of my eyes, so it deserves its own picture:

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Caroyln Mackler

So I understand the questionable nature of purchasing ARCs. I get that there's an ethics issue to someone selling them. But my library sells used books that people donate. It's not like the person donating them made any money on them. My library sells these books for 50 cents a piece (or less). The way I look at it is, if I had won those ARCs in a contest, shipping would have cost more than what I bought them for.  And now these books have found a good home in my classroom for my students to enjoy. When I brought these books into my classroom and showed them to my students, they were so incredibly excited. If I'm a bad person for buying them for my students, then oh well. I'll accept that.

What did you get in your mailbox this week?


  1. Excellent haul this week! Liesl & Po is fantastic! I look forward to Future of Us.

    Xpresso Reads

  2. Some local thrift stores near me sell ARCs sometimes too, and I mean, really... I have to buy them! I always feel a little guilty, but again, they are 50 cents. I've found some great ones, like How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr... how was I supposed to leave that on the shelf?

    You got some great ones! Happy reading!

  3. The Fox Inheritance is so good! I loved the Phantom Tollbooth when I was younger, too. And I'm so jealous you have Future of Us -- I pre-ordered it and can't wait to get it :)

    My IMM

  4. That is an amazing set of books!! I hope you and your students enjoy reading them all!! Happy Reading!

    My IMM

  5. I just reviewed Liesl and Po. Loved it. Looks like you had a great book week.
    In My Mailbox at FABR

  6. Great books! I don't like it when used bookstores sell ARCs--they shouldn't even accept them as donations. But when it's for libraries, I'm okay with it, because the sales benefit the libraries, for programming and whatnot, instead of the library making a profit of it the way a bookstore would.