imm (6)

In My Mailbox (imm) is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

We’ve had family from out of state visiting this week, and one of the cousins-in-law stayed with us for a few nights. When he saw my bookshelf, he gaped and asked, “Have you read all those books?”

I was a little embarrassed to admit that, “No, actually, I’ve got a ton I still need to read.” Which got me thinking, I’ve purchased a LOT of books over the past few months (for me, anyway), and I haven’t shared any of them here on the blog. I’ve only read three of them, so if you’ve read any of the others and loved them, please let me know in the comments. 


33 thoughts on “imm (6)

  1. That O’Brien book is one of my all-time faves. But WOW. Hadn’t seen the new cover of THE HELP. I am giving it the official side eye.

    • I will say one nice thing about The Help’s movie makeover cover: love the bright colors & texture. Not sure if it fits the story at all, but YAY TEXTURE. Also, I’ll definitely have to compare thoughts with you when I read The Things They Carried. I’ve heard it’s one of the best war books to read. I almost purchased the audiobook (loved the narration sample I listened to), but we’ll see how the reading experience goes.

  2. YES for libraries not being museums, you pretty much described the vast majority of my books which were obtained at used book sales. I love books that look like they have been loved.

    Graphic novels are so awesome. I totally want to buy The Walking Dead, as zombies and comics are two of my favorite things.

    • You nailed it with “I love books that look like they have been loved.” When I get a new book that I can’t get to immediately, I email/text spam my IRL reader friends asking if they’ve got time to read them. I just love knowing they’re being read in the meantime, like they’re being babysat or something. 😉

  3. These seem like exciting reads! Thanks for sharing. I’d love if you’d check out my IMM too 🙂

    Btw, LOVE THE BLOG… I quickly became a NEW follower.

    Looking forward to hearing back from you,
    Cory @ Anti-Drug Reads

  4. I’m really curious about I Kill Giants – need to check that one out someday soon – and also need to continue on with Walking Dead (read the first – not totally convinced yet, but it’s interesting to compare with the TV series, which I love, duh). I also am committed to reading the rest of your book suggestions from your guest post. AND I am planning to read Glow soon (just got that one in the mail too).

    Hugo Cabret is great – I’m worried about the film, but it’ll probably be at least decently good (there is a particular part of the preview, that is a bit of a spoiler perhaps so I won’t mention here, that looks particularly promising). I have trouble with movies set in non-English speaking countries where the (non-tourist) characters all speak English. It makes total sense on a money-making film industry level (especially with kids’ movies), but I personally would just prefer to read subtitles.

    • I had actually let my friend borrow Blankets, and he said it reminded him a bit of I Kill Giants, so I’ve definitely got high hopes for that one. As for TWD, those covers still creep me out (which is totally hypocritical since I love the show). I’m a bit worried about their innards, because I’ve found that with any type of illustrated book, the images seem to burn into my mind and linger a lot longer than TV/film. Also, October can’t come FAST ENOUGH!

      Re: Glow — I wonder if the same book fairy godmother had us both on her list because she knows we’re book (and apparently TV show) twinkies?

      Re: Hugo Cabret, I haven’t watched the trailer yet (was going to wait until after I read it) but we must compare thoughts when I’m through. I feel ya on the subtitles, too. I much prefer them in the example you talked about, but Hubs would disagree, because he’s a slow reader and subtitles drive him crazy. 😉

  5. Ah, DAIRY QUEEN. I love that book, and just about passed out when Catherine Gilbert Murdock agreed to blurb mine. And you make such a great point (in your guest blog) about how family is at the heart of the novel. I wish everyone would read it!

  6. Dude, what an epic IMM post! I think we’ve already established that we’re both excited to start reading Hugo Cabret. 🙂 I also borrowed a copy of Warm Bodies from a fellow Filipino book blogger since that book is more expensive that what I’m used to paying for hardcovers and I’m not a big zombie fan.

    I also have a used copy of Curious Incident somewhere in my pile but I haven’t read it yet. And I gave my mom The Help for Mother’s Day last year and she said it’s a good read. I can always just borrow that copy from her.

    • Oooh, you must let me know what you think about Warm Bodies when you read it! I’ve heard wonderful things about Curious Incident, so I’m not too worried about that one. 😉

  7. Don’t worry, you’re not the only hoarder of unread books. I have… close to 50 books that I own and have not read. The mother does not approve.

    Anyways, I recognised some of the books you posted. Violet on the Runway, I was hesitant to read at first, because it looked so cliche and well, girly. But it was actually a surprising read! Melissa Walker is a talented writer, and writes well. She knows what she’s talking about with the whole modelling business. There are some aspects to Violet’s actions that I don’t agree with, but Walker doesn’t make me hate her character for it. You should read it, it’d be interesting to see someone else’s opinion about it. 🙂

    I actually own Leviathan, but have yet to read it, like you. HOWEVER, Westerfeld is one of my favouritest (that’s a word, right? :P) authors of all time. And I’ve heard this steampunk novel is really good. Westerfeld wrote the Uglies series (Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras) which I’d recommend to anyone that likes YA. It’s set in the future, and he has done a LOT of research in writing those four novels. I could go on gushing forever.

    If that Zusak book is by the one and only Book Thief writer, then I’d highly recommend it too. But his style is more distinct, so it’s open to personal opinion.

    And lastly, I also own all the Maximum Rides series (minus the last book) by James Patterson, but have yet to read ANY of them, but I hear it’s good. I’m a bit iffy about starting them, since he’s written adult books as well that seem to me, like an adult series of Alex Rider, but less popular. I’m not too sure, that’s just judging by the blurbs and covers. I’m not sure if The Angel Experiment, what you have, is the first in the series, and I’m very pedantic about reading books in order, so you might want to check up on that.

    Happy reading, and please post with any new insight! 🙂

    • Tabby, thank you so much for writing your thoughts on some of the books that you’ve read! I’m a little embarrassed that I haven’t read Westerfeld or Zusak yet. I’m taking your Westerfeld gushing to heart, too. And yes, favouritest is absolutely a word. 😉

  8. What a cute way to do an IMM post. Hee.

    I read Curious Incident a couple of years back and it was interesting. I can’t remember if I liked it a lot, or just liked it, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t not like it. LOL.

    Cracked Up to Be! There’s one copy STILL waiting for me at the bookstore near the office but I can’t justify an expense just yet, at least after I return from my trip this month. So…it would have to wait a little longer.

    Oh, and yes to worn books. If I’m buying it brand new, I would like it not worn out, but if it’s on sale, it’s okay. I think it gives books more personality. Plus, I’m guilty of cracking the spine of my books and dog-earing all pages with good quotables, but I’d like to believe that gives my books character.

    • When you read CUTB, you must let me know! I hear ya on justifying expenses, I went a little nuts this year (hence my book buying ban). And yes, I agree, worn books definitely have character and personality!

  9. I just finished The Help (just in time for the movie coming out!), and I LOVED LOVED LOVED it. The characters are so fleshed out, and I had many moments where I’d cry or laugh out loud or want to throw the book across the room because a character was being a viscious beotch (I hate you Hilly!). Read this one soon, it’s a-mazing!

    • Liz! I just wrote you a letter last night that’s going in the mail today. The irony is that I ask what kind of books you like! So glad to know you enjoyed The Help. Be on the lookout, penpal! =)

  10. Love this post. It’s always fun to see what’s on someone else’s TBR list.
    I love graphic novels too. I Kill Giants looks awesome! I’m going to add that to my TBR list.

  11. Hi! I just found you from girls in the stacks’ blog (I also loved the Ghetto Cowboy concept). I keep meaning to read The Help because I’ve heard so much good about it,and I prefer to read a book before seeing the movie if at all possible. The library has a wait list X infinity so I think I’ll need to buy it.
    I love Scott Westerfeld and I haven’t even read his two most successful series: Uglies and the Leviathan books. He’s a wonderful, inventive writer.
    The Walking Dead graphic novels look pretty cool. I watch the show.
    I only read about Dairy Queen but it looks cute! And Glow is intriguing… haven’t heard of it but I love the cover. I also totally judge books by their cover.

    • Hi Stephanie, thanks for stopping by the blog! I prefer reading a book before watching the film, as well. I’ve found that when I read a book that I know will become a movie, I tend to look at it from a completely visual perspective, tho, which I find interesting.

      Glad to find another another Walking Dead fan. And go, go read DQ! I love it so much.

  12. Great collection of books. I’m looking forward to reading “Hex Hall”. I was lucky enough to have been able to get a signed copy of “Leviathan” and I should get to reading “I am the Messenger”, I loved “The Book Thief”.

  13. Might be a bit late to comment but I highly recommend The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night Time, it’s great and the covers are quite good as well. It’s a shame how not many people know about this book. Hope you enjoy it!

    • It’s never too late to comment! We finished it for book club and had a great discussion. I wasn’t fully invested in the book until Christopher discovered the letter (which is further along than I would’ve hoped), but I ended up enjoying it overall. Also, I kept Wikipedia-ing a lot of the random facts that he talked extensively about. 😉

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