21 March 2011


A Mixed Mailbox!

Watch Kristi's latest vlog and read the other linked up posts
this week at The Story Siren!

Although I've been a lucky entrant in several book giveaways, my prizes usually trickle in one at a time.

But last Friday, when three new books popped in at the same time, the only thing I wanted to do was to join "In My Mailbox" again. Weekly Show-and-Tell for book lovers, it is understandably the book blogosphere's most popular meme. I've always got scads of stuff to show off, but I publish one of these posts only when I have people I really want to thank.

Thanks to Lucia of iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books!

As the winner of her Follower Love Giveaway Hop contest, I got to choose any 2010 YA release for my prize. I decided to go with the one I had heard the most hype about.

Lucia doesn't have a review of Kiersten White's Paranormalcy yet, but if you check out her blog, you'll see a wealth of other YA reviews.

Thanks to Suzanne of Bibliosue!

When she took part in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop, she offered readers any of the books she had reviewed on her blog, which range from Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace to Emma Donoghue's Room.

My final choice was based on her warm words about A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse, a French novel I would probably have never stumbled across, had she not blogged about it.

Thanks to Caitlin of A Hidden Haven!

Lisa Kleypas' eccentric, unpredictable Hathaway family inspired Caitlin's Crazy Family Love Giveaway. And happily for me, the title she offered to the lucky winner was the one I wanted the most!

She also has a short and sweet review of Kleypas' Contemporary Romance Christmas Eve at Friday Harbour.

Thanks to the lovely ladies of Baja Greenawalt's Cozy Book Nook!

Now here is a belated thank you. I won a small shopping spree in Mrs. BG's contest and chose a YA novel for my "Young Detectives" project and a non-fiction book on the liberal arts of Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric. Lesa was kind enough to throw in a lagniappe for me: a classic children's novel which she loves and knew I had yet to read. Thanks again, Lesa!

And I hope you understand why I joined "In My Mailbox" this week instead of linking up to your "Bargain Book Bonanza"! ;-)


Lesa said...

Hey! You, two timing memer, you!! hahahahah

I linked BBB to IMM to meet more book haul party people and you were the previous linker!!! funny!

Of course, I understand-- that is one amazing eclectic mailbox haul! And thanks for linking to BBB in your post. BBB is very accomodating so if you ever want to combine IMM with BBB, go right ahead.

You're welcome again-- I'm so happy you are pleased with your win and lagniappe!

Shirley said...

Congratulations on your wins! I am practically dying to read A Novel Bookstore! Enjoy!!

Here's my In My Mailbox

cait045 said...

You had one lucky streak!!! Enjoy them all.

iLuvReadingTooMuch said...

Congrats on ur wins! OOO i bought Paranormalcy recently, but I still need to read it! and A Novel Bookstore looks really interesting :) I should go check it out. New Follower btw! :D

Enbrethiliel said...


Lesa -- BBB is a great meme which gives participants a greater sense of community than IMM seems to do, so I hope this promotional tactic works. =)

(Not to insult IMM! It is what it is, but when there are over 300 participants each week, it's arguably tough to make good bloggy friends this way.)

Shirley -- Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. I appreciate it. =)

Cait045 -- I definitely will! Thanks again for hosting the Crazy Family Love Giveaway. It had a great question for participants to answer.

Readaholic -- Thanks for following. I hope Paranormalcy turns out to be good!

Lesa said...

Yes, I know what you mean. The Mailbox Monday one gets fewer participants so might be a better one to join.

Enbrethiliel said...


That's true . . . but I still keep being drawn back to IMM. I think it's Kristi's magnetic personality. ;-)

Lesa said...

;o) you are being facetious, right?

Enbrethiliel said...


I've thought about it some more, Lesa, and I realise that my objectives in joining "In My Mailbox" are very different from my motives in joining other hops. I sign up primarily to thank people who've sent me books, in the hope that they get more traffic if I link to them that way. It's a way to pay a due to people I've already made contact with; and although I do visit a few other participants and leave them comments, I don't expect to meet new people this way.

So IMM really works better for that purpose than Mailbox Monday. This post got a lot of hits this week--and I hope the bloggers I've linked to within it (you included!) reap some benefits from it. =)