I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas! I have to say, we've been in a tight spot for money since we've moved and thankfully I found out about Swagbucks and their $5 Amazon gift cards - which basically took care of a lot of my Xmas presents giving wise. That and the 40% off Teacher Appreciation sale at Borders this fall. (I mainly buy my niece books nowadays!)
So, I was happy to get some great books myself this Xmas and wanted to share that with you...
In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.
First, for the non-presents...
(Summaries taken from goodreads.com)
Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel
Shade is a young Silverwing bat, the runt of his colony determined to prove himself on the long and dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum, millions of wingbeats to the south. During a storm, Shade is swept out over the ocean -- away from his family, his friends, and the only life he has ever known. Alone and frightened as winter fast approaches and temperatures plunge, Shade sets out on a remarkable journey to rejoin his colony to the south.
by Nancy Springer
Rosemary has nowhere to go when her beloved mother dies. She has never met her father-the outlaw Robin Hood-and she's grown up among the woodland creatures her mother loved. So she decides to change her name to Rowan, disguise herself as a boy, and undertake a perilous journey through Sherwood Forest, in search of Robin Hood. But how will she find him? And will he offer her a home?
Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer
Everyone thinks their parents are embarrassing, but Hannah knows she's got them all beat. Her dad made a fortune showing pretty girls--and his "party" lifestyle--all over the Internet, and her mom, who was once one of her dad's girlfriends, is now the star of her own website. After getting the wrong kind of attention for far too long, Hannah has learned how to stay out of sight...and that's how she likes it.
Of course, being unknown isn't helping her get noticed by gorgeous, confident Josh, who Hannah knows is her soul mate. Between trying to figure out a way to get him to notice her, dealing with her parents, and wondering why she can't stop thinking about another guy, Finn, Hannah feels like she's going crazy. She's determined to make things work out the way she wants....only what she wants may not be what she needs.
And because I bought this...
Elizabeth sent me a signed copy of:
Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott
You know, I always thought I told you everything, but there are some things I should have said but never did. I should have told you about the time I lost your new sunglasses. I know you really liked them. I should have apologized the time I ruined your brand-new skirt, the one with the beading. I should have apologized for a lot of stuff.
I’m sorry. I’m sorry for everything.
No one understands what it's like to know that it's all your fault.
Amy's shrink thinks she should keep a journal but instead, Amy starts writing letters to Julia. As she writes letter after letter, she begins to realize that the past holds its own secrets--and that the present deserves a chance.
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (signed! From the Holiday Break Reading Challenge - thanks Karin!)
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty-especially if they learn of her Sight-and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.
Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.
Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. His is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost-regardless of her plans or desires.
Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; everything.
Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.
And now.. Presents!!!! (I got lazy.. so click on the links for summaries)
The Abbot's Ghost by Louisa May Alcott
The Demi-God Files by Rick Riordan
The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket
Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss
A cool denim book bag with my blog address on it in gold sparkly paint. It's seriously cute. :)
From my grandparents:
Peter & Max by Bill Willingham (Yes, I nearly screamed when I got this...)
Jack of Fables vol. 3: The Bad Prince by Bill Willingham
Jack of Fables vol. 6: The Books of War by Bill Willingham
(I own 4 and 5 already)
From my uncle:
Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
My parents also gave us this cool sign to hang up that says - Home is Where Your Story Begins... really cute. It's going to go above our fireplace with our wedding photo. :)
Also, my hubby racked up some serious Borders giftcards (3 of them!)... and I got one too! :) I think I may siphon off some of his if he lets me *plots evilly*.
So, what kind of awesome stuff did you guys get?