Saturday, December 26, 2009

IMM Christmas Style

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


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.

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

Gideon Seymour, cutpurse and gentleman, hides from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children. Peter Schock and Kate Dyer have fallen straight from the twenty-first century, thanks to an experiment with an antigravity machine. Before Gideon and the children have a chance to gather their wits, the Tar Man takes off with the machine -- and Kate and Peter's only chance of getting home. Soon Gideon, Kate, and Peter are swept into a journey through eighteenth-century London and form a bond that, they hope, will stand strong in the face of unfathomable treachery.

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

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.

It's been seventy five days. Amy's sick of her parents suddenly taking an interest in her, and she's really sick of people asking her about Julia. Julia's gone, and Amy doesn't want to talk about it. No one knew Julia like she did. No one gets what life is without her.

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)

From Mom:
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?


  1. Whoa you seriously scored! Great gifts!

  2. what a loot! I loved Wicked Lovely :)

  3. You come a way with some cool books!

  4. Congratulations on getting so many great books! Love the sign your parents gave you, and the bag sounds too cute. Enjoy!

  5. Awww that sign does sound really cute. And you got a ton of books for Christmas/around Christmas. I hope you enjoy them.

    I just realized that the third book in The Gideon Trilogy has been out for a couple of months so I'll have to pick it up. I hope you like Gideon the Cutpurse.

    Happy reading!!

  6. OMG! You got Peter and Max, you lucky duck! Enjoy!

  7. I used Swagbucks for shopping, too!

  8. That's awesome about the book bag!! Enjoy all your books!!

  9. I so have to get Silverwing. It sounds like a wonderful book.

  10. I have Never Cry Werewolf in my shelf, haven't read it yet though. I hope you will review it so I get to know what you think of it! :)

  11. What a nice bunch of books your received. You certainly have thoughtful relatives. Love You Hate You Miss You sounds great. I'm eager to hear what you think of it. Happy reading!

  12. Nice books! Love you hate you miss you looks soo good.

    Here's what I got:

    Have a great New Year!

  13. So Many Great Books!

    I Loved Love You, Hate You, Miss you. It was good!

    Enjoy all your presents =)


  14. Rowanhood looks so good! Love the cover!

  15. Oh, I loved Rowan Hood! I haven't read it in awhile though. I need to go pick it up again I think...

  16. Sounds like your Christmas haul was awesome. I hear so many good things about Elizabeth Scott, I need to check her books out!

  17. Congrats, looks like you have some great reading ahead of you.

    I love that sign.

  18. Wow looks like you got heaps of really cool books this week. Hope you enjoy reading them all.

  19. You go girl! Steal his giftcards! *helps devise plot in hopes you'll share* :P You came off with some terrific books. I've been really wanting to read Elizabeth Scott's books. They all sound so good. The book bag and sign sound so cool. Me wants pictures! lol.


  20. I fully support the idea of swiping the gift cards. In fact, I suggest the old "haven't-seen-it-nope" adage.

    I love that your family supports your reading habits by giving books -- that's so wonderful to see.

    Happy reading!

  21. the bag with ur blog address is a really cute idea!
    I got 2 giftcards to Halfprice Books, the local used book store so Im happy too :)

  22. Wow - awesome haul! Thanks for reminding me I wanted to read Rowanhood :) I just mooched a copy for myself.
    Gift cards are the best! I'm sure your supper hubby will share his with you :)

  23. Wow! What a haul. I was thrilled to get a copy of Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon since it has been on my wish list forever.


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