Sunday, January 23, 2011

In My Mailbox (33)

In My Mailbox is a meme originally hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren (click for more information) that shares all the new books you've bought, borrowed, received, or traded for the week.

I noticed some of my favorite blogs stopped updating and I really don't want to follow in their footsteps. Although I haven't been really blogging, I've been reading probably more than ever (:

Library books/for review:

Crazy by Han Nolan

Fifteen-year-old Jason has fallen upon bad times—his mother has died and his father has succumbed to mental illness. As he tries to hold his crazy father and their crumbling home together, Jason relies on a host of imaginary friends for guidance as he stumbles along trying not to draw attention to his father’s deteriorating condition.

Both heartbreaking and funny, CRAZY lives up to the intense and compelling characters Han Nolan is praised for. As Jason himself teeters on the edge of insanity, Nolan uncovers the clever coping system he develops for himself and throws him a lifeline in the guise of friendship.

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner


Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal.

The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?

All You Get is Me by Yvonne Prinz

A summer of love, loss, and justice.
Things were complicated enough for Roar, even before her father decided to yank her out of the city and go organic. Suddenly, she’s a farm girl, albeit a reluctant one, selling figs at the farmers’ market and developing her photographs in a ramshackle shed. Caught between a troublemaking sidekick named Storm, a brooding, easy-on-the-eyes L.A. boy, and a father on a human rights crusade that challenges the fabric of the farm community, Roar is going to have to tackle it all—even with dirt under her fingernails and her hair pulled back with a rubber band meant for asparagus.

 A big thanks goes to Goodreads for this one! I won it in Goodreads Firstreads (:

The Sweetness of Salt by Cecilia Galante

Julia just graduated as her high school valedictorian, has a full ride to college in the fall and a coveted summer internship clerking for a federal judge. But when her older sister, Sophie, shows up at the graduation determined to reveal some long buried secrets, Julia's carefully constructed plans come to a halt. Instead of the summer she had painstakingly laid out, Julia follows Sophie back to Vermont, where Sophie is opening a bakery—and struggling with some secrets of her own. What follows is a summer of revelations—some heartwarming, some heartbreaking, and all slowly pointing Julia toward a new understanding of both herself and of the sister she never really knew.

The Kid Table by Andrea Seigel

Ingrid Bell and her five teenage cousins are such a close-knit group that they don't really mind sitting at the kid table—even if they have to share it with a four-year-old. But then Brianne, the oldest cousin, lands a seat at the adult table and leaves her cousins shocked and confused. What does it take to graduate from the kid table?

Over the course of five family events, Ingrid chronicles the coming-of-age of her generation. Her cousins each grapple with growing pains, but it is Ingrid who truly struggles as she considers what it means to grow up. When first love comes in the form of first betrayal (he's Brianne's boyfriend), Ingrid is forced to question her own personality and how she fits into her family. The cousins each take their own path toward graduating into adulthood—only to realize that maybe the kid table was where they wanted to be all along.

I also bought seven books today for about 8 dollars! They are still on hold, so I'll post them for next week's IMM. Miss you all, I hope everyone is enjoying the winter! (:

What's in your mailbox? 


Blueicegal ♥ said...

Saraaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! It is so damn awesome to see you blogging again, I have missed you. I hope it's something you do more frequently missy, awesome books enjoy! :)

Amelia said...

Sara! Missed you! Hope you enjoy THE SCORCH TRIALS :D Those other books look good too!

Sara said...

Aw thanks (: Missed you guys too!! And Aly- me too, my life isn't the same without it!

Julie said...

Awesome mailbox! I need to read The Maze Runner sometime in my free time... (: Enjoy!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

What a great list of books! The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials are on my to-buy list for this year! Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Yaaaay! Sara's back!!!!!! :D :D :D

Awesome books! All You Get is Me looks really good and I got The Maze Runner last week. I've heard The Scorch Trials is better,though. And 7 books for $8?!?! That's crazy!! Hope you enjoy your books :)

Good Golly Miss Holly said...

I'd probably read ALL YOU GET first but they pretty much all look great.

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

I LOVE the sound of The Sweetness of Salt! Something about it resonates. Great mailbox, Sara! I hope you enjoy all your books :)

Rowena said...

Ooh, nice haul! I'm itching to read All You Get Is Me. I look forward to reading your review on that one. =)

Moonlight Gleam said...

Awesome Haul! Thank you for sharing, I look forward to your reviews!

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Anonymous said...

Welcome back Sara!! :)

Great books you've got here. I really love the concept for The Kid Table. I think it's something everyone can relate to.