The Mountains of Instead

Championing fiction as an escape from pandemics, politics and bad TV.

IMM (#7)

In My Mailbox is a meme created and hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren with inspiration from Alea at Pop Culture Junkie. It basically give book bloggers everywhere the opportunity to share what books they have received/bought/librarised (yes, I know that librarised is not a word) over the last week. All book titles link to further info at Goodreads.

Looking For Alaska
John Green
HarperCollin 2006

I'm a bit behind in discovering John Green. I read this on the same day it arrived in the post and, needless to say for most of you I assume, I now intend to track down and read anything the man has ever written. As this is an older title, I don't plan on reviewing it (just buy it-it's great) but I will be reviewing more recent John Green titles as soon as I get my paws on them.

Prophecy of Days:  The Daykeepers Grimoire
Christy Raedeke
Flux 2010

This one looks pretty good, a bit different and is set on an island off the coast of Scotland. As I grew up on an island off the coast of Scotland I was always going to read this.  Saying that, my island didn't house ancient Mayan relics or Feng Shui masters. Sadly.

Michael Grant
Egmont Books Ltd 2009

Poor Stephen King first got the idea for his last book Under the Dome (about a town stuck under a dome, funnily enough) 25 years ago. He didn't publish it until late last year and in the meantime both the Simpson's movie and Gone appearred - both featuring towns trapped under domes.  If you mixed the mighty King with Lord Of The Flies and X-Men, then you'd probably get Gone.  Nope, didn't sound like my thing either but I have already got the sequel on order. Fun to the funnest (and that's fun) in a sci-fi, we-all-might-die sort of way.

The Sky Is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson
Walker Books 2010

Wasn't planning on buying this as soon as it came out, but the recent excerpts around the blogosphere got me interested and I read it as soon as it arrived.  Review to follow soon - expect raving, because I just loved it. I expect, however, that many may have hated it too and look forward to reading reviews as they appear.

So that was it for this week. Both The Sky Is Everywhere and The Daykeeper's Grimoire count towards the 2010 Debut Author's Challenge so I am pretty pleased to be getting going on that.  Looking forward to seeing what everyone else got this week and happy reading!


Lauren said…
Oooh, I love Looking For Alaska *so* much. After I read it, I gave it to my mum to read and *she* loved it so much she called me at work to find out what else John Green had written. It's a beautiful book, isn't it?

Glad to hear you loved The Sky Is Everywhere, because I won a copy of that last week and I'm super excited to read it.
Splendibird said…
Yes - isn't it fabulous... I actually didn't want to review if because I wanted to think about it all to myself for a while. I may read it again soon, as the characters are still floating about in my head!

I so hope you like The Sky Is Everywhere. I've read generally great reviews of it, but I kind of wonder if it may divide people a little bit... can't wait to hear your thoughts.
Alyssa Kirk said…
Some great books! I enjoyed Gone and just started Prophecy of Days which I'm enjoying. Have fun!
prophecygirl said…
Looking for Alaska is amazing! I love John Green. Really looking forward to hearing what you think of Christy's book too :)
Nomes said…
Glad to hear you liked Gone. I keep waiting for my library to get it in... I think I'll like it.

Looking for Alaska is my fave John Green :) Havent read Will Grayson Will Grayson yet though.

Annnnnnnnnnd I have oredered The Sky is Everywhere from the UK and it's jetting across to me now. I have only heard positively raving things about it - at first I wasn't going to get it as I have recently read a few grief type books and am in the mood for something different, but I've caved - so now I can;t wait to read it :)

Looking forward to your reviews :)
Definitely looking forward to reading your review of The Sky is Everywhere. Have to admit to not having read or heard about any of John Green's work, but will be checking him out now. :)
P.S. I've nominated you for a blog award. Feel free to check it out and participate if you want!
I've been meaning to read Looking for Alaska, it sounds incredible. What a neat cover for it--I've never seen that one before! Also looking forward to reading Prophecy of Days. I have it---it's just waiting for attention! :)

Happy reading!
I've heard much raving about The Sky is Everywhere also. I put off picking it up so far, but I am closer and closer to caving everyday.

Hope you enjoy your reading!
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