The Mountains of Instead

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

IMM (#32)

In My Mailbox is a meme created and hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren with inspiration from Alea at Pop Culture JunkieAll book titles link to further info at GoodreadsAll books in this IMM post have been received for review/bought/gifted/ loaned/UK Book Toured/NetGalley-ed/acquired through nefarious means.

Sophie Jordan
OUP 2011
This title was responsible for The Crooked Shelf bemoaning the lack of "dragon sexy times", which would have been enough to inspire me to take a peek. Even without that impetus it looks like it has an original premise and should be an enjoyable read.

Twenty Boy Summer
Sarah Ockler
Little Brown 2009
This book has been on my wishlist forever and I have heard only good things about it. I meant to read it during Banned Books Week last year and am glad that I now have time and opportunity to take a look.

Sara Zarr
Little Brown 2008
Forever Young Adult have worn me down with their endless, fawning references to Cameron Quick and I could wait no longer to find out who this mythic figure might be. I'll be investigating Marcus Flutie next...

I Know It's Over
C Kelly Martin
Random House 2009
Another title that I've wanted to read for a while.  Once again, I've read only positive reviews of this book and like the premise.

My Name Is Memory
Ann Brashares
Hodder and Stoughton 2010
I remember being quite intrigued by this one when it was first released and, while I think the idea has been done before, it sounds like the kind of story that could entirely transport the reader.

My Soul To Take
Rachel Vincent
Harlequin 2009
I am curious to see what the author does with banshees. That is all.

Everything I Needed To Know About Being A Girl, I Learned From Judy Blume
Jennifer O'Connell (ed)
Pocket Books 2007
This is a collection of essays by 24 authors who include Meg Cabot, Diane Peterfreund and Megan McCafferty. I'm about half way through and have found them touching, funny and heartfelt. This really is a gem and not only is it enjoyable to read but it is also proving to be a trigger for so many of my own memories. Fabulous.

That's it for this week. As you can see, I'm having a bit of a contemporary fiction kick at the moment and very much enjoying it. And that Judy Blume essay collection is an absolute must read for any of you who read her books as a child and teen. Happy reading!


What a great book week. I am quite envious of Firelight. Happy Reading. Twenty Boy Summer is very good ;D
Great books this week! I loved Firelight and Twenty Boy Summer! Enjoy them all!
Liz. R said…
My Soul to Take is amazing! Very different from the first two, I hope you like it ;). And Firelight looks great - nice haul! Happy reading and have a great week.
Lauren said…
Nice selection.

Not only do we always seem to like the same books, but we're both getting our contemporary on at the same time. Sweet.
Kristy said…
The essay collection looks great, I'm going to get it. I loved Twenty Boy Summer too!
What a lot of great books. I love the sound of the Judy Blume book! Sweethearts has been on my wishlist for EVER. I saw it in a bookshop ONCE but didn't buy it and now I'm kicking myself about it. Firelight sounds really interesting. This is the second time tonight I've heard mention of a CK Kelly Martin book, there might be something into that ..

I LOVED both My Name is Memory and My Soul To Take! :)
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