Sunday, September 13, 2009

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at Story Siren

It's been a light week in the book department.  I haven't bought any new ones (although I've seen ones I would like).  I did receive a few though.


A Circle of Souls  Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi

     The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. With the murderer on the loose, the police desperately look for any clues to lead to his identy. Meanwhile, a psychiatrist in a nearby hospital is also in a desperate search to find the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings s devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope. When these two situations converge, they set off an alarming chain of events. In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession  The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

     John Charles Gilkey is an obsessed, unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of rare books from book fairs, stories, and libraries around the country. Ken Sanders is the self-appointed "bibliodick" (book dealer with a penchant for detective work) driven to catch him.
Journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett befriended both eccentric characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure. With a mixture of suspense, insight, and humor, she not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his dirtiest crimes and how Sanders ultimately caught him, but also explores the romance of books, the lure to collect them, and the temptation to steal them.
Immersing the reader in a rich, wide world of literary obsession, Bartlett looks at the history of book passion, collection, and theft through the ages, to examine the craving that makes some people willing to stop at nothing to possess the books they love.

Defining Twilight: Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT  Defining Twilight by Brian Leaf

The Defining Twilight vocabulary workbook takes a bite out of tedious studying with a thrilling new way to master your vocabulary skills for the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT exams. You'll use this workbook side-by-side with your own copy of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight. Each chapter of the workbook gives you eight words taken from Twilight, with page references for you to read the words in the context of your favorite novel. You'll attempt to define the words on your own before turning back to the workbook for their actual definitions. Once you have a grip on the words and their meanings, you'll learn their word parts and some useful synonyms. Plus, you'll get memorization tools so you're sure to retain what you've learned. At the end of each section you'll take SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT drills to test and integrate your new vocabulary skills. Why use a boring, dated workbook when you can use this workbook and improve your vocabulary skills with Twilight <li>Learn synonyms, word parts, and memorization tools <li>Get drills and quizzes to review and integrate what you've learned.  Whether you're on Team Edward or Team Jacob, any Twilight fan can turn to Defining Twilight to master vocabulary for the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT exams.      

*I have no need to study for any of the exams, but the author contacted me about this book.  It intrigues me, so I accepted!

Wake (Dream Catcher, #1)  Wake by Lisa McMann

     Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people's dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.


  1. I didn't love Wake, but hopefully you will!

  2. Sophie - I'm sorry to here that. I've heard such great things about the series. But, it's always disappointing to learn that someone didn't like it.


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