Sunday, October 9, 2011

In My Mailbox (47)

I've been neglecting the In My Mailbox meme for a while. So I didn't actually get all these books this past week! They've been accumulating for a while... even though I've been trying to limit myself. At least I'll have lots of stuff to read if I go for the Off The Shelf Challenge again next year!

Bought from Kobo:
11 Birthdays
by Wendy Mass

After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

by Penelope Farmer

Why does Flora, as a small child, have memories of people, places and events she could not have experienced? As she grows older, the memories increase in intensity and the name Penelope seems to be hers, not Flora, which everyone calls her. In this compelling novel, Flora slowly and painfully learns the source of her ghostly memoires.

Shark Girl
by Kelly Bingham

On a sunny day in June, at the beach with her mom and brother, fifteen-year-old Jane Arrowood went for a swim. And then everything — absolutely everything — changed. Now she’s counting down the days until she returns to school with her fake arm, where she knows kids will whisper, "That’s her — that’s Shark Girl," as she passes. In the meantime there are only questions: Why did this happen? Why her? What about her art? What about her life? In this striking first novel, Kelly Bingham uses poems, letters, telephone conversations, and newspaper clippings to look unflinchingly at what it’s like to lose part of yourself - and to summon the courage it takes to find yourself again.

Bought from Chapters:
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

The Poison Eaters: and Other Stories
by Holly Black

Poisonous girls whose kisses will kill. A fateful eating contest with the devil. Faeries who return to Ironside, searching for love. A junior prom turned bacchanalia. In twelve short stories, eerie and brimming with suspense and unexpected humor, Holly Black twists the fantastical creatures you thought you knew in ways you’ll never expect.

I guess five fiction titles isn't that bad for a couple of months. It helps that I've stayed away from the actual stores and their tantalizing bargain sections!

What was in your "mailbox" this week?

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren.


  1. 11 Birthdays looks good! Enjoy!

  2. I haven't heard of these, but Shark Girl sounds amazing, as does 11 Birthdays.
    Happy reading.(: