MM - September 10

Besides being broke and laid off this week, I did get a surprising book haul. It's all for free too, thankfully. I went to two stores with my mother, one used (Goodwill as she wanted to check out some pants for herself, and of course I HAD to browse the used books!), and another store where I found three books for $1.00 each. She offered to buy them for me, what would we do without mothers? She's so sweet. We just got back from a dinner tonight.

Also, I ordered some free little books from the same place that sent me a free New Testament study bible. Such generous folks, those arrived in the mail quickly.

I also won a "book swag" contest from Confessions of a booky monster, but I'm waiting to feature those when they arrive.

Why I enjoy Mailbox Mondays, I don't know. It's such a fun feature. I know a lot of people have switched overs to others but for the time being MM really suits my style.

First, here are the free biblical study books/pamplets they sent me in the mail:

Bible Study Booklets

My cat kept trying to get in the way!!

Goodwill Spree

I was pretty excited to find these. Ever since I read Gifts of Magic, I have been curious about more Lois Duncan. Not only did I find more books by her, but these are the same remade covers with the unusual texture and feel as Gifts of Magic. They're awesome in person and in mint condition.

I remember liking the movie I know what you did last summer, despite others dissing it. The book may indeed be better, time and reading will tell. Killing Mr. Griffin looks generic but cute so we shall see.

Presenting one of the shortest back cover blurbs EVER

The plan was only to scare their English teacher ...

They never actually intended to kill Mr. Griffin. But sometimes plans go wrong.

And, for I know what you did last summer:

They thought the worst summer of their lives was behind them... They make a pact: They'll never talk about it again. And they don't - until the note. One short sentence is enough to shatter their lives. Someone knows what they did. And someone wants revenge.

FINALLY I got Harry Potter. I keep finding other versions but didn't want to pick up out of order. Yes, I haven't read the book, pretty surprising. I finally watched the films last year and greatly enjoyed them. Need to catch up with everyone else.

Halfway to the Grave was a pleasant surprise too, as it's the first book in a popular paranormal romance series.

Im sure everyone knows what Harry Potter is about, so I'll just post the blurb for Halfway to the grave:

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father--the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner--are there actually "good" vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

New Books

The first is a cute book that I wasn't sure what to make of. It's in the third in a series and just adorable, listed as Gothic comedy.

Have Edgar & Ellen met their mischievous match? The stars of Nicktoons animated series descend into the sewers to find out.

Someone is tormenting the fine people of Nod's Limbs--and for once, it's not Edgar & Ellen! A new prankster is one step ahead of the twins, making mischief all over town. To discover the identity of this daring new foe, Edgar & Ellen must descend under town...and stop this rash of copycat capers once and for all!

The School for Dangerous Girls

Angela's parents think she's on the road to ruin because she's dating a "bad boy." After her behavior gets too much for them, they ship her off to Hidden Oak. Isolated and isolating, Hidden Oak promises to rehabilitate "dangerous girls." But as Angela gets drawn in further and further, she discovers that recovery is only on the agenda for the "better" girls. The other girls -- designated as "the purple thread" -- will instead be manipulated to become more and more dangerous . . . and more and more reliant on Hidden Oak's care

My Life in Pink & Green

Twelve-year-old Lucy Desberg is a natural problem solver. After the local homecoming queen shows up at her family’s struggling drugstore with a beauty disaster that Lucy helps to fix, Lucy has a long line of makeover customers for every school dance and bat mitzvah. But all the makeup tips in the world won’t help save the pharmacy. If only she could find a way to make the pharmacy the center of town again—a place where people want to spend time, like in the old days. Lucy dreams up a solution that could resuscitate the family business and help the environment, too. But will Lucy’s family stop fighting long enough to listen to a seventh-grader?
This book is a funny and sweet debut featuring an unforgettable narrator who knows what she wants, whether it’s great makeup, a killer business plan, or a better world.