In My Mailbox - April 2011

Monday, May 02, 2011

For this month's In My Mailbox, I am going to try a vlog because I got a MacBook Air for graduation and now have a web cam. We will see how this goes... please forgive my lack of video skills! I will list all books mentioned in the vlog below.

Borrowed from the Library
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (translated by Julie Rose)
Various books on Sony E-reader

The Course of French History by Pierre Goubret
Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson
Anthropology by Dan Rhodes
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Therese Raquin by Emile Zola
Wings Free by Aprilynne Pike
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain
Rudyard Kipling Collection by Rudyard Kipling

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Table of Contents by various authors
The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien
Gollum: How We Made Movie Magic by Andy Serkis

The Soldier's Wife by Margaret LeRoy
Unbelievable Adventures of WWII German War Bride by Ingeborg M. Johnston

The Quest for the Cure by Brent R. Stockwell
The Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

Just in the process of uploading this video I've figured out a few tips and tricks to improve my vlogging next month. Thanks for your patience!


  1. I read Wings for free on my phone with the Kindle application. It was my first eReader experience and it was okay. I still prefer a real book. The book itself was fun and enjoyable, and I can't wait to read the next two in the series. I hope you like it.

    Water For Elephants...oh my goodness! I read this not too terribly long ago, a little while before the movie came out. I was a bit nervous about it because I had never read a post-Depression era traveling circus book before...but I found that Ms. Gruen was well-educated about the circus culture and she knows a thing or two about the animals she is writing about. There is definitely a love story in there, but it doesn't overwhelm everything else. I just KNOW you will love it. I still haven't seen the movie, but I seriously can't wait...

    And finally, I am having a FIT to read Cutting For Stone. It was one of the NPR Book readalong selections a month or two ago and I wanted to read along with them, but I just wasn't able to fit it into my schedule. Plus I didn't have the book yet. It sounds like a wonderful story.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. It is good to hear that Wings is a good one! I haven't read anything on a phone but I think it would be tough. I love reading on my e-reader though, especially when I work out because I can make the font larger.

    It's good to hear such a positive review of Water for Elephants. I want to read it before I see the movie so hopefully I will get to it soon!

    I am excited to read Cutting For Stone too! I think I am going to read it next week because I will be visiting my in-laws and I want them to see me reading it and know that I am grateful for it. :) Thanks for your comment!

  3. Holy moly that's a lot of books! And yay for vlogs :o)

    I've tried Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie and it was too hard to get into. Maybe I should try Haroun.

  4. Yay Haroun! Oh I'm so excited.

    And I am almost done with Luka and the Fire of Life. Oh man. Major literary crush on Salman Rushdie. You should pick that one up after you read Haroun, it's a sequel. Sarah, try him again! I swear, once you get in you never want to leave.

  5. Wow. A great pile of books! They all seem great. Happy reading :)
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    Mia @GrippedintoBooks

  6. Great vlog!! And what a lot of fantastic books you've picked up!

  7. @Sarah - I've heard that Midnight's Children is pretty rough. Haroun was a fun little adventure - I'd love to see it turned into a movie.

    @A Mitton - I've heard Luka is really cool, like a video game or something. Haroun was so fun, I need to write that review soon.

    @MiaandSofia - Gotta love the months with lots of books!

    @Coffee and a Book Chick - Thanks!


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