September 24, 2011

In My Mailbox #26



Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley.

""I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion." A summer evening's ghost stories, lonely insomnia in a moonlit Alpine's room, and a runaway imagination--fired by philosophical discussions with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley about science, galvanism, and the origins of life--conspired to produce for Marry Shelley this haunting night specter. By morning, it had become the germ of her Romantic masterpiece, Frankenstein."

Stealing Bases, by Keri Mikulski.

"Reformed mean girl Kylie Collins desperately wants to put the craziness of basketball season behind her. (And with it, her cheater ex, Zachary Murphy.) Maybe she'll finally be able to silence her snarky streak and concentrate on her lifelong dream - being recruited for Division One softball.

But when Kylie arrives at her first softball practice of the season, she comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare: Amber McDonald, the best pitcher in the state.

Now, Kylie's forced to warm the bench as Amber wows crowds again and again. With all the drama happening out on the softball diamond, Kylie finds herself drawn back to bad habits-sabotaging people and hanging out with a certain Zachary Murphy."


The Radleys, by Matt Haig.

"Just about everyone knows a family like the Radleys. Many of us grew up next door to one. They are a modern family, averagely content, averagely dysfunctional, living in a staid and quiet suburban English town. Peter is an overworked doctor whose wife, Helen, has become increasingly remote and uncommunicative. Rowan, their teenage son, is being bullied at school, and their anemic daughter, Clara, has recently become a vegan. They are typical, that is, save for one devastating exception: Peter and Helen are vampires and have—for seventeen years—been abstaining by choice from a life of chasing blood in the hope that their children could live normal lives.
One night, Clara finds herself driven to commit a shocking—and disturbingly satisfying—act of violence, and her parents are forced to explain their history of shadows and lies. A police investigation is launched that uncovers a richness of vampire history heretofore unknown to the general public. And when the malevolent and alluring Uncle Will, a practicing vampire, arrives to throw the police off Clara’s trail, he winds up throwing the whole house into temptation and turmoil and unleashing a host of dark secrets that threaten the Radleys’ marriage.
The Radleys is a moving, thrilling, and radiant domestic novel that explores with daring the lengths a parent will go to protect a child, what it costs you to deny your identity, the undeniable appeal of sin, and the everlasting, iridescent bonds of family love. Read it and ask what we grow into when we grow up, and what we gain—and lose—when we deny our appetites."

34 comments:

  1. Ooh, Stealing Bases sounds really good! I'll have to check it out. Great mailbox!

    New follower :)
    Andie

    My Mailbox

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  2. Great books! If you haven't read them yet, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and Possess by Gretchen McNeil would be great for your creepy/Halloween theme. Trust me, they made me feel paranoid in my room. :P

    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Stealing Bases is awesome! And I'm reading The Radleys right now and am really enjoying it.

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  4. i really want to read stealing bases. awesome books this week--enjoy!! :D

    hope you can stop by our IMM.

    -michelle

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  5. Thanks for stopping by:) The Radleys looks good. Great IMM!
    Rebecca
    www.bendingthespine.blogspot.com

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  6. The Radleys looks really good! Can't wait to read your thoughts.

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  7. Great mailbox this week - enjoy!

    Happy Reading
    Crys
    Wannabe Librarian's IMM

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  8. I've heard a lot about The Radleys. It sounds super awesome. Hope you enjoy :D

    My IMM!

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  9. Great list of books! Stealing Bases sounds really good.
    Book Sniffers Anonymous

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  10. I've read frankenstein when I was in grade school so I can't remember much about it anymore. I think I'll try to read that again if I have the time.

    Thanks for stopping by. Happy Reading!

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  11. Anna Dressed in Blood sounds really good. I love the cover, it's slightly creepy!

    Books of Amber

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  12. I've had Frankenstein in my list forever...I think I may even own a copy. I might have to add that to my October reading list, too. The others sound good, going to have the check them out!
    PS - like your nails ;-) lol

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  13. I've heard of The Radleys. It sounds super-creepy & good. I hope you enjoy your books!
    Thanks for stopping by The Bookish Babes!

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  14. I love Frankenstein...it's a favorite classic in College so I've read it multiple times but I love it every time! I think The Radleys sounds so good! Great IMM this week!


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  15. I've heard great things about Stealing Bases!

    Thanks for stopping by My Mailbox .

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  16. Hope you enjoy all your books! My IMM is here. Happy Reading!

    Come celebrate Banned Book Week with Elyssa and me HERE!

    ~Zakiya LadyWings

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  17. Great IMM! I bought Frankenstein years ago, but still haven't gotten around to reading it. Also, I didn't realize Beautiful Darkness was any different in paperback than Beautiful Creatures, other than the color. I love the blue. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  18. Enjoy your new books! I have a copy of The Radleys, hoping to read it soon. Happy reading!

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  19. Hope you enjoy all of your books this week!

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  20. Ooo, Frankenstein is one of those books I've always meant to read! I have it on my kindle and think I might make the effort to read it before Halloween this year...but I hope you love it!

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  21. Looks like you are in for some great Fall reading! All of your books look excellent. Enjoy your new reads :)

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  22. Great books you have this week. Enjoy them all.

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  23. Awesome books you got this week! The Radley sounds good, will be adding it to my tbr pile!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, hope you enjoy your books :)

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  24. I read Frankenstein back in high school and remember it as one of those required reading books that was actually enjoyable! And The Radleys sounds really good, I'm surprised I haven't heard of it yet!

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  25. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I haven't really read many classics yet - the one classic that I did enjoy was REBECCA.

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  26. Thanks for stopping by. I have read Frankenstein a whopping total of 4 times thanks to high school English and my college lit courses. I think they've ruined the book for me. I hope you enjoy it. If you're looking for a companion, you might try This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel. It's a sort of prequel set in Victor's teenage years. I liked it pretty well. Happy reading!

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  27. Thanks for stopping by earlier!

    I have a copy of Frankenstein but never read it. I think I just bought it because the cover was nice (leather-bound with a gold stitch design all around):P

    Yeah, I was surprised I haven't seen The Radleys until recently and I actually haven't seen the cover you have!

    Happy reading!:)

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  28. I've never read Frankenstein before. Only watched the movie! Great picks for this week and thanks for stopping by my blog! Enjoy reading :)

    http://forget8me8not.blogspot.com

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  29. The Radleys sounds interesting, like lots has gone into it. Reminds me of something, but I'm not sure what. Thanks for stopping by earlier. I hope you enjoy Elixir whenever you get around to it.

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  30. Stealing Bases sounds really good. I hope you enjoy your books!

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  31. It is weird that there isn't much assigned reading at school. Everyone seems to be teaching test specific and missing the larger view. I am glad to see that you have a passion for books even if they aren't assigned. Awesome. Stealing Bases looks really good. Happy reading.

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  32. The Radleys sound interesting; I never heard of it. I should check it out =) And I so need to do a classics and go back and read Frankenstein! Thanks for sharing your IMM!!

    SpadesHigh @ SpadesHighReads.com

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  33. Good luck in all your AP classes =) i hope you also enjoy all of your books. Come check out my IMM!!

    http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com/2011/09/in-my-mailbox-5.html

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  34. Great IMM! Frankenstein is a pretty good book. I hadn't heard of Stealing Bases or The Radleys before but they sound really good. Hope you enjoy your new books! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

    Jennie

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