Sunday, March 8, 2009

In My Mailbox (3/2 to 3/7)

I am "stealing" this from The Story Siren. If you want to find out more about it click here. Anyway, these are books I got this week at the bookstore, library, and in the mail, of course. All summaries are either from Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

The Received:

Girlfriend Material by Melissa Kantor

If Kate were Lady Brett Ashley, the devastating heroine of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, she'd spend her summers careering around the Riviera in her coupe, breaking hearts by the dozen--because why not? In reality, Kate's never even had a boyfriend, and she'll be spending the summer abetting her mom's lame ploy to make her dad jealous: running off to Cape Cod and crashing at the seaside home of her wealthy friends, the Cooper-Melnicks. To add to the shame, the Cooper-Melnicks' gorgeous daughter Sarah is a bit like Lady Brett, and she seems less than thrilled to hang out with her new houseguest. Any dreams Kate once had of a perfect summer are ruined.

That is, until Sarah's cute, witty friend Adam starts drawing Kate into the fold--and seems intrigued. With Adam around, Kate feels like she just might have a bit of heartbreaker potential after all. But when a breezy summer romance quickly grows more complicated can Kate keep pretending her relationship with Adam is just a carefree fling? Or will she take the risk and tell him her real feelings? Suddenly Kate is asking herself a question she never thought she'd stoop to: Is she girlfriend material? ( To Be Released May 2009)

I am so excited about this!!

Nothing But Ghosts by Beth Kephart

Ever since her mother passed away, Katie's been alone in her too-bit house with her genius dad, who restores old paintings for a living. Katie takes a summer job at a garden estate where, with the help of two brothers and a glamorous librarian, she soon becomes embroiled in decoding a mystery. There are secrets and shadows at the heart of Nothing But Ghosts, symbols hidden in a time-darkened painting, and surprises behind a locked bedroom door. But most of all, this is a love story-- the story of a girl who learns about love while also learning to live with her own ghosts. (To Be Released June 2009)

This looks so good. I can't wait to start it.

Miss Match by Wendy Toliver

Sasha Finnegan has always had a knack for setting people up, and at sixteen, she's turned her talent into an online business, molding high school crushes into true love. But Sasha finds her toughest match yet when hottie Derek Urban asks her to set him up with Sasha's gorgeous sister, Maddie. It's not that Derek isn't a good catch. In fact, after spending so much time with him, Sasha can't help but think he's perfect -- for her, that is.

Can Sasha push her feelings aside for the sake of her business? Or has this miss finally found her match? (Out now)

Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald

Take an administrative snafu, a bad breakup, and what shall heretofore be known as "The Hot-Tub Incident," and you’ve got two unprepared sophomores on a semester abroad. For American party girl Tasha, an escape to Oxford may be a chance to ditch her fame as a tabloid temptress, but wading Uggs-deep in feminist theory is not her idea of a break. Meanwhile, the British half of the exchange, studious Emily, nurses an aching heart amid the bikinis and beer pong of U.C. Santa Barbara. Soon desperation has the girls texting each other tips — on fitting in, finding love, and figuring out who they really are. With an anthropologist’s eye for detail and a true ear for teen-speak, exciting new novelist Abby McDonald has crafted a funny, fast-paced, poignant look at survival, sisterhood, and the surprising ways we discover our true selves. ( To Be Released March 10)

This looks cute.

The Bought:

The Borrowed:

Not the best book week mail wise, but other than that it was a fantastic week for books! :)


  1. The cover for Girlfriend Material is beautiful. You got a good week for books, mail-wise or not!

  2. That's a lot of awesome books! I didn't know that My Big Nose... had been released to stores already.

    Also, your library has an awesome selection! Lots of new books already there.

    Can't wait to see what you think of Lament! :) I hung out with Maggie the other night- she's awesome.

  3. Bookchic same here. My review copy has it down as an April release. I can't wait to see what you think of Zombie Queen.

  4. so many great books! your library has way more than mine! Girlfriend Material looks really cute and I can't wait to read Zombie Queen

  5. Your library is very up-to-date! Where do you keep your library book pile? Mine are all across my room (on desk, endtable, under pillow, on top of my bed, on the widowsill) :D

  6. The Bookworm: I keep my library pile all over my room, too. Though, mostly on my bed, my bookshelves, and on the floor in a pile. It's a bit messy. lol

  7. I never heard of the first one. Seems good!

  8. wow lauren! what a load! and fabulous books to boot! you had a great week. I'm really looking forward to reading Girlfriend Material.

  9. I love the cover of Girlfriend Material and Nothing But Ghosts! :)

  10. I'm reading Tantalize right now. Jealous that your library also has Lament. I want to read that!

    That's a lot of great books - even though many are borrowed!

  11. Great week! Zombie Queen looks great--i've heard lots of positive reviews for that one. And I got Miss Match last week and can't wait to begin--it looks super-cute!

  12. You have had a great week. Your library selection is beyond amazing. Our library does not have a really good selection. Your selection of books is astounding Lament, Tantalize, Moonlight, Sophmore Switch...WOW! So, what are you going to read first?

  13. You got a pretty nice stack for the borrowed selection!

  14. I'm loving the borrowed section! There are tons of book you have this week I've been wanting to read. I'm loving that cover of Nothing But Ghosts!


  15. Nothing but Ghosts looks awesome!
    If you are interested, I did an interview with Abby McDonald on my blog this week- Sophomore Switch was a fun one!

  16. Brilliant week! Sophomore Switch sounds great!

  17. Oh Wow I am envious! lol Good week!

  18. Wow so many wonderful books. =D Happy reading Lauren!


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