In My Mailbox: June Edition


This the second edition of In My Mailbox, a meme hosted by The Modge Podge Bookshelf.

Turns out, I’m way busier without a full-time job.

Since I no longer plan to be at my cubicle for eight hours a day, I have to keep busy. So I schedule time for my freelance gigs. I call up people I’ve always wanted to meet for coffee. I schedule that weekend trip to Niagara Falls. Oh, and my friend gets tickets to Power Ball and can’t go.

And then I realize my schedule is pretty full. But it’s the freakin’ Power Ball. So I go.

But I what I meant to say is: there are way too many books to read and so little time. Here’s what made the shortlist:

GLITTERING_chaos   IMM_bloodletting    MOUNTAINS_echoed   Emperor_of_Maladies

A Glittering Chaos by Lisa de Nikolits
I’m part of the blog tour for A Glittering Chaos, a steamy yet creepy romance thriller. Stay tuned for the review and author interview.

Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
I recently decided that I want to go back to healthcare PR and an expert in the field recommended I read this one. In case you missed it, I heard Lam and other Chinese-Canadian authors speak at a fundraiser last month.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
This is probably the most talked about book right now — maybe just behind Dan Brown’s new book. I need to read this before some well-meaning book blogger ruins it for me with spoilers. (It’s all your fault)

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
I’ve always been interested in The Emperor of All Maladies but was afraid to touch it because it deals with cancer. The very prospect of thinking very hard about cancer makes me emotional.

I learned today that Mukherjee confronts the issue of cancer research funding. If you ever did a run for cancer, biked for cancer, donated for cancer, slapped a gator for cancer, you should ask where your money went and how it’s making a difference. On that note, maybe I can put my emotions aside.

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In My Mailbox: November Edition

This the first edition of In My Mailbox, a meme hosted by The Story Siren.

I received a bunch of promo codes through Kobo last week for participating in their trivia contest so I treated myself to some books on my wishlist:

Something Fierce ~ Carmin Aguirre
Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places ~ Andrew Blackwell

I also wanted to mention two NetGalley titles I look forward to reading:

Sussex Drive ~ Linda Svendsen (just started this!)
Operation Napoleon ~ Arnaldur Indridason

AND I wanted to send a big thank you for Thirty Four Flavours blog and the nice people at Sara Happ for sending me a tub of the most amazing lip scrub:

I didn’t think much of the scrub in the summer but now that my lips are crazy dry from the winter wind and central heating, it’s become a daily ritual. Sara Happ’s lip scrub has none of that paraben nonsense and still manages to moisturize your lips while buffing off dead skin.

The only problem is that it smells so good, you’ll be tempted to eat it.

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In My Mailbox

This is part of an event called In My Mailbox held by The Story Siren.

Did I mention that I have the most awesome friends? I hate to brag but this holiday, I was literally rolling in the sweetest gifts ever. My friend Jocelyn gave me a hard drive full of TV shows and movies and set me up with something called Plex so I can watch TV on my laptop. My friends Mimi and Tina travelled in from New York and Montreal AND gave me a Coach wristlet so I can coffee break in style. (Thanks Ladies!)

And then there were the books!

Abby Slovin, author of Letters In Cardboard Boxes was nice enough to send me a copy of her novel which chronicles the relationship between an eccentric grandmother and her grand daughter through some pretty awesome letters!

John Wiley & Sons Canada sent me an advanced reading copy of It’s Your Money Honey by‘s Laura J McDonald and Susan L. Misner. Read the synopsis on my Waiting for Wednesday post.

And I received Art and Madness by Anne Roiphe from my Bookworm Secret Santa! BIG thank you to my secret Santa, whoever who are!

A few months back I attended the Book Bloggers Meet-Up and was gifted Passing Love by Jacqueline E. Luckett.

And a small gift for myself to feed the Downton Abbey cravings: Below Stairs by Margaret Powell.  Published in the 60’s, Powell writes her memoirs of a 1920’s kitchen maid (like Daisy!). I was lucky enough to find a copy of it at Nicholas Hoare in Toronto!

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