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In My Mailbox #55 – the “Oops, I thought I was putting these on my wishlist, not in my shopping cart” edition

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All my IMM posts can be found here!

What up, yo!

First a True Story:

Thursday, 6pm, I see a parcel on my front stoop.

Me: Ooo! A parcel! I wonder what it is! I thought I’d gotten everything I was supposed to get already.
Husband: Well, aren’t you special.
Me: *opens parcel and see’s The Humming Room by Ellen Potter*
Me: Ooohh! The Humming Room! I totally wanted to read this!
Husband: Wait, didn’t YOU BUY this book?
Me: I guess I did. I don’t remember, but I guess I did, I mean, the packing slip says I did. I think I remember doing this.
Husband: You know you have a book-buying problem when you can’t even remember what books you’re getting anymore.
Me: *maturely sticks out tongue at husband*

End scene.

And now! The books I mention in this video:

Surprise ARCs from Simon & Schuster Canada

Accidentally bought from Book Depository (er… & Chapigo)  (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it)

  • The Flight of Gemma Hardy – Margot Livesey
  • Unrest – Michelle Harrison
  • Poison Heart – S. B. Hayes
  • A Witch in Winter – Ruth Warburton
  • The Book of Blood and Shadow – Robin Wasserman
  • Violet Wings (book 1)  – Victoria Hanley
  • The Humming Room – Ellen Potter
  • Renegade Magic (The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson, #2) – Stephanie Burgis

And, hey! I’d link all of these up to Goodreads as usual, but the site just went down as I was finishing up this post, so, you get two links for your viewing pleasure. You’ll have to find the others on your own because I will totally forget about coming back here and fixing up this post once it’s done. I have no memory capacity anymore. =P

I’m going to continue reading Unrest now. Happy weekend, Internet!


  • Caroline

    Great books this week and hopefully you are over your reading funk. I am desperate to get Envy as Fury was one of my faves from last year. A Witch In Winter is really cool and I am currently bidding on Poison Heart on ebay so fingers crossed I’ll win that as it sounds really good.
    Does your husband show any interest on the books you get? Everytime I get a new book I show it to my fiance but he isn’t overly enthusiastic!

    • Cat

      My husband laughs at my book obsession most of the time, but in a very loving manner. 🙂 We’re both big fantasy fans so we tend to read the same books in that genre (adult fantasy, however. Not YA.) Sometimes he’ll pick up a Middle Grade book if I tell him it’s something he’d like.

      I think I might read Poison Heart next since I just finished (and loved) Unrest. Reading funk is vanishing, I think!

  • Lindsay @ Turning the Pages

    HAHAHAHA! I think I found my sister-friend… OMG, I have so been there with the surprise package – or at least that’s how I played it off. LOVE

    Anyways, great haul this week and I hope you enjoy them all!

    Happy Reading!
    Lindsay @ Turning the Pages

    • Cat

      I was honestly surprised (and confused) when The Humming Room showed up! It was one of those “Oh, I remember thinking about wanting this, but I forgot I bought it” moments. I have surprise moments a lot, sadly. One day I forgot I was wearing two sweaters and was surprised when I went up to bed and started to change. My husband laughed A LOT over that one. My confusion over where the second sweater came from… ugh. I fear for my sanity as I get older. :mrgreen:

      Best thing about pre-ordering books way before they come out? I’m surprised when they show up at my door. haha!

  • Kailana

    I am doing the same thing. I am not reading but I bought books. Bad me! I was on Goodreads last night and you said how you really liked the 3rd book in the Hex Hall series and I figured I really have to read that series, so thanks to you I ended up buying book 1 last night… On top of all the other books I have bought lately…

    Also, those books look good! I look forward to your reviews. 🙂

    • Cat

      I think you’ll really enjoy the Hex Hall series. I know that Sassymonkey does too. They are laugh out loud fun books. Not too much boy angst, but lots of sass and action. It’s a good series to pick up when you’re feeling down or not in the mood for reading. Light, funny and actiony!

    • Cat


      And yes… the top of my piano is home to my Enchanted Forest – all of my faerie figurines and a couple of enchanted trees (aka Ents that I stole from my husband’s Dungeons & Dragons collection).

    • Cat

      I have been staring at The Unnaturalists since I got it on Friday. I want to read it NOW. I just don’t like reading books months before I have to write about them. I have to read and write in order. GAH! 🙂

  • Ginny

    Loved your IMM soooo much. You rock! The Book of Blood and Shadow was pretty interesting. Be prepared, it is not a paranormal or anything like that! I was expecting that, but oh no, it was modern-ish!

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