Monday, October 19, 2009

Mailbox Monday - 10/19

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I am trying to keep my vow to get my "to be read" pile under 100 books before I add new ones. Still, I got some wishes granted on my wishlist this week. So, those are the books listed below. I also keep getting books from the library...I have to stop that!!!

Anyway, the first book below is another Daniel Pinkwater book; I read two of his novels earlier this month and really enjoyed them. They are hilarious! So I ordered it "4 Fantastic Novels" book off of

2nd book is "Life as We Knew It" by Susan Beth Pfeffer. I have heard a lot about this book and am excited to read it.

The 3rd book is "The Barbed Rose"; this is the 2nd book in the Compass Rose trilogy by Gail Dayton. I am trying to collect all three before I start reading this series.

See below for the books and more info on them!

"4 Fantastic Novels" by Daniel Pinkwater

First Sentence: "This is how Borgel turned up."
From "Whether you know Daniel Pinkwater as a children's book author (and you should, he's written over 40 fabulous books) or as a National Public Radio commentator, you must agree that he is a very, very funny guy. Though his books are perfectly nonsensical and absurd in all the best ways, they leave you feeling strangely serene about the universe. Whether his books introduce us to muffin-eating polar bears (Larry), really old time-traveling men (Uncle Borgel), or 266-pound chickens (Henrietta from The Hoboken Chicken Emergency), they each reflect a polite world where people (and other species) basically respect each other--warts, multiple heads, foul smells (we're thinking of the Bloboform), and all. As luck would have it, four of Pinkwater's previously published novels are now combined in one delicious and aptly named paperback volume, 4 Fantastic Novels. In it you'll find Borgel, Yobgorgle: Mystery Monster of Lake Ontario, The Worms of Kukumlima, and The Snarkout Boys and the Baconburg Horror, none of which will disappoint. Fans will want to pick up 5 Novels as well, a collection which includes Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars, Slaves of Spiegel, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, The Last Guru, and Young Adult Novel."

"Life as We Knew It" by Susan Beth Pfeffer

First Sentence: "Lisa is pregnant."
From "It's almost the end of Miranda's sophomore year in high school, and her journal reflects the busy life of a typical teenager: conversations with friends, fights with mom, and fervent hopes for a driver's license. When Miranda first begins hearing the reports of a meteor on a collision course with the moon, it hardly seems worth a mention in her diary. But after the meteor hits, pushing the moon off its axis and causing worldwide earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, all the things Miranda used to take for granted begin to disappear. Food and gas shortages, along with extreme weather changes, come to her small Pennsylvania town; and Miranda's voice is by turns petulant, angry, and finally resigned, as her family is forced to make tough choices while they consider their increasingly limited options. Yet even as suspicious neighbors stockpile food in anticipation of a looming winter without heat or electricity, Miranda knows that that her future is still hers to decide even if life as she knew it is over."

"The Barbed Rose" by Gail Dayton

First Sentence: "Halt, stand and identify yourself and your business."
From "Demon hordes still threaten the Kingdom while open rebellion has broken out within its cities, separating Kallista from her new family.

Assassination attempts, magical attacks -- she's surrounded by devastation unlike anything she's ever known, and her unique magic power no longer works as it should. Yet her own pain must yield to the needs of her country, for this military mage is charged with searching the four directions of the world for the other "Godmarked" -- the only ones who can help her keep demon invaders from shattering her world.

But can she find them in time?"

That's it for this week! Hope you all have a good week :-) Happy Reading!


  1. Looks like you got some goodies this week. Happy reading.

  2. Some great sounding books! I also love that you include the first sentence. I find that the first sentence can be so catchy. :)

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  3. I always like read the first sentence or paragraph of a book! It give me a good feel for the writing style and how the book is going to be :-)