Sunday, October 31, 2010

In My Mailbox and Mailbox Monday - 11/1

IMM is a meme started at The Story Siren with some inspiration from Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you've bought or books that you've gotten at the library.

Mailbox Monday can be found at: The Printed Page

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. 

This week I got three books.  The first was the The Witches' Kitchen by Allen Williams which I got through the Amazon Vine program. 

The second and third we ones I got through and those were: Animal Farm by George Orwell and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Both of these are classics that I am interested in reading.

You can see more information on these books below!  I hope that you all have a great week of reading :-)

The Witches' Kitchen by Allen Williams
The Witches' Kitchen
First Sentence: "Give her to me." The voice sliced through the silence like a carving knife, and in the total darkness Sarafina imagined her sister's thin, outstretched hands, grasping, expecting to be obeyed.
From "Deep in the walls of a witches' cottage lays an ancient magical kitchen. Dangling over that kitchen's cauldron, pinched between the fingers of two witches, is a toad. And the Toad has no idea how she got there, and no memory of even her name. All she knows is she doesn't think she was always a Toad, or that she's ever been here before. Determined to recover her memories she sets out on a journey to the oracle, and along the way picks up a rag-tag team of friends: an iron-handed imp, a carnivorous fairy, and a few friendly locals.

But the Kitchen won't make it easy. It is pitch black, infinite, and impossible to navigate, a living maze. Hiding in dark corners are beastly, starving things. Worse yet are the Witches themselves, who have sent a procession of horrific, deadly monsters on her trail. With some courage and wisdom, the Toad just might find herself yet-and with that knowledge, the power to defeat the mighty Witches."

Animal Farm by George Orwell
Animal Farm
First Sentence: "Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes."
From "Orwell's brilliant 1946 satire, chronicling a revolution staged by the animals on Mr. Jones's farm."

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby
First Sentence: "In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since."
From "This is the definitive, textually accurate edition of a classic of twentieth-century literature, The Great Gatsby. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan has been acclaimed by generations of readers. But the first edition contained a number of errors resulting from Fitzgerald's extensive revisions and a rushed production schedule. Subsequent printings introduced further departures from the author's words. This edition, based on the Cambridge critical text, restores all the language of Fitzgerald's masterpiece. Drawing on the manuscript and surviving proofs of the novel, along with Fitzgerald's later revisions and corrections, this is the authorized text -- The Great Gatsby as Fitzgerald intended it."


  1. I read The Great Gatsby every year or two. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. The Witches Kitchen seems like an interesting read :) Enjoy! I'm a new follower, please stop by and follow back!
    Hafsah @ IceyBooks

  3. The Witches Kitchen sounds like a fun read! I think that I read Animal Farm for the first time in middle school; I loved it then and it still gets a re-read every few years. The Great Gatsby is another that gets re-read here!

    Enjoy the reads!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

  4. Ooh The Great Gatsby!!! Hope you enjoy your reads!

  5. I've read Animal Farm a couple of times, somewhat disturbing! I read The Great Gatsby a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. Hope you do too.