Sunday, June 6, 2010

In My Mailbox #18

I skipped out on my IMM post last week, because of the glorious long weekend and simply because my mailbox was empty.  However, this week, I picked up two great books.  

Don't forget to enter my Signed Book Giveaway.  The deadline is June 18th!  Enter for a chance to win Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin, Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown, or Radiant Shadows (with a signed bookmark) by Melissa Marr.

We Hear the Dead by Dianne Salerni
I was lucky enough to meet Dianne Salerni, who is a local author and teacher (WOOT!), at a B&N book signing. She is extremely nice and I admire the fact that she can teach AND find the time to write a book.  Wow!  I am excited to check out this one and I have an extra signed copy.  Perhaps another giveaway soon? I love supporting local authors!
Goodreads says, "It started out as a harmless prank. But soon enough, spiritualism was the fastest growing movement of the nineteenth century, and Maggie Fox was trapped in a life of deceit. Meticulously researched by the author, We Hear the Dead reveals the secret of how the Fox sisters faked their rapping sounds and their motives for inventing the séance and founding spiritualism. Maggie: I began the deception when I was too young to know right from wrong. No one suspected us of any trick, because we were such young children. We were led on by my sister purposely and by my mother unintentionally. Only with the passing of time did I come to understand the consequences of my actions. As Doctor wrote to me: "Weary, weary is the life by cold deceit oppressed." Kate: My sister has used the word "deception." I object to her use of that word, for I do not believe that I have ever intentionally deceived anyone. Maggie has a different understanding of all the events that have happened since that night in Hydesville forty years ago. To her the spirits were always a game. For my sister Leah, they were a means to an end. For my mother, a miracle. And for me, they were my life's calling. I have no regrets."

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
A student lent me this book and I figured I better check this one out. It's been on the New York Times Bestseller list as #1 for a few weeks and I see most male students in my classroom carrying this one around.  We are currently studying Greek and Roman mythology so they are excited to learn more about Egyptian mythology.
Goodreads says, "Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set--has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs."
 What did you guys get in your mailbox?  Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you think.  I look forward to checking out everyone's  mailboxes. Have a great day!  This meme is hosted by The Story Siren.



  1. We Hear the Dead sounds awesome. I love historical fiction. Let us know what you think!

  2. Aw, I can't wait to read Red Pyramid! I've ordered it last month... May be delivering in the end of June. How cool it that!? Hope you like it. Haven't you read the Percy Jackson series? I super-love it! By the way, I'm kinda of studying Greek in History... And maybe we'll go to the movies to watch Clash of the Titans! Hope so! LOL. Have a happy reading!

  3. That's so cool. I cannot wait to her what you think of The Red Pyramid. yay! Enjoy!

  4. We Hear the Dead looks eerily good!

    Great books this week!

  5. Love the books that you got there, I haven't read them but they sound awesome. Enjoy your trip in NY and ofcourse enjoy those books!

  6. Yay for local authors! I got the chance to meet one of my local authors this week, and she also wrote books while she was a teacher. How do they DO that?!

    Enjoy your reads :)

  7. That was nice of your student to loan you Red Pyramid. I loved it! Picture the Dead sounds really good too. I hope you enjoy both books!

  8. I really want to read The Red Pyramid, I'll have to be buy it soon.
    We Hear the Dead sounds really cool, so I'll be looking forward to seeing what you think.

  9. Looks like a great week. Check out my IMMB here

  10. I bought We Hear the Dead recently and can't wait to read it! Hope we both like it! :)

  11. Thanks for the comments and visiting! Hope you have a great week!

  12. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on The Red Pyramid! I haven't read it yet but I look forward to it. How cute that your students are carrying it around in school! :-)


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