Mailbox Monday (90)

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Hi all! Since I was on vacation for the last week I ended up taking a mini blogging break. I missed a few earthquakes in my hometown while I was gone, and got a good dose of San Francisco rain and fog. Fun to be back though! I managed to throw some business at Bay Area bookstores:

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Bookstore purchases:

From the awesome BookShop Santa Cruz:

The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender  by Leslye Walton – This literary YA debut has a dose of magical realism and ponders what it means to be human. Ava Lavender was born with wings, seemingly without purpose.

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, illustrated by Julia Kuo – A 2013 National Book Award winner so I have high hopes for this one. Luck is a MG book about a girl named Summer who lives with her grandparents and has been having nothing but bad luck.

Perfect by Rachel Joyce – This is a historical fiction / coming of age that I’ve heard good things about.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – I just read an e-galley of this and found it completely charming. Somehow they had a used copy at the store even though it’s out April 1st.

And I picked up a couple books from the always fabulous Green Apple Books:  (They were just named PW Bookstore of the year!)

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner – A girl is grieving her little brothers death and meets a boy who is eerily similar to him.

Before My Eyes by Caroline Block – This thriller is about the lives of three people living one summer in Long Island, and covers topics like mental illness and gun control.

Review Audiobooks:

Thank you Simon & Schuster Audio!

Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting, performed by Elizabeth Louise and Jason Carpenter – A romance between a tattoo artist and his client – two damaged people that are afraid to love.

Safe With Me by Amy Hatvany, performed by Joy Osmanski, Rebekkah Ross and Cassandra Campbell – A story of two mothers and a daughter whose lives are linked by tragedy.

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, performed by Zachary Webber and Angela Goethals – I loved the book and look forward to a re-listen!

Twisted by Emma Chase, performed by Charlotte Penfield – This is a sequel to Tangled from Kate’s POV, and it’s set two years later.


Review e-books:


Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae – This looks cute – it’s about a girl named Pippa vacationing in Italy one summer, and all her romantic and sightseeing adventures.

Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir – This book sounds intense – it’s about self-harm and obsessive love, and the author has pictures of Sid & Nancy as her inspiration on her blog. I definitely want to fit this one in soon!

What’s new in your mailbox? 


22 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday (90)

  1. I also got Wish You Were Italian! Happy Reading! Here’s my STS if you’d like to stop by.

  2. bookgoonie says:

    Yours is the only Mailbox Monday I look at. You’ve always got the most interesting books.

  3. Summer/Sunny says:

    I actually haven’t heard of most of these books, but they look so good! The Summer of Letting Go sounds like an emotional ride 🙂

  4. Thomas says:

    Ah, so many fabulous reads! Cynthia Kadohata and Gabrielle Zevin are both powerhouse authors whose works I’ve loved in the past – looking forward to reading about your opinions of their newer novels.

  5. Diana Leigh says:

    Ooo, that’s a pretty stack of books! I received SAFE WITH ME on audio too. Enjoy your new haul!

    My post is HERE. Happy reading!

  6. Mystica says:

    You’ve got some very good reads. Enjoy them all and have a good week.

  7. Interesting about The Storied Life of A.J Fikry. I agree, it was charming. Enjoy your new reads.

  8. Fantastic haul! I hope everything is okay at your house after the earthquakes and that you can spend plenty of time reading 🙂

  9. Mary says:

    Isn’t it fun browsing book stores while on vacation? Nice used book finds – both are on my list.

  10. I’m so jealous of your mailbox this week! You’ve got Zevin and Hoover. I’ll be looking for your reviews. Enjoy all your new books!

  11. These all look good…and I can’t wait to read Safe with Me. Enjoy! Here’s MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES

  12. stacybuckeye says:

    Lots of good books (and a trip to San francisco, lucky!). I ‘ll be starting AJ Fikry soon and really want to get my hands on Perfect.

  13. Carol says:

    What a great batch of books. Enjoy!

  14. You got some awesome in there!

  15. harvee says:

    You bought what seems like really good books. Do enjoy them!
    Book Dilettante

  16. All of those hardcovers look so pretty together! What bookstores do you go to in SF? I have a friend who lives there, and I am trying to get him more into reading. Would love some suggestions for him to go visit! 🙂

  17. Have a great reading week, enjoy!

  18. Hi Lucy,

    You had a great haul of books waiting for you on your return, I hope that you had a great vacation.

    There are too many to choose my own personal favourite, although I guess the A.J. Fikry has to right up there, as I have heard all good things about it and it is set in a bookshop, so what’s not to like!

    Enjoy your week and Happy Reading,


  19. Vicki says:

    Lots of good ones! I hope you enjoy them all!

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Wow….VERY nice mailbox.

    I have Perfect and still haven’t read it. The Storied Life has been everywhere. I hope you like it.

    ENJOY your week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  21. fishgirl182 says:

    Welcome back! Yes there was another earthquake last weekend. It was a pretty long one. Great books this week. My friend read Ava Lavender and loved it. And I can’t believe you found a used copy of the Zevin book. I think I am going to that signing tonight. Welcome back and happy reading, Lucy!

  22. Leslie says:

    Nice selection. I can never pass up checking out bookstores on vacation. It gives me an excuse to buy more books. Perfect was good – different from the author’s first book though.

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