Mailbox Monday (10/4/10)

This is our first time participating in Mailbox Monday.
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the previous week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists! Mailbox Monday, which was started by Marcia at The Printed Page, is on blog tour—and She Reads & Reads during the month of October!

So without further ado...

Shutter Island (audiobook) by Dennis Lehane
Summer, 1954.
U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient.But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. And neither is Teddy Daniels.
Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry? An approach that may include drug experimentation, hideous surgical trials, and lethal countermoves in the shadow war against Soviet brainwashing ...
The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they may never leave Shutter Island. Because someone is trying to drive them insane ... 

The Host (audiobook) by Stephenie Meyer (This is one of Kelli's all time favorites, See Review)
The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves--Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.--From publisher description. 
My hubby has a 3 hour commute each day and we have a rich supply of audiobooks!

Book Orders:
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
The summer of 1899 is HOT in Calpurnia Virginia Tate's sleepy Texas town, and there aren't a lot of good ways to stay cool. Her mother has a new wind machine from town, but Callie might just have to resort to stealthily cutting off her hair, one sneaky inch at a time. She also spends a lot time at the river with her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. It turns out that every drop of river water is teeming with life - all you have to do is look through a microscope! As Callie ecplores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates the dangers of living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century. 
Slob by Ellen Potter
Twelve-year-old Owen Birnbaum is the fattest kid in school. But he’s also a genius who invents cool contraptions— like a TV that shows the past. Something happened two years ago that he needs to see. But genius or not, there is much Owen can’t outthink. Like his gym coach, who’s on a mission to humiliate him. Or the way his Oreos keep disappearing from his lunch. He’s sure that if he can only get the TV to work, things will start to make sense. But it will take a revelation for Owen, not science, to see the answer’s not in the past, but the present. That no matter how large he is on the outside, he doesn’t have to feel small on the inside.
Sabotaged by Haddix (The Missing #3)
Jonah and Katherine must help Virginia Dare return to the past inSabotaged, the third book in Margaret Peterson Haddix's The Missing series.
Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn
Science, history, and romance intertwine in Suzanne Weyn's newest novel. Four sisters and their mother make their way from a town in New York to London, becoming acquainted with journalist W. T. Stead, scientist Nikola Tesla, and industrialist John Jacob Astor. When they all find themselves on the Titanic, one of Tesla's inventions dooms them...and one could save them.
My mom keeps me well supplied with her middle school book orders! Thanks Madre :)

When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey
43 Old Cemetery Road Dying to Meet You (Book  One) by Kate Klise

My Kids LOVE "Story Time Thursday" at our local library and we are faithful every week. This month I am renting books with either the theme of the fall season or Halloween.

So What's in your Mailbox? Happy Reading!


  1. I'm so glad you included that warning. As we order must of our books on-line can I also add that it may cause back problems for the postman/woman. Some great books. Enjoy your reading.

  2. Nice list. I've just started listening to audiobooks in the past year. Really enjoy it!

  3. I haven't read Shutter Island but I did see the movie and it blew my mind so I can only imagine how fantastic the book is. The Host is great too, liked that one a lot.

    Happy reading! :D

  4. From the library I picked up Dead as a Doornail on audio, Reel Murders in print. I do have two fledgling blogs and I'm always looking for someone to check them out.

    Mrs Archer's Book Notes (I'm an elementary school librarian) at

    and Booklady's Booknotes at

    At some point, I've got to get caught up on The Missing series. Haddix is one of my favorite authors.

  5. I finally got myself a copy of the Host, but I haven't read it quite yet...

    Here's my Monday.

  6. I liked the Host a lot. Hated the first two Twilight books, but really liked the Host! Enjoy!!

  7. Welcome to Mailbox Monday!

    Terrific haul. I have Shutter Island in my TBR pile. Loved the movie.

    My MM is here:

  8. @ Michelle & Lori My hubby is just on the second CD and is hooked on Shutter Island! I am going to listen to it after I listen to The Host.

    @ Holly Kelli (our book reviewer) and my hubby LOVED The Host too and they like it a lot better than the Twilight series.

    Thank you all for stopping by for a visit and we hope to chat with you soon!

  9. Nice pile of books. Shutter Island is one I'd like to read (or in this case, listen to). Enjoy your books.

  10. Catching up on mailbox and nice set of audio books. I've yet to take that plunge ... may do it one day. Will let you know.

    Love the books for the kids :)


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