Monday, October 10, 2011

Mailbox Monday October 10

It's Monday again! Time for another Mailbox Monday post. Mailbox Monday is the creation of Marcia from Mailbox Monday. The meme is on tour and this month's host is Serena from Savvy Verse & Wit. Thank you Serena for hosting this month!

I almost need to post a summertime mailbox this week! We have had temperatures in the 80's this past week. It sure doesn't feel like fall at all! It's been gorgeous!

I received two books this week, one for review and one was a purchase. I was wanting to read some creepy books this month, which is so unlike me. Don't worry, my creepy reads, I have a feeling, are very tame compared to what others are reading this month.

My daughter snagged Miss Peregrine the minute it came into the house. She says it is pretty good. You have no idea how it tickles me to see my daughter excited about books. She has never been a big reader. The cover gives me chills! Then again, it doesn't take much! I'm a pretty easy scare! And how fabulous is the author's name? Ransom Riggs! I love it!

Wonderstruck is a book I was admiring in Barnes and Noble, when I was last there. The artwork is phenomenal! When I had a chance to snag a review copy, I had to grab it. I miss having kids in the house reading kid books. This will be a treat for me!

For review

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznik

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 608 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (September 13, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0545027896
ISBN-13: 978-0545027892

Set fifty years apart, two independent stories—Ben's told in words and Rose's in pictures—weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder.

Ever since his mom died, Ben feels lost.
At home with her father, Rose feels alone.

He is searching for someone, but he is not sure who.
She is searching for something, but she is not sure what.

When Ben finds a mysterious clue hidden in his mom's room,
When a tempting opportunity presents itself to Rose

Both children risk everything to find what's missing.

With over 460 pages of original drawings and playing with the form he invented in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick once again sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey. Rich, complex, affecting and beautiful, Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.

I received this book courtesy of the publisher through Amazon Vine

My purchase

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books; Book Club edition (June 7, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594744769
ISBN-13: 978-1594744761

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

This was a purchase from B&N who sends me lovely coupons to enable my obvious addiction!

So that is what I received. Have you read either of these? What fabulous reads made their way into your home?


  1. I haven't read either of these books, but Miss Peregrine's looks interesting...and scary. That cover gives me goosebumps! I'm going to keep an eye out for it.

  2. Miss Peregrine is so deliciously creepy! My 11 year old is a reluctant reader but I think I may have her try it because I think she would really like it.

  3. I have Miss Peregrine sitting right here (pointing to my table) and is up next after I finish the book I'm reading. Love those pictures! And of course I have to get Wonderstruck. I'm thinking it would be perfect for the upcoming readathon, which is how I read Hugo Cabret.

  4. Wow, the cover of Peculiar Children just creeps me out! Enjoy your new books.

  5. Although I haven't read them, I've heard great things about both your new books. I hope you enjoy them.

  6. I also bought the Peculiar Children book (I love getting creeped out!) and Wonderstruck looks interestingly (is that a word?) different. Enjoy your books!

  7. Enjoy both books. I haven't read them. I'll be looking for your reviews.

  8. Hope you enjoy both of your books- they look great!

  9. Wonderstruck is fantastic!! Enjoy your new books!

  10. Oh my gosh I am so jealous! I really need to pick up Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Also, Wonder Struck sounds awesome!

  11. Miss Peregrine's Home is a great read! I enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping over at the Post! Have a great week.

  12. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your books.

  13. I've been very curious about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children...and you're right. Awesome author name!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great week.

  14. I've heard that Miss Peregrine is amazing! In fact, my little sis read and highly recommended it. Enjoy your reads!

  15. I've been curious about both of those! I look forward to your thoughts on them!

  16. Both look very good reading. Enjoy them both.

  17. I really enjoyed Miss Peregrine. Enjoy your new books!

  18. We've been having summertime again here in Chicago too. Miss Peregrine sounds like it would put you in the creepy mood. That one is on my to-read list too.

  19. The last four days have been like summer here too in Montreal. We call it Indian summer. We went biking along the river in shorts yesterday. My kids and I are currently reading Wonderstruck. It's hard to put down! And the illustrations are awesome. Enjoy!

  20. I can't wait to read Wonderstruck -- maybe this week.

  21. I have heard wonderful things about Wonderstruck and really want to get the chance to read it. You got a couple of great books there this week!

  22. Color me a bit crazy, but I have a thing for middle readers (maybe because my Bebe Boy James is one). I would love either one or BOTH of your mailbox books to be in my house! :) Great mailbox! Enjoy!

  23. I laughed when I heard your daughter snagged Miss Peregrine's. Good eye and she knows a good read when she sees one.

    Like that cover for Wonder Struck.

    Have a great read and remember to snag the book back afterwards:)

  24. I looked at Wonderstruck in the bookstore the other day, and almost bought it, but then remembered guiltily all the books waiting for me at home, lol.

    I'll be looking for your review of both -- and your daughter's thoughts on Peculiar Girls..

    Enjoy your books.

  25. I love your Happy Fall Mailbox! It is adorable.

    I hadn't heard of either of these - but have to look into Miss Peregrine further. It seems like something my daughter would like also.

    Happy reading!

  26. I can't wait to hear what you think of Miss Peregrine. I've had my eye on that book for awhile now. Happy reading!

  27. Miss Peregrine's does sound creepy! Good too though!


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