Sunday, September 18, 2011

MAILBOX MONDAY



Mailbox Monday is a meme originated by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books. It's now being rotated through different blogs monthly. During September, Mailbox Monday will be hosted by Amused By Books. Bloggers can share info about the new books that have come into their homes during the week. It's a great way to learn about MORE books to add to your wish lists and TBR piles.

I've always thought the Children's Crusade would make a great historical novel for kids and/or young adults. Evidently, Linda Press Wulf thought so too, because she wrote Crusade, published this year by Bloomsbury, UK. I've been trying to get a hold of a copy for awhile without luck, then once again remembered The Book Depository. It just arrived. I want to read it for the YA historical fiction challenge so I hope to get to it soon.

Here's the back jacket copy: When a dazzlingly handsome boy riding a white charger arrives in Georgette's village, she is spellbound - both by the boy and by the crowd that surrounds him. They are all children. The boy is even more entrancing when he speaks. He seeks volunteers to join his Crusade - a perilous mission from which some may not return. Georgette has never left her village before, but she knows she will follow the boy. And so begins a journey filled with terrible danger, sacrifice and true love, a journey which will take all of Georgette's courage to survive.



And while I'm at it, I'll cheat a bit and mention a book I bought last week. I was killing time at the mall waiting for my son and decided to make one last trip into Waldenbooks. I had a few dollars left on a Borders gift card. The store was practically cleaned out. It was so sad. I've spent many hours browsing in that store and have many impulse purchases to show for it. (Cutting for Stone was one-- what an awesome read that was.)

But what shocked me was that there on the nearly bare shelf was a single copy of The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin, a new release that I want very much to read. It was 80% off. And I had a gift card that was about to become worthless. The book ended up costing me 95 cents which is appalling, really.

Anyway, my TBR pile is getting bigger instead of smaller, but I'm really looking forward to these two!

17 comments:

  1. Love both of these covers! Enjoy. Both are new to me.

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  2. Crusade sounds like something I might enjoy. I hope you like both your new books.

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  3. Crusades sounds wonderful and what a great cover!

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  4. I remember seeing a bio on Tom Thumb. It'll be interesting to hear how bio on his wife will turn out. What a bargain at 95 cents!

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  5. I've heard of Mrs Tom Thumb and I remember the book sounded intriguing. I've never heard of Crusades--that's quite a find because I've never read a YA novel with that setting!

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  6. Mrs. Tom Thumb is a book that I think I would love! Enjoy your new books!

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  7. I was hoping for a copy of Mrs Tom Thumb. Hope you enjoy it.

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  8. I'm just so sad that Borders (the only major bookstore in my city - all of the others are in the 'burbs) is gone. You did great in getting that autobiography. Crusade looks good as well (and I think books we buy count as mailbox books too!) Enjoy your reading week!

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  9. I saw that book at our Borders too, three days before it closed. I was shocked at some of the great titles they still had. I scored quite a few good ones but passed on Mrs.Tom Thumb. I should have grabbed it because I have seen many great reviews for it this past week. I will miss hanging out at Borders. I never left empty handed.

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  10. I don't think it's cheating to include all books that came into your home, through the mailbox or otherwise. I view the "mailbox" in Mailbox Monday more as a metaphor. :)

    Love your mailbox picture! Are those their Halloween costumes this year? Last year? Very clever.

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  11. Enjoy! your reads.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/09/maillbox-monday.html

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  12. Mrs. Tom Thumb has been getting good reviews so I hope you enjoy it!

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  13. Crusade sounds good and I like the cover. Enjoy!

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