IMM (1)

IMM is a meme hosted by The Story Siren. Participants share the books they received for the week.

I’ve been thinking about doing an IMM for a while, and of course I’m starting just in time for The Story Siren to stop hosting for the year. Ah well. Also, this week was full of awesome stuff, but it is not at all typical for me. Don’t expect all my IMMs to be quite this jam-packed with goodness!

For Review:

  • Night Road by Kristin Hannah: Won from Goodreads. I’ve been curious about some of Hannah’s older books, so I’m excited to try this one out.
  • Wither by Lauren DeStefano: Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for sending this! Everyone else was getting it in their mailboxes and I was starting to get jealous. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book so far.
  • Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers: I’ve been mesmerized by this cover and the synopsis of this book since I first saw them. Thank you St. Martin’s Griffin’s for making me a very happy camper.


I got two books from my Secret Santa. I still have no idea who that person is because I received some extremely cryptic clues. Whoever you are, if you are reading this, THANK YOU!!!!

  • Paranormalcy by Kiersten White: I’ve been wanting to read this because I really enjoy Kiersten White’s blog, so I have high hopes for her book.
  • Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn: I love Levithan and Cohn’s other collabs, but I hadn’t read this one. I’m super grateful to my Secret Santa for sending it; I’m sure it will be as fabulous as the others.

The next two poetry books were birthday gifts from my friend Isaiah. He gives me birthday poetry every year; it’s nice to have a supplier 🙂

  • Stories that Listen by Priscilla Becker: Isaiah and I read Becker’s first book, Internal West, as part of a Contemporary American Poetry class that we took as freshmen in college. Then we waited years and years to hear about the release of Becker’s new book. Isaiah knew I’d been wanting this for a while, so it was an amazing gift.
  • Bicycles by Nikki Giovanni: Giovanni is an extremely famous poet whose work I really haven’t read much before. This collection should be a good intro for me.


The books that I bought this week were still sort of gifts. It is my birthday tomorrow, and I asked my grandparents for books. They sent me money so that I could pick some out for myself. Most of these books were bought as part of that, but I also got a few extra. I wish I could say that this massive number of books made a dent in my wish list, but it didn’t. There are still hundreds there. They still make me pretty happy, though!

  • What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson: I read about this book in an interview about LGBT YA. It sounded interesting and I’ve had it on my wish list for a while.
  • A Blue so Dark by Holly Schindler: I’m always interested in books that deal with the portrayal of mental illness, so this novel about a girl dealing with her mother’s schizophrenia sounds like one I am sure to love.
  • Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt: I love a good road trip book. This was recommended as part of my If You Like feature.
  • Geography Club by Brent Hartinger: This was another book I learned about through a discussion of LGBT literature.

  • What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles: I’ve heard people say good things about Gail Giles, and this book sounds like a dark, fast-paced thriller.
  • The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci: This is a Printz Award winner that deals with a possible suicide. I’ve had a lot of success in terms of enjoying Printz winners in the past, and I always love reading books that deal with suicide. I’m weird like that.
  • A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper: I’ve been starting to read more historical fiction lately, and I was told by numerous people that this is a great historical fiction novel for me to try.
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I loved the ARC I borrowed from Sarah of YA Librarian Tales so much that I bought a copy of my own. I want to reread this book eventually, even though it can be hard for me to do rereads with so many first time reads waiting in my TBR pile.

  • The God Box by Alex Sanchez: Yet another book I learned about through an LGBT lit discussion. This one sounds interesting to me because it deals with reconciling sexuality and religion. I have a friend who I think will like this one–after I read it first.
  • Columbine by Dave Cullen: School shootings are another slightly morbid psychological interest for me. I have read some good reviews of this book, and I like adding some nonfiction to the mix occasionally.
  • The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt: Gayle Forman included this in an NPR article she wrote with YA recs. I had already read and enjoyed all the other books she suggested, so I figured that I should check this one out, too.
  • Candor by Pam Bachorz: This was another one recommended as part of my If You Like feature. It sounds like an eerie dystopian book, and I’m completely in love with the cover.

What did you get in your mailbox this week?


15 Responses to "IMM (1)"

  • Jealous! I can’t wait to read WITHER. It’s the 2011 book I’m looking forward to most.

    1 Miranda said this (December 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM)

  • First of all, I’m jealous of the Wither. Just want that book for the cover! I’m anxious to hear what you think of Candor. Also, Geography Club has been sort of an “under the radar” LGBT book — I have it in my library but it hasn’t done as much circulating as the Rainboy Boys series and others. Loved What Happened to Cass Mcbride. Hope you enjoy it. Great week for you!

    2 Annette said this (December 12, 2010 at 4:51 PM)

    • I hadn’t heard of Rainbow Boys. I’ll have to check those out.

      It was a really awesome mail week! I swear it usually isn’t like this. I have a bunch of e-galleys that I need to read, so I probably won’t get to most of these right away, but I’m sure I’ll be posting reviews once I do read them.

      3 Melanie said this (December 12, 2010 at 5:01 PM)

  • WOW, you got alot of books this week.I hope that you enjoy them. Happy Reading. Wanna check out what I got this week In My Mailbox?

    4 Lori said this (December 12, 2010 at 4:54 PM)

  • I hope you have those book under lock and key because I am planning a heist on your bookshelves sometime in the near future! Wait, maybe I shouldn’t have told you my evil plan? Or maybe you won’t believe me? I think I’m starting to sound like Captain Jack Sparrow… 😛

    Great, amazing IMM! Loved it 🙂

    5 Lindsi said this (December 12, 2010 at 5:30 PM)

    • I’m happy to share 😀

      I have your IMM saved to watch later when my tv marathon is over. I felt like I had too many books to vlog this week, but I’ll probably try that another time.

      6 Melanie said this (December 12, 2010 at 5:44 PM)

  • I like Geography Club but I actually like the follow up book The Order of the Poison Oak even more, the next one in the series (Split Screen) has its moments but that second one gets me every time. The Rainbow Boys series is good too but again I like Sanchez’s other books even more, The God Box is great. Columbine is AWESOME, I devoured that book (I also have a really huge psychological interest in school shootings.) I want to hear how A Blue So Dark is, it sounds like something I’d want to read.

    7 tc said this (December 12, 2010 at 6:31 PM)

    • I didn’t even realize Geography Club had a sequel. I’ll have to check that out if I like it.

      8 Melanie said this (December 12, 2010 at 6:37 PM)

  • What a really great selection of books! A few in there that sound really great. And I really enjoyed What They Always Tell Us – I hope that you do as well.

    9 Amy said this (December 12, 2010 at 6:36 PM)

    • Thanks! I tried to get a good mix of new and old ones. Old books need love, too 🙂

      10 Melanie said this (December 12, 2010 at 6:38 PM)

  • YAY for your first IMM!! And what a great week you had for your first one – I’ve seen Fall for Anything around and it sounds really good. Plus WITHER – score!

    11 Tara said this (December 12, 2010 at 9:00 PM)

  • Holy awesome! This is like Christmas on crack!!!! I hope you enjoy Two-Way Street as much as I did. Let me know when you start reading it. And thats funny about your secret santa – still any idea??

    12 Ginger @ GReads! said this (December 12, 2010 at 9:42 PM)

    • Hah, Christmas on Crack…I love it 😀

      Nope–no idea.

      13 Melanie said this (December 12, 2010 at 9:43 PM)

  • So much goodness!! I really wish my copy of ‘Anna…’ would get here. Also, ‘Wither’ is so gorgeous… I can’t wait to be able to read it.

    14 Ashley said this (December 12, 2010 at 10:55 PM)

  • Wow, so many books! AWESOME! =) Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on The Things a Brother Knows, Candor, and Two-Way Street.

    15 shabbygeek said this (December 13, 2010 at 1:40 PM)