Sunday, December 2, 2012

Mailbox Monday

It's a wonderful life!  For the month of December, I'm pleased and honored to be the host of Mailbox Monday, a meme created by Marcia from the Mailbox Monday blog.  Mailbox Monday has been on tour for the past few years.  It's a grown-up version of "show and tell", an enjoyable way to share our excitement over the new books that have landed in our mailboxes, or that we've acquired in other ways.  For many of us, every day feels like Christmas, because a lot of books arrive in the mail, from authors, agents, publishers, and other book bloggers.



Last week, I received three books in the mail.  Perhaps that's not a lot by "book blogger standards", but it's plenty for me. :)  I received two copies of 7 Years Younger by the editors of Good Housekeeping from Bostick Communications.  I'll be hosting a giveaway for my extra copy (I may be seven years younger by then) and possibly mentioning a spa giveaway as well, so please stay tuned.  I won The Gilded Lily by Deborah Swift on Darlene's blog, Peeking Between the Pages


Mailbox Monday is the only meme I know of that comes with a warning: "Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists."   This warning rings true for me in regards to my toppling TBR piles--my books runneth over!  My bedroom started to look very cluttered with stacks of books on top of other, more organized books.  I ordered this bookcase online, after a fruitless search around town for a small, low bookcase that would fit under a window.  After it arrived in the mail, I donned my carpenter hat, assembled it, and moved it downstairs.  Although this bookcase doesn't hold a great number of books, it does help a bit (and now I won't feel as guilty getting more books in the mail). 


What books (or book-related items) arrived in your home recently, by mail or by other means?  Please leave a comment after linking. Thank you!

46 comments:

  1. Hi Suko,

    I really like the sound of 'The Gilded Lily', although the author is new to me. The cover image displayed by Amazon when I clicked on your link, is in my opinion, much the more alluring of the two, what did you think? Any book won, is an added bonus and always very welcome though isn't it? you can't help but get a good feeling about it.

    Your bookcase is looking good and you still have just a little space left for a few more books, which I am sure you will amply have filled by the end of your stint as 'Mailbox Monday' host!

    Thanks for the great book recommendation and for hosting during this busy month.

    Yvonne

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yvonne, thanks for participating in Mailbox Monday and for your detailed comment! :)

      I don't have a strong preference for either cover. After I filled this little bookcase, I put numerous books in boxes because I simply couldn't fit them elsewhere. It's probably time to donate some of my books.

      Delete
  2. That's a very attractive bookshelf! Gilded Lily looks interesting. Thanks for hosting in December!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hope you enjoy The Gilded Lily. I really liked it and Deborah's other book (The Lady's Slipper) as well. Happy reading!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Nice bookcase. Every time I add a new one it instantly fills with books.

    I received the 7 Years Younger books too and am hoping to look, and more importantly, feel, 7 years younger asap!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for hosting MM this month! I like the look of The Gilded Lily. Happy reading!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Looks like a great shelf. Would work great under my living room window! :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. It's a great bookcase! Nice job on the assembly :) Enjoy your new books and thanks for hosting MM in December!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love looking at other people's bookcases. Thank you for hosting during a busy month :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Great mailbox Suko. The Gilded Lily especially sounds like a good one, happy reading :)
    I like your new bookcase!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I hope you enjoy both books. You're right that MM makes our TBR pile grow! It's fun getting a new bookcase and organizing your books, no? I'm running out of space...

    ReplyDelete
  11. There's very little as satisfying as getting to arrange books on a brand new book shelf. Enjoy your new books this week!

    ReplyDelete
  12. You did a great job with your bookcase. It looks like the perfect size. Enjoy your new books!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do love your new bookcase. It would be great to put a few plants on in front of the window as well.
      Thanks for hosting MM in December.

      Delete
    2. Diane, a plant or two on top of the bookcase is a wonderful idea, as long as I'm careful about watering. :) (I had a couple of items on the bookcase, but I took them off because they didn't photograph well.)

      Delete
  13. What a great bookcase......love it.

    The Gilded Lily sounds good...enjoy your books.

    THANKS for hosting this month.

    My link is below....hope you can stop by to see my review of THE SECRET KEEPER

    AND

    A review and E-book giveaway of MURDER TAKES TIME



    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday



    ReplyDelete
  14. Thank you for hosing this month! I've had my eye on The Gilded Lily for a while. Hope you enjoy!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thanks for hosting Mailbox Monday this week. Your bookcase looks great!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Great looking books! I had to do the same thing for my TBRs...get a shelf for the bedroom...and then another one for the office.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I'm so glad you're hosting this month! I'll be anxious to see what tips you cull from Seven Years Younger.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Ah, the dreaded piles of books - taller than my five foot three inches, I now can't reach the top of mine. Shelves would be great but alas there is no room.

    Anyway, great selection of books, The Gilded Lily looks great.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thank you for hosting MM this month. Your books are "new to me". Love the bookcase!!!! My MM is here: http://cmashlovestoread.com/2012/12/03/monday-memes-133/

    ReplyDelete
  20. I'm anxious to read The Gilded Lily too. Not sure about 7 Years Younger? If I followed the plan and looked 7 years younger, would I have to act 7 years younger, would I have to go back to work, would I have to relive the last 7 years??? HHMMMMM??? MY POST IS HERE

    ReplyDelete
  21. I love that small bookcase, and you are not only a reader, but a carpenter as well. The Gilded Lady looks like an interesting book. As far as my looking 7 years younger, I don't think so...

    Suko, I am so sorry the first linky thingy I tried came out wrong, I got it right the second time. It seems I always get those linky thingys wrong. Sorry.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I really loved The Gilded Lily -- super exciting, interesting, evocative -- I hope you enjoy it!

    ReplyDelete
  23. The Gilded Lady sounds awesome!!! Here is my MM http://stepintofiction.blogspot.com/2012/12/mailbox-mondays-26.html?m=1

    ReplyDelete
  24. Your new bookcase is really nice - you even have space on top of it to put more books! (you know, to sort of clutter your uncluttering! ;) )
    Enjoy your new books!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kay, you are right! I could put a pair of book ends on top, for more books! :)

      Delete
  25. Nice bookcase! The Gilded Lily sounds good. I'll try to join your Mailbox Monday next week. Since I basically just get freebies for my e-readers, I didn't keep track of what I got last week. I will this week, though.

    ReplyDelete
  26. I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels guilty about the piles of books everywhere around my house. I'm running out of room! My large bookcase in my bedroom is double stacked with piles on top and next to it. I've been holding back on accepting new review requests in an attempt to "try" to catch up a bit. This past week I did receive a copy of a Georgette Heyer by Jennifer Kloester. I love Georgette Heyer and could not resist. I'll be hosting an author guest blog and giveaway for it in January :-)

    ReplyDelete
  27. Oh man, that little book case wouldn't hold all the books that I've gotten over the last few months! I am overwhelmed by the reading material, and no time to read it! It's funny how fast they come in. Enjoy your wins and your new bookcase over there, my friend!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Enjoy your books. I like the new bookcase. Sometimes a small one just fits where you need it to.

    ReplyDelete
  29. My books arrived via my going Christmas shopping and getting myself a couple items while shopping for others!! Audio version of Jo Nesbo's The Snowman found on sale, in preparation for driving by myself from Louisiana to Virginia for Christmas. The second for me: The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell. I do a lot of volunteer work in my historic neighborhood and I'm interested in how we might reach a "tipping point" in some of our endeavors. I have so many books in my llbrary on TBR list that I could be locked in my house for years and not run out of books to read!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Love the bookcase. I have a spot in my house that would be perfect for one that size. Thanks for hosting Mailbox Monday!
    2 Kids and Tired Books MM

    ReplyDelete
  31. It's funny how some weeks there are a few books in my box, and others there are none. I'm actually getting to prefer the later so I don't feel so overwhelmed in what I'm 'required' to review. The 7 Years Younger looks fun!

    ReplyDelete
  32. That's a nice looking bookcase, Suko. I have a small one like it but wish it had more shelves! Most of my bookshelves are downstairs too.

    ReplyDelete
  33. The Gilded Lily has been getting great reviews. I hope you enjoy it!

    ReplyDelete
  34. The Gilded Lily looks so good. Enjoy your books!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Thanks for all the comments! More are welcomed of course. Your comments are definitely contributions to this post.

    My new little bookcase doesn't really make a dent in my TBR stacks, but it did impel me to put many books in boxes and clear out some of the clutter!

    I've enjoyed hosting Mailbox Monday and look forward to next week's meme.

    ReplyDelete
  36. That's a cute bookshelf! Happy reading, and thanks for hosting this month!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Oooo I like your new bookcase! The bookcase I don't yet have is already full LOL! I have books everywhere right now, under the bed, in the dining room you name it.

    Enjoy those new books. ;-)

    xoxo,
    Renee

    ReplyDelete
  38. I've heard good things about The Gilded Lily. I hope you enjoy all of these!

    ReplyDelete

Your comments make this site lively! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I value each one, and will respond to questions.

If you're entering a giveaway, please leave your e-mail address (or a link that leads to it).

BLOG ARCHIVE










Some of the books reviewed here have been provided
to me free of charge by authors, publishers, and agents,
in exchange for my honest reviews.