Mundie Moms

Sunday, April 22, 2012

In My Mailbox #120 & TXLA '12

Happy Sunday!! I hope you all have had a great week. Here's some of the fabulous goodies that arrived in my mailbox this week:

For Mundie Kids:
I also received a box of awesomeness from Scholastic with their new line of interactive books, Discover More series. I LOVE this line. These books are perfect for in the home and classroom and I highly recommend checking them out.
Not counting the books I bought at TLA, I did purchase a few from the book store, but they've not all arrived yet except for
Thank you to: Simon & Schuster, Harper Teen, Scholastic and Laurisa White Reyes for this weeks fabulous reads. 

What goodies did you receive this week?


This week I had the chance to attend TXLA12. What an awesome time it was! I was able to drive down on Thursday and bring my son with me, who ended up really enjoying it as well. He was so excited about some of the books he got. The publishers were all so nice to him. A few of them even took the time to talk with him about the books he enjoyed reading. I loved being able to meet friends I've talked with online for a few years now, authors I've been looking forward to meeting, a few publicists and some editors. It's nice getting to meet people face to face after spending some much time emailing with them or talking to them online. 

Shannon Hale & I 
Being able to meet Shannon Hale (finally!!) made getting up at 3:30 am & being on the road a little after 4 totally worth it! I've been dying to meet her, and yes, I might have gone a little fan girly when I met her. She's so lovely in person. Shannon's books were the first YA books I read. Even before reading Twilight. I love her Books of Bayrn Series and I highly recommend picking them up.  

I totally adore Veronica Roth. It was so wonderful to see her again. Here she's holding up on ARC of Insurgent I brought down with me to have signed. It was great to meet her publicist Molly!

Kiki Hamilton & I
It was so lovely to finally meet her in person!
Joy Preble & I
I totally adore Joy.

Lisa Dez & I!
Sophie has told me so many lovely things about Lisa. It was so
wonderful to finally meet her. 
Jessi Kirby & I
It was so wonderful to meet Jessi! 

Stasia Ward Kehoe & I
I enjoyed getting to chat with Stasia

Stacey from Page Turners Blog & I
We've been onlines for about 5 yrs now &
it was so awesome to finally meet her

Susan from Waste Paper Prose & I
It was so lovely to finally meet her!
I had such a blast being able to see so many fellow TX bloggers and  hang out with a few of my blogger friends from the Houston area. I totally regret I didn't get a group picture. Thank you to Yara, Amber, Stacey, Susan and the whole gang for making Thursday so much fun!  

Books I brought from home to get signed (the left side pile are all books I took with me):
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • Graceling by Kristen Cashore
  • Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore
  • Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  • Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
  • River of Secrets by Shannon Hale
  • Forest Born by Shannon Hale
  • Book of Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate
  • Torment by Lauren Kate
  • Passion by Lauren Kate
  • Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate
Bought at TLA:
  • Big Nate
  • Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale, signed, for a gift
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate
Received from publishers/authors:
  • Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale, published by Bloomsbury, to be released on 8/1/12, signed
  • Rapture by Lauren Kate, published by Random House, to be released on 6/12/12signed
  • A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies, published by Harper Teen, to be released on 9/25/12
  • Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne, published by Feiwel & Friends, to be released on 6/5/12
  • Ask The Passengers by A.S. King, published by Little Brown, to be released on 10/23/12
  • Catherine by April Linder, published by Little Brown
  • Once by Anna Carey, published by Harper Teen, to be released on 7/3/12
  • Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson, published by Harper Teen, to be released on 10/9/12
  • Defiance by C.J. Redwine, published by Harper Teen, to be released on 8/28/12
  • Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs, published by Bloomsbury, to be released on 6/5/12
  • Timepiece by Myra McEntire, published by Egmont USA, to be released on 6/12/10
  • Anastasia Forever by Joy Preble, published by Sourcebook, to be released on 8/1/12, signed
  • For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, published by Harper Teen, to be released on 6/12/12
  • Through To You by Emily Hainsworth, published by Harper Teen, to be released on 10/2/12
  • Adaptation by Malindo Lo, published by Little Brown, to be released on 9/18/12
  • Team Human by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan, published by Harper Teen, to be released on 7/3/12
  • Don't Feed The Boys by Irene Latham
  • Capture the Flag by Kate Messner, published by Scholastic, to be released on 7/1/12
  • Return to the Willows by Jacqueline Kelly, published by Henry Holt, to be released on 9/18/12
The smaller pile is of books my son received. 

Thank you to: Harper Collins, Little Brown, Scholastic, Source Books, Bloomsbury, Egmont USA, MacMillan and Random House. 

City of Fallen Angels Read-A-Long Day 5: Hell Calls Hell

Welcome to Day 5 of the City of Fallen Angels Read-A-Long. You can follow the entire read-a-long and find each of the day's posts here. Remember there's no right or wrong way to participate. Your comments can be as long or a short as you'd like them to be. You can answer one or each of the questions asked, it's totally up to you, BUT, in order to be entered into the COLS giveaway (which you also had to sign up to win), you do need to be actively participating in the read-a-long. 

Today's discussion is about: Chapter 5: Hell Calls Hell
  • Luke mentions to Simon that Camille is not only an extraordinarily old vampire (which we already know from reading the Infernal Devices series), but she's "famously cruel and cunning". Do you have any guesses on what she would want with Simon?
  • So Jace.... is it just me or did you guys think he was a little moody in this chapter? I'm curious about Simon's observation about him, when Jace was looking at Clary with the sort of look you might give someone you loved but could never, ever hand. He questions why Jace would look at her that way now. What do you guys think? Is he just being moody or is Jace letting his nightmares get to him?
  • The end of this chapter was a bit interesting with those guys trying to kill Simon, Jace saving Simon and Simon's mark apparently has a power all it's own and protects Simon from death. Do you think the mark could make Simon and more powerful vampire than both Camille and Raphael? 

Please DO NOT POST SPOILERS. There's some fans who are joining the read-a-long who are reading COFA for the first time. 

COLS Trending
Following with our TMI Twitter Trend until COLS is out, we'll be trending #SaveJace! Our first week we got to #1, and last week we got TMI to trend at #2. Let's see if we can get to #1 again. Be sure to join in the fun tomorrow!!

It's Earth Day

I know this isn't book related, but Happy Earth Day!

You can find out more about Earth Day's 2012 campaign to Mobilize the Earth here

If you're a fan of Planet Earth like I am (love this series), you can watch the entire series on BBC America all day long! Here's the list of show times