Monday, May 04, 2009

Mailbox Monday--My 'Major Prize' and More

A major prize! A major prize! I won! I won! I won! Tonight, tonight tonight, hot damn, tonight! It's coming tonight!

What is it?
I don't know.
What's in it?
I don't know.

Bring it right on in. right here. straight on in. little more...little more...that's it
Watch the lady.

Get the crowbar and the hammer Ralphie.

Okay, I know, I know. I'm a dork. But A Christmas Story is my favorite holiday movie and one of my all-time favorite movies anytime. So I had to do that.

So why am I sharing this tidbit of information with you? Well, because I just so happened to win a 'major prize'! Marta over at Marta's Meanderings hosted a GIANT giveaway back in March to celebrate her 100th post. Hachette gave her FIVE bundles of about 15 books to give away to lucky winners. And would you believe it?! I was one of the five winners! My jaw nearly hit the floor when she emailed me. I've entered countless contests and only won maybe three the whole time I've been blogging. So to win a WHOLE BOX of books really thrilled me. I received them in the mail two weeks ago.

Here's is what was in the box:
My Little Red book by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
See Jane Lead by Lois Frankel
Galway Bay by Mary Kelly
Mistress Bradstreet by Charlotte Gordon
Dream in Color by Linda Chachez, Lorretta Sanchez, Richard Buskin, Nancy Pelosi
Kiss Off by Mary Esselman
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Gilman
Put Your Dreams Firsy by Thembisa S., Vanessa Williams
Throw Out Fifty Things by Gail Blanke (I didn't receive this at first, but it slowed up a few days later)
No Matter What! by Lisa Nichols
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Home by Thelma Meyer
The Power to Change Today by Gregory Dickow
Work In Progress by Kristin Armstrong

I'm happy to send along Galway Bay to Allison as she expressed interest in that one. And I'm most looking forward to Mistress Bradstreet, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, My Little Red Book, Mrs. Meyers Clean Home and Throw Out Fifty Things. Some of the others I have a feeling I may skim through to glean their point, but I'm not sure I'll read ALL of these. But I fully appreciate the chance to take a look at them.

A HUGE thank you to Marta for hosting the awesome giveaway and to Hachette who always seems to have fun, large prizes to win! :-)

Also in my mailbox the last two weeks:

From Shelf Awareness:
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (an ARC). We read The Shadow in the Wind for my book club a couple years ago and I really enjoyed the story and Zafon's writing. So I was particularly excited to receive this one in the mail. I'm actually not entirely sure this came from Shelf Awareness. I don't remember requesting it there. But unless a random person at Random House just decided to send it to me (in which case thank you, THANK YOU!), it must have been a Shelf Awareness book.
The Blue Notebook by James Levine (an ARC). The description of this one sounded interesting to me. I look forward to getting to it in the near future.

From LibraryThing's Early Reviewer Program:
The Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey (an ARC). I received this as a bonus book for April. I'm looking forward to it as I've really enjoyed other books I've read centered in Africa. I find the culture very rich and interesting. I did try to jump right into this one. But was more in the mood for a really fast read. I will be getting to this one in the next day or so though.

The Next Thing on my List by Jill Smolinski. This last book actually didn't arrive in the mail. It walked down the block. :-) I borrowed it from my friend to read for our next book club meeting at the end of May.

Mailbox Monday is a weekly feature hosted by Marcia from The Printed Page. Be sure to head over there and check out what other fun books people are receiving in their mailbox this week!


♔ jessica.marie said...

Wow what a great two weeks it has been for you in books! I hope you enjoy reading all your new editions to your library! :D

allisonmariecat said...

Wow, that's a great haul!

Mrs. Meyer is awesome :) You can read 50 Things in about 20 minutes if you skim to the important parts!

Blodeuedd said...

Wow, lucky you :D
That would be fun to get

LuAnn said...

I was also a winner for that big box of books! I posted mine on last Monday's blog.

flowerchild said...

wow great win....i also love a christmas story....