In My Mailbox: Birthday Week Edition

Monday, May 31, 2010

A lot of people have been asking if I received books for my birthday, and yes! I actually did. I'm very lucky to have family and friends who know me and my little book addiction. (Thank you!! Haha)

First, these two are books that I got myself. It only cost me $5 for both, so I couldn't resist.

These are the books my family (mostly my cousins) and my friends got for me.
Residence On Earth by Pablo Neruda
- If you know me, you'd know that Neruda is my favorite poet of all time. Apparently, my cousin and my friend knew this, because they both got me the same book. I ended up returning the other one and got store credit! So now, I'm trying to decide which books I'm going to get. I'm quite indecisive when it comes to my purchases, so if you have any suggestions, please feel free to let me know! :)

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
- I have read this one, but never bought a copy for myself.
- My review can be found here.

Willow by Julia Hoban
- This is another one I already read, but didn't have a copy of.
- my review here.

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
- I think I'm the only one that has not read this one yet, but will definitely do so very soon!

Wake by Lisa Mcmann
- Looking forward to reading this one. Have you read it already? What did you think of it? No spoilers please ;)

I Am An Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler
- Eve Ensler is the founder of V-day; a movement to end violence against women and girls. She is an amazing speaker and an amazing writer, and I am in love with her previous book, The Vagina Monologues. This one is also non-fiction, that tells different stories about different women, leading different lives. This is all about female empowerment, feminism, and our power as women. I highly recommend it!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- already read it, don't have a copy.
- my review here.

The Carrie Diaries by Candance Bushnell
- This is a YA book, about Carrie Bradshaw, before all the glitz and glamour of her 'writing life.' This is when she first comes to New York City, and is a prequel to Sex and The City.
- I am kind of obsessed with the show (even before the movie) so this one was an absolute must-read for me. I understand that the books are not at all like the series, but I don't really mind, haha.

I also got..

Gift cards to several bookstores. I have $30 worth! Ideas on what to get? :)

And last but definitely not the least..

New Bookshelves!!
- from Timbooktoo.
Plus this one, where I'd keep library books, and some from my TBR pile.
Woohoo! Again, thank you alll so very much especially to those who greeted me through e-mail; definitely unexpected, but I was pleasantly surprised! To those who greeted me also through comments, thank you!
I hope you all had a great weekend! Here's to the coming week; be happy everyone! Happy Reading :)


  1. Wow! That's a great stack of books! Enjoy!

    Lovely new bookshelves as well! :)

  2. What a great birthday! So many great books - I especially love Graceling, Wake, and Th1rteen R3asons Why (and your new bookshelves - very nice!)! Perfect Chemistry has been one I've been meaning to get around to forever, as well! Can't wait to read your review and see how you liked it!

  3. Happy Birthday! Congrats on all the books. I'm so happy you got Graceling. I'm in love with it and can't wait to hear what you think.

  4. I read Oxygen a couple of years ago and it was excellent!

  5. Oh, and happy birthday, of course!!! :p

  6. graceling was great, and you should definitely read perfect chemistry soon :) i'm also about to read willow- i hope it's as good as people say. happy reading!

  7. What a great family to get you books for your bday! Your shelves look great....

    Happy reading!

  8. +JMJ+

    Belated Happy Birthday, Jillian! =D

    I'd say the best presents are the shelves! =) Did you ask for them, or was someone thoughtful enough to get them for you?

    I need a new bookcase myself, more than I need new books; but everyone just gets me books! (Not that I should complain about that or anything . . .)

  9. Happy belated birthday Jillian! Congrats on the mailbox this week, I love it when friends and family know just what to get you, don't you? Can't wait to read your reviews!

  10. @Holly: Most I already read, but there are some that I'm very excited to devour; like Pablo Neruda's. He's my favorite poet! And thank you!

    @Melissa: Ohh nice to know you liked Wake and Graceling. I have yet to read the latter, but am currently reading Wake. It's really good so far!

    @Life After Jane: Thank you! It's nice to hear you like Graceling. I haven't read it yet, but same very excited to devour it! :)

    @Steph: I have not read it yet, so I'm glad to hear you liked it! It sounds really good, so I'm excited to read it as well. And thank you! :)

    @Erika: I'm so excited to read Perfect Chemistry! I heard so many good things about it, and I really love the cover, haha. I can't wait to hear what you think about Willow!

    @Julie P: Thank you! Happy reading to you as well.

    @E: Thank you so very much :) I didn't really "ask" for the bookshelf, but have been meaning to get one for myself for a while now. I've been keeping my books under my bed, in boxes, and they are so lonely there! My friend, who I call Timbooktoo in this blog (mentioned him a couple of times) got it for me.
    And of course there is no need to complain about getting books.. haha. If your bookshelf is the one in your video, I really like it! It looks so organized!

    @Katelyn: Thank you very much! And yes, I love my family&friends for a lot of reasons. One is because they got me these books. Second reason? They actually read my blog. Haha. ;)

  11. What a lot of great books - I loved Perfect Chemistry and Wake and Graceling! Good times ahead of you :)

  12. +JMJ+

    Thanks! Yes, that is my main bookcase. I have another smaller one, and I've also recruited a cabinet in my room . . . and I still need more shelves!!!

  13. +JMJ+

    PS--I used to slide my books under my bed, too. They were so sad about having to live there! =(

  14. What a gorgeous book case! :-)

    And you have a fab stack of books, happy reading to you!