Saturday, 29 May 2010

In My Mailbox #4

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. I only got two books this week. But they both sound really great.

I got My So Called Life by Joanna Nadin. This one came free with a magazine.

My So-called Life: The Tragically Normal Diary of Rachel RileyRachel Riley is the offspring of a depressingly unbroken home. Her mum and dad refuse to let her have a mobile phone, and have banned Ribena (too purple) and Eastenders (too common); her seven-year-old brother buys giant Des Lynam cut-outs and Will Young dolls from ebay and talks in Elvish; and the adopted dog eats her Pride and Prejudice boxed collection. It is time to change things. Rachel resolves that this year she will become tragic, literary and interesting - and will win the heart of Justin, the lead guitarist from Certain Death, along the way. Laugh-out-loud funny from beginning to end, this is a fresh new voice which will speak directly to teenagers everywhere. If Bridget Jones had kept a diary when she was a teenager, it is unlikely to have been this funny!
Also I got my first ever ARC, which is pretty cool. It's My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares. I just started reading this today, and so far I really love it!

My Name is MemoryDaniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory", the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.

Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel's unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now "Lucy" in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.
 Well, that's what I got this week, what did you get?


  1. Great that you got an ARC and it sounds fantastic!

  2. Glad you're enjoying MNIM so far, I'm looking forward to that one!

  3. It is great to hear you're enjoying My Name is Memory. I am itching to start it but I just have too many other things in the queue right now. Enjoy.

    (I added you to my list of YA UK book blogs by the way :-)

  4. I was so disappointed that My Name is Memory didn't arrive this week. I will be hearing Brashares speak on Thursday so I hope it comes Tuesday so I can read it.

    Is My So Called Life what they took the TV show from?