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Monday, May 30, 2011

Mailbox Monday #73

I received one book in my mailbox this week for review and picked up a couple awesome books from Barnes and Noble this week. But I also have to share a mailbox experience from this week that really made me mad.

For review as part of an upcoming TLC book tour in July (and I am super excited about this one) – Before Versailles by Karleen Koen! I loved the previous book I read by her, Dark Angels was awesome and I am excited to be a part of this one. Here is the blurb:

“Louis XIV is one of the best-known monarchs ever to grace the French throne. But what was he like as a young man—the man before Versailles?

After the death of his prime minister, Cardinal Mazarin, twenty-two-year-old Louis steps into governing France. He’s still a young man, but one who, as king, willfully takes everything he can get—including his brother’s wife. As the love affair between Louis and Princess Henriette burns, it sets the kingdom on the road toward unmistakable scandal and conflict with the Vatican. Every woman wants him. He must face what he is willing to sacrifice for love.

But there are other problems lurking outside the chateau of Fontainebleau: a boy in an iron mask has been seen in the woods, and the king’s finance minister, Nicolas Fouquet, has proven to be more powerful than Louis ever thought—a man who could make a great ally or become a dangerous foe . . .

Meticulously researched and vividly brought to life by the gorgeous prose of Karleen Koen, Before Versaillesdares to explore the forces that shaped an iconic king and determined the fate of an empire.”

Ok, so that was the only thing that came in the actual mailbox this week. But at my trip to Barnes and Noble (where I was NOT going to buy anything) I ended up coming out with 3 books.
I picked up:

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Text Got Wrong by James Loewen
Lies Across America: What American History Sites Get Wrong by James Loewen
Happily Ever After by A Whole Bunch of Awesome Authors – this is a collection of retold fairy tales by awesome authors such as Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Gregory Maguire, etc.

Now on to my awful mailbox experience this week. To set the scene: we live in an apartment complex with a bank of mailboxes and when there are oversized packages they leave a key in the box and you can get the package out of the oversized mailboxes. My boyfriend had ordered a book from The Book Depository and it came wrapped in a cardboard wrapper. I am assuming when the postman put it in the mailbox it must have just fit, but when I went to remove it from the mailbox it wouldn’t come out. Apparently there is a lip around each individual mailbox that made the opening smaller than the book. They should have left a key and put it in the oversize mailbox – but apparently not. So I had to rip open the packaging while it was in the mailbox so I could slide out the book and then crush the packaging to get it out. Man was I mad by the time I finished with this trip to the mailbox!

What came in your mailbox this week?

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page but it is now on a monthly blog tour.  For the month of May it is hosted by Mari at Mari Reads.

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  1. I am extremely excited about Before Versailles! Looking forward to your thought on it :)

  2. I'm really looking forward to your thoughts on Before Versailles. I've read a couple of Koen's books (Dark Angels and Through A Glass Darkly), one of which I really enjoyed and the other I was a bit disappointed with.

  3. Happily Ever After sounds fun. Have a great week!

  4. Heather, you are going to LOVE Before Versailles...it is amazing!!!

    Enjoy your new reads!

  5. Before Versailles sounds very good. Enjoy all the reads.

  6. Bad mailman! I hope the book wasn't damaged too badly. Hopefully he won't do that again!

  7. Ohno!! I soo hate that -- my previous apt had mailboxes like that -- so frustrating!

    I'm so v excited to start the Koen!

  8. Svea - I can't wait to read it!

    Melissa - I am curious as to which of her books it was you didn't love. I have all of hers but have only read one so far.

    Mary - so far I have read two of the stories from the book and they have been quite interesting. Sometimes figuring out which fairy tale they revisited was interesting.

    Amy - I will trust you! Can't wait!

    Beth - I hope they don't do it again either - I have put in a complaint so we will see if that changes anything. Who knows.

    Audra - They had been pretty good up until now.

    Mystica - thanks!


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