In My Mailbox #23

Hi everyone and welcome to my 23rd In My Mailbox! In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It’s our opportunity to get a sneak peek into what books everyone  received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders.

I didn’t do an IMM post last week because I didn’t have anything to show you but this week was amazing book-wise and I got lots of amazing books. Shall we check them out?


A Kestrel For a Knave by Barry Hines (paperback)
Love on the Dole by Walter Greenwood (paperback)
Billy Elliot by Melvin Burgess (paperback)
Union Street by Pat Barker (paperback)

I’m writing my dissertation on the British working class so these four are basically research material. :) I’ve actually read Union Street before but I didn’t have my own copy, that’s why I ordered it a few weeks ago. It’s fantastic, by the way! I loved it.

For review:

Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale (hardback)
The Watcher by Charles Maclean (paperback)
Breathless by Anne Swärd (paperback)
The Life of Rebecca Jones by Anghard Price (hardback)
Agatha Raisin: As The Pig Turns by M.C. Beaton (paperback)
Run Rabbit Run by Kate Johnson (ebook) 
All These Things I’ve Done by Gabriel Zevin (paperback)

* A massive thank you to Book Divas, Penguin, Maclehose Press, Constable & Robinson, Pan Macmillan and Choc Lit *

This week was even more surprising in the way that I got my first unsolicited (i.e. not asked for) books from a publisher! How exciting is that?! Plus, I got another copy of All These Things I’ve Done – I received a copy a few weeks ago with a different cover so I’m not sure what happened, but I adore both versions :) Also, I’m reading the Agatha Raisin one right now so keep an eye on my blog for the review!
And here’s a funny question for you all: does your postman ever … give you strange looks when he delivers your packages? I know it’s a silly question but I was just wondering, since mine literally GRINS from ear to ear when he delivers my parcels. I don’t know what he’s thinking but he has this strange look on his face every time I get another book. It’s so funny! And it’s kind of sweet of him,haha
Anyway, what did y’all get this week? Make sure to leave me a comment with a link to your own post so that I can visit you back! x

55 Responses to “In My Mailbox #23”

  1. Heather says:

    This week I bought a copy of The Help because I've been dying to read it. And yeah, actually my postman does give me weird looks. Though that could be because I make weird noises and jump up and down sometimes… ;)

  2. Carina says:

    Wow, amazing books! I haven’t heard of many of these before, but I’ll definitely have to check a few of these out. Thanks for sharing!
    And yes, sometimes my postman looks at me weird too. :D Probably can’t imagine that someone would want so many books. LOL

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  3. Pragya says:

    Wow, those look good. I liked Someone Else’s Life.

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  4. Megan Reti says:

    Wow, what a great haul. I’m not familiar with most of these, so I’ll keep an eye out for your reviews!

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  5. Mesa says:

    Great books! I really want to read Some Else’s Life. Happy reading!

  6. Giselleco says:

    Aaah the Watcher sounds CREEPY! I just finished Someone Else’s Life and I really liked it! Awesome haul chick!!

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  7. Felicia says:

    So many interesting good books. How do you have time to read them all? lol. Great haul :)

    Thanks for stopping by,

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  8. Congrats on an awesome week! I’ve had Someone Else’s Life on my TBR list for quite some time and am really looking forward to getting started on it! I hope you enjoy all of your reads this week. Oh, to answer your question during the Canada Post strike last summer I got a crazy amount of books shipped via UPS in a very short period of time and my UPS driver was extremely curious and interested in “what I do”.
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  9. Someone Else’s Life was such a great read! Congrats on getting your first unsolicited book from a publisher!! It’s so much fun isn’t it? Because it’s a surprise? LOL I hardly see the couriers because they leave the packages by the door and sometimes don’t even doorbell. I guess they don’t need a signature lol

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  10. Beth DiIorio says:

    Thank you for posting these titles! You inspired me to add A Kestrel For A Knave AND Love On The Dole to my TBR list ~
    Beth :-)

  11. taterbeans says:

    i havent heard of many of the books you got but seems like you had a great week!!! and i cant wait to get my first unsolicited book!!!! hope you have a great week!!!
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  12. Mel S says:

    I have The Watcher in my review pile as well – but waiting until I feel particularly brave before reading it! :-)

  13. Sana says:

    A Kestrel for a Knave is a good book. I read in it my college literature class and watched the movie as well. Its worth a read =]

  14. Melissa says:

    Wow…I think I’ve head of one of those books before! That’s the great thing about this meme! Enjoy!

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  15. Leanne B says:

    Awesome haul!! I still need to read All These Things I’ve done, but have heard great things.

    I did A Kestrel For A Knave at school – man was I depressed after that!!!!

  16. K R Weinert says:

    Great books! Someone Else’s Life has me very interested. I didn’t read Billy Elliot – just saw the film which I thought was amazing. Happy reading :-)
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  17. Awesome books this week!! They all seem awesome :D
    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!!
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  18. BookStacksOnDeck says:

    Oh I have All These Things I’ve Done, but still need to read it! I haven’t seen that cover before though! Nice haul! :D

  19. Hannah says:

    I never actually see my postman but I swear everybody else thinks I’m crazy! xD
    Had a book turn up at my partner’s dad’s house this week, was so funny picking it up, haha.
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  20. readingangel002 says:

    Great week! Someone Else’s Life has been on my list so I’m excited to see what you think of it!!

  21. Foreva Lost in Books says:

    YAY for the awesome IMM Vicky! :D

    Someone Else’s Life looks SO GREAT! The cover is… wow… and the summary…. wow… (it seems like wow is the only word in my vocabulary today *sigh*)

    I’ve also heard lots of good things about All These Things I’ve Done!

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  22. Myra from GatheringBooks says:

    Hello there Vicky, I love your research material books – they all do look like fascinating nonfiction reading materials. The Life of Rebecca Jones also looks like a fascinating read – would you know if it also nonfiction, the name doesn’t ring a bell to me. I’ve been keen on reading more nonfiction auto/biographical materials lately. Regarding your postman, I’m sure he has a crush on you. Positive. :) Mine never looks at me funny, much less smile. :)

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  23. Ellie Warren says:

    I hardly see my postman, most my books are left in the porch! I do wonder what my naighbours think though (I’m in a flat so we see each other’s post). Unsolicited copies are a two edged sword. I love the surprise but sometimes the timing is really bad or I don’t feel motivated to read them. A lot of the ones in my #RCCleanup pile are unsolicited copies. Midn you. I haven’t received any in a while, maybe they got the hint (though I do feel I can ask outright for books I do want).

  24. PatriciaBookExhibitionism says:

    Oh, I almost ordered All These Things I’ve Done in February, but then picked My Life as White Zombie Trash instead. (I had a budget of 400 bucks.. It was incredible, and I’ll probably spend the rest of my life thinking about that bookbuying-‘accident’ *grin*)

    Enjoy all your books!!

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  25. Bookish_Nimue says:

    Great haul (it seems as if I’m saying this on every blog today), there are so many books I want to read too.

    I honestly never meet my postman as I’m at work during the day. Luckily my housemate works at home and will receive my occasional package (not that I’m getting that many anyway)

    Happy Sunday :)

  26. I really want to read Someone Else’s Life – looks so good! Hope you enjoy all your books :)
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  27. Paige says:

    All These Things I’ve Done was really good, I really enjoyed it! I hope you enjoy everything you got this week. Here’s my IMM!

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  28. Jo Jones says:

    I love Agatha and though A The Pig Turns was another fun read. Hope you enjoy all of your books.

  29. Fara Nani says:

    I want Someone’s Else’s Life sooo badly. Oh well. Great haul! And enjoy your reads!

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  30. FABRSteph says:

    I love Billy Elliot, All These Things I’ve Done and The Agatha Raisin Series. Enjoy!
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  31. Maji Bookshelf says:

    Awesome IMM!! I really want to read All these things I’ve done!! Oh and Someone else’s life is really good :D great IMM :D

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  32. Awesomeness! All These Things I’ve Done looks really good, I want to read it SOON! Enjoy :)

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  33. Jussy Who says:

    Hi there, just popping in… Nice!

    Very jealous right now! You have so many books that look interesting.

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  34. J L Wright says:

    Oh my! Let’s trade mailboxes for awhile. We don’t have mail delivery here. It’s been three years since I received mail!

  35. Paige says:

    Someone Else’s Life looks so good. I hope you enjoy everything you got this week. Here’s my IMM!

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  36. Christy (Love of Books) says:

    Ha! I read Billy Elliot years ago, but totally forgot about it until now. I think I liked it. How funny.

    Your postman just likes you Vicky! Admit it! :D Mine is seriously mean. I’m not even joking. Just for example, my friend, who has the same postman, made him cookies for Christmas (she’s like that), and he just glared at her and walked away. When we have packages, he glares and there’s a good chance it’ll be smashed. *sigh*

    • Vicky says:

      Haha he’s like.. 40 so I doubt that! :D
      Geez, yours seems mean, though. Why these people choose such a profession, just beats me. *sigh*

  37. Never heard of most of the books here! Time to check them out! Good luck with your dissertation! :)

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  38. kimba88 says:

    oooh so many lovelies. I am interested in The the cover.
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  39. OOoh nice! these are new to me, but I hope you enjoy them all! Happy Reading!!

    My IMM will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    GREAT weekend!

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  40. Sana Shams says:

    Hmm…I can only recognize Someone Else’s Life and All These Things I’ve Done from your IMM. But it looks great anyway =D

    Here’s my IMM!

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  41. margie c {the bumble girl} says:

    What a great stack of books! I am looking forward to reading Someone Else’s Life, got it last week but haven’t had a chance to read it yet!
    LOLing about your mailman, my guy always gives me a dirty look when a package doesn’t fit in our box and he has to hand deliver it to me, lol!
    Enjoy your new reads, and good luck with your dissertation!

  42. A lot of new books for me too. I’ve always wanted to read All These Things I’ve Done. Sounds really unique.
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  43. Grace Fonseca says:

    WOW. Most of these books are brand spanking new to me. Never heard of some of these books. Come visit me as well.

  44. Sash and Em says:

    Wonderful mailbox!

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  45. Megan says:

    I really did enjoy All These Things I’ve Done! I hope you like it, too. Great books all around this week! Enjoy them all.

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  46. Jessica@a GREAT read says:

    Nice! Those are all new to me, but I hope you enjoy every single one of them! Happy Reading!

    My IMM will be up tomorrow so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT weekend!

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  47. Rachel Shaw says:

    Once a mailman went up to me and said ‘here you go” with a grin. Have fun reading all these books!

  48. Rebecca (Kindle Fever) says:

    Oh, great IMM! I can’t wait to read All These Things I’ve Done and Someone Else’s Life looks great! And that’s cool you got your first unsolicited ones! Yay.

    My postmen never smiles… they look annoyed! Also, they are so lazy they often just leave a note telling me to pick it up at the post office, even if it’s just one tiny paperback that EASILY fits -.- grrr. It’s a long walk for me, so yes, it’s annoying! LOL. Especially since I once had a postman stuffing a package of clothes and 4 books in there! ;p
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    • Vicky says:

      Aw :( We have two postmen actually – the one who delivers bigger packages/boxes doesn’t smile at all. :( OMG they used to do that here all the time! I hate those little notes..

  49. Haven’t heard of many of the books, I’m going to check them out! :) As the Pig Turns is such a cute title and has a nice cover as well. I hope you enjoy your books! :D

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