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


  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. Felicia says

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

    Thanks for stopping by,

    Livin’ Life Through Books

  3. says

    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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  4. says

    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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  5. 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 :-)

  6. Mel S says

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

  7. 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 =]

  8. 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!!!!

  9. 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! 😀

  10. 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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  11. readingangel002 says

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

  12. 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. :)

    Here’s mine over at GatheringBooks:

  13. 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).

  14. 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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  15. 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 :)

  16. Jo Jones says

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

  17. 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 😀 great IMM 😀

    – juhina

  18. 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!

  19. 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! 😀 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*

    • says

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

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

    Old Follower :)

  23. Rachel Shaw says

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

  24. 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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    • 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..

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