In My Mailbox - December 20, 2015

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Hey y'all!I'm on the tail end of a particularly rough bout of bronchitis, so now is the first time I've felt even remotely like a person in the past couple of days.For those of you who follow the blog, you all know my awful awful immune system and it looks like we're slightly closer to figuring out what exactly makes me so susceptible to everything. On Thursday, I went in for chest and sinus x-rays and finally got some antibiotics. (This has been my fourth case of bronchitis since August - not good.) In other words, I'm very lucky I decided to take a blog hiatus because I was too exhausted to read, much less articulate my responses.It was quite the week but hey, I survived! That's always cause for celebration. I have gotten QUITE a few books and assorted bookish gifts over the past weeks.

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Bought

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale | Goodreads

For Review

Caraval by Stephanie Garber | GoodreadsMy True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins | Goodreads

Gifted

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton | GoodreadsSaving Francesca by Melina Marchetta | Goodreads

Normally, I have cut-and-dried paperbacks and hardcovers - nothing too adventurous. In this week's haul, however, I have my first-ever bound manuscript (Caraval) thanks to a super sweet editor at the Flatiron. I have the second Harry Potter book on audio - which I already finished just from walking in the hallways between classes. (Six minutes, eight times a day, seven times a week - you do the math. We apparently do a lot of walking at school.)

And I don't normally have too many knickknacks aside from books, but I guess Christmastime is a special exception. St. Martins Press sent me precious cookie-cutters for My True Love Gave to Me. At work, I was sorely tempted by a SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY iPad mini case - which I'm using as a pencil pouch actually - and swung by another indie on my way home, finding the cutest little YAY! BOOKS! magnet which is currently attached to the back of my car.

The same gal who sent me Ava Lavender and Saving Francesca as part of The Broke and the Bookish's annual Secret Santa (I haven't sent mine out yet - I'm making my girl lemon bars first!) also sent me the cutest bookish goodies and gifts. I got chocolates, bookmarks and business cards for my blog, cocoa, and notecards! It was so sweet and she very obviously put so much thought and effort into her gift. I so appreciated it.

What were y'all up to this week, while I was off duty? Are any of y'all doing bookish Secret Santa exchanges?

Merry Christmas!

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