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In My Mailbox: September 26-October 2

October 2, 2010

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme, hosted by The Story Siren, in which bloggers share books they’ve acquired in the mail / at the library / from a bookstore.

It’s been a pretty slow book week for me. I’ve been reading and listening to a lot, but not much has come into my new home. I just have two books to report, both borrowed from the library:

The Report by Jessica Francis Kane

I read about Kane’s novel The Report when Jen of Devourer of Books chose it as her BBAW Forgotten Treasure. She said:

You may think that a government investigation and report sounds like a total snoozefest, and I would understand that, but I promise you, but it is not. Seriously, this is a fantastic and absolutely engaging work of very realistic historical fiction.

That endorsement was enough to make me look into the book further. Here’s what GoodReads has to say:

The Report Cover

On a March night in 1943, on the steps of a London Tube station, 173 people die in a crowd seeking shelter from another air raid. When the devastated neighborhood demands a report, the job falls to magistrate Laurence Dunne.

In this beautifully crafted novel, Jessica Francis Kane paints a vivid portrait of London at war. As Dunne investigates, he finds the truth to be precarious, even damaging. When he is forced to reflect several decades later, Dunne must consider whether he chose the right course.

‘The Report’ is a compelling commentary on the way all tragedies are remembered.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

I know I’m a bit late in picking up this recent Newbery winner, but I’m still excited to read it! Here’s the GoodReads blurb:

When You Reach Me Cover

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper: 

I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.
I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.

I am quite excited to wrap up my current reads and dive into these two new acquisitions. Do you have anything exciting waiting for you this week?

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14 Comments
  1. October 2, 2010 7:52 am

    I have The Report on hold at my library right now. I had to reserve it after reading Jen’s review on it.

    • Erin permalink*
      October 2, 2010 8:05 am

      I look forward to hearing your thoughts! It certainly was a convincing review, wasn’t it? 🙂

  2. October 2, 2010 9:02 am

    I have heard great things about “When you reach me”, I’m curious to see what you think of it.

  3. Michelle permalink
    October 3, 2010 7:26 am

    I haven’t heard of either of these – but The Report looks like a great one! I’ll have to check that one out.

    • Erin permalink*
      October 3, 2010 1:31 pm

      I’ll be sure to report back when I finish it. I have high hopes!

  4. October 3, 2010 8:21 am

    I really, really want to read When You Reach Me. Hello, Madeline L’Engle references, that’s way awesome.

    Happy reading 🙂

    • Erin permalink*
      October 3, 2010 1:30 pm

      I’ve heard only wonderful things, so I can’t wait. I kind of feel like I should go reread some Madeline L’Engle first, though!

  5. October 3, 2010 2:15 pm

    Have a fun week reading 🙂

    Here’s my mailbox this week

    • Erin permalink*
      October 3, 2010 3:33 pm

      Thanks…you too!

  6. October 3, 2010 7:23 pm

    The Report looks interesting…Looks like it would make an interesting movie. LOL. Happy Reading. Check out what was In My Mailbox.

    • Erin permalink*
      October 4, 2010 8:41 am

      You’re right, it does look like it could be a good movie!

  7. October 3, 2010 8:32 pm

    I’ve never heard of The Report, but it sounds really good. It’s on my TBR list now.

    • Erin permalink*
      October 3, 2010 8:43 pm

      I hope you enjoy it!

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