Sunday, July 24, 2011

In My Mailbox #24

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where you can talk about the books you bought or received this week.

So this week I got...
The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
Sarah and Brianna have always been friends, and it's always gone like this: guys talk to Sarah in order to get closer to Brianna. So even though Sarah met Ryan first, she's not surprised that he ends up with Brianna (even though Sarah has a massive crush on him). The three of them hang out, and Sarah and Ryan's friendship grows until one night an innocent exchange between them leads to a moment that makes Sarah realize that Ryan might be interested in her after all. But if there's one unwritten rule, it's this: you don't mess around with a friend's boyfriend. So Sarah tries to resist temptation. But with the three of them thrown together more and more, tension builds between Sarah and Ryan, and when they find themselves alone together at one point, they realize they just can't fight how they feel anymore...

I love Elizabeth Scott, and The Unwritten Rule sounds cute... even though I liked the cover of the hardcover version a lot better than the one of the paperback...

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
(Amazon / Goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

I'm not going to lie - I'm scared of this book. The topic is creepy, wrong, and, well, kind of gross. But so many reviewers have said that they actually understood the feelings the two characters had for each other, so I'm intrigued to see whether I can, too.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
(Amazon / Goodreads)

So you're a guy; you're at a band show and your ex, the girl who dumped you, walks in with the new guy. Looking for a safe exit, you ask the girl you happen to sitting with to be your girlfriend for five minutes . You're a girl; you're at a get-together and your least favorite female strolls in. The stranger sitting next to you asks you to be his five-minute date. So what do you? You lock lips . Nick and Norah's instant connect begins a roller-coaster "first date" that takes them through Manhattan and into themselves.

I've read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan and loved it, but I haven't read anything by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I've heard they're great together, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist sounds cute, so I'm excited to read this one!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
(Amazon / Goodreads)

This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.

I know, I know, I'm crazy for not having read this yet. I know it's supposed to be amazing, but it never really appealed to me - I can't even explain why. But I saw this at the library this week and decided to read it to see whether it's as great as everyone says it is.

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
(Amazon / Goodreads)

Bridget Jones Diary follows the fortunes of a single girl on an optimistic but doomed quest for self-improvement. Cheered by feminist ranting with her friends Jude. Shazzer and 'hag-fag' Tom, humiliated at Smug Marrieds' dinner parties, crazed by parental attempts to fix her up with a rich divorcee in a diamond-patterned sweater, Bridget lurches from torrid affair to pregnancy-scare convinced that if she could just get down to 8st 7, stop smoking and develop Inner Poise, all would be resolved. 

Usually, I always have to read the book beofre watching the movie, but I saw Bridget Jones for the first time ages ago and didn't even know it's based on a novel. It's one of my favorite movies, so when I found out there's a book version, I had to add it to my wishlist. Now I finally borrowed it from the library, and I can't wait to see whether it's as hilarious as the movie version!

What did you get in your mailbox this week?


  1. i love your books each and every week. i am convinced we have almost the EXACT same taste (good taste, obvs). happy reading!

  2. Bridget Jones is FANTASTIC. I hope you agree ;)

    I've not read The Perks of Being a Wallflower yet either. I'm always hearing people talk about it, but have never seen it to pick up myself.

  3. I have Perks of Being a Wallflower, but I haven't read it yet. Everyone I seem to know keeps telling me to read it though.
    And I actually had no idea that Nick And Nora's.. was a book!
    Awesome mailbox :] Happy reading!

    In My Mailbox! :]

  4. I hope you enjoy Nick & Norah, I absolutely loved it. I totally agree about the Elizabeth Scott cover. I'm not too big on covers with real faces, I like artistic shots better. Great mailbox!

    Here's mine:

  5. Wow, I love the new cover for The Unwritten Rule! And Bridget Jones's Diary is my absolute favorite movie, but the book was just okay. I hope you enjoy it though! I know I always laugh at the ridiculous stuff Bridget does. Here's my IMM if you want to check it out! Happy reading!

    -Jessica (Peace Love Books)

  6. You got a great bunch of books. I feel the way you do about Forbidden. The whole idea is creepy. I'll be eager to hear what you think.

    My mailboxes are here and here. Happy reading!

  7. Forever is INCREDIBLE and The Perks of Being a Wallflower is really good too. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

  8. I started perks of being a wallflower, but then an industrial size can of hairspray exploded in my bag, ruining my copy and I never read it after that. I'll have to make an effort to get it aain. Hope you enjoy your books =]

    The Cait Files

  9. Great set! I really want to read Forbidden and Perks of Being a Wallflower.
    My IMM

  10. Eep! The Perks of Being a Wallflower! I'm kind of sad because my boyfriend got iced tea on my copy so I may just buy a new one. Nick and Norah was a pretty great read. It sparked my love of books with the point of view of two people. I've only read one Elizabeth Scott book but Unwritten Rule sounds great!

  11. Forbidden is totally not something I would read, but I thought that I would check out the ratings because you said you heard other reviewers being understanding of the topic. I think I am going to give it a shot as well! I have also added The Unwritten Rule to my tbr. Here's my blog and IMM:

  12. You have a nice list of books in your mailbox this week. The Unwritten Rule sounds like a great book.
    Happy Reading,
    Book Sniffers Anonymous

  13. I kinda like the new cover better for the Unwritten Rule. Maybe because of the color- I don't know. I read (erm, didn't finished) Perfect You (couldn't get into it) but I'm giving the author another shot with Between Here and Forever. Maybe then I'll like this one too. :)

  14. The Unwritten Rule looks great! I will have to check that out.

    I'm a new Twitter follower @austbookshelf... and my IMM is

    Happy reading,

  15. Great set of books- and I think the Bridget Jones book was even better than the movie (and I liked the movie!)

  16. I love that cover on Perks of being a wallflower! is it new? where did you order your copy? The only one I know of is the green cover, and it's not that pretty.... lol!

  17. I don't know whether it's new - but I got this one on the Book Depo.


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