The Best Kind of Mail

In my continuous and steadfast crusade against the downfall of paper media, I do solemnly swear that I will only buy print books; however, sometimes this must be accomplished via the internets as opposed to going to a brick and mortar bookstore. I do my very best to support my local bookstores, though I can't deny it's fun to receive packages full of books on my doorstep.

In the past week, I've received three of said book packages from W.W. Norton, Gray Wolf Press, and Hachette Books respectively.

I was lucky enough to win both Don Lee's The Collective from W.W. Norton and Ted Sanders' No Animals We Could Name from Gray Wolf Press in two Good Reads First Reads giveaways.



Major bonus that they aren't ARCs or Galleys, which is usually what a person wins in a First Reads giveaway. No Animals We Could Name is a shiny perfect-bound paperback, and The Collective is a hardcover! Both have beautiful cover art, too. I can't wait to feast on these two books. I just have to finish my Random Reads challenge first, but I'm halfway there.

The third package I got in the mail from Hachette Book Group contained the three items I've been drooling over admiring from afar on Chronicle Books' website. I finally bit the bullet and bought them thanks to the incredible sale they were having for Family and Friends: 35% off and free shipping. The sale is going on until July 24th, so you have a few more days to check it out.



I have been pining away for years over Grady McFerrin's This Book Belongs To bookplates and labels. And, I can officially say that they are everything I imagined them to be. Hmm.. that sounded pretty dramatic, but it doesn't make it any less true.



Being the Shakespeare lover that I am, I jumped all over this gorgeous specimen. Feast your eyes on the beautiful, modern illustrations by Caitlin Keegan.



And lastly, I bought the Carpe Diem Journal. I figured it could possibly motivate me to meet all those small goals I set for myself and then promptly forget about because life gets in the way. Plus, it's pretty.



Look at them all together in perfect harmony. It's a sweet coincidence that their colors all complement each other so nicely.



Now to find the perfect bookshelf to place my spoils. That's always half the fun, at least if your name is Rosie. So, how about you? Get any new books lately?

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27 comments :

  1. It sounds like you had an awesome time shopping, such pretty book covers too. They would look yummy in a cherry wood book shelf..I adore the Carpe Diem Journal. Thanks for linking to the Sunday Post and would love to see you again next week. Please be sure and leave a link to my meme as well. Have an awesome week! New follower

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    1. I am on the lookout for a new shelf; I will keep cherry wood in mind. Thanks for the tip, Kimba!

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  2. You take really amazing photo's if you took these pictures. I was really blow away.

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    1. Thanks, Danielle! I did take the pictures with my Nikon D3100. I'm in love with that camera. =]

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  3. Great books!! Congrats on the awesome Goodreads wins!

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    1. Thanks, Shelly! Winning free books never gets old to me; I do a happy dance every time haha

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  4. I haven't heard of any of these, but the Collective has a great cover. Hope you enjoy them all. Happy reading :)

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  5. I like those journals. Those journals are so pretty and very nice. Great haul.

    Grace

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    1. Thanks, Grace. I haven't written in it yet; I'm finding that I'm afraid to mar its beauty with my weirdo handwriting haha

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  6. Your loot is very pretty! Enjoy your reads! :)

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    1. haha thanks, Jess! It was a very happy coincidence that the books fit together so well

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  7. I love the pictures and enthusiasm. And it's always fun winning giveaways. Enjoy the books!

    Thanks for visiting my haul.

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    1. I enjoyed looking at your entry, Manda-Rae; you set your list up so neatly and easily readable.

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  8. You got some fantastic books, and am totally loving the way you take pictures! I'm drooling away at your book plates. They are gorgeous! I have never won anything from FirstReads giveaway, but YAY for you winning two! That's fantastic! I hope you enjoy all the books you got this week! Thanks for stopping by :)

    MaryAnn
    Chapter by Chapter

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    1. Thank you, Maryann =] I started winning FirstReads giveaways when I started expanding my reading horizons and entered giveaways for genres I wouldn't regularly pick out.

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  9. Wow so many great books. You take some great pictures too. It's like art how to click a pic. lol. Enjoy.

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    1. Jennifer, thanks for the compliment! I'm still learning how to use my camera and experiment with angles.

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  10. Nice haul chickie! I love the package pictures! hhaa

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    1. haha it's not everyday I get packages from established publishing houses, so I just *had* to document it. Thanks for stopping by my little ole blog, Giselle =]

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  11. "The best kind of mail" - YES, 100%. :) What a stunning set of books! I shamefully haven't heard of any of them, and those bookplates are gorgeous! You'll definitely put them to good use. Enjoy your lovely haul! Can't wait to see more of your reviews!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lauren! Half the fun of the book plates is figuring out which books to stick them in

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  12. The has to be the most beautiful book haul I've ever seen. xD The cover art is gorgeous for all the books and I'm envious of your bookplates. The Carpe Diem Journal is beautiful as well, I just want to stare at the pictures of your shiny, stunning new books. :)

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    1. I'm truly flattered, Isa =] Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  13. AHH, I LOVE the "this book belongs to..." labels. SO PRETTY! I'm super glad you were able to get them, and some other things you wanted. Loving the Shakespeare book!

    Thanks for stopping by the blog, Rosie!

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    1. I am pretty in love with them myself, Molli. I enjoy your blog, I'll be sure to stop by again soon

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  14. Your photos are gorgeous and so are the books being photographed! Thank you for sharing. :)

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