Friday, April 03, 2009

TGIF: Mail Call & Friday Fill Ins

I should have taken a photo of it, but, of course, I did not have a camera handy. Anya was rubbing her head on Riley's legs. She often talks to him, mewing in her own language none of the humans in the house completely understand. I am not sure what Riley thinks. He ignores her mostly, but occasionally he will nose her a little before moving on. You are not here to read my furkid ramblings, however. Let's take a peek inside this week's Mailbox Monday on Friday:

The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer
No One You Know by Michelle Richmond

1. Angel or not, I will be the queen of the darkness.

2. Buy me a little something from La CĂ©leste Praline, you can have me nearly any way you want me.

3. As my mother used to say, you're full of pride and prejudice.

4. I like to retreat to my secret garden after I'm done working out or doing something strenuous.

5. Even in the most crowded of rooms I will be able to find Hagrid no matter where he may be.

6. A day spent with Harry Dresden is a day fraught with peril.


  1. It must be so much fun to have a surprise book show up in your mailbox. Happy reading!

  2. You received some great books. I love your answers for Friday fill-ins.

  3. Those look like some great reads. Happy reading.

  4. I got a couple of those myself-Mistress of the Sun (the cover is gorgeous) and No One You Know. Enjoy your reading.

  5. Lol... the queen of darkness? really? :-D I don't know what La Celeste Praline is but it sounds like they sell delicious stuff (Ice cream or candies?).

    Have a great weekend :-D

  6. I'm so sorry I haven't been around your blog for a long time. I haven't been blogging much myself, but I just wanted to drop by and say hi, wish you a good weekend and a nice Easter (if you celebrate that) and apologize for being scarce.

    I am finishing my Master thesis and this takes up most of my time. Hopefully, by the end of May, I will be able to blog more and participate more around the blogosphere.

    I am still reviewing books from time to time on my blog, but I am not really active.

    I don't expect you to come running visiting and commenting, I just wanted to let you know that I am very much alive and I miss reading and commenting on your blog very much.

    This is a personal message written to all the blogowner, whose delightful blogs I visit on a regular basis, but it has been copy/pasted. So if you find it on other blogger's blogs, that is why.

    I look very much forward to be active again - and apologize once again for not being active the past month and not being able to be active for another month or two.


  7. I read The Ten-Year Nap and No One You Know last year - very different, but both were good. I'll look forward to your impressions of them both!

    Love your answer to #5 - Hagrid is definitely tough to misplace!

    You're the second FFI I've seen so far who didn't answer #7 - so whatever you do, have a good weekend, Wendy!

  8. Don't you just love unexpected surprises?! I have been getting a ton from Simon & Schuster and though highly excited, a bit overwhelmed, lol!

    Love your answers to the fill-in. They are so much fun - I really need to get back to doing those!

  9. I just got an ARC of the new Sarah Waters, "The Little Stranger." I thnk its a ghost story, again set in 1940s England. And I have just finished a VERY ROUGH first draft of my second Dulcie Schwartz mystery, so this is like getting a prize in the mail! YAY!

    have a great weekend, I know I will!

  10. I love the kitten in your header! So cute! I wish it was time to work in the garden here. I can't wait for the flowers. Hagrid and Harry are great guys too. Have a great weekend!

  11. Hooray for surprise books! And wow, I'm totally jealous of Clea's Sarah Waters ARC. She's my newest author crush!

    Enjoy your weekend, Wendy!

  12. my mailbox was pathetic and empty all week long. tell me about the 10 year sounds interesting!!

  13. Great Friday Fill in's

    Loosing yourself in the Dresden Universe. Cant imagine a better way to spend your day.

    Have a great weekend.

  14. I'm sure your fur kids are as amusing as mine are. :-)

    Thank you for stopping by the mailbox this week. I have 'Mistress of the Sun' on my wish list.

  15. What Happened to Anna K. was listed as one of the best reads of 2008 by EW. Someday...

  16. I've heard good things about No One You Know and The Ten Year Nap...your fill-ins were great...I would love to retreat to a secret garden right now!! Hope the sun is shining there!!

  17. Just to let you know I gave you an award. Stop by and check it out.

  18. Actually, I'd love to hear more about your furkids! More, more, please...

  19. I enjoyed Summer reading, so I'm keeping an eye on The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer. Have a great weekend. :)

  20. Just to let you know I have bestowed on you the honor of the Zombie Chicken Award. Hope you like it. I love the picture!

  21. Love the sound of a 'Secret Garden' to hide in - that was one of my favourite childhood books. I am a Dresden fan as well - would be a real adventure to hand around with him as long as he saved me from harm - or being turned into a toad!!!

  22. Kathy - It really is! I just hope I enjoy them.

    Vasilly - Thank you! I have so much to read now . . . As if I didn't before. Haha

    Serena - I think so. I'm looking forward to diving in. :-)

    Dar - It is a beautiful cover. I hadn't heard of the book before I got it in the mail, I'm afraid. It sounds good though.

    Kookaidmom - Awful, I know. That's the one I struggled the most with--and lost. LOL I was looking at my bookshelves, searching for an idea and that's all I could come up with.

    All of my responses for the fill-ins are book related this week. :-)

    Louise - No need to apologize, Louise. I know how difficult and time consuming working on a Master thesis is, believe me!

    Florinda - I remember. You're one of the reasons I'm so eager to read them. :-)

    I thought Hagrid might stand out in a crowded room.

    I hope you have a good weekend too, Florinda.

  23. April - It has been a bit overwhelming, I agree. All of a sudden they send what seems like boat loads of books. I don't think I can keep up!

    A couple of the fill ins stumped me this time around, but I tried. :-)

    Clea - I'm so jealous! The Little Stranger sounds like it will be good. I love a good ghost story.

    I think finishing the first draft of your book is higher on the totem pole of excitement than a surprise book in the mail. :-) Congratulations! You've got the hard part out of the way.

    I hope you have a great weekend too!

    Wrighty - Thanks! She's a darling. Spring is in the air--at least where I live. I hope you will be back in your garden soon.

    I enjoy spending time with Hagrid and Harry. :-) I hope you have a great weekend too!

    Nymeth - Me too! Although not the crush part. Let me read one of her books first. :-)

    Have a good weekend!

    Booklineandsinker - I hope you get something next week. An empty mailbox can be so sad--but then, it probably would do me some good.

    Caspette - Me either, Caspette! Did you know I have a little crush on Harry?

    Marcia - Our furkids are the greatest, aren't they? They're so funny and adorable.

  24. Sandy - Was it? Oh yes! Now I'm remembering! That was one of my surprise books.

    Staci - I am looking forward to reading both very much. Visiting the secret garden right now would be so nice. Well, maybe in the morning.

    It's been overcast here, but the sun did come out for awhile this afternoon. I hope you see sun soon!

    Yvonne - Thank you so much, Yvonne. That's such a fun one too!

    Alice - I know you would. :-) What I need to do is take more pictures . . .

    Matt - I've heard good things about The Ten Year Nap and am eager to read it. I hope you have a great weekend too, Matt!

    Caspette - I do like it! Thank you so much!

    Sally - I really liked The Secret Garden too. Wonderful book!

    Oh yes! With Harry Dresden, there would never be a dull moment--but we'd have to keep him close or we'd land in a lot more trouble that is already following him.

  25. I got a few surprise books too. Always fun!

    Didn't know that Sarah Waters had a new one out - cool.

  26. Great job with your bookish theme! Thanks for stopping by. =)

  27. Lenore - Yes, it's fun to find an unexpected book in the mailbox! :-)

    Kylee - Thank you!

  28. Cute bookish Friday Fill-In! Enjoy your new books!

  29. I like your answers to the Friday Fill-Ins.

    Oh, you know I'm all ears when it comes to your furkids. :)

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend, Wendy!

  30. Melody - Thank you, Melody! I could go on for hours about my animals. Be careful how much freedom you give me to talk about them. :-)

  31. Nothing makes me smile like a Harry Potter reference!


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