In My Mailbox (1): March 18

In My Mailbox is a feature hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren, inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Now, I am aware that this feature mainly shows books acquired by the blogger recently, but since it’s my first, I’m going to show all the books I got since my birthday (which was in February), and probably a few from Christmas (I got gift certificates for books on both occasions and I tried to hold out as long as I could so they’re still fairly recent). Anyway, here they are!

Awesome possum books!

The pile on the left side pertains to brand-new books I bought with the gift certificates and some gifts from friends. The pile on the right shows books from the secondhand book shop in my school which shows up about every two weeks.

Left-side pile (clockwise from top left):

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

Angel Time by Anne Rice

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Right-side pile (clockwise from top left):

The Evolution of Useful Things – Henry Petroski

The SFWA Grand Masters 2 – edited by Frederik Pohl

Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories – edited by James Thomas and Robert Shapard

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Boy Next Door/Boy Meets Girl (2 books in 1)  by Meg Cabot

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Twenties GirlSophie Kinsella

To be honest, I haven’t started reading any of them yet. I just managed to add into my already tottering TBR pile, but I don’t mind – I’m just happy I have them.

There’s this book I got a couple of days ago in school. It was the last academic day before finals next week, and I had my last ever English/Literature class (my college course is the kind where the sciences are more emphasized than the humanities, since it’s premed after all), so I had a lot of mixed feelings about it. Anyway, my professor, Mr. DM Reyes, was my teacher for that class, and he wrote a collection of poetry which of course I had to have. I managed to get the last copy available and I got him to sign it too!

There it is!! But it looks much better without my name stuck on it.

Mr. Reyes told me that he would sign it after class and I would have to get it back from the English department secretary later on, so I didn’t see him. I wish I did though, after I read his dedication:

And for Alexa Sienes, whose heart for music brings her deep into the heartland of poetry. In admiration, DM 16. III. 2012

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but in school I play the keyboard for musicals and stuff and this dedication sort of made me feel like what I’m doing makes people happy. I mean, I don’t randomly burst out in song in the hallways (not that I remember anyway) and not many people know I love music, so it’s very touching to see my passion in print. It’s like most of my interests colliding – music and literature! And it’s my first signed book!

Aaaaand that’s it. That’s all for this week’s In My Mailbox feature! Sharing the books I want to read to you all has been fun! I think In My Mailbox will be a regular feature from now on, so watch out for that too! How about you? Do you have any books you’ve acquired recently that you want to talk about? Feel free to share anything you’ve bought or gotten as well! 🙂