Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. Essentially, people share what books that they got in their mailboxes over the past week. I think it’s much more exciting to talk about all the books I purchased, gifted, or received. Unfortunately I can’t find an exact description of Mailbox Monday, but I think it’s okay for me to show you all the books I got last week!

The Penguin Five - YA books from Penguin's Fall 2010 releases

I received this box from Daniel Wagstaff. Dan tweeted about having a few packs of YA books from Penguin Group USA. I figured I’d give them a shot since I’ve enjoyed a lot of YA in the past. They arrived in this classy slipcase with five young adult titles all from different genres:

  • The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller (YA Romance) release date: August 2010
  • The Replacements by Brenna Yovanoff (YA Horror) release date: September 2010
  • Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (Paranormal YA) release date: October 2010
  • Matched by Ally Condie (Dystopia YA) release date: November 2010
  • Sapphique by Catherine Fisher (Fantasy YA) release date: December 2010

French and English copies of Pélagie-la-Charrette by Antonine Maillet

My sister is going to Moncton University in New Brunswick for the summer to learn French through the Explore Program. I went to one of my favourite used bookstores downtown, MacLeod’s Books, and asked the owner for some recommendations. I asked if there were any New Brunswick authors who had written some fiction that represented the Maritime provinces well.

It wasn’t until he found some books by Antonine Maillet that we discovered a gem. Antoinine Maillet was born in New Brunswick and received her BA from Moncton University. I found copies of Pélagie-la-Charrette (1979) in both French and English and thought it was perfect.

Canadian literature

While I was in MacLeod’s, I couldn’t help be sucked in by some more amazing Canadian literature. These are all titles I’ve been meaning to find for a long while. I am now the owner of The Outlander by Gil Adamson; Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, a memoir by Evelyn Lau; and Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards.