in my mailbox (14) + whoah, 400 followers & nifty poll

Before your regularly scheduled IMM (hosted by The Story Siren):

See that puppy? Imagine that's what I'm like on the inside: Leaping for joy in the grass, tongue askew, and slightly crosseyed with joy. And hair streaming in the wind. YES, ME.


I JUST HIT 400 FOLLOWERS! *does happy dance*

*is in disbelief* I'm not sure how it happened but I am very, very happy which means CHOCOLATE FOR EVERYONE! You guys are amazing for following my crazy blog.

I'm not sure if I'll do a celebratory giveaway or not., which is why I have the poll located niftily at the right hand corner where you can vote 1) Yes, do a smaller international giveaway (most likely one book of your choice at the Book Depository) or 2) Hold off a bit and hold a BIG giveaway a bit later on.


And onto the real IMM post:

1) Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien: So, on the inside, there's a note from the editor that describes Birthmarked as "The Handmaid's Tale meets The Hunger Games." Which is about all I need to know in order to FANGIRL SQUEAL after it arrived on my doorstep.

2) Hamlet by Shakespeare: Oh Hamlet, how much I've heard about thou!

I mean, this is the play where quotes like "To be or not to be, that is the question" and "The lady doth protest too much, methinks," come from. *swoons*

I bought it because it's been assigned for my English class. Which I'm pretty happy about. Because usually, my English class never has assigned reading. I've never read a whole play by Shakespeare; even Romeo and Juliet in 9th grade was deemed "too complicated" for our little freshmen minds to comprehend. Ouch. We watched a movie on it instead. [sarcasm] Gee, thanks, Freshman-English-Teacher-who-will-go-unnamed. [/sarcasm] And then in 10th grade we read a bit of Julius Caesar, the comic strip, and watched a movie instead of actually, you know, reading the whole darn thing.

Anyways, I'm glad I'm finally reading something by Shakespeare and will no longer be a complete Shakespeare ignoramus.


Liam said...

Yay! First comment! Ha!
Seriously? Me=freshman next year and I've already read R&J a few times...take THAT, high school!
Sorry. Bitter.
Although now I'm rocking MacBeth and I was pretty ticked when I found out that there was a Julius Caesar graphic novel. And Birthmarked seems purrrty epic.

Sherry said...

YAY Congrats on 400! Love your blog, you deserve it!! :)

Allie said...


Hamlet is a good play to start with. There is a lot of action and a lot going on, so it stays interesting. And the ending is wonderful!

(If you are looking for a laugh, rent the movie version starring Mel Gibson.)

in which a girl reads said...

@Liam: Haha, good for you! I need to read R&J sometime. I just remember my teacher going "You know, Juliet's only supposed to be 12 years old in the play. *switches on movie*" *gag*

@Sherry: Thanks a bunch! <333

@Allie: Yay for Hamlet being interesting! And I'll look into the Mel Gibson version, I could use a laugh :D

Suzanne Yester said...

Congrats! Love your blog! And enjoy Hamlet! Julius Caesar a comic strip?! Guess your teacher was visually oriented! :D

in which a girl reads said...

@Suzanne: Thanks! And I *think* it was a comic strip...maybe it was a graphic novel? Lol, I just remember it was a bunch a cartoons...haha. :)

Sandy said...

Oooooh, Birthmarked has caught my interest!

WHAT was going on with your English classes? (Or teachers?) I was forced to read Shakespearean plays all the time in high school! And Jane Eyre (although that wasn't difficult-I read that book twice when I was like twelve!) I even had to read Arthurian tales and complex stuff like The Aeneid & The Odyssey. Don't even get me started on Dante's Inferno--!

...Although, now that I look back on those times, I'm glad my teachers forced that stuff on me. It was hard to comprehend at first but then I felt so...smart. xD! Your teachers shouldn't have been so quick to think that your class couldn't handle Shakespeare. :/ Oh, Hamlet. I really liked Horatio (hamlet's biffle) and Ophelia (hamlet's girlfriend). There's a YA book called Ophelia...so maybe once you finish the play, you could read that! It's really good. :)

Sandy said...

I completely forgot to add this in my long, rambling comment: that puppy pic looks suspiciously like the floaty puppy pics I have in an old post. Hmmm...!

Just kidding ;)

in which a girl reads said...

@Pirate. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS WITH MY ENGLISH TEACHERS/CLASSES. ( But I go to a not-so-good school though,where reading is about as rare as edible food in the cafeteria--i.e, doesn't exist).

I LOVE Jane Eyre, but basically all the literature I've read isn't assigned, I read it when I should be reading YA for this blog, haha.AND I <3 the Odyssey, but again, have yet to read the original text. We were supposed to read it 9th grade and instead...*surprise* we watched the mini series. FOR A WHOLE FREAKING MONTH. (don't ask me how, but we basically watched 10 minutes per class period, while the teacher paused it every minute to explain what was happening in the scene.) Basically, any required reading we're supposed to do, we watch movies instead. Lolololol. And I want to read the Aenid & Dante's Inferno sometime...:)

And I'll definitely look into Ophelia afterwards!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

400 followers is some champion blogging, girl! You and your blog totally rock, so it's no surprise. :-)

in which a girl reads said...

@ Pirate: OH SNAP!

Wow, I eez so smooth. The day of my enraged anti-plaigarism post I BLATANTLY PICTURE PLAIGARIZE from an unsuspecting blogger.


I remember those pics, they were sososo cute :)

Shantal said...

Birthmarked Sounds interesting, looking forward to your review :)

BTW, Love your blog and Congrats on those 400 well deserved followers :D

Liam said...

Being the idiot I am, I forgot to congratulate you on 400! So, congratulations!

Monster of Books said...

Birthmark looks interesting, Happy Reading!!

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Congrats on hitting 400 followers, that's amazing! :D I voted in your poll! Oh and happy reading of course! :)

Donna (Bites) said...

Congrats on 400 followers!

Justine said...

Congrats on 400 followers. Wow, that's a big number :P

Oohhhhhh, Hamlet! I have that assigned for English too. But that's later on in the semester. Hehe. I can't wait for it. Those are two lovely quotes. I use them a lot, ahah. Anyway. Happy reading!!! :D

Christina T said...

Congratulations on reaching 400 followers. I am new to your blog but I will be following it too. I'm glad you are finally reading Hamlet. It is too bad that your teachers don't think your class can handle Shakespeare.

Birthmarked sounds really good. Thanks for sharing about it. The cover reminds me of the original cover for The Forest of Hands and Teeth, another book I loved. Enjoy your books!

Here is what's in my mailbox this week.

Faye( Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm) said...

Happy V-Day! awesome books*Birthmark*! Hope U enjoy them,Happy reading :D

Kelly Peres said...

Congrats on 400 and your probably the hundredth person to get Birth marked you guys r super lucky!!

My IMM is here

in which a girl reads said...

Thanks everyone for the congrats! <33 you all :)

Sandy said...

Wowz, see in my school we were FORCED to use our imagination and actually had to THINK about what we were reading. A lot of my classmates were annoyed at first because they weren't being spoon fed but afterwards, they got used to it.. I only got to watch the movies based on Shakespeare's plays. (like that "modern" remake of Romeo & Juliet-which I thought SUCKED. And Hamlet where Mel Gibson was there. :D)

Srzly. This was the modern Romeo & Juliet:
Actor: UNSHEATH THY SWORD! *pulls out a spiffy, shiny gun*

Me: um, okay... even though back then THERE WERE NO GUNS! D:

LOL, picture plagiarzing... it's totally fine. It just means we're both awesome ;)

And yes, they were freakin' adorable! That's why I posted them :)

Lori said...

Birth Marked appeals to me. I hope that you enjoy it. Here's Mine

Unknown said...

I'm really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Birthmarked. The premise intrigues me. Enjoy!

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