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Saturday, September 10, 2011

IMM September 11 ~ Two Questions Edition

In My Mailbox is a weekly book meme, where we share the books that we have obtained during the week.  It could be from the library, swap, RAK, for review, purchased or however else you obtain your reading material.

This week also marks the 10 year anniversary of September 11.  A VERY dark time in not only the United States but all over the world.  To me September 11, 2001 is my generations "Pearl Harbor."

On September 11, 2001 I was a Senior in High School, I was sitting in my first hour American Studies (kind of ironic now) class when Mr. Wollin, one of our High School's many History teachers, came into our classroom and told us that the planes had hit the Twin Towers.  That was supposed to be a school day, but the rest of that day passed with not much educating going on, every class I went to the tv was on and footage was being played.  We were all there because we had to be NOT because we wanted to be.

QUESTION #1:  Where/What were you doing September 11, 2001? 

Now onto the BOOKS!


Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

I'm about 134 pages into Ashes and I'm really enjoying it so far.

Dreamfever (Fever, #4)
Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

Shadowfever (Fever, #5)
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

~Bought - Thrifting~

Her Fearful Symmetry
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Wicked Prey (Lucas Davenport, #19)
Wicked Prey by John Sandford

The Divide
The Divide by Nicholas Evans

Purple Heart
Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

Little Brother
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolken

1984 by George Orwell


Eye of the Wolf (Wind River Reservation, #11)

~For Review~

The Kingdom of Childhood
The Kingdom of Childhood by Rebecca Coleman

QUESTION #2:  What's in YOUR mailbox?


Sash and Em said...

nice haul and we especially love 1984 :)

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Carina said...

Ten years ago I was nine years old and I was at my best friend's place. We just went downstairs into the living-room (I think to get some chocolate) and her mother was watching the news on television. And I remember my parents watching the news the rest of the day as well once I'd come home again. We're living in Germany but we were / are just as shocked and touched by what happened.

Enjoy your new books. They look fantastic. :)

Katja Weinert said...

Ten years ago I was working as a, assistant college administrator. I live in the UK, but it was surreal day for us too. Initially thinking when the first plane struck that there'd been a terrible accident and then realization dawning when the second one hit.

Felt the same way with UK's 7/7, and when our networks went down, it felt disempowering to not be able to call friends and family working in London.

Have yet to read 1984, keep meaning too and know I'm missing out. Love Nicholas Evans, and The Divide was pretty good...didn't get pulled in to caring about the characters as much as I did with The Loop, but he still weaves a moving tale.

Like the cover art for the Moning books.

Anonymous said...

First, the answer to your first question.. I have my "where was I on 9/11" on my blog today. :)

Onto the books, I've read Her Fearful Symmetry.. not bad, but I liked Time Traveler's Wife more.

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Anonymous said...

Oh Ashes - enjoy it!

On 09/11 I was 2 years old and at daycare. My mom found out she was pregnant with my little brother that morning.

Anonymous said...

I've heard mixed things about Ashes, especially the second half of it, but hope you enjoy it :-)


On 9/11 I was at home watching it all happen on TV and couldn't believe what we were seeing. My Dad had just come back from Washington and was so glad he wasn't there.

Lauren M said...

I have heard such good things about Ashes! I hope you enjoy it and all the other books you got this week!
Ten years ago today I was eight, so I don't remember too much. I do remember my best friend being the one to tell me about the first plane crashing, and I laughed because I thought she was joking. Oops! But yeah, after I got home, my parents wouldn't talk about it or let me watch the news with them.

Christy @ TheReaderBee said...

Awesome mailbox! I hope you enjoy all your new reads. :)

I remember 9/11 like it was yesterday. My kids had lots of questions about it today, and it was really hard to answer them, emotionally. It's not something I will ever, ever forget.

Braiden said...

Thanks for stopping by my IMM. I really need to get stuck into Ashes. Been hearing so many great things about it.

With 9/11 living in Australia still had a big impact on everyone. I remember sitting in my classroom and hearing about what happened. I remember looking up into the sky because I thought it was near but then I realised that it was far away in NYC and that we’re lucky to be safe. Being 8 you don’t really understand much but then seeing the news on TV you begin to see the reality of what it really is and the devastation that it caused.

Anonymous said...

LOL! "Talk to me Goose!" Love it ;)

Okay, the answer to your first question can be found here

I have the LOTR trilogy but never got around to finishing it... I suppose I was a bit ambitious when I decided to read them as a kid. But I'm really hoping I can at least get through the Hobbit before the movie comes out!

Happy reading!

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Amber said...

I was in 9th grade in my chorus class when another teacher rushed in and pulled my chorus teacher out of the room. We happened to be watching a movie that day and he ran back in and turned off the movie and flipped on the news. We watched the footage. My Dad is a firefighter so he came and got me halfway through school since he was considering volunteering in New York and wanted the family's opinion. It amazing how vivid that day still is in my mind. Thanks for asking us to share our stories!

You got quite an eclectic pile of books this week. I'm interested to see how Ashes is and I read 1984 in high school and really enjoyed it. Happy reading!

Julie said...

10 years ago, I was working at home as a web designer. I had a little mirror attached to my monitor so I could sneak peeks at the television for the morning news programs. I turned around when I glanced up and saw smoke coming from one of the towers. I used to train commute to Manhattan and the towers were my landmark .. always visible right across the water letting me know that my work day was about to begin. As the newscasters (and I) tried to figure out how a plane could run into the towers and what type of plane and all ... (I'm thinking to myself, "How horrible; it definitely couldn't have been a small plane .. the damage is too much for that") .. the screen showed a plane that seemed to almost take a U-turn into the other tower ... shocked is putting it lightly. Horrified .. closer to the actual feeling but probably still not strong enough. As I grabbed my napping son from his crib (to make me feel better .. at least a little bit), I started making phone calls .. woke my daughter who was at university, called my son's father who was in a meeting (I got his secretary, and when he came out of his meeting, he called me to tell me that everyone in the office was fixed to the television). I remember the towers coming down .. just horror on top of horror .. seeing the Pentagon ... hearing about Flight 93 .. and going almost sleepless for days .. glued to the television and hoping against hope that SOMEONE was going to be pulled out alive. I also remember thinking, "People in other countries go through these types of things every day .. the fear and the senseless loss of life .. how can they stand it?". The worst day in US history found a way to bring out the very best in most of us, and I still tear up when I allow myself to visualize those horrifying images and the stark fear on people's faces .. but when my son said this morning, "I'm glad Osama bin Laden is dead,", I told him that he was a bad man, and he probably deserved to die for all of the horrible things he did, but that we can't be the judge of that, and we should NEVER rejoice in someone else's death; it takes us down to the lowest level. I hope he understood me.

On to your books .. I'm trying very hard to get all of the Fever books onto my shelf now that they're all out, so I can have a personal Fever readathon.

Enjoy your reading week. :)