In my mailbox is hosted over at The Story Siren, the intention is to share any books you got your hands on whether received for review, in a giveaway, bought, borrowed or gifted. I have been posting these on Mondays sporadically, as that is the day that I tend to pick up most of my books, but I thought I’d give posting on Sundays a try for a couple of weeks. I may stick with it, I may go back to Mondays.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

Genre: YA Fantasy/Horror
Source: Received for review

I have a read a couple of reviews for Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and watched the trailer and I must say I have been extraordinarily intrigued since I first heard about it. The idea of writing a haunting story about a lost piece of history around pictures found is a fantastic idea. When Quirk sent me the book for review I was over the moon! I will be reading this one next.

The Jane Austen Handbook by Margaret C. Sullivan

Long before Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Quirk published this guide to life in Regency England to the delight of Austen fans everywhere. Newly published with a revised cover, The Jane Austen Handbook offers step-by-step instructions for proper comportment in the early 19th century. Readers will discover:

•  How to Indicate Interest in a Gentleman Without Seeming Forward
•  How to Ensure a Good Yearly Income
•  How to Ride Sidesaddle
•  How to Behave at a Dinner Party

Full of practical directions for navigating the travails of Regency life, this charming illustrated book also serves as a companion for present-day readers, explaining the English class system, currency, dress, and the nuances of graceful living.

Genre: Non-fiction History
Source: Received for review

Another sent for review from Quirk, I’ve always found 19th century etiquette both interesting and funny, and this handy handbook looks to be a fun read. I will possibly look at reading Sense and Sensibility before I read this one, but I will definitely read and review it soon. I also love the cover for this book.

What did you get this week?