Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mailbox Monday: December 6

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at The Printed Page, is on a blog tour! Last month's host was Julie @ Knitting and Sundries, and she did a fantastic job, and Rose City Reader kicks off 2011.

Mailbox Monday is one of my favorite memes, and I am delighted to be hosting, especially during my favorite time of the year! I'll be putting the posts up on Sunday afternoons for all you early birds!

Only one book for me this week, but it's one with a lot of buzz:

Across the Universe

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
ARC from Razorbill/Penguin. To be released January 11, 2011.

A Story of Love, Murder, and Madness
Aboard an Enormous Spaceship Bound for the Future

Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.

Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

Sounds pretty awesome, doesn't it? I was psyched to get this one. The cover is gorgeous and the inside covers have blueprint drawings of the ship. I wanted to read the first chapter right away to see what to expect, and it was very intense! I had to keep reading and I'm about halfway through. It is very different, which is good, but it's also rather strange, which is not so good. It's got a great plot, though, and I'm hooked so we'll see how it goes!

Don't forget to check out my Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Since I anticipate my Mailbox to be on the lean side this month (at least until after Christmas :), I'm fattening it up by sharing the goodies I'm baking this month. I always have baked goods on hand in December! This is an old recipe of my mom's and it's one of my favorite homemeade cookies and I made them this morning while watching ESPN NFL Sunday Countdown.

Chunky Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

1 and 1/4 cups flour
1/2-teaspoon baking soda
1/2-teaspoon salt
1/2-teaspoon cinnamon
1 and 1/2 sticks (3/4-cup) softened butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12-oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup coarsely chopped peanuts

Preheat oven to 375. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in small bowl. Beat butter, sugars, and peanut butter in large bowl on medium speed until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chips and peanuts. Drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheet. Flatten slightly. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are set and golden but centers are still soft. Let stand for 4 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool. Makes 3 and 1/2 dozen cookies. I've found 8.5 minutes is optimal bake time in my oven.

Enjoy! Happy Holidays!


  1. I have already put up my Mailbox. Please do visit. The receipe sounds very good!!

  2. My Mailbox is up and I am running that cookie recipe out to the kitchen now so hubby can make some of these with the rest of the cookies he is baking today :)

  3. That cookie recipe looks delish .. I'm copying it to add to my Christmas cookie batches! As far as your new book - strange is sometimes really cool; my first book loves were fantasy and sci-fi, so I look forward to your review!

  4. Oh, and I wanted to add that the actual linky list (at least for me in Firefox) is off to the right where I can only see the beginning of the links to 2 of the other participating blogs.

  5. Bonsoir Lady Q
    December hits and voila tag you're it :)
    Very excited to see you've got Across the Universe. Hearing lots of good things on that one. I do like the cover and the cookies are worth eating right off the screen too... Today I saw a scrumptious recipe on Kathy's Bermuda Onion Blog. Girls I'm putting on weight just thinking about it!

    Aisle B is MATCHED!

  6. I'm having problems seeing the linky too, but thanks for hosting this! I wish I had a designated day for the bookstore, I can't even visit one in person I spend too much money so I restrict myself to online only these days.

  7. Across the Universe was a good movie...I haven't read the book. I've got a mailbox monday post, but without books in it. :)

  8. Across the Universe sounds good! And so does cookies :)

    Thanks for hosting this month!

  9. Hi Lady Q

    Your book sounds intriguing and with the secret events that take place around the world, about which we have no idea, I could actually imagine a scenario such as this happening, in the not too ditant future.

    Your cookies look fantastic, I can almost smell them! I probably wouldn't tend to put the chocolate chips in with the peanuts, over her in the UK they would come as either peanut cookies or choc/chip cookies, but they look good to me and I will try anything once!!


  10. I've seen so much buzz about this book -- hope you enjoy it :)

    Those cookies look fantastic; I have added the recipe to my TBB pile (to be baked)!

  11. Your book sounds fabulous! And the cookies...well, they're to die for!

    BTW - my link isn't showing up...

    Here's my Mailbox:

    (click my name)

  12. I can't see the links that have been left. I was able to leave one though, I think =) That recipe looks dang yummy!!

  13. It looks like the links are starting at the end of the post divider instead of underneath it. Is there a way you can take that out and see if it moves the links over? Thats my only guess.

  14. OK, I've put a request in to Mister Linky's helpdesk. I'm so sorry guys! Please leave a comment with your link so we can all find each other until I get this figured out :(

  15. Those cookies look delicious! I may have to try that recipe out.

  16. YUM! I am for sure trying that recipe out, thanks for posting!

    Enjoy your new book and have fun hosting turn is in 2011 and I can't wait!

    HERE is my mailbox.

  17. The book you got sounds great and the cookies look delicious!

  18. Haven't heard of this one, I'll be on the lookout, and the cookies look yummy. Thanks for hosting Mailbox Mondays

  19. I hope you enjoy the book! The cookies sound delicious! Have a great week.

  20. I just joined up with this mailbox meme. I really like this one. I also can't wait to make the cookie recipe. Yummmmmmyyyyy.

  21. Wow, that sounds like a good book. Looking forward to your thoughts. Thanks for hosting!

  22. Yum, I can only imagine how great it smells at your place when those cookies are in the oven! Thanks for sharing the recipe and thanks for hosting MM this month :-)

  23. Your new book sounds great, and those cookies are making me hungry and it is only 6:30 am.

  24. Ooh, that sounds like quite the story! Hope you enjoy it immensely. Your cookie recipe sounds great - thanks for sharing.

  25. I've heard good things about Across the Universe!

    Saturday's game was awesome! Go Hokies!

  26. Your cookies look incredible & thanks for sharing the recipe!

    I haven't heard of Across the Universe before, but it certainly sounds interesting.

    Happy reading & keep the recipes coming!

  27. Lucky you with Across the Universe!

  28. The links are looking great to me now! Happy Monday!

  29. Actually, I think the cookies sound better than the book, but maybe I'm just hungry.

  30. Mailbox Monday and a cookie recipe! I love it!

    Thanks for hosting. And thanks for mentioning me as next month's host. I now have about 4 weeks to figure out Mr. Linky. :)

    Rose City Reader

  31. Yay! I'm glad you got the linky fixed! Now off to visit peeps!

  32. Those cookies look and sound absolutely wonderful!

    After a long absence, I've got my Mailbox posted and look forward to visiting others!!

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  33. Books and cookies make a great combo! The book look great and so do the cookies. I may just have to give those a try. Thanks for hosting this month!

  34. Hello Lady Q. The book looks good and the cookies look yummy too. I linked up and the link is right but inadvertently the name is wrong as it had a book name with it. Sorry.

  35. This is my first time participating in this book meme. Thanks for hosting.


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