[MailCall Monday] 29 May 2017

Last week was certainly busier on the mail front!


This week brought two ARCs from publishers Bonnier-Zaffre, via ReadersFirst. They actually arrived as I was packing for a weekend away, so the timing was perfect!

The two books could not be more different!

The Mayfly by James Hazel, with it’s murder and intrigue, is certainly more like my usual choice of reading material.

Whilst The Farm Girl’s Dream by Eileen Ramsay seems rather different to the historical fiction I would normally select, I was intrigued by the fact it was set in and around my local area. I’ve picked up a little bit about both farming in Angus and the mills of Dundee during the Victorian era, so I’m eager to find out how accurate it is!

Both are published on June 15th, so keep a lookout for my reviews nearer the time! 

A Thank You Gift

I must admit to being somewhat confused by this one, as although the envelope bore the sender’s franking, there was no covering note included.

It was only afterwards that I had a vague recollection of completing a survey for museum services at one of the local universities.

Dundee University Museum Services is run by a delightful chap by the name of Matthew; and as well as curating fantastic zoological & medical history museums; they organise a varied programme of exhibitions, talks and events throughout the year.

A Cutie Fruity (May Boxcitement)

I was surprised to receive this as it doesn’t seem like a whole month since I told you about the last one!

Anyway, I’m just giving you a sneak peek as I’ll be posting a full unboxing later in the week

 In the meantime, if you want to find out more about Boxcitement you can check their website, or see my review of last month’s ‘Lost in the Woods’ box (where you’ll also find a code for 10% off your first box!)

A Stationery Swap

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in a swap, but when I noticed the lovely Jocelyn over at The Reading Residence was hosting one of her regular #BringBackPaper Stationery swaps, I had to join in. 

She runs these very efficiently, you just email a note of interest and include your address, then she pairs you up with someone and emails you both the others address. You then have until the end of the month to send your partner a selection of stationery goodies, with a budget of Β£5 (and yeah, of course I always manage to stick to that)  

This time I was paired with someone named Stephanie, from London. I don’t think I’ve come across Steff before, but perhaps I’ll now get a comment saying “Hey! It’s MEEEE!! You know me as xxxx on yyyy

When I saw the nicely tape decorated envelope, I knew what it was, as I recognised the return address on the sender’s label as being the one I had written on my parcel a few days before. 

Inside the envelope, I found a decorated cellophane bag full of lovely papery bits.

There was a good mix of stickers, paper, tape samples, postcards & embellishments.

I loved having a good rummage, especially discovering what sort of treasures were in the stuffed envelopes.

I just hope Steff enjoyed opening her goodies as much as I enjoyed opening mine! 
So, that was the contents of my mailbox, did you receive any interesting mail last week?

As always, thanks for stopping by!


Crafty, xxx


12 thoughts on “[MailCall Monday] 29 May 2017

  1. What a great bundle of post! Those books both look good and I do love a Boxcitement box. Your stationery swap looks gorgeous, I do like how it was in little envelopes to open and discover. Thanks for joining in and sharing it here x

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    • Yeah, I love the variety of items in a Boxcitement. It makes it a very …. ummm… exciting box of excitement to open. 😳

      The photos don’t show it very well, but those envelopes also have glittery liners 😍😍😍
      Thanks for hosting Mrs R!


    • Welllll…..
      If I say “YES!” that’ll cut down on MY chances of scoring free books, so….

      Yeah, it’s an especially great way to find new authors.
      You sign up (and can claim 1 of 4 free books to start with) then every week new books are open for perusal.
      You can see the cover, publishing details, author bio & blurb.
      If you like what you see so far, you can download a ‘First Look’, this is usually the first 20-30 pages/first few chapters.
      If you write a ‘First Impression’ based on this, you earn 100 points, and you can request to be entered into the weekly draw for a copy of that book.
      So far I have received a copy of each book I have requested, but I imagine that will change as it becomes more widely known!
      Once you read the full book, again you can claim 100 points for each review you make of it (on the site, blog, Amazon, on goodreads, online booksellers etc) linking to an Amazon review within the first couple of days of publication earns you bonus points and is worth 300 points.
      2000 points mean you can claim any book currently in an open draw, without having to take the chance of not getting lucky.
      Most books so far have been print copies, although now and again there is an eBook, or ones offered as either edition.

      I find it has opened my reading horizons and I am reading (and enjoying) genres I may not have normally selected.

      I’d definitely recommend you sign up if you enjoy different styles of writing, and are willing to read and review within a set timeframe (usually within a couple of weeks)

      Let me know if you sign up!!


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