Here at Mailbox Monday, we want to encourage participants to not only share the books they received, but to check out the books others have received. We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the comments.
Here are the books that caught our eye this week:
This one just sounded interesting. The history of the elevator is something we don’t think about too often but it was a necessary invention if we were to have tall buildings. I worked on the 30th floor for years and would hate to have had to walk up all those stairs, although the exercise would have been beneficial.
I’ve been reading more historical fiction lately but only time periods that fascinate me, usually the 1920s or early civilizations like ancient Egypt and Rome. I like that this one is a blend of fact and fiction based on real events – the hunt for King Tut’s tomb.
Everything to Lose by Andrew Gross @ Bibliophile By The Sea
What would you do if you found a bag full of money? That’s what happens to Hilary Blum who is down on her luck and could really use the money.
“While driving along a suburban back road, Hilary Blum, who’s just lost her job and whose deadbeat husband has left her alone to care for her son with Asperger’s, witnesses a freakish accident. A car ahead of her careens down a hill and slams into a tree. Stopping to help, she discovers the driver dead—and a satchel stuffed with a half a million dollars.”
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin @ Posting For Now
It’s about a man who owns a bookstore. That’s good enough for me!
“A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island-from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.’s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.”
Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie at Beauty in Ruins
This one is from a horror writer about children rising from the dead in a post-apocalyptic vampire tale. And it exams how far a parent would go to save their child.
“Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod’s Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave…and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were…but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live.”
The Yellow Papers by Dominique Wilson at Booklover Book Reviews.
This one totally bumped off my other choice this week because of the time period, setting, and mystery. Taking place in China after the Opium Wars, this story brings Chen Mu, a 7-year-old, to America for his studies and in nine years, this young man becomes a fugitive and flees to Australia.
“The Yellow Papers is a story of love, obsession and friendship set against a backdrop of war and racial prejudice.”
What books did you add to your wish lists this week?