Mailbox Monday

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mmb-300x282Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy,
toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

On Wednesday I’ll be posting Books That Caught Our Eye. Serena, Leslie and I will each share 2 books that grabbed our attention from today’s Mailbox Monday post. We hope you’ll join us by posting a comment letting us know the books that caught your eye.

Books That Caught Our Eye

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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.

To that end, we’ve decided to share “Books that Caught Our Eye” with you. Each week, LeslieSerena and Vicki  will each share 2 books that caught their eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday and share them here.

We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the comments.

Here are the books that caught our eye this week:

 

Leslie
91wyirkgzl-_sl1500_The Unwitting by Ellen Feldman at Serendipity.
Set in the literary Manhattan of the 1950s, at a journal much like the Paris Review, The Unwitting evokes a bygone era of burgeoning sexual awareness and intrigue and an exuberance of ideas that had the power to change the world.

An era I’ve always found fascinating, even more now since I’ve been watching Mad Men.

 

 

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell at Book Dilettante thwgui
The captivating story of one family’s desire to restore long-forgotten peace and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home.

Lots of good reviews for this book – plus the family in the story is The Bird Family. How could I not read a book about the birds?

 

 

 

 

Serena

the-winter-guestThe Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff from @ Diary Of An Eccentric
I’ve read a few of Jenoff’s books, and this is her latest, so you can bet I want to get my hands on this one. I’m hoping Anna will let me borrow her review copy when she’s done with it. Historical fiction, WWII, Poland, and how a pair of twins struggle to raise their other siblings under that duress, how could this not be a winner?!

 

 

Kids Who Are Changing the World by Anne Jankeliowitch @ Library Of Clean Reads 18509658 (1)
I’m always interested in activism. I was quite the advocate in my 20s, but these days I’ve got a busy toddler to keep me up on my toes daily. I love to see what young generations are doing, restoring my faith that they are not all as apathetic as the news media makes them seem.

 

 

 

 

Vicki
18509658 (1)Kids Who Are Changing the World by Anne Jankeliowitch @ Library Of Clean Reads 
The inspiring stories of 45 young heroes who have made an impact on our planet.
Forty-five young people from around the world (including twelve from the U.S. and four from Canada) are doing something every day to make the world a better place. They discovered issues that concerned them and did something about it. With skills ranging from singing, drawing, and painting to fund-raising, public demonstrations, and events, they have fought climate change and pollution, and worked to protect animals and their natural habitats. This inspiring book also includes reference materials and suggestions on how readers can get involved.

I love hearing about young people making the world a better place. Sounds very inspirational!

 

Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis @ Savvy Verse & Wit  18952405
When Sky falls from Blackfin Pier and drowns on her sixteenth birthday, the whole town goes into mourning – until she shows up three months later like nothing happened. Unravelling the mystery of those missing months takes Sky to the burned-out circus in the woods, where whispers of murder and kidnapping begin to reveal the town’s secrets. But Sky’s not the only one digging up the past – the old mime from the circus knows what happened to her, and he has more than one reason for keeping quiet about it.

Can you imagine someone you know dying and then showing up 3 months later and not thinking they’ve been gone?
This is the UK edition of the cover, which is much better than the US version. Isn’t it beautiful? Here is the link to the US cover.

Mailbox Monday

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mmb-300x282Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy,
toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

On Wednesday I’ll be posting Books That Caught Our Eye. Serena, Leslie and I will each share 2 books that grabbed our attention from today’s Mailbox Monday post. We hope you’ll join us by posting a comment letting us know the books that caught your eye.

Books That Caught Our Eye

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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.

To that end, we’ve decided to share “Books that Caught Our Eye” with you. Each week, LeslieSerena and Vicki  will each share 2 books that caught their eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday and share them here.

We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the coSerenamments.

Here are the books that caught our eye this week:

Serena
188154882 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino @From L.A. to LA  and @The Reading Date 
This one is about a nine-year-old aspiring jazz singer who goes looking for The Cat’s Pajamas, a famous jazz club in Philadelphia. I’ve seen this one everywhere and I love the cover, but the idea of a nine-yr-old seeking a life’s dream in a big city is scary and inspiring.

 

 

A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond @Infinite Curio 22632889
Bearing witness to a complete love can be daunting, and this can be especially so when a friend succumbs to Orpheus, the god of sleep. Claire finds herself in exactly this situation.

 

 

 

Leslie
20312462Jackaby by William Ritter at The Infinite Curio
A book for young readers described as: Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre. This was exactly the kind of book I was always searching for when I was a “young reader”. Now as an old reader, I still enjoy them!

 

 

Claustrophobia by Tracy Ryan at Sam Still Reading 22380321
I know it’s not available in the states yet, but that won’t stop me from putting this dark, psychological thriller on my to-read list. Claustrophobia is the taut, compelling story of a young Perth wife who sets out to protect her husband by stalking his ex-lover, but unexpectedly falls into a passionate affair and a world of lies.

 

 

 

Vicki
downloadClaudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice  by Phillip Hoose @ Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf 
The first in-depth account of a major, yet little-known, civil rights figure whose story provides a fresh perspective on the Montgomery bus protest of 1955–56.
I’ve always thought that what Rosa Parks did in 1955 was such an act of bravery, and a huge risk, but it ultimately started the beginning of the end of segregation. I have never heard that a teenager named Claudette Colvin had doen the same thing months before, but unlike Rosa Parks, she was shunned by her peers and community leaders. Both these women were amazing, and I want to read Claudette’s story.

 

Tunnel Visions  by Kurt Kamm @ Beauty In Ruins 512XTuJo+vL._SL250_
Working 5 miles inside a Los Angeles water tunnel in 1971, Willie Carter was one of 17 men killed in a methane explosion in what became known as the Sylmar Tunnel disaster.
I remember the first tunnel I ever saw. We were on our way to New Jersey/New York from Ohio. I was only a little kid and the tunnel looked dark and scary, especially when went inside the tunnel. But then, the scary turned to fascination. Since then I’ve always loved anything to do with tunnels.

 

For any other tunnel lovers out there: Have you ever seen the movie Daylight with Sylvester Stallone? It’s about being trapped in an underwater tunnel that’s busting apart, and is one of the best movies ever. I’ve watched it over and over and it’s still one of my favorite movies.

Monday Mailbox

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mmb-300x282Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy,
toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

On Wednesday I’ll be posting Books That Caught Our Eye. Serena, Leslie and I will each share 2 books that grabbed our attention from today’s Mailbox Monday post. We hope you’ll join us by posting a comment letting us know the books that caught your eye.

Books That Caught Our Eye

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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.

To that end, we’ve decided to share “Books that Caught Our Eye” with you. Each week, LeslieSerena and Vicki  will each share 2 books that caught their eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday and share them here.

We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the coSerenamments.

Here are the books that caught our eye this week:

SERENA
Butterfly-and-violinThe Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron from Library Of Clean Reads
Not only does this encompass WWII and art, but it’s also a mystery. Manhattan art dealer Sera James is haunted by a painting of a blue-eyed girl with a violin, and she uncovers a mystery about the painting with the help of real-estate mogul William Hanover. I cannot wait to pick this one up!

 

 

 

 

Fade Into Red by the author Reshma K.Barshikar onFade Into Red_RHI.indd Nishita’s Rants and Raves
Another book involving art! Ayra dreams of becoming an Art historian, but the life she leads as an underpaid investment banker is not what she expected. She finds herself packing up to leave Mumbai for Tuscany to buy a vineyard for her client, but along the way a two- to three- day excursion turns into two weeks of treasure hunting.

 

 

 

LESLIE
Fade Into Red_RHI.inddFade Into Red by Reshma K. Barshikar @ Nishita’s Rants and Raves
This just sounds like a fun read and it has an eye-catching cover.
On a monsoon day in June, [Ayra} is suddenly sent packing from Mumbai to Tuscany to buy a vineyard for a star client. What should have been a four day trip turns into a two week treasure hunt that finds her in the middle of midnight wine deals, dodgy vintners, rolling Tuscan hills, a soap opera family and one playboy millionaire who is looking to taste more than just the wine.

 

 

Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress at Beauty in Ruins 
First I noticed the awesome cover, then read the synopsis and it sounded good. Plus I like science fiction with real science.
Geneticist Marianne Jenner is having a career breakthrough, yet her family is tearing itself apart. Her children Elizabeth and Ryan constantly bicker, agreeing only that an alien conspiracy is in play. Her youngest, Noah, is addicted to a drug that keeps temporarily changing his identity. The Jenner family could not be further apart. But between the four of them, the course of human history will be forever altered.

 

 

VICKI
188154882 A.M at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino @ Book Dilettante , Bermudaonion, & and Luxury Reading 
Madeleine Altimari is a smart-mouthed, precocious nine-year-old and an aspiring jazz singer. As she mourns the recent death of her mother, she doesn’t realize that on Christmas Eve Eve she is about to have the most extraordinary day—and night—of her life.

 

 

 

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith @ Bibliophile By TheSea   18656067
A son believes that his parents are enjoying apeaceful retirement at a farm in Sweden until his father tells him his mom has had a psychotic breakdown and is in a mental hospital. Before he even gets on a plane to go see them, his mother calls and tells him everything his father has said is a lie. She says she needs the police and will meet him at Heathrow. Now he has to figure out who is telling the truth.

 

 

Mailbox Monday

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mmb-300x282Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy,
toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

On Wednesday I’ll be posting Books That Caught Our Eye. Serena, Leslie and I will each share 2 books that grabbed our attention from today’s Mailbox Monday post. We hope you’ll join us by posting a comment letting us know the books that caught your eye.