Mailbox Monday

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Mailbox 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.

The holidays are around the corner, and I’m looking forward to some down time with family for a change. I hope everyone has a great holiday! Have some great reading time too!

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Be sure to stop back here on Wednesday when I will post a selection of Books That Caught Our 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. 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:

The Wednesday Group by Sylvia True at Bookfan

Gail. Hannah. Bridget. Lizzy. Flavia. Each of them has a shameful secret, and each is about to find out that she is not alone.

As the women share never-before-uttered secrets and bond over painful truths, they work on coming to terms with their husbands’ addictions and developing healthy boundaries for themselves. Meanwhile, their outside lives become more and more intertwined, until, finally, a series of events forces each woman to face her own denial, betrayal and uncertain future head-on.

I’m an eclectic reader and along with the thrillers, sci-fi and mysteries, I like a little women’s fiction.

The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller at BookNAround

Andy Miller had a job he quite liked, a family he loved, and no time at all for reading. Or so he kept telling himself. But, no matter how busy or tired he was, something kept niggling at him. Books. Books he’d always wanted to read. Books he’d said he’d read that he actually hadn’t. Books that whispered the promise of escape from the daily grind. And so, with the turn of a page, Andy began a year of reading that was to transform his life completely.

I don’t read a lot of memoirs, but this sounds perfect for me. As someone who reads 100 books a year, I can relate.

VICKI:

The Maxwell Sisters by Loretta Hill @Sam Still Reading

All families have their problems. No more so than the Maxwells of Tawny Brooks Winery. Situated in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, this world-renowned winery was the childhood home to three sisters, Natasha, Eve and Phoebe.

Today all three women are enmeshed in their city lives and eager to forget their past – and their fractured sibling relationships. Until Phoebe decides to get married at home. . .

Now the sisters must all return to face a host of family obligations, vintage in full swing and interfering in-laws who just can’t take a hint. As one romance blossoms and others fall apart, it seems they are all in need of some sisterly advice.

But old wounds cut deep. Somehow, the Maxwell sisters must find a way back to one another – or risk losing each other forever.

The Maxwell Sisters is a heartwarming romantic comedy about three extraordinary women on a journey to find love and rediscover family.

A Fireproof Home for the Bride by Amy Scheibe @ Rainy Days and Mondays

Emmeline Nelson and her sister Birdie grow up in the hard, cold rural Lutheran world of strict parents, strict milking times, and strict morals. Marriage is preordained, the groom practically predestined. Though it’s 1958, southern Minnesota did not see changing roles for women on the horizon. Caught in a time bubble between a world war and the ferment of the 1960’s, Emmy doesn’t see that she has any say in her life, any choices at all. Only when Emmy’s fiancé shows his true colors and forces himself on her does she find the courage to act—falling instead for a forbidden Catholic boy, a boy whose family seems warm and encouraging after the sere Nelson farm life. Not only moving to town and breaking free from her engagement but getting a job on the local newspaper begins to open Emmy’s eyes. She discovers that the KKK is not only active in the Midwest but that her family is involved, and her sense of the firm rules she grew up under—and their effect—changes completely.

SERENA:

Only one for me this week, since Leslie also selected The Year of Reading Dangerously and Vicki selected A Fireproof Home for the Bride!

The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen @Diary of an Eccentric, Under My Apple Tree, and Bermudaonion

British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the Eastern Front.

In a moment of desperation, they throw two patients off the train and take their places, hoping they can escape later. But their act is too convincing and they end up in the Alphabet House, a mental hospital located far behind enemy lines, where German doctors subject their patients to daily rounds of shock treatments and experimental drugs. The pilots’ only hope of survival is to fake insanity until the war ends, but their friendship and courage are put to the ultimate test when James and Bryan realize they aren’t the only ones in the Alphabet House feigning madness.

I love WWII novels and translated works, so this one is right up my alley.

What books caught your eyes this week?

Mailbox Monday

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Mailbox 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.

Wow, these weeks are just flying by.  The weather has been crazy here with 70 degrees and chilly 20s, and of course there has been the clouds and rain that for some reason just makes me tired, especially when there are several days in a row.  But things picked up when part of book club met over the weekend to exchange gifts and eat food together. It was nice and low-key.

Reading has slowed for me, probably because of all the additional events, activities, and shopping to be done.  I hope everyone else is having a great week!

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Be sure to stop back here on Wednesday when I will post a selection of Books That Caught Our 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. 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:

Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff at Sam Still Reading.

An explosive exposé of Detroit, icon of America’s lost prosperity, from Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Charlie LeDuff …

In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age—mass production, automobiles, and blue-collar jobs—Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts. A city the size of San Francisco and Manhattan could neatly fit into Detroit’s vacant lots. Detroit can no longer be ignored because what happened there is happening out here.

Not sure how I missed this one when it was published last year. This would be a good one to listen to in audio.

Secret of a Thousand Beauties by Mingmei Yip at Diary of an Eccentric.

Set against the vibrant and intrigue-laden backdrop of 1930s China, Mingmei Yip’s enthralling novel explores one woman’s defiant pursuit of independence.

Spring Swallow was promised in marriage while still in her mother’s belly. When the groom dies before a wedding can take place, seventeen-year-old Spring Swallow is ordered to become a ghost bride to appease his spirit. Under her in-laws’ protection, she will be little more than a servant, unable to know real love or bear children. Refusing to accept her fate as a “bad-luck woman,” Spring Swallow flees on her wedding day.

It was the cover that caught my eye… but I also enjoy historical fiction.

VICKI:

Little White Lies by Katie Dale @Bermudaonion

The first time Lou meets mysterious Christian, she knows he is The One. But Christian is hiding a terrible secret. Why does he clam up every time Lou asks about his past? Why doesn’t he have any family photos, and why does he dye his blond hair black? When Christian’s house goes up in flames, his tires are slashed, and he flees for his life, Lou insists on going with him. But as Christian’s secret is unveiled in front of the whole world, it seems everything he’s ever told Lou is a lie. Can what the media are saying about him really be true? Should Lou trust him? Or is she in grave danger?

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty @Lori’s Reading Corner

Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one she let get away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was to propose, she broke his heart. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his aunt Connie’s house on Scribbly Gum.

SERENA:

Only one from me this week, since Leslie selected Detroit.

Blue Wicked by Alan Jones @Fiction Books

‘Blue Wicked’ is a Gritty thriller set in the south side of Glasgow.

Eddie Henderson finds himself as the unlikely investigator with information that there’s a serial killer targeting the substance dependent underclass who inhabit the notorious Glasgow housing estates. The police force ignore his warnings but one young detective believes him and she helps him search for the truth, despite putting her own career at risk.

Their desperate search for the truth on their own proves Eddie right and sparks off a massive manhunt, with Eddie and Catherine, the young detective, at the forefront of the investigation.

I like my thrillers gritty and in locales I haven’t been to, and since I’ve never been to Glasgow (though it is on the bucket list), this is a perfect fit.

What books caught your eyes this week?

Mailbox Monday

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Mailbox 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.

The holiday rush and exhaustion is setting in at my house. I have so many things to do before the holiday arrives, and work is busy, busy, busy. I hope everyone else is having a great winter. So far, just rain here in the Washington, D.C., area, which is just fine with me.

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Be sure to stop back here on Wednesday when I will post a selection of Books That Caught Our 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. 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:

Night Night, Sleep Tight by Hallie Ephron @BermudaOnion and Silver’s Reviews.

From the award-winning author of There Was an Old Woman comes a riveting tale of domestic noir, infused with old Hollywood folklore and glamour, set in a town rife with egotism and backstabbing and where fame and infamy are often interchangeable.

I can never have too many mystery books in my TBR pile!

In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen @The Reading Date.

Over the [past] two decades, three unforgettable characters criss-cross the globe, becoming entwined by friendship, sex, ambition, fame and tragedy. A razor-sharp, darkly comic page-turner,In Some Other World, Maybe sheds light on what it means to grow up in modern America.

Usually friendship books are serious and filled with heavy trauma and drama, but this one is described as razor-sharp and darkly comic. So that caught my eye!

VICKI:

An Uncomplicated Life: A Father’s Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter by Paul Daugherty @ Luxury Reading

A father’s exhilarating and funny love letter to his Down syndrome daughter whose vibrant and infectious approach to life has something to teach all of us about how we can better live our own.

A Second Bite at the Apple by Dana Bate @Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food. Not with eating it–though she does that too–but with writing about the wonders of the gastronomic world, from obscure fruit hybrids to organic farming techniques. Since food journalism jobs are more coveted than Cronuts®, Sydney pays her bills working for one of TV’s biggest egomaniacs–until she’s left scrambling for shifts at a local farmers’ market.

SERENA:

After Byron by Normal Beim @Luxury Reading

How can you pass up a Gothic novel told in journals, notes, and intimate diaries of a cast of fascinating characters? I can’t!

While touring Europe, before starting an apprenticeship as a barrister, Gerald Marston, a young Englishman, is running out of cash. He accepts an offer from a London based detective agency to replace a detective who mysteriously vanished while reporting on the activities of the disreputable Lord Ingersoll, the sometime poet and close friend of the late Lord Byron, a man with a dangerous and scandal-ridden past.

The Brightwood Stillness by Mark Pomeroy @Rose City Reader

Anyone who knows my taste will tell you that I like reading novels about Vietnam and Asia, and books about the Vietnam War in particular. I could not pass up this one for my list this week.

When Hieu Nguyen, a Portland high school teacher, is accused of sexual misconduct by two of his students, his close friend and colleague Nate Davis tries to lend support. But Nate has recently been assaulted by a former student in the school parking lot, an event that brings on not only sharp anxiety, but a final push into a long-deferred quest to find out what happened to his uncle, a drifter and a Vietnam veteran.

What books caught your eyes this week?

Mailbox Monday

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Mailbox 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.

Please forgive today’s delay. I had a nice long weekend of relaxation, and I nearly forgot to post! I’m hurrying to do this before work. I hope everyone in the United States had a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Be sure to stop back here on Wednesday when I will post a selection of Books That Caught Our Eye.