Mailbox Monday

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Happy Labor Day to everyone in the United States!  We have a 3-day weekend in my house, though I’ve had 5 days off in a fortuitous turn of fate.

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.

How was everyone’s week? Any goodies in your mailbox? Let us know what you received by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky:

Be sure to stop back on Wednesday when I will be posting Books That Caught Our Eye.

Books That Caught Our Eye

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Books That Caught Our Eye

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:

Serena

ThreeStoryHouseThree Story House by Courtney Miller Santo @ Silver’s Reviews and @ Book Dilettante.

I love stories about home renovation, which is probably why I love the series by Wendy Wax so much about strong women who renovate homes. But I digress. This novel by Courtney Miller Santo is about the renovation of a Memphis house, but more than that its about a family and its failures to live up to expectations and their own aspirations and coming to terms with those failures. In many ways, I would expect the renovation of the house to mirror the changes with each of the cousins.

RuthsJourneyRuth’s Journey by Donald McCaig @ Luxury Reading.

Gone With the Wind — need I say more? Ok, this novel recounts the life of Ruth, or Mammy as she is known in Margaret Mitchell’s book. From her days as an abandoned child in Saint Domingue to her life in Savannah as grows up, takes her first job and comes to the home of the O’Hara’s.

Vicki

RuthsJourneyRuth’s Journey by Donald McCaig @ Luxury Reading.

Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, here is the first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. The critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butler’s People magnificently recounts the life of Mammy, one of literature’s greatest supporting characters, from her days as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.

I haven’t read Gone With The Wind, but have seen the movie and loved it, so this book really interests me. I will read GWTW before reading this though. I also saw that there is another spinoff called Rhett Butler’s People that I’d like to read also.

CancelTheWeddingCancel the Wedding by Carolyn T. Dingman @ Bermudaonion

A heartfelt fiction debut that will appeal to fans of Emily Giffin’s Southern charm and Jennifer Weiner’s compelling, emotionally resonant novels about the frustrations of blood ties, Cancel the Wedding follows one woman’s journey to discover the secrets of her mother’s hidden past—and confront her own uncertain future.

I love books about sisters and mother/daughter relationships and this sounds really good. I want to find out what their mother has been hiding.

Leslie

GirlFromTheWellThe Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco at Book Dilettante.

A dead girl walks the streets. She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

Oooh, this is perfect timing. I was looking for some new creepy books to add to my reading list for September and October for the RIP Challenge, and this certainly fits my definition of horror-worthy.

The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima at Sam Still Reading

SoundOfWavesSet in a remote fishing village in Japan, The Sound of Waves is a timeless story of first love. It tells of Shinji, a young fisherman and Hatsue, the beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man in the village.

While I don’t judge a book by its cover, often the cover is what makes me read a little more. This one definitely falls into that category. This is a short novel, a classic translated from Japanese. I would like to read more Asian literature and this seems a good one to try.

Mailbox Monday

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Sunflower MailboxMailbox 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.

I spoke too soon last week about summer’s early departure. It’s back this week in full force with thunderstorms, heat and humidity. Great for my garden, but not so good for me – I like to sit outside and read.

How was everyone’s week? Any goodies in your mailbox? Let us know what you received by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky:

Be sure to stop back on Wednesday when I will be posting Books That Caught Our Eye.

Books That Caught Our Eye

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Books That Caught Our Eye

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:

Serena

Day After Night by Anita Diamant @ Diary of an Eccentric.

DayAfterNightThis is based on a true rescue of illegal immigrants from the Atlit internment camp run by the British military on the Mediterranean coast south of Haifa. This is about those who survived the Holocaust. There aren’t too many after the war that focus on what happened to displaced persons, so this intrigues me. After the joy and elation of being saved from the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis where do you go when everything you’ve ever known and everyone you’ve ever know have been destroyed?

The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy @ Musings From Sri Lanka.

I loved Sarah McCoy’s The Baker’s Daughter and The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico! I knew she was working on another novel, even after reading her story in Grand Central this year, and I am eager to get my hands on it as you can imagine. I haven’t found a lot of good books about the Civil War, and this one is about the Underground Railroad and more. I know in McCoy’s hands, this is going to be a winner.

Vicki

TheRoomThe Room by Jonas Karlsson @ Booklover Book Reviews.

Bjorn is a co mpulsive, exacting bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at the government office where he works-a secret room that no one else in his office will acknowledge.

I want to find out what happens to Bjorn and if the room really does exist, and if it does, why is everyone else acting like it doesn’t.

AllGoodWomenAll Good Women by Valerie Miner @ Musings From Sri Lanka.

As World War II rages abroad, a group of women forge the bonds of sisterhood in America. Against the backdrop of a nation gripped by fear and paranoia, Miner eloquently captures the spirit of wartime on the home front

I love books about women who are strong. I love that these women are trying to live as normal a life as possible, in a time of such turmoil.

Leslie

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan at Savvy Verse and Wit.

OmnivoreThe question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man discovered fire. But as Michael Pollan explains in this revolutionary book, how we answer it now, as the dawn of the twenty-first century, may determine our survival as a species. Packed with profound surprises, The Omnivore’s Dilemma is changing the way Americans thing about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.

I know this isn’t new book, but I’m reminded again that it is one that I want to read.

LastBreathThe Last Breath by Kimberly Belle at Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf.

From a remarkable new voice in suspenseful women’s fiction comes an emotionally searing drama about a woman who risks her life to discover the devastating truth about her family.

Suspense and family secrets. Sounds good to me.

Mailbox Monday

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Sunflower MailboxMailbox 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.

Summer is winding down for us in the Northern Hemisphere and many schools are back in session this week. I’m already feeling a sense of autumn in the air with our mild days and cool nights. But summer hasn’t left us yet – I’ll be posting MM for two more weeks before we head into September.

Hopefully everyone found some nice goodies in their mailbox last week. Let us know what you received by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky:

Be sure to stop back on Wednesday when I will be posting Books That Caught Our Eye.

Books That Caught Our Eye

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Books That Caught Our Eye

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:

Serena

HorrorstorHorrorstör by Grady Hendrix from Quirk Books @ Under My Apple Tree.

First off, this cover reminds me of those IKEA catalogs I covet. I love getting new ideas on how to get the most out of our furniture in terms of design and storage. Regardless of that, Quirk Books always puts out books that are humorous in ways that I appreciate. This one is a haunted house story in a contemporary setting, in which workers are determined to find out what is happen in their furniture store overnight!

VampiresVampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz. This is a New Adult continuation of the Blue Bloods series. The audio is performed by MacLeod Andrews. From The Reading Date.

I loved the Blue Bloods series (Ok, I haven’t had time to read them all). But I want to see what happens when they grow up. Oliver Hazard-Perry is one of my favorites from the series, and it looks like he’s a big player in this new series. I love that it’s branching out in to an adult series.

Vicki

LostGirlsThe Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, Amanda Pressner @ Infinite Curio

Three friends leave everything to go on a trip around the world. Freinds and travel, two of my favorite things!!
 
 
StormSurgeStorm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Warming Planet, and the Extreme Weather of the Future by Adam Sobel @ Book Dilettante.

Living in Florida, I’ve lived through some pretty awful hurricane’s, so of course this book interests me. I can’t wait to read what the author has to say.

Leslie

GardenOfLettersThe Garden of Letters by Alyson Richman. I saw this one at several blogs: Savvy Verse and Wit, Posting for Now and Diary of an Eccentric.

Coastal Villages in Italy always attract my attention. Although the beautiful cover did play a part in catching my eye.

Set against the rich backdrop of World War II Italy, Garden of Letters captures the hope, suspense, and romance of an uncertain era, in an epic intertwining story of first love, great tragedy, and spectacular bravery.

ManNatureMan V. Nature: Stories by Diane Cook at Bibliophile by the Sea and Luxury Reading.

Told with perfect rhythm and unyielding brutality, these stories expose unsuspecting men and women to the realities of nature, the primal instincts of man, and the dark humor and heartbreak of our struggle to not only thrive, but survive.

The title got my attention. I like short stories and these sound more than a little unusual.

Mailbox Monday

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Sunflower MailboxMailbox 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.

Second week of August already. Time seems to be flying by. Hopefully everyone found some nice goodies in their mailbox last week. Let us know what you received by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky:

Be sure to stop back on Wednesday when I will be posting Books That Caught Our Eye.