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’s Picks
9781408841143The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob at Sam Still Reading.
“Spanning India in the 70s to New Mexico in the 80s to Seattle in the 90s, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing is a winning, irreverent debut novel about a family wrestling with its future and its past.” I like a good mystery and this one sounds captivating. And it’s already received a lot of good reviews on goodreads. [But the cover is much, much, much more appealing on the Australian version at Bloomsbury than on the US version at the goodreads link.]

18079702The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human by Noah Strycker at Cerebral Girl.
I can’t pass up a fascinating look into the live of birds. I know a few of you are probably thinking how can there be a bird book I don’t already have. But no, don’t have this one … yet.

 

 

Serena’s Picks

18453242The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell @ Posting for Now
I really love the idea of renovating or refurbishing, especially in stories where tragedy strikes. The protagonist, Lila, is dealing with the death of an infant, and she throws herself into her recent inheritance, a country house. I love that through creating and making objects (homes) better, protagonists are able to renew themselves. But there are also secrets to be uncovered in this one.
 

 

17574849The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide, translated by Eric Selland @ Book Dragon’s Lair
This book says there are poetic moments and focuses on “A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo” who has very little to say to each other until a cat decides to enter their kitchen. You have to know something this quiet about a small cottage and a cat has something more in store. I would love to find out what the mystery is.

 

Vicki’s Picks
Both my books this week came from Luxury Reading

18751744Surrounded by Sharks by Michael Northrop
Davey is on vacation at the beach with his family. He wakes up early one morning and can’t go back to sleep. He decides to grab a book and head down to the beach without leaving a note letting his family know where he’s going. He sees a “no swimming” sign, but goes in anyway, to test the water. The waves pull him into the ocean and things go from bad to worse when he sees a shark nearby.
I have to know how this turns out for Davey! This is geared toward age 12 and up.

18404251Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro
If you’ve been visiting our BTCOE posts, you know how much I love relationship books. This sounds like a doozy.
A group of thirty-something couples and their children spend a weekend at a beach house on Long Island. A part of the blurb says “tensions build, burn, and collide over the course of the weekend, culminating in a scene in which the ultimate rule of the group is broken.” I gotta read this!

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.

We hope you all will come back Wednesday for Books That Caught Our Eye, and let us know in the comments which books you’ve added to your TBR list from visiting the other MM participants.

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’s Picks:

I loved Shanghai Girls and am looking forward to Lisa See’s newest book. China Dolls is about three Chinese girls from very different backgrounds who find themselves competing at the same audition for showgirl roles at San Francisco’s exclusive “Oriental” nightclub, the Forbidden City, and takes place shortly before World War II.
I enjoy short story collections and these sounded imaginative and different: A collection of stories that captures the progress of a diverse ensemble of souls as they struggle to uncover themselves and negotiate a meaningful communion, of any kind, with the world around them.

 

 

 

Serena’s Picks:

20768931The Word Ghost by Christine Paice @ Sam Still Reading

I love a good ghost story, and this one sounds like it could be fun set in 1970s England, a new house in a village, and a 15-yr-old girl.  Strange things happen in the house and in the village.  How could you resist?

20342549The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts @ From L.A. to LA.

This sounds like a dark YA novel; something that’s far-fetched but exciting.  A young lady begins training to take on the drug dealers that forced a drug on her best friend, who died.  It’s a revenge novel, and how the best laid plans of revenge can get too complicated.

 
Vicki’s Picks:
16242287Dinner with the Smileys: One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for a Lifetime by Sarah Smiley
I saw this @ BookNAround
When I read the blurb I knew I had to put this on my tbr list. The author had a great idea and I love that she made it a reality! She invited a different guest (from senators to school teachers, artists to professional athletes) to dinner for every week her husband was deployed oversees. This book tells the story. Sounds interesting doesn’t it?

21361727The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan
I saw this @ Reading, Writing, Working, Playing
The Thirty Nine Steps is a fast paced, all action, classic adventure novel which is credited with being one of the earliest examples of the ‘man-on-the-run’ thriller. It spawned a series of film, TV and theatre adaptations including, notably, the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film.
I’ve never read a classic espionage, so I can’t wait to read it.

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.

We hope you come back Wednesday for Books That Caught Our Eye, and let us know in the comments which books you’ve added to your TBR list from visiting the other MM participants.

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’s Picks:
16045229A Farm Dies Once a Year by Arlo Crawford at BermudaOnion and BookNAround.
I’m an eclectic reader and once in a while a memoir will catch my eye if the subject is of interest. Farming, nature and the land generally appeal to me. This book is about family and farming and a son’s reckoning with a father’s legacy.

 

18223070The Blonde by Anna Godbersen at Tales of a Book Addict.
The “blonde” refers to Marilyn Monroe in this reimagining of her life that is part biography, part love story, and part thriller. The 1960s were an interesting time period (yeah, I’m a Mad Man fan too!) and Marilyn Monroe is a fascinating subject.

The Blonde by Anna Godbersen at Tales of a Book Addict.
The “blonde” refers to Marilyn Monroe in this reimagining of her life that is part biography, part love story, and part thriller. The 1960s were an interesting time period (yeah, I’m a Mad Man fan too!) and Marilyn Monroe is a fascinating subject.

 

Serena’s Picks:
18371620Jane Austen: Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels by Janet Todd @ Diary of an Eccentric
I love Austen’s books, and this one sounds like it would be a comprehensive look not only at her books, but her life and the society she lived in. She’s a woman that only lived into her 40s and completed just six novels, but those novels have stood the test of time. There are handwritten drafts, letters, and more in this one.

18240211Casebook by Mona Simpson @ Serendipity
It’s a book about the curiosity of children about their parents and what plans they have for their kids. Miles Adler-Hart begins to wonder about what his parents have planned for his future, and through eavesdropping, he learns something about his parents that he’s not prepared to deal with. I used to love amateur detective novels like Nancy Drew, etc., and this one sounds like something similar.

 

Vicki’s Picks:
17352909As soon as I saw Going Over by Beth Kephart @ Savvy Verse And Wit,  I knew it would be one of my picks for this week.
In the early 1980s Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall–Ada lives with her mother and grandmother and paints graffiti on the Wall, and Stefan lives with his grandmother in the East and dreams of escaping to the West.

18527494I found The Drowning by Rachel Ward @ Luxury Reading. The blurb says…Water, water, everywhere: His brother has drowned, but Carl can’t remember a thing. Until it all comes flooding back…with a vengeance. With a jolt, Carl opens his eyes. He’s on the bank of a lake, soaked to the bone. Rob, his brother, is being zipped up in a body bag. And a girl, drenched and trembling, is talking to the police. Who is she? What happened in the water? And why can’t he remember any of it?

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.

We hope you come back Wednesday for Books That Caught Our Eye, and let us know in the comments which books you’ve added to your TBR list from visiting the other MM participants.

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:

A Mad and Wonderful Thing by Mark Mulholland @ Sam Still Reading

Johnny Donnelly leads a double life: he’s a normal guy that loves books and his woman, but he is also an IRA sniper. From the cover this looked like a whimsical novel, but from the description it sounds like it will quickly turn more serious. I’m intrigued.

Tempting Fate by Jane Green @ Serendipity

A seemingly happy woman with two teenage children risks her marriage to have an affair with a younger man. Sounds, well, interesting. I usually read woman’s fiction when I want something light and happy to escape to, but this one sounds a little more complex and insightful.

 

Vicki:

Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey @ Lori’s Reading Corner

It is about an elderly woman who is in the early stages of dementia. She believes her friend Elizabeth is missing and in danger. No one will take her seriously, so she decides to find out the truth with or without them. What she finds out goes back decades and has shattering consequences. I want to read this because I can’t imagine feeling something so strongly and having no one believe me. I want to follow her on her journey.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub @ BermudaOnion

It is about a family on vacation in the Balearic island of Mallorca. What is supposed to be an awesome time, visiting with family and celebrating a 35th wedding anniversary, turns to anything but as secrets are revealed, childhood rivalries and old wounds resurface. I love stories about families, the good and the bad, so this caught my attention right away.

Serena:

The People in the Photo by  Hélène Gestern, translators Emily Boyce and Ros Schwartz @ BookNAround

Epistolary novels are always of interest, and this one has an interesting premise and is a translation — double bonus!  A newspaper image from 1971 sets two people on the path to learning the disturbing truth about their parents’ pasts.  Who would not want to read this?

The Medici Boy by John L’Heureux @ Tribute Books Mama

Italian Renaissance, devoted assistant Luca Mattei, and murder; what’s not to want to read about this book.  I love books that mix history, art, and murder.  This novel is expected to not only explore the murder, but also what devotion means.  How far does devotion go?

 

What books did you add to your wish lists this week?