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.

It’s so hot where I live, the lovebugs are really thick, and I don’t like either. But, it’s better than when the humidity comes. I can’t stand the humidity! Do you have lovebugs where you live, and does it get humid?

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.

Every Wednesday Leslie, Serena and I will each share 2 books that caught our eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday.

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

 

Leslie:
25316393Calming the Chaos: A Soulful Guide to Managing Your Energy Rather Than Your Time by Jackie Woodside at Library of Clean Reads and I’d Rather Be At The Beach
Far too many people in contemporary culture feel they don’t have enough time to “get it all done.” The stress of this chronic overwhelm creates a disorganized mind that leads to a chaotic life. Based on her highly acclaimed “Energy Management” workshops, and drawn from over 25 years of counseling and coaching experience, professional trainer and speaker Jackie Woodside shares her breakthrough methods that lead to becoming the least stressed, most productive person you know!

More energy and less stress sounds like a dream come true!

 
The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack at Dolce Bellezza 22836956
What if there was a drug that could help you remember past lives?

What if the lives you remembered could lead you to your one true love?

What if you learned that, for thousands of years, a deadly enemy had conspired to keep the two of you apart?

Two lovers who have traveled across time. A team of scientists at the cutting edge of memory research. A miracle drug that unlocks an ancient mystery.

Not sure how I missed hearing about this one but it was new to me. I’m a sucker for the time travel stories.
 
 

Serena:
24874295The Beautifull Cassandra by Jane Austen @ Sam Still Reading
A selection of Austen’s dark and hilarious early writings – featuring murder, drunkenness, perjury, theft, poisoning, women breaking out of prison, men forging wills and babies biting off their mothers’ fingers…

I love my Jane Austen books, and the spin-offs and re-tellings.  And this one sounds great since there are so few collections of her writing from her younger years.

 
 

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf 22718710
In the tradition of Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, one girl chooses to change her fortune and her fate by falling in love.

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud, and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

I love these kinds of books in which choices made by main characters determine their lives.

 
 

Vicki:
22547985Find Momo Coast to Coast by Andrew Knapp @ Bermudaonion and Book Referees
Momo loves to hide—and you’ll love looking for him! In this follow-up to the New York Times best seller Find Momo, the canine Instagram superstar (and his best buddy, Andrew Knapp) travel across the United States and Canada, visiting iconic landmarks and unique off-the-map marvels. Look for Momo hiding in Grand Central Station, in front of the White House, and in the French Quarter of New Orleans . . . as well as at diners, bookstores, museums, and other locales that only a seasoned road-tripper like Andrew could find. It’s part game, part photography book, and a whole lot of fun.

When I saw this book I knew immediately that it was going to be one of my picks. I’ve been following Momo’s blog for a few years and I love trying to find him.
 
 

Burning Down George Orwell’s House  by Andrew Ervin @ Dolce Bellezza 22889888
A darkly comic debut novel about advertising, truth, single malt, Scottish hospitality—or lack thereof—and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Ray Welter, who was until recently a high-flying advertising executive in Chicago, has left the world of newspeak behind. He decamps to the isolated Scottish Isle of Jura in order to spend a few months in the cottage where George Orwell wrote most of his seminal novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Ray is miserable, and quite prepared to make his troubles go away with the help of copious quantities of excellent scotch.

But a few of the local islanders take a decidedly shallow view of a foreigner coming to visit in order to sort himself out, and Ray quickly finds himself having to deal with not only his own issues but also a community whose eccentricities are at times amusing and at others downright dangerous. Also, the locals believe—or claim to believe—that there’s a werewolf about, and  against his better judgment, Ray’s misadventures build to the night of a traditional, boozy werewolf hunt on the Isle of Jura on the summer solstice.

This is definitely not like my usual reads, but for some reason it sounds fascinating.

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 comments.

Leslie:
22693222The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower at Stacy’s Books 
America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family.
 
 
 

The Bones of You by Debbie Howells at Lori’s Reading Corner 22859802
Who would kill the perfect daughter, from the perfect family? Yet the more Kate entwines herself with the Andersons—graceful mother Jo, renowned journalist father Neal, watchful younger sister Delphine—the more she is convinced that not everything is as it seems. Anonymous notes arrive, urging Kate to unravel the tangled threads of Rosie’s life and death, though she has no idea where they will lead.

Weaving flashbacks from Rosie’s perspective into a tautly plotted narrative, The Bones of You is a gripping, haunting novel of sacrifices and lies, desperation and love.
 
 
Serena
25022533 (1)In Love and War: Nursing Heroes by Liz Byrski @ Sam Still Reading
In the aftermath of the Battle of Britain, airmen filled a small Sussex town where pioneering plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe established revolutionary surgical and therapeutic treatments.

For the child Liz Byrski, growing up in a small Sussex town, the burnt faces of these airmen filled her nightmares.

In her late sixties, Liz returned to make peace with her memories and to speak not only with the survivors – known as the Guinea Pig Club – but with the nurses who played a vital and unorthodox role in their treatment, sometimes at a significant personal cost.

It’s a non-fiction book about the nurses and members of the Guinea Pig Club, who suffered burns in World War II. I have read a lot of books about WWII, but I really like nurses and what they do, and I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but this is great.

Mrs Dashwood Returns by Lucia Edgerton @ Mystica 23430630
It’s 1820, and the daughters of Elinor and Marianne, now 20 years old, are excited to begin their lives. Little did Allegra Brandon and Grace Ferrars know that they would become embroiled in the most important and scandalous event of their time, that being the return of Caroline of Brunswick, otherwise known as the Princess of Wales, to England after years of exile. As they witness Lady Caroline’s fight for her crown, they also chase their own dreams, sometimes finding things are not as they seem; Grace finds the wealthy lord and landowner she married is not the man she thought he was; and Allegra’s very modern ideas of a writing career meet resistance as she becomes entwined with a mysterious stranger who not only steals her heart, but her reputation. Both women are forced to make choices that will not only effect themselves,but those they love as well.

I think this is the one that Mystica was mentioning, and if it is, it sounds great.
 
 
Vicki:
25022533 (1)In Love and War: Nursing Heroes by Liz Byrski @ Sam Still Reading
In the aftermath of the Battle of Britain, airmen filled a small Sussex town where pioneering plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe established revolutionary surgical and therapeutic treatments.

For the child Liz Byrski, growing up in a small Sussex town, the burnt faces of these airmen filled her nightmares.

In her late sixties, Liz returned to make peace with her memories and to speak not only with the survivors – known as the Guinea Pig Club – but with the nurses who played a vital and unorthodox role in their treatment, sometimes at a significant personal cost.

Last Chance Summer by Hope Ramsay @ Book Dragon’s Lair Screen shot 2015-04-11 at 10.40.31 PM
It wouldn’t be summer without the Watermelon Festival, and single mom Amanda Wright is looking forward to a carefree day eating funnel cakes and sipping sweet tea. But with her inquisitive son and elderly grandmother in tow, she’s not in the mood for carnival rides or the kissing booth, until she hears a charming, funny voice over the loudspeaker.

Grant Trumbull is the new DJ at the local radio station, and his deep, booming cadence has all the ladies of the church auxillary atwitter. Even without seeing his face, Amanda can’t help but wonder if he’s the one for her. When she finally comes face to face with the man behind the mic, summer is about to get a whole lot hotter in little Last Chance, South Carolina.

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 our choices from this week’s Mailbox Monday:

Leslie
23130002Solomon’s Arrow by J. Dalton Jennings @ Beauty in Ruins

It’s the mid-twenty-first century. The oceans are rising, the world’s population is growing, terrorist organizations are running rampant, and it has become readily apparent that humanity’s destructive nature is at the heart of the matter.

When all faith in humanity seems lost, a startling proposal is announced: Solomon Chavez, the mysterious son of the world’s first trillionaire, announces that he, backed by a consortium of governments and wealthy donors, will build an interstellar starship—one that will convey a select group of six thousand individuals, all under the age of fifty, with no living relatives, to a recently discovered planet in the Epsilon Eridani star system. His goal is lofty: to build a colony that will ensure the survival of the human race. However, Solomon Chavez has a secret that he doesn’t dare share with the rest of the world.

I like to delve into apocalyptic fiction on occasion.

But being an eclectic reader I’ll next choose something completely different …

alfonso Alfonso by Felix Calvino @ Diary of an Eccentric

Alfonso is a gentle yet searching exploration of a Spanish migrant’s feelings and experiences in the country Australia used to be more than forty years ago. Felix Calvino infuses the stuff of everyday life with tenderness and magic. He recovers a lost time and sensibility. The past shimmers back to life.

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Serena
22449285The Remedy by Suzanne Young @ The Reading Date

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.

This is a prequel to The Program, which my book club read! Cannot wait to see what this one has in store.

the-sound-of-glass-512-nalThe Sound of Glass by Karen White @ Lori’s Reading Corner, Book Fan Mary, and Rainy Days And Mondays

It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward’s husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news—Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal’s reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt.

Charting the course of an uncertain life—and feeling guilt from her husband’s tragic death—Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal’s unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt’s, will change and define her as she navigates her new life—a new life complicated by the arrival of her too young stepmother and ten-year-old half-brother.

Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Low Country.

I always wait on the latest book from Karen White. I love her books, ever since reading her Tradd Street series.

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Vicki
I’m in a beachy mood (went to the beach today and going again tomorrow), so went with two beach reads
23245594 Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews found @ Under My Apple TreeBook Fan Mary, Savvy Verse & Witt and Bermuda Onion

Will true love find a foothold in this small beach town before it’s too late and disaster strikes? Told with Mary Kay Andrews inimitable wit and charm, Beach Town is this year’s summer beach read!

22573879 Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan @ Savvy Verse & Witt

A quiet seaside resort. An abandoned shop. A small flat. This is what awaits Polly Waterford when she arrives at the Cornish coast, fleeing a ruined relationship.

To keep her mind off her troubles, Polly throws herself into her favorite hobby: making bread. But her relaxing weekend diversion quickly develops into a passion. As she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, each loaf becomes better than the last. Soon, Polly is working her magic with nuts and seeds, chocolate and sugar, and the local honey–courtesy of a handsome beekeeper. Packed with laughter and emotion, Little Beach Street Bakery is the story of how one woman discovered bright new life where she least expected.

Mailbox Mondy

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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.

Sorry the post is late, today was a rough day. First, it was the first Easter I’ve spent without my husband in 27 yrs. and I was having a hard time. I’ve been a mess all day but did enjoy the time I spent with my daughter, son in law and 2 grandkids. My daughter and I had a good cry together and I felt a little better after that.

I also found out this morning that Sheila @ Book Journey lost her son Justin  early Saturday morning. That was awful news. I’ve known Sheila since we both started our blogs the same week. I have read so many posts about her family that I feel like I know them.

I can’t believe all the losses our book blogging community has had already this year. My prayers and thoughts are with Sheila and her family.

I just now remembered it was Sunday night and my turn to post MM. Again, I apologize.

I hope each of you had a great and Happy Easter!