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.

Nothing much going on with me here, just the beginning of March and icy precipitation.  When will spring arrive?

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Books That Caught Our Eye

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DragonLegendsHere 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

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand at Martha’s Boookshelf.

unbrokenWhen his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

“WWII books are a passion of mine, and this one seems like one of those hard to believe stories of survival…I cannot resist.”
 

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner at The Library of Clean Reads.

FringeHoursEvery woman has had this experience: you get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you. And if you go days, weeks, or even months in this cycle, you begin to feel like you have lost a bit of yourself.

While life is busy with a litany of must-dos–work, parenting, keeping house, grocery shopping, laundry and on and on–women do not have to push their own needs aside. Yet this is often what happens. There’s just no time, right? Wrong.

In this practical and liberating book, Jessica Turner empowers women to take back pockets of timethey already have in their day in order to practice self-care and do the things they love. Turner uses her own experiences and those of women across the country to teach readers how to balance their many responsibilities while still taking time to invest in themselves. She also addresses barriers to this lifestyle, such as comparison and guilt, and demonstrates how eliminating these feelings and making changes to one’s schedule will make the reader a better wife, mother, and friend.

Perfect for any woman who is doing everything for everyone–except herself–The Fringe Hours is ideal for both individuals and small group use.

“This is so perfect for me these days!”

Leslie

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson at Beauty in Ruins.

DeadWakeIt is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love.

Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.

“I always find history more interesting in the form of narrative non-fiction, and this book has been getting good early reviews.”

Minnow by James E. McTeer II at BermudaOnion.

minnowMinnow is an otherworldly story of a small boy who leaves his dying father’s bedside hunting a medicine for a mysterious illness. Sent by his mother to a local druggist in their coastal town, Minnow unexpectedly takes a dark and wondrous journey deep into the ancient Sea Islands, seeking the grave dust of a long-dead hoodoo man to buy him a cure. With only a half-feral dog at his side, Minnow’s odyssey is haunted at every turn by the agents of Sorry George, a witch doctor who once stirred up a fever that killed 52 men. Meanwhile, a tempest brews out at sea, threatening to bring untold devastation to the coastal way of life.

Minnow is a remarkable debut novel that evokes the fiction of Karen Russell and Lauren Groff a Low Country “Heart of Darkness” about the mysteries of childhood, the sacrifices we make to preserve our families, and the ghosts that linger in the Spanish moss of the South Carolina barrier islands.

“Fantasy is hit or miss with me, but this fairy tale story has a magical quality to it that captured my attention.”

Note: There is a Goodreads giveaway of 20 advance copies of Minnow that runs through March 15th for US residents.

Mailbox Monday

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mailboxsqurrielMailbox 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.

Tonight is Oscar Night here in the US. I watch the show more for the fashion and fun than I do for awards since I rarely see movies before they are released on DVD. However, some of the best movies from Hollywood have been based on books, and this year there are six that are nominated in various categories:

  • Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
  • American Sniper by Chris Kyle

I only managed to read one of them – Gone Girl – and also saw the movie. How about you? Seen or read any of these? Are you watching the Oscars?

But, I digress! Hope everyone had a good week and a few new books in their mailbox.

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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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DragonLegendsHere 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

Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard @ Luxury Reading.

PicnicProvenceTen years ago, New Yorker Elizabeth Bard followed a handsome Frenchman up a spiral staircase to a love nest in the heart of Paris. Now, with a baby on the way and the world’s flakiest croissant around the corner, Elizabeth is sure she’s found her “forever place.” But life has other plans.

On a last romantic jaunt before the baby arrives, the couple take a trip to the tiny Provencal village of Céreste. A chance encounter leads them to the wartime home of a famous poet, a tale of a buried manuscript and a garden full of heirloom roses. Under the spell of the house and its unique history, in less time than it takes to flip a crepe, Elizabeth and Gwendal decide to move-lock, stock and Le Creuset-to the French countryside.

OK, this is a memoir, which I don’t read a lot of, but there is a home of a famous poet and food. These are great things and should always be in books — in my opinion! :) I couldn’t resist this one either!

The Devil’s Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth @ Beauty in Ruins.

DevilsDetectiveSomeone is brutally murdering people deep in the bowels of Hell, and the Bureaucracy has sent a Fool to track down the killer.

The idea of bureaucracy in hell just tickles me for some reason. I think this is a fantastic premise for a novel. I could not resist this one this week.

Leslie

Summer Secrets by Jane Green at A Nurse and a Book

SummerSecretsJune, 1998: At twenty seven, Catherine Coombs, also known as Cat, is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. Her lunchtimes consist of several glasses of wine at the bar downstairs in the office, her evenings much the same, swigging the free booze and eating the free food at a different launch or party every night. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral.

June, 2014: Cat has finally come to the end of herself. She no longer drinks. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, to the gorgeous summer community where the women she once called family still live. Despite her sins, will they welcome her again? What Cat doesn’t realize is that these women, her real father’s daughters, have secrets of their own.

I enjoy Jane Green’s writing and am eagerly looking forward to reading her next book.

Second Life by S. J. Watson at Rainy Days and Mondays.

SecondLifeJulia’s life is comfortable, if unremarkable, until her sister’s brutal murder opens old wounds. She finds solace in her sister’s best friend, Sophie, but when Sophie reveals the extent of her sister’s online life, Julia becomes convinced that the truth about her death lies deep in the dark, sordid world of online chatrooms and internet sex.

What begins as Julia’s search for the truth about her sister quickly turns into an exploration of herself and her own desires. After all, the internet is her playground, and why be just one thing when you can be as many as you like? What could possibly go wrong? After all, it’s only cybersex, isn’t it? No one’s going to get hurt.

Despite mixed early reviews, this psychological thriller sounds promising.

Mailbox Monday

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mailboxsqurrielMailbox 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.

Still snowing in much of the Northern and Eastern US, so the snowy squirrel will pick up the mail for another week. On a positive note, all this bad weather gives us more time to sit inside and read where it’s cozy and warm. Unless we can fly off to a Caribbean Island – just wandered off into a dream there for a moment. Back to reality!

I hope everyone had a good week and a few new books in their mailbox.

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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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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

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf.

NightbirdAn enchanting novel from bestselling author Alice Hoffman: a charmed New England village, a family secret, and a friendship destined to defeat a witch.

“Some things could only be found in Sidwell it seemed: pink apples, black owls, and my brother, James.”

Twelve-year-old Twig’s town in the Berkshires is said to hide a winged beast, the Monster of Sidwell, and the rumors draw as many tourists as the town’s famed pink apple orchards. Twig lives in the orchard with her mysterious brother James and her reclusive mother, a baker of irresistible apple pies. Because of a family secret, an ancient curse,Twig has had to isolate herself from other kids. Then a family with two girls, Julia and Agate, moves into the cottage next door. They are descendants of the witch who put the spell on Twig’s family. But Julia turns out to be Twig’s first true friend, and her ally in trying to undo the curse and smooth the path to true love for Agate and James.

I have yet to read a book by Hoffman, but this one sounds great since its set in a New England village and a witch. I love stories that mix the paranormal with typical family settings. This sounds good.

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan @ Library of Clean Reads.

DaughterOfDeepSilenceIn the wake of the deadly devastation of luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace, rescued from the ocean after torturous days adrift with her dying friend Libby, knows that the Persephone wasn’t sunk by a rogue wave as survivors Senator Wells and his son are claiming—it was attacked.

To ensure her safety from the obviously dangerous and very powerful Wells family, Libby’s father helps newly orphaned Frances assume Libby’s identity. Frances has spent years in hiding, transforming herself into Libby, and she can no longer allow the people who murdered her entire family and Libby to get away with it. After years of careful plotting, she’s ready to set her revenge plans into motion—even if it means taking down the boy she’d once been in love with: the senator’s son.

The game has just begun, and Frances is not only playing dirty, she’s playing to win.

I’m initially attracted to this one because of the boat’s name — Persephone. I like these kinds of twisted survival stories.

Leslie

Monday’s Lie by Jamie Mason at Lori’s Reading Corner, BermudaOnion, Drey’s Library, and Rainy Days and Mondays.

MondaysLieA new thriller about a woman who digs into her unconventional past to confirm what she suspects: her husband isn’t what she thought he was.

Dee Aldrich rebelled against her off-center upbringing when she married the most conventional man she could imagine: Patrick, her college sweetheart. But now, years later, her marriage is falling apart and she’s starting to believe that her husband has his eye on a new life…a life without her, one way or another.

A new thriller that sounds really good. It was on several blogs this week – not sure how I missed this one!

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson at Beauty in Ruins.

SevenevesWhat would happen if the world were ending?

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain . . .

Five thousand years later, their progeny—seven distinct races now three billion strong—embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown . . . to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.

Stephenson writes complex, well-thought-out speculative fiction – a favorite genre of mine.

Mailbox Monday

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mailboxsqurrielMailbox 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.

Valentine’s Day is next weekend and that means spring is right around the corner for us snow weary northerners. Yes, I’m all dug out now, but I’m still envious of those who have sunshine and warmth!

I hope everyone had a good week and a few new books in their mailbox.

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