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:
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.
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.
The People in the Photo by Hélène Gestern, translators Emily Boyce 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?