Books That Caught Our Eye


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:


PicassoMadame Picasso by Anne Girard @ The Reading Date.

I love artists and their lives, what inspires them, etc. This is the novel of Eva Gouel, the first great love of Pablo Picasso’s life and it’s set in Paris. I cannot wait to read this one. I’ve always loved his work, though some of his work is a bit odd.

NoraWebsterNora Webster: A Novel by Colm Tóibín @ Kimberly’s Bookshelf.

I love reading stories about the Irish, particularly those in Ireland — since that’s one country on my bucket list. Nora Webster is a widower at age 40 and she has children to care for, but when you lose the love of your life, it can be hard to pick yourself up and keep moving. I cannot wait to read this heart-breaker.


4thJulyCreekFourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson @ Fiction Books.

After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face to face with the boy’s profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times.

But as Pete’s own family spins out of control, Pearl’s activities spark the full-blown interest of the F.B.I., putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.

This book grabbed my attention when I read the first part of the first sentence. Everything after that just cemented my choice.

ChickenChicken: A Fresh Take on Classic Recipes by Marcus Bean @ Under My Apple Tree

An opening section of the book gives guidelines for purchasing, storing, and preparing your whole chicken or chicken parts. Next up are weekday meals, followed by chapter “for the weekend” and concluding with dinners & celebrations. The more than 100 brand-new recipes include mouthwatering takes chicken salad: Chicken Waldorf salad with crispy shallots; Chargrilled chicken, fennel & feta salad; glazed orange and mustard chicken with chard & spinach salad; and Quinoa Chicken and asparagus salad. Then there’s the Chicken spring rolls with hoisin sauce; chicken fajitas & homemade smoked paprika wraps; Mango & coriander coronation chicken pitta pockets. And even though he’s British, he doesn’t leave out soul food favorites like Southern Fried Chicken and Chili Corn or the New Orleans classic: Chicken, chorizo & tiger prawn paella.

I love me some chicken, I’d rather have it than any other meat, so there’s no way this book didn’t make one of my picks this week!


BrightwellMurder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver @ Bermudaonion.

A delicious novel in which murder invades polite society and romance springs in unexpected places. Ashley Weaver’s debut is a wonderful testament to the enduring delight of the traditional mystery.

An attractive cover will always get my attention, plus this sounds like a good old fashioned Agatha Christie-ish murder mystery.


Flight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early America by Amy Belding Brown @ Silver’s Reviews.

Based on the compelling true narrative of Mary Rowlandson, Flight of the Sparrow is an evocative tale that transports the reader to a little-known time in early America and explores the real meanings of freedom, faith, and acceptance.

She suspects that she has changed too much to ever fit easily into English society again. The wilderness has now become her home. She can interpret the cries of birds. She has seen vistas that have stolen away her breath. She has learned to live in a new, free way….

Historical fiction, wilderness, nature, and an eye-catching cover. Sounds like a book I would enjoy.

5 thoughts on “Books That Caught Our Eye

  1. Hi Vicki,

    You have such a following for this great meme, that I never get to see half the books on offer, so this catch-up post is always so helpful.

    As an Agatha Christie fan, ‘Murder At the Brightwell’ is a must and Ashley an author to definitely watch for the future.

    Vicki, I would also like to thank you for adding my own MM offering to your ‘Books That Caught Our Eye’ this week. ‘Fourth Of July Creek’ is surely not going to make for easy reading, but it does sound intriguing and engrossing.

    Have a good weekend guys and see you on Monday!


  2. Nora Webster and Fourth of July Creek caught my eye as I went from blog to blog.

    I am looking forward to reading Flight of the Sparrow. Thanks for stopping by my blog and featuring Flight of the Sparrow.

    There were a lot of good books this week.

    Have a great reading week.


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