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.

 

Serena
20708757I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein @ Bermudaonion
We’re dog people in our house, and this book looks like it will be a fun read with my daughter.

Many dogs have human owners. Not this dog. He fetches his own slippers, curls up at his own feet, and gives himself a good scratch. But there is one spot, in the middle of his back, that he just can’t reach. So one day, he lets a human scratch it. And the poor little fella follows him home. What can the dog do but get a leash to lead the guy around with? Dog lovers of all ages will revel in the humorous role-reversal as this dog teaches his human all the skills he needs to be a faithful companion.

 

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The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson @ Silver’s Reviews
I love books about artists and artistic types, especially in wonderful cities filled with art, like Paris. And I like darker books with secrets to be uncovered. Couldn’t resist this one this week.

A deep, dark and opulent tale of Belle epoque Paris, and the secrets and dangers hidden beneath its luxurious facade. Maud Heighton came to Lafond’s famous Academie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris eats money. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling joys of the Belle epoque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, Maud takes a job as companion to young, beautiful Sylvie Morel. But Sylvie has a secret: an addiction to opium. As Maud is drawn into the Morels’ world of elegant luxury, their secrets become hers. Before the New Year arrives, a greater deception will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light.

 

Leslie
So Anyway… by John Cleese at Sam Still Reading 23347251
Candid and brilliantly funny, this is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a self-confessed legend.

Apparently John Cleese wrote a memoir and I didn’t know about it! Oh, I could quote Fawlty Towers all night!
 

 

 

 

Fire Birds:Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests by Sneed B. Collard III at The Busy Mom’s Dailydownload
Collard reveals the complex relationships between fire and thriving plant and animal communities. The book especially focuses on the heavy use of burned forests by dozens of bird species and debunks the idea that burned forests are worthless wastelands.

As a volunteer for the forest preserve and bird monitor, this is a fascinating subject that I’m always interested in reading about. And it’s nice to see a book targeted at young readers – although I’m sure us older folks can learn something from it too.

 

Vicki
20309175My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, & 10 more @ The Reading Date
If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de La Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Tayler and Kiersten White), edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

I’ve never read a lot of Christmas centered books, but I’ve been seeing them on different blogs lately and thought I should try another one. This is a short story book, by various authors and it jumped out at me.

 

Florence Gordon by Brian Morton @ Posting For Now20256545
A wise and entertaining novel about a woman who has lived life on her own terms for seventy-five defiant and determined years, only to find herself suddenly thrust to the center of her family’s various catastrophes

Meet Florence Gordon: blunt, brilliant, cantankerous and passionate, feminist icon to young women, invisible and underappreciated by most everyone else. At seventy-five, Florence has earned her right to set down the burdens of family and work and shape her legacy at long last. But just as she is beginning to write her long-deferred memoir, her son Daniel returns to New York from Seattle with his wife and daughter, and they embroil Florence in their dramas, clouding the clarity of her days with the frustrations of middle-age and the confusions of youth. And then there is her left foot, which is starting to drag.

With searing wit, sophisticated intelligence, and a tender respect for humanity in all its flaws, Brian Morton introduces a constellation of unforgettable characters. Chief among them, Florence, who can humble the fools surrounding her with one barbed line, but who eventually finds there are realities even she cannot outsmart.

I love family drama and this sounds really good. Florence sounds like a great character!

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6 thoughts on “Books That Caught Our Eye

  1. Good selection–I love birds and have started birding over the past year, so that one is definitely worth checking out; I like short stories so the Christmas anthology looks promising; and I’m a John Cleese fan. Would love to read that one, for sure!

    Thanks for pointing out the creme de la creme.

  2. Hi Serena,
    I had already spotted ‘The Paris Winter’ and added it to my list …. It sounds so good!

    Vicki,
    I can always rely on you to spot a good read. I love the sound of ‘Florence Gordon’ and couldn’t resist adding this one to my list also!

    Thanks ladies and I hope that all three of you have a great weekend,

    Yvonne.

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