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:


TheSparrowThe Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell at Stacy’s Books.

In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet which will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question the meaning of being “human.”

This is not a new book, it was published in the 1990s, but it is one that I have wanted to read for what seems like forever. And, for those who know I’m the crazy bird lady, not only because there’s a bird on the cover – science and speculative fiction is my number one genre. Plus, the book gets many fantastic reviews and I heard the author speak and that made it even more interesting.

So, thanks to Stacy for reminding me of what I’m missing by not reading this one yet!

CraxyLoveCrazy Love You by Lisa Unger at Bermudaonion and Drey’s Library.

Love hurts … Sometimes it even kills. Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him “loser” and “fatboy”…and from his family’s deadly secrets.

Thrillers and psychological suspense are also favorites of mine and few do it better than Lisa Unger. Looking forward to this one!


DiamondHeadDiamond Head by Cecily Wong – This is an historical family drama set in China and Hawaii about fate, secrets, and love @ The Reading Date.

A sweeping debut spanning China to Hawaii that follows four generations of a wealthy shipping family whose rise and decline is riddled with secrets and tragic love—from a young, powerful new voice in fiction.

I love historical family dramas and China and Hawaii are great locations!

BooksellerThe Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson from HarperCollins.

A provocative and hauntingly powerful debut novel reminiscent of Sliding Doors, The Bookseller follows a woman in the 1960s who must reconcile her reality with the tantalizing alternate world of her dreams. At Under My Appletree, Bermudaonion and Luxury Reading.

I cannot resist books about booksellers!

6 thoughts on “Books That Caught Our Eye

  1. Hi Serena and Leslie,

    One pick from each of you this week ..

    ‘The Bookseller’ and ‘Crazy Love You’ both sound like winners to me! the premise of ‘The Bookseller’ sounds intriguing and provocative, which reader amongst us could fail to be just a little interested in it. Working in a bookshop or a library, would be my idea of a dream job, even better if that bookshop was my own!

    By sheer coincidence only today, I picked up a Lisa Unger book ‘Beautiful Lies’, from the charity shop where I volunteer. My dad will get to read it first and he will then return it to me to read.

    Thanks for sharing your best finds and pass on my best wishes to Vicki, should you be in touch with her 🙂


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