Books That Caught Our Eye

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…


Aftermath Lounge by Margaret McMullan @ Lori’s Reading Corner.

AftermathLoungeAFTERMATH LOUNGE is a compelling tribute to the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Resurrecting the place and its people alongside their heartaches and triumphs, Margaret McMullan creates a riveting mosaic that feeds our wish to understand what it means to be alive in this day and age.

“Living in Florida, I’m very familiar with hurricanes. One year we had 4 in 5 weeks. I remember not having electricity or water for 2 weeks and watching the water creep closer and closer to our house. It made it into our pole barn and then stopped.

“The hurricane I remember the most is Hurricane Katrina. It went through Florida (category 1) before hitting New Orleans, Louisiana (category 5). Hearing of all the destruction it caused in New Orleans was heartbreaking. I know this is a book of fiction, but I’m interested in anything related to this hurricane. I can’t imagine what the people of New Orleans went through, and what some are still going through.”

Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace #1) by M.J. Arlidge @ Under My Apple Tree.

EenyMeenyTwo people are abducted, imprisoned, and left with a gun. As hunger and thirst set in, only one walks away alive.

It’s a game more twisted than any Detective Inspector Helen Grace has ever seen. If she hadn’t spoken with the shattered survivors herself, she almost wouldn’t believe them.

Helen is familiar with the dark sides of human nature, including her own, but this case—with its seemingly random victims—has her baffled. But as more people go missing, nothing will be more terrifying than when it all starts making sense….

“Sounds so interesting. I want to know who abducts them and why, who the two people are and which one of them walks away.”


GrandmotherAskedMeMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman @ Book Dilettnte.

A novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales.

“I love mysteries, particularly mysteries within families, and fairy tales are almost always engaging, which is why this book particularly piqued my interest this week.”


The Arranged Marriage by Jehanne Dubrow @ Everything Distils Into Reading.

ArrangedMarriageWith her characteristic music and precision, Dubrow’s prose poems delve unflinchingly into a mother’s story of trauma and captivity. The poet proves that truth telling and vision can give meaning to the gravest situations, allowing women to create a future on their own terms.

“It’s poetry, and one of my favorite poets, Dubrow. How could this not be on my list?!”


Blackeyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin at Rainy Days and Mondays.

BlackEyedSusansAs a sixteen-year-old, Tessa Cartwright was found in a Texas field, barely alive amid a scattering of bones, with only fragments of memory as to how she got there. Ever since, the press has pursued her as the lone surviving “Black-Eyed Susan,” the nickname given to the murder victims because of the yellow carpet of wildflowers that flourished above their shared grave. Tessa’s testimony about those tragic hours put a man on death row.

Shocking, intense, and utterly original, Black-Eyed Susans is a dazzling psychological thriller, seamlessly weaving past and present in a searing tale of a young woman whose harrowing memories remain in a field of flowers—as a killer makes a chilling return to his garden.

“I’ve been drawn to psychological thrillers lately and this one sounds like a winner.”

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo at Griperang’s Bookmarks

LifeChangingMagicJapanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

“I really, really, really need to learn how to get rid of stuff. Clutter causes me stress, and yet I persist in keeping too many things I no longer want or need.”

4 thoughts on “Books That Caught Our Eye

  1. Vicki, I was going to go with your choice of ‘Eeny Meeny’ this week, however the reviews have been so mixed and one in particular was very scathing of the storyline, so I decided to perhaps give it a miss, until one of my trusted blogging friends comes up with a review themselves.

    Instead I have opted for ‘Black-Eyed Susans’, which has me totally intrigued.

    Thanks for the potted guide to the best of this week’s finds, it is always helpful 🙂


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