Books That Caught Our Eye

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At Mailbox Monday we encourage participants to not only share the books they received, but to check out the books others have received.Every Wednesday we will each share two books that caught our eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday.

We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the comments.

LESLIE:

A Short History of Stupid by Helen Razer & Bernard Keane @Booklover Book Reviews

The decline of reason and why public debate makes us want to scream

How did everything get so dumb? How did we become hostages to idiocy? What must we do to be freed from a captor whose ransom note simply reads, ‘D’oh’?

The deteriorating quality of our public debate and the dwindling of common sense in media, politics and culture can drive you to despair and rage. It certainly drove writers Helen Razer and Bernard Keane to a desperate act: befriending each other for long enough to write a book.

Join forces with these uneasy allies to fight against a world that has lost its reason. Explore what’s behind the remorseless spread of idiocy, and why there’s just so much damn Stupid around you.

The title alone made me want to read more!

What She Left by T. R. Richmond @BermudaOnion

In this brilliantly modern novel of love, obsession, and revenge, a professor pieces together the life and mysterious death of a former student and unearths a shocking revelation about her final days.

On a snowy February morning, the body of twenty-five-year-old journalist Alice Salmon washes up on a riverbank south of London. The sudden, shocking death of this beloved local girl becomes a media sensation, and those who knew her struggle to understand what happened to lively, smart, and savvy Alice Salmon. Was it suicide? A tragic accident? Or murder?

Professor Jeremy Cooke, known around campus as Old Cookie, is an anthropologist nearing the end of his unremarkable academic career. Alice is his former student, and the object of his unhealthy obsession. After her death, he embarks on a final project a book documenting Alice’s life through the digital and paper trails that survive her: her diaries, letters, Facebook posts, Tweets, and text messages. He collects news articles by and about her; he transcribes old voicemails; he interviews her friends, family, and boyfriends.

Bit by bit, the real Alice a complicated and vulnerable young woman springs fully formed from the pages of Cookie’s book along with a labyrinth of misunderstandings, lies, and secrets that cast suspicion on everyone in her circle including Jeremy himself.

I like the idea of piecing together a mystery using an epistolary format. When it works, its a good read.

VICKI:

A Second Chance at Murder (A Love Or Money Mystery #2) by Diana Orgain @Book Dilettante

In the second Love or Money Mystery from the author of A First Date with Death, reality TV gets all too real with murder…

After Love or Money made them reality TV stars, former cop Georgia Thornton and her new boyfriend Scott were supposed to live happily ever after. Unfortunately as their fifteen minutes of fame came to an end, actual reality kicked in and their prize money quickly evaporated.

So Georgia and Scott agree to appear in a new program, pitting them against other teams in an athletic journey across the countryside of Spain for a chance to win $250,000. But the fierce competition turns frightening when Scott disappears during an overnight camping trip in the Pyrenees Mountains, leaving only his bloody wristwatch behind—and a woman’s dead body.

With the Spanish authorities ready to convict Scott, Georgia must find him and prove his innocence in an amazing race against crime…

I love cozies and I love reality tv, so this one really caught my eye.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald @Lori’s Reading Corner

Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don’t understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that’s almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend’s memory. All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town. Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is a warm, witty book about friendship, stories, and love.

The main character runs a bookstore, that’s enough for me to want to read it.

SERENA:

The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi @Luxury Reading

Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery.

For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris, France-but at no fixed address. When Flea fl neurs passed Diva’s courtyard one day, their lives were forever changed. Together, Diva and Flea explore and share their very different worlds, as only true friends can do.

My daughter and I love reading Mo Willem’s books together. So this is a hard one to pass up this week.

Fast Friends by Jill Mansell @Diary of an Eccentric

Love is always just around the corner in a Jill Mansell novel – with a few surprises and a lot of humour on the way to happiness When bored housewife and mother Camilla Stewart impulsively invites her old schoolchums for dinner she hardly imagines that the evening will shatter her comfortable existence. But Roz Vallender and Loulou Marks are no ordinary guests. Roz, stunning and self-assured, is notorious as a TV presenter and superbitch, whilst the reckless Loulou owns Vampires, the trendiest wine bar in town. Horrified to discover that husband Jack has been playing around, Camilla determines to make some changes. With a little help from her friends she soon finds out that life in the fast lane is a lot more fun and the future still holds plenty of surprises

Given all of the Jill Mansell books in Anna’s mailbox this week, it was hard to choose but this one was hard to resist with its wine bar and a reunion of old friends.

What books caught your eye this week?

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3 thoughts on “Books That Caught Our Eye

  1. Wonderful choices.

    The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend was a fantastic read.

    I picked it up at the BEA…it was a huge BUZZ and it is worth the BUZZ it received.

    Hope you are having a good week.

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