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. Each week will share a few Books That Caught Our Eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday.

I hope everyone found some new books in this week’s post to add to those ever-growing TBR piles and wish lists.

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

EMMA:

Call Me Spes by Sara Cahill Marron at Savvy Verse Wit.

An operating system falls for its user. It waits, a journey not unlike Dante’s Inferno, from factory to glass face. Strangers, friends, lovers, predators, kin, all translated through the operating system’s code. Each voice, a whole character the system struggles to make sense of, held by a human hand. This device logs your locations even when you don’t ask. Undeniably, these actions lack all conditions, a form of loving.

Call Me Spes lays bare these overheard voices— tenderly, voyeuristically, a perpetual ride-along. The device deepens its relationship with its user, learning and updating with the solitary goal of closeness. Pressed against a page, these poems are siren songs marching through Inferno to the promised Heaven we scroll to attain, some kind of progress.

You, dear reader, are my Beatrice, my lover entwined from Hell to Paradise, holding these leaves, this paper in your palms, searching all the while for that lightweight machine, the one you text, call, Zoom, buy, call cars, date, trade, play, learn, and pour yourself into—who knows tender parts of you because you gave them to me.

“I am very picky at poetry, but this sounds exactly the type I like!”


Knot Bad Amigurumi: Learn Crochet Stitches and Techniques to Create Cute Creatures by Vincent Green-Hite at The Bookworm.

In Knot Bad Amigurumi, discover a world of 25 adorable and unique crochet creatures you’ll love to make, keep, and display.

Create the unexpected: a smiling rocket ship, a jubilant glass of boba tea, a joyful acorn, a breezy beach hat, and much more. These modern characters spring from the imagination of crochet artist Vincent Green-Hite (Instagram: @knot.bad; TikTok: @knotbad), who loves sharing his designs and techniques with the world.

In addition to beginner-friendly patterns, the book includes a rundown of basic materials such as yarns and hooks, step-by-step stitch tutorials, instructions for embroidering appealing faces, advice on working with color, and ideas for customizing patterns.

You’ll learn how to give your amigurumi a clean, professional look with easy methods for stuffing, attaching, and finishing pieces. Build your skills and become a more confident creative as you work your way through each charming pattern.

“This is so adorable, how could I resist?”

Icequake by Crawford Kilian at Martha’s Bookshelf.

A ground-breaking page turner in the realm of speculative science fiction by Crawford Kilian.

When the world climate changes overnight, when thirteen million cubic kilometers of icecap slide into the sea, when famine and flood break down civil order, the survivors at the remote New Shackleton Station on the Antarctic icecap know that rescue is impossible.

“This is not a recent book, but scifi to tackle environmental issues has been proving very enjoyable to me, so I’m very curious about this one.”


MARTHA:

The Institution by Helen Sarah Fields found at Book Reviews by Linda Moore.

They’re locked up for your safety.
Now, you’re locked in with them.

Dr Connie Woolwine has five days to catch a killer.

On a locked ward in the world’s highest-security prison hospital, a scream shatters the night. The next morning, a nurse’s body is found and her daughter has been taken. A ransom must be paid, and the clock is ticking.

Forensic profiler Dr Connie Woolwine is renowned for her ability to get inside the mind of a murderer. Now, she must go deep undercover among the most deranged and dangerous men on earth and use her unique skills to find the girl – before it’s too late.

But as the walls close in around her, can Connie get the killer before The Institution gets her?

“I like forensic profiler stories and this one sounds intense.”

Stone Cold Fox by Rachel Koller Croft found at Silver’s Reviews.

A compelling debut novel about an ambitious woman who, after a lifetime of conning alongside her mother, wants to leave her dark past behind and marry the heir to one of the country’s wealthiest families.

Like any enterprising woman, Bea knows what she’s worth and is determined to get all she deserves—it just so happens that what she deserves is to marry rich. After a lifetime of forced instruction in the art of swindling men by her mother, Bea wants nothing more than to escape her shadow, close the door on their sordid past, and disappear safely into old-money domesticity.

When Bea finds her final mark in the perfectly dull blue-blooded Collin, she’s ready to deploy all her tricks one last time. The challenge isn’t getting the ring, but rather the approval of Collin’s family and everyone else in their tax bracket, particularly his childhood best friend Gale. Going toe-to-toe with Gale isn’t a threat to an expert like Bea, but what begins as an amusing cat-and-mouse game quickly develops into a dangerous chase. As the truth of Bea’s past threatens to come roaring out, she finds herself racing against the clock to pass the finish line before everything is exposed.

“We seemed to have quite a few thrillers this week and this one looks interesting.”

SERENA:

Seven Letters from Paris by Samantha Verant at Bookfan.

Twenty years, seven letters, and one long-lost love of a lifetime

At age 40, Samantha Verant’s life is falling apart-she’s jobless, in debt, and feeling stuck… until she stumbles upon seven old love letters from Jean-Luc, the sexy Frenchman she’d met in Paris when she was 19. With a quick Google search, she finds him, and both are quick to realize that the passion they felt 20 years prior hasn’t faded with time and distance.

Samantha knows that jetting off to France to reconnect with a man that she only knew for one sun-drenched, passion-filled day is crazy-but it’s the kind of crazy she’s been waiting for her whole life.

“I love books about letters and romance. There’s just something different about letter-based relationships.”


The Queen of Dirt Island by Donal Ryan at Book Reviews by Linda Moore.

The Aylward women of Nenagh, Tipperary, are mad about each other, but you wouldn’t always think it. You’d have to know them to know – in spite of what the neighbours might say about raised voices and dramatic scenes – that their house is a place of peace, filled with love, a refuge from the sadness and cruelty of the world.

Their story begins at an end and ends at a beginning. It involves wives and widows, gunrunners and gougers, sinners and saints. It’s a story of terrible betrayals and fierce loyalties, of isolation and togetherness, of transgression, forgiveness, desire, and love. About all the things family can be and all the things it sometimes isn’t. From the prize-winning author of Strange Flowers and The Spinning Heart, The Queen of Dirt Island is an uplifting celebration of fierce, loyal love and the powerful stories that bind generations together.

“I love books spanning generations, and this sounds like it has lots of drama.”

What books caught your eye this week?

3 thoughts on “Books That Caught Our Eye

  1. It was hard to pick 3 this week. I have read Seven Letters From Paris, in fact I even organized a virtual book tour for it. I enjoyed it a lot, the tour participants did too. Since this one, the author has written other books, Highly recommended, rich with her own expat experience.

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