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November 19, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ November 19th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
A couple of new books arrived over the past few weeks. I haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and read so my reading has been mostly audio, but I could not resist requesting these. I can never pass up a cookbook, and I enjoyed Taylor Jenkins Reid’s last book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so a new book by her that takes place in the 70s (yes, I can remember the 70s) was appealing to me.

And audio listeners take note… this month the Audio Publishers Association (APA) is once again sponsoring a month-long blog tour and giveaway, A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes, and will be giving away a set of eight audiobook downloads throughout the month of November on each participating blog. My stop on the tour was last week. There is still time to enter to win some good audio downloads. The giveaway runs through the end of the month.

New Arrivals

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid from Ballantine Books.

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

The Southern Living Party Cookbook by Elizabeth Heiskell from AmazonVine.

Say “hello” to the modern-day reinterpretation of the best-selling Southern Living cookbook of all time, 1972’s Southern Living Party Cookbook.

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November 14, 2018 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Autumn Wildflower Garden

Almost wordless: Still some color in my backyard wildflower garden.

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November 8, 2018 / Leslie

A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes

Holiday Blog Tour & Giveaway

November is the busiest travel month of the year, and audiobooks are the perfect travel companions. The Audio Publishers Association is sponsoring a Voices on the Road Tour and Audiobook Giveaway.

Throughout November, bloggers will be posting about their love of audiobooks and recommending some of their favorite titles and narrators.

I love audiobooks!

I never go anywhere without an audiobook. It wasn’t always so easy to do that with CDs, but now I can access them through my phone, either by download or by streaming. And I can listen with Bluetooth headphones or speakers. They keep me company while traveling, multitasking around the house and garden, and accompany me on my walks.

A few of my favorites

I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, so it’s difficult to pick only a few favorites. Some stand out because I enjoyed the story, others because of the narrator. And some were the perfect combination of narrator and story.”

You by Caroline Kepnes

This was an obsessive, addictive, and creepy book. Joe is a stalker. From the day he encounters Beck in the bookstore, his desire to know everything about her, to control her, becomes an obsession. What makes the story so compulsive is the way it is written from the point of view of Joe, the stalker.

The narration was fanastic. Santino Fontana did a great job making me think I was listening to an obsessive, unbalanced person. He portrayed Joe with emotion and feeling… kind, impatient, angry, frustrated… easily switching between Joe’s many moods.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This one always makes list. If you enjoy science fiction, or even remotely enjoy science fiction, choose the audio version of this book.

This was a fun read filled with loads of 1980s pop cultural references, a lot of it sci-fi, and perfect for the geek in me. And to make it even better, it is narrated by Wil Wheaton (geeks know him from Star Trek and more recently, Big Bang Theory). His narration is outstanding: The characters, the pacing, the action, the voices are just perfect.

Love Life by Rob Lowe

This was an enjoyable and entertaining collection of stories from Rob Lowe. Witty and insightful, he touches on a little bit of everything – TV, movies, his family, friends, and even a little on his time in rehab and on why he decided to take acting lessons after he was already a successful actor. He performs the narration himself and does a great job with it. I often complain about authors not being the best narrators, but that is often the opposite in celebrity narrators.

I find memoirs easy to listen to and often recommend them to new audio listeners. They don’t require the same focus that a novel with a complex story line demands.

Why Dinosaurs Matter by Kenneth Lacovara

World-renowned paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara reveals how understanding dinosaurs can help us better understand our own biology—and our future.

This book was especially interesting to me because it delves into the subject of why birds are dinosaurs, and that dinosaurs are not truly extinct – they live on as birds. The book was read with enthusiasm by the author. It was a quick, enjoyable listen, read in a manner that the entire family will enjoy listening to.

Win Audiobooks!

And now for the giveaway — a fantastic selection of 8 audiobook downloads that have been generously donated by Beacon Press, High Bridge Audio, LA Theatre Works, Macmillan Audio, Penguin Random House Audio, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster Audio, and Tantor Audio.

How to Enter

Fill out the form below on or before midnight, November 30th. I will draw one random winner (US only) and they will be notified by email. That’s it. Easy!

For more chances to win, visit the other participants in the tour.

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November 5, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ November 5th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.
 


No new books but I did receive some audiobook downloads in the past few weeks.

This month the Audio Publishers Association (APA) is once again sponsoring a month-long blog tour and giveaway, A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes, and will be giving away a set of eight audiobook downloads throughout the month of November on each participating blog.

New Arrivals

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne from PRH Audio.

A psychological drama of cat and mouse, A Ladder to the Sky shows how easy it is to achieve the world if you are prepared to sacrifice your soul.

The Adults by Caroline Hulse from PRH Audio.

A couple, now separated. Their daughter. Their new partners. One epic Christmas vacation. What could go wrong?

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking from PRH Audio.

The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe’s biggest questions in this brilliant and page-turning posthumous work.

Why are we here? Will we survive? Will technology save us? How can we thrive?

Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan from PRH Audio.

An atmospheric tale of corruption and abduction set on Mars, from the author of the award-winning science fiction novel Altered Carbon, now an exciting new series from Netflix.

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October 31, 2018 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Autumn Milkweed

Almost wordless: I let almost all the plants in my wildflower garden go to seed and don’t cut them down until early spring.

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October 22, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ October 22nd

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.

 


I’m enjoying the cooler autumn weather and the changing colors, but not looking forward to the inevitable snow that follows. NOAA is predicting an El Niño and a warmer winter this year for most of the US. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed. As many of you know, I’m not a cold weather person!

One new book this week, a cookbook from LibraryThing. I can never have too many cookbooks!

New Arrivals

Now & Again by Julia Turshen from LibraryThing.

Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers

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October 19, 2018 / Leslie

Giveaway Winner: Book and Movie Tickets

Thank you to everyone that stopped by to enter the giveaway.

The winner was selected using random.org and has been notified by email.

The Astronaut’s Son by Tom Seigel

Winner: Cindi

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