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December 11, 2017 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ December 11th

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’ve been volunteering extra hours for the parrot rescue the past few weeks helping promote and feature the birds on our Facebook page and website, which meant less time for reading and blogging. Without meaning to, I have become the social media and technology coordinator.

Here’s what arrived in my mailbox last week . . .

New Arrivals

North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring by Bruce M. Beehler from Smithsonian Books through AmazonVine.

The story of an ornithologist’s journey to trace the spring migration of songbirds from the southern border of the United States through the heartland and into Canada.

Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country by Steve Almond from Red Hen Press.

Almond looks to literary voices―from Melville to Orwell, from Bradbury to Baldwin―to help explain the roots of our moral erosion as a people.

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December 6, 2017 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: African Violet

Almost wordless: My African Violet thrives despite my neglect (or maybe because of my neglect). My secret to houseplant survival is never overwater them.

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December 5, 2017 / Leslie

Happy Mail by Eunice and Sabrina Moyle

A Rapid Review

Keep in touch with cool & stylish handmade snail mail!

Publisher: Walter Foster Jr | September 2017
Format: Paperback | Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Children, Ages 8+

It’s more than just writing, it’s an art! Hand-lettering is easy to dive into, even for new artists, and Happy Mail is here to take your DIY projects to the next level!

What’s it about . . .
The introductory section of the book covers letter writing basics: How to write a letter, reasons you would want to write one, how to address an envelope — all things most of us take for granted but not something our newest instant communication generation is going to learn unless someone shows them.

The book then moves on to a series of hand-lettering projects and how to illustrate and construct your own cards and letters. The final section consists of 40 already designed cards and stationary that are ready to use.

What did I think . . .
This is a fun way to introduce youngsters to what used to be routine correspondence. And who doesn’t like to receive an original card, letter, or invitation in the mail? Although the book is aimed at ages 8 to 12, I bet adults and teens would enjoy it too.

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review
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December 4, 2017 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ December 4th

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.
 


Another slow reading week, but I did manage to finish a few books that I had started a couple of weeks ago. Here’s what arrived in my mailbox last week . . .

New Arrivals

Sunday Silence (Frieda Klein #7) by Nicci French from William Morrow.

Lover of London, gifted psychologist, frequent police consultant — Frieda Klein is many things. And now she’s a person of interest in a murder case. A body has been discovered in the most unlikely and horrifying of places: beneath the floorboards of Frieda’s house.

The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard from William Morrow.

In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes a riveting novel of the everyday women who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II.

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December 4, 2017 / Leslie

Voices on the Road Giveaway Winner

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

Using random.org, Dawn was selected to receive 10 audiobooks.

Sponsored by the APA and audiobook publishers.

Winner: Dawn Miears

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November 27, 2017 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ November 27th

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.


 
This was not a good week for reading – too many distractions. Even with audiobooks I didn’t finish anything. And with several days away from a book, I tend to forget and need to go back a little and re-read. So much for multitasking!

A couple of new books arrived last week. I’m looking forward to getting some new ideas from the In Style book. In addition to entertaining ideas it has lots of recipes too.

New Arrivals

The Wife by Alafair Burke from Harper.
This much-anticipated follow-up to Burke’s Edgar-nominated The Ex asks how far a wife will go to protect the man she loves: Will she stand by his side, even if he drags her down with him?

InStyle Parties: The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining All Year Round by The Editors of InStyle from AmazonVine.
The editors of InStyle offer their expert advice on hosting any type of celebration. Whether a baby shower, dinner gathering, or holiday affair.

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November 20, 2017 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ November 20th

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 last week.

New Arrivals

The Italian Party by Christina Lynch from St. Martin’s Press.
A delicious and sharply funny page-turner about “innocent” Americans abroad in 1950s Siena, Italy.

One Sheet Eats by Oxmoor House from AmazonVine.
100+ Delicious Recipes All Made on a Baking Sheet
Recipes crafted for simple, clutter-free, and satisfying cooking.

Voices on the Road Blog Tour & Giveaway

This month I am participating in the Voices on the Road blog tour sponsored by the APA and audiobook publishers. The tour runs through the month of November. Each blogger on the tour is recommending some of their favorite audiobooks and narrators, and hosting a giveaway for ten audiobooks.

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