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May 25, 2020 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ May 25th

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.


 
Cold rainy weather turned into hot, humid rainy weather this weekend. Lots of sun yesterday so I was able to get some gardening done, but I’m two weeks behind on the annuals and veggies.

Today is Memorial Day, but with all the public restrictions still in place, it feels like any other day in the backyard. My state (Illinois) has cancelled most activities for the summer.

I work part-time at my town library, and last week I went back to work on a reduced schedule. We can’t open the buidling to the public yet, but thanks to a recent remodel, we have a drive-up window. So residents can reserve books and pick them up at the drive-up. A little bit of normal is starting to return.

New Arrivals

Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids by Elissa Wolfson, Margaret Barker.

Whether exploring the forest, the backyard, or the city, you and your kids will learn about the habits of North America’s most popular songbirds, how to create safe and welcoming environments for them, how to observe them, and how to construct easy and safe species-appropriate birdhouses and feeders for common birds.

Audio Downloads

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld, read by Carrington MacDuffie. from PRH Audio.

From the New York Times bestselling author of American Wife and Eligible, a novel that imagines a deeply compelling what-might-have-been: What if Hillary Rodham hadn’t married Bill Clinton?

Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin, read by Cassandra Campbell. from PRH Audio.

A visionary novel about our interconnected present, about the collision of horror and humanity, from a master of the spine-tingling tale.

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May 11, 2020 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ May 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.


 
My reading has not been what it used to be. And I miss it. I used to read several books a week. Now it takes several weeks to read a book. Partly because my schedule and activities have changed dramatically over the last couple of years, but also because I feel I let my organization skills slip when I stopped working a 9 to 5 sturctured job. Also, my almost hour-long commute each way to the city was when I did most of my reading.

I am back to work now part-time at my town library, am a volunteer manager at the parrot rescue one day a week, and a volunteer with the forest preserve monitoring wild birds. And I’m working on those organizational skills, which I’m not sure how I let slip away from me!

While the calendar says we are several weeks into spring, it still has not arrived in my garden. This past weekend we had another hard freeze, further delaying planting flowers and most veggies. So the garden is still on hold.

I added some new books over the past few weeks ….

New Arrivals

Again Again by E. Lockhart .

If you could live your life again, what would you do differently?

Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews.

It’s a new season for small town scandals and big-time secrets.

Restorative Yoga for Beginners by Julia Clarke.

Relax, relieve, restore — a beginner’s path to healing with restorative yoga.

Social Security, Medicare and Government Pensions by Joseph L. Matthews.

Your complete guide to Social Security retirement and medical benefits.

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October 21, 2019 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ October 21st

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.


 
We had a few nice days last week and I was scrambling to get the garden cleanup finished. Unfortunately there is still more to do, but cold and rain showed up today. Winter is on its way.

A couple of new books last week . . .

New Arrivals

The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez from AmazonVine.

A mysterious child lands in the care of a solitary woman, changing both of their lives forever in this captivating debut of connection across space and time.

Scientists Who Changed History by DK Publishing from AmazonVine.

Explore the lives and achievements of more than 85 of the world’s most inspirational and influential scientists with this innovative and boldly graphic biography-led book.

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August 19, 2019 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ August 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.


 
Lots of butterflies in my garden the past couple of weeks, many of them Monarchs. I planted some Milk Weed a few years ago. It comes back every spring, and now I have several established patches which have been producing lots of caterpillars and new Monarchs.

A couple of new digital books so no photo with the flowers.

New Arrivals

Empty Hearts by Juli Zeh from PRH Audio.

A prescient political and psychological thriller ripped from tomorrow’s headlines, by one of Germany’s most celebrated contemporary novelists

The Warehouse by Rob Hart ebook from PRH.

Set in the confines of a corporate panopticon that’s at once brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, The Warehouse is a near-future thriller about what happens when Big Brother meets Big Business–and who will pay the ultimate price.

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August 12, 2019 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ August 12th

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

Extraordinary Birds by Sandy Stark-McGinnis .

Eleven-year-old December knows everything about birds, and everything about getting kicked out of foster homes. All she has of her mom is the bird guide she left behind, and a message: “In flight is where you’ll find me.” December believes she’s truly a bird, just waiting for the day she transforms. The scar on her back is where her wings will sprout; she only needs to find the right tree and practice flying.

Imagined Life: A Speculative Scientific Journey Among the Exoplanets in Search of Intelligent Aliens, Ice Creatures, and Supergravity Animals by James Trefil, Michael Summers.

The captivating possibilities of extraterrestrial life on exoplanets, based on current scientific knowledge of existing worlds and forms of life

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August 5, 2019 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ August 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.


 
Summer is just speeding along for me. Time always seems to pass so much faster when it’s nice outside. We have had a week of beautiful days and I plan to enjoy them as long as they last.

Some new books for the young people in the family … but I enjoy them too. I read Finch right after I took it out of the mailing envelope!

New Arrivals

Finch by Javier Sobrino.

In this heart-pounding adventure, a young finch falls from his family’s nest and into the life of a young boy and his father. The finch spends a harrowing night in a cage, barely escaping the clutches of a barn owl, and other threats. The next day, the boy offers the bird an unexpected chance at freedom. Will he take it?

DK Findout! Coding by DK Publishing.

Increase your computer-coding knowledge with this children’s book full of photographs and illustrations, fascinating facts, and engaging challenges–from the creators of DKfindout.com, DK’s free online resource for kids.

What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet by Jess French.

Everything you need to know about what we’re doing to our environment, good and bad, from pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling.

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July 22, 2019 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ July 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.


 
Another busy week ahead, but first up is getting a new phone, which is really more like a handheld computer, but we keep calling it a phone. I even read books on it. So I suppose I will spend this week learning how to work the new one since I’m sure everything has been moved and functions have change. I love technology, but sometimes I hate it too.

And a few new books . . .

New Arrivals

Conversations with Trees: An Intimate Ecology by Stephanie Kaza.

From a pioneering thinker in the field of religion and ecology, a collection of evocative meditations on the beauty, fragility, and resilience of trees. Included are twenty-seven original lithographs of the trees profiled in each chapter.

Wild Calm: Finding Mindfulness in Forest Bathing by Joan Vorderbruggen.

Decades of research reveal the physical, emotional, and mental health benefits derived from spending reflective time in nature.

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas.

In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy.

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