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September 19, 2011 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ September 19th

Mailbox Monday was created by The Printed Page. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their home last week.

Mailbox Monday is currently on tour, hosted by a different blog each month. The September host is Amused By Books.

Now that summer is ending I’ll be spending less time in my garden and more time with paper books. Audiobooks were perfect for the garden; I was able to listen to several books I never would have found the time to read otherwise.

I received an interesting variety of books this week. The Night Circus seems to be on everyone’s mind this week and I’m thrilled to receive a copy for review and to be able to offer a giveaway. Check back in the next week or so for that; Fare Forward has a time travel element to the story, one of my favorite genres; and I made one last trip to Borders and picked up two more books.

From Doubleday for review and a giveaway:

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors… more

From the author for review:

Fare Forward
by Wendy Dubow Polins

Gabriella Vogel is a young architecture student who is standing on the threshold of the beginning of everything in her life. As her grandfather—the world-famous physicist, Sydney Vogel—is about to receive the Nobel Prize and reveal his stunning proof about the nature of Time, Gabriella knows that everything we take for granted will come into question. She must decide—are chance encounters, the merging of past and present, and intersections in art and science mere accidents? What are the things in life worth fighting for? more
I purchased these two from Borders on the last day before they closed:

Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater under standing of her own confined place in the world. more

The Butterflies of Grand Canyon
by Margaret Erhart

Set against the backdrop of the brooding and sensual canyon, a young woman’s heart awakens and a decades-old mystery is solved.

When Jane Merkle arrives in the tiny town of Flagstaff, Arizona, with her much older husband on a summer day in 1951, she hasn’t any idea that her life is about to change forever. After all, one of Jane’s favorite sayings is “When in Rome, remember that you’re from St . Louis.” But over a summer spent with her sister-in-law, Dotty, and Dotty’s lepidopterist husband, Oliver, in a village perched on the rim of the Grand Canyon, Jane discovers her latent ability with a butterfly net and… more



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  1. sagustocox / Sep 19 2011 4:24 am

    Looks like you got some great books, including Night Circus which I’ve had my eye on. Happy reading.


  2. Diane@BibliophileBytheSea / Sep 19 2011 5:53 am

    The cooler temps have me thinking more and more about what I will be reading as the temperatures get cooler. Night Circus is different – in a good way. Enjoy all of your new books Leslie.


  3. Leeswammes / Sep 19 2011 6:09 am

    I won a copy of The Night Circus and I’m looking forward to it a lot.Hope you find it a good read. The Snail book I’ve heard about before, is supposed to be very interesting, even though the topic might be a bit odd. And I love the cover of Fare Forward – wonder if the author needs more reviewers. 🙂

    Have a great week, Leslie!


  4. samstillreading / Sep 19 2011 6:45 am

    Well done, I’ve seen a lot about The Night Circus lately. Enjoy!


  5. Mystica / Sep 19 2011 7:17 am

    Nice lot of books. Enjoy them all.


  6. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / Sep 19 2011 9:31 am

    I have The Night Circus, too, and it sounds fantastic. Looking forward to your thoughts.


  7. gautami tripathy / Sep 19 2011 9:48 am

    Wonderful mailbox. Have a great reading week.

    Here is my Monday: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings post!


  8. Beth(bookaholicmom) / Sep 19 2011 10:02 am

    Night Circus is everywhere! I hear it is very good. I can’t wait to see what you think of it!


  9. Meg / Sep 19 2011 10:12 am

    Agreed — The Night Circus is everyone! I’m definitely looking forward to reading that one, too. The cover alone is so enticing.


  10. reviewsbylola / Sep 19 2011 11:37 am

    I am expecting a copy of The Night Circus and I can’t wait! Enjoy your books.


  11. avisannschild / Sep 19 2011 12:46 pm

    My sister just recommended The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating to me and of course I want to read The Night Circus. Enjoy all your new books!


  12. Suko / Sep 19 2011 6:24 pm

    I’d love to read Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel. Many of these sound good–I hope you’ll enjoy them!


  13. Mary / Sep 19 2011 8:46 pm

    I read a wonderful review a while ago for The Sounds of a Wild Snail Eating. Hope you enjoy it!


  14. Kailana / Sep 19 2011 9:03 pm

    I really enjoyed The Night Circus!


  15. Alyce / Sep 20 2011 12:54 am

    These all look great! I will keep an eye out for the giveaway. I’ll have to take a closer look at the one with the element of time travel too – I love time travel books.


  16. TheBookGirl / Sep 22 2011 9:17 am

    There has been so much buzz about The Night Circus – am looking forward to your thoughts on it 🙂


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