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May 21, 2012 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Mailbox Monday

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 May host is Marths’s Bookshelf.

For review from HarperAudio:

The House of Velvet and Glass
by Katherine Howe

Katherine Howe, the author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, returns with an entrancing historical novel set in Boston in 1915, where a young woman stands on the cusp of a new century, torn between loss and love, driven to seek answers in the depths of a crystal ball.

For review from the publisher:

Sandcastle GirlsThe Sandcastle Girls
by Chris Bohjalian

This spellbinding tale travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 and Bronxville, New York, in 2012—a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author’s Armenian heritage, making it his most personal novel to date. When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke College, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The First World War is spreading across Europe, and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Share what you read last week and what you are currently reading.

Last week summer arrived in Chicago with several days in the 90s and a few 80s. These are the kind of days I like to sit in the shade with a cool drink, relax and read a book. Instead I was sweating my way through my garden and landscaping project trying to get everything finished before it got too hot to put it new plants. Sigh… the best laid plans… Anyway, I did finish a few books and 18 hours flew by listening to The Shoemaker’s Wife.

Finished Listening/Reading Last Week:

Year of The Gadfly by Jennifer MillerThe Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

I finished listening to The Shoemaker’s Wife in only a few days. A wonderful story that was difficult to break away from, so I just kept listening.

My reivew of Year of the Gadfly will be posted on Thursday and I have a copy to give away to one of my readers.

Reading/Listening This Week:

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I’m reading The Secret Garden as part of the read-a-long hosted by Book Journey. My review will be posted on May 31st as part of the read-a-long garden party.

Insurgent is going to be a fast listen. It picks up right where the first book, Divergent, left off and I’m already flying through it. I’m just starting Taste of Tomorrow, which is about the future of our food.

What Are You Reading?

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Leave a Comment
  1. Elizabeth / May 21 2012 10:52 am

    The House of Velvet and Glass and The Sandcastle Girls sound so good. ENJOY!!



  2. Susanna P / May 21 2012 11:11 am

    I’m in the midst of The House of Velvet and Glass. It’s a decent read, though not amazing. I also got The Sandcastle Girls and can’t wait to start it! Happy reading!


  3. Amy / May 21 2012 11:19 am

    The Sandcastle Girls sounds fantastic. I’ve like all of Chris Bohjalian’s books that I’ve read and loved some of them. I’m so excited he has a new one out. I hope you enjoy it! I’m looking forward to your review!
    I’ve read some great reviews of The House of Velvet and Glass and the storyline is compelling.

    I hope you liked The Year of the Gadfly, I’m looking forward to your review.

    Happy Readiner, Leslie, enjoy your new books!


  4. laurelrainsnow / May 21 2012 11:35 am

    I’ll be getting a copy of The Year of the Gadfly….I’ll be watching for your thoughts. Have a great week!



  5. sagustocox / May 21 2012 11:37 am

    Looks like we have a book in common..happy reading


  6. Lucy / May 21 2012 12:02 pm

    I loved the Insurgent (and Divergent) audio and hope you do too. It is a fast listen, isn’t it? Looking forward to seeing what you think of The House of Velvet and Glass too. Happy reading & listening!


  7. City Girl Who Loves to Read / May 21 2012 12:25 pm

    Sandcastle Girls is on my tbr list.


  8. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / May 21 2012 1:27 pm

    Both of those sound great, especially The Sandcastle Girls. Enjoy!


  9. BermudaOnion / May 21 2012 4:33 pm

    Oh man, I bet The Sandcastle Girls is great!


  10. Holly / May 21 2012 5:33 pm

    The House of Velvet and Glass sounds really good. I really want to read more in this time period. Hope you enjoy them both!


  11. Suko / May 21 2012 5:49 pm

    Wow! Terrific books in good supply here! Glad you are enjoying your books, Leslie. 🙂


  12. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / May 21 2012 6:37 pm

    Both are books that I plan to read as well — enjoy Leslie


  13. Sheila (Book Journey) / May 21 2012 6:59 pm

    I am still working on Insurgent too…. the post is finally up.. explanation on the blog 😉


  14. Jess resides here (@frellathon) / May 22 2012 7:01 am

    Great week of books.


  15. Shan / May 22 2012 1:26 pm

    The Taste of Tomorrow sounds right up my alley!

    Here’s My Monday


  16. faith hope & cherrytea / May 22 2012 2:27 pm

    luving your landscaping project success ! that included 18 hrs of book accomplishments – WoW!
    a bit of a wonder woman ?!
    enjoy this week – both garden and books 😉


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