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May 28, 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 Marthas’s Bookshelf.

From TOR Books:

Earth Unaware by Orson Scott CardEarth Unaware
by Orson Scott Card

Before Ender Wiggin was born, before the Battle School was built, the aliens brought war to Earth…
The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

Three audiobooks for review:

Stolen Prey by John SanfordStolen Prey
by John Sanford

An up-and-coming banker and his entire family are butchered in an affluent Saint Paul suburb. There were no witnesses, no fingerprints, no clues other than the scrawled-in-blood message, “We’re coming.” It doesn’t take long for Lucas Davenport to find that the banker wasn’t as clean as he seemed, and his killing is just the tip of an iceberg of greed and corruption.

The Storm by Clive CusslerThe Storm
by Clive Cussler

In the middle of the Indian Ocean, a NUMA research vessel is taking water samples at sunset, when a crew member spots a sheen of black oil ahead of them. But it is not oil. Like a horde of army ants, a swarm of black particles suddenly attacks the ship, killing everyone aboard, while the ship itself goes up in flames. A few hours later, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are on their way to the Indian Ocean. more.

Art of Intelligence by Henry A CrumptonThe Art of Intelligence
by Henry A. Crumpton

A legendary CIA spy and counterterrorism expert tells the spellbinding story of his high-risk, action-packed career while illustrating the growing importance of America’s intelligence officers and their secret missions. The Art of Intelligence draws from the full arc of Crumpton’s espionage and covert action exploits to explain what America’s spies do and why their service is more valuable than ever. more.


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.

Not a lot of sit-down reading time this past week. I’m glad I discovered audiobooks. Now I can still listen to a couple of books a week even if I don’t have time to actually ‘read’ them.

I’m still gardening, digging and landscaping. I’ll take some pictures this week but it doesn’t look like much yet.

Finished Listening/Reading Last Week:

Insurgent by Veronica RothFinished up The Secret Garden. My review will be posted on May 31st as part of the read-a-long garden party.

Insurgent wasn’t as good as the first book, but maybe my expectations were too high. Tough Sh*t was surprisingly good and funny … not what I was expecting at all.

Reading/Listening This Week:

The LifeboatMy name finally came up on the library list for The Lifeboat so I’ll be listening to it this week.

Not sure what I’ll read after I finish Taste of Tomorrow. It’s an interesting look at where the food industry is heading; not a fast read though.

What Are You Reading?

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Leave a Comment
  1. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out / May 28 2012 2:44 am

    The Lifeboat has been popular

    Have a great reading week

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d out


  2. Jess resides here (@frellathon) / May 28 2012 3:28 am

    Earth Unaware ooohhhhhh very cool. Hope you love it


  3. Kylie / May 28 2012 4:40 am

    Ender’s Game is one of mine and my husbands all time favourite books…would love to know how others who love it feel about Earth Unaware.

    You can check out my week (actually fortnight!) here.


  4. Leeswammes / May 28 2012 5:41 am

    Have fun with your books this week, Leslie! I enjoyed The Lifeboat a lot but I know not everyone was keen.


  5. readerbuzz / May 28 2012 6:13 am

    Read-a-long garden party? I need to check this out!

    I’d love to have you stop by my
    It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


  6. Vidya @ Books Are Magic / May 28 2012 6:38 am

    You read Insurgent? I want to read it for a long time.. 😦

    Here is mine:


  7. Sheila (Book Journey) / May 28 2012 7:00 am

    YAY for the Garden Party! Cant wait! I will be curious about what you think of Lifeboat. I was not as taken by it as I thought I would have been.


  8. eternalised / May 28 2012 7:27 am

    Most of these books are new to me. Earth Unaware looks interesting though. Enjoy reading!

    Visit my mailbox.


  9. BermudaOnion / May 28 2012 7:32 am

    I read Ender’s Game years ago at my son’s insistence and thought it was pretty good. I haven’t read any more of the series though. Enjoy your new books!


  10. mrsqbookaddict01 / May 28 2012 11:22 am

    I hope you enjoy the Lifeboat, I really enjoyed that one.


  11. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / May 28 2012 1:52 pm

    I really want to get my hands on The Lifeboat; hope you are enjoying it.


  12. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / May 28 2012 1:52 pm

    Can’t wait to hear what you think about The Lifeboat. Enjoy your new books!


  13. Beth(bookaholicmom) / May 28 2012 4:33 pm

    The Lifeboat sounds good. I hope you enjoy all your new reads.


  14. Mary / May 28 2012 6:30 pm

    Lots of suspense and intrigue in your mailbox. Hope you enjoy them all, Leslie!


  15. Brunette Librarian / May 28 2012 8:48 pm

    Kevin Smith is so funny – did you see he has a show on Hulu now commenting on movies? 🙂 Yay!

    What are YOU reading??


  16. Suko / May 29 2012 11:05 am

    Enjoy your new books, and your gardening. (Not much better than reading and gardening.)


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