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July 30, 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 July host is Mrs. Q Book Addict.

I have been listening more than reading so I was happy to once again receive some audiobooks.

From Penguin Audio for review:
City of Women by David R. GillhamCity of Women
by David R. Gillham

It is 1943—the height of the Second World War. With the men taken by the army, Berlin has become a city of women. And while her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model soldier’s wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime. But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former Jewish lover, who is now lost in the chaos of the war.

From Audiobook Jukebox for review:

Earth Unaware by Orson Scott CardEarth Unaware
by Orson Scott Card

When Ender Wiggin saved the human race by annihilating the alien Formics, he ended a war that had begun a hundred years before. Earth Unaware is the first of three novels that will tell the story of the First Formic War, humanity’s first encounter with the Formics. This is the background against which Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is set, the war that unified Earth and set humanity on a search for the greatest general they could find or breed: a search that culminated in Ender.

A win from BookJourney. Thanks Sheila!

A Night to Remember by Walter LordA Night to Remember
by Walter Lord

She was the world’s biggest-ever ship. A luxurious miracle of twentieth-century technology, the Titantic was equipped with the most ingenious safety devices of the time. Yet on a moonlit night in 1912, the “unsinkable” Titantic raced across the glassy Atlantic on her maiden voyage, with only twenty lifeboats for 2,207 passengers. A Night To Remember is the gut–wrenching, minute-by-minute account of her fatal collision with an iceberg and how the resulting tragedy brought out the best and worst in human nature.

From the publisher for review:

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon MeachamThomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
by Jon Meacham

In this magnificent biography, Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the bestsellers American Lion and Franklin and Winston, gives us an intimate portrait of Thomas Jefferson, the human being, the president, the politician, enabling us to understand Jefferson as never before. “A true triumph. In addition to being a brilliant biography, Thomas Jefferson is a guide to the art of power . . . a fascinating look at how Jefferson wielded his driving desire for power and control.”

From the publisher for review:

Gross America by Richard FaulkGross America
by Richard Faulk

GROSS AMERICA by Richard Faulk is a coast-to-coast catalog of the most grandly gross science experiments, beautifully bizarre art, and delightfully disgusting historical sites that America has to offer. Part travel atlas, part trivia guide, it presents these United States as you’ve never seen them before—weird, wonderful, and totally, utterly gross.


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.

We had rain and cooler temperatures last week, if you can call upper 80s cooler, so it was back to the garden and more audiobook listening time. The year is only half over and already I’ve listened to 33 audiobooks. Yesterday I posted a few photos of the garden that’s been keeping me so occupied.

Reading/Listening Last Week:

Overseas by Beatriz WilliamsTubes by Andrew BlumCharlotte Markham and the House of Darkling by Michael BoccacinoLast week I posted reviews for Overseas, which I was disappointed in, and Tubes, an interesting look at the infrastructure of the internet. Overseas turned out to be heavy on the romance and light on historical fiction; not my type of book. This week I’ll have a review of Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling, a richly detailed Victorian Gothic, a real page-turner.

This Week:

Shine Shine Shine by Lydia NetzerThe Violinist's Thumb by Sam KeanTuesday's Gone by Nicci FrenchI’m listening to the wonderful Shine Shine Shine, and it’s every bit as good as I was expecting.

Next up in print is The Violinist’s Thumb (non-fiction) and the new Nicci French novel, Tuesday’s Gone.

Giveaways Ending This Week:

I have three giveaways ending in the next few days. Click the cover to go to the entry page.

Later this week I will have a new giveaway posted for Tigers in Red Weather.

What Are You Reading?

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Leave a Comment
  1. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out / Jul 30 2012 2:27 am

    I’m reading Tuesday’s Gone as well this week!

    Have a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out


  2. Mystica / Jul 30 2012 3:06 am

    I like your mailbox and its mix of genres.


  3. Mary / Jul 30 2012 5:22 am

    Looking forward to your thoughts on Gross America 🙂


    • Leslie / Jul 30 2012 7:22 am

      It looks like fun. I flipped through it already and there are some bizarre places to visit!


  4. samstillreading / Jul 30 2012 5:46 am

    Enjoy A Night To Remember. I’ve just downloaded Overseas to read – reviews seem a bit mixed, so I hope I enjoy it.


    • Leslie / Jul 30 2012 7:19 am

      If you like romantic fantasies you’ll enjoy Overseas. I admit it wasn’t for me.


  5. laurelrainsnow / Jul 30 2012 7:11 am

    Great mailbox! I like the look of City of Women…and the Nicci French is going on my list, too! Here’s MY MONDAY MEMES POST


    • Leslie / Jul 30 2012 7:18 am

      City of Women caught my eye a while back, so when it showed up unsolicited, I was thrilled to get an early copy. I think it’s going to be my next listen.


  6. BermudaOnion / Jul 30 2012 8:03 am

    I got City of Women as well and I’m really excited about it. I think it will be my next audio. Gross America should be fun!


  7. sagustocox / Jul 30 2012 9:16 am

    Enjoy your books. City of Women would be a good one for Anna at Diary of an Eccentric I think


    • Leslie / Jul 30 2012 10:25 am

      It does sound like Anna’s kind of book.


  8. Jennifer / Jul 30 2012 9:44 am

    I have to pick up Shine Shine Shine, I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about it! I’m also looking forward to reading the Jefferson bio.

    Have a great week!


    • Leslie / Jul 30 2012 10:26 am

      Shine is quite unique, but it works. I think most people would like it.


  9. Suko / Jul 30 2012 10:19 am

    Wow! I look forward to your reviews–these sound excellent!!


  10. Mindy / Jul 30 2012 11:08 am

    I had read a Night to Remember years ago and just recently listed to it for the Titanic Anniversary. Hope you enjoy it. I also got the Jefferson book this week. Happy reading!!!


  11. Tribute Books Mama / Jul 30 2012 11:20 am

    City Of Women sounds intriguing, enjoy! your mailbox.


  12. Sheila (Book Journey) / Jul 30 2012 3:35 pm

    Oh so many great reads! Enjoy!


  13. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / Jul 30 2012 5:38 pm

    You know I can’t wait for your thoughts on City of Women! Happy reading!


  14. Brunette Librarian / Jul 30 2012 6:54 pm

    I may be a nerd, but Gross America looks pretty fun 🙂

    Have a great reading week!
    The Brunette Librarian Blog


  15. gautami tripathy / Jul 30 2012 7:46 pm

    Wonderful mailbox..

    Happy reading!!

    Here is my post.


  16. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Jul 30 2012 8:35 pm

    We experienced hot rain here. I was hoping it would cool us off a bit, but did not. Oh well, we needed the rain. I’ve got Overseas on my stack.


  17. Alex in Leeds / Jul 31 2012 3:17 am

    Enjoy A Night To Remember, I love that book. Such an elegant investigation into what happened and the aftermath. Lord is so good at using the interview material that he managed to get from the survivors.


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