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August 20, 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 Jennifer D @ 5 Minutes for Books.

From AudioGO for review:

Cascade by Maryanne O'HaraCascade
by Maryanne O’Hara

Cascade, Massachusetts, 1935. Desdemona Hart Spaulding, a promising young artist, abandoned her dreams of working in New York City to rescue her father. Two months later he is dead and Dez is stuck in a marriage to reliable but child-hungry Asa Spaulding. Dez also stands to lose her father’s legacy, the Cascade Shakespeare Theater, as the Massachusetts Water Authority decides whether to flood Cascade to create a reservoir. Amid this turmoil arrives Jacob Solomon, a fellow artist for whom Dez feels an immediate and strong attraction. As their relationship reaches a pivotal moment, a man is found dead… more

A win from Pudgy Penguin Perusals. Thanks Kaye!

A Hundred Flowers by Gail TsukiyamaA Hundred Flowers
by Gail Tsukiyama

China, 1957. Chairman Mao has declared a new openness in society: “Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend.” Many intellectuals fear it is only a trick, and Kai Ying’s husband, Sheng, a teacher, has promised not to jeopardize their safety or that of their young son, Tao. But one July morning, just before his sixth birthday, Tao watches helplessly as Sheng is dragged away for writing a letter criticizing the Communist Party and sent to a labor camp for “reeducation.”

From Atria Books Galley Alley for review:

The Map of the Sky by Felix J. PalmaThe Map of the Sky
by Felix J. Palma

The New York Times bestselling author of The Map of Time returns with a mesmerizing novel casting H.G. Wells in a leading role, as the extraterrestrial invasion featured in The War of the Worlds is turned into a bizarre reality.

A love story serves as backdrop for The Map of the Sky when New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry millionaire Montgomery Gilmore, but only if he accepts her audacious challenge: to reproduce the extraterrestrial invasion featured in Wells’s War of the Worlds.

From the publisher for review:

Lost Antarctica by James McLintockThe Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land
by James McLintock

The bitter cold and three months a year without sunlight make Antarctica virtually uninhabitable for humans. Yet a world of extraordinary wildlife persists in these harsh conditions, including leopard seals, giant squid, 50-foot algae, sea spiders, coral, multicolored sea stars, and giant predatory worms. Now, as temperatures rise, this fragile ecosystem is under attack. In this closely observed account, one of the world’s foremost experts on Antarctica gives us a highly original and distinctive look at a world that we’re losing.


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.

Another slow reading week for me with only one audiobook completed and one print book almost finished. I spent a some time looking through cookbooks, does that count? And reading magazines. Maybe I can blame the good weather this week or maybe I spent too much time watching the critters in my yard! And, I’ve been spending even more time on the job search. Amazing how time consuming it can be.

Reading/Listening Last Week:

Tuesday's Gone by Nicci FrenchEarth Unaware by Orson Scott CardI’ll have a review of Earth Unaware later this week. This is the first volume in a new series set in the same world as Ender’s Game. Lots of world building and character development left me looking forward to the next book in the series.

I’ll be finishing up Tuesday’s Gone by Nicci French and will have a review this week. Psychotherapist Frieda Klein from Blue Monday is back on another case.

Reading/Listening This Week:

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria SempleShadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray BradburyThis week, more science fiction with Shadow Show, a collection of short stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury and a book I’ve been looking forward to sitting outside on my deck and reading, Where'd You Go Bernadette.

What Are You Reading?

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Leave a Comment
  1. Jess resides here (@frellathon) / Aug 20 2012 2:18 am

    So many great books. You always have a good week 🙂


  2. sagustocox / Aug 20 2012 4:48 am

    Some of these look great. Cascade and Hundred Flowers


  3. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Aug 20 2012 5:41 am

    I’m curious about Cascade as I think it is based upon what actually happened in an area not far from where I grew up? enjoy


  4. samstillreading / Aug 20 2012 5:55 am

    I have both Bernadette and the Nicci French on my ‘tbr-soon!’ pile. Look forward to both your reviews!


  5. Kaye / Aug 20 2012 6:44 am

    Cascade sounds interesting to me as I lived in MA for 52 years. Glad to see A Hundred Flowers arrived safely. Happy reading, and listening, Leslie!


  6. laurelrainsnow / Aug 20 2012 7:41 am

    Cascade looks so good…and I still am waiting to get my hands on Tuesday’s Gone…loved Blue Monday. Enjoy your week.



  7. BermudaOnion / Aug 20 2012 8:02 am

    A Hundred Flowers and Lost Antarctica both appeal to me. I hope you love them all!


  8. Nancy / Aug 20 2012 10:40 am

    Some great books this week, I saw Lost Antarctica on another post and it looks really interesting. Happy reading!



  9. gautami tripathy / Aug 20 2012 11:06 am

    Such interesting titles! Have a great reading week…!!!

    Here is my post.


  10. Tribute Books Mama / Aug 20 2012 11:13 am
  11. Elizabeth / Aug 20 2012 12:05 pm

    Love your mailbox…A Hundred Flowers looks good.

    ENJOY your books!!!

    Silver’s Reviews


  12. Helene / Aug 20 2012 12:43 pm

    I’ve read Blue Monday, I hope you enjoy the sequel!

    Helene @ Helene World of Books


  13. momto3feistykids / Aug 20 2012 12:53 pm

    These look good. I am especially intrigued by A Hundred Flowers.


  14. dollycas / Aug 20 2012 12:54 pm

    I am looking forward to the Nicci French book. Have a great week!!


  15. Suko / Aug 20 2012 1:10 pm

    Cookbooks count! Every page turned does. 🙂
    Wonderful mailbox, Leslie! I also look forward to siting outside and reading.


  16. Sara Jayne / Aug 20 2012 1:50 pm

    I loved Palma’s Map of Time and can’t wait to read The Map of the Sky!


  17. Brunette Librarian / Aug 20 2012 6:03 pm

    I’ve seen Lost Antartica a few times today – has it just come out? Looks good and a cool cover!
    Have a great week 🙂 The Brunette Librarian’s Blog


  18. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Aug 20 2012 6:11 pm

    Cascade sounds like my kind of book. I’ve seen The Map of the Sky on a few other blogs. Have a great reading week.


  19. Jennifer / Aug 20 2012 8:34 pm

    I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of A Hundred Flowers, it sounds like something I would love 🙂 Enjoy all of your books, looks like some fantastic ones!


  20. Alyce (@AtHomeWithBooks) / Aug 20 2012 10:48 pm

    A Hundred Flowers and Map of the Sky both look very good! I’ve been reading Shadow Show and it’s been taking me a long time because I’ve been savoring it, reading a story every day or two.


  21. Wrighty / Aug 20 2012 11:48 pm

    Great variety of books! I hope you get to relax and read this week. Enjoy!


  22. bethbookaholicmom / Aug 21 2012 12:29 am

    Cascade sounds interesting! You have a nice variety of books in your mailbox. I hope they are all good reads!


  23. Leeswammes / Aug 21 2012 2:51 am

    That Bernadette book sounds interesting – I’ve seen other people with it. Hope you’re enjoying it. Nicci French – I’ve read only one or two of their books but that should be a good read too. Have a fun week, Leslie.


  24. Carol / Aug 22 2012 2:34 pm

    Enjoy all the books!


  25. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / Aug 22 2012 4:46 pm

    A Hundred Flowers sounds really good. Happy reading!


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