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September 3, 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 BookNAround.

Two books from HarperAudio for review:

The Orchardist
by Amanda Coplin

At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he’s found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge’s land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion. Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, and the shattering tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but also to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.

Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller SantoThe Roots of the Olive Tree
by Courtney Miller Santo

Anna, the family matriarch, is 112 and determined to become the oldest person in the world. An indomitable force, strong in mind and firm in body, she rules Hill House, the family home she shares with her daughter Bets, granddaughter Callie, great-granddaughter Deb, and great-great-granddaughter Erin. Though they lead ordinary lives, there is an element of the extraordinary to these women: the eldest two are defying longevity norms. Their unusual lifespans have caught the attention of a geneticist who believes they hold the key to breakthroughs that will revolutionize the aging process for everyone.


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.

I can’t believe summer is almost over but today is Labor Day here in the US, and that means it’s the first Monday of September and the unofficial end of summer.

Last week I finished two audiobooks: Shadow Show, a fantastic collection of short stories in celebration of Ray Bradbury and Bel Canto for the read-along at BookJourney. I was a little disappointed in Bel Canto but I’ll save that for my review which will be posted on September 13th.

I also finished Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple, and it was every bit as fun as I expected. I’ll have a review and a giveaway posted this week.

Reading/Listening This Week:

The Little Stranger by Sarah WatersThe Dog Stars by Peter HellerThe Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

I’m starting the audiobook of The Little Stranger today for the RIP Readalong at The Estella Society.

In print I’ll be reading The Last Policeman and The Dog Stars.

What Are You Reading?

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Leave a Comment
  1. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out / Sep 3 2012 2:16 am

    September First is the official start of Spring for us! I’ve been looking forward to it!

    Have a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out


  2. Jess resides here (@frellathon) / Sep 3 2012 3:55 am

    The Orchardist sounds lovely. I hope you enjoy both


  3. BermudaOnion / Sep 3 2012 5:51 am

    I got The Orchardist audio as well. I’ll be watching for your review of The Last Policeman – I’ll probably be reading it soon.


  4. Leeswammes / Sep 3 2012 6:30 am

    I’m jealous because you have The Dog Stars and I don’t. What else can I say? 🙂 Have a great week.


    • Leslie / Sep 4 2012 5:18 pm

      Awwww, now I feel bad! It does look like a good one. 🙂


  5. Mary / Sep 3 2012 7:08 am

    Both of the audios in your mailbox have been on my radar so I’ll watch for your reviews. Also, Where’d You Go Bernadette? is one that’s been tempting me.


    • Leslie / Sep 4 2012 5:19 pm

      Bernadette was a light, fun read. I’m hosting a giveaway later this week.


  6. Elizabeth / Sep 3 2012 7:32 am

    I love THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE…enjoy!!! The other book looks good too.

    I have already read the book I received last week and have an author giveaway for it. LOL!! 🙂

    Have a good week.

    Silver’s Reviews


  7. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Sep 3 2012 8:24 am

    Both of these audio books look great enjoy.


  8. laurelrainsnow / Sep 3 2012 8:57 am

    I loved The Roots of the Olive Tree…and The Orchardist looks fabulous. Enjoy!



  9. Quixotic Magpie / Sep 3 2012 9:42 am

    The Orchardist sounds amazing!! Have a great week. 🙂


  10. therelentlessreader / Sep 3 2012 9:43 am

    All 5 of your listed reads are ones that I want myself 🙂 I really wanted to do the Waters read along but I’m doing a different read along right now. Rats! I supposed I *could* do both? I’m always taking on too much though 😉 Looks like you had another great week of reading and have another coming up, way to go!
    The Relentless Reader


    • Leslie / Sep 4 2012 5:17 pm

      I’m listening to Little Stranger because I don’t have time to squeeze in another print book. But it’s one I really want to read. I always end up taking on too much.


  11. sagustocox / Sep 3 2012 9:51 am

    Looks like you got some good ones. Happy Reading


  12. Suko / Sep 3 2012 2:10 pm

    Enjoy your new books, Anna! I am reading …Bernadette (slowly but surely) and look forward to your review!


  13. Bellezza / Sep 3 2012 8:00 pm

    The Little Stranger is so good! I read it last year for the RIP VI, and I’m reading it again this year with my book club.

    I want to let you know you won 12/21 from my give away so if you’ll email me your address I’ll send it to the publisher. Congratulations! (


  14. Brunette Librarian / Sep 3 2012 8:47 pm

    What are you thinking about the Sarah Waters book?? Good?? I’ve heard good things about her books but never have read them myself.

    The Brunette Librarian’s Blog


  15. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / Sep 5 2012 6:56 pm

    Those both look good to me. Happy reading!


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