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March 11, 2013 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday and What Are You Reading?

Mailbox Monday

CardinalMailboxMailbox 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 March host is Caitlin @ chaotic compendiums.
Last week was a slow reading week but a good week for the mailbox.

From the publicist for review:

The Apple Orchard by Susan WiggsThe Apple Orchard
by Susan Wiggs

Tess Delaney makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners. People like Annelise Winther, who refuses to sell her long-gone mother’s beloved necklace-despite Tess’s advice. To Annelise, the jewel’s value is in its memories. But Tess’s own history is filled with gaps: a father she never met, a mother who spent more time traveling than with her daughter. So Tess is shocked when she discovers the grandfather she never knew is in a coma. And that she has been named in his will to inherit half of Bella Vista, a hundred-acre apple orchard in the magical Sonoma town called Archangel.

For review from AmazonVine:

Exploding the PhoneExploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws who Hacked Ma Bell
by Phil Lapsley

Before smartphones, back even before the Internet and personal computer, a misfit group of technophiles, blind teenagers, hippies, and outlaws figured out how to hack the world’s largest machine: the telephone system. Exploding the Phone tells this story in full for the first time. It traces the birth of long-distance communication and the telephone, the rise of AT&T’s monopoly, the creation of the sophisticated machines that made it all work, and the discovery of Ma Bell’s Achilles’ heel. more

From the author for review (ebook):

The Knightmare by Deborah ValentineThe Knightmare
by Deborah Valentine

Historical time travel fantasy…
France, 1209: A Knight Templar riding through an eerie forest is suddenly attacked by an assassin as a man and woman watch from a distant hillside. When his death seems certain, the woman takes up a sword… Present, Formula 1 race, Magny Cours: Observed by the very same couple, Conor Westfield, a career-obsessed Scottish driver, is in a horrible racing accident. Miraculously, he survives what seemed to be certain death…more

On 3/11 and 3/14 there will be a free promotion for the Kindle ebook.

Two audiobooks for review from Penguin Audio:

Filthy Rich In Rising Asia by Mohsin HamidHow to Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia
by Mohsin Hamid

the astonishing and riveting tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over “rising Asia.” It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on the pretty girl whose star rises along with his…

Written In Red by Anne BishopWritten In Red
by Anne Bishop

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.


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

I finished the audio of Kinsey and Me by Sue Grafton and started reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

It was a slow reading week for fiction as I spent a good amount of time with a pile of library books offering a wide range of advice on how to update my resume for today’s job market. Oddly enough the most helpful was the insultingly titled, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Perfect Resume.

I posted three reviews:
The Urban Hermit by Sam MacDonald
The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond
The National Geographic Bird-Watcher’s Bible edited by Jonathan Alderfer.

The winner of the giveaway for a copy of The Mapmaker’s War is Susanna P. @ SusieBookworm.

This week

I plan on finishing Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and Gardening for the Birds, and listening to Farside by Ben Bova. Next in line is either Unremembered by Jessica Brody or The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister.
Life After Life by Kate AtkinsonBackyard Bird SanctuaryJessica BrodyLostArtOfMixing

What are you reading?

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Leave a Comment
  1. Mystica / Mar 11 2013 3:32 am

    Like the cover of the Wiggs book. Enjoy them all and have a good week.


    • Leslie / Mar 12 2013 5:04 pm

      I’m attracted by covers too!


  2. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Mar 11 2013 4:29 am

    Great variety this week. enjoy


  3. Ciska (@_Ciska_) / Mar 11 2013 4:30 am

    Curious what you thin of Life After Life. It is high on my to read list.
    Have a great week.


  4. samstillreading / Mar 11 2013 5:23 am

    Like the look of The Apple Orchard. Hope you are enjoying Life After Life!


  5. Elizabeth / Mar 11 2013 6:37 am

    Nice Mailbox….I like the looks of THE APPLE ORCHARD.


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  6. laurelrainsnow / Mar 11 2013 7:06 am

    Delightful looking collection…I’m intrigued by the cover and title Exploding the Phone. And I’m eager for my copy of Life After Life. Enjoy your week!



    • Leslie / Mar 12 2013 5:04 pm

      Something about those computer hackers… I enjoy that stuff.


  7. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out / Mar 11 2013 7:32 am

    I’m reading Life After Life this week. I hope you have enjoyed it!


  8. Jennifer / Mar 11 2013 7:46 am

    I’ve been seeing Life after Life here and there and I’m very curious about it. I hope you’re enjoying it and I can’t wait to hear what you think 🙂


    • Leslie / Mar 12 2013 5:03 pm

      Absolutely enjoying it.. .and in a difficult to describe way.


  9. BermudaOnion / Mar 11 2013 8:44 am

    I’ve enjoyed a couple of Susan Wiggs’ books so The Apple Orchard looks good to me. I’m anxious to see what you think of How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.


  10. irene / Mar 11 2013 8:47 am

    How does one begin to become a bird watcher? I’m so impressed with your weekend birding. I’m anxious to know what you think of the Kate Atkinson book, and love the cover of the Apple Orchard one, would you love to serve Sunday supper out in the orchard like that. I may be planting a tree soon. Happy Reading.


    • Leslie / Mar 12 2013 4:52 pm

      I’ve always been fascinated with birds and had bird baths and feeders in my yard. But you need to get out to the forest preserves to really see birds. I saw a notice in the ‘weekend activities’ of my local newspaper for a birdwalk, and I just showed up. The people were wonderful, I joined the bird club and the rest is history.


  11. Leeswammes / Mar 11 2013 8:47 am

    Enjoy Life After Life. I hear good things about it.

    I’m sorry to hear that you had to read a book with Complete Idiot in the title. Hopefully your resume is going to be really effective!


    • Leslie / Mar 12 2013 5:03 pm

      I’m half way through Life After Life … yes, it’s good and original in a difficult to describe way. I love books like that!

      I followed the Complete Idiot advice and have already received two responses. That’s two more than I received since the start of this year so their advice isn’t too bad! Catchy title I suppose but I give the book 5 stars.


      • Leeswammes / Mar 13 2013 12:37 am

        That’s really good news, 2 responses. At least it seems to be working. Good luck with finding a job.


  12. Jackie/Jake / Mar 11 2013 10:44 am

    YEAH a new Templar book for me to add to my TBR list!!
    Exploding the Phone also sounds intriguing.


  13. Suko / Mar 11 2013 12:38 pm

    Great sounding selections, Leslie! Enjoy!


  14. eternalised / Mar 11 2013 2:07 pm

    I love the cover of Written in Red. Sounds like a nice read!

    Take a look at what I’m reading this week.


  15. Meg / Mar 12 2013 9:42 am

    I have a pretty copy of The Apple Orchard just waiting to be read, too, and I can’t wait! Saving some of these lovelies for spring/summer reading.


  16. Carol / Mar 13 2013 9:44 am

    Enjoy all your books!


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