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March 18, 2013 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday and What Are You Reading?

Mailbox Monday

CardinalsMorningGloryMailbox-smlMailbox 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.
I received a couple of review books this week:
For review from Audiobook Jukebox:

Drunken BotanistThe Drunken Botanist
by Amy Stewart

Every great drink starts with a plant. Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley. Gin was born from a conifer shrub when medieval physicians boiled juniper berries with wine to treat stomach pain. “The Drunken Botanist” uncovers the surprising botanical history and fascinating science and chemistry of over 150 plants, flowers, trees, and fruits (and even a few fungi). With over fifty drink recipes, growing tips for gardeners, and advice that carries Stewart’s trademark wit, this is the perfect listen for gardeners and cocktail aficionados alike.

For review from TLC Book Tours:

Something About Sophie by Mary Kay McComasSomething About Sophie
by Mary Kay McComas

Answering a call that summons her to a stranger’s deathbed, a reluctant Sophie Shepard is too late to hear what he was so anxious to tell her. What was so important that a dying man would think of her in his final moments? With the help of Dr. Drew McCarren, Sophie begins to dig into her past, setting off a chain of events that chills the quiet town of Clearfield, Virginia to its roots. With part of her wanting nothing more than to put Clearfield behind her and run back home, Sophie knows she won’t rest until she discovers the truth.


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’m almost done reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. It’s a disorienting story in a good way and causing me to read slower than usual, but I’m enjoying it a lot.

Alzheimers Prevention CookbookI also read The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Boost Brain Health, a half text, half recipe book that I’ll have a review for later this week.

I finished the audio of Farside by Ben Bova. It’s science fiction but not high tech and suitable for anyone that likes a good drama with a realistic future setting.

I posted two reviews, both audiobooks:
Kinsey and Me by Sue Grafton
Farside by Ben Bova

This week

I have trouble predicting what I’m going to read at the beginning of the week vs what I actually do end up reading or listening to. But every week I give it a try.

Once I finish Life After Life, I have The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister and then Something About Sophie for an upcoming tour stop.

Filthy Rich In Rising Asia by Mohsin HamidIn audio I’m listening to How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and after that maybe The Drunken Botanist, which I’ve been looking forward to.

What are you reading?

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Leave a Comment
  1. Mystica / Mar 18 2013 2:19 am

    Your books are new to me. Enjoy them all and have a good week.


  2. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out / Mar 18 2013 3:14 am

    I thought Life After Life was superb! I hope you have enjoyed it 🙂

    Enjoy your reading week

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out


  3. sagustocox / Mar 18 2013 4:23 am

    Enjoy the Drunken Botanist….I’ve seen it reviewed in other places and it seems to be very interesting.


  4. Mary / Mar 18 2013 5:21 am

    I haven’t had much time to read lately but I’m about 60 pages in on LIfe After LIfe. I hope you have a great week, Leslie!


  5. readerbuzz / Mar 18 2013 5:58 am

    Since my mother-in-law, her mother, and all of her siblings had Altzheimer’s, I probably need to find this book and share it with my husband’s cousins and siblings.

    Here’s my It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


  6. laurelrainsnow / Mar 18 2013 6:08 am

    I can’t wait to get my copy of Life After Life. Something About Sophie looks good, too. I read another book by this author. Enjoy your week!



  7. Elizabeth / Mar 18 2013 6:58 am


    ENJOY them all.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


  8. harvee / Mar 18 2013 8:12 am

    Looks like a nice set of books, especially The Drunken Botanist! Enjoy!


  9. therelentlessreader / Mar 18 2013 8:29 am

    The Drunken Botanist sounds so interesting. I’ll be looking forward to hearing what you think about that one 🙂

    Have a fantastic week!


  10. gautami tripathy / Mar 18 2013 9:45 am

    I am here after SO long! Good to find a great mailbox! Hope you enjoy all your books!

    Here is my mailbox post!!


  11. Lucy / Mar 18 2013 12:54 pm

    Something About Sophie looks intriguing. Hope you have a great week!


  12. Heather / Mar 18 2013 2:31 pm

    The Drunken Botantist sounds good. I always wonder about who the first person to try eating a certain was.


  13. irene / Mar 18 2013 3:38 pm

    The drunken Botanist sounds really interesting, and looking forward to your review on the Alzheimer book.


  14. Suko / Mar 18 2013 3:56 pm

    Many interesting books here! I think you will learn from your reading this week, Leslie.


  15. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Mar 18 2013 8:40 pm

    Something About Sophie looks good. I’ve got The Lost Art of Mixing on my stacks. Have a great week of reading.


  16. Leeswammes / Mar 19 2013 2:03 pm

    “Everyone” is reading Life After Life. I am very curious about the book.

    Have a good week!


  17. / Mar 19 2013 7:25 pm

    I never thought about really that alcohol comes from plants, The Drunken Botanist sounds like a good one to me. Hope you enjoy your reading/listening this week. Here’s my reading list if you’re interested…


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