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March 25, 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.

Today’s Linky is hosted by Kathy @ Bermudaonion’s Weblog.

A variety this week….
For review from Spiegel & Grau:

Five Star Billionaire by Tash AwFive Star Billionaire
by Tash Aw

Justin is from a family of successful property developers. Phoebe has come to China buoyed with hope, but her dreams are shattered within hours as the job she has come for seems never to have existed. Gary is a successful pop artist, but his fans and marketing machine disappear after a bar-room brawl. Yinghui has businesses that are going well but must make decisions about her life. And then there is Walter, the shadowy billionaire, ruthless and manipulative, ultimately alone in the world… more
For review from Harper Audio:

Dark Tide by Elizabeth HaynesDark Tide
by Elizabeth Haynes

Genevieve has finally escaped the stressful demands of her sales job and achieved her dream: to leave London behind and begin a new life aboard a houseboat in Kent. Not many people know that she financed her fresh start by working weekends as a dancer at a less-than-reputable gentlemen’s club called the Barclay, and she’s determined to keep it that way. But on the night of her housewarming party the past … more

For review and giveaway from the publicist:

RestrikeRestrike: Coleman and Dinah Greene Mystery No. 1
by Reba White Williams

Money and murder go hand in glove in the rarified art world of Reba White Williams’exciting first novel, Restrike. When a print dealer dies in peculiar circumstances, Coleman is suspicious, but she can’t persuade the NYPD crime investigator of a connection between the dealer’s death and Bain’s buying spree. After one of Coleman’s editors is killed and Coleman is attacked, the police must acknowledge the connection, and Coleman becomes even more determined to discover the truth about Bain. more
For review from Del Rey Spectra (eGalley):

Best of Connie WillisThe Best of Connie Willis
by Connie Willis

All ten of the stories gathered here are Hugo or Nebula award winners—some even have the distinction of winning both. With a new Introduction by the author and personal afterwords to each story—plus a special look at three of Willis’s unique public speeches—this is unquestionably the collection of the season, a book that every Connie Willis fan will treasure, and, to those unfamiliar with her work, the perfect introduction to one of the most accomplished and best-loved writers of our time. more
A win from Planet Books:

Drift by Rachel MaddowDrift
by Rachel Maddow

Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow’s Drift argues that we’ve drifted away from America’s original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war. To understand how we’ve arrived at such a dangerous place, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today’s war in Afghanistan, along the way exploring Reagan’s radical presidency, the disturbing rise of executive authority, the gradual outsourcing of our war-making capabilities to private companies, the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us, and even the changing fortunes of G.I. Joe.


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 finally finished Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. I liked it but it was slow reading with all the jumps in time.

I also listened to two audiobooks, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, a beautifully written, unique story and Future History: The 2190 Edition, what I thought was a dystopian novel but was actually a thinly disguised political rant.
Future History

I posted two reviews:
The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook
Future History: The 2190 Edition

This week

I’m reading Something About Sophie for an upcoming tour stop and listening to The Drunken Botanist

DrunkenBotanistSomething About Sophie by Mary Kay McComas


For readers with a US mailing address:

An audiobook version of Shades of Hope by Tennie McCarty which runs through midnight tonight.

StageMothersDaughterShadesOfHopeA print copy of the memoir by child star Melissa Francis of Little House on the Prairie, Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter, through April 5th.

What are you reading?

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  1. samstillreading / Mar 25 2013 3:51 am

    The Elizabeth Haynes looks good. Glad you finished Life After Life – I agree, it does require a certain amount of concentration to work out where Ursula is (and what point it all started again).


    • Leslie / Mar 25 2013 7:48 am

      It was the “where did it start again” part that made it slow. As much as I liked that book, that aspect could have been done a little better.


  2. sagustocox / Mar 25 2013 4:50 am

    The Connie Willis books interests me from your books. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to your review.


    • Leslie / Mar 25 2013 7:52 am

      She is one of my favorites. I’m looking forward to her personal comments on the stories… that always adds an extra touch.


  3. Mary / Mar 25 2013 5:48 am

    Dark Tide sounds like it could be a good listen!


  4. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Mar 25 2013 6:21 am

    Looking forward to Dark Tide. ENjoy your new books!


  5. laurelrainsnow / Mar 25 2013 6:39 am

    Restrike grabbed my attention….looks really good! And Something About Sophie piques my curiosity. Enjoy!



  6. BermudaOnion / Mar 25 2013 7:05 am

    The only title I’m familiar with is Dark Tide so I’ll be watching for your reviews.


  7. Sheila (Book Journey) / Mar 25 2013 7:27 am

    You have some good books coming up this week!


  8. irene / Mar 25 2013 8:34 am

    The Connie Willis book looks good, I’ll be interested to see what you think. Have a good week;


  9. Carol / Mar 25 2013 8:55 am

    Enjoy all the books! I love the cover of the Drunken Botanist.


  10. Tribute Books Mama / Mar 25 2013 10:33 am
  11. Marie Burton (@BurtonReview) / Mar 25 2013 11:13 am

    These are new reads for me, and I feel for you on that ‘thinly disguised political’ book.


  12. Vicki / Mar 25 2013 1:26 pm

    Dark Tide, Drift and The Best Of Connie Willis look.
    Here’s My Post


  13. Ciska (@_Ciska_) / Mar 25 2013 1:34 pm

    That are some great books you got there. Enjoy them. Have a great week!


  14. Leeswammes / Mar 25 2013 2:11 pm

    I very much enjoyed Dark Tide – hope you will too! The Tash Aw book is one that looks interesting – looking forward to reading what you think of it.


  15. Lucy / Mar 25 2013 2:54 pm

    Dark Tide caught my eye. Enjoy all your new reads!


  16. Shannon / Mar 25 2013 5:34 pm

    I really enjoyed Drift, it’s quite a well researched read. I’ve been wanting to catch Five Star Billionaire, looking forward to seeing what you think!


  17. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / Mar 25 2013 5:53 pm

    Drift sounds really interesting. Looking forward to your thoughts!


  18. therelentlessreader / Mar 25 2013 6:43 pm

    I keep meaning to pick that Maddow book up! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!


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