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February 10, 2014 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ February 10th

WinterCardinalMailbox-smlWelcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.

I didn’t get a lot of reading done last week but there were a few new additions to the audio and print to-be-read piles.

I spent a lot of my time fighting with the computers in my house. I’m setting up a new system for my husband and it’s refusing to talk to either of the printers on the network and mine got hit with a persistent piece of adware that is defying all attempts at removal. It’s very frustrating and time consuming but better that this happens in the winter when I have extra time since it’s been too cold to even think about doing much outdoors.

Print Books


The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith from TLC Tours
Based on traditional Vietnamese ghost stories told to the author by her Vietnamese grandmother but updated to reflect the contemporary ghost of the Vietnam War, here is a mesmerizing collection of thematically linked stories, united by the first and last story of the collection.

Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh from Vine
Futuristic hardboiled noir. An addictive genre-blend of a thriller: the immersive sci-fi of Ernest Cline; the hard-boiled rhythms of Don Winslow; the fearless bravado of Chuck Palahniuk; and the classic noir of James M. Cain.

Panic by Lauren Oliver from Harper
In this gritty, spellbinding novel, bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping narrative of friendship, courage, survival, and hope.



Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M. Gates from Random House Audio
From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon from Random House Audio
West Hall has always been a town of strange disappearances and legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who was found murdered in the field behind her house in 1908, a few short months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie, drove her mad.

What are you reading?

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  1. laurelrainsnow / Feb 10 2014 10:07 am

    Computers can be such good friends…and then, not so much! Hope you get it all sorted out.

    I’m curious about The Winter People. Enjoy your week!


    • Leslie / Feb 10 2014 10:22 am

      Thanks, I’m working on it. It’s almost impossible to function today without a computer.


  2. gautami tripathy / Feb 10 2014 10:14 am

    Hope you enjoy your books!

    Here is my post.


  3. sagustocox / Feb 10 2014 10:14 am

    Computers can be a pain in the butt! Looks like we have the Frangipani Hotel in common this week. Panic by Lauren Oliver from Harper and Winter People both look interesting. Have a good week.


    • Leslie / Feb 10 2014 10:20 am

      Yup, they are. That’s why this post went up late. When I went to write it last night the antivirus was screaming at me and a trojan downloader was trying to reinstall the adware. And all this stems from installing an (innocent) piece of freeware from c/net. I could, and probably should, write a post on the dangers of doing that!


  4. Lloyd Russell / Feb 10 2014 10:46 am

    I’m 2/3 of the way through Anna Quindlen’s latest novel, Still Life with Bread Crumbs. I am a huge fan of her novels, but this one is not nearly up to par. I foresee a 2.5 out of 4, an unheard of rating based on her previous novels.


    • Leslie / Feb 10 2014 11:01 am

      Oh, sorry to hear that it’s not her usual wonderful writing for you. I’m still looking forward to reading it though, it’s near the top of my tbr pile.


      • Lloyd Russell / Feb 10 2014 11:03 am

        I will definitely be interested in your evaluation.


  5. harvee / Feb 10 2014 11:18 am

    I turned down a book tour for Frangipani Hotel and now am regretting it. I do so want to read it and am looking forward to the reviews.
    Book Dilettante


  6. Lucy / Feb 10 2014 11:32 am

    I liked Panic and can’t wait to hear what you think of it. It’s been so long since I’ve read it though I have to re-read it so I can review it! The Frangipani Hotel looks so interesting too.

    Happy reading and listening, Leslie!


  7. Mary / Feb 10 2014 11:56 am

    I hope the computer issues resolve sooner than later. What a pain! Enjoy your new books. And for what it’s worth, I can see why women might enjoy Quindlen’s book more than men. I’m not saying its better or worse than her other novels though since I’ve only read two others and those were ages ago.
    Have a great week – I hear we may reach the 30s later this week – a heat spell 😉


    • Lloyd Russell / Feb 10 2014 12:27 pm

      Mary, you obviously haven’t been following my blog. Although I’m married with children and grandchildren, I seem to have some kind of female gene when it comes to books (and movies, it turns out). I have loved all of her novels (although her last one was a little sub-par), but this one just doesn’t make the excellence grade. I will be very interested to see everybody’s reviews to see if it’s everybody or just me.


      • Mary / Feb 10 2014 12:50 pm

        Guilty as charged, Lloyd 😉


    • Leslie / Feb 10 2014 5:28 pm

      I’m keeping my fingers crossed for temps in the 30s too. I’m tired of being inside, I need to get out and walk for more than 5 minutes at a time.


  8. BermudaOnion / Feb 10 2014 2:50 pm

    My sister loved Shovel Ready. I got The Winter People last week too and am looking forward to it.


    • Leslie / Feb 10 2014 3:52 pm

      I already started listening to Shovel Ready. I like it but was finding it difficult tell all the bad guys from one another… they all sounded the same. So I’ve switched to print.


  9. Carol / Feb 10 2014 3:32 pm

    Sometimes I hate computers. Enjoy your new books!


    • Leslie / Feb 10 2014 5:32 pm

      Unfortunately my computer is going to need a windows reinstall, that malware is deep in the registry. Good news though, I got the wireless printer working. And there’s always an audio book to listen to while I install software. 🙂


  10. Suko / Feb 10 2014 4:09 pm

    Leslie, I also received The Frangipani Hotel. It will be interesting to be on the same tour as you. Enjoy all of your reading this week! I’m still thinking about the gorgeous bird photos you posted this weekend.


    • Leslie / Feb 10 2014 5:38 pm

      I am dying to get outside and take more photos. Now if only it would warm up!


  11. irene / Feb 10 2014 4:26 pm

    Frangipani hotel sounds good, I like a good scary story. Will this do for my Vietnam Reading challenge?


    • Leslie / Feb 10 2014 5:37 pm

      You mean the War Challenge? I was thinking that too. I’ll be reading it soon so we’ll find out how much of it touches on the war.


  12. Sheila (Book Journey) / Feb 10 2014 5:49 pm

    I need to get on the Random House audio list – they look amazing!


  13. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Feb 10 2014 5:37 pm

    enjoy Winter People – anxious for that one as well.


  14. Shoshanah / Feb 10 2014 6:18 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read Panic! And while The Frangipani Hotel is new to me, it does look quite intriguing! Happy reading!


  15. Vicki / Feb 11 2014 7:35 pm

    I have no patience when my computer acts up so it’s a good thing my son takes care of everything for me.

    The Winter People sounds awesome!


  16. stacybuckeye / Feb 13 2014 2:57 pm

    At least you understand enough about computers to try and fix it. I just relegate it to my husband because it takes him about 5 minutes to fix problems that stump me. I rarely waste my time anymore 🙂 Winter People is showing up a lot this week!


  17. Elizabeth / Feb 13 2014 6:25 pm

    The Winter People looks so good.

    ENJOY all your books.

    Silver’s Reviews
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