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April 28, 2014 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ April 28th

SpringBirdsFenceMailbox-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’m not sure where all my time goes but last week just flew past. It seems like the older I get the more time accelerates. Yard work, spring cleaning and still no spring! I’m sure flowers and leaves are bursting out somewhere, but not where I live. Here’s what arrived in the mailbox last week:

New Arrivals


Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews – St. Martin’s Press and Tandem Literary.
A wedding florist finds love and trouble in this delightful new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Ladies’ Night.

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson – Delacorte Press.
An adventure story set in a magical world that is both exciting and dangerous.

Decoded by Mai Jia – Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
In his gripping debut novel, Mai Jia reveals the mysterious world of Unit 701, a top-secret Chinese intelligence agency whose sole purpose is counterespionage and code breaking.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – a win of a 25th Anniversary edition from HarperOne.
This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and soul-stirring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids.

New Audiobooks


Love Life by Rob Lowe from Simon & Schuster Audio.
Rob Lowe is back. In Love Life, he expands his scope, using stories and observations from his life in a poignant and humorous series of true tales about men and women, art and commerce, fathers and sons, addiction and recovery, and sex and love.

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin from Highbridge Audio and Audiobook Jukebox.
With his wife gone, a rare book stolen, and both his bookstore and love of life in serious decline, only something extraordinary could alter the sagging fortunes of A. J. Fikry and Island Books. What he discovers one night among the children’s books, however, could change everything.

New Giveaway

Win a copy of Monday, Monday by Elizabeth Crook:

Monday Monday by Elizabeth Crook

With electrifying storytelling and the powerful sense of destiny found in Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, and with the epic sweep of Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, Elizabeth Crook’s Monday, Monday explores the ways in which we sustain ourselves and each other when the unthinkable happens. At its core, it is the story of a woman determined to make peace with herself, with the people she loves, and with a history that will not let her go.
To enter, leave a comment on the giveaway post. US addresses only by midnight 5/3.

What are you reading?

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  1. sagustocox / Apr 28 2014 4:50 am

    Decoded by Mai Jia looks good. happy reading


  2. samstillreading / Apr 28 2014 6:05 am

    Love the look of the Zevin and Andrews books!


  3. Lots of great books here. I want to read Save the Date. Rob Lowe’s book sounds interesting too.

    No books arrived at my house this week, but I did buy a couple of Kindle books:


  4. laurelrainsnow / Apr 28 2014 9:30 am

    Save the Date and Love Life are both on my list…enjoy! I also love the look of The Storied Life…

    Have a great week!


  5. kay / Apr 28 2014 11:19 am

    Great mailbox! I have seen The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry around in the past few weeks and I find it so intriguing. Enjoy your books! 🙂


  6. Elizabeth / Apr 28 2014 11:53 am

    Very interesting mix of titles.

    ENJOY them all, and thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


  7. Vicki / Apr 28 2014 12:53 pm

    I’m so jealous!! I’ve been wanting the audio versions of Love Life and The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. Can’t wait for your reviews!!


    • Leslie / Apr 28 2014 2:49 pm

      They are both high on my to-listen list.


  8. Diana Leigh / Apr 28 2014 1:47 pm

    Nice! THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY caught my eye! I’ve been busy this spring too, and my reading time has shrunk unfortunately. Enjoy your new books! Here’s my MAILBOX this week.


    • Leslie / Apr 28 2014 2:48 pm

      Even though busy I’m still reading. It’s my review writing that has suffered!


  9. Fiction-Books (@Fiction_Books) / Apr 28 2014 2:33 pm

    Hi Leslie,

    A great mix of books, although I don’t ‘do’ audio books myself.

    I have been meaning to read ‘The Alchemist’ for ages, as it has been recommended to me by so many people I work with, so I shall be interested to know what you think of it.

    I also like the idea of a Chinese spy thriller, so ‘Decoded’ has been added to my list also. I haven’t read either any Chinese books, or books by a Chinese author, so this looks like a great place to start.

    Thanks for a couple of excellent recommendations and features. Have a great week,



    • Leslie / Apr 28 2014 2:47 pm

      Although The Alchemist has been around for 25 years I haven’t read it yet either even though I have wanted to. So I was happy to win my very own copy. Now I don’t have an excuse


  10. Suko / Apr 28 2014 2:44 pm

    Enjoy your new goodies, Leslie! I’m seeing the Rob Lowe book this morning on a few blogs.

    (At last–I’ve updated my Memes page, and list you as an administrator for MM!)


  11. Mary / Apr 28 2014 7:51 pm

    I can’t wait to start the MKAndrews book!


  12. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / Apr 29 2014 8:13 pm

    I’m curious about the new Mary Kay Andrews book. I haven’t read any of hers since Deep Dish, which I thought was cute. Happy reading!



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