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May 26, 2014 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ May 26th

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.

Another busy outdoors week for me planting flower boxes, updating the perennial garden and hand painting the water seal on the wood deck – spraying it is too messy so I do it by hand with brushes and rollers. The last few weeks of May, my yard becomes a full time job! But that gives me lots of time to listen to audiobooks. Now I have a back log of reviews to write and blogs to visit.

Today is Memorial Day in the US – a federal holiday and a day of remembrance to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. I’m having a few family members over for a BBQ and relaxing afternoon.

New Arrivals


Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof from St. Martin’s Press.
A heartwarming story with a charmingly imperfect cast of characters to cheer for, Small Blessings’s wonderfully optimistic heart that reminds us that sometimes, when it feels like life has veered irrevocably off track, the track shifts in ways we never can have imagined.

How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer from Amazon Vine.
George and Irene are on a collision course with love, destiny and fate. They have everything in common: both are ambitious, both passionate about science, both lonely and yearning for connection. The air seems to hum when they’re together. But George and Irene’s attraction was not written in the stars. In fact their mothers, friends since childhood, raised them separately to become each other’s soulmates.


A Blind Goddess by James R. Benn, a win from Soho Crime.
March, 1944: US Army Lieutenant Billy Boyle, back in England after a dangerous mission in Italy, is due for a little R&R, and also a promotion. But the now-Captain Boyle doesn’t get to kick back and enjoy his leisure time because two upsetting cases fall into his lap at once.

The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai from Viking.
The acclaimed author of The Borrower returns with a dazzlingly original, mordantly witty novel about the secrets of an old-money family and their turn-of-the-century estate, Laurelfield.


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  1. postingfornow / May 26 2014 6:57 am

    Looks like some good books. I hope you enjoy them.


  2. BermudaOnion / May 26 2014 6:59 am

    What a nice variety! How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky piques my interest.


  3. Mary / May 26 2014 7:19 am

    Small Blessings caught my eye last week and I put it on my wish list. Hope you love it!


  4. WordsAndPeace / May 26 2014 7:48 am

    the Netzer looks intriguing, and gorgeous cover!


  5. Cindy's Love of Books / May 26 2014 7:48 am

    Thats a nice book haul you got. They are new to me titles..hope you enjoy them


  6. diane / May 26 2014 9:00 am

    Most of these are new-to-me-titles –enjoy


  7. Lucy / May 26 2014 9:01 am

    Ooh I have been eying How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky. Hope you love it! The Hundred-Year House sounds fascinating too. Have a fun BBQ!


  8. laurelrainsnow / May 26 2014 9:24 am

    Small Blessings and The Hundred-Year House are calling to me! Enjoy….and thanks for sharing.



  9. I just added the Hundred-Year House to my wish list. Sounds fabulous. Hope you enjoy your books.


  10. Elizabeth / May 26 2014 10:15 am

    ENJOY your new books.

    The Hundred Year House looks good to me.

    Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


  11. Fiction-Books (@Fiction_Books) / May 26 2014 11:17 am

    Hi Leslie,

    I spotted ‘Small Blessings’ earlier on in the day and have already added it to my own list, so I hope that you enjoy it.

    I am quite tempted by the ‘Billy Boyle’ series, although ‘A Blind Goddess’, is the 8th book in the series and from reading the various synopses, Billy’s life has evolved somewhat from his conception, so I may need to start this particular series from the beginning to fully appreciate it.

    I hope that all your books are good reads, enjoy your BBQ and accept the praise for your glorious sounding garden.



  12. Leeswammes / May 26 2014 1:11 pm

    All these books look great. I don’t know, you photographed them in such a way that I just want to pick up and start reading them! I wasn’t quite impressed with Makkai’s first book, but I’d be happy to give her another chance. I’ll look forward to your review.


  13. sagustocox / May 26 2014 1:34 pm

    Hope you are having a lovely long weekend. Happy reading


  14. Suko / May 26 2014 2:20 pm

    Enjoy your new books, Leslie! Happy reading and listening.


  15. samstillreading / May 27 2014 6:09 am

    All of those books sound great – and have lovely covers! Very summery 🙂


  16. stacybuckeye / May 30 2014 10:39 pm

    Can you please come do some work in my yard? We can talk about books while we’re working 🙂


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