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June 2, 2014 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ June 2nd

hummingbird mailboxWelcome 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.

It feels like May just arrived and now June is here. I am so ready for warm weather and long sunny days.

I received a couple of books in the mail and some audiobook downloads last week. I read nine books last month, which is pretty good considering all my outdoor and garden projects, plus last week I spent a good chunk of time participating in Armchair BEA. I would rather have gone to the real BEA, but that will have to wait a couple more years until it comes to Chicago.

New Arrivals


Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch from Hogarth Books.
When a medical mistake goes horribly wrong and Ralph Meier, a famous actor, winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser is forced to conceal the error from his patients and family. After all, reputation is everything in this business.

William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher from Quirk Books.
Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter.

Audio Downloads


From Penguin Audio

The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams.
Passion, redemption, and a battered suitcase full of secrets: the New York Times-bestselling author of A Hundred Summers returns with another engrossing tale.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub
An irresistible, deftly observed novel about the secrets, joys, and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of an American family’s two-week stay in Mallorca.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker
The #1 internationally bestselling thriller, and ingenious audiobook within an audiobook, about the disappearance of a 15-year-old New Hampshire girl and, 30 years later, a young American writer’s determination to clear his mentor’s name – and find the inspiration for his next best seller.

How was your week?

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  1. cleopatralovesbooks / Jun 2 2014 2:07 am

    Summer House With Swimming Pool is another book from Herman Koch that makes for uncomfortable reading. He has a knack of getting under the skin of his readers.


    • Fiction-Books (@Fiction_Books) / Jun 2 2014 1:37 pm

      Hi Cleo,

      herman Koch is a new to me author, however I have added ‘Summer House with Swimming Pool’ to my own list, as it sounds so disturbing and intriguing. Even the cover kind of gets to me, if that doesn’t sound too silly.



      • cleopatralovesbooks / Jun 2 2014 3:04 pm

        No it sounds just about right to me! I do hope you enjoy it, although once you’ve read it you may realise that ‘enjoy’ is possibly the wrong word. It is definitely disturbing because I found it made me question myself and my beliefs, which is quite disconcerting


      • Leslie / Jun 2 2014 5:20 pm

        I am really looking forward to this one. I hope it isn’t too “disturbing”!


  2. sagustocox / Jun 2 2014 4:07 am

    I cannot wait to read the next Ian Doescher! And Summer House With a Swimming Pool sounds interesting.


  3. samstillreading / Jun 2 2014 4:21 am

    Wow, the new Herman Koch! It looks really interesting. Hope you enjoy them all 🙂


  4. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Jun 2 2014 7:48 am

    I am looking forward to what Herman Koch has written! The Secret Life of Violet Grant is also on my TBR list.


  5. BermudaOnion / Jun 2 2014 7:55 am

    I want The Secret Life of Violet Grant so much! I can’t wait to see what you think of it.


  6. Mystica / Jun 2 2014 8:07 am

    The Violet Grant book is also on my wishlist!


  7. Mary / Jun 2 2014 8:22 am

    I really want to read the new Williams book. I liked her first novel.


  8. laurelrainsnow / Jun 2 2014 10:34 am

    I really want to read Summer House with Swimming Pool…and The Vacationers looks good, too! Enjoy…and here’s MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES POST


  9. Fiction-Books (@Fiction_Books) / Jun 2 2014 1:33 pm

    Hi Leslie,

    Herman Koch is a new to me author, although he appears to be very popular with some of my fellow commenters. I am definitely intrigued enough to be adding ‘Summer House with Swimming Pool’ to my TBR, especially as my own MM this week, features a medical novel, although nothing as gruesome as the Koch story, I am sure!

    You have some great finds this week and I hope that you enjoy them all,



    • Leslie / Jun 2 2014 5:22 pm

      He is a new author for me too. Medical thrillers are a favorite of mine and I kept seeing this book popping up on the blogs.


  10. Suko / Jun 2 2014 3:01 pm

    Leslie, I hope you enjoy your new arrivals! You read a lot of books in May.
    I’ve spent time in the garden as well. Today I may transplant small milkweed plants (grown from seed) into my monarch garden. Happy to see a chrysalis already, too! 🙂


    • Leslie / Jun 2 2014 5:18 pm

      That’s about average for me for one month. What was different in May was that I listened to more books than I read. Good luck with the monarch garden. I was really pleased to see that my milkweed plants came back this year even after our awful winter. Maybe I will create a dedicated garden area for the monarchs next year – the milkweed is mixed in with other prairie plants.


  11. Lucy / Jun 2 2014 5:47 pm

    I have my eye on The Vacationers audio- hope you love it!


  12. diane / Jun 2 2014 5:57 pm

    I just finished Summer House with Swimming Pool today — another jaw dropping read — the men are especially whacked.


    • Leslie / Jun 2 2014 6:18 pm

      I am going to have to read faster or move this book up in the stack. I was planning to read it in July but I don’t know if I want to wait that long!


  13. Redhead / Jun 2 2014 7:06 pm

    That William Shakespeare Star Wars book looks hilarious! We saw the first one at B&N over the weekend, I made my husband read a few lines outloud, he was laughing so hard people were looking at us funny. Twas adorkable.


    • Leslie / Jun 2 2014 9:11 pm

      They are hilarious! I read the first two already plus I have The Empire Striketh Back in audio. Usually audiobooks with sound effects are just ehhhh, but this one works – light sabers buzzing, R2D2 whistling, Chewbacca roaring and Darth Vader’s heavy breathing are too much fun.


  14. WordsAndPeace / Jun 3 2014 7:14 pm

    I thought you were going to listen to The Jedi Doth Return, as you lked so much the other volumes as audio. My turn to list Dicker’s book next week!


  15. Elizabeth / Jun 5 2014 1:25 pm

    Summer House With Swimming Pool looks very interesting and different.

    The Harry Quebert book is popping up everywhere. I picked up a copy at the BEA. I am guessing it is good.

    THANKS for sharing your mailbox stash, and I hope you are having a good reading week.

    Silver’s Reviews
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