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November 17, 2014 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ November 17th

HarvestMailbox-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.

Today is a milestone of sorts. Under My Apple Tree began in 2006 with occasional posts and no specific focus – and very few readers. In November 2009 I gave it a purpose – Mostly books and a bit of nature, birds, flowers, food and photography. It was five years ago today that I deleted all the old stuff and started anew.

There have been many changes over the past five years as the blog has developed and grown. But none of this would have been possible without the wonderful community of people who read and comment here everyday. Thanks to everyone who stops by – you are all appreciated.

And now on to the new books…

New Arrivals


When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning from AmazonVine.
In 1943, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks, for troops to carry in their pockets and their rucksacks, in every theater of war.

American Spirit by James Rodewald from AmazonVine.
Craft distilling has exploded in the United States in recent years, and this in-depth look at the intrepid characters at the forefront of the liquid revolution will have you rethinking what’s in your liquor cabinet—and possibly your career choice.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray from AmazonVine.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

The Marauders by Tom Cooper from Crown.
When the BP oil spill devastates the Gulf coast, those who made a living by shrimping find themselves in dire straits. For the oddballs and lowlifes who inhabit the sleepy, working class bayou town of Jeannette, these desperate circumstances serve as the catalyst that pushes them to enact whatever risky schemes they can dream up to reverse their fortunes.

New Giveaway

GenesisCodeGenesis Code by Jamie Metzl:

A futuristic thriller that explores the national security implications of the human genetics revolution set in the context of a future US-China rivalry.

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  1. diane / Nov 17 2014 6:07 am

    Congrats on 5 years; hope you stay for 5 more:) enjoy the new books (I have several as eGalleys – they look good).


  2. Mary / Nov 17 2014 6:29 am

    Congrats on the blog anniversary, Leslie! I’m glad I found you 🙂
    When Books Went to War sounds like a book I’d enjoy. I’ll look for it!


  3. Topazshell / Nov 17 2014 8:09 am

    If you are one of the new administrators, congratulations. Happy Holidays.


  4. Pat @ Posting For Now / Nov 17 2014 8:43 am

    Congratulations on the anniversary of your blog. It is great that you’ve stayed with it so long. Wishing you many more happy years! Enjoy all of your new books. They look great.


  5. Lloyd Russell / Nov 17 2014 9:15 am

    Excellent. Finished 2 books this week. One was All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. Read it for book club and liked it a lot. Also, book 2 in the Illuminator series, The Illuminator’s Test. A middle grade fantasy from a local author who does a great job of making you care about the characters, even if you are not the target audience. Believe me, I’m not 8-12 (multiply by 5-6x!).


    • Lloyd Russell / Nov 17 2014 12:39 pm

      P.S. Congrats on the 5 years. I’m coming up on 4 years at the end of the year. And I agree with Elizabeth. The blogging community is very supportive of each other. I know I always enjoy getting comments from other bloggers.


  6. sagustocox / Nov 17 2014 10:47 am

    Congrats on finding a focus and a community. I’m so glad you are here.

    I think I’ve found a book for my picks this week, since I was just reading about books being sent to soldiers!


  7. laurelrainsnow / Nov 17 2014 11:01 am

    Congrats on your five years! I started my first blog in 2008, but nothing much happened until 2009…and then I started adding blogs like crazy. I finally settled into eleven.

    I wonder what would have happened if I had stuck with one? LOL

    Enjoy your books…and thanks for sharing. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES


  8. Elizabeth (Silver's Reviews) / Nov 17 2014 12:35 pm

    I have seen When Books Went To War but wasn’t sure I would like it. I will be looking for your thoughts.

    The blogging community is the BEST. We are the most helpful folks in the world. CONGRATS on your five years.

    I see you are reading The Pocket Wife. I can’t wait to start it.

    ENJOY all your books.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


  9. Vicki / Nov 17 2014 2:28 pm

    Congratulations on you five years of blogging!

    Enjoy your books!


  10. BermudaOnion / Nov 17 2014 3:47 pm

    5 years (well, really more) of blogging is quite an accomplishment!! Congratulations.

    All but The Marauders is new to me.


  11. Suko / Nov 17 2014 5:21 pm

    Leslie, many congrats on your 5+-year blogiversary! I always enjoy visiting your blog. Your photos are outstanding and your reviews are terrific. Enjoy your new books and reading this week.


  12. stacybuckeye / Nov 21 2014 10:19 pm

    Congratulations on 5 years!!! And happy reading 🙂



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