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January 4, 2016 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ January 4th

WinterBirdsMailbox-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.

A few new books arrived over the past two weeks. A couple of thrillers and a nature book I’m very excited about winning.

Several years ago I began digging up patches of lawn and turning them into wildflower gardens and natural landscaping. The project has been a success and I would like to add even more native plants and shrubs. Last year I had Monarch butterflies lay eggs and flocks of Goldfinch came to eat the coneflower and coreopsis seeds. Cedar Waxwings visit during migration and I have had Robins in my yard the past three days eating the berries that still remain on several trees and shrubs.

New Arrivals


Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Douglas W. Tallamy, a win from Timber Press.
As development and subsequent habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. But there is an important and simple step toward reversing this alarming trend: Everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity.

The Widow by Fiona Barton from NAL.
When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen… But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker from Atria.
The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her suspense debut with this sexy, heartpounding story of a young woman determined to find justice after her best friend’s death, a story pulsing with the “intense, hot, emotional” (Colleen Hoover) writing that exhilarates her legions of fans.

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  1. laurelrainsnow / Jan 4 2016 10:22 am

    I got The Widow from NetGalley, and I’m trying not to read it too soon, since it will be released in February. But I can’t wait! LOL. Maybe I’ll read it and postpone the review.

    I have been eyeing He Will Be My Ruin…hope you enjoy it. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES


    • Leslie / Jan 4 2016 11:52 am

      Go ahead and read it! I feel free to post reviews a little early if the book is available for pre-order.


  2. Elysium (@Elysianfield) / Jan 4 2016 11:00 am

    The Widow sounds very good. Happy reading!


  3. sagustocox / Jan 4 2016 11:43 am

    our yard is not that large, but this (Bringing Nature Home) would be a good book for me, though I have more of a focus on sustainably growing veggies.


    • Leslie / Jan 4 2016 11:48 am

      You don’t need a real big yard. My wildflower garden is small but I packed a lot in there. I linked to a photo of it. This year I’m going to mix some veggies in with the flowers. I’ve already added a sage bush out front and it fits in nicely.


  4. Mary / Jan 4 2016 11:44 am

    Very early for robins, isn’t it? I hope you enjoy your new books.


    • Leslie / Jan 4 2016 11:50 am

      It’s too early for the migrants to have returned but I think this small flock that visits my cedar tree stayed for the winter – some do if they have a food source. Or perhaps they are Canadian Robins who think this is ‘south’!


  5. BermudaOnion / Jan 4 2016 2:12 pm

    I’ve heard good things about The Widow and hope it doesn’t disappoint. Enjoy!


  6. Mary Ann Langan / Jan 4 2016 3:16 pm

    The Widow caught my eye, sounds good.


  7. Silver's Reviews / Jan 4 2016 3:49 pm

    The Widow is supposed to be good.

    ENJOY all of your books and your reading week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


  8. Suko / Jan 4 2016 4:02 pm

    Bringing Nature Home sounds wonderful. I grow milkweed for Monarchs. Enjoy all of your new goodies, and happy 2016, Leslie!


  9. stacybuckeye / Jan 9 2016 12:44 am

    Can you come and transform our yard?!


    • Leslie / Jan 9 2016 10:30 am

      You can do it! Start small and don’t expect much for a couple of summers. The small wildflower garden in the back was the first patch I did and took a few years to fill in. My yard was a barren wasteland when we bought the house so I figured I couldn’t make it worse.

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