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October 23, 2017 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ October 23rd

Welcome 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 haven’t had much time for reading, writing, or visiting blogs this past month or two. And even when I’ve had free time, I found it difficult to concentrate or be productive. Instead, I would go for walks or watch TV and get lost in episodes of Scandal, my favorite escape-from-reality show. My mom had been sick for many years and passed away earlier this month. Even though I knew it would be soon, I still wasn’t totally prepared for the feelings of loss and resulting foggy brain and inability to get much done.

I haven’t been requesting much lately, but I did get some new audio books. I find it easy to listen while I do things around the house and get the yard and plants put away for winter. Now I have to get back to writing; I have a backlog of reviews to finish!

Audio Downloads

Fom Simon & Schuster Audio.

Why Dinosaurs Matter by Kenneth Lacovara
World-renowned paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara reveals how understanding dinosaurs can help us better understand our own biology—and our future.

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
This dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.

The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti
New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti’s latest is the story of a scandal-torn Pennsylvania town and the aftermath of a troubled girl gone missing.

The Visitors by Catherine Burns
The Visitors explores the complex truths we are able to keep hidden from ourselves and the twisted realities that can lurk beneath even the most serene of surfaces.

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  1. Laurel-Rain Snow / Oct 23 2017 10:37 am

    I loved The Blackbird Season…and I am curious about The Visitors. Enjoy! Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  2. The Mystique Reader / Oct 23 2017 10:45 am

    I feel sorry to hear about the sad demise of your mother. Although I am telling you to be strong but I know it is not easy. Mother’s love is selfless. No one and nothing could fill the void left by our parents’ death.

    Weep, vent and do everything (no alcohol plz or bad company) that will lessen your pain. Take your time. Don’t force yourself to be normal so soon.

    Then come back as a person your mother always wanted you to be.
    Sending you positive vibes dear.

    Love from a fellow blogger.

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  3. Mary / Oct 23 2017 10:46 am

    So sorry for your loss, Leslie.
    I hope your new books are good escapes and you have a good week.

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  4. mz&cho / Oct 23 2017 11:25 am

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. I understand it’s hard to concentrate after any loss of a parent. My Mom passed away 26 years ago. My Dad passed away 3 months ago. Do take care of yourself though! MZ (and Cho)

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  5. Diane / Oct 23 2017 12:27 pm

    Les, so sorry to hear you lost your mom. ❤️

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  6. BermudaOnion / Oct 23 2017 1:21 pm

    I’m so sorry to read about your mom. It’s tough even when you think you’re prepared.

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  7. Silver's Reviews / Oct 23 2017 3:19 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your mother.

    It leaves a terrible emptiness in your life.

    HUGS!!

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  8. Suko / Oct 23 2017 6:50 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, Leslie.

    I hope you will enjoy your new books.

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  9. MarthaE / Oct 23 2017 10:29 pm

    Hi Leslie – My prayers and thoughts have been with you. It is always hard to lose a loved one even when we try to prepare. The grieving process takes its time.
    Those look like good audio books. I am especially interested in Why Dinosaurs Matter.
    I hope you enjoy your reading/listening as you try to find your balance again. Hugs.

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  10. sagustocox / Oct 24 2017 9:43 am

    Sorry about losing your mom. You’re never prepared no matter how long their sickness goes. Hugs, my friend.

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  11. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks / Oct 24 2017 4:34 pm

    Sorry for your loss… hang in there. We sometimes need time to slow down, especially at times like that.

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  12. Sue / Oct 24 2017 6:54 pm

    My sympathies, Leslie. Having lost both parents several years ago, I know what you are feeling — sort of a big hole in your life. Birds and photography are a good remedy, as well as all the excellent books you find to review for us, for which I am very grateful.

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