Monday, December 20, 2010

Mailbox Monday: Dec. 13th - 18th, 2010

It's Mailbox Monday time! Mailbox Monday is going on tour and October is being hosted by Let Them Read Books! Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks and audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Well the end of the year is quickly approaching and it feels like things are moving faster and faster and there is just more to get done all the time! We had family visiting this weekend which was wonderful and we got a chance to take a break from the madness and enjoy lots of fun family time instead. 

I am also really excited about all of the fun reads I received this past week in the mail. Please let me know what you think of them!

From St. Martin's Griffin:
1. 'There's Cake in My Future' by Kim Gruenenfelder

From the author:
2. 'By Fire, By Water' by Mitchell James Kaplan

From Random House:
3. 'The Matchmaker of Kenmare' by Frank Delaney

From PBS:
4. 'Meeting Mr. Wrong: The Romantic Misadventures of a Southern Belle' by Stephanie Snowe

5. 'The Difference a Day Makes' by Carole Matthews

What did you get?


  1. Lol, the Snowe book looks hilarious! I do hope you read and review that one soon :=)

  2. Oh, I really want The Matchmaker of Kenmare! I recently read By Fire, By Water and I liked it. Thanks for linking up to Mailbox Monday. Happy reading!

  3. What a fun group of books. I have some enjoyable reading in your future. The covers alone make me happy.

  4. I received for review Lipstick in Afghanistan by Roberta Gately from Gallery Publishers.

    Roberta Gately’s lyrical and authentic debut novel—inspired by her own experiences as a nurse in third world war zones—is one woman’s moving story of offering help and finding hope in the last place she expected.

    Gripped by haunting magazine images of starving refugees, Elsa has dreamed of becoming a nurse since she was a teenager. Of leaving her humble working-class Boston neighborhood to help people whose lives are far more difficult than her own. No one in her family has ever escaped poverty, but Elsa has a secret weapon: a tube of lipstick she found in her older sister’s bureau. Wearing it never fails to raise her spirits and cement her determination. With lipstick on, she can do anything—even travel alone to war-torn Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11.

    But violent nights as an ER nurse in South Boston could not prepare Elsa for the devastation she witnesses at the small medical clinic she runs in Bamiyan. As she struggles to prove herself to the Afghan doctors and local villagers, she begins a forbidden romance with her only confidant, a charming Special Forces soldier. Then, a tube of lipstick she finds in the aftermath of a tragic bus bombing leads her to another life-changing friendship. In her neighbor Parween, Elsa finds a kindred spirit, fiery and generous. Together, the two women risk their lives to save friends and family from the worst excesses of the Taliban. But when the war waging around them threatens their own survival, Elsa discovers her only hope is to unveil the warrior within. Roberta Gately’s raw, intimate novel is an unforgettable tribute to the power of friendship and a poignant reminder of the tragic cost of war.

    I received for review Laney (The Brookehaven Vampires Series #1) by Joann Sowles from the author.

    In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life–that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he?

    As Laney’s sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure–including a love she didn’t know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver’s love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn’t so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver’s most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn…

  5. I'm reading Fire and Water right now...should compare notes after you are done.

  6. It looks like you received some great books last week. :) happy reading... Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  7. I received a Persephone SOMEONE AT A DISTANCE by Dorothy Whipple and I'm very excited to dive into it!

  8. Nice mailbox! The Difference a Day Makes really looks appealing to me.

  9. I have By Fire, By Water and The Matchmaker of Kenmare, so I will keep my eyes open for your reviews!

  10. That Meeting Mr. Wrong cover is too cute!

  11. I have a few copies of that Stephanie Snowe book. She's alright sometimes. ;)


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