Thursday, March 31, 2011

Book Giveaway: The Season of Second Chances!

In honor of today's paperback release of Diane Meier's The Season of Second Chances, the publicist is offering one of you the chance to win a copy! It has been revamped with a beautiful new cover. I read it last year (click here for review and here for interview with the author) and really enjoyed Meier's take on revamping your life and your home in this fun, and mature, fiction novel. If you haven't read it yet I really think you should give it a read!


Now, I loved the hardback cover but I do think the paperback release's cover really fits with the message of the story: finding yourself through home renovation. I think, if they were going to change a beautiful cover, they made a great choice!


Now onto the giveaway! First of all, thank you to the publicist for sponsoring this fabulous giveaway!


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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

In Case You Missed It: March

I know March is not over yet but I am usually a few days late with these wrap-ups so I thought I'd mix things up and be a few days early for once! I don't know about you but I am ready for Spring! March has been nothing but massive rainstorm after massive rainstorm here in Nor Cal and we need some serious sunshine so that old adage about March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb ... I hope it's true! Our garage is leaking and we need to get it fixed before any more damage happens!

As for the health issues that my boyfriend was having and I discussed last month: well after almost two months of surgeries and recuperation he is finally back at work and we are on the other side of things! Oh happy days!

Well, thanks to all the rain, I've been driven inside and have read 9 books this month, more than any other month this year! This brings by grand total for the year to 25 which is awesome for me! Now onto the full review of what's been happening at Amused By Books this March: 

    • And don't forget, there is still time to sign up to win one of four books before the end of March if  you haven't yet in my review book giveaway!
    Cheers to April!

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    Time Capsule

    'Dear Mrs. Kennedy: The World Shares Its Grief Letters, November 1963'
    Authors: Jay Mulvaney and Paul De Angelis


    Format: Hardback
    Published: St. Martin's Press; Oct. 2010
    Pages: 240
    Genre: Biography and memoir; History
    Rating: B
    Source: Publisher


    Synopsis: Never have I been so filled with revulsion, anger, and sorrow as when I heard of your husband's death," wrote Winston Churchill to Jackie Kennedy on November 24, 1963. And a fourth-grade Nebraska farm boy wrote to little Caroline Kennedy, "I am sorry to hear about your Daddy. God will take good care of him." Immediately after President Kennedy's assassination, more than 1,250,000 letters arrived at the White House from the famous and ordinary citizens alike, expressing their sorrow and sympathy for the president's young widow, Although she promised that the letters would be displayed at the Kennedy Library, they remained filed in a warehouse for decades until the opening of the library building. A controversial culling reducing the collection to 368,000 letters also delayed cataloguing of the letters until 1988. Mulvaney ((Diana and Jackie) and former publishing executive De Angelis regard the collection as a "poignant time capsule," and they include an informative historical backdrop for their selections, including letters from society queen Babe Paley, Rev. Billy Graham, and publisher Bennett Cerf, among many others. For those who relive the pain of the Kennedy assassination every November 22, this volume will provide company and perhaps some consolation. 


    My Take: I've recently started watching the 1960s AMC hit Mad Men. Yes, I realize I am one of the last people to jump on this bandwagon. But what does this mean for me? Well, I am becoming obsessed with everything mid-century! I know, I know it's been sweeping the nation and I am a few years behind - shocking! Well oddly enough, the episode I just watched before picking up this book was when all of the women were watching Jackie's famous tour of the White House renovations she did and they were atwitter about her. If you watch the show, you will know that the ad men were working on a campaign for Nixon. Clearly they lost. John Kennedy's youth, appeal, and promises swept the nation and the world in the early 1960s and this book really encapsulates exactly how heart-wrenching it was to have that all taken away in one quick moment.


    Mulvaney and De Angelis do a wonderful job presenting an amazing amount of condolence letters within their historical context. It's one thing to read a bunch of letters pouring out their grief to Jackie and her children in her time of need, but it's a whole other reality to be reminded of exactly what the nation was feeling when this occurred. This book is a quick little history lesson of the early 1960s and it really does tell much of what was occurring politically and pop culturally, much of this because of the Kennedy's. 


    Yes, I am too young to have been alive during the assassination of JFK but that doesn't mean that I was not affected or brought up under the mythical, almost royal glow under which the Kennedy's produced still. While JFK was not in office for long, his effect on America and the world was certainly long lasting.


    Now the letters. There are those from political figures, Hollywood stars, family members, and everyday people. So many people felt compelled to write. It's amazing. I've never felt compelled to write to someone I don't know so I wonder if I would have back then. The book is sprinkled with both photos of the letters and photos of the family. It's one of those books that, while you could read quickly, I would recommend sifting through slowly, wandering through chapter by chapter every once in a while, because it is sad and poignant.

    Cover Lust: Personally, I think this cover really captures the book. The cursive script matched with the photo is really eye catching to me!

    Monday, March 28, 2011

    Mailbox Monday: Mar. 21st - 26th, 2011

    It's Mailbox Monday time! Mailbox Monday is going on tour and March is being hosted by I'm Booking It! 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 I really hope the torrential rains of the past week or so that has been hitting Northern California is finally over! It's suppose to be Spring you all! I am ready for some of that California sunshine :) In other news, this weekend we went out to celebrate one of my oldest friends engagements to a great guy which was a lot of fun!


    So, do you all have any great new books that you are excited to read this week? Here's what came in my mailbox this week:


    From Harper Collins:
    1. Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda




















    From Nan A. Talese/Doubleday:
    2. The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott




















    From Atria Books:
    3. The Moment by Douglas Kennedy




















    From Crazy Book Tours:
    4. Forbidden Places by Penny Vincenzi




















    From PBS:
    5. The World in Half by Cristina Henriquez




















    So have you heard any good things about the above books? Which do you think I should read first?

    Friday, March 25, 2011

    Mankind is Noodlekind

    'The Ramen King and I: How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life'
    Author: Andy Raskin


    Format: Audio CD
    Published: Penguin Audio; 2009
    Narrator: Andy Raskin
    Genre: Memoir, Biography
    Rating: B
    Source: Library


    Synopsis: Approaching 40 and still single, Raskin decides he needs help to figure out why he is incapable of being faithful in romantic relationships. He joins a self-help group and, guided by his mentor, begins to write a series of letters exploring his past failures. The man he chooses to address the letters to is Momofuku Ando, the creator of instant ramen noodles, who built an extremely successful empire after losing everything. Raskin’s personal journey takes him to Japan several times, as he tries to cut through endless red tape in order to meet his idol. Along the way, Raskin’s passion for Japanese food takes him to exclusive sushi restaurants with forbidding owners and a ramen restaurant that is known for the perilous nature of its cuisine. Raskin finds his answer in Ando’s philosophy and realizes that in order to quell his demons he is going to have to face them and reassess how he looks at his life. Mixing humor and raw honesty, Raskin’s introspective journey is inspiring and entertaining.

    My Take: On a recent long road trip I decided my boyfriend and I needed something else to listen to besides music. However, this could be difficult because we have vastly different tastes in books. For starters I read them and he doesn't (I kid, I kid!). No seriously, when he does they are non-fiction. Being of a scientific/engineering type brain he ascertains that there is no point in reading if he can't learn something. Whereas I say there is no point in reading if I can't escape reality for a little while. So there's the issue. At any rate, I wanted an audiobook to pass the time. I knew there had to be something out there for us. I searched the library's audiobook selection, figuring if one of us didn't like it, at least it would be free. I found the above. It was non-fiction, check. It had a male narrator, check. The author was in our age group, check. The author was into something kind of unusual, check. Let's give it a go!

    Well what do you know? We both found this book totally interesting and entertaining! Andy Raskin is a troubled soul searching for love. He is nearing 40 and up until now, pretty much every woman he has dated he has cheated on, like a lot. Whoops! He decides that it's time to fix this. He wants to get married and have children. All of his friends are capable of it. He realizes that there must be some sort of defect in himself that he can't commit, yet he doesn't know how to fix it within himself. So we go on a journey with him to fix his issues. This might sound like it would be kind of boring and whiny but it's not because meanwhile ...

    He is also really into Japenese culture so there's that. Andy is obsessed with Momofuku Ando. Never heard of him? Either had we but now we know everything about him thanks to Raskin's narration. Ando is the inventor of instant noodles. Yep Nisson products. Top Raman, Cup Noodles, etc. Remember college? He fed you. Ando's life was pretty intense and he lived until he was like 95 so he only died a few years ago. Being incredibly rich and famous and Japenese he is revered in Japan and apparently has a lot of books and famous sayings about how you should be one with the noodle and get your life in line. 

    So Raskin studies Ando to do just that. He writes letters to Ando and they are funny. He tries to meet Ando. Raskin lives in San Francisco so he has learned Japenese and eats at famous sushi places and studies Japenese culture and everyone knows that he obsessed with Ando. His life takes many twists and turns and through it all, he had my boyfriend and I smiling (and learning!) on our long car-ride so the book was a success! You'll have to read it for yourself to see if Ando heals Raskin's lovelife (and gets to finally meet him!).

    Cover Lust: Totally fitting and hysterical! 'Nuff said!

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

    Lookin' For Some New Bookmarks?

    I've been using the same old, tattered bookmark I got for free from a work event about five years ago. It's great but I only have the one. I decided it's time to upgrade and maybe I should purchase a couple of bookmarks but the thing is, I have very specific needs. I need it to STAY PUT! It needs to have some sort of mechanism to hook around the book. A lot of bookmarks are, well, limp, and just hang out in between the pages. I don't want that in a man and I don't want that in a bookmark! Wow, ok moving on! So whenever I need anything crafty I turn obviously, to etsy and I found some great new options! Which of these do you like?


    This one I like because a. It's only $2 and I am cheap b. the design is kind of olde worlde and c. it's magnetic so will not fall out of the book - sold! To check out this one and other designs by this artist check them out here!


    First of all these bookmarks are metal so they are incredibly beautiful and stunning in an artsy kind of way and you get 6 in a pack so you can either keep them all for yourself and represent the world traveller that you are (or reflect through you're reading!) or give some in a book as a gift that goes to one of these locales. The bookmarks are stamped with 6 major world cities and being that they are made of metal are sturdy enough to stay put I think and last a long time. So cool looking, check 'em out!


    I also found this one. Yep it's a chicken! I don't know, I have a weird thing about chickens. I think they are really cute. There are a bunch in my kitchen. Slap one on a bookmark and I'm going to think it's really cute too apparently! With this the metal stick would lay in the book and the little chicken charm would hang out which is freaking adorable! You can check it out here!

    So which do you like of the above and more importantly, what do you look for in a bookmark?!

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    Not Going to BEA?

    Feeling bad because you can't join the crowds of book bloggers who seem to be going to BEA? Don't dispair! Last year a few fabulous bloggers got together and started Armchair BEA and it was a genius idea. If you aren't going I encourage you to tag this website so you can join in the activities. The whole week of May 23-27th they will be doing all kinds of fun blogging events including blogger interviews, live posts from BEA, educational posts about blogging, and giveaways. It will make you feel like a part of something big and it's a lot of fun! So just a head's up ... it's worth getting just as excited about!

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    Mid Life Crisis!

    'Helen of Pasadena'
    Author: Lian Dolan


    Format: Paperback
    Published: Prospect Park Books; Nov. 2010
    Pages: 288
    Genre: Chick-lit; Women's fiction
    Rating: B
    Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers


    Synopsis: Helen Fairchild is leading a privileged Pasadena existence: married to a pillar of the community; raising a water polo-playing son destined for the most select high school; volunteering her time on the most fashionable committees. It only bothers Helen a tiny bit the she has never quite fit in with the proper Pasadena crowd, never finished that graduate degree in Classics, and never had that second baby. But the rigid rules of society in Pasadena appeal to Helen, the daughter of Oregon "fiber artists," even if she'll never be on the inside. And then along comes a Rose Parade float, killing her philandering husband and leaving Helen broke, out of her "forever' house and scrambling to salvage her once-rarefied existence. Enter Dr. Patrick O'Neill, noted archaeologist, excavator of Troy and wearer of nubby sweaters. A job as Dr. O'Neill's research assistant is the lifeline Helen needs to reinvent herself, both personally and professionally. Ancient mysteries to solve! Charity events to plan! School admissions advisors to charm! If Helen wasn't so distracted by her incredibly attractive boss, she might be able to pull off this new life. Helen's world widens to include a Hollywood star, a local gossip columnist, an old college nemesis, a high-powered Neutron Mom, an unforgiving school headmistress , the best Armenian real state agent in the biz, and, of course, the intriguing Patrick O'Neill. While uncovering secrets about ancient Troy alongside her archaeologist boss, Helen discovers something much more: a new sense of self and a new love. With it's keen social observations, laugh-out-loud scenes and whip-smart dialogue, Helen of Pasadena reads like a roman à clef and unfolds like a romantic comedy. Along the way, this novel delivers humor, insight and wisdom on reinventing yourself.


    My Take: I love checking out a new chick-lit author and I love anything set in my home state so I was really excited when this book showed up in my mailbox! It sounded perfect for me. I little humor, a little drama, and a hot archaeologist. What's not to love? And frankly, there wasn't much to not love, the book was pretty great!


    I've never been to Pasadena, CA and I'm going to be honest, after reading this book I am not sure I'm sold on the fact that I want to go there. There were times when I was really intrigued by it. I want to check out the houses! All of these really rich people! But yikes, it sounds like a place where you really have to keep up with the Jones'. Our title character, Helen, is originally from Sisters, Oregon, which believe it or not, I've been there, a lot! Some of my relatives live in central Oregon so when they kept talking about how she was from this small town that has recently boomed and people are all into fiber artists and extreme sports I had to smile. Helen wanted to escape her past. I get that, many of us no longer live where we grew up. She went to college and wanted a better life for herself. When she met a man that seemed to have it all, Merritt, she thought her life would be set, so why finish her degree?


    Little did she know that some years later that same hero would become a philanderer and get killed in a tragic (if not tragically funny) accident and leave her and her son destitute. Now, Helen has to get her life in order and figure out how to pay all of her bills, get a job, and get her son through the rest of school all by himself. Helen, is totally someone you can relate to and root for and that, aside from the humor of some of these characters in the book, makes this book so easy to read. It made the pages turn themselves. She got dealt a bum deck in the middle of her life and she needed to get a grip when she could have had a meltdown and figure out where to go. So many chick-lit books are just about meeting the guy but in this book Helen is a middle aged mother so she has responsibilities. There is more meat to this story.


    However, don't think for one second there isn't a hottie! Helen, swings a cool gig at the Huntington as Patrick O'Neil's assistant where she has been doing some serious volunteer work for years while he has a grant to do some research. He is sexy, older, but alas he has a past. What's great is it allows Helen to revisit her classical training. I will leave the romance up to the reader.


    The only fault for me, and it eventually became a big one, was the vast amount of typos in this book. It's a finished paperback, not an advanced reader copy, and this book had typos on pretty much every single page. It made the reading stilted when it should have been smooth. I can forgive a couple, I can not forgive hundreds. Prospect Park Books, if you are looking for an copyeditor, drop me a line!

    Cover Lust: I absolutely loved this cover! The color blocks are beautiful!

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    Mailbox Monday: Mar. 14th - 19th, 2011

    It's Mailbox Monday time! Mailbox Monday is going on tour and March is being hosted by I'm Booking It! 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!


    Oh my goodness did we have a soggy weekend here in Northern California! However, I didn't let that stop me from getting out there. We had family in town and it's always fun to get a chance to catch up with family that you don't get a chance to see often often. I hope you all had nice weekends!


    Here's what came into my mailbox this week:


    From Crown Publishers:
    1. The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush by Howard Blum




















    From the author:
    2. The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark




















    From PBS:
    3. Falling Home by Karen White




















    4. Bloodroot by Amy Greene




















    What did you get?!

    Friday, March 18, 2011

    Black Dog

    'Mr. Chartwell'
    Author: Rebecca Hunt


    Format: ARC
    Published: The Dial Press; Feb., 2011
    Pages: 256
    Genre: Historical fiction
    Rating: B
    Source: Publisher


    Synopsis: In her sad, hopeful and very original debut, Hunt examines two battles with depression, one that has already been lost and one where there is still a possibility of winning. The story follows the parallel lives of a lonely young London librarian, Esther Hammerhans, and the celebrated statesman, Winston Churchill, during the days before he retires in July of 1964. Esther, whose husband committed suicide two years earlier, is renting out the spare room in her home, but when she opens the door to her new tenant, Mr. Chartwell, she finds herself face to face with a huge talking, upright walking, black dog. Esther soon learns that when Chartwell (aka Black Pat) leaves the house, it is to pay regular visits to Churchill and psychologically torture him, which he has been doing for years. Chartwell is no mere talking dog; he is a dark, lingering presence that has come to try to torment Esther into depression, much like he did her late husband. Taking a hard look at the demons that haunt people, Hunt's story is an clever illumination of the suffering of so many, their status on the social scale offering no protection.


    My Take: If I was to pick one word to describe this book it would be: unusual. Mr. Chartwell was unlike any novel I have ever read before. It at turns confused and delighted me. It was a slip of a book so yes I read it quickly but it is one of those books that actually takes some time to fully comprehend. Have I completely confused you yet? Let's dive right in!


    The title character Mr. Chartwell is a pseudonym of Black Pat, the personification of Winston Churchill's depression. Yep! You have to suspend your belief for a bit while reading this book because one of the main characters is a huge, walking, talking black lab. It was hard for me to wrap my head around but apparently Churchill suffered from depression his whole life, his whole family did, and his name for it was Black Dog. If you google Churchill and Depression you will see that is indeed the case. So Hunt has turned this on it's head and made the Black Dog an actual being. The Black Dog calls himself Black Pat Chartwell, Chartwell being the famous home of Churchill. 


    Black Pat has haunted Churchill his whole life but his newest, shall we say victim, is Esther Hammerhans, a sad, lonely librarian who needs a new lodger. When he shows up she is confused and dumbfounded that a walking, talking dog has want to be her lodger and he explains that he was work to do in the area for one week. See this week in 1964 is the week Churchill is retiring from Parliament after his long and illustrious career. Hammerhans decides to let him become a lodger but the true plot stems on whether she will let him become a part of her life. She is sad but will she truly plunge into actual full on depression?


    It is an interesting story. If you've ever dealt with depression you would probably find this book an unusual way of describing how it is with you everywhere, takes over the whole room. I enjoyed it because it was so different from anything else I have ever read. Would I have enjoyed it as much if they had belaboured the point? Probably not. But as it was, I would definitely recommend you give this new author a try!


    Cover Lust: To me, this book totally says 1960s London, so yes, I love it!

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

    Multi-Tasking or Morbid?

    Bookcase Coffin Upright
    Recently, I was flipping through a magazine and came across a quick blurb about bookcases that double as coffins. Yep you read that right! From a site called lastthings.net, it's for those people who are worried about leaving extra furniture when they die, or maybe love books just a little too much, you can buy a coffin that is a book case first! Seriously!

    Called the Bookcase Coffin, it is multipurpose because, as these photos show, it functions as a bookcase first, and then you take it with you to the after life. So I have to ask, is this really necessary? As a book lover and someone who has dealt with death in her family so is not really afraid to talk about it at this point, I don't know, personally I do get that to each his own, but I am on the fence about this merely because if this was in my house ... and people were like, 'nice book case'. I wouldn't want to say, 'thanks, it's also going to be my coffin eventually!'

    So what do you think, multi-tasking or just plain morbid?

    Bookcase Coffin ... open

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    Winner of The Bird House


    Congratulations to Stephanie at Steph The Bookworm who won a signed copy of The Bird House by Kelly Simmons as chosen via random.org! Thanks to all who entered and don't forget, there is still plenty of time to enter my March Review Book Giveaway - there are 4 books up for grabs!

    Calling All Northern California Book Bloggers

    Photo from California Blogging Social I attended last Summer!
    I am excited to share that there is a Northern California Book Bloggers Social coming up on April 23rd! So if you consider yourself a Northern California blogger and want to get all of the scoop just check out the site. It's being organized by Pam at Bookalicio.us and is sure to be awesome. Let me just say that when I've gone to the California Blogging Social it has been hugely beneficial, but more than that, so much fun!

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    No Match for Me

    'The Matchmaker of Kenmare'
    Author: Frank Delaney


    Format: ARC
    Published: Random House; Feb., 2011
    Pages: 416
    Genre: Historical fiction
    Rating: D
    Source: Publisher


    Synopsis: In Delaney's panoramic sequel to Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show, matchmaker Kate Begley plies her profession in neutral WWII Ireland. Into her life come Venetia Kelly narrator Ben MacCarthy, whose wife has gone missing, and Charles Miller, a U.S. intelligence officer who sends Kate and Ben on a secret assignment to France. Upon their return, Kate and Charles marry, but after D-Day, Charles disappears while on a dangerous mission, and Kate enlists Ben's help in finding him. They travel to France and Germany, where they stumble across the German army about to launch its last-gasp assault in the Ardennes and end up questioning the wisdom of remaining neutral in the face of overwhelming evil. An expert at mining Irish lore for congenial fiction, Delaney spins an exciting yarn of romance and intrigue, and, in Kate, he has created an indomitable, unforgettable character. Though the novel's leisurely pace is at odds with the wartime plot (and the subplot about Ben's missing wife will be confusing to those not familiar with the previous book), Delaney wrings the pulp out of a Jack Higgins–like premise and turns it into something more satisfyingly literary. 


    My Take: I'm just going to come right out with it: I was totally surprised I didn't fall in love with this book. It just didn't work for me. I think the pace of the narrative was completely off for me. Having not read the pre-quel to this book, Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show, I had hoped this wouldn't be a problem for me. Most of the time when I read novel's that aren't a 'series' per se they set up the characters back story and then dive right into the new story. While that may have been part of my problem, for me the real problem was the pace. It was all over the place!

    Things I did like: The story is set in Ireland in WWII. WWII is one of my favorite 'sub-genres' within historical fiction and I did enjoy learning about Ireland's role within this war. For those that don't know, Ireland was neutral. Realizing that they were a small nation and having drained all of their resources in the Great War they decided this was the best position for them. However, England and Germany felt that Ireland was a landing point for their troops so as far as the historical aspects go, I really enjoyed reading this book. Our narrative centers mainly around Kate, said Matchmaker, and Ben, travelling around Ireland to document Irish folklore. Ben first meets Kate because her matchmaking skills are legendary and she is worth a story. I did enjoy the story of Kate and learning about how she brings people together. I could have just read a story, possibly without the whole war going on, set in a small Irish town, about a matchmaker, and been perfectly content!

    Things I didn't like: As I said before, the pace of the book. A plot is set in motion for them to go to France as war spies. This is the crux of the story. What the whole story spins on. However, this doesn't even get set into place until 100 pages in. Normally I don't like to read reviews of books I'm going to read ahead of time in case of spoilers but all of them kept saying to keep reading. Well, 160 pages in and I was still struggling. For a book set in WWII, I expect a faster paced novel and having a stilted storyline and a slow moving narrative, it just didn't work for me.

    Bottom Line: If you prefer slower paced novels and stories about Irish history and folklore, you will probably appreciate this one much more!

    For other opinions about this novel please check out these reviews:
    Debbie's Book Bag
    The Burton Review
    The Lost Entwife

    Cover Lust: I do think this cover is beautiful! It's like a painting. It makes me want to go on vacation to Ireland, however it doesn't exactly say a war is on now does it? Maybe it should have been hinting at something just a little darker.

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    Mailbox Monday: Mar. 7th - 12th, 2011

    It's Mailbox Monday time! Mailbox Monday is going on tour and March is being hosted by I'm Booking It! 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!


    This weekend I had the goal of buying some furniture for our house. I needed some new floor lamps for our living room (we have one and we need two matching ones) and a low bookcase for the bedroom. Having found a furniture sample sale I thought I would be golden. Sadly I failed on both counts. Darn it! Better luck next week I guess! 


    I did have plenty of luck getting a full mailbox as per usual. Here's what I recieved in my mailbox this past week:


    From the Penguin for a TLC Tour:
    1. A Thread of Sky by Deanna Fei




















    From Harper Collins for a TLC Tour:
    2. Heart of Deception by M.L. Malcolm




















    From Harper Collins:
    3. Neverisms: A Quotation Lover's Guide to Things You Should Never Do, Never Say, or Never Forget by Dr. Mardy Grothe




















    4. This Life Is In Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone by Melissa Coleman




















    5. The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy by Priscilla Gilman




















    6. Cleopatra the Great: The Woman Behind the Legend by Dr. Joann Fletcher




















    From Kelly & Hall Book Publicity
    7. Annie Begins by Michelle Toth
















    What did you get?!
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