August 2, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is the place for bloggers to share the books that arrived in their homes last week. Since this is my first contribution, I decided to include a few that arrived over the past few weeks. Click on the titles for more information.

Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder Mysteries)
ARC from work
My husband thought it was quite good.

Labor Day
ARC from work
I used to read Maynard's weekly parenting/family columns years ago (late '80s?). She wrote a fantastic YA book (The Usual Rules) a few years ago, which I absolutely loved. I can't wait to dive into this new release.

Big Sky Cooking
Splurged and bought a copy at work

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Another splurge. Foodie memoir by a favorite blogger. What more can I say?

Thought this sounded like a fun read after reading Bookfool's review (especially since I love epistolary novels). Received a copy from author. Thanks, Bill/Holly!

Benny & Shrimp
Received from publicist, who piqued my interest with the following blurb:
"Shrimp," the childless young widow and librarian with a sharp intellect and a home so tidy that her jam jars are in alphabetical order, meets Benny, the gentle, overworked milk farmer who fears becoming the village's Old Bachelor.

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  1. You got a great group of books. Several of them are on my list to read.

  2. Okay - I admit that I'm a little bit jealous of TWO books! Sworn to Silence and Labor Day were requests of mine, but I wasn't one of the lucky ones to get either. I've breezed through great reviews of both. I'm currently reading Holly's Inbox in little bite size pieces. And, oh I want to get to The Girl with ... and South of Broad. I have been doing better with not accepting so many ARCs, but I still have many to catch up on. Hopefully the mail will slow down soon so I can get back to reading books from my shelves.

    Oh yes - and I believe I have The Usual Rules on my TBR list; however, you've sparked my interest in it again, and I'm not so sure if I should thank you. :) Ahhh.

  3. Nice stack of books, Les! I also got Benny and Shrimp and broke down and bought A Homemade Life (couldn't resist it!)

  4. Great Mailbox! I really want to read Holly's Inbox, and A Homemade Life.

  5. Sworn to Silence was really pretty good. I love the Big Sky Cooking book...but then, I'm originally from Montana, Montana farm girl for 30 years before I went south to sunnier climes!

    Happy reading! My mailbox is here.

  6. I just finished Sworn to Silence, great book.
    You've got some good reads!
    Natalie :0)

  7. Holly's Inbox is really fun. I hope you like it. It's not your normal thing, I'd say, but I loved it.

    Benny and Shrimp seems to be everywhere, right now!

    Linda Castillo used to be in one of the subchapters of RWA that I was in. It's nice to see the names of people I used to enroll in classes, now making the big-time!

    Have fun reading!!!!

  8. Melanie - Thanks! I hope to get to most of them before the end of summer!

    Joy - Well, my dear friend. You know that you are more than welcome to both of these once I'm finished. Unless, of course, they turn out to be so incredibly awesome, I can't bear to part with them. I'll keep you posted, though (or you can remind me!). I'm lookin' forward to Holly's Inbox. Might be a good book for my upcoming vacation. I don't usually have a very good attention span while on vacation - with a 7-year-old - at the beach and pool. So, this might be just the ticket. :) Oh, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (long title!) is getting very good! And South of Broad was really good, but I had to finally set it aside for TGWTDT (for book club). I'm not accepting as many ARCS either. I think a lot of us are trying to be a little more restrained. Ha! I brought one home from work. I couldn't resist. Definitely read The Usual Rules. You'll love the kids. Great dialogue.

    Wendy - Thanks! I hope we both get to our books before the end of the year. :)

    Holly - I really want to read them, too. Nothing worse than having these books sitting around years after they arrived! ;)

    Kelly - Glad to hear Sworn to Silence is good. And I need to spend some time perusing my new cookbook. It's got some great photos, in addition to the recipes. I've never been to Montana, but it's on my list. Montana, Wyoming, Alberta. Yep. Need to plan a road trip. Thanks for visiting!

    Natalie W. - Oh, I'm so glad to hear it's a winner. It's going in my suitcase at the end of the month! Thanks for stopping by here. :)

  9. Nancy - I'm glad to hear it's a fun read. As I told Joy, I think it might be just the perfect book to take along to Virginia at the end of the month. I plan to sit by the pool or on the beach, but watching a 7-year-old will be a bit distracting, so an epistolary book should be just the ticket! I had no idea, though, what a chunkster it is. Yikes! :)

    Yep, Benny & Shrimp seems to be hitting all the blogs. I may hold off for a bit...

    What a small world. Have you met Linda Castillo? Rod said her book was really quite good. I'm looking forward to reading it.

  10. Les,

    It's a chunkster, but it doesn't read like one. You won't believe what a quick read Holly's Inbox is.

    Nope, I haven't met Linda Castillo in person. I just used to be a volunteer coordinator for Kiss of Death (KOD), the mystery/suspense subchapter of Romance Writers of America. I enrolled people in classes, chatted with the instructors, and basically just made sure people behaved. I just remember she was in KOD -- and I'm pretty sure she was a regular class participant, although it's been quite a while. I met some interesting people through KOD, though, a couple of whom are now very well-known. I'm not in touch with any of them, but I've remained good friends with one of the regular instructors.


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