Monday, February 6, 2012

Mailbox Monday - Feb 6th

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house recently, but here's a warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Created by Marcia at The Printed Page, Mailbox Monday, now has its own blog. Hosting duties are rotated every month.  This month one of my favorite blogs Metroreader: Reading One Mile at a Time has the hosting honors.  Be sure to stop by and discover a new and wondrous (for me anyway) addition to your blog roll and take a look at everyone's Mailbox lists.

I haven't done a Mailbox post for awhile, because most of the books I've gotten for review have been coming online in my virtual mailbox.  NetGalley has certainly changed the reviewing world.  For me, where often books would sit at the UPS office for weeks because the UPS truck couldn't get down our icy driveway (even though we could get out to the Post Office), and where the piles of physical galleys were becoming a fire hazard, the convenience of e-galleys, and the cost-effectiveness of this method for publishers has really changed the reviewing landscape.

Since I did my last post, the physical books arriving included gifts from family and Secret Santas:
I got Bohemian Girl using a gift certificate.  My local Indie, had this one in a pile labeled "seriously underappreciated".  I love discovering books like this, a pioneer story from the female perspective set in the American West.

Likewise, I used another gift certificate to get the marvelous George, Nicolas and Wilhelm.  This one will go perfectly in my War through the Generations World War I read.  I've been reading some battle histories, and some social commentaries, so it will be interesting to fill in with the biggies.
My secret Santa on LT sent two books, Joe Coomer's Pockeful of Names, the marvelous story of an artist and a dog on an isolated Maine island.  It's gotten many many thumbs up from all my local patrons, so I'm anxious to get into it.

The Season of Second Chances has been at the top of my wishlist for several months. One of my favorite genres, women's relationships and life stories, this one has gotten some great reviews so I'm thrilled to have it.

Some came as loaners from my sister and my daughter:

The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis.  My sister Chèli reviewed this one on her blog Chèli's Shelves back in November.  It sounded so good I borrowed it from her when we went to her place Christmas Eve.

The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell
and Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain both came from my daughter's library.  As a history major, she has plenty more where these come from, but I'm thinking they will really provide good reading for the WWI group.
Then there were  a couple that showed up as contest wins!
WOOT WOOT,  Two of my favorite authors, Margaret Maron and Julie Hyzy, who never fail to delight are now standing by to give me a good dose of reading relaxation when the heavy chunksters get too much.

What's in your mailbox this week (or month?)


  1. I've read a few books by Joe Coomer and enjoyed them. The Necklace was also good IMO --enjoy Tina

  2. George, Nicholas and Wilhem sounds kind of interesting. Can't get enough of those WW books. Congras on the wins, I hope you enjoy them.


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