Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Mailbox

More goodies in the mailbox for me and for my youngest child who has fallen in love with a new series. Is there anything cooler as a reading mama than to have your child so immersed in a book that he not only doesn't turn out the light at night but he doesn't grab the iPad during the day and he runs backs inside the house as you leave for his soccer practice to make sure he has his book to read on the 10 minute drive there? I am surely raising this one right! This past week's mailbox arrivals:

Together Tea by Marjan Kamali came from Ecco and TLC Book Tours for a blog tour.

I am fascinated by other cultures' attitudes towards marriage and finding an appropriate spouse so this novel about an Iranian American young woman and her mother who clash over the mother's matchmaking is right up my alley.

Edge of Heaven by Eva McCall came from me for me (because if I buy books for someone else, I can't very well leave myself out, now can I?).

This one has been on my wish list for too many years to count and I thought it was time to finally find a home for it on my shelves. Plus the story of a young half Native American woman who is given to a man by her father and suddenly finds herself a wife and mother to 13 children in the North Carolina mountains sounds haunting.

The Wolf Tree by John Claude Bemis came from me for my youngest son.

The second book in Bemis' folk tale series, my son is now addicted to these books.

The White City by John Claude Bemis came from me for my youngest son.

And the third book in the series.

Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt came from Algonquin Paperbacks.

Neighborhood dynamics are curious things, aren't they? This novel of a single Jewish mother and her son who are not welcomed into their new neighborhood and are further ostracized when one of the only other fatherless children in the neighborhood, and one of the few to befriend little Lewis, goes missing, promises to be uncomfortable and complex but definitely worthwhile.

Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel came from Harper and TLC Book Tours for a blog tour.

Aside from the fact that I am a sucker for books with the water related words in the title--in this case "sea," a plot where a mother must choose between her husband and her son promises to be riveting.

If you'd like to see the marvelous goodies in other people's mailboxes, make sure to visit Dolce Bellezza as she is hosting this month's Mailbox Monday and have fun seeing how we are all doing our part to keep the USPS and delivery services viable.


  1. I have Is This Tomorrow on my Kindle...and can't wait to read it!

    Enjoy your books...and here's MY SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY

  2. I've seen Together Tea on a few blogs, and it looks like a wonderful book. It's so interesting to read about other cultures and the Middle East always fascinates me. (When it's not Khaled Hosseini's writing, which is so upsetting to me!)

  3. Interesting reading this week, enjoy!

  4. Hi Kristen,

    Whilst nothing really jumps out of your selection this week and shouts 'read me', you certainly have some variety in your genres and some lovely titles, so I hope that you enjoy them all.

    It is so good to hear of children who would rather read than be glued to an electronic gaming device, or have their mobile phone clamped to their ear 24/7. We have real problems here in the UK, as I am sure that you do 'across the pond', with the amount of youngsters leaving education, without the basic reading and writing skills necessary to get them through everyday life. Reading should be not only encouraged, but manadatory, both inside and outside school hours. There are so many great books being written for the YA market these days, that there really is no excuse.

    Have a fantastic time at your cottage,


  5. I loved IS THIS TOMORROW. I didn't know it was a series. It was very good.

    I see you read THE OTHER TYPIST. I would LOVE to discuss what you thought about that book. Please e-mail me if you would like to discuss.

    ENJOY your week of books.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  6. This isn't the first time today I've seen Is This Tomorrow, maybe I should check the series out!

    Sea Creatures is definitely one I'm interested in!

    Here's My Mailbox

  7. Caroline Leavitt is an author I want to try.

  8. Congrats on raising an avid reader! I love to see my nephew get excited about books too (although he does spend a fair amt of time with video games too - grrr).

    I love the cover of Together Tea - I am on that tour too and looking forward to getting to it.

  9. That's awesome! Glad your son is so hooked on books. I know exactly how you feel, when I catch my daughter hiding her book and her flashlight long after lights out. ;)

    Happy reading!


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