Monday 10 August 2009

Monday Mailbox

Monday Mail is hosted by by Marcia at the Printed Page and you will find her blog here.

Do you like Postman Pat? How many episodes of that have I sat through over the years, with my girlies when they were young.

Anyway back to my mail this week.
I received a lovely email from Rosy Thornton this week, asking me if she could send me a copy of her book. She had read my comments over at Amanda's site The Zen Leaf and wondered if I would like to read it and review. I was over the moon to receive it as I had nearly picked it up in the library.

Another one came through the post this week, the rest I picked up around the charity shops and at the boot sale.

1) Looking for Alaska by John Green. I won this book recently over at Michelle's site Fluttering Butterflies.

2) The Diary of Anne Frank. This is one of those books I am ashamed to say I have never read. I feel really bad about that as I do think it is a book that should be read.

3) One For the Money - Janet Evanovich - I bought this because I wanted to know what everyone was going on about. You know I hate to be left out of things!

4) Last Chance - Sarah Dessen - again I hate to be left out of things and Sarah Dessen is creating a lot of attention recently.

5) Geurnica by Dave Boling. This one seems to have mixed reviews and it has only just come out in paperback. Here is a little snippet of what it is about.
'An atrocity that occurred in 1937 was the bombing of the Basque town Guernica as a way for the German's to test their modern warfare techniques and Franco to stamp his authority on the famously stubborn Basque people. `Guernica' follows a Basque family over three generations in the lead up, during and after the bombing that left many dead and many more injured. '

6) The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper - this is the 5 books of the series all in one book. Here is a snippet of information about the series.
Originally published in the 1960s and 1970s. The series is written as contemporary fantasy and depicts the struggle between the forces of good, called The Light, and the forces of evil, known as The Dark. The series is based on the Arthurian myths, with many connections to Celtic and Norse legend and is written primarily for older children and young adults.

7)100 Shades of White by Preethi Nair -Is about a mother who tells a lie to protect her children and that lie comes back years later to destroy the very people it was meant to protect. Nalini, has a carefree life in India until her husband sends for her and his two small children to come and join him in London. Uprooted, he abandons them ruthlessly and leaves them with nothing. In order to protect the children's' sense of self worth, Nalini tells them that their father died heroically in an accident and whole realities are build on this one lie as their fight for survival begins.

8)The Shaman's Last Apprentice by Rebekah Shamen - The Shaman's Last Apprentice is a true story that chronicles the extraordinary odyssey of one woman's magical journey into the heart of the Amazonian Rainforest.

So they are my books that I bought this week. What did you get? Do you have any of the above books? Have you read any of them?


  1. Great week for you :D
    You have some great reading in front of you

  2. I've never read Anne Franks diary either. We did snippets of it at school but never the whole thing - not sure why. I know my girls have read it. It shocked them both I think.

    Some interesting looking reads you got there. Good haul again :)

  3. Love your Postman Pat pic, my boys used to watch that many moons ago!
    That's lovely you are getting Rosie Thornton's book, it is always nice to be contacted by an author whose books you want to try or usually read.
    Once again great pick-ups in your charity shop/car boot sales. Happy reading :-)

  4. I hadn't heard of Postman Pat, but the picture made me smile :D

    And yay, Looking for Alaska! I can't wait to hear what you think. I adore John Green.

  5. Love the Postman Pat picture!

    Those books all look good. I hope you enjoy the Janet Evanovich book as much as I did.

  6. Hello Viviene! How I wish that books just appear at my doorstep like you guys!

    By the way, are you the one who made the cupcakes shown in your banner? I drool at the sight of them.

  7. Glad the book arrived. Sorry again that it took a million years.

    Also, I think I picked up Last Chance this week as well. It's the book I'll be reading next.

    Never seen a Postman Pat episode, I don't think. Elliot likes the books though.

  8. That's awesome about Crossed Wires! I hope you really enjoy it. I can't wait to read your review.

  9. Postman Pat is adorable! I bet One for the Money is not the only Evanovich you will read. The characters are just hysterically funny.

  10. Postman Pat photo is cute. I hope you enjoy this week's books.

  11. Great finds! Happy reading!

  12. I am infatuated with Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series - I hope you like it, too!

  13. I can't believe so many of you have not heard of Postman Pat.

    Peter - no I didn't make the cupcakes, I took a picture of them at our local cake shop.

  14. I can't wait to read your review of The Diary of Anne Frank. (I hadn't heard of Postman Pat either.)

  15. Oh, Looking for of my favorite reads last year! Enjoy them all!

  16. My goodness you sure have a pile of good books there. The Diary of Anne Frank is one of my favorites. I look forward to your thoughts on it. Happy Reading!

  17. Don't tell anyone but I'm secretly in love with Postman Pat LOL ;) I remeber him from my own childhood and now I'm watching the series with my four year old.

    I really enjoyed One for the money, I hope you like it as well! I read it when it was so hot here that I could hardly think, I struggled to find a book that I could endure in the heat. One for the money was perfect entertainment.

    Crossed Wires is in my TBR pile.

  18. I'd love to read CROSSED WIRES myself - the last few books I've read were heavy and sort of depressing! I'll be looking for that one to cheer myself up!

  19. Oh it looks like you picked up a lot of great books this week! I hope you enjoy reading all of them! :)

  20. If I ever make it to the UK, I'm going to make it a point to go to a charity shop - you find the best books! I love the little mailman in your picture.

  21. Great books you've got there, Viv!

    I've also not read The Diary of Anne Frank but have added it to my TBR not too long ago. *hangs head in shame*

  22. great books! The Diary of Anne Frank broke my heart a long time ago, but I am glad I read it.
    One For the Money was very good.


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