Monday, October 12, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page 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 & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This stack of books were all from our church bazaar. From bottom to top we have...
Outliers by Macolm Gladwell I keep looking at this one in the store - I believe the idea is that the people who have been successful - Gates and such - have put in hours and hours of time where others did not and that they had some advantage of timing, location, etc. to allow them to put in those hours.

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith I haven't read a Ladies detective book in forever - what a treat to find one!

Twelve Ordinary Men by John Mcarthur This will be an adoration hour book. Our church has perpetual adoration - the Blessed Sacrament, a consecrated host, is exposed for adoration in a small chapel 24 hours a day. Members of the parish sign up for a regular hour to sit with the Lord and spend time in prayer. I look for books to read during this time that are faith based and might lead me naturally to prayer and reflection.

Pope Joan by Donna Woodfolk Cross It seems hypocritical to talk of faith and devotion but have the very next book be one that goes against the teachings of the church! Oh well - I find books about the church fascinating - even secular ones. The premise of this one, that a girl was able to ascend to the papacy disguised as a boy is especially intriguing. I read it , I enjoy it, and I remember - it's fiction!

Say When and Dream When You're Feeling Blue both by Elizabeth Berg I've read two of hers before (Open House and The Year of Pleasures) and they were both good. They didn't make me run out and buy more but when these were in the piles I was happy to find them.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon This one got a ton of buzz when it came out but I never read it. I am looking forward to reading it now.


Caitlin said...

Pope Joan is an excellent read.

Serena said...

I haven't read any of these but have heard great things about Pope Joan! Happy reading.

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bermudaonion said...

My son is reading Outliers for one of his classes. I really want to read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. By the way, I thought about you this weekend on my trip because I listened to 2 of the audio books you sent me.

Anonymous said...

Of those books, I've only read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Pretty good read.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

I've heard wonderful things about Pope Joan - could have sworn I read it, but can't find it anywhere, so maybe not. Fascinating figure of history though. :)

Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

Karen said...

I enjoy browsing the books on your blog! Pope Joan looks very interesting. 12 Ordinary Men looks like it would be a good addition to our Parish Library. I'll have to check it out on amazon.