Monday, January 3, 2011

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday started 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). This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Rose City Reader. Stop by there to check out everyone else's mailboxes. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I really should go buy a lottery ticket, I have been very lucky lately. All of these audiobooks are recent wins!

From Goodreads: New York's Lombardo's Steak House is famous for three reasons - the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick Daniels accidentally captures a key piece of evidence that lands him in the middle of an all-out war between Italian and Russian mafia forces.I have loved almost every James Patterson I've ever read. He may require a team of helpers to do it but he writes a great story! I'm really looking forward to listening to this one. This was a win from Mason Canyon at Thoughts in Progress, thank you, Mason!

From Goodreads: It all begins with a random meeting between a younger man and his octogenarian neighbor, Pearl, their attachment cemented by a blond-haired puppy. It isn't long before writer Glenn Plaskin, Pearl, and her husband, Arthur, form a profound bond that blesses all in its sphere. This includes a three-year-old boy named Ryan and his single dad, John, who also happen to be living down the same hallway in a downtown Manhattan high-rise, just opposite the World Trade Center. The group gravitates around Katie, the magnetic cocker spaniel whose domain is a 120-foot red-carpeted hallway the site of dog races, obedience training sessions, Halloween parades, and a passageway to parties and late-night exchanges of confidences. With an uncanny instinct for responding to the needs of her pack, Katie merrily trots up and down her territory, navigating from apartment to apartment, pushing open the doors purposefully left ajar and bringing the entire group together. This just has the "awww" factor, doesn't it? I have started this but am only on the first CD so Katie hasn't even arrived yet. I remember someone saying her picture on the cover just makes you want to break into baby talk. This was a win from Teddy Rose at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time, thank you, Teddy!

From Goodreads: When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
True confession would have me admit that I have dissed Nicholas Sparks in the past and then hypocritically I go and enter for his latest- and I win. BUT...I have never listened to a Nicholas Sparks so let's see how it goes. I'm a cryer so all his books leave me weeping even as I am saying, "That was so predictable, why am I crying?" Crying while driving may be a problem. This was a win from Luanne at A Bookworm's World, thank you, Luanne!


bermudaonion said...

Congratulations on all of the great wins! The trailer from Katie Up and Down the Hall makes me cry, so I bet the book's a good one.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I am wanting to get my hands on Safe Haven but am trying to read some of my books that are piling up here first. I hear it is very good! Enjoy!

Lori said...

Lucky you! Terrific wins. Enjoy them.

My MM is here:

Tribute Books Mama said...

read mine

Alyce said...

I've got Katie Up and Down the Hall too, and am really looking forward to reading it.

Mary said...

Nice wins!

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

Today is the first time I've seen anything about Katie Up and Down the Hall, and it sounds amazing... and I've now seen it on two blogs! :)

Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

Happy New Year

Mystica said...

Congrats on the wins! nice!!!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

Congratulations on the wins! I also have the "Don't Blink" audiobook .. I think I need to start playing them when I'm cleaning or otherwise occupied (maybe when I'm knitting ..oh! I think I'll do THAT!). It's so hard for me to simply sit and listen. Enjoy them all! Although I'm not necessarily a Nicholas Sparks fan, I've read that Safe Haven is 'different' than his usual, so I'm pretty interested in it!