Monday, February 7, 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 the library of clean reads. Stop by there to check out everyone else's mailboxes.

From the author, I received
From the Goodreads description: While Olivia deBelle Byrd was repeating one of her many Southern stories for the umpteenth time, her long-suffering husband looked at her with glazed over eyes and said,“Why don’t you write this stuff down?” Thus was born Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle. If the genesis for a book is to shut your wife up, I guess that’s as good as any. On top of that, Olivia’s mother had burdened her with one of those Southern middle names kids love to make fun. To see “deBelle” printed on the front of a book seemed vindication for all the childhood teasing. With storytelling written in the finest Southern tradition from the soap operas of Chandler Street in the quaint town of Gainesville, Georgia, to a country store on the Alabama state line, Oliviade Belle Byrd delves with wit and amusement into the world of the Deep South with all its unique idiosyncrasies and colloquialisms.Sounds wonderful, can't wait to dive in!



For myself I purchased.......
From the Goodreads description: Before A.M. Homes was born, she was put up for adoption. Her birth mother was a twenty-two- year-old single woman who was having an affair with a much older married man with children of his own. The Mistress’s Daughter is the story of what happened when, thirty years later, her birth parents came looking for her. I love a good memoir - crossing my fingers it is as good as it sounds.






And for next year's Christmas reading, I found.....
From the Goodreads description: She was my first kiss. My first love. She was a little match girl who could see the future in the flame of a candle. She was a runaway who taught me more about life than anyone has before or since. And when she was gone my innocence left with her. The story doesn't specifically say Christmas but these little gift books say Christmas to me so I'll save it for then.









I got two audiobooks this week, one from a friend and one from a second-hand store......
From the Goodreads description: The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life. I've already started this one and so far it is great - better than the movie.

From the Goodreads description:"Why was an elegant lady brutally murdered the night before 9/11? Why was a successful New York banker not surprised to receive a woman's left ear in the morning mail? Why did a top Manhattan lawyer work only for one client, but never charge a fee? Why did a young woman with a bright career steal a priceless Van Gogh painting? Why was an Olympic gymnast paid a million dollars an assignment when she didn't have a bank account?" All these questions are answered in False Impression, but not before a journey of twists and turns that will take readers from New York to London to Bucharest and on to Tokyo, and finally to a sleepy English village, where the mystery of Van Gogh's last painting will finally be resolved. I've never read Jeffrey Archer, despite his having written gobs of books.





And on the iPad, I downloaded a few freebies including this one.....
From the Goodreads product description: A penniless young knight with few prospects, William Marshal is plucked from obscurity when he saves the life of Henry II's formidable queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. In gratitude, she appoints him tutor to the heir to the throne. However, being a royal favourite brings its share of conflict and envy as well as fame and reward. William's influence over the volatile, fickle Prince Henry and his young wife is resented by less favoured courtiers who set about engineering his downfall. In a captivating blend of fact and fiction, Elizabeth Chadwick resurrects one of England's greatest forgotten heroes, restoring him to his rightful place at the apex of the Middle Ages, reflecting through him the tumults, triumphs, scandals and power struggles that haven't changed in eight hundred years. Chadwick is also new to me but this time period sounds interesting and, of course, it was free!





7 comments:

Elysium said...

Absolutely loved The Greatest Knight! And Miss Hildreth was so funny. Enjoy!

Farrah from The Book Faery Reviews said...

I downloaded The Greatest Knight too and had seen The Mistress' Daughter before at B&N. Almost got it but didn't. I'll have to check back again to see what you thought of the Memoir.

Kaye said...

Looks like you got an amazing mailbox this week. Enjoy all your new reads.

Mary said...

I picked up The Greatest Knight too - it's been on my wish list for quite a long time. Enjoy your reading this week!

Tribute Books Mama said...

here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/02/mailbox-monday-in-this-way-i-was-saved.html

bermudaonion said...

I can't believe you're thinking about reading for Christmas already! If you're looking for some audiobooks at good prices, I found some at Tuesday Morning - not sure if you have one close to you or not.

Melissa Mc (Gerbera Daisy Diaries) said...

Seems that everyone downloaded the Greatest Knight...because I did too! I hope it's good!