Sunday, September 13, 2015

Mailbox Monday (119)

Not only is today the end of the weekend, but it's the end of the Jewish year. Tomorrow I'll be heading to services with Elley in tow. We may only be staying for the children's service, but it will be the first year of many for her of High Holy day services. First though, here's a look at the books that have made their way into our home in the recent weeks.
Mailbox Monday
From PJ Library
Sammy Spider's First Book of Jewish Holidays by Sylvia A. Rouss
Speaking of Jewish holidays, in this book Sammy Spider shows how we celebrate Jewish holidays throughout the year. I love the illustrations and think it's adorable. I'd even say it's my favorite of all the PJ Library books we've received so far.

Math at the Art Museum by Group Majoongmul
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
While visiting my dad in California (which I'll be finishing up writing about this week), he gifted me and Elley these two books. The first, for Elley, shows various famous paintings and explains the concepts of perspective, composition, and symmetry through them. The second, instead for me, is a YA book, one that was recently made into a movie.

From the Publisher
The Sea Beach Line by Ben Nadler
This one surprised me a bit. It's a mystery, which isn't the type I normally read. But it's about a Polish-Israeli street vendor, which intrigues me a bit, and I'm guessing is part of the reason I wound up receiving it.

From My Mom
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Going through my mom's books I found this one, about a Bangladeshi woman who is sent to London for her arranged marriage. It's a book I wound have likely picked up on my own, but knowing it was one of my mom's makes me want to read it even more.

Childbirth Choices in Mothers' Words by Kim Selbert
It may be a bit odd adding a book about childbirth 9 months after my daughter was born. Except this book, which is a collection of birth stories, includes my mom's. As in the birth stories she wrote about having me and my brother. It's a little bittersweet reading it, especially when she talks about having her mother with her when I was born, since she couldn't do the same with me, but I'm so happy to have it. So far hers is the only one of the stories I've read, but I do plan on reading the rest.

For Review from TLC Book Tours
The Determined Heart by Antoinette May
I started this book last night, and so far really like it. It's a historical fiction about Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. Even now I really have no idea who Mary Shelley was, and only recently put together the fact that Frankenstein was written by a woman, so I know it's one where I'll learn a lot and hopefully enjoy along the way.

Broken Homes & Gardens by Rebecca Kelley
I've actually already read and reviewed this one. It's a cute chick lit type book that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

What did you find in your mailbox this week?


  1. Brick Lane has been on my TBR list for a long time! I'll be curious to see what you think of it when you read it! I didn't buy any books this week (as usual) but I did download "Circling the Sun" from the library which is the newest novel by the author of "The Paris Wife."

  2. That is wonderful your mother is in the book you received.

    The Sea Beach Line sounds good too.

    ENJOY all of your books and your week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  3. Ooh, despite being a children's book, I love the sound of Math at the Art Museum - what a lovely gift to treasure in the years to come.

  4. Oh how special that your mom's birth stories are in Childbirth Choices.I love the title Broken Homes and Gardens. I'm off to check out your review. Have a good week, Shoshanah.

  5. I listened to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl because I thought the movie trailer looked good. The book was too crude for me.

  6. I have Broken Homes and Gardens, and I'm looking forward to it. I'm also curious about Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Enjoy!


  7. The Sea Beach Line sounds really good! I think it would be awesome to read my moms thoughts on the birth of me and my twin brother.

  8. That is so cool that you can read about your birth in your mother's own words. I'm sorry it was a bittersweet read though.

    1. Also we have a TON of Sammy Spider books. We bought one for Sam when he was nine months old (Sammy Spider's First Chanukah) and we've been getting them ever since.