Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Today I'm linking up with Mailbox Monday. It was originally started by The Printed Page, and each month there's a new host. This month is hosted by Martha's Bookshelf. So let's get to the books!
Mailbox Monday
From My Mom
When I was home recently for my bridal shower I made a point to go through my parents' house and pick up a few items. I did go through the books as well and somehow managed to fly back with several. These are the books of my mom's that I brought home with me.

Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl by Susan McCorkindale
This is actually the book my mom was reading when she passes away. Her bookmark is still in it, and she was about halfway through. I remember talking to my mom about it in the hospital, telling her if she liked it she'd probably like the Pioneer Woman memoir as well. I wanted to read this then, and especially now that's there's more meaning behind it.

30-Minute Meals by Rachael Ray
30-Minute Meals 2 by Rachael Ray
What's for Dinner? by Michael Roberts
About a year ago my mom redid her breakfast room. She turned one entire wall into shelves, and filled it with cookbooks. Her thought was an entire wall of cookbooks was enough, and anything that didn't fit she didn't really need. Since she was getting rid of books these were some she set aside for me. She had them packed up in a box to mail, but never had a chance to fill it. But this time home I was able to bring them back.

The Geography of Girlhood by Kirsten Smith
The is a YA book told in verse I had never heard of. Although looking through it now, it's signed from the author and there's a note from my godmother inside to my mom which also includes, "P.S. Shoshanah might like it too!" So I guess I was meant to bring this back with me.

The Book of Splendor by Frances Sherwood
This is a historical fiction book about Judaism in 17th century Prague. I hadn't heard of this one either, but it does look like one I'd enjoy.

Immortal by Traci Slatton
Another historical fiction that was unheard previously. This one takes place in Florence during the Renaissance.

The Girl in the Red Coat by Roma Ligocka
I actually had heard of this one before. This is a Holocaust memoir about a woman who saw Schindler's List and realized "the girl in the red coat" had to be based on others' memories of her.

Motherhood & Hollywood by Patricia Heaton
A different type of memoir, this one written by Patricia Heaton of Everybody Loves Raymond

A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena De Blasi
This is a romance-y novel set in Venice. Looking through it there's a few recipes included as well.

For Review from the Publisher
The Car Thief by Theodore Weesner
I'm about halfway through this one, and so far I'm a fan. This book was originally published in the 1970s, and is being republished as an ebook this year. It's about a boy growing up and becoming and adult in 1950s Michigan..

From TLC Book Tours
I, Iago by Nicole Galland
I've already read and reviewed this one. It's a retelling of Shakespeare's Othello from the view of Iago. For more of my thoughts on it be sure to check out my review.

Dead Beautiful Melanie Dugan
This is a YA that's a modern day retelling of the Greek myth, Persephone. It looks like it will be an interesting read, so hopefully I enjoy it.

I know that there's a lot here, so thanks for reading along! And be sure to tell me what's in your mailbox this week.


  1. So many great books! I am going to have to add the Girl in the Red Coat to my TBR pile. It sounds really good!

  2. You sure got a haul of great books here. The Girl in the Red Coat sounds intriguing. Enjoy reading!

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  3. Aww what a nice mom! Mine isn't as well trained :-P

    I have I,Iago too- just read your review and I'm glad you liked it! It looks great!

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  4. Wow, that's a lot of books! Between books and wedding preparations, you'll be plenty busy!

  5. I couldn't do The Car Thief review so I took part in featuring it on my blog. Sure did look good.

  6. What wonderful memories you can now associate with these books! Thanks for sharing....


  7. LOL at your mom and the entire wall of cookbooks ought to be enough!! More for you ;)
    Looks like some interesting HF there also. Enjoy!
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  8. Nice batch of books - The Girl in the Red Coat sounds amazing! Have a great week and happy reading!

  9. Wow, what a great mailbox! A Thousand Days in Venice caught my eye. Thanks for visiting my blog

  10. A nice list of books, enjoy!

  11. What a haul! Those look fantastic!

  12. I'm looking forward to reading I, Iago although I might take a stab at Othello first since I have it here. Immortal and The Book of Splendor also sound really good. Enjoy all your new reads!