I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I know I did, but I think I’ll post about the book festival I attended later this week.

In the meantime, I received a few good looking books this week.

All the Way Home by David Giffels

(from PaperbackSwap)

With their infant son in tow, David Giffels and his wife comb the environs of Akron, Ohio, in search of just the right house for their burgeoning family. But nothing seems right . . . until they spot a beautiful, decaying Gilded Age mansion. A former rubber industry executive’s domain, the once grand residence lacks functional plumbing and electricity, leaks rain like a cartoon shack, and is infested with all manner of wildlife. But for a young man at a coming-of-age crossroads—”suspended between a perpetual youth and an inevitable adulthood”—the challenge is exactly the allure.

All the Way Home follows Giffels’s funny, poignant, and confounding journey as he and his wife and a colorful collection of helpers turn a money pit into a house that will complete their family. But the story’s heart lies deeper, in an unexpected series of personal hardships that call into question what “home” really means, and what it means to grow up.

Theodora by Stella Duffy

(for review via NetGalley)

Roman historian Procopius publicly praised Theodora of Constantinople for her piety-while secretly detailing her salacious stage act and maligning her as ruthless and power hungry. So who was this woman who rose from humble beginnings as a dancer to become the empress of Rome and a saint in the Orthodox Church? Award-winning novelist Stella Duffy vividly recreates the life and times of a woman who left her mark on one of the ancient world’s most powerful empires. Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore is a sexy, captivating novel that resurrects an extraordinary, little-known figure from the dusty pages of history.

Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski

(for review via NetGalley)

Charlie Hardie, an ex-cop still reeling from the revenge killing of his former partner’s entire family, fears one thing above all else: that the same thing will happen to him. Languishing in self-imposed exile, Charlie has become a glorified house sitter. His latest gig comes replete with an illegally squatting B-movie actress who rants about hit men that specialize in making deaths look like accidents. Unfortunately, it’s the real deal. Hardie finds himself squared off against a small army of the most lethal men in the world. It’s nothing personal–the girl just happens to be obstructing the girl just happens to be the next name on their list. For Hardie, though, it’s intensely personal. He’s not about to let more innocent people die. Not on his watch.

I also purchased a couple of guide books.  We’re heading to Hatteras Island in June.

Mailbox Monday is taking a blog tour. This month’s host is Mari at MariReads. Head over there to see what goodies others got in their boxes and to share your own loot.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Here’s my report for today.

Last Week’s Reviews:

Other Posts:

Finished Last Week:

  • “The Nightingale” by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The  Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Currently Reading :

  • In Christ Alone by Sinclair B. Ferguson
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Currently Listening to:

  • The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket (with Amber)
  • The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rhineheart

Up Next:

  • The Hanging Wood by Martin Edwards

What have you been reading?