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Mailbox Monday – 3/7


Mailbox Monday
This week is supposed to be pretty spring-like. I hope that holds true.

A couple of books found there way to my house this week. To check out everyone’s additions and add you own link, head to the Mailbox Monday Blog.


I picked this one up with an Audible credit.

Mailbox Monday – 3/7Arcadia by Iain Pears
Narrator: John Lee, Jayne Entwistle
Published by Random House Audio on February 9, 2016
Genres: Fiction
Length: 20 hrs 12 mins
Format: Audiobook
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Three interlocking worlds. Four people looking for answers. But who controls the future - or the past?

In 1960s Oxford, Professor Henry Lytten is attempting to write a fantasy novel that forgoes the magic of his predecessors, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. He finds an unlikely confidante in his quick-witted, inquisitive young neighbor, Rosie. One day, while chasing Lytten's cat, Rosie encounters a doorway in his cellar. She steps through and finds herself in an idyllic, pastoral land where storytellers are revered above all others. There she meets a young man who is about to embark on a quest of his own - and may be the one chance Rosie has of returning home. These breathtaking adventures ultimately intertwine with the story of an eccentric psychomathematician whose breakthrough discovery will affect all of these different lives and worlds.

Dazzlingly inventive and deeply satisfying, Arcadia tests the boundaries of storytelling and asks: If the past can change the future, then might the future also indelibly alter the past?


A signed copy of Banished Threads came for review. I’m reading the second in the series right now.

Mailbox Monday – 3/7Banished Threads by Kaylin McFarren
Series: Threads #3
Published by Creative Edge Publishing on March 20, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 258
Format: Paperback
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After arriving in England on a much-deserved vacation, Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen are quickly forced into becoming crime-stopping sleuths when a collection of priceless Morris Graves’ paintings turns up missing at her uncle's gallery. Determined to clear him of all wrong-doing and free his accused granddaughter, the treasure-hunting duo risk not only their relationship but also the life of their unborn child when it’s discovered that someone is determined to destroy the Lyons’ family by any means necessary.


This came from Nourish via Netgalley.

Mailbox Monday – 3/7Healthy Speedy Suppers by Katriona MacGregor
Published by Nourish on May 17, 2016
Genres: Cookbook
Pages: 176
Format: eARC
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Bursting with quick, simple and deliciously healthy recipes, Healthy Speedy Suppers will inspire anyone who feels too tired or busy to cook at the end of the day. Katriona MacGregor started her Speedy Weeknight Suppers column for The Telegraphonline in 2013, after a move back to exhausting London office life caused a slump in her diet. Resolving to break away from eating ready meals and cheese on toast every night, she began developing recipes that took no more than 40 minutes to make, were packed with good quality, wholesome ingredients, and tasted fantastic.

The recipes are fresh, seasonal and nutritious and showcase a broad range of influences from around the world. Ingredient lists are short, prep is kept to a minimum and the methods are relaxed - often featuring one-pot or one-tray cooking. All of them have been put to the test at home after a busy day in the office, and the ingredients are easy to find and can be scooped up on the way back from work. Ranging from the summery Strawberry, Fennel & Chicken Salad, to warming Aubergine & Red Lentil Curry and zesty Sea Bass with Thai Vegetable Noodles, there is something here for every mood, diet and seasons. Most of the recipes are wheat- and dairy-free, and are all naturally low in fat, sugar and refined carbohydrates. Also including a guide to larder essentials, suggestions for leftovers, ingredient substitutions and simple variations, this is a one-stop cooking resource for stressed, busy people.

Have you gotten any good books lately?

Mailbox Monday – 2/22


Mailbox Monday
This weekend was so gorgeous. It felt like spring!! I’m going to be disappointed when it snows later this week.

One new book found its way to my Kindle this week. To check out everyone’s additions and add you own link, head to the Mailbox Monday Blog.


Amber has been studying the Enlightenment in her history class, so we were talking about some of the philosophers of that time. When I saw At the Existentialist Café, I thought ooh, more philosophers and was happy to receive a copy from Other Press via Edelweiss.

Mailbox Monday – 2/22 At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell
Published by Other Press Genres: History, Philosophy
Pages: 448
Format: eBook
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Paris, 1933: three contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are the young Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and longtime friend Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them about a new conceptual framework from Berlin called Phenomenology. “You see,” he says, “if you are a phenomenologist you can talk about this cocktail and make philosophy out of it!”

It was this simple phrase that would ignite a movement, inspiring Sartre to integrate Phenomenology into his own French, humanistic sensibility, thereby creating an entirely new philosophical approach inspired by themes of radical freedom, authentic being, and political activism. This movement would sweep through the jazz clubs and cafés of the Left Bank before making its way across the world as Existentialism.

Featuring not only philosophers, but also playwrights, anthropologists, convicts, and revolutionaries, At the Existentialist Café follows the existentialists’ story, from the first rebellious spark through the Second World War, to its role in postwar liberation movements such as anticolonialism, feminism, and gay rights. Interweaving biography and philosophy, it is the epic account of passionate encounters—fights, love affairs, mentorships, rebellions, and long partnerships—and a vital investigation into what the existentialists have to offer us today, at a moment when we are once again confronting the major questions of freedom, global responsibility, and human authenticity in a fractious and technology-driven world.


Mailbox Monday – 2/15


Mailbox Monday
Today is President’s Day, so David and Amber both have the day off. I, unfortunately, am at work. And we’re supposed to get some nasty weather this afternoon, freezing rain or something.  Might be a good evening to cuddle up on the couch and read.

I picked up a few new books this week. To check out everyone’s additions and add you own link, head to the Mailbox Monday Blog.


Cupid’s Curse was a Kindle Freebie.

Mailbox Monday – 2/15Cupid's Curse by Kathi Daley
Series: Zoe Donovan Mysteries #4
Published by Createspace on January 1, 2014
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 161
Format: eBook
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When Cupid comes to town it seems everyone’s relationship is in for a challenge. Not only does Zoe suspect that her dad’s new girlfriend is really a killer, but Zoe is the only one who believes that her soon-to- be evil stepmom is guilty of such a dastardly deed. Add that to the fact that Zak clearly has a secret, Jeremy’s baby mama is making his life as miserable as her pregnancy is making hers, Levi’s girlfriend Barbie is on a rampage, and Ellie is caught in a brotherly love triangle, and you have a Valentine’s Day disaster in the making. When Zoe finds not one but two dead bodies all bets are off as she works with her friends to uncover the truth before someone she loves falls victim to Cupid's Curse.

Magic Words came from Vanita Books via NetGalley.

Mailbox Monday – 2/15Magic Words: From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit by Edward Field
Illustrator: Mike Blanc
Published by Vanita Books on September 1, 2013
Genres: Picture Book, Folktale
Pages: 24
Format: eBook
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Magic Words: From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit is a modern translation (1965) of a very old Inuit creation story by nationally known poet Edward Field. As a poem it captures beautifully the intimate relationship this Arctic people have with their natural world.
Magic Words describes a world where humans and animals share bodies and languages, where the world of the imagination mixes easily with the physical. It began as a story that told how the Inuit people came to be and became a legend passed from generation to generation. In translation it grew from myth to poem. The text comes from expedition notes recorded by Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen in 1921. Edward Field got a copy from the Harvard Library and translated it into English.


Buried Threads came thanks to Word Slinger Publicity.

Mailbox Monday – 2/15Buried Threads by Kaylin McFarren
Series: Threads #2
Published by Creative Edge Publishing on October 1, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 374
Format: Paperback
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Rachel Lyons and her partner Chase Cohen accept a contract to recover a lost priceless treasure in the Sea of Japan. However, upon arriving in Tokyo, they soon discover their mission is more complicated and dangerous than they originally believed. In order to prevent a natural disaster from striking Japan and killing millions, they must form an alliance with yakuza members, dive into shark-infested waters and recover three ancient cursed swords...before time runs out.

The Pocket Wife also showed up in my mail.

Mailbox Monday – 2/15The Pocket Wife by Susan H. Crawford
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on December 22, 2015
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
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Dana Catrell is horrified to learn she was the last person to see her neighbor Celia alive. Suffering from a devastating mania, a result of her bipolar disorder, Dana finds that there are troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia's death. As evidence starts to point in her direction, Dana struggles to clear her name before her own demons win out.
Is murder on her mind - or is it all in her head?
The closer she comes to piecing together shards of her broken memory, the more Dana falls apart. Is there a murderer lurking inside her . . . or is there one out there in the shadows of reality, waiting to strike again? A story of marriage, murder and madness, The Pocket Wife explores the world through the foggy lens of a woman on the edge.

Did any good books find their way to your house this week?

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