Sunday, December 27, 2009

Mailbox Monday: End of 2009


It's Monday, the day to share What We're Reading with J. Kaye and what books have arrived at our homes with Marcia @ The Printed Page. Only one book arrived this week. Get Luckyby Katherine Center came from Ballantine Books as part of a TLC Book Tour, in which I will participate in April. Here is what Publisher's Weekly has to say about Get Lucky: In her light third novel, Center (Everyone Is Beautiful) tackles sisterhood, but falls just short of poignancy. Sarah Harper is on the New York fast track at a top advertising agency until she grows a conscience overnight and sends out a company-wide e-mail debunking her popular bra campaign. Fired, she flies home to Houston, where she crashes with her older sister, Mackie, and Mackie’s husband, Clive. Turns out Mackie has problems of her own: after years of trying to have a baby, she announces she’s done. In an effort to do something good for a change, Sarah offers herself up as a surrogate. In the nine pregnant months that follow, Sarah juggles unexpected feelings for her brother-in-law and expected feelings for an ex-boyfriend, and instead of the pregnancy bringing her and Mackie closer, it drives them apart. Witty dialogue and likable characters keep the pages turning, but Center glosses over the depth of emotion inherent in carrying your sister’s baby to the point that you forget at times that Sarah is pregnant. It’s a fun, breezy book, but it doesn’t try to get to the heart of the matter.

I got 2 more library books this week, Envy by Anna Godberson, which is the third book in the Luxe series, and Black Hills, the latest from Nora Roberts. I began reading Flowers on Main by Sherryl Woods, but put it down because I was so eager to start The Borgia Brideby Jeanne Kalogridis. which I really enjoyed. It was fascinating to me that of all the horrible behaviors in the book attributed to various members of the Borgia family, the most disgustingly outrageous were true and the ones speculated upon by the author were much lesser crimes against nature and the laws of man. Now I'm reading another good historical fiction from the library,Portrait of an Unknown Womanby Vanora Bennett, and then I'll go back to Flowers on Main.
Visit J. Kaye's Book Blog to find out what other people are reading this week, and The Printed Page to see what arrived in folks' mailboxes. I always find great books to add to my To Be Read list.
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16 comments:

Mary said...

Ooh, I'd like to read The Borgia Bride. I read her book "I, Mona Lisa" a while ago and really liked it.
Have a great week!

Shweta said...

I liked Envy ..Hope u enjoy reading it ..I am yet to read the Nora Roberts latest ..

Yvonne said...

The Borgia Bride sounds really good. Enjoy your books!

Nina said...

I really want to start the luxe series, but I am still searching for the first one. :)

Have fun reading the books.

Ruth Schaller said...

Nice list! Hope you have a great reading week and a Happy New Year!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

These sound fabulous!

I did posts for What Are You Reading and for Mailbox Monday, on two sites:

http://laurel-rain-snow.blogspot.com/2009/12/its-monday-what-are-you-reading_28.html

http://laurelrainsnowcreations.blogspot.com/2009/12/mailbox-monday_27.html

Kristen said...

Get Lucky sounds fun and I'd definitely like to read The Borgia Bride. Happy reading this week!

Laura Hartness said...

Looks like you've got quite a few things to keep you busy, as alot of us do this time of year. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, too!

Laura Hartness
The Calico Critic

Laughing Stars aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

I am intrigued by the Borgia bride. Happy reading!

Mine is here

DCMetroreader said...

The new Nora Roberts book sounds intriguing. Hope you enjoy all your new treasures!

Justine said...

Nora rocks!!! Love anything she writes. I'm reading a weird/interesting book right now called The Art of Running in the Rain. It's a book written from a dog's point of view. Odd.

Justine :o )

Serena said...

sounds like a good read. Happy reading and happy new year.

concretenprimroses said...

Its fun reading about the books and also the suggestions in the comments.
Thanks!
kathy

J. Kaye said...

It's been too long since I've read a book by Nora Roberts. Love her books on audio.

Becca said...

How fun. I think one of my goals for 2010 is going to be to read more books. I read tons of blogs and some magazines...but few books at this point :(

Mynewscorner said...

Sounds really good. Hope you have a great reading week and a Happy New Year!