Sunday, July 18, 2010

Monday Reading Report 7/19

I participate in two great reading memes each Monday. Mailbox Monday, hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page is a meme where folks share the yummy books that showed up at our doors! WARNING: Mailbox Mondays can lead to extreme envy and GINORMOUS wishlists!! It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly event hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Bloggers share books completed last week, the books currently being read and the books you plan to read this week.
I received two books for review this week. What We Have: a Family's Inspiring Story About Love, Loss, and Survivalby Amy Boesky is a memoir about a family where the women often die young of cancer, and Amy's fight to live a positive life out of that shadow. As a cancer survivor from a family of survivors I am eager to read this one.
Doctor Margaret's Sea Chestis a historical novel by Waheed Rabbani about a trunk found in the storage room of a Delhi, India hospital in 1965. The trunk belonged to a young female doctor who traveled to India in the 1880s. It sounds like it will be a really interesting read.
READ
I've been reading a lot of mysteries lately. This week I tried two series that are new to me: Goodnight, Ireneby Jan Burke, and Desert Noirby Betty Webb. I enjoyed them both and have put the second book in each series on hold at my library. I like "discovering" series that are a few years old because then I can read several of them really quickly. It's kind of like watching a TV series on DVD instead of waiting each week for a new episode!
Two other mysteries I've read have a historical twist to them. And Only to Deceiveby Tasha Alexander takes places in Victorian times, with the wealthy widow Lady Emily Ashcroft unraveling a mystery surrounding her husband, a man she did not know very well. It is the first in what is currently a 4-book series. Madeleine Robins Point of Honouris about Sarah Temperance, an independent woman in Regency London who makes discreet inquiries and is spectacularly adept with both a rapier and a short sword.
READING/TO READ
I'm about half way through Sunflowersby Sheramy Bundrick, historical fiction about the last 2 years of Vincent Van Gogh's life in Arles, France. When that's done I have M.C. Beaton's Death of a Hussy, from her Hamish MacBeth mysteries. Then I need to read Doctor Margaret and What We Have to review.
While you're here, be sure to check out my Giveaway for Hidden Wives by Claire Avery, a very interesting novel about two sisters escaping from a polygamous group.
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14 comments:

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

HI Elizabeth - I am putting the finishing touches on the post but seen on Twitter you were up so thought I would see what you have been reading :)

Sunflowers has a wonderful cover! Enjoy!

pussreboots said...

Enjoy your books. Four for me this week. They came this weekend. Pussreboots.

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

I hope you enjoy your reading this week. I've bought Hidden Wives (not eligible for your contest, Australia)and can't wait to read it. Hope you have a great week!

Cathy said...

Doctor Margaret's Sea Chest sounds really interesting. Enjoy your books!

gautami tripathy said...

Great report!

Here is mine!

bermudaonion said...

Enjoy your new books! I hope you enjoy Sunflowers as much as I did!

bookfanmary said...

Have a great week, Elizabeth!

Alayne said...

Hope you enjoy your books! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I love the cover of Sunflowers. I hope it is an enjoyable read.

Samantha said...

Sunflowers sounds interesting, I hope you enjoy it. I was just in Arles this May as I'm a huge van Gogh fan, so I bet I'd like this one. Have a super week!

DCMetroreader said...

What We Have sounds very compelling (sad, but engaging).

Enjoy your books!

Lisa said...

The Doctor Margaret one sound cool, I'm a sucker for anything involving sea stories and ships. Great mailbox!

Porch Days said...

I'm reading about ten books a week right now as we sit and wait for things to be resolved with our VA house so we can move to CT. The stories are blending together. Just finished a new book by Nancy Thayer. I enjoy all her books and you might too.

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I hope you enjoy it,Sunflowers has a wonderful cover!Thank you for bringing such nice posts.