Monday Memes - It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading?, In My Mailbox, Mailbox Monday - June 18, 2012

6/18/2012 10:49:00 PM

"Mailbox Monday" is the brainchild of Marcia at The Printed Page.  Martha has closed The Printed Page effective December 18th and set up Mailbox Monday on it's own blog here:

June's host is Marie at Burton Book Review!   Hop on over, link up, and join the fun!

"In My Mailbox" is hosted by The Story Siren

Every week we'll post about what books we have that week (via your mailbox/library/store bought)! Everyone that agrees to participate will try to visit each other's list and leave comments!  Everyone is welcome to join! You can join at anytime and you DO NOT have to participate every week.

I guarantee that you will add to your reading list by visiting the participating blogs in both of these memes!

I only received one book this week (don't forget to enter my giveaway for your own copy)!

The Secret Keeper by Sandra ByrdThe Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr by Sandra Byrd - For review through Historical Fiction Book Tours - Released June 5, 2012 - (The Book Depository / Amazon) - Although I had a blog tour scheduled, I neglected to put a "read" reminder on my calendar, so when the "blog tour" reminder popped up, I realized that I didn't have the book yet - it ended up here on Friday, so I set other reading aside in order to get my review up before the giveaway ends!  A very compelling, but quick, read.  Look for my review tomorrow evening!

Goodreads description:

The author of To Die For returns to the court of Henry VIII, as a young woman is caught between love and honor.

Juliana St. John is the daughter of a prosperous knight in Marlborough. Though her family wants her to marry the son of her father’s business partner, circumstances set her on a course toward the court of Henry VIII and his last wife, Kateryn Parr.

Sir Thomas Seymour, uncle of the current heir, Prince Edward, returns to Wiltshire to tie up his business with Juliana’s father’s estate and sees instantly that she would fit into the household of the woman he loves, Kateryn Parr. Her mother agrees to have her placed in the Parr household for “finishing” and Juliana goes, though perhaps reluctantly. For she knows a secret. She has been given the gift of prophecy, and in one of her visions she has seen Sir Thomas shredding the dress of the king’s daughter, the lady Elizabeth, to perilous consequence.

As Juliana learns the secrets of King Henry VIII’s court, she faces threats and opposition, learning truths about her own life that will upset everything she thought she once held dear.

What Are You Reading?

"What Are You Reading?" is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  Click over to see what other readers are into this week and add to your TBR pile!

So, due to upcoming release dates as well as a late blog tour arrival, I didn't stick to my reading schedule, but after a book or two, I'll be back on track!

REVIEWED:  (click the cover to go to the review):

Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende
4.5 of 5 stars
"Quick Take" review
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
2 of 5 stars
"Quick Take" review

(Click on the cover for the Goodreads page)

The Sometimes Daughter by Sherri Wood Emmons
Hard copy
The Concubine Saga by Lloyd Lofthouse
Hard copy
The Taker by Alma Katsu
Hard copy
The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr by Sandra Byrd
Hard copy

(Click on the cover for the Goodreads page)

The Divorce of Henry VIII by Catherine Fletcher
Hard copy
25 Favorite Novels 2

Next to be read on the personal pile (click cover for Goodreads page):

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Night Train by Clyde Edgerton The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

No, I did NOT get to any books on my personal pile this week :(

Next to be read on the hard copy review pile (click cover for Goodreads page):

The Third Gate by Lincoln Child The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel


The Secret Keeper by Sandra Byrd

This was a read that I was quickly able to get into.  The writing flows well, and the story is compelling. I think it would be a good read for those who LOVE historical fiction and are crazy about the Tudor time period, but it would also be a good "wet your whistle" book for those who are new to historical fiction and the Tudors as well.  Unlike "some" historical novels, it is also suitable for the sensitive reader, as it is not sex-centric :)  (yes, I know ... I LIKE to make up my own words!)

How was YOUR reading week?  Please leave a link to YOUR "What Are You Reading/In My Mailbox/Mailbox Monday" post(s) in the comments (I'd love to come visit) or simply comment with what your reading week was like!


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  1. I have The Secret Keeper on my list too. Glad that you enjoyed it.

  2. Every time I see Bring up the Bodies, I remember that I must read Wolf Hall!
    Have a wonderful week. :)


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