Mailbox Monday // It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading? - MONDAY MEMES - 01/13/2014

1/13/2014 11:31:00 AM

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday" is the brainchild of Marcia at To Be Continued.  Marcia has set up Mailbox Monday on its own blog here:

Every week we'll post about which books we have received that week (via mailbox/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!


The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd - For review from the publisher - (The Book Depository // Amazon) - Release date:  January 7, 2014
Goodreads description:
The Invention of Wings by Sue Kidd MonkFrom the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women

Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.

Hetty "Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid.We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.
As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.
This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.
Nothing Personal by Mike Offit - ARC for review from the publisher - (The Book Depository // Amazon) - Release date:  February 11, 2014 - This is for a blog tour on February 17th. With the success of "The Wizard on Wall Street", this is a timely release detailing the same sort of meteoric rise of a greed broker. 

Goodreads description:
Nothing Personal by Mike Offit
Warren Hament is a bright young man who wanders into a career in finance in the early 1980s. Nothing Personal is the extraordinary story of his rapid ascent toward success, painted against a landscape of temptation and personal discovery. Introduced to the seductive, elite bastions of wealth and privilege, and joined by his gorgeous and ambitious girlfriend, he gets a career boost when his mentor is found dead.
Warren soon finds himself at the center of two murder investigations as a crime spree seemingly focused on powerful finance wizards plagues Wall Street. The blood-soaked trail leads to vast wealth and limitless risk as Warren uncovers unexpected opportunity and unknown dangers at every turn and must face moral dilemmas for which he is wholly unprepared.
Nothing Personal is a stellar debut novel, which follows an increasingly jaded protagonist as he comes of age in a rarified, deeply corrupt world. Offit, a former senior insider, unflinchingly divulges Wall Street’s culture of abuse and portrays the insidious, creeping forces of greed, sex, and power---and the terrible price paid in their thrall
It's Monday!  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!

I read A LOT this week, thanks to the Bout of Book Read-a-Thon (and the fact that I'm not working and there weren't little grandbebes running around, only Bebe Boy James, since he was out of school for an additional three days due to the horribly cold weather).

READ (click cover for Goodreads page):

Worthy Brown's Daughter by Phillip MargolinThe Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen SchineBlack Girl White Girl by Joyce Carol OatesSomerset by Leila MeachamMayhem by Sarah PinboroughThe Feast of Love by Charles BaxterNos4a2 by Joe HillUntraceable by S. R. Johannes

1. Worthy Brown's Daughter by Phillip Margolin - eGalley - Review Upcoming
2.  The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine - personal hard copy
3.  Black Girl/White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates - personal hard copy
4.  Somerset by Leila Meacham - eGalley - Review Upcoming
5.  Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough - eGalley - Review Upcoming
6.  The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter - personal hard copy
7.  NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - personal eBook
8.  Untraceable by S. R. Johannes - eGalley - Review Upcoming

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

Phoenix Island by John DixonGod's Little Princess Bible Devotional by Sheila Walsh

CURRENTLY READING (click cover for Goodreads page):

The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau


 Chances to win!

God's Little Princess Bible Devotional by Sheila Walsh book review/giveaway
US through 1/26/2014


The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter
The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter

Do you ever pull out a book that's been sitting on your shelves for a while, and when you finally get around to reading it, you're just flabbergasted that you never picked it up before then?  That's exactly how I felt about this National Book Award nominee.  It was on my personal reading shelf for quite some time before I decided to add it to my pile for the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon.  I absolutely LOVED it!  If you can pick up a copy at your local library or bookstores, do it!  You won't regret it!

That's all for this week! How was YOUR reading week? Please feel free to leave a link to your hop post in the comments!


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  1. I received The Invention of Wings too. I am almost done with it. I really like it. I bet you will too. I see we definitely have similar tastes in books.

    You have a wonderful week. Love the looks of Somerset.

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  2. Wow, you did read a lot! I hope my copy of The Invention of Wings comes soon!

  3. Looks like you have another exciting week coming up. I'm going to look up The Feast of Love. What a treat to pull it out of your shelf and fall in love with it!

    1. I think you would love it, Laura! There's a little bit of stickiness in a couple of places with Chloe that probably wouldn't be considered strictly "clean", but it totally fits her character and age, and manages to be tastefully done.

  4. Hope you love The Invention of Wings!

  5. You got the hot book this week! Hope you love it.

  6. Looks like you read quite a lot! Your new books look good too. Hope your week has been good. Happy Reading!


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