Monday, October 10, 2011

Mailbox Monday

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia at A girl and her books (fka The Printed Page), who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring meme (details here).

Serena at Savvy Verse & Wit is hosting in October.  Please go by and visit her wonderful blog. 

Many books came into my house last week from a variety of sources:

First, I had lunch with Larry Dennis to discuss his company, Turbo Leadership Systems doing some work with my law firm.  Larry gave me a copy of his book InFormation: How To Gain The 71% Advantage.  I don't read a lot of business books, but I'll read this one.

Second, Bob Sanchez, author and nonfiction editor at the Internet Review of Books, sent me a copy of his mystery, Little Mountain. I don't have a Kindle, so Bob was nice enough to send a paperback, but the Kindle edition is a steal at only $2.99! It looks great -- a Cambodian refugee now homicide cop in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Third, because I completed the Vintage Mystery Challenge, hostess Bev from My Reader's Block sent me a prize -- A PRIZE! For reading books. Does it get any better than that?  I chose An Oxford Tragedy by J. C. Masterman because this challenge has me hooked for good on vintage mysteries.

Finally, showing an uncharacteristic willingness to relinquish control, I gave a copy of my "Books to Buy and Read" list to Rachelle at my favorite Second Glance bookstore.  She found several nice copies for me, so I have a stack of new (to me) books, most of them on one or another of my book lists:

The Once and Future King by T. H. White (on the Burgess list)

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (on the College Board's Top 101 List and the MLA's 30 Books Every Adult Should Read Before They Die list)

What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg (in a nice Modern Library edition; on the BOMC's Well-Stocked Bookcase list)

An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro (winner of the Costa Book of the Year award)

Old Bones: A Gideon Oliver Mystery by Aaron Elkins (an Edgar Award winner)

A Case of Need by Michael Crichton (another Edgar winner)

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir (in a nice Everyman's Library reissue; on my own French Connections list)

The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award)

The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling (on the Easton Top 100 list)


  1. A lot of great reading ahead, enjoy!

  2. What a week! I thought I'd read all of Crichton's books, but A Case of Need is new to me. Enjoy!

  3. Little Mountain sounds very good as does The Once and Future King, a book I'd re-read.

  4. So many intriguing books here and when its such a nice mix as this, you are sure to have a good reading week.

  5. I remember reading The Once and Future King in high school English class and thinking I wouldn't like it - but I loved it.

  6. I can vaguely remember reading What Makes Sammy Run about 100 years ago but can't for the life of me remember what it was about. I'll watch for a review from you. I have the Solzhenitsen but haven't read it.

  7. How will you ever decide what to read first?!? Enjoy!


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