Monday, September 30, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event (details here).

It looks like Bob from Beauty in Ruins has stepped in as substitute host for September.  Please visit his blog, where he specializes in reviewing and posting on science-fiction, fantasy, and horror books.

We just got back from our annual road trip vacation.  I spent two fabulous weeks disconnected from the social network, exploring the Canadian Rockies.  We did nothing but hike, read, and relax.  I saw six bears! Including this gal who was walking along beside our car.

One of my favorite things about car vacations is how they offer opportunities to collect new books.  I love the Take-One-Leave-One shelves at B&Bs, Friends of the Library shops at local libraries, and used book stores in little towns.  I passed along the paperbacks I read while on vacation, but I brought back an enticing little stack of books for my own TBR shelves:

Field of Blood by Denise Mina.  I recently went to a book reading by Jump the Gun author Zoe Burke. who said she loves Mina's Glasgow mysteries.  This is the first of a trilogy I was happy to find.

Deadly Appearances by Gail Bowen.  It was fun to find this mystery by a Canadian author when I was on vacation in Canada.

MacPherson's Lament by Sharyn McCrumb.  This caught my eye even though it is the seventh book in a series I've never read. If I like it, I will go back and fill in.

A Mixture of Frailties by Robertson Davies. This is the third book in his Salterton Trilogy.  I have the first one, Tempest-Tost, so now only have to find the middle volume, Leaven of Malice.  I am on a Davies roll, having just finished, loved, and reviewed What's Bred in the Bone.

The Thanatos Syndrome by Walker Percy.  I enjoyed The Moviegoer, but haven't read any of Percy's other novels.  I intend to change that.

Bonjour, Happiness! by Jamie Cat Callan.  Might be fun. Might be stupid. 


  1. You can always count on Sharyn McCrumb for a great story! Enjoy your new books!

  2. I have enjoyed several Denise Mina this one is going on my list. Enjoy!


  3. I enjoyed Deadly Appearances a lot, and I hope you will too. I will be eager to see your reviews of the others, because all except the last one are ones I want to read.

  4. Two weeks disconnected sounds great. I love to buy books while on vacation.

  5. Sounds like a fabulous vacation. That's quite a bear, up close and personal. We saw a grizzley in Yellowstone a couple of weeks ago, but even our telephoto lens wouldn't make him seem very near!

    I love browsing B&B shelves to see what others are reading too! I love the Robertson Davies' covers :)

  6. Bonjour Happiness does look cute! Although you are right, because you never really know how those types work out.

  7. Gilion--I hope you enjoy that Denise Mina book. The trilogy that I mentioned to you preceded the one you're starting; it's called the Garnethill trilogy and contains these three titles: Garnethill, Exile, and Resolution. My faves!


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