Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mailbox Monday: Murder and Poetry

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday!  December is a busy month, but getting to host MM makes it all the more festive for me.

MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event (details here).  Marcia is looking for someone to take over tour organizing duties.  Many people have volunteered, but I don't know that there is a final plan for 2014.


Do you plan do do any reading this Christmas week? Which ones? Please share!

MY READING LIST: During Christmas week, I like to read a chunky classic from the "Great Yarn" school of fiction.  Classics go along with holiday traditions and I am never in the mood for a thriller or anything depressing.

This week, I am reading Kristin Lavransdatter, the historical epic, set in 14th Century Norway, by Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset. I have an omnibus edition that contains the entire trilogy.

MY BOOKS: I did get a couple of new books this week:

The Last Dead Girl by Harry Dolan.  This is the book I asked Santa to bring me, but I got an early copy from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program. Happy me!

This third book in Dolan's David Loogan series is actually a prequel to the first two books, Bad Things Happen (reviewed here) and Very Bad Men (reviewed here).  I loved both and can't wait to read this new one.

Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues by Don Colburn, published by Finish Line Press.  This is Colburn's fourth book of poems, these based on the true story of a young woman facing breast cancer while pregnant. 

Colburn first wrote about Brenda in a series of newspaper articles for The Oregonian.


What books came into your house last week?  Leave your link below or in a comment.  If you don't have a blog but want to play along, leave a comment listing your new books.


  1. I've heard good things about The Last Dead Girl. Enjoy!

  2. Oh, I bet The Last Dead Girl is good!

  3. Hi Gilion,

    I too, am loving the sound of 'The Last Dead Girl' and I see that it has amassed some pretty impressive reviews and ratings, so all those people can't be wrong!

    Harry Dolan is a new to me author, but a definite for my own reading list, as all of his books sound equally intriguing and thrilling reads.

    I thought that the MM future had been sorted, when the post went up that all MM posts would be linked via the MM blog ...

    I noticed today when I checked back again, that Serena is asking for extra administrators to assist her with the posting duties ... so it all still seems to be up in the air. Let's just hope that a satisfactory solution can be found in the next week or so.

    Have a fantastic Christmas,


  4. I think I goofed up the first time posting my link. So, I've posted it again. Sorry about that :(

    The Last Dead Girl sounds very interesting. I love thrillers generally and I'm looking forward to knowing more about this series of books.

  5. I like that you have titles that are new to me. I am continuing my normal reading this week although I do have an couple of extra Holiday titles to squeeze in when I can.
    Happy reading and a Very Merry Christmas!

  6. Congrats on getting an early copy of The Last Dead Girl - Santa must know you've been good.
    Happy holidays!

  7. Enjoy your books. Thanks for hosting MM this December.

  8. Nice mailbox. I haven't heard of any of these books.

    ENJOY all your reads.

    THANKS for hosting.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  9. I will be reading during the Christmas Week.

    ENJOY your week.

  10. interesting mix, lol


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