Sunday, December 11, 2016

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday What Are You Reading? Dec 12 Edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

Man, I'm tired! Too much going on....I need a break. I'm not much of a TV watcher, but when I need a break, all I want to do is read books and watch movies. 

As the year is winding down I have been planning lots of stuff in 2017 already. I registered for BEA!! Their registration form is long and they ask lots of questions and even after payment my request to attend is pending. I'm registered as non-editorial media (iRead Book Tours) and not a blogger, and it's more expensive too, even with early registration. Funny, last year BEA called me to give me a price cut if I wanted to attend. Their attendance in Chicago was 10,000 less than the previous year. But they jacked up the price this year.

Lots of goodies in my mailbox!

Secrets in the Snow by Michaela MacColl

Jane Austen's family is eager to secure her future by marrying her off. But Jane is much more interested in writing her novels, and finds every suitor lacking—until the mysterious Mr. Lefroy arrives. Could he be the one? Before Jane can find out, she must solve a murder, clear her family's name, and face a decision that might cost her true love.

Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.

Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself. 

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.

To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father's identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother's best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.

Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother's killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she's secretly doing on her own.

Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she's close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it's too late.

The Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene

Raesha will do whatever it takes to win Nationals. For her, competing isn't just about the speed of her horse or the thrill of the win. It's about honoring her mother's memory and holding on to a dream they once shared.

Lighter. Leaner. Faster.

For an athlete. Every second counts. Raesha knows minus five on the scale will let her sit deeper in the saddle, make her horse lighter on her feet. And lighter, leaner, faster gives her the edge she needs over the new girl on the team, a girl who keeps flirting with Raesha's boyfriend and making plans with her best friend.

So Raesha focuses on minus five. But if she isn't careful, she will lose more than just the people she loves. She will lose herself to Lighter. Leaner. Faster.

The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall by Shannon Kirk

What if you could choose your heaven now? Go on a celestial shopping trip of sorts? Thirty-five-year-old Vivienne does just that, as she lies dying in the ICU; a fatal walk into the path of a truck. In her final week of life, Vivienne treks through the Heavens of a priest, a best friend, a homeless child, and a lover who never was. 

Vivienne’s guardian angel, Noah, who may just be her soul mate, escorts her through selections of Heavens and through the confusion Vivienne experiences as she flounders between a doubt of life and the certainty of death. Although her visits to varied afterlives provide peace and beauty, choosing proves not so easy: Vivienne’s love for her young son and her earthly father pull her from her colorful journey—and from her divine love of Noah.

The nature of love, the variety and magic of life, unending hope, and the importance of saying goodbye are central to this uplifting tale.

One to Ten: Squirrel's Bad Day by Carole P. Roman

Squirrel is running along a tree limb when she trips, losing all her acorns into the rushing water of the river below. Angry and frustrated, she doesn't know what to do. Her good friend, Rabbit, lends both a sympathetic ear as well as a solution. Rather than get angry, Rabbit tells her, rate the problem on a scale of one-to-ten. By identifying and realizing the true importance of the issue, the issue may not seem so overwhelming. Adorable forest creatures help the sad squirrel put everything into perspective so he does not to get stuck in a rut over something that may not be a big deal after all.

If you Were Me and Lived in... Israel by Carole P. Roman

Join Carole P. Roman when she visits the exciting land of Israel in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the Middle East to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land through the eyes of a youngster like you and understand what life is like in this exciting place. Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair world traveler.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

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  1. Wow, so many good looking books! I think Under Rose-Tainted Skies sounds the most appealing to me.

  2. those first two books from your mailbox look really interesting. I may have to add them to my list!

    Here's what I'm reading this week:

    1. Yes, they're both historical fiction and you and I like that genre! :-)

  3. Gorgeous covers!!

    Secrets in the Snow is very striking.

    ENJOY your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  4. You got some great-sounding treats in your mailbox. Enjoy!

    1. I love YA and don't read enough so yes this mailbox is a treat.

  5. Under Rose Tainted Skies looks like one I'd reading about agoraphobics.

    Thanks for sharing, and enjoy them all. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    1. I love most books that deal with some psychological illness or disorder so this title attracted me right away.

  6. Lots of books! Here is my IMWAYR:

  7. While I am way out of the USA I have seen posts about BEA and their being more selective of people attending. Will be interesting to see how it goes. Hmm and the price going up is another little interesting tidbit.

    1. Yeah...I'm curious about these changes. How much is hearsay and how much is true. I'll just have to wait and see.

  8. BEA sure seems to be rejiggering their attendance criteria- hopefully the process is not too onerous. Someone joked that it was easier to get a security clearance- I had to laugh.

    Nice mix of books- Secrets in the Snow, Love Lies and Spies, and Under Rose- Tainted Skies souns like a nice exploration of OCD. And The Extraordinary - I like the idea of exploring the different possible heavens, interesting idea.

    1. I do believe that it's okay to screen who attends, especially since the first 3 days od BEA really is for the business side of publishing. BookCon is for fans and readers. I've seen some book bloggers behave badly and was turned off by the Book Blogger Con. Seems like it's not happening this year, but again we'll just have to wait and see.

  9. Wow, so many good reads in this batch. The Austen one caught my attention.

  10. Nice week! I read that BEA was limiting blogger attendance in 2017 but I don't remember the number. The article said that they were going to focus more on book buyers -- which I suppose does make sense.

    1. Yeah...if they're limiting blogger attendance then I doubt they will hold Book Blogger Con. Thanks for visiting Leslie!

    2. I wasn't impressed with Book Blogger Con this year. Some people liked it, but I didn't get a lot out of it other than finally meeting some of the bloggers I know from online. If you were there I'm sorry I missed you! As of right now, I'm not planning on attending in 2017 -- NY is a little too pricey for me.


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