Sunday, September 30, 2012

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? for Oct 1

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at Mailbox Monday. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Marcia is hosting for the month of October. You can also view the touring blog list here for the upcoming months.

I love my mailbox this week. This is what I got for review:

Things Remembered by Georgia Bockoven

Returning to her childhood home in the golden hills of Northern California means regret and pain for Karla Esterbrook. Yet she can’t refuse when her ailing grandmother, Anna, asks her to help settle her affairs. After all, Anna raised Karla and her younger sisters after their parents’ death twenty years before. But from the beginning a powerful clash of wills separated Karla and her grandmother, leaving them both bitter and angry.

Little does Karla know that a very determined Anna will do everything in her power to bridge the chasm between them. But can the wounds of the past truly be healed? For Karla, opening her heart could lead to more hurt—or perhaps to reconciliation . . . and a love the likes of which she has never known.

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

Once a month, eight students gather in Lillian's restaurant for a cooking class. Among them is Claire, a young woman coming to terms with her new identity as a mother; Tom, a lawyer whose life has been overturned by loss; Antonia, an Italian kitchen designer adapting to life in America; and Carl and Helen, a long-married couple whose union contains surprises the rest of the class would never suspect...

The students have come to learn the art behind Lillian's soulful dishes, but it soon becomes clear that each seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. And soon they are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of what they create.

The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister

Lillian and her restaurant have a way of drawing people together. There’s Al, the accountant who finds meaning in numbers and ritual; Chloe, a budding chef who hasn’t learned to trust after heartbreak; Finnegan, quiet and steady as a tree, who can disappear into the background despite his massive height; Louise, Al’s wife, whose anger simmers just below the boiling point; and Isabelle, whose memories are slowly slipping from her grasp. And there’s Lillian herself, whose life has taken a turn she didn’t expect. . . .

Their lives collide and mix with those around them, sometimes joining in effortless connections, at other times sifting together and separating again, creating a family that is chosen, not given. A beautifully imagined novel about the ties that bind—and links that break—The Lost Art of Mixing is a captivating meditation on the power of love, food, and companionship.

A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

This classic series has already inspired nearly 2 million readers, but both loyal fans and new readers will want this 20th anniversary edition of a Christian classic, which includes a foreword from the publisher, a letter from and Q & A with Francine Rivers, color map, an illustrated glossary, and discussion questions suitable for personal and group use.

The first book in the bestselling Mark of the Lion series, A Voice in the Wind brings readers back to the first century and introduces them to a character they will never forget—Hadassah. Torn by her love for a handsome aristocrat, this young slave girl clings to her faith in the living God for deliverance from the forces of decadent Rome.

The Ice Cream Hotel by Jack Johnston

It's time for an imaginative trip to an incredible, edible resort just for kids: The Ice Cream Hotel! Load up the car, whistle for your pooch and head off to a world where fun and ice cream are the only things on the menu. Take a dip in the hot fudge pool, make some new friends at the shake shack, and drop in on the best ice cream party the world's ever seen in the great hall-of-halls ... all this and more is waiting for you at the Ice Cream Hotel!

This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read. The kidlit version is being hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Read and reviewed:
Bullied by Carrie Goldman (excellent and eye-opening resource!)
Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know by Hy Conrad abnd Jeff Johnson (reviewed by Sandra, funny funny book!)
The Tale of Time Warp Tuesday by Leslie A. Susskind (middle-grade fiction, good but slow start)

Finished reading:
Dangerous Favor by Joyce DiPastena (really enjoyed this one!)
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (look for my review and giveaway of Oct 2)

Currently reading:
Twelve Months by Steven Manchester
Ungifted by Gordon Korman (middle-grade fiction)

Still Listening to:
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin (Loving this!)

Hope you all have a great reading week!

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