Sunday, December 27, 2015

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading for Dec 28

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.

Okay, so I did some sleeping in, but there have also been late nights. My sister who lives in Switzerland is in town so lots of activities and get-togethers with good food, wine and Swiss chocolates brought from Zurich. Heavenly melt-in-your-mouth treats! It's going to be super hard next week when kids head back to school and my alarm clock goes off early...

Bought myself this one...I loved her first book:

The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

From the beloved author of Secret Daughter comes a moving new novel of a young man at the crossroads of life

Anil is the cherished son of a large family in rural India. As the eldest boy, he is expected to inherit the role of leader of his clan and arbiter of its disputes, dispensing wisdom and good advice. Leena is his closest companion, a fiercely brave girl who loves nothing more than the wild terrain they inhabit and her close-knit family. As childhood friends, they are inseparable—but as adulthood approaches, they grow apart.

Anil is the first person in his family to leave India, the first to attend college, the first to become a doctor. Half a world away in Dallas, Texas, he is caught up in his new life, experiencing all the freedoms and temptations of American culture: he tastes alcohol for the first time, falls in love, and learns firsthand about his adopted country’s alluring, dangerous contradictions. Though his work in a gritty urban hospital is grueling, Anil is determined to carve out his own life in America.

At home, Leena dreams of marriage, a strong and true love like the one shared by her parents, and leaves her beloved home to join her new husband’s family in a distant village.

Then things start to go wrong: Anil makes a medical mistake with tragic results, his first love begins to fray and a devastating event makes him question his worth as a doctor and as a friend. On a visit home, Anil rekindles a friendship with the woman who seems to understand him better than anyone else. But their relationship is complicated by a fateful decision made years earlier.

As the two old friends discover each other again, they must also weigh the choice between responsibility and freedom, and between loyalty and love.

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.

Posts From Last Week:

Fleeing the Hijab: A Jewish Woman's Escape from Iran by Sima Goel (This was an extraordinary memoir!)

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Hope you all have a great reading week.

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  1. Oh yum, chocolate! Sounds like fun.

  2. What a wonderful way to spend your holiday! The Golden Son sounds terrific!

  3. Sleep ins and very special chocolate - what could be more perfect, enjoy the NOW!

    1. I agree. Seems like the perfect combination during this time of year. I would add reading a book too. :-)

  4. This one sounds wonderful. Hope you enjoy it.

  5. I hope you love the Doerr book.
    Enjoy the last few days of the holidays!

  6. Loved All the Light. Hope you do, too!

  7. The Golden Son sounds good...ENJOY!!

    You will enjoy All The Light We Cannot See.

    Have a great last reading week of 2015...crazy how it went by so quickly.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  8. Chocolate and good books! What more could you ask for? Enjoy this week's reading. Here is what I read last week. Happy reading!

  9. Enjoy your new book. I've seen many positive comments on All The Light We Cannot See. I'll look forward to your reviews. Have a Very Happy New Year!

  10. Ooh, food, wine, and chocolates! Perfect! And it's always fun when guests are around....I loved my summer with my house guests.

    I have been sleeping more this week...getting up later, and staying up late, too. But napping during the day helps.

    Enjoy your week...I've heard good things about All the Light We Cannot See. Thanks for visiting my blogs.

    1. I very rarely nap, but the odd times that I do I feel better. Maybe I should incorporate this habit in my day schedule. :-)

  11. Good food, wine and chocolates...great way to spend the holidays! Enjoy your reading this week.

  12. I bet it's great having your sister in town. The Golden Son looks good. Enjoy!

  13. Hi Laura,

    We have had some of the best holidays ever in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland, around the Interlaken area. You must have been thrilled that your sister could visit at Christmas. It goes without saying that I would have been waiting open handed for the chocolate gifts ... you can't beat Swiss chocolate.

    'All the Light We Cannot See' has featured on quite a few blogs lately and is already on my 'Want To Read' list, so I shall be interested in catching up with some of the reviews shortly.

    Thanks for sharing and all Best Wishes for the New Year :)


  14. Happy holidays to you! We visited family for Christmas and had all kinds of goodies- brownies, fudge- but no Swiss chocolate! Bet that was yummy! :) Have a great week and happy New Year.

  15. Visits can be time consuming, but they're also fun. I love them. I hope you enjoy your new reads and I can't wait to see what you think about All The Light We Cannot See.

  16. I'm about to read All The Light We Cannot See as well! Looking forward to it!


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