Sunday, January 10, 2016

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? for Jan 11

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.

What a crazy first week in January. My daughter came down with the stomach flu. Now we're dreading as to who will get it next. Not fun!

Some great books in my mailbox this past week:

I love YA historical fiction and look forward to reading this one:

The Lady Bornekova by Sara R. Turnquist

The red-headed Karin is strong-willed and determined, something she inherited from her father. She tries to keep her true nature a secret to avoid being deemed a traitor by those loyal to the king. Karin and her father butt heads over her duty to her family and the Czech Crown. She is then sequestered to the Royal Viscount’s hunting lodge. 

Not aware of everything that is happening, she becomes the target of an individual with murderous intent. Her heart soon becomes entangled though her father intends to wed her to another. The turmoil inside Karin deepens and reflects the turmoil of her homeland, on the brink of the Hussite Wars.

The following three are on tour with iRead Book Tours:

Mukhabarat, Baby! My Life as a Wartime Spy for the CIA by Eric Burkhart (memoir)

This is the story of a young American who would eventually fulfill his dream of becoming a CIA Case Officer, only to have a promising career cut short after having been purposely poisoned by a contact. 

Eric Burkhart was raised in Europe in a bilingual household, and accepted a job in Africa right out of college. Upon his return to the United States, he was hired as an Immigration Agent in Laredo, Texas, working Inspections on one of the busiest port-of-entries connecting the United States and Mexico. This experience is detailed in this humorous, occasionally heartbreaking memoir about choosing to be a survivor. 

Follow Burkhart through the battlefields of Iraq, past the Iraqi Insurgency, and to his next assignment in Africa. Burkhart leaves no emotion unexpressed as he details his medical struggles with the horrific damage caused to his body from Toxic Exposure. Wracked by pain, Burkhart reaches the point where he must consider quality of life issues, and has to accept retirement as a necessary decision. Burkhart has a story to tell, and leaves no stone unturned during this turbulent time both in his life, and in our history.

To Be A Child by Debra Schoenberger (photography)

Give a child a cardboard box and his imagination will turn it into anything but!

Today, it is less common to see children playing in the streets, especially in urban areas. The plethora of ready-made toys should make any child happy. What usually happens is that the box the toy came in becomes the toy!

This book documents children at play (and at times at work) from 10 different countries. A child's ingenuity never ceases to amaze me and I hope you will share these images with your children as well.

Adventures Abroad by Robert Nelson (non-fiction)

Adventurers Abroad explains in detail who the new American expat generation is, why they are moving abroad, where they are moving abroad and the personal characteristics required for expat success.

But the heart of the book is 14 personal stories told through the eyes of American expats living in all corners of the world. Through their experiences, readers will learn how to move, live and work in a variety of countries, with practical advice and information that is useful for any aspiring expat.

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:

Kill and Run by Lauren Carr

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands (one of the best in MG fiction)

Giving Candy to Strangers by Stan Holden (Book spotlight, guest post and giveaway)

Up Next:

Stop by and enter my giveaways!

Hope you all have a great reading week.

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  1. Great books this past week Laura. Enjoy

  2. YA historical fiction is hard to find. I hope you love your new books!

  3. Enjoy your books! They are all new to me....thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  4. Have a good week, Laura. I hope your daughter is feeling much better very soon.

    1. Thanks, Mary. She's already feeling much better and has regained her appetite.

  5. Such an interesting mix of books! Here's my list for the week:

  6. To Be A Child sounds like a fantastic diversity book. Adding to my Wishlist.

  7. The Lady Bornekova looks good.

    ENJOY all of your books and your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  8. "The Lady Bornekova" sounds fascinating...I'm going to have to look for that one.

  9. While not a big historical fan I do read some and your books look very enticing!

  10. Hope you guys get off easy with the flu! that's no fun... Lady Bornekova looks good, I like the sound of the Czech setting, and the expat book as well. My cousin lives overseas and has for several years, so that would be interesting to look into further.

    1. Yes, my sister is an expat. We hear of more and more young people choosing to live abroad. With the Internet to keep communication alive, they don't seem to be as far.

  11. Wow, some great reads there! I hope your daughter is feeling better and everyone stays well!

    1. Me too. I don't usually get sick but the stomach flu is such a tough virus.

  12. Hope you enjoy Lady Bornekova! I like to read a good YA HF now and then.

    And hope your daughter feels better soon. Stomach flu is the worst.


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