Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? May 9 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.

My 15-year-old daughter had the opportunity through her school outing to hear a holocaust survivor speak of his memoirs. She came home with a free copy of his book and recounted to me at length about meeting this 92 year-old man who spoke to the group of students. She was touched by the experience and we both look forward to reading Mr. Vertes memoir:

Alone in the Storm by Leslie Vertes

In wartime Budapest, Leslie Vertes escapes from the forced labour service. As he lives under false identity documents, each day he survives feels like a miracle. Yet when liberation day arrives, he barely has time to revel in his freedom before the new Soviet regime whisks him back into captivity. After two back-breaking years of labour, Leslie is released, but when his life is threatened again during the 1956 Hungarian uprising, Leslie realizes that he will not feel truly free until he leaves the country.

I had the chance to spotlight this book last month and now I've received a personal copy. I look forward to reading it!

The Winemakers by Jan Moran

1956: When Caterina Rosetta inherits a cottage in the countryside of Italy from a grandmother she's never known, she discovers a long-buried family secret -- a secret so devastating, it threatens the future of everything her mother has worked for.

Many years before, her mother's hard-won dreams of staking her family's claim in the vineyards of California came to fruition; but as an old murder comes to light, and Caterina uncovers a tragic secret that may destroy the man she loves, she realizes her happiness will depend on revealing the truth of her mother's buried past.

From author Jan Moran comes The Winemakers, a sweeping, romantic novel that will hold you in its grasp until the last delicious sip.

This series is on tour with iRead Book Tours staring next month:

The Regina Shen series by Lance Erlick

Regina Shen is an outcast forced to fend for herself in a world that bans books and artifacts from before the Great Collapse. An approaching storm could be the least of her problems. The World Federation condemns Regina and her family to live on the seaward side of barrier walls. Those walls were built to hold back rising seas caused by abrupt climate change and as a place to dump outcasts.

A hurricane threatens to destroy Regina’s world, tearing her from sister, mom, and home. Now Federation agents claim she has unique DNA that could prevent human extinction. It's too bad she doesn't trust them enough to barter fairly, let alone with her life. Three-hundred-plus-year-old Grand Old Dames rule the all-female Federation using a rigid caste system. Their notorious Department of Antiquities, under the command of Chief Inspector Joanne Demarco, polices barrier walls, destroys knowledge from the past to suppress dissent, and pursues Regina for her genome.

Regina survives by her wits on swampy islands and thrives on salvage from sunken cities, including illegal print books from before the Federation. With her photographic (eidetic) memory, she defies Antiquities by consuming salvaged books not available in the Federation, which makes her an outcast even among her exiled peers. With Antiquities in pursuit, Regina fights to stay alive and avoid capture while hunting for her family. Does she have the resilience to survive both the storm and Antiquities?

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. Enjoy your week! The Winemakers looks really tempting...thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  2. So good that you can read the memoir with your daughter.
    I liked The Winemakers so I hope you enjoy it.

    1. Yes, I remember reading your review. I love that it's set in Italy and it's historical fiction.

  3. I have not read anything by Jan Moran yet, which is surprising to me because I see her books everywhere! The cover on yours is especially appealing.

  4. That is really nice that you and your daughter can share Alone in the Storm which sounds like an interesting memoir.
    I hope you enjoy The Winemakers too.
    I hope you all are safe from the fire and I am praying for the safety of the residents and fire fighters. I hope they get it under control soon.
    Have a good week.

    1. I am situated in Eastern Canada and the fires are in central Canada so it's not affecting us, but we feel for the safety of our friends in that area.

  5. What a great opportunity for your daughter and I bet the memoir will be so much more personal for the meeting in real life. The Winemakers looks great.

    1. My daughter couldn't stop talking about this man, how he courageously told his story and did not look his age at all. We look forward to reading his memoir.

  6. I've read a few Regina Shen books and really enjoyed them. I hope you're enjoying them too!

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

    1. I've been told by other bloggers that it's a good series so I'm looking forward to reading them.

  7. The Winemakers looks good. I'll be interested to hear what you think. Great that you and your daughter are sharing the experience of reading the memoir together and such a powerful work. Enjoy!

  8. I like The Winemakers too.

    ENJOY your reading week, Laura.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  9. Winemakers and the memoir look good!


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