Mailbox Monday

14 Aug

My mailbox looks a little like this one!Welcome to Mailbox Monday!

Mailbox Monday is a place to share all the wonderful books that have come to live in your home– including paper books, e-books and audio books.

Mailbox Monday was started by Marcia, who is now blogging at A girl and her books. When Marcia was ready to move on from being the weekly host, she was kind enough to set up the Mailbox Monday Blog Tour, August’s host is Staci at Life in the Thumb.

As for my mailbox:

Books from the publisher:

Close Your Eyes by Amanda Eyre Ward

I was on Twitter a couple of weeks ago when @atrandom started teasing us with news of their Secret Read, an upcoming book that had them delighted.  When we gave in and asked for details, they wouldn’t tell us, but would send us a copy!

For most of her life, Lauren Mahdian has been certain of two things: that her mother is dead, and that her father is a murderer.

Before the horrific tragedy, Lauren led a sheltered life in a wealthy corner of America, in a town outside Manhattan on the banks of Long Island Sound, a haven of luxurious homes, manicured lawns, and seemingly perfect families. Here Lauren and her older brother, Alex, thought they were safe.

But one morning, six-year-old Lauren and eight-year-old Alex awoke after a night spent in their tree house to discover their mother’s body and their beloved father arrested for the murder.

Years later, Lauren is surrounded by uncertainty. Her one constant is Alex, always her protector, still trying to understand the unraveling of his idyllic childhood. But Lauren feels even more alone when Alex reveals that he’s been in contact over the years with their imprisoned father—and that he believes he and his sister have yet to learn the full story of their mother’s death.

Then Alex disappears.

As Lauren is forced to peek under the floorboards of her carefully constructed memories, she comes to question the version of her history that she has clung to so fiercely. Lauren’s search for the truth about what happened on that fateful night so many years ago is a riveting tale that will keep readers feverishly turning pages.

The Gap Year by Sarah Bird

Each month, TLC Books hosts a Book Club of the Month Contest, where one (or more) book clubs can win up to 10 copies of an upcoming book for their members.  (Sign up to get the monthly e-mails).  I thought this book looked interesting to me and the members of one of my clubs, so I entered– and one!  I have 8 copies, waiting to distribute.

Cam Lightsey, lactation consultant, is a single mom, a suburban misfit who’s given up her rebel dreams to set her only child on an upward path.

Aubrey Lightsey, a pretty, shy girl who plays clarinet, is ready to explode from wanting her “real” life to begin.

When Aubrey meets Tyler Moldenhauer, football idol of students and teachers alike, the fuse is lit. Aubrey metastasizes into Cam’s worst teen nightmare: full of secrets and silences, uninterested in college. Worse, on the sly she’s in touch with her father, who left when she was two to join NEXT!—a celebrity-ridden cult—where he’s a headline grabber. As the novel unfolds—with emotional fireworks, humor, and edge-of-your-seat suspense—the dreams of daughter, mother, and father chart an inevitable, but perhaps not fatal, collision . . .


Your turn

What came in your mailbox this week? Let me know, then go to Life in the Thumb to check out others!


Posted by on August 14, 2011 in books, meme


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19 responses to “Mailbox Monday

  1. laurelrainsnow

    August 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Wow, these both sound completely awesome! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your reading.


  2. stacilifeinthethumb

    August 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I read and really liked the first title and have only read positive reviews of Gap Year..enjoy!

  3. bluestockingbb

    August 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I’ve never heard of any of these books.

    Here is mine

  4. Anne

    August 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    The Gap Year sounds great. I am adding it to my TBR list.

  5. Diana Leigh (@bookofsecrets)

    August 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Close Your Eyes sounds intriguing! Enjoy your books. 🙂

    Diana @ Book of Secrets

  6. Sheila (Book Journey)

    August 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    The Gap Year looks good!

  7. Mystica

    August 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    The Gap Year sounds interesting! enjoy.

  8. RAnn

    August 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Interesting sounding books. Enjoy!

  9. Jess - A Book Hoarder

    August 14, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    These both sound great! I can’t wait to hear what you think about The Gap Year. What a great win!

  10. kay

    August 15, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I heard a lot of great things on The Gap year! Happy reading!

  11. gautami tripathy

    August 15, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Wonderful mailbox. I loved Close Your Eyes. Have a great reading week. Come check my mailbox!!

    Here is my Monday: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings post!

  12. BermudaOnion

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 am

    They both look good to me! I hope you love them.

  13. Mary

    August 15, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I’ve read good things about both books so I hope you agree 🙂

  14. kaye

    August 15, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Wow, those sound great. Close Your Eyes in particular caught my attention. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

  15. Beth(bookaholicmom)

    August 15, 2011 at 9:09 am

    These both look like great reads. The Gap Year has been getting some great reviews. I hope you enjoy both books. They both will probably end up on my wish list!

  16. mary Ann Langan

    August 15, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Two good ones, enjoy! them.

  17. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

    August 15, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I’ve seen both of these around the blogs and they sound good. Hope you enjoy them!

  18. Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

    August 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I recently read something on Close Your Eyes that made me extremely interested in it. I hope you enjoy it as well as The Gap Year!

  19. Leslie

    August 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    These both sound like good books. I have to spend more time on twitter!


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