June 7, 2012

Books in My Mailbox

I'm not the only one in the family who likes checking the mail.
Since becoming a book blogger I've loved checking my mail. It's so great to have new books arrive right in my mailbox! (Although I'm not sure that our mail carrier agrees. Packages of books have started appearing on our front porch with loud THUNKS when the mailbox is too small for them.) It seems that other bloggers do agree however, because I've noticed a meme called 'Mailbox Monday' appearing on many blogs.

It's not a Monday, but I've gotten lots of books in the mail in the last couple of weeks, some of which look pretty interesting!

There are two audio books from Simon and Schuster: Alan Furst's Mission to Paris, a spy thriller set in 1938, and XO by Jeffrey Deaver, which tells of a country singer whose stalker ('XO') has apparently started killing for love of her.

For a TLC Book tour I got Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin - a mystery about a woman who receives a letter from her purported mother, saying that she was kidnapped from her as a baby. Author Ben Coes sent me a copy of his newest espionage thriller starring former SEAL Dewey Andreas, called The Last Refuge. And I got a kids' book called Horrifa's Magic Makeover by local author Susan Krueger.

But the main part of my book mail still comes from Shelf Awareness. This month's pile included eight books for publication in August and September. The ones I'm most interested in are: American Empire: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home 1945-2000 by Joshua B. Freeman, which is pretty self-explanatory; a Swedish mystery called The Viper by Håkan Östlundh; and a 1930s novel, Not My Blood, starring Detective Joe Sandilands by Barbara Cleverly.

After listing all of them out this way, I've realized two things: there are a lot of mysteries in my future, and I need to start telling people 'no' when they email and ask if I want to review things. Yikes, I've gotta get cracking!

Which of these looks most interesting to you?

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