Mailbox Monday is a touring meme, and is hosted by Kathy at Bermuda Onion in August. It's one of my favorite ways to find new bloggers to follow and new books to read. Stop by and see what everyone else has just gotten to read.
I have two new books that I am very excited to read but that couldn't be more different.
Charles Dickens and the House of Fallen Women, by Jenny Hartley - I have wanted to read this book for years. Here's the first paragraph of a review Claire Tomalin did of the book in The Guardian:
Jenny Hartley's brilliant book fills a gap in Dickens studies. Vivid, intelligent and enthralling, it is about his setting up in Shepherd's Bush - this is 1847, when Shepherd's Bush was farming land outside London - a house in which girls from the streets, the prisons and the workhouses, girls who stole and prostituted themselves, wrecking their own lives and seemingly helpless to save themselves, might be changed through kindness and discipline, and so prepared for new lives in the colonies.I've found this project of Dickens' to be a fascinating facet of his multifaceted personality, and I think knowing about it might prove valuable when thinking about his other work (i.e., novel writing).
Deja Dead, by Kathy Reichs - this is the first in the Temperance Brennan mystery series that the TV show Bones is based upon. I enjoy Bones and have been interested to see whether I like the novels as well. It's exciting to have a new mystery series to follow.