Monday, February 03, 2014
Mailbox Monday: staggering piles
Posted by JaneGS
is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. Visit MailBox Monday to find out what other bloggers received over the past week--you may find your next favorite book in their piles!
After going for weeks without doing a Mailbox Monday, here I am doing two in a row, but I have had a lot of books flying into my house over the past week.
Here's what I got:
Trains and Lovers, by Alexander McCall Smith - the stories of four strangers on an Edinburgh to London train. I love stuff like this--maybe because I'm one of those people who imagines the stories of strangers on mass transit myself. I really enjoyed his 44 Scotland Street series, and like the man-on-the-Scottish-street type of story.
The Last Kingdom, by Bernard Cornwell - book #1 in the Saxon Chronicles, this one has the Danes invading Britain. I've heard great things about this series so I'm eager to dive back in time.
Moon Tiger, by Penelope Lively - I enjoyed her Heat Wave so much that I wanted to read another Lively novel, and this Booker Prize winner seemed like a good choice.
Homeland and Other Stories, by Barbara Kingsolver - a collection of twelve stories, published in 1989. I didn't start reading Kingsolver until just a few years ago, so I'm trying to fill in the gaps from her early years.
The Heather Blazing, by Colm Toibin - I seem to be on a Toibin kick lately, and like his work. I found this at a book sale for $.50 so I figured I had nothing to lose. I really liked his Brooklyn.
Kinds of Love, by May Sarton - I'm trying to read more contemporary fiction this year, and I have a couple of Sarton books on my TBR shelf, but again, I found this at a book sale, and thought it looked promising.
The Proud Tower, by Barbara Tuchman - part of the WWI reading project. I have wanted to read this for years, but I had to have it in order to do so!