Monday, December 20, 2010

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday....What are You Reading?

Mailbox Monday
is hosted by Jenny Q. @ Let Them Read Books (December Host)
We share what books that we found 
in our mailboxes last week.


Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook- review copy from Sourcebooks
Vixen (Flappers #1)- Shelf Awareness
Nocturne- unexpected copy from Vanguard Press ( I love this author!)

Hosted by Sheila
One Persons Journey Through a World of Books
Weekly meme where we discuss the books you've read
and those you plan to read in the coming week.

Read and reviewed last week:
Queen Hereafter- wonderfully descriptive historical fiction 4/5
Pemberley Ranch- refreshingly original take on P&P 4.5/5
The Perfect Christmas- cute Christmas story 3/5
The Perfect Love Song- not a bad way to spend a few hours 3/5

Tentative reviews for this week:
The Winter Sea- Wed

Books on the Nightstand:
still working on getting to these!!!

Life in the Thumb will be silent for the holidays 
December 23-December 26


  1. Enjoy your new books Staci; I have not read any of them.

  2. The Ex-boyfriend's Handbook looks like fun ;) Looking forward to your review of The Winter Sea.

    Enjoy the holiday break and festivities, have a wonderful Christmas with your family. Stay safe, healthy and happy :)

  3. hehehehehe...the "Ex Boyfriends handbook" sounds good! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  4. Wow. You have a bunch of great reads and an awesome selection. Very well done LOL. You can see my mailbox here if you'd like:

  5. Nice mailbox book, Staci. Enjoy!

  6. Just finished "Cat Coming Home" and reviewed it on my blog today, Cat Chat, next on my agenda "Who Moved My Mouse!?"

  7. Oh, I'm jealous! Vixen and Nocturne are both on my wishlist! Thanks for linking up to Mailbox Monday. Happy reading!

  8. A great week. I enjoyed your review of Pemberly Ranch and I see you have Vixen, which I am hoping to read as soon as winter break starts on Thursday. In case I don't get back by before the 23rd, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

  9. I loved Duran Duran. I need to read that book.

  10. Oh, wonderful books to peruse...hope you enjoy them all, and have a fabulous holiday season!

    Here's my Monday:

  11. Hi, Staci - I'm anxiously waiting for my ARC of Nocturne by Syrie James -- I love this author, too! I'm reading Willig's Mistletoe, as well, and hope you enjoyed The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley as much as I did....I thought it was such a lovely novel! Merry Christmas!

  12. You have some great reads going! The one that caught my eyes was at the top of your post, Nocturne.... ooh, that one looks amazing!

  13. Enjoy your books and happy reading! My post is up at The Crowded Leaf.

  14. I love surprises! Aren't they the best :D

  15. I've not read any of Syrie James books and I was offered Nocturne to review but am not sure it's my cup of tea. It sounds a bit similar to Twilight. I may change my mind now:)
    Enjoy your books and time off with your family at the holidays!

  16. I received for review Lipstick in Afghanistan by Roberta Gately from Gallery Publishers.

    Roberta Gately’s lyrical and authentic debut novel—inspired by her own experiences as a nurse in third world war zones—is one woman’s moving story of offering help and finding hope in the last place she expected.

    Gripped by haunting magazine images of starving refugees, Elsa has dreamed of becoming a nurse since she was a teenager. Of leaving her humble working-class Boston neighborhood to help people whose lives are far more difficult than her own. No one in her family has ever escaped poverty, but Elsa has a secret weapon: a tube of lipstick she found in her older sister’s bureau. Wearing it never fails to raise her spirits and cement her determination. With lipstick on, she can do anything—even travel alone to war-torn Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11.

    But violent nights as an ER nurse in South Boston could not prepare Elsa for the devastation she witnesses at the small medical clinic she runs in Bamiyan. As she struggles to prove herself to the Afghan doctors and local villagers, she begins a forbidden romance with her only confidant, a charming Special Forces soldier. Then, a tube of lipstick she finds in the aftermath of a tragic bus bombing leads her to another life-changing friendship. In her neighbor Parween, Elsa finds a kindred spirit, fiery and generous. Together, the two women risk their lives to save friends and family from the worst excesses of the Taliban. But when the war waging around them threatens their own survival, Elsa discovers her only hope is to unveil the warrior within. Roberta Gately’s raw, intimate novel is an unforgettable tribute to the power of friendship and a poignant reminder of the tragic cost of war.

    I received for review Laney (The Brookehaven Vampires Series #1) by Joann Sowles from the author.

    In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life–that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he?

    As Laney’s sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure–including a love she didn’t know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver’s love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn’t so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver’s most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn…

  17. Enjoy your books Staci. I'm glad you got Nocturne. I'm looking forward to reading it in January.

  18. You have a nice mix there. Enjoy.

    A very Happy Christmas to you and yours.

  19. I loved Vixen and hope you do too.

  20. I am so jealous about Nocturne!! Love Syrie too. Vixen looks great as well.

  21. You received and are reading some great looking books... I love the cover of Vixen!! Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  22. You had a great reading week last week. Vixen is making its way through the blogs and it does look good (I can't remember if it's YA).

    Have a wonderful week! Are you prepared for Christmas or still running around? I have a few more gifts to buy.

  23. just thought I'd stop by and wish you a very merry Christmas.

  24. I love the cover for Nocturne.

  25. What a great selection. Nocturne sounds especially good. Added to my e-book wish list.

  26. The cover of Vixen is fabulous! Enjoy your new books!

  27. Not sure any of your books are up my alley, but I hope you enjoy them!


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