Mailbox Monday – July 13, 2009

mailboxMonday1 Last week I did not forget about Mailbox Monday…I just had no books arrive at my house. That has not happened in a long, long time…but is was not unexpected. I have been requesting less and turning down more books of late in an effort to “catch up” with my review books. That said, I found a few books and other goodies came my way this past week.

Bookreporter.ComPrizePack2009-07-13 Bookreporter.Com Beach Bag of Books is giving away prize packs all summer. I entered the drawing and won a terrific prize which included three books and a ton of other beachy goodies:


A cotton beach bag filled with a lime slice of Kleenex, an extra long striped beach blanket, a pair of flip flops, a hot pink relax-a-mat, fishy Boca Clips, Banana Boat Sport Performance (SPF 50) spray sunscreen, and a colorful coffee mug. Wow! And here are the books:

Unit The Unit by Nini Holmqvist is a dystopian novel which is ‘a gripping exploration of a society in the throes of a system geared toward eliminating those who do not contribute by conventional means, in which the “dispensable” ones are convinced under gentle coercion of the importance of sacrificing for the “necessary” ones.‘ This is a story which purports to look deeply into the female psyche as well. By the way, Claire at Blue Archipelago has just reviewed this book.

DriftwoodSummer Driftwood Summer by Patti Callahan Henry looks like a fun summer read. It is a novel about three sisters – ‘their loves, their rivalries, and the events of one summer that changes their lives.‘ I am the youngest of three sisters, and this one is a book I think I’ll enjoy.

SummerHouse Summer House by Nancy Thayer takes place on the Island of Nantucket and brings together three generations of strong-willed women. Described as “beautifully textured,”a poignant testament to the enduring power of the bond between women,” and “absorbing“…this novel sounds like the perfect book to read in the hammock with a tall glass of iced tea.

I also received two books through TLC Book Tours:

DisobedientGirl Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman looked far too good to turn down. The book flap reads: ‘Set against the volatile events of the last forty years of Sri Lankan history, A Disobedient Girl traces the lives of three characters whose interwoven fates and histories force them to answer life’s most difficult questions. Beautiful, haunting, alive, and brimming with truth, it is, above all, a novel about extraordinary circumstances that change life in an instant and the power of love to transcend time and place.‘ Freeman is a Sri Lankan writer who has been published internationally. To read more about her and her work, visit the author’s website. I will be reviewing and touring this book at the end of September. To see the entire tour schedule, visit TLC Book Tours.

PromisedWorld The Promised World by Lisa Tucker is due for release in September and I will be touring it on September 22nd (to see the full schedule visit TLC Book Tours). The back flap of this novel reads: ‘On a March afternoon, while Lila Cole is working in her quiet office, her twin brother, Billy, points an unloaded rifle out of a hotel window across from an elementary school closing down a city block.‘ This book, centering around Billy’s ‘suicide by cop’ promises ‘a tale of intimacy, betrayal, and lost innocence.‘ Tucker has written several other bestselling novels (to learn more, visit the author’s website).

Link The Link by Colin Tudge arrived from Marcia at The Printed Page who generously gifts her books to those readers who show an interest in them (read more about Marcia’s Read it Forward program). The Link is a non fiction book which tells the story of “Ida”…a perfectly fossilized early primate which is the oldest primate fossil ever recovered. The book flaps reads that The Linkopens a stunningly evocative window into our past and chnages what we know about primate evolution and, ultimately, our own.” Marcia didn’t love this one (it is pretty heavy on the science end of things), but there are some great reviews of the book on Amazon and on the blogs…so I am eager to give this one a go. Thanks, Marcia!!

What did you find in YOUR mailbox this week? To leave a link to your mailbox and to find other readers’ Mailbox Mondays, visit Marcia today at The Printed Page.

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    • Kaye on July 13, 2009 at 08:59

    I’m reading Summer House now and loving every page. Great story with such wonderful characters. Congrats on your win!
    Have a great week and happy reading. My MM is here

    • Kathy on July 13, 2009 at 09:25

    Wow, you had a great week! The beach bag was a fun win for sure!

  1. Wow, what a bag of goodies…congrats. And I have the Disobedient Girl for the tour as well. Can’t wait to see everyone’s thoughts.

    • lenore on July 13, 2009 at 09:47

    Glad to know someone actually wins those beachbag contests. Need to start entering again I guess. I hardly get books anymore in my mailbox either, but it is helping me to catch up on my obligations!

    • diane on July 13, 2009 at 10:59

    Nice books; I hope they all turn out too be wonderful. I thought A Disobedient Girl was good.

    • Isabel on July 13, 2009 at 11:29

    What a wonderful prize.

    I don’t receive as many requests as you do, but I am turning down books also.

    When I retire, I can spend all day reading.

  2. So cool that you won a bag of books!!

  3. I love your beach bag prize! I gave up entering those but I can see I’ll have to start again!

  4. Oh wow you won the bookreporter prize! That gives me more hope for winning! I reviewed the Unit, it was a GREAT book. I KNOW you’ll like it. Happy reading!

    • Anna on July 13, 2009 at 14:44

    Awesome prize! I also have The Unit, so I’m looking forward to your thoughts on that one. Enjoy your new books, etc.

    • Wendy on July 13, 2009 at 14:44

    Kaye: Good to hear about Summer House…it does look great! I see you got the new Pat Conroy book…awesome!

    Kathy: I was so excited about that beach bag win *laughing* I cannot tell you how many times I have entered their giveaways so it was nice to finally win something!

    Serena: Disobedient Girl looks so good, doesn’t it?

    Lenore: I miss getting the books when they don’t come, but feel anxious when they do come *laughs* All those review commitments!!

    Diane: good to know you liked Disobedient Girl…

    Isabel: I think the same thing…when I retire…. *smiles*

    Stephanie: it was awesome prize!

    Rhapsody: I’ve entered their prize pack giveaways a bunch of times…this is my first win. You should keep entering!!!

    Callista: Great to hear about The Unit. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you to win a beach pack as well 🙂

    • Wendy on July 13, 2009 at 14:45

    Anna: The Unit looks good – a little outside my normal reading, but good 🙂

    • Mary on July 13, 2009 at 16:30

    Nice list! I have Driftwood Summer and Summer House (starting Summer House tomorrow).
    Enjoy : )

    • Staci on July 13, 2009 at 17:50

    You have so many wonderful ones to choose from!! That goodie bag looks like so much fun too!!!

  5. Yay for goodies and it looks like you received some great books as well! I especially want to read The Unit.

    • Nicole on July 14, 2009 at 02:18

    I have been cutting back as well. It’s god to see that you won a boag of books. I have haphazardly entered a few times. Its nice to see a win.

    • Wendy on July 18, 2009 at 08:43

    Mary: I’ll be interested in your thoughts on Summer House … hope you’ll enjoy it!

    Staci: The goodie bag was a fun surprise!

    Avisannschild: I’ve seen some good reviews of The Unit.

    Nicole: I know what you mean…sometimes I wonder about whether anyone ever wins these things!

  6. I almost entered this contest, but decided I had enough to read. What great goodies you got! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Summer House and Driftwood Summer. Wouldn’t it be fun to read nothing but summer theme books all winter long? 😉

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