Mailbox Monday – December 23, 2013

mailboxsqurrielWelcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. Visit the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar.

Because I am making changes on my blog for 2014, this will be my last Mailbox Monday post. I may still post about new books from time to time, but I will no longer be doing a formal mailbox post.

Here are the books that have arrived at my house over the last several weeks:

gretelanddarkcoverGretel and The Dark by Eliza Granville (Penguin UK, February 2014). This book is described as “a dark, distinctive and addictively compelling novel set in fin-de-siecle Vienna and Nazi Germany – with a dizzying final twist.” The publisher recommends it to those readers who loved The Book Thief (that would be me), Pan’s Labyrinth, The boy in the Striped Pyjamas (me again), and The Bloody Chamber.

This is one of those books that I think I might really like – and I’m planning on reading it soon. Check out the fun packaging it came in from the publisher:


Eliza Granville was born in Worcestershire and currently lives in Bath. She has had a lifelong fascination with the enduring quality of fairy tales and their symbolism, and the idea for Gretel and The Dark was sparked when she became interested in the emphasis placed on these stories during the Third Reich.

GoldenStateGolden State by Michelle Richmond (Bantam Books, February 2014). I received this book from the publisher through Library Thing’s Early Review Program. I loved Richmond’s The Year of Fog (read my review) and so I was interested in reading her newest novel. Description from the publisher:

Doctor Julie Walker has just signed her divorce papers when she receives news that her younger sister, Heather, has gone into labor. Though theirs is a strained relationship, Julie sets out for the hospital to be at her sister’s side—no easy task since the streets of San Francisco are filled with tension and strife. Today is also the day that Julie will find herself at the epicenter of a violent standoff in which she is forced to examine both the promising and the painful parts of her past—her Southern childhood; her romance with her husband, Tom; her estrangement from Heather; and the shattering incident that led to her greatest heartbreak.

Michelle Richmond is the author of The Year of Fog, Dream of the Blue Room, and the award-winning story collection The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Michelle lives with her husband and son in San Francisco, where she is at work on her next novel. Learn more about Richmond and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any great books arrive at YOUR house this week?

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  1. Good Luck with your blog changes for next year. Enjoy your week!

  2. I didn’t realize Richmond has a new book out! I hope both of your books are great!

  3. ENJOY your new books.

    Looking forward to seeing the changes to your blog.

    Have a great Christmas week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  4. Ooh, love Michelle Richmond’s books, so this one is going on my list! Thanks for sharing…and enjoy your reading (and the holidays!).


    • Kailana on December 23, 2013 at 08:41

    I am going to miss seeing what interesting things you get! Gretel and the Dark does sound really good! The Bloody Chamber is short stories by Angela Carter. Definitely worth checking out. I have never read anything else by her, but have her collected short stories that I bought and never got to because this reading year has been so slow!

    • Serena on December 23, 2013 at 13:23

    I love the fun packaging for Gretel and The Dark by Eliza Granville! So cute.

    • Vicki on December 23, 2013 at 14:00

    I have The Year of the Fog but haven’t read it yet. I hope you enjoy your books!

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