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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Mailbox Monday for the week starting 7th February 2011







Mailbox Monday was started by Marcia from The Printed Page. It has gone on a very successful blog tour and is being hosted for February by Library of Clean Reads.

This week I received two books as gifts. For the first time I was able to meet a fellow blogger who had come over for the Galle Literary Festival. Sakura blogs at Chasing Bawa and she was my main inspiration to start a blog of my own.


The first book was Mollie Paynter-Downes's Good Evening Mrs Craven - TheWartime Stories. I never thought I would ever get an opportunity of reading a Persephone publication as the books would never, ever come to Sri Lanka but miracles do happen and here I am with my first book from this publishing house. It is a delightful read and my review will be up shortly.

Rather than giving you a image of the cover of the book which is in its usual elegant grey, I thought I'd show you the fabulous endpaper and a small explanation as to what it means.
Coupons', 1941, shows women's clothes against a repeat of '66', the number of clothes coupons allowed a year during the war, with the number needed per item.


The next book is from one of my all time favourite authors - Georgette Heyer. Her book Footsteps in the Dark described as a perfect blend of mystery and humour sounds delightful.


Those are the two books which were in my Mailbox. I do hope you enjoy yours as well.

On a non book blogging note, Friday being a holiday we decided to go visit the orphanage in Mannar. Unfortunately halfway through the journey, rising flood waters, breaching of tank bunds and general mayhem forced us to retreat back to Colombo. I am very disappointed as I cannot see when I can find another long weekend like this to do the very long trip out there. All the stuff I had collected also has to just wait - the chocolates and cake I distributed to the Negombo home on my way back home. It certainly got eaten in record time. The flood situation in my country is bad - over a million people displaced again and some 13 deaths. What has happened to the weather patterns? February is generally a dry month - harvesting of paddy fields are done in this month and the entire rice harvest is ruined with these heavy rains.

24 comments:

Annette said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. My other hobby is sewing, and I've made quite a few quilts too! Happy reading and quilting!

Christina T said...

I was sad to hear about the flooding in Sri Lanka. My parents are from Sri Lanka and I have some family there still (mostly in Colombo). I hope you will be able to make your trip to the orphanage soon.

Good Evening, Mrs. Craven sounds interesting. I hadn't heard of the author before. I don't think I've read British fiction written during that actual time period though I did read and enjoy The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society which is set during that time. I haven't read any of Georgette Heyer's books either though I do want to, especially her Regency fiction. I enjoy historical fiction.

Blodeuedd said...

I have never read a book by Heyer but one day, one day

Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

Sorry for the flood waters. Weather patterns have been so extreme the last couple of years.

I've never read anything by Georgette Heyer. I keep wanting to read her stuff, but I never get around to it.

Micki said...

The winter weather has caused havoc all over the world. I am so sorry about the problems in your country with the flooding. Glad that you love reading.
Micki

Lady Q said...

I discovered Georgette Heyer last year and I need to read more of her books! Sorry about the weather down there. That sucks that your trip had to be cancelled. Hope you'll be able to get there soon. Thanks for stopping by today!

Aleetha said...

Thanks for visiting my blog

I barely know the book in your mailbox. But I hope you enjoy it.
I'd love to read your words about that book
:)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

i have been wanting to read Georgette Heyer; this sounds like a good one to try --enjoy

MarthaE said...

I like Georgette Heyer. That looks like a new cover.
So sorry about the rains and ruined crops. Strange weather in lots of places. I am keeping your country in prayer.

leeswammes said...

How awful, these floods! We in the Netherlands have nothing like that, but we had 3 solid days of storms, and that is very unusual here. The weather seems strange in many places at the moment.

But how nice you received these beautiful books. Happy reading, Mystica!

Elysium said...

Only read one Heyer book and didn't like it. But I've heard her regency stuff is good. Enjoy your books!

Sharon said...

I'd love to look at some the Persephone books, they sound great. I just gota Geortette Heyer book and I'm looking forward to it. Happy reading!

bermudaonion said...

You had a nice mailbox! I've been wanting to read a Heyer book and a Persephone book!

Aisle B said...

I've heard that Georgette Heyer is the IT Girl for Historicals. I have 2 for one book of her titles and have to read them soon.

Enjoy Heyer and Persephone too.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Georgette Heyer is an author I need to explore...hope you enjoy your books.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

fiction-books said...

Hi Mystica,

I love the sound of 'Footsteps In The Dark' and I think that the cover art on this particular copy is fantastic as well.

I haven't read Georgette Heyer for many years, but this has given me the inspiration to look up all the titles I have missed out on, starting with this one.

The weather seems to be unseasonal the whole world over, this year. Just about every weather phenomenon known to mankind has happened somewhere on the planet, and I am sorry to hear that your own Sri Lanka is also suffering so badly.

Yvonne

Mary said...

I really need to read a G. Heyer book. Have a good week, Mystica!

alitareads said...

I've been wanting to try Georgette Heyer for a while, but have no idea where to start - so many books to choose from! Enjoy your new books.

Crystal (I totally paused!) said...

Sounds like a good mailbox to me! I've been meaning to try some Heyer for awhile now, I hope you enjoy her book!

Anna said...

I have a Heyer book on my shelf but haven't read anything by her yet. Enjoy!

Kate {The Parchment Girl} said...

So sorry to hear about the flooding and ruined rice crops! I hope you are able to get to the orphanage soon!

Leslie @ Under My Apple Tree said...

How horrible that you are having destructive weather. The whole planet seems to be having weird weather patterns this year.

Both are new books to me. Enjoy your reading and I hope the flooding stops.

Marcia said...

Enjoy your books.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Isn't it fun to meet other bloggers? :) I love most Heyer books, and hope you enjoy reading her.

So sorry to hear of the continued flooding.

Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi