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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Mailbox Monday 4th July 2011

Mailbox Monday is being sponsored by Gwendolyn from A Sea of Books.

I had a wonderful Sunday today. My husband had cousins visiting Sri Lanka after almost 30 years. They are residents now of Norway and only speak Tamil and Norwegian. I do not speak either though my knowledge of Tamil is mainly the colloquial sort. We have hundreds of people returning to our country to visit family since the war is now over, there is no embargo to travel to the North (though you still need Ministry of Defence clearance) and the check points and military presence is now greatly diminished. These two cousins have not seen their parents for 30 years and it is going to be a great reunion when they go back as they have brought some of the children along. No one can imagine unless you have gone through this experience of not being able to see family just because a war was on and travel could not happen to the region.

Getting back to books - my mailbox collection for this last week was very good. All from a two second hand book sales and all other than just two books which I picked up since I liked the sound of the read, were all recommendations from book bloggers.
Interesting read (read and review to follow) set in flashback from 1937 to 1947 a Private Eye and the FBI take on the robbery of Helen of Troy's gold jewellery. Nice as it was set in a period where I have not read of books of this nature.
Paulo Coelho's famous novel. I have read one other of his works and now to the second.
Perennial favourite. I am trying to collect them all.
I am looking for the "Alice" in books because my last read was so unexpectedly good. This is not of that genre but I am hoping for the unexpected.
This came from Simon of Savidge Reads recommendation. Follow him faithfully. Likes what he recommends as its such a nice mix of genres.

Can't remember where I saw this but I liked the cover as well.
This is a tome which is going to accompany me on my four hour journey to Rosella by bus! Recommended everywhere and long overdue on my part to read.

I also picked up two FODOR's travel books - one on Paris and one on London. I love the snippets of information in them and am reading them as and when I can. Love those travel books.

Everyone have a good week.


  1. Yay books :=)
    Oh cool Norway, then I would have understood them :)

  2. I like to read travel books too. Have a good week!

  3. I love the travel books too. I have ones for England even though I have no idea when I'm going to make it there.

    I remember reading The Secret Garden a really long time ago but only vaguely remember what its about. Maybe its time for a re-read. Enjoy your books!

  4. Big Mailbox! Miss Fortune looks cool. Enjoy your new reads!

  5. You haven't read Secret Garden yet! Oh, boy, you are in for a treat! Wonderful mailbox; enjoy all of the great new reads!

  6. Miss Fortune looks like a great read. Hope you enjoy all of your new books.

  7. Agatha is a good read anytime isn't it?? All of your books look really interesting. I hope you enjoy them and your company!

  8. Have a good trip! Enjoy the book. Can you read on a bus? Lucky you. I can't read in a car OR bus. :(

    SAD CYPRESS is thought to be one of Christie's best books. I read it years ago, but haven't re-read it lately. It's one of the 'poison' books if I'm remembering correctly.

    MISS FORTUNE by Sara Mills looks like my kind of book. :)

    Take care and have a good time travelling and reading.

  9. The Alchemist and Shantaram are wonderful books - enjoy

  10. I can't imagine not seeing my parents for 30 years! It will be a tearful reunion.
    The Alchemist is an interesting read. Enjoy all your books!

  11. I liked the Sad Cypress.

    I'm glad your family can finally come home!!!

    Here is my Monday Morning Update

  12. I really enjoyed Shantaram and Sad Cypress. Hope you've a great reading week ahead.

  13. Really, really good books. I've read The Alchemist. I really liked it. His bio or auto is very good too.

  14. I would love to visit Norway...and Sweden, where my ancestors were born.

    I've heard of The Alchemist...hope you enjoy it. Love the cover on The Secret Garden.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  15. I'm sure that was a fabulous reunion! You're right - I cannot imagine what it would be like to not be able to visit my family like that. Enjoy your new books!

  16. I love having family visits, my broher came over this weekend with my niece - she's the only baby girl so I love to spoil her ;)

    Nice loot my dear. My son loved The Alchemist. Let me know what you think.

    Enjoy the reads :)

  17. Hope you had a lovely time with your family, what a great experience for your husband to see them again after so many years.

  18. I haven't read any of these other than Agatha Christie of course. :-)
    Several do have attracting covers.
    Have a good week, safe traveling and good reading.

  19. I like travel books too. I like the cover of Freedom's Land.

  20. Oooh, those look good. I like that cover for The Alchemist-- I'm going to read it one of these days....

    Enjoy your reading!

  21. Great reads to travel with, enjoy!

  22. I'm an armchair travel reader/lover too! Enjoy!