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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday what are you reading?


Mailbox Monday is a meme hosted originally by Marcia of The Printed Page. It is presently being hosted by Life in the Thumb. The meme links one to a host of blogs all giving us details of what they received in the form of books for the week. Such a lot of variety and new reads that it leads to more TBR for us. Please visit the links.

I am combining this meme of mine with Book Journey's Its Monday what are you reading. This meme shares what we read the last week and what we hope to read this week. The books I did read were The Mistress of Spices (review up and so disappointing though I did finish it) and Somerset Maugham's Volume 2 collection of short stories which I can recommend wholeheartedly. It was a wonderful read. Am presently reading Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence (review hopefully up in a day).

The two books which came into my Mailbox are both purchases from my second hand store. I have several books which I have won which have not come so far and I am a bit worried as generally the post is very good! I do hope no one has nicked them.

My first is a kind of classic!
Described as a sprawling complex family history.

The second is about three black sisters in Maryland, all wishing their life was a bit different!


I like family stories - those crossing generations - the complexity of family situations and the relationships that form, break up and form again within them. Right up my street.

Now to visit the other Mailboxes! and on to those linked to Book Journey as well.

21 comments:

Christina T said...

I haven't read The Mistress of Spices but I did watch the movie and didn't like it at all. It is too bad considering how much I enjoyed Sister of My Heart.

I liked John Irving's A Prayer For Owen Meany but haven't read A Widow For One Year. I hope you enjoy it. He is a good writer!

Hopefully your missing books will arrive soon.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

The Door In The Floor? OOH.... looks good!

Angelica Joy said...

Looking forward to what you think of "The Age of Innocence" ;)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Wonderful mailbox. I generally enjoy John Irving; hope u do as well.

Karen said...

I bought Age of Innocence last week. I'm looking forward to it. I LOVED Widow For One Year. A lot of people say it's not his best but it's actually one of my favourites. I hope you enjoy it.

Mary said...

I've read a couple of John Irving books but not this one - hope you enjoy it.

Anne said...

I love reading John Irving- my favorite is Cider House Rules.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I like the look of Sisters and Lovers...I like family stories,too.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Veens said...

I hope you enjoy all your books this week!

Kaye said...

I'm with you Mystica on those multi-generational family sagas. They just can't be beat! have a wonderful week and enjoy your new books.

Hannah said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Mystica. Have a wonderful week :)

Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

These are both new to me. I hope you enjoy them. Happy reading!

bermudaonion said...

I bet A Widow for One Year is great! Enjoy your new books!

Susan@ Reading World said...

I'll have to see what you think of Age of Innocents. I read it a long time ago and can barely remember it. It's still on my shelf-- I should read it again. Interesting mailbox- those second-hand book shops can yield treasures!

RAnn said...

Enjoy your books; thanks for stopping by!

Audra said...

I love Maugham!!

Crystal @ I Totally Paused! said...

Sounds like a lovely week! I've got that Edith Wharton book on my TBR list :)

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I have not read any John Irving but this looks like a good read. I think I'll be looking into his books. I hope you enjoy both books.

Aisle B said...

I really must try Irving one day but the one I want to hear about most is Sister And Lovers. What tale do the sisters have for us all.

pussreboots said...

Interesting collection of books this week. I was curious how many books I've read each month. So I made a graph for this week's What Are You Reading. Please stop by to see it and what I've read.

Anna said...

Sisters and Lovers sounds really good, esp. since I live in MD!