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Monday, February 27, 2012

Mailbox Monday/It's Monday - What are you Reading?

Mailbox Monday hosted by Metroreader for February.

It's Monday What are you Reading? hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

This week my mailbox is overflowing courtesy of a friend who was clearing out her own books! This is only part of the loot.

A tightly written thriller - described as "action is depicted with satisfying breathlessness"

Winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize and highly recommended by the person who gave me the books!
Dealing with a particular race in Indian society - the Parsis. This is one book I am just waiting to read.

Sorry I cant get rid of this double photograph!  Set in Sri Lanka, a Sri Lankan author.

Witty, eloquent, outrageous and entertaining. My second foray into Khuswant Singh's world.

A teenager has been raped and her father needs to protect her. Sounds a tense usually nerve wracking Jodi Picoult read.

The Burghers are the descendants of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonists now intermarried with the Singhalese and Tamils of Sri Lanka. They were always a community held in high esteem specially after the British left the country because of their knowledge of British ways and more importantly the English language. Decimated by emmigration today their community numbering a few thousands has nevertheless been a very important part of Sri Lankan history and culture. This is going to be an interesting read for me.

I have had a very good reading week with reviews piling up daily. My stay in Rozella is equivalent to what other bloggers say when they describe a very cold winter evening with indoor fires blazing and curling up with a book.

Rozella is cool, quiet - no sounds at all. It is also very green and it is an idyllic place to read. I finished several Cynthia Harrod Eagles books which somehow suited the general atmosphere. Right now reading

Set in 1851 it encompasses the mid Victorian age, the Crimean War and the Great Exhibition in London. The other books by the same author which I finished are

Beginning in 1820, the setting is George IV, the factory age, the fascination with the Liverpool and Manchester railway.

Set in 1788 the French revolution and the Industrial revolution together!

Set in 1670 the period of Charles II and James II

It is 1659 and Cromwell's Protectorate is drawing to a close. Civil war has left Morland Place in a bad way and it is upto the present Master to see to its reconstruction.

As you can see a good week ahead for me. I am again off the internet starting Thursday to Sunday so all posts are only Mondays to Wednesdays. Reading going full speed ahead though.


  1. Lots of books, indeed!

    Nice that you found a book by a Sri Lankan author. Hope it's good!

    Have a great week.

  2. I read Angela's Ashes years ago after seeing the film and thought both were good. I like the sound of Beautiful Lies too.

    The book on the Burghers sounds interesting also. I know that there are some famous Burghers living abroad now like Michael Ondaatje.

    I hope you enjoy your reading and your time in Rozella!

  3. I liked Beautiful Lies, and have actually enjoyed all of Unger's books - enjoy all of your new lovely books

  4. Angela's Ashes was such a great book! I hope you enjoy it too!

    Happy Reading!

  5. Your post reminds me that I should read some more of the Morland Dynasty books!

  6. Double books for double reading pleasure! Nice array of books to read.

  7. You have a very generous book friend :) Enjoy all the new books!

  8. I loved Angela's Ashes, a great emotional read! I'm not a Jodi Picoult fan. Happy reading!

  9. I loved Beautiful Lies...and Angela's Ashes was so moving. I saw the movie, too.

    Enjoy your reads...and thanks for visiting my blog.

  10. Wonderful Mailbox! Enjoy your new books!

    Here is my post!

  11. What a great friend! I really loved Angela's Ashes. Happy reading!

  12. What a great haul! I loved Angela's Ashes, although it did break my heart in some ways.

  13. A nice selection of books enjoy!

  14. Hi Mystica,

    You certainly received some real gems from your friend and all of her unwanted books have found a good home to go to.

    I am particularly interested in the Jodi Picoult book, I think that the way she deals with relationship issues is excellent and her characterisations are always great.

    I also might take a look at the 'Lisa Unger', this one sounds intriguing and more than a little spooky.

    An interesting post, thanks and I hope that your week,


  15. Wow...lots of books this week! I've read a few books by Lisa Unger and have really enjoyed them. Is Beautiful Lies a new book of hers?

    Have a great week! Here's my It's Monday Post if you'd like to stop by...I also posted a new giveaway today (see sidebar) that's open internationally.

  16. Now that is the definition of a good friend, one who gives you books!

    Wishing you a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  17. Angela's Ashes has been on my TBR for a long time. I loved the movie. A Disobedient Girl has been on my TBR for quite some time.
    I hope you enjoy all of your books!

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  19. I enjoyed The Tenth Circle and Lisa Unger's thrillers are awesome! Enjoy your new reads :)

  20. Very nice week. And most of these are new books for me.

  21. Definitely a good list for the week. I hope you are enjoying them!

    I'm with you on the photographic skills - mine are only so-so. But sometimes it is hard to see the full beauty or charm through a picture.
    Be safe.