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Sunday, July 8, 2012


Mailbox Monday is on tour and for July is hosted by Mrs. Q Book Addict. I had some good choices at my second hand book store this week.

The accolades are immense for this one and the setting is also dramatic.

This was one I grabbed since I had just finished  another book by the same author. I found it amazing and hope this one won't disappoint.

One of my commentators suggested me reading Robin Pilcher (son of Rosamunde Pilcher whose books I like).  This is two books in one as well so double the pleasure.

I love her books! nothing more to add other than I love Dalgleish too.

A new author for me - recommended by a fellow blogger.

A new author and title for me - set in 1946 the war is over and this era is a period I like to read about.

Venice and crime! this is the mystery box selection. I like to go with a random read sometimes to see how it pans out.

The meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Since I am doing this meme early the book I am reading today - Sunday is

Set in Malaya - with Japan waiting to over run the East, this is a saga of one woman's fight for survival. Very good so far.  My next read will depend on my mood at that moment!

On a non book note - the cousins arrived and it was a lot of fun. Hoping to meet up once again before they go back to the UK. Hilarious how one of them was terrified of mosquitoes - and anything creepy crawly even flies. I do hope she does not get surprised by the komodo dragons around!  Tried to explain tropical country - part of life but failed so gave up...

Another lot of cousins again from the UK - this time with three kids all under the age of seven coming on the 17th.  Children are versatile, adaptable and will act to the manner born in two or three
days.  They have not been able to come home for the last ten years as the mother went as a refugee and just got residence in the UK. Her father is in his late eighties and hanging on for dear life just to get a glimpse of his grandchildren.  She is his only child and he is over the moon with happiness at the thought that at last he will be able to see and hold them.

Everyone have a good week.


  1. I'm glad you had a good time with your cousins. That is funny about the mosquitoes. My sister Usha had fun with lizards when she was visiting Sri Lanka last summer and found one floating in the bathtub with her :)

    I'm sure it will be wonderful to see your other cousins too especially since they had to wait 10 years to come back.

    I hope you have a nice week. The White Pearl sounds like such an interesting book.

  2. I have the White Pearl on loan from the library and hope to get to it soonest! The Donna Leon book looks good too.

  3. I've heard Birth of Venus is a good one also but I had a lot of friends that didn't like Sacred Hearts, her 3rd novel. So nice your cousins made it to visit. Ten years is a long time to be away!

  4. I really enjoy the books you read - I feel like we have similar tastes and I always get lots of good recommendations from your blog.

  5. The White Pearl is in my to-read pile. It's been years since I read Midwives but I remember liking it. Have a great week!

  6. Hi Mystica,

    I guess that things will be a little strange for your relatives who have never had the experience of living in a tropical climate, but I am sure that as children, they will soon adapt. I do hope that your elderly relative gets to see his grandchildren.

    We have friends who have settled in the UK from Goa and their children are due to return there for a visit with relatives. The children are very sceptical about the way of life they are returning to, as they are now completely assimilated into English ways of living. I am sure that they will soon remember their childhood customs very quickly.

    You have a great selection of books this week, many from authors which are among my favourites (P.D. James, Robin Pilcher, Lisa Scottoline and Donna Leon), although most of these titles are new to me.

    I checked out your recommended book 'Midwives' and I love the sound of it.

    So, at least five new titles for my list !!!

    Thanks for sharing.


  7. I think I'm just a bit jealous of The Lighthouse. I'm going to have to add it to my wishlist.

  8. Glad you had a great time with your cousins! You will enjoy Lisa Scottoline's books.

  9. I've heard lots of good things about Midwives as well. I believe I have an unread copy around here somewhere, but I really can't say for sure. That's bad, isn't it? I hope you enjoy!

  10. You snagged some good books! How fun to have more cousins visiting. I wish my family from Italy would come to our neck of the woods sometimes.

  11. Have fun with the cousins. I have White Pearl on hold at the library.

  12. Unfamiliar to me but they all looks like great reads.

  13. Mystica, I am happy for your cousin's dad and hope he gets to spend some quality time with his grandchildren. Life is about family and family values. Of the books you mention only P.D. James is familiar to me. I have made a mental note of the others, especially THE WHITE PEARL.

  14. Enjoy your time with your family!

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  15. Great selection of books. I liked the Chris Bohjalian book a lot - enjoy

  16. Glad you had fun with the cousins, sounds like quite a few laughs too with the creepy, crawly phobias ;)

    Anything with Midwife in the title catches my eye so I'll be keeping an eye out for your review of that one.
    Have a great week and happy reading!

  17. Cool - I have a Donna Leon book sitting on my coffee table right now. I was thinking of reading her series.

  18. The White Pearl looks like a wonderful read. I hope you enjoy it!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  19. I loved Midwives! Enjoy all your new reads.

  20. Killer Smile looks that a new Scottoline? I'll have to check it out. Enjoy your books! And thanks for visiting my blog.

  21. Have a great week, Mystica. I've never considered reading more books by PD Jmes, I think I've only read one! Shame on me!

    The Furnivall book looks interesting. I've read 3 of her books. Hope you'll enjoy it.

  22. I've read a lot of P. D. James' work. I hope you love your new books!

  23. I've heard good things about The White Pearl - hope you enjoy it!

    Glad you had fun with your cousins - I always love getting together with my family and there are always good stories to share after.

    Have a great week!
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

  24. The White Pearl sounds very interesting. I am glad to hear you are enjoying it so far.

    I hope you enjoy The Birth of Venus! I read it years ago and really liked it. Midwives is one I've been meaning to get to but haven't made time for. It does seem to be liked by those who have read it, which is promising for us!

    I am glad you had a nice visit with your cousins! I do hope your one cousin and her children have a good visit with your cousin's father. How wonderful they will finally be able to meet!

  25. Midwives looks good, enjoy!

  26. Don't you just love used book stores? I wish we still had one. You found some wonderful titles this week! I haven't read all of those but know most of the authors. Hope you enjoy and have a a great week!

  27. PD James and Lisa S are on my authors to try list. Have a great week.

  28. I've read a few books by Chris Bohjalian but not Midwives. I hope you enjoy it!
    Sounds like your extended family will have a wonderful reunion. Best wishes to all!

  29. Looks like a wildly good array of books this week :) Have fun!

    Happy reading this week :)
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  30. You picked up quite a collection of mystery/thrillers this week. I hope you enjoy them!

    Have a great reading week!
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  31. I have The White Pearl on my wish list so I can't wait to see what you think of it. I hope you have a nice visit with your family.

  32. Thanks so much for the recommendations! I just finished reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Loved It!! Am now reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and enjoying it very much.

  33. I picked up Birth of Venus at a library sale a while ago but haven't read it yet. I must have heard somewhere that it was good. Your other books this week are new titles for me.

    Have a great visit with your cousins. I had to laugh about the mosquitoes. I thought they were found in every country.

  34. Wow, you have some good selections there - Midwives and The Birth of Venus were both quite good.

    Enjoy your books this week -


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  35. Midwives is a great read! You should love it!

    Hope you enjoy all your new books!

  36. I read Birth of Venus a few years ago and liked it quite a bit. I felt like all of Sarah Dunant's books held up well against each other, and I'm looking forward to reading more from her in the future!