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Monday, April 7, 2014

Mailbox Monday/It's Monday! What are you reading?

My mailbox is very full this week only because of the generosity of one of my fellow bloggers who sent me a parcel of books. Thank you Jackie of  Farmlane Books

The list of books I received are


Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam - about a child molester. This is not going to be an easy read.


Described as exciting writing, good plot and characterization. What more does one want?

Burial Rites

There has been enough written about this book and the fact that I got to it so soon delights me!

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel

Set in Chechnya a story of a small boy watching his father being abducted. A story that is now commonplace right around the world. I've not read a book set in this part of the world so this interests me.

The Language of Flowers

About flowers and one woman's love for them. Enough said.

Apart from the above have a whole stack of reads on my Kindle! I bless my brother everytime I start reading one on it. With Amazon having so many good reads (and free as well) it tides me over till I find my next stack of reads.


Set in a cave ridden part of France we have a young woman who seems a mystery. Nothing is what it seems. Just started on this one.

Right now we are in the middle of getting ready for the Singhalese New Year. Today was the final day of work at one of our properties - we grow cinnamon and tea there. It is always a very satisfying end of the year celebration with one year behind us and the new one looming over the horizon. It is also a time of year when trees are in full bloom which makes villages look extraordinarily pretty.

This is one of the trees known as the ehela tree. I just learnt that it is the national tree of Thailand. It blooms spectacularly during the month of April in Sri Lanka. A row of these trees is an amazing sight.


  1. I want to read A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. I've heard really good things about it and The Language of Flowers.

    It is so convenient to have a Kindle especially if you don't have a bookstore near you. Here we can borrow library books on the Kindle too. As a book blogger, I wonder if you could use Netgalley ( to request books for review too.

    Happy New Year! The tree looks beautiful! Here I am looking forward to spring when the cherry blossoms will bloom.

  2. What a great stash of books you got! Several are on my wishlist. Hope you enjoy them all.

  3. Nice book surprise. I absolutely adored The Language of Flowers, hope you do too. The national tree is very pretty.
    Have a great week and happy reading :)

  4. I loved The Language of Flowers...and I'm curious about Lamb.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. Fantastic arrivals! I read A Constellation of Vital Phenomena around the time of the Boston Marathon bombing last year, and the Chechen connection between the book and the bombers, and the violence in both, made for a challenging, emotional read.

  6. Great group of books! The Burning Air is on my wishlist. Have a great week!

  7. I LOVED Burial Rites. I hope you do too.

    ENJOY all your books.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Going to look for your review of THE OTHER TYPIST. I really liked it. The ending drove me crazy, though. :)

  8. What a lovely gift to receive!

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

  9. What a generous, fantastic gift! Enjoy!

  10. Your new books all look interesting. Very nice gift package. :-)
    I like the sound of In the Shadows too.
    Nice to have Kindle choices to read too in between your print choices.
    That is a beautiful tree!

  11. Wow, you received some great books. The Language of Flowers was on my favorite of the year list. Happy Reading.

  12. Looks like you got some great books in the mail! Your tree reminds me a bit of one of the shrubs that's blooming here now. They have bright yellow flowers. I always love seeing them because it means winter is almost over. Happy New Year to you!

  13. I'm so pleased that you received all the books safely - I hope you enjoy them!