Mailbox Monday ~ December 23

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Mailbox Monday  was created by The Printed Page.
It is the gathering place for readers to share the books
that came into their home last week.
Currently on tour, it is hosted by a different blog each month.

The December 2013 host is Rose City Reader


Here are the books that arrived in my mailbox this past week:


Queen Elizabeth's DaughterReceived for free for a virtual book tour


EBOOK6290281Free online download


Did you receive any exciting books this past week?




It looks like I have not posted for that meme since last November!

I’m already 9 books behind as for review writing, that’s the problem when you read a lot and quickly.

Also, I have at least 2 TBR, and am losing track…

But I have very recently gotten into the habit of updating my TBR directly n Goodreads, and I realize I could just post here let’s say the last 5 titles I ran into and thought worthy of entering my TBR.

so here you are, 5 titles for your week-end; the neat thing is that you can read about it quickly by clicking on the Goodreads links!


 The Left Hand of Darkness, by Guin, Ursula K. Le
I’m ashamed to admit I have not read any book yet by this great author!

From the Mouth of the Whale, by Sjón
I found this on Goodreads: “Achingly brilliant, an epic made mad, made extraordinary.”—Junot Díaz”Hallucinatory, lyrical, by turns comic and tragic, this extraordinary novel should make Sjón an international name. His evocation of seventeenth century Iceland through the eyes of a man born before his time has stuck in my mind like nothing else I’ve read in the last year.”—
I plan to read it for the book I need to read on Iceland [52 countries reading challenge]

We, by Zamyatin, Yevgeny
Another big classic, in sci-fi, that I have never read!


Travels With Charley: In Search of America, by Steinbeck, John
I love Steinbeck, and that will definitely be this title next time I turn to him

Translating Lives: Living with Two Languages and Cultures, by Besemeres, Mary
Recommended by a blogger who loves languages. seems fascinating:
Recounting the personal experiences of 12 bilingual Australians, this immensely moving collection of stories shows how immersion in two overlapping cultures affects one demonstrate the intrinsic links between language, culture, and identity.

Now, if you need more tiles, you can have a look at what I’m currently reading ion the right bar here.
You can also check the list of the 18 books I have already read since Jan 1st
And look at possible titles I’m considering for my many reading challenges.

And so, what book will you be reading
or listening to this coming week-end?




This is a busy summer, with lots of students wanting to brush up their French, so I had to miss last week meme!

But you may be planning some time on the beach and wonder what book you are going to take with you. So here are some good ideas:


The Tragedy of the Moon, by Isaac Asimov
A classic I have not read yet. Do you know this one?

The Last Time I Saw Paris, by Lynn Sheene
Another book on Paris. There are a lot these weeks, I feel almost tempted to focus on these!

The Tragedy of Arthur, by Arthur Phillips
A Shakespeare inspired book!

The Bird Sisters, by Rebecca Rasmussen
It IS connected to birds  – for bird lovers readers and more

Mr Rosenblum Dreams in English, by Natasha Solomons

Beloved Pilgrim, by Nan Hawthorne
Historical novel on the Crusade of 1101


Tolstoy and the Purple Chair, by Nina Sankovitch
Literature as refuge and solace… I can’t wait to read this one!

Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman, by Alice Steinbach
Now, this sounds like a great smart travelogue; perfect if your wallet only allows you a stacation this year!

The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend, by Lucy Pollard-Got
Short essays about our fictional friends.

On the Death and Life of Languages, by Claude Hagège
Ah ah, another book on words!

As extra, I’m reading 2 great books by Ann Patchett, Bel Canto  and State of Wonder.

And 2 other good books are waiting on my shelf: The Glass Demon, by Helen Grant and Before Versailles, by Karleen Koen.

Enjoy this new month, and watch out for my June wrap-up coming soon, with a new format!