Mailbox Monday November 18, 2019

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Mailbox Monday

I didn’t post last Monday, because I wanted to use that day to post my September recap, and now I have 5 books to post about!

BOOKS RECEIVED THESE PAST TWO WEEKS

A Noel Killling

A Noël Killing,
by M.L. Longworth
Mystery
Published on Nov 12/2019,
by Penguin Books,
Received for review in Criminal Element

Christmastime in the south of France is as beautiful as ever, but when a shady local businessman drops dead in the middle of the festivities, Verlaque and Bonnet must solve the case while keeping the holiday spirit alive.
Antoine Verlaque, examining magistrate for the beautiful town of Aix-en-Provence, doesn’t like Christmas. The decorations appear in the shops far too early, festive tourists swarm the streets, and his beloved Cours Mirabeau is lined with chalets selling what he regards as tacky trinkets. But his wife and partner Marine Bonnet is determined to make this a Christmas they can both enjoy, beginning with the carol sing at the Cathedral Saint Sauveur, a beautiful service in a packed church.
Just as the holiday cheer is in full swing, a man is poisoned, sending the community into a tailspin. The list of suspects, Verlaque and Bonnet quickly discover, almost fills the church itself, from the visiting vendors at the Christmas fair to the victim’s unhappy wife and his disgruntled business partner. In A Noël Killing, with the help of an ever-watchful young woman named France, the pair must solve the murder while the spirit of the season attempts to warm Verlaque’s stubborn heart.”

Or What You Will

Or What You Will,
by Jo Walton
Fantasy
Jul 7, 2020!
by Tor Books/Macmillan
Won through Shelf Awareness

“From the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning author of Among Others, an utterly original novel about how stories are brought forth.
He has been too many things to count. He has been a dragon with a boy on his back. He has been a scholar, a warrior, a lover, and a thief. He has been dream and dreamer. He has been a god.
But “he” is in fact nothing more than a spark of idea, a character in the mind of Sylvia Harrison, 73, award-winning author of thirty novels over forty years. He has played a part in most of those novels, and in the recesses of her mind, Sylvia has conversed with him for years.
But Sylvia won’t live forever, any more than any human does. And he’s trapped inside her cave of bone, her hollow of skull. When she dies, so will he.
Now Sylvia is starting a new novel, a fantasy for adult readers, set in Thalia, the Florence-resembling imaginary city that was the setting for a successful YA trilogy she published decades before. Of course he’s got a part in it. But he also has a notion. He thinks he knows how he and Sylvia can step off the wheel of mortality altogether. All he has to do is convince her.”

Summer of ReckoningSummer of Reckoning,
by Marion Brunet
Thriller
April 15, 2020!
by Bitter Lemon Press
Received for review from the publisher

Winner of the prestigious French mystery prize 2018 Grand Prix de Littérature policière.

“A psychological thriller set in the Luberon, a touristic French region that evokes holidays in magnificent pool-adorned villas. For those who live there year-round, it often means stifling poverty and boredom. Two teenage sisters have grown up in a world where the main distractions are hatred of Arabs and booze. When Celine, 16, discovers she is pregnant and refuses to divulge her lover’s identity, her father embarks on a mission of revenge. A dark and upsetting account of an ailing society, filled with silent and murderous rage.
Brunet uses her tense and efficient novel to tell us a story of “people at sea, on a boat punctured just above the waterline, never far from a shipwreck”. No one describes better the poisonous claustrophobia of families trapped in small rural towns. She writes with a scalpel about couples, family, sexism, racism and poverty.”

The One-Pot Weight Loss Plan, The One-Pot weight Loss plan
by Shelley Rael

Nonfiction/Cookbooks
December 3, 2019
by Rockridge Press
Received for review though Callisto Media

“Sustainable weight loss is about more than dieting – it’s about changing your lifestyle. The One-Pot Weight Loss Plan has 85 mouthwatering one-pot recipes and a 28-day meal plan to help you lose weight quickly- and keep it off over the long-term.
You won’t feel like you’re missing out on your favorite foods with recipes like Pesto Quinoa Bowl, Turkey Chili, Ground Beef Tacos, and Strawberry Cheesecake that take only one “pot” to make and are packed with flavor. You’ll also get brief weekly exercise plans, handy grocery shopping lists, a helpful template for creating your own meal plans, and more.”

The 30-Minute Ayurvedic CookbookThe 30-Minute Ayurvedic Cookbook,
by Danielle Martin
Nonfiction/Cookbooks
December 10, 2019
by Rockridge Press
Received for review though Callisto Media

“A healing diet for a healthy body―an Ayurvedic cookbook full of quick and tasty meals.
The traditional South Asian system of medicine―Ayurveda―is based on the concept of balancing your body to achieve total wellness. A diet centered around Ayurveda teaches us that the right food can ultimately balance and heal us. The 30-Minute Ayurvedic Cookbook makes it simple to eat an Ayurvedic diet, with 90 delicious recipes that take half an hour or less to prepare.
The recipes in this Ayurvedic cookbook are labeled for specific benefits―like digestion, heart health, weight loss, constipation relief, and more―so you can quickly find meals designed to benefit your individual healing process.”

Real Chemistry Experiments

Real Chemistry Experiments:
40 Exciting Steam Activities for Kids
by Edward P Zovinka
Juvenile Nonfiction/Chemistry
December 10, 2019
by Rockridge Press
Received for review though Callisto Media

“Become a better problem-solver, inventor, and innovator with these fascinating chemistry experiments. Each one has a clear purpose or question that’s being asked, step-by-step instructions, a list of materials you’ll need, questions to help you record your observations, and more. By the time you’re through, you’ll have chemistry for kids down to a science!”

My first grade workbookMy First Grade Workbook: 101 Games and Activities to Support First Grade Skills,
by Brittany Lynch and Robin Boyer
Juvenile Nonfiction/Chemistry
10/1/2019
by Rockridge Press
Received for review though Callisto Media

“Discover a great way to keep the learning going all year round. Bursting with exciting challenges, My First Grade Workbook is an educational activity book that young students will love.

From word searches and crosswords to color-by-sum and secret code puzzles, this first grade workbook is filled with loads of enjoyable games and activities that help kids learn as they play.”

ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ ANY OF THESE?
DO YOU LIKE THESE TYPES OF BOOKS?
WHAT BOOK(S) DID YOU RECEIVE?

Mailbox Monday October 7, 2019

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I didn’t post last Monday, because I wanted to use that day to post my September recap, and now I have 5 books to post about!

BOOKS RECEIVED THESE PAST TWO WEEKS

Scare Me

Scare Me, by Richard Parker
Thriller
Published September 2016,
by Endeavour Press,
who sent me a free e-copy

“When did you last google yourself, Mr Frost?”
Will Frost, successful businessman and happy family man, is woken to a disturbing midnight caller who asks him just that question.
Unnerved, but hoping that he was simply a victim of a twisted prank caller, he goes back to sleep in readiness for his pregnant daughter, Libby, and her boyfriend’s arrival at Gatwick the next morning.
When Will goes online, he finds a website has been set up in his name, showing photographs of the inside of his home, along with photographs of six houses he’s never seen before.
In the first of these strange houses, a gruesome murder has already taken place.
Will is then told that his own family is in mortal danger.
The only way he can keep them safe is to visit each of the houses on the website in person – before the police discover what has happened there.
Seven houses.
Seven gruesome homicides.
Seven chances to save his daughter’s life…
Will must embark on his twisted journey, encountering grisly murder after murder, as his torturer plays with his fears of losing Libby in a sick scavenger hunt.
But can Will ever save his daughter?
Scare Me is an arresting thriller that will keep you in suspense until the very end.

Keto in 30 minutes

Keto in 30 Minutes:
100 No-Stress Ketogenic Diet Recipes
to Keep You on Track,
by Jen Fisch, editor
Rockridge Press
1/22/2019
Nonfiction/Cookbooks

I already reviewed it here.
My verdict was:If you want to launch into the keto diet, this is the book!

I received this e-copy through The Callisto Publisher’s Club.
And I won another book by them, I’ll tell you about it when I receive it (mail).

And I received three upcoming novels:

Supernova Era

Supernova Era, by Cixin Liu
Science-fiction/Chinese
US release date: October 22, by Tor Books

I won a print copy through BOOKishFirst

From Cixin Liu, the New York Times bestselling and Hugo award-winning author of The Three Body Problem, comes a new science fiction masterpiece.

In those days, Earth was a planet in space.
In those days, Beijing was a city on Earth.
On this night, history as known to humanity came to an end.
Eight light years away, a star has died, creating a supernova event that showers Earth in deadly levels of radiation. Within a year, everyone over the age of thirteen will die.
And so the countdown begins. Parents apprentice their children and try to pass on the knowledge they’ll need to keep the world running.
But the last generation may not want to carry the legacy of their parents’ world. And though they imagine a better, brighter world, they may bring about a future so dark humanity won’t survive.

Lady Clementine

Lady Clementine, by Marie Benedict
Historical fiction
US release date: Jan 7, 2020
by SourceBooks
I received an e-copy through Netgalley

Yes, a new one by Marie Benedict!

In 1909, Clementine Churchill steps off a train with her new husband, Winston. An angry woman emerges from the crowd to attack, shoving him in the direction of an oncoming train. Just before he stumbles, Clementine grabs him by his suit jacket. This will not be the last time Clementine Churchill saves her husband.
Lady Clementine is the ferocious story of the brilliant and ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender either to expectations or to enemies.

Dreamland

Dreamland, by Nancy Bilyeau
Historical Fiction
US release date: Jan 16, 2020
by Endeavour Quill
I received an e-copy directly from the publisher, who enjoyed my review of her amazing The Blue.
Now, this book is about 625 page slong, so I hope it’s just as good!

The year is 1911 when twenty-year-old heiress Peggy Batternberg is invited to spend the summer in America’s Playground.
The invitation to the luxurious Oriental Hotel a mile from Coney Island is unwelcome. Despite hailing from one of America’s richest families, Peggy would much rather spend the summer working at the Moonrise Bookstore than keeping up appearances with New York City socialites and her snobbish, controlling family.
But soon it transpires that the hedonism of nearby Coney Island affords Peggy the freedom she has been yearning for, and it’s not long before she finds herself in love with a troubled pier-side artist of humble means, whom the Batternberg patriarchs would surely disapprove of.
Disapprove they may, but hidden behind their pomposity lurks a web of deceit, betrayal and deadly secrets. And as bodies begin to mount up amidst the sweltering clamour of Coney Island, it seems the powerful Batternbergs can get away with anything…even murder.
Extravagant, intoxicating and thumping with suspense, bestselling Nancy Bilyeau’s magnificent Dreamland is a story of corruption, class and dangerous obsession.

ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ ANY OF THESE?
DO YOU LIKE THESE AUTHORS?
WHAT BOOK(S) DID YOU RECEIVE?

Mailbox Monday September 23, 2019

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BOOKS RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

The VexationsThe Vexations,
by Caitlin Horrocks
Released on July 30, 2019
A friend of mine lent me this historical fiction on Satie, that looks fascinating.

Here is the Goodreads synopsis:

A “marvelous” (Wall Street Journal), “enthralling” (New York Times Book Review) debut novel about love, family, genius, and the madness of art, circling the life of eccentric composer Erik Satie and La Belle Époque Paris.
Erik Satie begins life with every possible advantage. But after the dual blows of his mother’s early death and his father’s breakdown upend his childhood, Erik and his younger siblings — Louise and Conrad — are scattered. Later, as an ambitious young composer, Erik flings himself into the Parisian art scene, aiming for greatness but achieving only notoriety.
As the years, then decades, pass, he alienates those in his circle as often as he inspires them, lashing out at friends and lovers like Claude Debussy and Suzanne Valadon. Only Louise and Conrad are steadfast allies. Together they strive to maintain their faith in their brother’s talent and hold fast the badly frayed threads of family. But in a journey that will take her from Normandy to Paris to Argentina, Louise is rocked by a severe loss that ultimately forces her into a reckoning with how Erik — obsessed with his art and hungry for fame — will never be the brother she’s wished for.
With her buoyant, vivid reimagination of an iconic artist’s eventful life, Caitlin Horrocks has written a captivating and ceaselessly entertaining novel about the tenacious bonds of family and the costs of greatness, both to ourselves and to those we love.

Tobby-Rolland-La-dernière-licorneLa Dernière licorne,
by Tobby Rolland
Released in May 2017 in France.
Ebook acquired online
Wow, what news!
As this book is coming out in pocket size,
Michel Bussi
revealed he actually was Tobby Rolland!!
So this is another book I can read by him
before his next release, great news!!
As you know, I have totally binged on Michel Bussi’s books.
It’s a thriller,
apparently packed with actions and travels.

***The Man That Got Away

The Man That Got Away,
by Lynne Truss
US release date: Oct 15, 2019,
by Bloomsbury Publishing
I won this ARC in a giveaway, thanks Bloomsbury!

Quirky cozy mystery.
The previous book is the series (A Shot in the Dark) was compared to the 1955 British black comedy film The Ladykillers, which I really enjoyed.

And I had not even realized the author is the one who wrote Eats, Shoots & Leaves, which was fantastic. I’m really curious to see what she does in the mystery genre.

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WHAT DID YOU THINK?
WHAT BOOK(S) DID YOU RECEIVE?