Monday, March 15, 2010

Mailbox Monday March 15



Mailbox Monday is a meme where you can post what books came into your home during the week. It is hosted by Marcia over at The Printed Page. Go on over and check it out. Be warned though it can lead to large TBR piles and wish lists!



This week I received two books that I have so been wanting to read!

The first book I received was The Lost Summer Of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor McNees.

Synopsis(from B&N)

In the bestselling tradition of Loving Frank and March comes a novel for anyone who loves Little Women.

Millions of readers have fallen in love with Little Women. But how could Louisa May Alcott-who never had a romance-write so convincingly of love and heart-break without experiencing it herself?

Deftly mixing fact and fiction, Kelly O'Connor McNees imagines a love affair that would threaten Louisa's writing career-and inspire the story of Jo and Laurie in Little Women. Stuck in small-town New Hampshire in 1855, Louisa finds herself torn between a love that takes her by surprise and her dream of independence as a writer in Boston. The choice she must make comes with a steep price that she will pay for the rest of her life.


I love Louisa May Alcott and I am very interested in her life since catching a special about her on PBS. Little Women played a huge part in my becoming a reader. This book is made beautifully. The pages have an old feel to them. I have a feeling I will enjoy this book very much! I received this book for review from the publisher. Thank you Lydia!

The second book I received was Roses by Leila Meacham

Synopsis (from B&N)
Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town's founding families. Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with the deceit, secrets, and tragedies of their choice and the loss of what might have been--not just for themselves but for their children, and children's children. With expert, unabashed, big-canvas storytelling, Roses covers a hundred years, three generations of Texans and the explosive combination of passion for work and longing for love.


I have read many great reviews for this book. It has also been compared to Gone With The Wind and The Thornbirds.This book is also beautiful. Look at this picture of the inside of the book. I love when books have special little touches like this. I won this copy from Marie's giveaway at The Burton Review. I love her blog and find myself checking out her reviews often. Be sure to check it out! Thank you Marie!



I am hoping to get my reading mojo back this week. Springy weather is upon us after a very long winter. It's has been so cold and dreary this winter and it has given me the blahs! I am feeling a bit chipper today and ready to tackle the world! I have a little spring cleaning and reading on the agenda today and it feels good! Maybe I can caught up a bit! Have a great reading week!

32 comments:

  1. The Lost Summer of LMA is on my wish list. Hope you enjoy it. I also won Roses (from Bingo, I think) and can't wait to receive it!

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  2. Happy reading! I also received The Lost Summer of LMA, and Roses looks really good! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

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  3. Both books look great!

    Here is my mailbox: http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/2010/03/mailbox-monday_15.html

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  4. I won Roses too but haven't had a chance to get to it. I hope you enjoy your new books. Have a great week and happy reading.

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  5. I want to read Lost Summer ....Little Women was one of my favorite books when I was a lot younger. Hopefully once I get caught up with review reading, I will have the pleasure of buying it. Can't wait for your review on it !!!
    CMashLovesToRead

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  6. Great mailbox! I have Roses too and can't wait to read it...head so many good things!

    I am seeing that Louisa May Alcott book everywhere and can't wait for the reviews to start coming out. I was named after the youngest daughter in Little Women so I'd like to know more about the author.

    Enjoy!!!

    My mailbox is here.

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  7. How exciting! Enjoy your books!

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  8. Roses looks fantastic. Enjoy!

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  9. I can't wait to read The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott. Jealous that you have a copy and I don't. ;)

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  10. I've been seeing roses alot. It looks like a good one. :)

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  11. I have been seeing things about The Lost summer of Louisa May Alcott looks interesting.

    Thanks for visiting my MMM

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  12. Looks like a lot of you guys are getting the Lost Summer.

    I was struck by how neatly my own books would fit into that scene you photographed. My covers are a similar shade of red; they'd look good there.

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  13. My reading mojo seems to have abandoned me too. Here's hoping both of us get it back soon!

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  14. I have had my eye on both of these books. Lucky you. Happy reading this week.

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  15. I've been wanting to read both of those, and I love both covers.

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  16. Enjoy your books. Thank you for stopping by my post.

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  17. I have Roses and I didn't know the inside cover looked like that (obviously haven't read it yet). I like the special little extras too :)

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  18. I really want to read both of these books!! Enjoy and have a great week!

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  19. My mom recently read ROSES and loved it. Now it's making the rounds through all my sisters. Someday, my turn will come. Hope you enjoy it!

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  20. Wow, I want to read both of those! You are so lucky! Happy reading!

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  21. I am green with envy over Roses! Enjoy your new books!

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  22. The Lost Summer seems to be a popular book this week. It looks like a good one.

    Enjoy your books!

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  23. I have Roses, I feel in love with the cover. The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott is on my wishlist. Enjoy!

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  24. The Lost Summer of LMA looks great! I'll have to add it to my own wishlist.

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  25. Both books are fantastic. I'm still reading Roses but mine is an arc. It sure doesn't have that beautiful inside cover. Enjoy!

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  26. I'd love to read both of these books.

    Here's mine: http://suko95.blogspot.com/2010/03/mailbox-monday_15.html

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  27. You got Roses, lucky you! I think I'd really like that one! Enjoy!

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  28. I've read about "Lost Summer" and have it on my own TBR. I'm kind of in between, on my fiction. I'm reading something now, but this is how it's holding my attention -- I can't even remember the name of it, nor the author. (It's a new one to me.) It's about a trace analyst in Cleveland. Not bad but not riveting, I guess is what I'd say. BUt I'm going to finish it -- I like it well enough for that! With spring here (although this morning in the Midwest was might darn chilly), I'm spending more time outside, so this other book is appealing to my love of nature. "PersonalitTrees" is a coffee table book of beautiful photos of trees that "show emotion," for lack of a better phrase. Want a tree to look happy or thoughtful? They're here, with quotations that go with each photograph. This book is an invitation to look more closely at what we so often take for granted in nature: individual trees. From there you look more closely at individual everything. I will say you'll look at trees more closely!

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  29. I am a big fan of Louisa May Alcott too - Little Women is a favorite of mine from childhood. I received the Lost Summer of LMA too and am really looking forward to it!

    Enjoy!

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  30. You are so lucky to have won Roses-I have tried winning it but no such luck.

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