Monday, November 29, 2010

Mailbox Monday November 29 and Thankfully Reading Weekend Wrap Up

Mailbox Monday is meme created by Marcia from The Printed Page. Marcia says,"Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists." Mailbox Monday is on tour and this months hostess is Julie from Knitting and Sundries. Thank you Julie for hosting! Next months hostess is Lady Q at Let Them Read Books

I received three books this week all of which I am very excited about.

The book blurbs are borrowed from Goodreads.

The Brave by Nicholas Evans

There's little love in eight-year-old Tom Bedford's life. His parents are old and remote and the boarding school they've sent him to bristles with bullies and sadistic staff. The only comfort he gets is from his fantasy world of Cowboys and Indians. But when his sister Diane, a rising star of stage and screen, falls in love with one of his idols, the suave TV cowboy Ray Montane, Tom's life is transformed. They move to Hollywood and all his dreams seem to have come true. Soon, however, the sinister side of Tinseltown casts its shadow and a shocking act of violence changes their lives forever.

What happened all those years ago remains a secret that corrodes Tom's life and wrecks his marriage. Only when his estranged son, a US Marine, is charged with murder do the events resurface, forcing him to confront his demons. As he struggles to save his son's life, he will learn the true meaning of bravery.

Powerfully written and intensely moving, The Brave traces the legacy of violence behind the myth of the American West and explores our quest for love and identity, the fallibility of heroes and the devastating effects of family secrets.

I received this book for review from Little Brown and Company/Hachette books

Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Jude Farraday is a happily married, stay-at-home mom who puts everyone’s needs above her own. Her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill enters their lives, no one is more supportive than Jude. A former foster child with a dark past, Lexi quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. But senior year of high school brings unexpected dangers and one night, Jude’s worst fears are confirmed: there is an accident. In an instant, her idyllic life is shattered and her close-knit community is torn apart. People and Jude demand justice, and when the finger of blame is pointed, it lands solely on eighteen-year-old Lexi Baill. In a heartbeat, their love for each other will be shattered, the family broken. Lexi gives up everything that matters to her the boy she loves, her place in the family, the best friend she ever had while Jude loses even more. When Lexi returns, older and wiser, she demands a reckoning. Long buried feelings will rise again, and Jude will finally have to face the woman she has become. She must decide whether to remain broken or try to forgive both Lexi and herself. Night Road is a vivid, emotionally complex novel that raises profound questions about motherhood, loss, identity, and forgiveness. It is an exquisite, heartbreaking novel that speaks to women everywhere about the things that matter most.

I received this book from the publisher through Librarythings Early Reviewers

Blind Your Ponies by Stanley Gordon West

Hope is hard to come by in the hard-luck town of Willow Creek. Sam Pickett and five young men are about to change that.

Sam Pickett never expected to settle in this dried-up shell of a town on the western edge of the world. He's come here to hide from the violence and madness that have shattered his life, but what he finds is what he least expects. There's a spirit that endures in Willow Cree, Montana. It seems that every inhabitant of this forgotten outpost has a story, a reason for taking a detour to this place--or a reason for staying.

As the coach of the hapless high school basketball team (zero wins, ninety-three losses), Sam can't help but be moved by the bravery he witnesses in the everyday lives of people--including his own young players--bearing their sorrows and broken dreams. How do they carry on, believing in a future that seems to be based on the flimsiest of promises? Drawing on the strength of the boys on the team, sharing the hope they display despite insurmountable odds, Sam finally begins to see a future worth living.

Author Stanley Gordon West has filled the town of Willow Creek with characters so vividly cast that they become real as relatives, and their stories--so full of humor and passion, loss and determination--illuminate a path into the human heart.

I received this book from Algonquin Books through Shelf Awareness

What wonderful books made their way into your home?

This past weekend I participated in Thankfully Reading Weekend. I did pretty good. I didn't set any huge goals..just to read and relax. I read Between Friends by Kristy Kiernan and really enjoyed it. I started The Heroine's Bookshelf by Erin Blakemore and also started Catching Genius by Kristy Kiernan. I wish there were more reading weekends like this. There were a few easy mini challenges that were fun. It was very enjoyable! I would definitely participate next year.


  1. I got Night Road from Library Thing this week too! It looks good!

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  2. I participated in Thankfully Reading Weekend also. That was the first time I did and I liked it too even though I didn't get a lot of reading done.

    Enjoy your new books.

  3. All of your books look good, and I hope they're all winners!

  4. Blind Ponies is making the rounds. Night Road sounds awesome! Thanks for visiting my Mailbox. Happy reading!

  5. Nice selection of books :)
    I also received Night Road through Library Thing and am anxious to start it!

  6. All three of your books sound interesting. Enjoy your new reads & congrats on completing the Thankfully Reading Weekend!

  7. I'm so jealous about Night Road! It's on my wish list and I hope I get it from Amazon Vine, but if not, I will just have to buy it!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. If this comes through twice, my apologies. I don't know what happened. Night Road made it into quite a few mailboxes; it looks fascinating and I'm looking forward to the reviews. The Brave seems like an awesome book as well. I also have Blind Your Ponies ... I'm looking forward to it! Enjoy all of the fabulous reads!


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