Rose City Reader is our Mailbox Monday host this month. Mailbox Monday was started by Marcia as a way of sharing your new books and having fun at the same time. The future of Mailbox Monday is up for review – vote in the polls here.
It’s been a stinker of a week here – temperatures of 38-40˚C (over 100˚F) have slowed nearly everyone down (except for the Australian bowlers, who look like reclaiming the Ashes 3-0 [cricket] as I write). Pretty much the only occupation that doesn’t involve being incredibly hot is reading – and going shopping.
I did have a good week in terms of books (the parcel post man is working very hard at the moment) – two from publishers, one prize and one of my own (birthday bonus at Dymocks -$10 off my next book).
The week started with the copy of the new Nora Roberts book, Dark Witch arriving in the mail. This was a prize in the ARRA Christmas raffles – thanks to Hachette, who sponsored this prize. Now, I’ve never read Nora Roberts but Mum is always buying her books! Is this a good one to start with? It’s the first in a new trilogy and looks a little spooky…
I then received a copy of Unleashing Mr Darcy by Teri Wilson from Harlequin. This is a fun retelling of Pride and Prejudice in a modern era with dog shows as the centrepiece! It will be released in January 2014 in Australia.
I spent my birthday bonus from Dymocks on Harriet Evans’ Not Without You, which has one of the most gorgeous covers I’ve seen. I’m a sucker for narratives that entwine past and present (you may have guessed this already).
I certainly wasn’t expecting parcel delivery on a Sunday morning, but there was a surprise in store – a copy of The Grass Castle by Karen Viggers. This is a February 2014 Australian release (so please don’t go looking for it just yet) featuring the outback and you guessed – past and present colliding. Thanks Allen and Unwin and The Reading Room!
Thanks to this mailbox, I now have set reading plans for 2014! What plans (if any) have you made for reading in 2014?