A new year means a new home for Mailbox Monday. Originally created by Marcia of To Be Continued, you can find the linky list all year round at Mailbox Monday.
Fortunately the weather cooled down last week in the West, but not until a bushfire had claimed 55 homes. There are still a number of bushfires raging in South Australia and Victoria after the heat moved east. It’s really not nice when the ABC Emergency tweets are prominent in the Twitter timeline. My thoughts go out to everyone who has lost something or someone.
In terms of books this week, I bought three from Bookworld’s post-Christmas sale that were nicely discounted. Due to all the public holidays, the arrival was a bit delayed but it’s not like I don’t have anything to read! I chose three books:
The Book of Fate by Parinoush Saniee has intrigued me for quite a while. Translated from Persian, it is the story of Massoumeh in a changing Iran. I love the cover of My Life in Black and White by Kim Izzo. It’s about Clara, who goes to London to get her boyfriend back, but ends up investigating a mystery involving her grandmother. Penny Vincenzi is an author who is a ‘must-buy’ for me. Love in the Afternoon and other delights is not her usual thick novel, but a collection of short stories and newspaper articles. Plus, it has an excerpt from her new novel (no title given, but it may be A Kind of Promise or A Perfect Heritage, out mid-2014).
I also received a surprise book in the mail, courtesy of Penguin Australia and The Reading Room. It was a copy of Close Up by Kate Forster and I want those sunglasses on the cover! (Also the lipstick too – what a gorgeous red-coral).
This book is about three women from different backgrounds trying to make it in Hollywood. Described as racy and glamorous, I think it sounds like a perfect beach read!
What finds were inside your letterbox this week?