Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 12/2/18

Last week was a great one for books – both receiving and reading. It looks like 2018 is shaping up to be an excellent year for intriguing reads!

Here’s what I received over the past week:

The Director is the Commander by Anna Broinowski came from The Stella Prize (do check out this year’s longlist!) to say thank you for participating in the #StellaSparks campaign (really, it’s a big thank you to them for the great goodies and reading recs!). This book is a memoir of sorts – Anna leaves Sydney to travel to Pyongyang, North Korea to make a propaganda anti-fracking film. It sounds very interesting…

The Cowgirl by Anthea Hodgson (released 26th February) is a book I can’t wait to read after loving Anthea’s debut, The Drifter. Teddy is a girl committed to her life in the country, but can’t help but dream of the world beyond. But then she hears there is a house buried on the property and her grandmother is bringing an archaeologist to dig it up. Why now? What are the secrets buried for Teddy and her grandmother? Thanks to Penguin for the copy.

The Cage by Lloyd Jones was a prize from Text Publishing. It’s set in a little hotel and when two strangers arrive, everything is on edge. Why is there a person watching them? Why are there notes of their every move?

I Love You Too Much by Alicia Drake (released Wednesday) is set in Paris. Paul is a quiet teenager, overlooked by his family. His developing friendship with classmate Scarlett has him searching for unconditional love. But will he find it?

The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth (released 27th February) is a suburban drama. Essie hides a deep secret, as do her neighbours Ange and Fran. But then Isabelle arrives in the middle of a heatwave. She’s different to everyone else and way too curious about them…

The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen (released 27th February) has an unusual – a galah (cockatoo) called Lucky. Set in 1969 on the coast of Western Australia, things are tense for Evan as he’s about to play a role in the moon landing. But for Lucky, his story is just about to start… Thank you to Pan Macmillan for these three books.

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin (also released Wednesday) arrived from Hachette. It’s set in 1831, as Hester tries to escape the slums by integrating into the world of the Brock family. But then Hester’s past begins to tangle with the present and things get complicated…

If you want to look at other books received this week across the globe, drop by the Mailbox Monday blog for links to everyone’s mailbox goodies.

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Book Date. Click on the pictures to read more about the books.

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