Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 11/5/20

Another week of rain and now, some sunshine. I ventured out to the local bookshop for a book browse – the shelves are nearly bare, which is both good and bad (good because people are reading, bad because I want to read Emily St John Mandel’s backlist and there are no copies available – not even at the library). (I’ve given up online shopping temporarily as it’s taking 3-4 weeks to get parcels across the country).

The Minute I Saw You by Paige Toon
(available 19th May) arrived from Penguin. Sonny and Hannah don’t do relationships, which is fine for a summer fling. But will the barriers they have put up to stop being hurt need to be torn down?

The New Girl by Harriet Walker
(available 26th May) came from Hachette. Margot is a glamourous magazine editor, and invites Maggie to apply to cover her maternity leave. Maggie knows she is no Margot, but she jumps at the chance to live a better life. But are Maggie’s motives so innocent? And what happens when Margot wants to return to work?

I’ve been reading good things about John Steinbeck lately, so decided to give Of Mice and Men a read. (I think others have too, there were only two copies of Steinbeck’s works at the shop). It’s about two drifters working on a ranch, planning to save up to get a place of their own. (If, of course, they can avoid getting into trouble).

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren has been on my radar, so it was a delight to grab the last copy. Carey and James are being forced to go on a book tour with their employers, design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp. It could make the Tripps into superstars – if they could stand the sight of each other. Carey and James need to ensure that things appear smooth, and neither can say no to this job. So they need to play along, but they could be better together…

I was really happy to see a copy of Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs by Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker available. I’d seen this earlier online during the current pandemic but thought there was no way that I’d find a copy locally. It has been updated to include a preface on COVID-19 (although with developments happening all the time, it’s not going to be 100% up to date) and also includes a lot about previous pandemics and the way they were handled (e.g. HIV/AIDS, Zika virus, malaria). I’m happy to read non fiction about pandemics, and am currently on the fence when it comes to pandemic fiction.

To see other books received/bought this week across the world, 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.

What I read last week:



What I’m reading at the moment:


What I’ll be reading next:

Not too sure…

5 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 11/5/20

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  1. Bookstores aren’t open here yet. Luckily, I have hundreds of books on my TBR mountain to keep me company. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  2. I like to browse the bookshops even though I rarely pick up print books anymore.
    You have a nice haul again this week. The Minute I Saw You looks like an nice, entertaining read.
    Stay safe and enjoy your reading!

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