Monthly Archives: April 2012
Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.
Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
Books that came in my mailbox this week:
The Divorce of Henry VIII by Catherine Fletcher from Palgrave Macmillan (won from a ShelfAwareness contest)
“In 1533 the English monarch Henry VIII, married to Catherine of Aragon, fell madly in love with lady-in-waiting Anne Boleyn, the future mother of Elizabeth I. No easy matter, procuring a divorce involved strenuous lobbying of the Pope in the exalted halls of the Vatican. Henry’s lobbyist-for-hire in Rome was a wily Italian diplomat named Gregorio Casali who drew no limits on skullduggery – including kidnapping, bribery, and theft – to make his king a free man.
Set against the backdrop of a Rome recently sacked by the Spanish army and at the height of the Renaissance, winner of the Rome Fellowship Catherine Fletcher draws on hundreds of previously unknown Italian archival documents to revel the extraordinary true story behind history’s most infamous divorce, which led to the creation of the Church of England and changed the course of history.”
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson from Hachette Book Group (also a win from ShelfAwareness)
“The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity’s only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future.”
Books I got this week on my Kindle:
Rot & Ruin by Jonathon Maberry
“In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.
Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James
I’m sure most of you have heard about these books, as I have, they’ve been all over social media outlets and news stations. I had avoided them just because they didn’t really sound like my style of book. Finally a couple of my good friends from college told me they were reading them, so I finally agreed to read them. I’m refraining from final judgement here, because I’m only 15 chapters through the first book. So far, I’m not impressed, and in fact, I dislike Christian Grey. One of my friends has assured me that she felt the same way, but the books got better, so I’ve agreed to continue on with them. If you have any opinions or thoughts, I’d be interested to hear from you!
What books made it into your home this week?
Typically I reserve Sundays for sleeping in, a big breakfast, and catching up with the family. I try to do errands and chores on Saturday so I can rationalize doing a whole lot of nothing on Sundays. Today was not my typical Sunday. My little heart did not feel good last night, and the fifth time she got up (in 2 hours), I told her to just crawl in bed with us. Of course that means that hubby and I are both hugging the edges of our King sized bed, while she sleeps comfortably in the middle. I was surprised to wake up at 6:45 am, since I had only been asleep since 2am, but I got up, wrote out a grocery list, and that was the first step to my amazingly productive day.
My husband is a rescue diver for the county, and this weekend they have been clearing swim areas at the lake, so my lil’ heart and I joined them at Village Inn for a yummy breakfast, then went to get “real” coffee from our favorite coffee house. On our way we came upon a little family out for a Sunday stroll. Perhaps they were looking for a new ride?
After getting our coffee, we went grocery shopping. I don’t really mind grocery shopping, but I do not like to do it on the weekends. I thought that perhaps going early enough would spare us the crowds, and I was mostly right. If I had only been in the store 20 minutes, it would have been perfect timing. It took a bit longer than that, so it was getting crowded by the time we left. We put away our groceries, but my productive streak still wasn’t finished (much to my surprise). I cleaned bathrooms and litter box, did laundry, wrote cards and letters, packed up Mother’s Day gifts and replied to emails. I even started dinner in the crock pot!
When I finally decided to sit down and check Facebook, Sabertooth was exhausted from watching me work, and needed a nap. Another nap. I wouldn’t give him my lap, so he took what he could get. I don’t understand how cats can be comfortable and sleep almost anywhere!
I hope you are enjoying your Sunday, whether its productive or lazy, or a little bit of both!
Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books. It’s easy to participate – just post a picture that was taken by you, a friend, or a family member and add your link on Alyce’s site. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.
This weekend’s snapshot is of our little orange cat, Sabertooth. “Little” is relative, because compared to our other cat, Baxter, Sabertooth IS little – Baxter tops the scale at over 20 lbs. He needs a feline Jenny Craig. Anyway, Sabertooth came to us after several homes in our area were foreclosed on, and people moved and some left their pets behind. Dogs are easier to catch, but catching a cat that doesn’t want to be caught is pretty much like buying a lotto ticket. Your chances of accomplishing what you want is very slim. Sabertooth started coming around our yard, flirting. Apparently somehow he found out about my weakness for orange kitties. After a while I invited him in, he and Baxter had their sniff-around, and decided to leave each other alone. Sabertooth is de-clawed, so I knew he was used to being in the house, and he’s never acted unrefined, so he’s been free to come and go as he pleases.
A few weeks ago my lil’ heart and I traveled home to Texas for Spring Break, and my mother sent me home with an old chair that used to sit in my grandpa’s den. I grew up sitting in his lap while he smoked his pipe and watched the horse races in this chair. After he and my grandmother passed, the chair floated around our house until I claimed it for my room. After a while my mom claimed it back and had it recovered. It sat in the office for a while, and I’ve missed that chair. When my mom suggested I bring it home with me, I was overjoyed! For some reason, Sabertooth believes I brought it home for him. It sits between my window and a bookcase, and I write, read, daydream and blog in this chair. This afternoon I wouldn’t let him in my lap because when he gets on the keyboard he hits all kinds of keys, and totally messes me up. So, he jumped up on the bookcase to look down at me in disdain. This is Sabertooth – sitting atop a David Baldacci novel.
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme from Bermuda Onion where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. If you want to play along, grab the button, and write a post.
This week’s word is from The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
salubrious: favorable to or promoting health or well-being <salubrioushabits>
“As the handsome carriage sped east, the salubrious, almost countrified atmosphere of Kensington soon gave way to the crowded urban environment of Piccadilly, and beyond to the Circus where Anteros, the avenger of unrequited love, protrudes like an arrow fired at the city’s heart.”