Sunday, June 26, 2011

In My Mailbox (7)

This is an event hosted by The Story Siren. Every Sunday she posts a video about books she has bought/gotten during the week. And she asks us to do the same (but it doesn't have to be a video).

I went to a bookstore and hoping to find the second book of the House of Night series. 'Cause I finished reading the first book not long ago and enjoyed it a lot. But the store I went which was the closest to the other stores I had to stop by as well, only had Burned and another one I don't remember the name of. They didn't have Betrayed which I was looking for. And they sadly didn't have many other fantasy series either. So that was a shame! But I ended up buying other books which I'm looking forward to read even though I haven't heard about them before.

Every last one by Anna Quindlen


In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 New York Times bestselling author Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

Mary Beth Latham is first and foremost a mother, whose three teenaged children come first, before her career as a landscape gardener, or even her life as the wife of a doctor.  Caring for her family and preserving their everyday life is paramount.  And so, when one of her sons, Max, becomes depressed, Mary Beth becomes focused on him, and is blindsided by a shocking act of violence. What happens afterwards is a testament to the power of a woman’s love and determination, and to the invisible line of hope and healing that connects one human being with another. Ultimately, in the hands of Anna Quindlen’s mesmerizing prose, Every Last One is a novel about facing every last one of the the things we fear most, about finding ways to navigate a road we never intended to travel, to live a life we never dreamed we’d have to live but must be brave enough to try.

Random Thoughts

The title sounds kind of like a horror but it's not. It's an ordinary novel and the text on the back of the book sounded very interesting about a mom who finds out that one of her children, Max is depressed.

Looking forward to read it and I really love the cover. It's beautiful and sad at the same time!

A gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore


Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction Chosen as a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, Kansas City Star, Financial Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Real Simple 

Twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, the daughter of a gentleman farmer, has come to a university town as a student. When she takes a job as a part-time nanny for a mysterious and glamorous family, she finds herself drawn deeper into their world and forever changed. Told through the eyes of this memorable narrator, A Gate at the Stairs is a piercing novel of race, class, love, and war in America.

Random Thoughts

Mysterious cover and what was standing back of the book really got me curious. Books I've never heard of doesn't scare me so I can't wait to give it a try!

The Killing Place by Tess Gerritsen


Tess Gerritsen’s new book The Killing Place is markedly different from her usual fare, but sports all her usual narrative acumen. The well-established page-turning abilities that marked out such earlier Gerritsen novels as The Mephisto Club and The Bone Garden are fully in evidence here, and the characters remain as sharply defined as ever – welcome news for followers of Gerritsen’s much-loved series heroines, forensic anthropologist Maura Isles and detective Jane Rizzoli.

In Wyoming, the quaintly-named village of Kingdom Come is snowed in, and twelve identical houses are abandoned and in darkness. Cars, similarly, are abandoned. Where are all the human inhabitants? The snowstorm has marooned Maura Isles – and the private road that took her to the village has also led her into a frightening and disturbing puzzle. Subsequently, Jane Rizzoli arrives to find a car containing four bodies, all burnt to a crisp. Is one of the corpses Maura Isles?

Rizzoli and Isles often find themselves investigating gruesome and baffling murder mysteries – very much the case here, but with Isles missing from the investigative team. As the tension is screwed ever tighter, it’s clear that, as ever, Tess Gerritsen has the full measure of the crime genre at her fingertips. Both her heroines – women who have to fight to remain at the top of their professions – are capable, but it’s Jane Rizzoli who is, in The Killing Place , stretched to her limits. --Barry Forshaw

Random Thoughts

After grabbing two novels (a genre I should read more of!) I thought I should also get some darker books, like a thriller or a horror (I have a weakness for those genres...) I ended up with a thriller with a promising plot!

So, even though they didn't have Betrayed book 2 of House of Night which I was looking for, I wasn't disappointed. I always find books which sounds really exciting. I can't leave a bookstore without buying anything. That is so wrong:) They did have a lot of urban fantasy books though but they were mostly translated and I want to read them in English, so that's why I didn't bought anything from that genre and the fantasy genres they did have in English was old stuff like Twilight (which I don't like) and some series that I wasn't really interested in. But it doesn't hurt to read from other genres as well so I was happy with the books I got and I hope they are a good read!


  1. You've got a great selection of books this week!

    I hope you enjoy them :)

    I really enjoyed The Killing place.

  2. Thanks. I look forward to read them esp The Killing Place. Maybe I'll enjoy it as much as you did:)

  3. Wow, Every Last One looks really good! I hope you enjoy what you got this week! Here's My IMM if you want to check it out! Happy reading!

    -Jessica (Peace Love Books)

  4. Ooh man. Every Last One has such a beautiful cover and sounds like a really good read! I hadn't heard of these books, but they all look wonderful, and I especially hope you'll enjoy them!

    Happy reading!
    -Christina Reads YA

  5. I fell in love with the Every last one cover too. It's just so lovely. I hadn't heard of that book before but the cover made me buy it but the book sounded very exciting as well:) Can't wait to read and the rest of them.

    Happy reading to you too, Christina!:)

  6. Jessica: Yeah, Every last one sounded really good so I can't wait to read it:) Happy Reading!:)

  7. Great set! I haven't read an Anna Quindlen book in a long time. I should get back to her.
    My IMM

  8. I hadn't heard of Anna Quindlen before but I love trying books of authors I've haven't heard of before. It's exciting!:) Happy Reading.


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