Monday, March 4, 2013

Mailbox Monday


In my mailbox this past week I found:


Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson from Penguin USA

The Love Child by Amanda Brookfield from Penguin Books

The Secret of Happy Ever After by Lucy Dillon from Penguin USA

Lifesaving Lessons by Linda Greenlaw from Viking


The Falcons of Fire and Ice by Karen Maitland from Penguin Books


Also, Nadia of A Bookish Way of Life sent me two beautiful hardcover books knowing how much I'd enjoy them after reading about them on her blog:

Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo which was the winner of the 2012 National Book Award

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker which was named one of the best books of the year by Booklist, Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. You can read more praise about it here.


Ally, of Snow Feathers, sent me a beautiful picture of the Carnivale in Venice along with a card to thank me for co-hosting the Venice in February Challenge this year. Allie, the pleasure is all mine!


Chris of Stuff as Dreams Are Made On sent me a postcard with one of Yoshimoto Nara's drawings on it. Love it! In fact, I'd used the same artist's work for my Japanese Literature Challenge 2 button, with a dog sitting at a desk; so Chris? You knew exactly what to send me! Thank you so much!




Finally, I am getting lots of mail from my Marine recruit in San Diego; we've received eight letters in six weeks! My heart is so full of thankfulness to God for hearing our prayers about our son's direction. I'm so excited about what's happening in his life I'll have to write a whole new post on another day.

Mailbox Monday is being hosted in March by Caitlin at Chaotic Compendium.

27 comments:

  1. I like your mix of genres and the variety of reads. Enjoy them all.

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    1. A mix of genres seems to be the focus of my blog; I guess I can't be put in a box. ;)

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  2. They all look great. That's lovely that your son is writing you letters :)

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    1. I'm not sure if the Drill Instructors are making the recruits write, or if he really wants to. What thrills me is that I feel in touch, and the news is good. Such a relief!

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  3. wow! Now that's a great mailbox haul!! books and a "real letter" not an email!! miracles do happen!

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    1. I like real letters (and postcards) so much better than emails! How can you save an email in a cedar box? How can you get a feel for the person by not seeing the handwriting and know that those hands folded the page? There are things from Before Technology which I much prefer.

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  4. I love, love, love getting real letters in the mail! They are so awesome!

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    1. It's enough to make me want to organize a real letter event between us book bloggers. Let me think about that...

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  5. What a wonderful mailbox - I know those letters were the best thing you received. I'll be curious to see what you think of Let's Pretend This Never Happened - I didn't love it the way other people have.

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    1. Oh, Bermuda Onion, I so agree! (About "Let's Pretend...") We'll talk when I post my review! And you're so right, the letters are the best part of all.

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  6. Those Penguin novels are such a wonderful mailbox. Enjoy!

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    1. Somehow Penguin had added me to a list somewhere, and I'm so glad to receive these novels. Glad and lucky!

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  7. What a great week for mail! I love letters. Enjoy your books.

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    1. I think the letter part is the favorite of us all. We've come so far from receiving real mail, and who wants to open their mailbox to find only bills?!

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  8. I am glad it arrived to you, I was beginning to wonder :) Now, I finished reading the three books, I even watched Visconti's Death in Venice, but I just cannot find the time to sit and write about them... But I will :)

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    1. Ally, I shod have told you straight away when it arrived last week. The problem was that your package arrived the same day that horrible case of flu did, and I wasn't doing much of anything! I'm going to take the frame to school and hang it by my desk where I can enjoy it every day. Thank you so much for sending it to me.

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  9. Lovely post! The letters are especially wonderful, and I hope you'll enjoy your bounty of books (including Proust poetry!).

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    1. I'm a little daunted by the collection of Proust's poetry, but I'm looking forward to trying it. His writing, both poems and novels, are new to me.

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  10. What a wonderful assortment of MM treasures. Thanks for sharing with us and enjoy.

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    1. Thanks for reading my post! :)

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  11. What a fantastic Mailbox Monday! All of those books looks lovely, especially Behind the Beautiful Forevers. But, of course, the best of the best is the handwritten letters from your son!!! I'm sure you'll re-read them dozens of times and tuck them away in a special spot to return to when you feel the need to reconnect. What a loving son to keep you informed of his time in San Diego. Is he enjoying the warmer weather? I can't remember. Is he in the marines or Navy? Is boot camp at Camp Pendleton or downtown near the bay? In any event, I'm so glad you're hearing from him! Hugs to you, dear friend (and fellow letter-lover/writer).

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    1. Hello, sweet Lesley! He's in the Marine boot camp at Pendleton. This week they're learning rifle safety, and while it isn't anything I want to know, he loves everything he's learning! I guess he's just found the right place for right now, and I'm so glad to hear from him in letters of enthusiasm and purpose. Thank you for sharing my joy as only true friends can do. xo

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    2. I know Camp Pendleton! My aunt (whose husband was retired Air Force) took us there to ride her Arabian horses when we were kids. We had dinner once on base (probably in the Officer's dining room) and I think that was the first (and last) time I'd ever encountered a finger bowl!

      I'm so glad to hear he's enjoying his experience at Boot Camp. And I think it's wonderful that he's writing. Has he been able to do anything fun in San Diego or do they not get any leave?

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  12. Hmm, your mailbox appears to be much more fun than mine.

    I'm glad your son is enjoying himself and so nice for you that he's writing! I feel fortunate that both of mine call me regularly. I can't imagine either of them ever bothering to take the time to write. :)

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    1. I think part of the reason for the letters might be due in part to Drill Instructors taking pity on mothers. :)

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  13. What wonderful treats in the mailbox! Things have been very quiet around my front door lately. Especially wonderful to have a real letter from your son. I am pretty sure that will never ever happen with mine - but maybe an email if I'm lucky!

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  14. I'll rather stare at a pile of books for hours than watch a movie. Those books along with your son's letter must have made you really happy :)

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