Sunday, March 13, 2011

Monday Memes

 Mailbox Monday is hosted this month by I'm Booking It and it is when book bloggers gather to brag about all the loot that has landed in their mailboxes, whether those mailboxes are real or virtual.  My virtual mailbox has been full this week; the real one empty.

My free Kindle downloads (and one day I'm actually going to start reading some of these books I've been stockpiling).
Gray Matter: A Neurosurgeon Discovers the Power of Prayer . . . One Patient at a TimeSomewhere to Belong (Daughters of Amana, Book 1)The Secret (Seasons of Grace, Book 1)The World from Rough Stones (Stevenson Family Saga)She Walks in BeautyDarcy's Voyage: A tale of uncharted love on the open seas (Pride & Prejudice Continues)Circle of Friends Cookbook 25 Slow Cooker Recipes: Exclusive online cookbook

I also actually bought a Kindle book:
In Name Only1876, Philadelphia. Caroline Martin's life has finally taken a turn for the better. After years of hard work, she has met a virtuous and wealthy man whose love seems to promise the kind of life realized only within the comforting novels she keeps on her night table. Tragedy, however, will teach Caroline of the complexity with which God Himself authors the lives of those who turn toward Him.

This is religious fiction from a Catholic perspective.  I read Emily's Hope by the same author and was disappointed, but Sarah recommended this one and said the writing is better than it was in Emily's Hope.  Since the Kindle version cost about what I had in a free Amzon gift card, I decided to give it a try.  

My other favorite source of ebooks also came through for me this week. From NetGalley I got:

A Storm Called KatrinaA Storm Called Katrina 

Ten-year-old Louis Daniel hates it when Mama treats him like a baby. But when Hurricane Katrina blows through the Gulf Coast on a fateful August night, followed by broken levees and rising floodwaters threatening New Orleans, Louis feels like a little kid again. With no time to gather their belongings save Louis s beloved horn Daddy leads the family from their home and into an unfamiliar, watery world of floating debris, lurking critters, a winsome black-and-white dog, and desperate neighbors heading for dry ground. Taking shelter in the already-crowded Superdome, Louis and his parents wait and wait. As the days pass, the electricity goes out, the air conditioning dies, the bathrooms are closed, and people around them begin to bicker as they run out of food and water. When Daddy fails to return from a scouting mission within the Dome, Louis knows he s no longer a baby. It s up to him to find Daddy, with the help of his prized cornet.

Nobody gets away with telling Eleanor Crowe what to do. But as a pregnant sixteen-year-old, her options are limited: move to Kenya with her missionary parents or marry the baby’s father and work at his family’s summer camp for overweight kids.

Despite her initial reluctance to help out, Elly is surprised that she actually enjoys working with the campers. But a tragedy on the very day her baby is born starts a series of events that overwhelms Elly with unexpected emotions and difficult choices. Somehow, she must turn her usual obstinance in a direction that can ensure a future for herself—and for the new life she has created.

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.

Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.

When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood—in a future that is eerily believable.

The Goodbye Quilt
Linda Davis's local fabric shop is a place where women gather to share their creations: quilts commemorating important events in their lives. Wedding quilts, baby quilts, memorial quilts—each is bound tight with dreams, hopes and yearnings.

Now, as her only child readies for college, Linda is torn between excitement for Molly and heartache for herself. Who will she be when she is no longer needed in her role as mom? What will become of her days? Of her marriage?

Mother and daughter decide to share one last adventure together—a cross-country road trip to move Molly into her dorm. As they wend their way through the heart of the country, Linda stitches together the scraps that make up Molly's young life. And in the quilting of each bit of fabric—the hem of a christening gown, a snippet from a Halloween costume—Linda discovers that the memories of a shared journey can come together in a way that will keep them both warm in the years to come….

It's Monday, What Are You Reading is hosted by Sheila over at BookJourney.  She asks what we read this past week and what we plan to read this week.

I started Bumped (see above) and so far I'm finding it to be interesting.  I'm still working on Bridge to Happiness, but should have a review up sometime this week.  Books I finished and/or published reviews on were:

Finally, this week I interviewed author Penelope Stokes, author of many books:
The Book of PeachHeartbreak CafeThe Amethyst HeartThe Memory Book: A NovelThe Treasure Box: A NovelCircle of Grace: A Novel


  1. Oh my gosh you had a fantastic week. I am very impressed with how many reviews you accomplish per week. Have a fabulous week. My Monday:

  2. Oh wow there has to be great reads there! Welcome To The Last Chance looks good, so does Who Is My Shelter!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm gonna check out your interview in a sec.

  4. Whew - what a great week! The Susan Wiggs book sounds really good at the moment... I'm trying to start two baby clothes quilts myself. LOL - I don't know what I'm doing. Like you, I also snagged a few of the free books for the Kindle - now I just need to update my ereader so I can add the Kindle app!

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  5. Such a big week! Hope yo uhave another great one!

    I'm a new follower!

    You can check out my week here if you like!

  6. I turned in my children's book project today. The reading I did for it last week accounts for almost a third of my list. Come see what I read.

  7. Nothing's more fun than free eBook downloads. Darcy's Voyage sounds really interesting. I also requested a copy of Bumped from Netgalley but I'm still waiting for a reply. Happy reading!

    Take a look at what's in my Mailbox this week!

  8. you got some really interesting reads this week. I'll be looking forward to your thoughts on the Susan Wiggs books. I love her Lakeshore Chronicles series.

  9. I haven't read anything by Susan Wiggs, but I've certainly seen her books online and in the bookstores. Time to try her out!


  10. Your books look yummy and that is too funny about the free Kindle downloads...they are really hard to resist...and the 99 cent ones too...

  11. She Walks in Beauty is good! Going to check out the Susan Wiggs book as I am a big fan.

  12. You have a great selection here...yay for you!! I have been curious about Bumped since I first read about it so I can't wait to see what you think of it. Enjoy!

  13. Nice variety of books. Soon, very soon, I will decide on an ereader so that I can take advantage of netgally and the free downloads. Not that I would ever give paper books. Never.

  14. I am two weeks late returning your visit - but I got here.
    Lots of good books here. Isn't it fun to get those free books. Now if we only had time to read them.

    I posted a review this week on Welcome to Last Chance - I'll have to check out your review.
    I hope this past week was good for you.


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