Sunday, April 24, 2011

Mailbox Monday, April 25

I was just telling S. Krishna via twitter that I hadn't read ANY books for her South Asian Authors challenge, but when it rains it pours!

The very next day, I received a pitch for a great looking novel,The Girl in the Garden, and then I received Mitali Perkins' Bamboo People on audio from Brilliance Audiobooks. I also keep looking at Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake on my shelf, so I'm hoping by the end of May, I will have read at least two books towards my goal of 7 books by South Asian authors (or about South Asian culture) in 2011.

Other books received for review:

Beastly audiobook by Alex Finn (Yes, I was lured in by the new movie) on audio (Aside--I LOVE that Brilliance Audio offers MP3 CDs, which are easy to load and also cheaper. This audiobook is the same price as a trade paperback!).

If America Were a Village: A Book about the People of the United States -- after I reviewed This Child, Every Child: A book about the world's children (linked to my review) the author was so impressed with the comments that he offered to send another of his books.  I was surprised by the level of interest as well and look forward to checking out this book as well.

This Is Just Exactly Like You: A Novel by Drew Perry that I slotted into a giveaway spot coming up very soon (May 7), so it's next up on my fiction list to read.

Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood -- I'm not anticipating any other "first year" motherhood experiences in my own life, but I know that I would have appreciated a book like this when I had my children. I'll be hosting a giveaway on 5 Minutes for Mom on May 2, and I also thought it would be a great fit for that audience.

It was the slowest week I've had at the mailbox in a while, and I am more than fine with that! It's giving me time to catch up.

The April host of Mailbox Monday is Passages to the Past. Check out the other participants' lists there.

Reviews that I published this week:

  • Bring Back Beatrice was an interesting look at the popularity of names. It was my first contribution to the Kirkus Blog where the 5 Minutes for Books team will be covering Lifestyle titles each Friday. I am so excited about this new gig!
  • Little White Rabbit -- a picture book by Kevin Henkes not just for Easter only!
  • Trauma Queen is a delightful novel for middle-schoolers. It's the second Barbara Dee novel that I've read, and my daughter and I enjoyed both of them equally. There's a giveaway on this too!


Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I'm not familiar with any of your books, but I hope you enjoy them.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad) said...

I haven't heard of any of these but some do sound interesting.

Happy reading,

Mystica said...

All new to me as well but enjoy the reads.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

All these are new to me. Enjoy Jennifer.

bermudaonion said...

If America Were a Village sounds really good! I hope you have a wonderful week!

Anna said...

I'll be looking for your thoughts on Beastly. Happy reading!

Kay said...

These look good. Glad you received some that you are excited about. Enjoy!

Aisle B said...

Will have to look into If America were A Village for the wee one. Sounds like something to encourage diversity and will take a peak at your review on the author's last book This Child Every Child.

Kudos on you, you always impress and that's why authors keep coming back to your corner of the "word". Bravo :)

Laura Fabiani said...

I wanted to take part in the South Asian Challenge but I was participating in too many challenges! Enjoy all your books and thanks for visiting my blog.

Tribute Books Mama said...

They all sound interesting, enjoy !

Come by and see mine and my giveaways.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I'm curious to see what you think of all your South Asian reads. The titles are new to me and I am very curious about them.

Mary said...

I thought The Namesake was pretty good but I LOVED Unaccustomed Earth. Enjoy all your new books!