Mailbox Monday

Oct 122014


Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Every Wednesday for Books That Caught Our Eye, Serena, Leslie and I will each share 2 books that grabbed our attention from today’s Mailbox Monday post. We hope you’ll join us by posting a comment letting us know the books that caught your eye.


From Net Galley:
cover53429-mediumHello From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney
For the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled “Hello from the Gillespies.” It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself—she tells the truth….

The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Her husband is coping badly with retirement. Her thirty-two-year-old twins are having career meltdowns. Her third daughter, badly in debt, can’t stop crying. And her ten-year-old son spends more time talking to his imaginary friend than to real ones.

Without Angela, the family would fall apart. But when Angela is taken away from them in a most unexpected manner, the Gillespies pull together—and pull themselves together—in wonderfully surprising ways…


From Jenna @ Lost Generation Reader. Thanks Jenna!!
693208The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.


11093329The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Anthony Horowit
I accepted a review offer for Moriarty by this author and didn’t realize it was in a series and there was a book before it. So, I decided to buy book 1 so I could read it first.

For the first time in its one-hundred-and-twenty-five-year history, the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate has authorized a new Sherlock Holmes novel.

Once again, THE GAME’S AFOOT…

London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine art dealer named Edmund Carstairs visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson to beg for their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap – a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened. And then the first murder takes place.

Almost unwillingly, Holmes and Watson find themselves being drawn ever deeper into an international conspiracy connected to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston, the gaslit streets of London, opium dens and much, much more. And as they dig, they begin to hear the whispered phrase-the House of Silk-a mysterious entity that connects the highest levels of government to the deepest depths of criminality. Holmes begins to fear that he has uncovered a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society.

The Arthur Conan Doyle Estate chose the celebrated, #1 New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz to write The House of Silk because of his proven ability to tell a transfixing story and for his passion for all things Holmes. Destined to become an instant classic, The House of Silk brings Sherlock Holmes back with all the nuance, pacing, and almost superhuman powers of analysis and deduction that made him the world’s greatest detective, in a case depicting events too shocking, too monstrous to ever appear in print…until now.

Did you get any goodies in your mailbox last week?

  16 Responses to “Mailbox Monday”

  1. I love Monica McInerney, and that cover is great. I have the paper book and it’s huge!
    Have a lovely week!

  2. Congratulations on your win. I hope you enjoy both of your Sherlock Holmes books and all of your books. Have a great week.

  3. I think the McInerney book sounds great. Hope you love it!

  4. Oh I just read the book you won and it is brilliant. Very powerful read. The last sentence literally gave me chills!

  5. House of Silk…wonderful…I love Sherlock Holmes!

  6. Enjoy your books! I loved Hello from the Gillespies…and I’m curious about House of Silk.


  7. I want to read Hello From the Gillespies…I love family sagas.

    The House of Silk sounds good too.

    ENJOY your reading week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  8. I’ve been seeing Hello From the Gillespies around the blogs alot. It looks so good.

    Have a great week!

  9. Hello From the Gillespies has been tempting me over on NetGalley. Loved Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

  10. I’ve heard good things about The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian. Enjoy!

  11. The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian has been on my wishlist for ages. Enjoy all of your new books, Vicki!

  12. Both of these sound superb. I’ve always liked Sherlock Holmes.

    Thanks for visiting The Busy Mom’s Daily.

  13. Hi Vicki,

    I love Sherlock Holmes, but doubt that I would bother with ‘The House Of Silk’ as I am not a fan of original authors’ work being carried on by other writers, officially authorised or not! Purely a personal view you understand!

    Monica McInerneyis a new name to me, but I really like the sound of ‘Hello From The Gillespies’. She seems to have written quite a few of these family based stories and I quite like the look of the format, so may give one a try.

    Thanks for sharing your haul and I hope that you enjoy them all,


  14. hmm, this House of Silk sounds really good

  15. The Sherman Alexie book is one of my ALL-TIME faves (the audio, never read it in print so I hope it translates well!). Great win 🙂

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