Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mailbox Monday-- Christmas, Christmas Time Is Here!

A big Thank You to Marcia of The Printed Page for hosting my favorite meme. I love seeing what books arrived in other book bloggers' mailboxes! If you'd like to check out other mailboxes, click on that redhead to the left. She'll take you right to Marcia's blog!

I've now reached the time of year when I'm more concerned with that last gift for Denis that hasn't arrived; for once I'm not wanting to pull out an armload of books. (Bet you thought you'd never hear me say that!)

I sent 4 books to new Paperback Swap (PBS) foster homes, and I received 3. Here's the scoop on what arrived in my mailbox:

--The House on Tradd Street by Karen White (Alibris). "Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she’s going to have to accept it. An old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog—and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets."

--Paddle to the Amazon by Don Starkell (PBS). "In 1980, the author and his two teenage sons embarked on a canoe trip from Winnipeg to Belem, Brazil, where the Amazon meets the Atlantic. One son, discouraged, returned to Canada from Mexico, but Starkell and his other son went on, completing the trip in two years. Traveling 12,000 miles on rivers and open seas in their 21-foot canoe, they encountered every conceivable obstacle--wild animals, hostile natives, near-starvation, terrifying ocean weather, arrest, robbery, illness and despair. They also met many sympathetic people who encouraged them and helped them survive."

--The Lady Was a Gambler by Chris Enss (PBS). "From the muddy cowtowns of Montana to the posh parlors of Deadwood and Tombstone, past a succession of swinging batwing doors to the smoke-filled rooms in the back, some of the most colorful ladies in the Wild West also happened to be some of the shrewdest gamblers.With her inimitable instinct for a good story, Chris Enss points her pen toward fifteen of the most fascinating characters to ever flip a hole card or lace a corset. 'Poker' Alice Ivers, for instance, checked and raised her way through some of the roughest mining towns in the West, while Lottie Deno, the prettiest faro dealer to ever turn a card, 'bucked the tiger' all the way from Texas to Alaska. And who could ever bet against Eleanora Dumont, a twenty-one dealer known far and wide as 'Madam Moustache'?"

Looks to me like I have some good reading ahead of me!

Here's hoping that Santa brings each and every one of you all the bookish things that were on your lists! See you next Monday for a new edition of Mailbox Monday.


  1. Looks good! Happy reading and I hope you have a great week! Merry Christmas!

  2. Enjoy them all! I really want to read The House on Tradd Street.

  3. Your stacks are still decreasing! I'm so impressed. I need to get hold of The House on Tradd Street, since I have The Girl on Legare Street.

  4. The House on Tradd Street looks wonderful. Hope you enjoy it & your other goodies!

  5. Me too! Me too! The House on Tradd St has had me intrigued from the get-go. I don't know why I haven't gotten around to getting it. Enjoy your new books. You have been doing well at clearing out some shelf space.

  6. Deeefinitely want The House on Tradd Street. My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

  7. I just checked out The House on Tradd Street from the library...can't wait to start reading it. Looking forward to your review.

  8. I actually asked my family to NOT get me books this year. I'm already drowning in review books and a few contests wins and personal books. I don't NEED more.

    My MM is up!

  9. Great books this week. I hope you have a great time with them.

  10. I really enjoyed both books in the Tradd Street series.

  11. HOpe you enjoy Tradd Street. I did (review up soon I hope).

  12. I also received The House on Tradd Street.

    Happy Reading and Happy Holidays

  13. I ordered four books for myself the other day, but like you, I am much more concerned about the Christmas presents I ordered for my youngest daughter. I simply MUST have them in time or I will feel such a horrible mother for ordering them too late (even though I have made sure she will have plenty of entertaining presents this year).

  14. I enjoyed the House on Tradd Street, hope you do too :)

  15. I hope you like "The House on Tradd Street" as much as I did! Happy reading!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  16. Merry Christmas, Katy!

    Mary-- I'm about to finish the book I'm reading, and I keep sneaking peeks at Tradd sitting here on the desk. I swear it's staring at me!

    Kathy-- I'm looking forward to reading a book set in Charleston.

    DC-- Thanks. I'm sure I will!

    Kaye-- Clearing out the old to make way for the new is the way I'm looking at it. :)

    Alayne-- Sounds like Tradd is the winner this week! :)

    Kara-- And I'll look forward to reading yours!

    Callista-- Well, I don't need more either, if I got down to brass tacks. I just want 'em. At least I've got room for them on my shelves. It wasn't that long ago that I couldn't say that!

    Ryan-- I hope I do, too!

    Serena-- Thanks for the recommendation!

    Beth-- Good! I'll look forward to reading it!

    MarceJ-- It will be interesting to see how we both like it (or not).

    Dorte-- I'm in luck... all the gifts have shown up. I'm in the clear! I hope you are, too.

    Stacy-- Tradd is definitely the winner in this mailbox!

    Anna-- Now I'm beginning to worry that I won't like it as much as the rest of you! (Stop that, Cathy!)


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