Monday, December 22, 2008

Mailbox Monday-- 'tis Better to Give and Receive!

This past week, I sent 15 books to new homes. I hope everyone enjoys them as much as I did. In return, I received 10 books, all from Paperback Swap. Here's the rundown on what appeared in my mailbox. (Unfortunately I don't have a couple of helpful roadrunners hanging around mine!)

--A Bird in the Hand by Ann Cleeves, the first of the George and Molly Palmer-Jones mystery series about a pair of English birdwatchers. I've read and enjoyed the first two of Cleeves' Shetland Quartet mysteries, so I thought I would try some of her other books.

--The Cape Cod Mystery by Phoebe Atwood Taylor, the first of the Asey Mayo mysteries. The term "farce-melodrama" is mentioned on the back of the book, so this may be interesting!

--Buried Bones by Carolyn Haines, the second in the mystery series featuring Sarah Booth Delaney in the Mississippi Delta. I got rather tired of a running joke in the first otherwise very good book, and this second in the series will be the acid test!

--Laceys of Liverpool & Dancing in the Dark by Maureen Lee, an omnibus edition containing two novels in Lee's series about families in Liverpool during World War II. These were recommended to me by a PBS friend.

--Red House: Being a Mostly Accurate Account of New England's Oldest Continously Lived-In House by Sarah Messer. I love old houses and the stories they have to tell!

--The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece by Jonathan Harr. Non-Fiction.

--The House by Princes Park by Maureen Lee, another of her Liverpool series.

--He Saw a Hummingbird by Norma Lee Browning and Russell Ogg, the true story of a diabetic, blind former photographer and a hummingbird that came into his life.

--Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron.

--Soiled Doves: Prostitution in the Early West by Anne Seagraves. I remember seeing this book in a shop in Tombstone, Arizona. I almost bought it. Now I have a copy. Filled with fascinating old photos and text, I'm looking forward to this one.

There you have it--my haul from last week. If you'd like to join in this fun meme or just read other participants' answers, click on the mailbox up at the top to be taken to Marcia's excellent blog, The Printed Page!


  1. A Bird in the Hand sounds like it might be a great series. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for that one.

    Nice haul this week!

  2. Hope you report on the Cape Cod mystery. It sounds interesting.

  3. I'm so impressed with you when you get rid of more books than you receive. A have a lot of books on loan, but have trouble getting rid of them permanently.

  4. Soiled Doves looks interesting. I'll bet those women led a hard life!

    Have a wonderful Christmas Cathy!

    :) wendi

  5. Ooh I have Dewey coming to me that I won from Confuzzled Books. I can't wait!

  6. Michele--I opened A Bird in the Hand and read a paragraph or two. I probably would've kept on reading, but I keep being pulled back to Duma Key. Stephen King can be the Pied Piper when he tries!

    Beth--I picked that one up as well and read a paragraph or two. Then I made myself put it down.

    Kathy--getting rid of books is a new thing for me. I loan them out to my best buddy who reads them, shares them with her family, and then gives them back. Paperback Swap has really been the turning point for me. It's made sending the books to new homes painless because I'm receiving so many interesting books in return. I think if I were just sending them out and not having another source opened to me, it would be too painful. Fortunately I've been able to keep on sending out more than I receive!

    Wendi--Merry Christmas!!

    Callista--I'm so anti-cat owner and such a dog lover that when I told my friend I'd gotten this book, she almost fell out of her chair! LOL And before the cat owners rustle up a lynch party and try to Google my address, let me say that I have quite a problem with stray/ feral cats in this neighborhood. Too many of the cat owners here think nothing of saving money on cat food by letting their pets roam free 24/7 so they can come over here, defecate by my mailbox, drink out of my pool and try to catch as many songbirds as they can. Cats can be wonderful pets, but they need to be taken care of properly!!!


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