Monday, December 14, 2015

Mailbox Monday - December 14

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

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

Another week has passed and the end of 2015 grows nearer. Hard to believe that a new year will soon be upon us.


Forgot to mention the family and a couple of friends went to Boston to see Elf The Musical at the Wang Theater. What a great show! The actor who played Buddy sounded just like Will Farrell.


This past Tuesday, the Lil' Diva performed in her high school's winter concert with the Concert Choir. The school bands also performed. They all sounded superb. I have to admit I am so impressed by the level of talent of all these kids. 

Lots of books arrived in one form or another this week.The first two I purchased from the church bazaar. They were inside a gift basket I had been eyeing for a while, so I finally broke down and bought it. 


Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as an e-book.

One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father-a crusading local lawyer-risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.



A historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.

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This one the author sent me to review. I also write a blog about Laura Ingalls Wilder, her books, and the shows based upon them. The author contacted me about her book and I felt it would complement by Laura Ingalls Wilder collection nicely.


There’s not a whole lot written about Caroline Quiner Ingalls, the mother of famed Little House on the Prairie author, Laura Ingalls Wilder.

And I always wondered why.

So I set about looking for her. . .in family letters, bits of biography and, mostly, through the words she spoke throughout the Little House series.

The Ma I thought I’d find wasn’t the one I discovered.

Would you like to meet her?

I think you’ll be happy that you did.

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I also picked up a couple of Kindle freebies.



"Are you telling me we have a dead Santa on our hands?"

It’s a Cowabunga Christmas in Corsario Cove for newlyweds, Kim and Brien. Surf’s up at the exclusive resort they’ve chosen as their honeymoon destination. The Sanctuary Resort and Spa at Corsario Cove has everything: a spectacular location with scenic views of the Pacific Ocean, luxurious accommodations, 5-star cuisine, spa services, and a staff that aims to anticipate and meet your every need.

A romantic midnight swim in the Club Level terrace pool changes everything when an unexpected guest drops in wearing a Santa Suit with a couple bullet holes in it! Who killed Santa? Kim and Brien are soon swept up in murder and mayhem trying to unravel the mystery.


I have a little secret to tell you that not many people know. Something that maybe your mum and dad don’t even know!

You see, at the very moment you were born, Santa allocated you an elf. It’s true! Your very own elf who watches to see when you have been naughty and nice. Every year, just before Christmas, your elf reports to Santa so he can decide what presents you can have from your list.

Yet there are some people that don’t believe in Santa. I know, I know, it’s crazy… but it’s true! Once those people stop believing in Santa, then their elf’s are sent away from the North Pole and only allowed back when they start to believe in him again.

Gabriel the Elf is very worried. His child is beginning to think that Santa isn’t real. Gabriel the Elf doesn’t want to be banished from all his friends at the North Pole, so what can he do? There is only one thing he can do.

He must prove that Santa is real.

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Lastly, this book I won from a blog giveaway.



Hiking is a great way to relax, connect with nature, and enjoy time with your family. Bringing your kids along can be rewarding for you and for them, but it can also add new challenges and concerns to your trip. Get Your Kids Hiking is loaded with everything you need to know to hit the trail with kids; from gear to simple proven techniques that will make your hike safe and fun. Written with both the novice and the seasoned hiker in mind, Jeff Alt provides all the information you need to take your child out on the trail.
This books offers:

Age-appropriate ways to include your child in all aspects of the hike

Checklists of what to pack for any type of hike

Kid-friendly menus

Advice for hiking with a child who has special needs.

Get Your Kids Hiking is the playbook to inspire an appreciation for the great outdoors in your children and keep your young child or teenager interested in a family hiking trip.



What did your mailbox hold this week?

4 comments:

  1. My kids (all grown) would LOVE Elf. They love the movie. Enjoy your new books. I picked up a couple of Kindle deals and then received a surprise review book :)

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  2. I bet that play was fantastic - the movie is so heartwarming. Enjoy your new books!

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  3. We chose To Kill a Mockingbird for our book club read last year and then after our discussion we watched the movie starring Gregory Peck. It was such a great book to discuss!

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  4. Thanks for the comments, everyone. It's so nice to have you stop by.

    Elf was a great show. It's my youngest daughter's favorite seasonal movie.

    Laura, I've never watched To Kill A Mockingbird, but I really should once I read the book.

    Hope you all have a great week.

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