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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Mailbox Monday: A Full Mailbox For The End of The Year!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at The Printed Page, is on a blog tour! Last month's host was Lady Q at Let Them Read Books, and she did a fantastic job (she posted some GREAT recipes!), and Library of Clean Reads will be up next in February.

This month, Mailbox Monday is being hosted at Rose City Reader, so stop by and join the fun!

It is so much fun to see what everyone is getting in the mail.

Thanks for taking the time to visit ~ I just love hearing from you! Please let me know if you have read any of these books - I'd love to hear how you liked them!! :)

Happy New Year!!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! 

Six for my mailbox last week:

Book of Days: A NovelBook of Days by James L Rubart ~ Fiction / Christian / Suspense ~ Available January 2011 ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review

From Amazon: "… in Your book all my days were recorded, even those which were purposed before they had come into being." —Psalm 139:16

Young Cameron Vaux’s mind is slipping. Memories of his wife, killed two years earlier in a car accident, are vanishing just as his dad predicted they would. Memories he knows he has to remember.

His father tells Cameron that to save his mind he must find "the book with all days in it" —the past and future record of every soul on earth.

When an obscure clue leads Cameron to a small central Oregon town, he meets enigmatic Taylor Stone, a possible guide to finding the book who seems to carry secrets far deeper than anyone imagines. Local hotshot TV personality Ann Bannister thinks the legend of the book is a farce, but she has her reasons to join Cameron’s search anyway. Finally, there is fanatical New Age guru Jason Judah, who will stop at nothing to find the book of days before Cameron does.

The Book of Tomorrow: A Novel The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern (ARC) ~ Fiction ~ Available February 2011 ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review via Shelf Awareness
From the author of the New York Times bestseller P.S. I Love You comes an "engrossing new novel . . . filled with family secrets, intrigue, and magic aplenty" (Booklist).

Born into the lap of luxury and comfortable in the here and now, spoiled, tempestuous Tamara Goodwin has never had to look to the future—until the abrupt death of her father leaves her and her mother a mountain of debt and forces them to move in with Tamara's peculiar aunt and uncle in a tiny countryside village.
Tamara is lonely and bored, with a traveling library as her only diversion. There she finds a large leather-bound book with a gold clasp and padlock, but no author name or title. Intrigued, she pries open the lock, and what she finds inside takes her breath away.
Tamara sees entries written in her own handwriting, and dated for the following day. When the next day unfolds exactly as recorded, Tamara realizes she may have found a solution to her problems. But in her quest to find answers, Tamara soon learns that some pages are better left unturned and that, try as she may, she mustn't interfere with fate.
Cookie Swap!Cookie Swap! by Lauren Chattman ~ Non-Fiction ~ Available now ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review
Cookie swaps are joyful. Cookie swaps are social. Cookie swaps are hip yet old-school, trendy yet traditional. Cookie swaps are creative, inexpensive, DIY, and a great way to entertain. Cookie swaps are baking meets Stitch ’n Bitch, with newspapers, magazines, and websites—including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Better Homes and Gardens, Real Simple, Family Fun, Southern Living, Kraft.com, and Ed Levine’s Serious Eats—all writing about the trend. Cookie Swap! captures all of this and more in an idea-packed, slightly sassy guide.

On the one hand, it’s all about the swap: when to swap (Christmas, of course, and other holidays, but also birthdays, bridal showers, graduation parties, PTA meetings, and fund-raisers—or just at your next book club meeting). And how to swap—with a planner, cookie swap math guide (so everyone gets the same number of cookies), ideas for invitations, decorations, containers, and then, when the crumbs have settled, how to make a keepsake.

On the other hand, it’s all about the cookies. Lauren Chattman is a former professional pastry chef and baking writer who’s put together a knockout collection of more than 60 delectable, easy-to-make, simple-to-sophisticated recipes covering every kind of cookie—from crowd-pleasing favorites like Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies and Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies to unexpected treats like Flaky Cardamom Palmiers and Green Tea Sandwich Cookies with Almond Cream. Finally, the book ends with a chapter of drink recipes—such as Iced Irish Coffee, Mini Strawberry Milk Shakes and Juicy Sangria—because not every cookie wants milk.
Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not FoodMade to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst ~ Non-Fiction / Religion / Christian Life / Women ~ Available now ~ Received courtesy of the publisher and LitFuse Publicity for review and tour in January
From Amazon: Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman's desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. The reality is we were made to crave. Craving isn't a bad thing. But we must realize God created us to crave more of him. Many of us have misplaced that craving by overindulging in physical pleasures instead of lasting spiritual satisfaction. If you are struggling with unhealthy eating habits, you can break the 'I'll start again Monday' cycle, and start feeling good about yourself today. Learn to stop beating yourself up over the numbers on the scale. Discover that your weight loss struggle isn't a curse but rather a blessing in the making, and replace justifications that lead to diet failure with empowering go-to scripts that lead to victory. You can reach your healthy weight goal -- and grow closer to God in the process. This is not a how-to book. This is not the latest and greatest dieting plan. This book is the necessary companion for you to use alongside whatever healthy lifestyle plan you choose. This is a book and Bible study to help you find the 'want to' in making healthy lifestyle choices.
Sarah's Gift (Pleasant Valley)Sarah's Gift (ARC) by Marta Perry ~ Available March 2011 ~ Fiction / Inspirational Fiction ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review
Can an Amish midwife earn her community's trust and bring the joy of new babies to Pleasant Valley?

Amish midwife Sarah Mast moves to Pleasant Valley for a fresh start. But her aging aunt can no longer run the birthing center, leaving most of the responsibility to Sarah. Among those skeptical of Sarah's ability is neighbor Aaron Miller, who seems drawn to Sarah but pulls away when his own sister requests her services. And when a criminal complaint is filed against Sarah, she must pray for strength to defend her practice and win acceptance from the community she loves.

Search, The: A Novel (Lancaster County Secrets)The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher ~ Available now ~ Fiction / Inspirational Fiction / Contemporary Romance ~ Received courtesy of the publisher and LitFuse Publicity for review and tour
When worlds collide, can the truth set two young women free?

As a child caught up in a crisis, Lainey O'Toole made a split-second decision with far-reaching effects. Fifteen years later, when her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge--the very town in which that decision was made--she is forced to face the past and discover how her decision has impacted so many.

Bess Reihl is less than thrilled to be spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm helping her intimidating grandmother Bertha recover from surgery. It doesn't take long for Bess to realize that her grandmother coaxed her to Stoney Ridge for an entirely different reason. But once Bess meets hired hand Billy Lapp, the summer starts to hold some promise.

Lainey's and Bess's worlds are about to collide and the secrets that come to light will shock them both.

What was in your mailbox last week??

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Mystica said...

You have quite a pile there. Enjoy the reading.

Elodie said...

Happy reading !! I definitely want to buy The Book of Tomorrow !! You can take a look at my Mailbox right here : onceuponaquote.blogspot.com !!

bermudaonion said...

Cookie Swap is fantastic and I hope the rest of your books are too!

Kate {The Parchment Girl} said...

I've heard about Made to Crave. That looks like an excellent book! Happy Reading!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

Cookie Swap looks like a book I would love! I enjoy Amish fiction as well so I will keep an eye for your reviews on those. Happy New Year!

Lori Johnston said...

Wow, Book of Days and The Book of Tomorrow sound incredible! I have already added them to my TBR list.

My MM is here: http://www.psychoticstate.net/2011/01/mailbox-monday-january-3-2010.html

Happy reading!

Anonymous said...

read mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/01/mailbox-monday.html

Alyce said...

I've got The Book of Tomorrow too and am looking forward to reading it.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

So many good looking books. The Cookie Swap book is one I'd love, I'm sure :)

Andrea said...

I'm jealous you got The Book of Tomorrow! It's on my WL!

Here is my Mailbox

CMash said...

The first 2 sound interesting...the 3rd sounds high in calories lol. Enjoy!!!

Aisle B said...

You got the Book of Tomorrow... sighs... been hearing amazing things on it. Sighs... in complete envy.

Girl you got some amazing reads here. Mailbox karma is really good here ;)

DCMetroreader said...

I bake hundreds of cookies during the holidays and think Cookie Swap looks fantastic!

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

Thanks for visiting today! You got a lot of good reads!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

The Book of Tomorrow sounds fun, as does The Cook Swap--yummy.

Jenny Q said...

OK, Book of Days is going on the TBR list! Great Mailbox! Thanks for visiting mine!

Jenny Q said...

Oh, and I meant to tell you: B&N always has free Nookbooks, but sometimes the really good free ones aren't advertised in the free book section. There's a Nook group on Goodreads and members post when they come across free books. And you don't have to have a Nook to read them, you can read them on anything other than a Kindle :)

Farrah from The Book Faery Reviews said...

OK...hand over your books...NOW! LOL Great books this past week for you!

My MM is linked into my name. Happy New Year!

Bhargavi said...

Lovely pile..The book of tomorrow has been sitting on my shelves for a long time.. Happy reading.

Teddy Rose said...

Mmm, cookies! Enjoy your books!

Ryan said...

I'll be intersted in reading your review of Book of Days, sounds like one I would really enjoy.

Julie said...

What a great mailbox week for you! Book of Days is supposed to be on it's way to me from Library Things Early Reviewers program and I also have The Book of Tomorrow on my review pile. I think that they will both be great. That Cookie Swap book is making me hungry! :)

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Fabulous collection of books! I'm really wanting to read The Book of Tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

I have The Book of Tomorrow on my bookshelf, and I plan to read it soon. All your books sound so good. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Amused said...

I just finished Ahern's new book and absolutely loved it. I hope you like it too!

Shelly B said...

Great mailbox! I have The Book of Tomorrow in my TBR pile, but I'm most jealous of Cookie Swap. Enjoy!

Marcia said...

Enjoy all those wonderful books!

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