Mailbox Monday – April 20 with a giveaway!

mmb-300x282Mailbox 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.

IMG_3020I went to bag day at our library book sale (something I try to avoid because I don’t need any more books).  I picked up 11 books for $2, cha-ching!

AND they had a nice used copy of one of my favorite books, The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende.  I picked this up for one for you, dear reader friends.    Would  you like to give it a try?  Let me know you’d like in the comments and I’ll have Gage choose a winner on Thursday.  

House of Spirits by Isabel Allende.

In one of the most important and beloved Latin American works of the twentieth century, Isabel Allende weaves a luminous tapestry of three generations of the Trueba family, revealing both triumphs and tragedies. Here is patriarch Esteban, whose wild desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his ethereal wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love for a man Esteban has deemed unworthy infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, a beautiful, ambitious girl who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.

Here’s what else I picked up

Petals on the River by Kathleen Woodwiss.  I picked this one up because she’s a romance author I’ve always wanted to read and then I saw that the hero’s name is GAGE!  Had to have it.

Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood. I really like the quirkiness of his first book and I’m hoping for the same with this one.

Read It and Weep by Jenn McKinley. Haven’t read the series but I want to!

The Paris Affair by Teresa Grant. I admit that I picked up this one based on the cover alone.

I Dare Me:How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Everyday by Lu Ann Cahn

Tarzan by Walt Disney

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith.  Really liked the first one so excited about this one!

Field of Prey by John Sandford. Didn’t realize I was behind on the series until I found this one!

Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen.

You on a Diet by Drs. Roizen and Oz

None of these are new.  Have you read any?

Don’t forget to leave a comment if you want to win The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende.

Saved from Gage’s Slush Pile

Gage has plenty of places for books, but sometimes, when the books start spewing over the places I need to walk, I make him go through his entire library and give a yea or a nay.  Yea and we keep it;nay we give it to other kids by donating it.  The nay pile is never very big and this time around I thought he did great with nine.  Sometimes there are books I think he might like but we just haven’t read them at the right time so I make him read it one more time to decide.

The first one I knew he’d probably reject but since it’s all rhyming words and that’s something we’re working on right now (this concept is proving difficult for some reason), we read it anyway.  Play Day by Bruce McMillan .  And, as expected, it was placed in our giveaway pile.

The second was one that Jill sent us last year, The Bedtime Book for Dogs by Bruce Littleworth and illustrated by Paul Heath. 32 pages, published in 2011.


It’s about a dog who wants to play but his human friend is busy so he takes himself out for a play date.  He carries his own leash, opens the door, and goes to the park.  But even as he plays he is lonely because he doesn’t have a friend to share in the fun.  When he returns home he is happily greeted by his friend with a treat.

The illustrations are colorful and simple. There aren’t a lot of words and the story is short.  I didn’t care for the takeaway of not being able to enjoy the park because he was by himself though but it was a fun book.

When I asked Gage to find me his favorite part of the story was, he decided on this…


He liked when the dog opened the door and let himself out. Of course this would be his favorite part, because this is the other bad lesson of the book, the dog is being naughty!  Just recently Gage has decided it’s okay for him to go out into the garage without anyone knowing, where before he would patiently wait by the door until mom or dad was there, so the fact that this bad dog let himself out made Gage laugh, but not this mama.

After reading it this time he decided he wanted to keep it after all 🙂