Jan 022012


Mailbox Monday is where other bloggers write about the books they received the previous week. The Mailbox Monday is now going on a blog tour with the host for the month of January being  at At Home With Books. Visit the blog to see what books made it Marcia’s way and check out the others who are participating like me in the Monday Mailbox Meme.

Maybe This TimeMaybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie - Andie Miller is ready to move on in life. She wants to marry her fiancé and leave behind everything in her past, especially her ex-husband, North Archer. But when Andie tries to gain closure with him, he asks one final favor of her before they go their separate ways forever. A very distant cousin of his has died and left North as the guardian of two orphans who have driven out three nannies already, and things are getting worse. He needs a very special person to take care of the situation and he knows Andie can handle anything.

When Andie meets the two children she quickly realizes things are much worse than she feared. The place is a mess, the children, Carter and Alice, aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. What’s worse, Andie’s fiancé thinks this is all a plan by North to get Andie back, and he may be right. Andie’s dreams have been haunted by North since she arrived at the old house. And that’s not the only haunting.

What follows is a hilarious adventure in exorcism, including a self-doubting parapsychologist, an annoyed medium, her Tarot-card reading mother, an avenging ex-mother-inlaw, and, of course, her jealous fiancé. And just when she thinks things couldn’t get more complicated, North shows up on the doorstep making her wonder if maybe this time things could be different between them.

If Andie can just get rid of all the guests and ghosts, she’s pretty sure she can save the kids, and herself, from the past. But fate might just have another thing in mind…

A Discovery of WitchesThe Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness - When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.

For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans. There are also creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.

Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist with a passion for Darwin. Together, Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the manuscript’s secrets. But the relationship that develops between the ages-old vampire and the spellbound witch threatens to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between creatures and humans—and will certainly transform Diana’s world as well.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.


Love Your Naked Ass by Kimberly Riggins - Love Your Naked Ass is a heartfelt guide written to inspire, to evoke change, and to stir up the confidence to get you into action. You are not alone. We may be miles apart, separated by continents. We may never have met, but I’m right here with you. Let me show you how to ensure you find the happiness you deserve.

If you are ready:

  • To learn how to fall head over heels in love with your body so that you no longer need to hide in your closet when getting dressed or keep the lights off while being intimate.
  • For a reality check on why your negative thoughts may be causing you pain and how to release them so they no longer keep you stuck.
  • To finally release your need to be a perfectionist so you can relax and really enjoy your life.
  • For a swift reminder why self-love is so important to soothing your soul and essential for your physical and emotional health to thrive.
  • To take your personal power back so you can accept that you are and always will be “good enough.”

Then this book is for you.


Good Table Manners Made EasyGood Table Manners Made Easy: Quick tips for all ages by Maryann B. Sawka - Good Table Manners Made Easy is a quick, easy-to-read resource that teaches basic table manners in a delightfully fun way. It also serves as a quick refresher for the table manners that we may have forgotten.

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  • bermudaonion (Kathy)

    My sister loved A Discovery of Witches and I’ve seen it on a lot of best of 2011 lists.  Enjoy your new books!

  • http://profiles.google.com/akreese1 Alyce Reese

    These look like fun reads! I’ve been seeing the Witches and Peregrine books around a lot lately. I hope you enjoy them all!

  • http://bookfanmary.wordpress.com/ Mary

    I read another good review for A Discovery of Witches this morning. Hope you enjoy it!

  • http://bookaholicmom.blogspot.com/ Beth(bookaholicmom)

    A Discovery of Witches is not my usual type pf read but I am curious about it since it has gotten so many great reviews!

  • Dcmetroreader

    I likea good laugh so Maybe This Time appeals to me.  Hope it is a fun read!

  • http://diaryofaneccentric.wordpress.com/ Anna

    I can’t believe I still haven’t read Miss Peregrine!  Enjoy your new books!

  • Sophia Rose

    Ooh!  I have a ‘Discovery of Wishes’ on my wish list.  Lucky you!