August is here, and while that brings on the summer’s-almost-over-blues for some of us, it also brings the joy of Mailbox Monday to 5 Minutes for Books. I love the description from the home site that is something all book bloggers can understand: “Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.”
All month long, we’ll take turns sharing with you the books that have found their way to our mailboxes and front steps, or maybe even traveled digitally to our e-readers. When you join in through the linky at the bottom of the post, we’ll be happy to visit your lists, too!
This week it’s my turn, and as is typical, my deliveries were a mix of contemporary fiction and children’s books. The pieces of fiction are ones that I requested for review, but the kids’ books came as unsolicited surprises. Let’s start there, shall we?
- Heidi Heckelbeck in Disguise by Wanda Coven and illustrated by Priscilla Burris — I’m unfamiliar with this series, though this is the fourth book out so far, with two more set to publish before the end of the year. This appears to be a perfect fit for my six-year-old daughter’s reading level, though I think I’m going to preview some of it on my own first and read some reviews before handing it over, just to get an idea about the content and its fit for her. From the description that I read, the title character is a real witch and she’s somewhat offended when a classmate dresses as one for her Halloween costume, so Heidi creates her own parody costume.
- Pool Girls: Cool Down by Cassie Waters — Another series, this time book three. This title is intended for older readers than my daughter, and something tells me that it doesn’t really fit in my almost-12 year old son’s reading preferences. From the back cover description, this book sounds like the many books I read as a young girl about what makes a true friend and the ups and downs of friendships between girls. I’ll likely find it a good home with a young tween girl.
- Imperfect Bliss by Susan Fales-Hill — This one came mid-week, but as soon as I finished the novel I had been reading, I dove right in. I can say that it makes for lovely poolside reading, easy to follow along as I alternated between peeking on my son in the pool and laughing along at the zaniness of the plot. Bliss is one of four sisters in the Harcourt family, none necessarily lucky in love, much to their mother’s dismay. When Bliss’s younger sister agrees to star in a reality show entitled The Virgin, in which suitors will vie for her hand (and obviously more) in marriage, everyone’s lives are changed. I’m looking forward to sharing more of my thoughts on this funny piece of women’s fiction in my review.
- Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society by Amy Hill Hearth — Okay, I’ll admit it, I was charmed with the long title and I was intrigued to read a debut novel by a well-respected and honored nonfiction author. This brief description of the plot piqued my interest: “A brilliant debut novel about a transplanted wife from Boston who arrives in Florida in the 1960s, starts a literary salon, and shakes up the status quo.” Sounds great, right? This one releases in October, and I look forward to immersing myself in a different time period.
How about you? We’d love to see your Mailbox Monday posts, too, so link up below, or feel free to chat us up in the comments, too.