Here at 5 Minutes for Books, we have a team of reviewers, so we are taking turns posting here for Mailbox Monday. I (Nancy) was a bit worried when my turn came up for this; I received a bunch of books last week, but this week was looking to be empty. Fortunately a couple of books that were delayed finally arrived, and I also downloaded an audio book. And then during a trip to Target my 9 year old asked for a book, and of course I couldn’t say no. We also picked up some library books yesterday though we don’t include those in these posts.
- One of the review books I received from Harper is science fiction, a genre I enjoy but don’t read enough of. I’ve heard amazing things about legendary writer Terry Pratchett, and his new book The Long Earth, a compilation with Stephen Baxter, involves a series of parallel “earths” and a gadget involving some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato.
- The other review book, The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay, while taking place on our planet, is no less mundane. Set in 1871 in Lower Manhattan, it’s the story of a 12 year old girl sold into servitude who ends up mixed up in the wild and dangerous world of the Bowery. Late 1800’s NYC is one of my favorite historical fiction time periods.
- Thanks to our partnership with Audio Jukebox, this week I downloaded The Magician’s Apprentice by Kate Banks. I didn’t realize when I requested it that it’s for ages 10+ (not that that would have effected my decision to request it). At a running time of 3.5 hours it will be a quick listen and hopefully one I can pass on to my 9 year old.
- While in Target yesterday, said 9 year old picked up The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, the newest in Tom Angleberger’s middle grade series about fortune telling origami Star Wars characters. I had tried to convince him to buy it with his birthday money at Toys R Us a few weeks ago but I guess he’d rather spend Mom’s money! Since we already own the first two in the series I couldn’t say no (not that I would have anyway).
How about you? Have you received some ARCs that you can’t wait to read? Or do you have a child who you couldn’t turn down? Link up below, or feel free to share your bounty in the comments if you don’t have a blog.
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