Mailbox Monday #251

Mailbox Monday (click the icon to check out the new blog) has gone on tour since Marcia at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page passed the torch.  December’s host is Rose City Reader.

***The Mailbox Monday poll found that most bloggers preferred the Mailbox Monday blog to be the permanent home for the meme beginning in January.***

The meme allows bloggers to share what books they receive in the mail or through other means over the past week.

Just be warned that these posts can increase your TBR piles and wish lists.

Here’s what I received:

1.  You Disappear: A Novel by Christian Jungersen from the publisher Nan A. Talese, sold by Random House.

Mia is an elementary schoolteacher in Denmark, while her husband, Frederik, is the talented, highly respected headmaster of a local private school. During a vacation in Spain, Frederik has an accident and his visit to the hospital reveals a brain tumor that is gradually altering his personality, confirming Mia’s suspicions that her husband is no longer the man he used to be. Now she must protect herself and their teenage son, Niklas, from the strange, blunted being who lives in her husband’s body—and with whom she must share her home, her son, and her bed.

When it emerges that one year ago Frederik had defrauded his school of millions of crowns, the consequences of his condition envelope the entire community. Frederick’s apparent lack of concern doesn’t help, and longstanding friendships with colleagues are thrown by the wayside. Increasingly isolated, Mia faces more tough questions. Had his illness already changed him back then when he still seemed so happy? What are the legal ramifications?

2. Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Jill Mansell from Anna and her family for Christmas!

Dexter Yates leads a charmed existence in London, with money, looks, and girlfriends galore. Life’s fantastic until Dex’s sister dies and his world changes overnight. Astonishing everyone, including himself, Dex leaves the city behind, takes charge of his eight-month-old niece Delphi, moves to a beautiful Cotswolds village, and sets about working on his parenting skills. His neighbors, including cartoonist Molly Hayes, seem friendly enough—but Dex can’t shake the notion that he’s missing something important.

3.  Vietnam: The Real War introduced by Pete Hamill from Anna and her family for Christmas!

To cover the Vietnam War, the Associated Press gathered an extraordinary group of superb photojournalists in its Saigon bureau, creating one of the great photographic legacies of the 20th century. Collected here are images that tell the story of the war that left a deep and lasting impression on American life. These are pictures that both recorded and made history, taken by unbelievably courageous photojournalists. In a moving essay, writer Pete Hamill, who reported from Vietnam in 1965, celebrates their achievement.

As we begin to look back from the vantage point of half a century, this is the book that will serve as a photographic record of the drama and tragedy of the Vietnam War.

What did you receive?


  1. I’ve heard great things about Jill Mansell. She’s an author I’ve still yet to read, but I really think I’d enjoy her, and hope you do as well. Happy reading!

  2. ENJOY your new books.

    Have a great week!!

    Happy New Year.

    International giveaway on my blog on January 2. Hope you can stop by.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  3. The books from Anna look perfect for you!!

  4. Great selection of books! I am eager to read something by Jill Mansell…and this one looks like a good one. Enjoy!


  5. You Disappear sounds wonderful! Happy reading for 2014!!

    Here is my post.

  6. Although I have yet to read one of Mansell’s books I’ve heard you can’t go wrong with any of them!

  7. Hope you enjoy them!

  8. You Disappear sounds great. Have a great 2014!

  9. That book on Vietnam sounds superb. Here’s my post for MM: http://www.thebusymomsdaily.com/2013/12/mailbox-monday-first-last-post-for-2013.html

  10. Just love British romance novels. This Jill Mansell book does look like a good holiday read.