Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday: Mailbox/What Am I reading?/Musings

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. It has finally found a permanent  home at Mailbox Monday with the following new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree
Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit
Vicki of I'd Rather Be at the Beach

I received the following novel in my mailbox, thanks to Hachette India:

The Avatari by Raghu Srinivasan

A mythical kingdom
Legend has it that only those chosen by destiny can gain entry into Shambhala, the mythical kingdom believed to hold the ancient wisdom that humanity will need to resurrect itself from the inevitable apocalypse. They are the Avatari.
An ancient artefact
When Henry Ashton, a retired British Army officer settled in the Yorkshire dales, receives a letter from a monk entreating him to prevent a ‘hidden treasure’ stolen from a Laotian monastery from being misused, he finds himself honour-bound to respond. Assisted by a retired Gurkha Sergeant, a high-strung mathematician from Oxford with a Shambhala fixation of her own, and an American mercenary on the CIA’s hit list, Ashton’s mission leads to an ancient map that dates back to the time of the great Mongol, Kublai Khan.
A secret that must not be revealed
The group follows the trail, risking the perils of the inhospitable deserts of Ladakh, turmoil in Pakistan and the rugged mountains of Northern Afghanistan, where the Afghan War is at its height. But they are up against a deadly adversary with seemingly unlimited resources, who will stop at nothing to get possession of the ancient secret – a secret that, if revealed, could threaten the very fabric of human civilization…'


Hosted by Sheila @ One Person's Journey Through a World of BooksWe discuss the books that we've read and what we're planning to read for the week. 

I finished reading the following:

40. Hurrah's Nest by Arisa White (Poetry)
39. Irresistible by Karen Robards (Historical Romance)
38. Scandalous by Karen Robards (Historical Romance)
37. The Noah's Ark Quest by Boyd Morrison (Thriller)

I am currently reading:

Velocity by Alan Jacobson (Crime Fiction)
Broken Spirit by Charles L. Fields

I posted reviews of the following:

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about something related to reading/books each week…...

I have not visited a bookstore for sometime now. How it happened, I don't really know. Buying books online is easier and hassle free. But the smell of books is missing. Now I am itching to visit one. 

Does anyone else feel like that?


bermudaonion said...

I don't think The Avatari is for me but I hope you love it!

Nise' said...

A great week of reading for you!

Shoshanah said...

The Avatari looks really intriguing. I don't believe I've seen it before, but now I'm thinking I need to learn more about it. Happy reading!

The Reading Date said...

Thanks for introducing The Avatari. I hope you love it!

Maree said...

The Avatari sounds very intersting Happy reading! :-)

Elizabeth said...

You finished quite a few books last week.

ENJOY this week and your reading.

Silver's Reviews
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shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

It seems you had a successful week!

Have a great reading week,
Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Serena said...

Happy reading this week.

Kathy Martin said...

Looks like you had a good week. Come see my Monday Report if you get a chance. Happy reading!

Marce said...

I want to read Velocity also, it has intrigued me.

Anonymous said...

I try to buy all my books from stores so I can support them but sometimes they don't have what I need when I need it!

Juli Rahel said...

The Avatari sounds amazing! I also really like the cover art for it! Thanks for sharing :) Hope you have a good week!
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Juli @ Universe in Words

Cheryl said...

The Avatari sounds interesting, though it wouldn't be a book I typically read.

Oh, I can't go into a bookstore. I spend way too much money there. When I browse online I can see what I've added to my shopping cart before I hit purchase and it encourages me not to overindulge. Could I do that same thing with a calculator at the store? Yes, but I always feel like if I put forth the effort to go I have to come away with something. LOL!

Happy Monday. Hope you'll visit me at

Vera said...

Enjoy your haul!

My Mailbox Monday

Anonymous said...

Have a great reading week.

JC Jones said...

I love to just go and browse in any bookstore. There is just something about being around all of those books. Here is my post: Mixed Book Bag

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Hope you enjoy your new book!

Vicki said...

The Avatari sounds quite different than what I'm used to reading, but it does sounds interesting.