Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday: Mailbox/What Am I Reading?

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 in the past two weeks:

The Darkest Hour by Tony Schumacher

London, 1946. The Nazis have conquered the British, and now occupy Great Britain, using brutality and fear to control its citizens. John Henry Rossett, a decorated British war hero and former police sergeant, has been reassigned to a job he did not ask for—and cannot refuse: rounding up Jews for deportation, including men and women he’s known his whole life. But they are not the only victims, for the war took Rossett’s wife and son, and shattered his own humanity.

Then he finds Jacob, a young Jewish child, hiding in an abandoned building, who touches something in Rossett that he thought was long dead.

Determined to save the innocent boy, Rossett takes him on the run, with the Nazis in pursuit. But they are not the only hunters following his trail. The Royalist Resistance and the Communists want him, too. Each faction has its own agenda, and Rossett will soon learn that none of them can be trusted . . . and all of them are deadly. 

The Objects of Her Affection by Sonya Cobb:
Sophie Porter is the last person in the world you’d expect to organize an art heist—and that’s exactly why she’s so good at it.  When Sophie bought a house with her husband, a curator for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, she thought it would provide security for her family. Instead, after the housing market collapse, they’re in danger of losing it all. So when she accidentally walks out of the museum’s disorganized storage area with a stunning antique, Sophie realizes she’s found a way out of their crushing debt. As she comes close to destroying the life she’s working so hard to build, Sophie knows she should abandon her part-time crime. Unfortunately, it may be too late.

The End of Innocence by Allegra Jordan

It is the twilight of innocence: America 1914. As Europe goes to war, Helen, a Boston bluestocking, begins her studies at Harvard-Radcliffe. Riley, a carefree British playboy more interested in chasing women than studying, sets his sights on her. He is surprised to find his adversary in love is not Helen’s protective brother, but Riley’s own cousin, Wils Brandl. As the roar of war begins to penetrate the quiet walls of Harvard, Wils, a brooding poet and German noble, must return to Europe and face a war for which he is not prepared. Set in Boston and Flanders Fields, THE END OF INNOCENCE explores love, war, and a new social imagination.

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.

In the past 10 days, my brother was visiting us with his family. It was hectic time, what with family reunions and outings. I did not do serious reading. I read silly romances and I enjoyed those. 

I finished reading the following since the beginning of August:

146. An Insatiable Passion by Lynne Graham (Romance)
145. A Savage Betrayal by Lynne Graham (Romance)
144. The Unforgettable Husband by Michelle Reid (Romance)

143. Gold Ring of Betrayal by Michelle Reid (Romance)
142. Dark Dominion by Charlotte Lamb (Romance)
141. Expectant Bride by Lynne Graham (Romance)
140. A stormy Greek Marriage by Marriage by Lynne Graham (Romance)
139. The Mistress Wife by Lynne Graham (Romance)
138. Scoundrel's Honor by Rosemary Rogers (Romance)
137. Brazilian Fire by Karen Vander Zee (Romance)
136. A Love Untamed by Karen Vander Zee (Romance)
135. An Excellent Wife by Charlotte Lamb (Romance)
134. The Prince's Love Child by Carole Mortimer (Romance)
133. Secondhand Bride by Linda Lael Miller (Romance)
132. Shotgun Wedding by Charlotte Lamb (Romance)
131. Crescendo by Charlotte Lamb (Romance)

130. The Impossible Marriage by Lilian Peake (Romance)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Salon/The Sunday Post: After Six weeks

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I have not done a sunday post since our schools reopened after summer vacations. I read 23 novels in July and 16 till date in August. July was spent reading mostly Historical Romances and I am reading Mills & Boon/Harlequin romances in August. I needed the break from heavy reading. And Happy Endings always makes us feel good. Maybe I needed that. In 2012 and 2013, I had a massive reader's block. At leat that is not happening now and I am glad about that.

I am also not blogging much. However, I will remedy that in the next few days!!