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Aug 20, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading/Mailbox Monday

What are you Reading?

This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.

Mailbox Monday is a meme from Marcia's Mailbox and is being hosted in August at 5 Minutes for Books.

I wanted to share a book with you that I have been looking forward to, and was giddy when it landed in my mailbox, even though I've sworn off review copies. I LOVED the last book by the author (a favorite of 2011!) and I couldn't put it down, so I am hoping this will be even better:

The New York Times bestselling author of The Map of Time returns with a mesmerizing novel casting H.G. Wells in a leading role, as the extraterrestrial invasion featured in The War of the Worlds is turned into a bizarre reality.

A love story serves as backdrop for The Map of the Sky when New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry millionaire Montgomery Gilmore, but only if he accepts her audacious challenge: to reproduce the extraterrestrial invasion featured in Wells’s War of the Worlds. What follows are three brilliantly interconnected plots to create a breathtaking tale of time travel and mystery, replete with cameos by a young Edgar Allan Poe, and Captain Shackleton and Charles Winslow from The Map of Time.

This is not normally a me-type-of-read, but the last one was an awesome genre-bending mind-bending adventure that I have no qualms about jumping into this one soon. And I LOVE that some of the characters from the last book will appear here.

But first, I need to get moving on my current to-be-read pile, that I've been sorely lacking in due to my week from hell last week (and this summer has really bitten as far as I'm concerned). I have tons of books I was supposed to have reviewed for September. And then with school starting for my two kiddos next week (kindergarten!) I just don't know how much more my brain can handle.

I am attempting to read the same books mentioned before:
Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer:

No one steps on Archer land. Not if they value their life. But when Meredith Hayes overhears a lethal plot to burn the Archer brothers off their ranch, a twelve-year-old debt compels her to take the risk.

Fourteen years of constant vigilance hardens a man. Yet when Travis Archer confronts a female trespasser with the same vivid blue eyes as the courageous young girl he once aided, he can't bring himself to send her away. And when an act of sacrifice leaves her injured and her reputation in shreds, gratitude and guilt send him riding to her rescue once again.

Four brothers. Four straws. One bride. Despite the fact that Travis is no longer the gallant youth Meredith once dreamed about, she determines to stand by his side against the enemy that threatens them both. But will love ever be hers? Or will Travis always see her merely as a short-straw bride?

I just started Short-Straw Bride, and it is a good story with a likable heroine. I am looking forward to seeing how it plays out between Meredith and sexy Travis, and if they can ward off the bad guys.

I am also participating in the read along of Wolf Hall, and I am about halfway through reading it. But my mind has been in another world lately so I haven't really been reading at all this past week. Wolf Hall is an interesting look at Cromwell and Wolsey, with really smirky analogies and remarks about the famous Tudor era. I find it quite intriguing that this book, a highly acclaimed award winning one, is allowed to delve into the rumors such as affairs that in reality were NOT occurring, that Anne Boleyn was a witch with a sixth finger etc are all ACCEPTABLE in this work but if ANY other author *Philippa Gregory cough cough* gets SLAMMED if she mentions anything like that....