Meme, Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays, August 29, 2011

This week’s musing is… a book meme!

What was the last book you…
• borrowed from the library?  Portrait of a Monster: Joran van der Sloot, a Murder in Peru, and the Natalee Holloway Mystery by Lisa Pulitzer & Cole Thompson
• bought? See here for the list of books I bought at my library’s book sale in July.
• cried over? …. um, I honestly can’t remember. I remember crying over a Danielle Steel book back in 2008, but I don’t remember anything recent.
• disliked and couldn’t finish? What Alice Knew by Paula Marantz Cohen … and this was disappointing for me because I waited for it on my PBS wishlist!
• read & loved? The Help …. seriously, I can’t say enough good things about this book! Read it if you haven’t yet. And I’m *dying* to see the movie. Maybe this week …
• got for review? (or: got in the mail?) A couple of weeks ago I got We’re Not Leaving for review. As far as just books in the mail in general, you can find my most recent Mailbox Monday post here.
• gave to someone else? I’m constantly trading books, whether on PBS or Bookmooch or my Yahoo group, MysteryBookSwap. But the last book I gave to someone I know in real life was Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci, which I gave to my grandmother.
• stayed up too late reading? Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Mailbox Monday, Meme

Mailbox Monday, August 29, 2011

Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Monday is on tour, with August’s location being at Life in the Thumb.

Two books this week, both from Bookmooch. I’m not sure when I will ever read all these books I keep bringing into the house… I did a little bit of math work and based on the number of to-read books that I have and the average number of books I read in a year, I figured that I could go 4-5 years without bringing another book into this house and still have something to read. That’s a little bit scary! Anyways, here’s what came this week:

 The year is 1799. As Bonaparte’s army descends upon Israel, intent upon conquest, Ethan Gage finds himself embroiled in an ancient mystery in the Holy Land, searching for a legendary Egyptian scroll imbued with awesome powers. The courageous and resourceful Gage must keep the mysterious document from his enemy, Napolen – or, failing that, wrest it from him, even if it means pursuing his vengeful adversary back to France. And the wisdom of his great mentor, Benjamin Franklin, will offer Gage no solace should Bonaparte succeed in unlocking the terrible secrets of the Book of Thoth – for whoever masters its magic will rule the world.

 No longer willing to wait for the international community to stop its neighboring enemy, Israel brings down Iran’s billion-dollar nuclear program in an ingeniously conceived operation. The attack leaves a radioactive tomb and environmental disaster in its wake, and has Iranian president Amatullah calling for blood – American blood. Seeing opportunity where others fear reprisals, Mitch Rapp devises a brilliant plan to humiliate Iran’s government and push the nation to the brink of revolution. But when a back-channel meeting between CIA director Irene Kennedy and her Iranian counterpart goes disastrously wrong, Rapp is locked in a showdown with a Hezbollah mastermind in league with Amatullah – and he is given twenty-four hours to do whatever it takes sto stop unthinkable catastrophe.