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30 August 2010

Monday, Monday! What Are You Reading?

As we all know, it's tough to come back from vacation, and I'm finding it especially tough this time.  Last week, I spent it on my in-laws' boat in Boston, Massachusetts, and got a chance to tag along on one of their charters.  Night Rider Charters of Boston is such an amazing treat, and as many of you know from yesterday's post -- I didn't finish Mockingjay because I was lazy!  And now, I have so many books to read that came in while I was out, I'm not even sure where to begin!

So, here's Mailbox Monday -- first created by Marcia at
The Printed Page, and it's now on a blog tour!  August is hosted by Chick Loves Lit, and September is going to be hosted by BermudaOnion!  So much fun!  On tap for this week is:

  • Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler -- I've got a short turnaround time to read this so I can send it off to the next lucky reader on the Crazy Book Tours!  "...Courtney Stone wakes up and finds herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England.  Who but an Austen addict like herself could connect such a fantasy?"  This just sucked me right in!
  • J'adore New York, by Isabelle Lafleche -- Yay!  I've been waiting for this one, and I'm so excited!  "When Catherine Lambert, an effortlessly chic Parisian lawyer, receives an offer to transfer to the New York office of her prestigious firm, she unhesitatingly accepts.  A dedicated follower of fashion and everything stylish, she is determined to conquer the high-flying world of Manhattan law -- and love."  Ooh la la -- and the cover is so pretty, too!  Can't wait!
  • The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, by Maggie O'Farrell -- Check this out:  "In the middle of tending to the everyday business at her vintage-clothing shop and sidestepping her married boyfriend's attempt a commitment, Iris Lockhart receives a stunning phone call:  Her great-aunt Esme, whom she never knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospital -- where she has been locked away for more than sixty-one years."  Wha??  Doesn't that sound fabulous?
  • Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier -- This is my first du Maurier and I'm taking part in the Daphne du Maurier Challenge, hosted by Book-A-Rama.  You should join!  "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.  So the second Mr. Maxim de Winter remembered the chilling events that led he down the turning drive past the beeches, white and naked, to the isolated gray stone manse on the windswept Cornish coast."  Yes!!
What about you?  What are you up to this week, and will you find time time (unlike me last week!) to read?  And more to come on possibly doing a read-along for The Historian!

Happy Reading!
Coffee and a Book Chick


  1. Oh I loved Rebecca, good luck with reading!!

  2. I've wanted to read Confessions of a Jane Austen addict! Nice set of books this week. Enjoy!

  3. i JUST picked up rebecca last week at a thrift shop but haven't gotten to it yet! i'm still slogging through a few other books on my nightstand. school's starting on thursday, and i'm swamped! :)

  4. Of those four books, I've read 3 (not the New York one) and they were all good reads. So have a great week - it's time to read again!

  5. Nice list - I hope you'll love Rebecca as much as I do. One of the few books I've read more than once.
    And I have the Maggie O'Farrell on my list too - it does sound fantastic.

    Happy reading!

  6. I really want to read Rebecca - everyone seems to love it. Maybe one of these days. I hope you have a great week in books.

  7. @ Amanda -- I've been reading a little bit on my iPhone, but finally got the book in! Yay, so excited for Rebecca! If you're interested in doing the challenge, it should be a fun one!

    @ Holly (2 Kids and Tired) -- I can tell you that the Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict is a fun read so far!

    @ nat at book, line, and sinker -- I know what you mean! My husband commented that I have about 30 books on just my nightstand! When will we find the time to get through them all?! You should join the du Maurier challenge!

    @ leeswammes -- Oh, good to hear!! I am about 100 pages into Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and I really like it, what did you think?

    @ Cat -- Thanks! It's my first du Maurier, so I'm excited! I think I'm going to love it -- after The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, I needed some thing set in (roughly) the same time period, you know?

    @ bermudaonion -- If you haven't read du Maurier (like me) maybe you would love the du Maurier challenge hosted by Books-A-Rama? It would be fun, and she has it set up to go through April of 2011, so there is plenty of time to read 1 book or more!

  8. Welcome back from vacation, I'm sure you are having a tough time... being on a boat sounds so peaceful.

    I have a few classics sitting on my nightstand, not sure which one I will read next. Enjoy Rebecca.

    Have a great week!

  9. @ Mari -- It was incredibly peaceful, oh how to figure out how to win the lottery so that I can sit on a boat all the time and possibly read instead of sleeping! :) Have you read The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton? I just recently read and reviewed it, and absolutely loved it!

  10. So many books, so little time. Great suggestions there. I just finished Mockingjay and now I'm back to non-fiction, The Fire in The Fiction by Donald Maass.

  11. @ Clarissa Southwick -- I can't wait to get back into Mockingjay; don't tell me what happens! :) Looks like it's on the schedule now to finish this weekend. Sigh, when to fit everything in, right? :)

  12. Always looking for a good new book to read. Thanks for the suggestions. xo

  13. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox is a fab read! One of my favourites and definately one of Maggie O'Farell's best.

    Hope u enjoy it too.


  14. @ Cindy -- Thanks for swinging by! More book recommendations for our straining shelves, huh? My bookshelves are currently about to burst!

    @ DizzyC -- I can't wait to read the The Vanishing Acts of Esme Lennox!! Good to hear that it's one of your favorites!!

  15. Rebecca is such a wonderful book. I hope you'll enjoy it! I'm hoping to read some of Du Maurier's short stories this fall.

  16. never heard of any of those books but they sound good.

    i've been reading the help. so far i love it!

  17. @ Iliana -- I cannot wait to read it! Everyone has the same reaction to this, so I can't wait!

    @ bananas -- Thanks so much for stopping by! I think you might like J'adore New York, just based on the overview and the cool fashion blog that you have! I've yet to read The Help but I hop to do so before the end of the year!

  18. I really need to suck it up and read Rebecca. It's been on my RIP challenge list for, oh, four years! Now might be the time.

  19. @ Andi -- I'm thinking of joining the RIP Challenge as well -- how fun! Rebecca should sufficiently freak us out, right? :)

  20. I finished The Help a few weeks ago- LOVED it. Now I am starting on Water for Elepahnts...

    Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

  21. @ Jaime at La vie...J'aime -- I loved Water for Elephants! I'd love to know your thoughts once you finish it -- keep me posted! Your blog is a treat! It's so pretty, I love it!

  22. Rebecca is one of my favorites. I recently re-read it so I can safely say that it's one of those books that can be enjoyed again and again.


  23. Gah! How did I miss stopping in to read your post?

    I love that the Monday Mailbox is on a blog tour - I hadn't heard about that - how fun!

  24. @ everybookandcranny -- I can't wait to read it! It's great to hear that so many people enjoyed it!!

    @ Sheila (Bookjourney) -- Isn't it fun? I love how it does the tour -- a great way to "meet" new blogs! :)

  25. I enjoyed Esme, though I'd be interested in your thoughts about the ending.

  26. I have a copy of Rebecca somewhere!! I really want to read this one.

  27. @ RAnn -- I hope to be able to read it soon; so many books!

    @ Staci -- I've heard so many wonderful things about Rebecca, so I am very excited to read it, too!


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