Monday, November 9, 2009

Mailbox Monday!

Today is Mailbox Monday, when we share what wonderful books found their way into our mailboxes this week. See Marcia at The Printed Page for more Mailboxers and their lists!

I was lucky enough to receive two books this week. The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes is a new non-fiction read. It details Australia's founding. All I really know about Australia is that it was started as a penal colony, so it will be interesting to learn more about it. I feel like it was Bookfool who turned me on to this book, but I don't really keep track, so that could be totally wrong. (P.S. I have no idea why the image is so FREAKIN' HUGE and no idea how to change it. Sorry.)

Also, I received Season of Ash by Jorge Volpi from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. This novel is partially set during the time of Chernobyl (by which I am absolutely fascinated) and the fall of the Berlin Wall, which makes it perfect to receive today on the twentieth anniversary of that momentous event. The book supposedly also deals somehow with the Human Genome Project, a scientific endeavor in the 1990's to map all the genes of the human body. Sounds like it covers a lot. Here's hoping it does justice to all of these big events!

In other news, I'm speeding through (okay, relative to my speed with Shaking a Leg) The Best American Mystery Stories 2009. I've read eight of them and, so far, they are almost all REALLY GOOD. Even the ones I didn't LOVE have been good stories, just not my cuppa tea. Check out this anthology. I have a feeling it will get a high rating from me...it's always one of my faves!

4 comments:

Mary said...

New-to-me titles. Enjoy!

Staci said...

I've never heard of either of these so hopefully you'll fill us in on them at a later date!! :)

Lexi said...

Mary:

Thanks for stopping by!

Staci:

At the rate I'm going, I'll be dead before I get to these. But you know I'll do a full review if and when I read them!

Kelly & Marg said...

Hi Lexi,

Thanks for signing up for the Virtual Advent. Can you email me your email address?

VirtualAdvent (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks!