Monday, 12 August 2019

Mailbox Monday - August 12th

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog. Head over and check out other books received during the last week. 

Happy Monday!

I haven't managed to post pictures of my book mail for the last few weeks because I have been extra busy with family and trying to squeeze in some reading time.
I visited my sister in sunny Queensland recently to attend my brother's 60th birthday celebrations. Flew up Friday with my daughter, mother, brother and sister-in-law and we all stayed in my sister's sprawling sandstone home.  I had the best weekend and it was so wonderful to have the whole family together, not just for a few hours but a whole weekend. We did lots of reminiscing and had plenty of laughs.

My grandson spent a night in hospital with a nasty chest infection. I was imagining him lying in a hospital bed sick and upset. How wrong could I be! My daughter-in-law sent me a photo he was happily sitting on the bed shooting everyone with his Ventolin inhaler. Later that day he was sitting at the nurses station watching cartoons on the computer. He is back to perfect health and definitely not traumatised by his hospital stay. 

Books  received during the past two weeks.

Received from the publisher

The Quest Diaries of Max Crack by Jules Faber
Publication date: 27th August 2019

Hi everyone! I'm Max Crack and this awesome book is all about me and my quests and my best friend Frankie!

Buried treasure, new school, doodles, peanut butter and honey toast, best friends, horrible blobs, mysteries, Meddlyslop, spelling bees (hard words, harder words), more doodles, comics, World War Undies ... this book has it ALL. 
The Girls by Chloe Higgins
Publication date: 27th August 2019
In 2005, Chloe Higgins was seventeen years old. She and her mother, Rhonda, stayed home so that she could revise for her HSC exams while her two younger sisters, Carlie and Lisa, went skiing with their father. On the way back from their trip, their car veered off the highway, flipped on its side and burst into flames. Both her sisters were killed. Their father walked away from the accident with only minor injuries.

This book is about what happened next.
Snake Island by Ben Hobson
Publication date: 5th August 2019
Vernon and Penelope Moore never want to see their son Caleb again. Not after he hit his wife and ended up in gaol. A lifetime of careful parental love wiped out in a moment.

But when retired teacher Vernon hears that Caleb is being regularly visited and savagely bashed by a local criminal as the police stand by, he knows he has to act. What has his life been as a father if he turns his back on his son in his hour of desperate need? He realises with shame that he has failed Caleb. But no longer.

The father of the man bashing Caleb is head of a violent crime family. The town lives in fear of him but Vernon is determined to fix things in a civilised way, father to father. If he shows respect, he reasons, it will be reciprocated. But how wrong he is.
And what hell has he brought down on his family? 
A gift from my sister:
One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan 
Publication date: 9th April 2019 
To celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, Grace has planned the surprise of a lifetime for her husband—a romantic getaway to Paris. But she never expected he’d have a surprise of his own: he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock but refusing to be broken, a devastated Grace makes the bold decision to go to Paris alone.

Audrey, a young woman from London, has left behind a heartache of her own when she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no money and no knowledge of the French language, suddenly a summer spent wandering the cobbled streets alone seems much more likely…until she meets Grace, and everything changes.

Grace can’t believe how daring Audrey is. Audrey can’t believe how cautious newly single Grace is. Living in neighboring apartments above the bookshop, this unlikely pair offer each other just what they’ve both been missing. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding this unbreakable friendship might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them…
What Books did your postman deliver, or you downloaded, this week?

Post a link to your Mailbox Monday or simply list your books in the comments below.


  1. Your time with your family sounds fabulous! I'm glad to hear your grandson is doing so well. Enjoy your new books!

    1. Thank you. Family time was fun and it was a bit scary there for a while with my grandson.

  2. Sounds like a lovely week, and I'm glad your grandson is better. Enjoy those books.

  3. Hi Veronica,

    It sounds as though you enjoyed a lovely family get together, despite your grandson's stay in hospital. Being so far away must have been difficult for you, however the resilience of children never fails to amaze me, nothing fazes them for very long!

    It is so easy to let the pressures of blogging and posting rule leisure time, when in fact it should be the other way around. I try now to only post when I know that my schedule demands it and ideally only when I know that I have the time to respond to comments and do a little reciprocal blog hopping.

    I quite like the sound of 'The Girls' and 'One Summer In Paris', but I hope that you love all your new books :)


    1. Thanks Yvonne. I try not to pressure myself but I do work better if I have deadlines.

  4. Great mailbox! The Girls sounds intriguing. Glad to know your grandson is doing well! Have a great week and happy reading!

  5. What a nice family gathering. We had regular get-togethers when our dad was living but now find it hard to gather. So I miss my siblings. I'm glad your grandson recovered quickly.
    Great set of books this week. Snake Island sounds intense.
    Happy Reading!

    1. Yes Martha, I think it’s my mother that currently keeps us all together. I’m praying she will be around for a while yet.