An Eclectic Mailbox Monday (With a Give-Away Opportunity)

First up is one I eagerly anticipate reading the most: Freya by Anthony Quinn sent to me by Europa Editions. Have I read one book from them which hasn’t been stellar? No.

“The novel’s brilliantly realized characters, especially the vivid, maddening Freya, will live on long after the final line of this fine novel. Quinn has written an immersive story of female friendship and the self-discoveries that reveal the mysteries and delights of the heart.”

Up next is Peregrine Island by Diane Saxton, sent to me by She Writes Press. The author has been a journalist for Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, and Greenwich Review. Her novel “interweaves the stories of three generations of women, one valuable painting, the artist who created it, and those who would do anything to possess it.” It has been named:

2017 Winner of the National Indie Excellence Award for Regional Fiction: Northeast

2017 Distinguished Favorite in Literary Fiction by Independent Press Awards

2017 International Book Awards Finalist for Literary Fiction

2017 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist for Fiction

Then we have a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, a novel I have never read despite calling myself literary. (And, having thoroughly enjoyed the presentation of it by PBS many, many years ago.) There will be a give-away of this fine book as soon as I read it, but if you would like to throw your name in the hat for a chance right now, feel free. The sooner, the better, as Penguin awaits a winner.

Finally, there is a Cuban Noir Novel sent to me by Akashic Books; its title is Havana Libre by Robert Arellano. This novel is a follow up to Havana Lunar which was a finalist for the 2010 Edgar Award. It follows Dr. Mano Rodriguez as he takes an undercover assignment to the most dangerous city in Latin America: Miami.

So there is the broad array of books from which I love to read, varying from friendships to mystery, children’s stories to crime, they all hold a certain appeal. Are there any which call particularly to you?

Find more books which arrived in other mailboxes at Mailbox Monday.

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16 thoughts on “An Eclectic Mailbox Monday (With a Give-Away Opportunity)”

    1. I’m sure it will delight as its reputation, and your opinion, promises. I read the first few pages and thought it instantly charming and wise. No wonder it is so beloved.

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  1. That does look like an eclectic mailbox. Hope you enjoy all the books. No need to enter me as I have a copy of Anne that I picked up on a cruise that went through Halifax a few years back.
    Happy Reading!

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  2. I have my 1969 childhood copy of Anne of Green Gables, so no need to enter me in the contest. The two books of friendship (Freya and Peregrine Island) have piqued my curiosity and I’ve added them to my TBR list on Goodreads.

    Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. Ours was splendid and now we’re getting excited about Christmas. The trees went up this weekend and I plan to start in on my Christmas letter/cards this coming week. Have a good week at school, dear friend.

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    1. Trust you to have a copy of Anne of Green Gables!

      I must admit that Freya sounds so wonderful to me! It reminds me a bit of the Neapolitan novels, two women in Italy who suffered a “friendship”. I wonder how Freya will develop.

      Our Thanksgiving was small and quiet, but I cooked a lovely feast and was so grateful for my parents and husband who sat around me at the table.

      I assume you’re back in Oregon? I emailed you for a repeat of your address there, but perhaps it didn’t come through. Would you be willing to send it again? xoxo

      Have a good week, my friend.

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  3. Besides ‘Anne of Green Gables’, I haven’t heard of any of these books. I am drawn toward the Cuban noir. I love all the covers and I hope I would be eligible for the giveaway. I am in India. 🙂

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  4. I’ve never read Anne of Green Gables … and my mom was a librarian! How can that be … most likely a stubborn teenager resided in her house 😉

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  5. Anne of Green Gables is a book I have yet to read. The others look like an interesting collection too. No need to enter me in your giveaway. Postage to Australia is criminal anyway. Glad you enjoyed the holiday.

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  6. All of your new books sound so interesting, can’t wait to read your thoughts on them once you get around to reading them 🙂 Freya sounds utterly fascinating, although Havana Libre also piqued my interest. I’ve never read Anne either, so I’d love to get a chance to do so (as long as UK is eligible of course).

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  7. I’m excited for you to read Anne! I’m always interested in the reactions of people who are reading it for the first time. I don’t really remember a time that I didn’t know her.

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