Yay for Book Mail!


I have been getting some fantastic book mail recently.  As a thirty something I cannot tell you how exciting it is to go the mailbox for change…because who knows what goodies will be waiting for me inside!  I am actually excited to go check the mail for once as an adult.  It does not matter that a majority of the time it is just bills, bills and more bills but there is that sliver of possibility that a book will be waiting for me.  My bookish heart always waits for the sliver of hope.

You may be asking yourself how are you getting this book mail?  Well it has alot to do with luck.  The following books were won through Goodreads:

  • Girl Unknown by Karen Perry
  • Women in Sunlight by Frances May
  • The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman

Goodreads has an option for publishing companies to provide copies of books (mostly advanced copies).  The goal is for the reading community to provide honest reviews in exchange for copies.  Depending on the titles listed in the giveaways will determine how many people are trying to get their hands on a copy.  Some giveaways have 50 to 100 copies while others have 1 to 5.  It really all depends on your odds.  However, if you follow through on providing reviews of the book then your odds are better to be future winners of giveaways.

I follow several publishers on Instagram.  Sometimes they host their own giveaways.  I won The Wife by Alafair Burke through a giveaway hosted by Harpercollins.  I got an early copy about a week before the book was released on January 23rd.  I enjoyed this book way more then I expected to.  This was all made possible through social media.  Read all about The Wife in a past post .

Curious about the other books I have won?  Here is more information.  I am super excited to read and review them.  They all seem like great reads!

Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes

Kit Raine, an American writer living in Tuscany, is working on a biography of her close friend, a complex woman who continues to cast a shadow on Kit’s own life. Her work is waylaid by the arrival of three women–Julia, Camille, and Susan–all of whom have launched a recent and spontaneous friendship that will uproot them completely and redirect their lives. Susan, the most adventurous of the three, has enticed them to subvert expectations of staid retirement by taking a lease on a big, beautiful house in Tuscany. Though novices in a foreign culture, their renewed sense of adventure imbues each of them with a bright sense of bravery, a gusto for life, and a fierce determination to thrive. But how? With Kit’s friendship and guidance, the three friends launch themselves into Italian life, pursuing passions long-forgotten–and with drastic and unforeseeable results. 

This book comes out on April 3, 2018. I was drawn to enter the giveaway because I am familar with Frances Mayes’s past work Under the Tuscan Sun.  I love the movie and did read the book.  I am very curious to read her fictional work. I plan on starting this one in March.

The Italian Teacher by Tom Rochman

Rome, 1955

The artists are gathering together for a photograph. In one of Rome’s historic villas, a party is bright with near-genius, shaded by the socialite patrons of their art. Bear Bavinsky, creator of vast, masculine, meaty canvases, is their god. Larger than life, muscular in both figure and opinion, he blazes at art criticism and burns half his paintings. He is at the centre of the picture. His wife, Natalie, edges out of the shot.

From the side of the room watches little Pinch – their son. At five years old he loves Bear almost as much as he fears him. After Bear abandons their family, Pinch will still worship him, striving to live up to the Bavinsky name; while Natalie, a ceramicist, cannot hope to be more than a forgotten muse. Trying to burn brightly under his father’s shadow – one of the twentieth century’s fiercest and most controversial painters – Pinch’s attempts flicker and die. Yet by the end of a career of twists and compromises, Pinch will enact an unexpected rebellion that will leave forever his mark upon the Bear Bavinsky legacy.

What makes an artist? In The Italian Teacher, Tom Rachman displays a nuanced understanding of twentieth-century art and its demons, vultures and chimeras. Moreover, in Pinch he achieves a portrait of painful vulnerability and realism: talent made irrelevant by personality. Stripped of egotism, authenticity or genius, Pinch forces us to face the deep held fear of a life lived in vain

I was intrigued by the historical aspect to this one as well as the art.  I have been really interested in reading debut authors as well.  I do not know if I am wanting to “discover” someone or I just want to support up and coming authors rather then reading more of the same authors like James Patterson (I have just decided that I will write a future post on my disdain for James Patterson so keep your eyes peeled).  So this one had all the right ingredients for me to try to win and I am very glad that I did. It comes out on March 20th and I plan to start it after I finish my next fiction read.

Girl Unknown by Karen Perry

David Connolly and his wife Caroline were just living life until one day Zoe says to David “you are my father”. The remainder of the book is told in alternating perspectives by the Connollys. From page one you know that someone dies….but who? 

What I loved most about this book was that the story is recounted by husband and wife in a ‘coulda woulda shoulda’ kind of way. It’s an interesting way of storytelling because it helped me connect with the characters. You see that they are human and are thoughtfully thinking back on where it all went wrong. While this is a suspense/thriller of sorts it is really a portrait of tension filled family trying to get by. It is a bit of a slow build but it is worth it….that ENDING!

So that has been my exciting book mail.  I am looking forward to future book mail and sharing them with you all!




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