Monday, July 23, 2012
Mailbox Monday -- July 23rd
Welcome to Mailbox Monday which is hosted this month by Mrs. Q. Book Addict. The past few weeks have been challenging for me personally because I was without power for nearly a week and then my computer got a virus.
All is well now, but as you are reading this I am currently on my annual Panama City Beach Vacation. While I love much about the area I do not love my extremely temperamental internet access, so this is a schedule post. And if the beach winds favor me I will stop by to check out everyone's mailboxes. If not, I'll see you next week!
1) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Publisher's Summary.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capital surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capital is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the death on live TV. One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor to his or her district.But that is nothing compared to what the Capital wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rules.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her impoverished district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Thanks to Paperback Swap!
2) Imperfect Bliss by Susan Fales-Hill. Publisher's Summary.
Meet the Harcourts of Chevy Chase, Maryland. A respectable middle-class, middle-age, mixed-race couple, Harold and Forsythia have four eminently marriageable daughters—or so their mother believes. Forsythia named her girls after Windsor royals in the hopes that one day each would find her true prince. But princes are far from the mind of their second-born daughter, Elizabeth (AKA Bliss), who, in the aftermath of a messy divorce, has moved back home and thrown herself into earning her PhD.
All that changes when a reality television show called The Virgin takes Bliss’s younger sister Diana as its star. Though she fights it at first, Bliss can’t help but be drawn into the romantic drama that ensues, forcing her to reconsider everything she thought she knew about love, her family, and herself. Fresh and engaging,Imperfect Bliss is a wickedly funny take on the ways that courtship and love have changed—even as they’ve stayed the same.
Thanks to Atria Books!