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Sunday, October 11, 2009

In My Mailbox- Week of October 5 + Retrospective

No vlog this week because, no joke, I only got ONE book this week and it's one I probably won't end up reading:

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
“There’s a fine line between gossip and history, when one is talking about kings.”

Sophie Fitzosborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray with her eccentric and impoverished royal family. When she receives a journal for her sixteenth birthday, Sophie decides to chronicle day-to-day life on the island. But this is 1936, and the news that trickles in from the mainland reveals a world on the brink of war. The politics of Europe seem far away from their remote island—until two German officers land a boat on Montmaray. And then suddenly politics become very personal indeed.

A Brief History of Montmaray is a heart-stopping tale of loyalty, love, and loss, and of fighting to hold on to home when the world is exploding all around you.

This is an Aussie novel, in case anyone was wondering.

So since this IMM is so short, I'm gonna post my Retrospective here too-

Tuesday- Blog tour featuring an interview with Thomas Randall and a review of his book The Waking: Dreams of the Dead

Wednesday- Peace, Love and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle review and interview

Friday- A picture post featuring a book signing I went to for Kathryn Williams.

Saturday- A review of Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson


  1. Ooh Michelle is lovely. I really enjoyed Montmaray, very like I Capture the Castle...a little old school.

  2. lol, well i look forward 2 your interviews and reviews :D Maybe next week you'll get some AWESOME books!

  3. Hiya!!
    Seems like you had a good week :) Mine was quite busy and we both recieved the same book, can't wait to see waht you think about it.

  4. It sounds pretty darn neat :) I really like the cover, it's so ...peaceful

  5. Wow, this sounds JUST like the type of thing I would read!!! If you ever feel like giving it away or selling it if you're not planning on reading it, then please consider meeeee - I've just added this to my TBR list! So excited now, thanks for letting me know about this novel and I just need this book in my life! :D

  6. Superb review! Thanks for the retrospective post!

  7. Sounds like a fascinating book! Happy reading!

  8. Sounds like a cool book actually. Give it a chance ;)

  9. Well happy reading!

  10. How come you're probably not reading it?

  11. We all have of weeks. That actually sounds like a cool novel - I get an I CAPTURE THE CASTLE vibe from the summary. (Love Dodie Smith.)

    . . . and I now see Adele has said it's is like I CAPTURE THE CASTLE.

    And I'm looking forward to the BALLAD post you promised.

  12. I haven't heard of that one either! I just recently found BookMooch, thanks to some other IMMs so that's always an option. But I'm sure it'd make a good giveaway too. I hope you have a good week! ;-)