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I don't know about you guys but this has been one of the longest weeks ever. With schools closed and work moved to home, this has been a new way of living. When the changes and shutdowns came just before last weekend, there was no time to really process the information. Within days, life had changed. And then on Monday, I reported to work, from my home, with kids also at home. It was when Friday finally rolled along that I felt the gravity of the situation, how we'll be rarely getting out for weeks, if not for months. How schools were likely going to be closed for months. How work still had to be done remotely or worse, there was no work to do anymore due to layoffs or a shutdown. How there was not going to be any dining in restaurants for months.

That was a very sobering thought. I didn't sleep until 1.30am that night.

How are you all doing? What are some of your tips to keep your sanity on while we get through this very difficult time? Some of you are in places that are …

Look at what just arrived! - June 21, 2010

mailboxmonday This meme is hosted by Marcia @ The Printed Page. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do).

Remember I won quite a lot of books during Armchair BEA week? Some more of those books tumbled in during the last couple weeks. Wings by Aprilynne Pike was a win at Kai's Fiction State of Mind. I've not read any books featuring faeries yet (if you don't count the Mortal Instruments series). So this will be a change from what I usually read, but one that I am looking forward to.

A couple of months ago, when I saw this book on at least half the blogs I follow, I was so envious that I wanted one for myself. Luckily for me, I won Read, Remember, Recommend through a giveaway on the author Rachelle Rogers Knight's blog, Bibliobabe. Come back tomorrow, when I will have my review of this book up, but as a preview, I'll say that you should get this book!

The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King was a win via Twitter. Right now, I need to hide a bit. Because I have to confess that I have not read this series. What's worse -- I had not heard about it either until I won the book. I was quite aghast and ashamed when I realized that this is the 10th book of the Mary Russell series. I should definitely go grab the preceding books, but I have a question for those of you who read some part of this series. Is it necessary to read it in order?

I also received Ann Putnam's Full Moon at Noontide: A Daughter's Last Goodbye courtesy of Pump Up your Book! book tour. The synopsis of this book interested me enough to want to request it. This memoir takes the reader through Ann's life and her relationships with her mother, father and uncle, and also talks of losing her husband to cancer. Definitely a tear-jerker, and I've read a couple of moving reviews.

Finally, I also received THE book I was waiting for - The Passage by Justin Cronin. Ever since this book was delivered, I've been staring at it and at my calendar, wondering when I can get to it. I do have a few books to read asap, so I may not get to it till July. But here's hoping that I get through my current reads as soon as possible, so that I can open up summer's much-anticipated read, before the summer if up! After reading the many reviews of this book so far, it's quite hard to keep myself off it.

Have you read any of these books?


DCMetroreader said…
Nice assortment of books. Everyone seems to love The Passage.
Kaye said…
The Passage sure seems to be hot lately. I've seen it everywhere except, alas, my mailbox. Lol! Have a great week and happy reading!
bermudaonion said…
You had a fabulous week in books! I can't decide if I want to read The Passage or not.
Staci said…
I really enjoyed Wings...just liked her take on faeries! The Passage is the HOT book right now..Enjoy!
Mary (Bookfan) said…
Great list. I read Wings last summer and look forward to seeing where the story goes in Spells. My kids gave me Read, Remember, Recommend for Mothers Day. I finally sat down with a pen and went through it over the weekend. I've read a lot but have a lot more tbr! Not sure I'll read The Passage but I'm enjoying all the reviews. Hope you like it and the other books you received. Have a great week!
Lisa said…
Looks like you get some good ones this week

Here's mine
WOWZER! Look at you go :)

Oh and on The Passage just bump it up and then let me know how it is :)
I haven't read any of them, so I'll be looking out for your reviews!
Bookventures said…
All of these sound great. I think you'll enjoy Full Moon at Noontide. As for the Passage, i would like to read it so i am going to look for a copy soon. Happy reading!!!
Alayne said…
The Passage is so good. :) The wait will be worth it. Enjoy! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.
Suko said…
I'd also like to read The Passage. Enjoy all of your new books. Happy reading!

Here's a peek at my mailbox:
The Passage seems to be the book everyone is talking about this summer. I love Read, Remember, Recommend! It is a must have for any book lover! Enjoy!
pussreboots said…
Congrats on winning the God of the Hive book. You don't have to read the entire series but you will need to read The Language of Bees for this book to make sense. Pussreboots.
I haven't read any of these, but they look good.

I've been seeing The Passage around on blogs...

Here's my MM:
Tales of Whimsy said…
O O Wings. I love Wings. Enjoy my dear :)
avisannschild said…
I've got to get my hands on The Passage too! Enjoy your books!
Lisa said…
I didn't know The God of the Hive was a part of a series either. Good thing I read this post because I was thinking of picking this one up.

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