Mailbox Mondays: June 17, 2013

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Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday which is hosted this month by Meredith of Dolce Belezza.

I received an interesting set of books by different publishers this week.

Books I received this week

Some of the books I received this week

For my usual thriller fix, I got The Snowman by Jo Nesbo. I read The Bat recently (the first novel in the Harry Hole series), which was ok, but I was really unmotivated to read the next book called The Cockroaches (I mean, really! What a put-off title). Then I read this post from Keishon and decided to ditch the order and just go for the books that interest me.

Another thriller that I got is Ghostman by Roger Hobbs. As per the blurb, this is a heist novel and is Roger Hobbs’ debut novel. It doesn’t seem that well-known although it has received some mixed reviews on goodreads. I am looking forward to this one too.

And the last, and the one that I am most excited about is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It’s received a lot of buzz on the blogosphere…it is THE thriller to read in 2013 I think. The reviews have been both positive and negative, but from what little I have read, it is a thrilling book for sure, and unless it’s really very bad almost definitely going to be the first book I finish from this lot.

After all the thrills and chills, what’s better than a nice, contemplative, quiet novel that also ticks the checklist on my Man Booker Reading list? And that one is The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twang Eng. This deals with many Japanese themes as well and so I just may add it as part of my Japanese Literature Reading Challenge if approved by Dolce Belezza.

And some more Indian fiction in the form of Complete/Convenient by Ketan Bhagat. Yes, he is the brother of the best-selling Indian author Chetan Bhagat. The premise of his story seems interesting. I don’t know too much about this book to comment anything further.

Note: Couldn’t get a photo of all the books stacked up as some of them came in just today and I couldn’t wait to get this post up 🙂

So, a full month of reading for me!! I am really excited about the books I received this week. Did you receive any books this week? What are you looking forward to reading?

  • I really enjoyed Gone Girl. It’s definitely the type of book you want to read ASAP to make sure no one accidentally spoils the ending for you.

  • I really enjoyed Gone Girl. It’s definitely the type of book you want to read ASAP to make sure no one accidentally spoils the ending for you.

    • @shoshannah: LOL, yes. Right now, I close my eyes and quickly click away somewhere else if I see the book being featured. I don’t want to know any of it 🙂

  • I really enjoyed Gone Girl! It’s definitely the type of book you want to read ASAP to make sure no one manages to spoil the twist for you.

  • Nishita, I tried reading Gone Girl but somehow inspite of all the hype and buzz I hated the characters and didn’t want to read any more. My friends who have read it have said nothing but great things but it didn’t work for me! Will try Flynn other book though. Will wait for your thoughts on this book

    • @Shweta: Now that I have the book, I am hearing about all the disappointments associated with this book. Let’s see how it goes for me. Will now enter into it with suitably lowered expectations 🙂

  • Enjoy all your reads.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

    • @Elizabeth: Thank you 🙂

  • Some good choices there. I’ll be interested to see what you think of The Snowman. I loved that book, but I read The Devil’s Star this week and couldn’t get into it at all so it seems this series is a bit hit and miss. I must get my hands on a copy of Gone Girl soon, too!

    • @Marie: I just started The Snowman last night and so far it’s terrific. I do get the feeling this series is pretty uneven too.

  • What an interesting list. The titles for the Harry Hole series is not the best I must agree. Hope you have some success with the Nesbo title of your choice. He’s really good when he’s on top of his game. The Bat was his first book so I understand if it was dull. Gone Girl wasn’t a hit for me but I hope it meets your expectations.

    • @Keishon: I read your blog where you said Gone Girl didn’t do too much for you. You also said it was literary crime fiction and I haven’t read too many of those, and I am curious.

      Hope the book works for me 🙂

      • I will wait with bated breath your opinion on Gone Girl! 🙂 Literary crime fiction is usually not my thing.

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