Mailbox Monday 22.1

When was the last time I actually purchased a book?? This may not be something most book bloggers have to think hard about, but as a library lurker who also frequents the Goodreads giveaway section and occasionally alpha reads, it’s fairly rare for me. However, a nearby library (not the one I work at) recently had a popup sale, and I couldn’t resist. I’ve also made 2 trips to a local Christian bookstore this season where I picked up a few things from their clearance section. Add to that the books that were offered for free or discounted during the Five Fall Favorites party, and I’ve got a surprisingly tall stack of new-to-me books! Despite how much I love and support the library system, there is something exciting about owning a book. I’m especially partial to preowned books; I love the notes and creases that are evidence of someone else reading it before me, and wondering about its journey. It’s been quite a while since I participated in a Mailbox Monday linkup (this may be the first time this year), but this seemed like the perfect opportunity to share these new (to me) books!

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Physical Books

Bookstore Trip in August:

Library Booksale:

  • The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan Historical Fiction
  • Two Roads by Joseph Bruchac Middle-Grade Historical Fiction
    • I read this book last year for grad school and really got a lot out of it. I’m glad to have a copy on my own shelf.

Bookstore Trip in October:

  • The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais Middle Grade Contemporary Fiction
    • Several people I know have enjoyed this book a lot, so when I saw a hardback for $3, it seemed like it was meant to be.
  • The New Worship: Straight Talk on Music and the Church by Barry Wayne Liesch and Donald P. Hustad Nonfiction
    • This topic has come up a lot recently, in light of the fact that I now attend a church with very different views than what I grew up with. From what I’ve read, I don’t think the authors are going to fully agree with either perspective, so I think it will be interesting. I’m enjoying diving into several perspectives on this. My own views are being challenged and strengthened.
  • Basic Greek in Thirty Minutes a Day by James Found Nonfiction
    • Random fun fact about me: I love learning languages. That isn’t the only reason I got this book, but it definitely helps. A few weeks ago a few friends were talking about different Bible translations and why some are more reliable than others, and some of the arguments came down to my friends’ personal study in Greek and reading the original text themselves. I would like to be able to engage at least on a very basic level in conversations about that. And so I’ll be starting this self-paced Greek course/book sometime soon.
  • Muscle and a Shovel Study Guide by Michael J. Shank, et al. Nonfiction
    • I read Muscle and a Shovel earlier this year, and while I ultimately decided that I did appreciate it, there is a lot to unpack and it is not a book that I just straight-forward enjoy or recommend. Coming across a study guide that is meant to be read alongside it for $1 presents the perfect opportunity to pick it up again and work through the things that bothered me the first time around.
  • Plus a few that I won’t list because they are gifts for friends and haven’t been delivered yet 😁

Received as a Gift:


So many books, so little time. Have you read any of these books? If not, are there any that jump out at you as particularly interesting? I’m looking forward to all of them. The only possible exception is Crescendo, which I started reading and had to set aside for the time being because the beginning section is almost overwhelmingly dark/sad and I just wasn’t up for getting through it at the moment.

You can check out more Mailbox Monday posts here!

Until the next chapter,


5 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday 22.1

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  1. Glad to see you at MM.
    I buy audiobooks but can’t recall the last print or ebook I paid for. But it sure can be fun shopping for books.
    I agree that you have a great variety.
    I’ve read The Case for a Creator which I liked.
    Have a good week and enjoy all of your reading!


  2. Welcome back to Mailbox Monday!
    Like you, I use a lot my library, and rarely buy any. And as I’m more and more picky, I also rarely request some for review either.
    Congrats on your Greek! I love studying languages as well. I’m currently learning Italian, in parallel with brushing my Spanish. But most of all, I’m learning Japanese.
    Now, I wonder, the title you mention makes me think this is modern Greek. Which is different, and sometimes very different from Koine, the Greek used in the New Testament – which is a simple Greek actually, thank God much easier than Ancient Greek!


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