Mailbox Monday & What I'm Reading

If it's Monday, then it must be time for Mailbox Monday, a weekly meme that provides a virtual gathering place for bloggers (and readers) to share the books that came their way over the past week. Originally hosted by Marcia, of To Be Continued..., it has since become something of a book tour, with a new host each month. This month's host is  Crystal @ I totally paused!

Only two new books came in the door this week, but they book look fantastic:

Zombie Survival Manual by Sean T Page
Haynes Publishing; First edition (November 1, 2013)
Received via Publisher

What would you do in the event of a zombie apocalypse? Would you know how to protect your family, forage for food and hold your own if confronted by the undead? 

Packed with vital information about how to prepare yourself (mentally and physically) and your surroundings for attack, the Zombie Survival Manual will also include advice on how to flourish in a post-apocalyptic world. 

Accompanied by illustrations, maps, diagrams and step-by-step instructions, this manual will be essential reading for those interested in protecting themselves, their families and society at large from the living dead.

The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley
Tor Books; First Edition edition (January 14, 2014)
Received via NetGalley

In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

Kaden, the heir to the Unhewn Throne, has spent eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, learning the enigmatic discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. Their rituals hold the key to an ancient power he must master before it's too late. 

An ocean away, Valyn endures the brutal training of the Kettral, elite soldiers who fly into battle on gigantic black hawks. But before he can set out to save Kaden, Valyn must survive one horrific final test. 

At the heart of the empire, Minister Adare, elevated to her station by one of the emperor's final acts, is determined to prove herself to her people. But Adare also believes she knows who murdered her father, and she will stop at nothing—and risk everything—to see that justice is meted out.

As for what I'm reading this week, It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey, and it's focused on what's in your hands, as opposed to what's on your shelf. I've got reviews coming up for:

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. The cover for the zombie book looks scary! The Emperor's Blades sounds like a really good fantasy story. Happy reading :)

    Liza’s STS.

  2. I haven't heard of these but happy reading!

    Tsuki’s STS

  3. Nice! These are new to me! Hope you enjoy them both!

    My STS goes up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  4. I haven't heard of any of those, but they look like fun reads! I hope you enjoy all you got :)

    Here's my STS!

  5. Zombie Survival Manual sounds like important reading! I have no clue what to do in the face of a zombie attack! :P

    Here's Mine @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

  6. Hehe, Zombie Survival Manual looks cool.

  7. Zombie Survival Manual looks like fun:) Hope you enjoy all your reads.

  8. Nice haul! I've been debating over whether to request Emperor's Blades on NG myself but as I've got a stack to read already I shall probably buy a copy instead. Looking forward to hearing what you think of it :)

  9. The Zombie Survival Manual looks scary! I'm not a huge fan of zombie books, but I may just have not find one that's really good yet - and I usually love paranormal creatures, but zombies are even scarier than vampires, so it might just be that I'm afraid :)

    Thanks for stopping by earlier. Happy reading!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  10. Ha that zombie book looks awesome, hope you enjoy it!

    Have a great weekend :)
    Check out my haul here!

  11. You have a wonderful mailbox! Happy reading!!

    Here is my post.

  12. I don't know these books. They look a bit scary, though. :) I guess I am not used to this genre.

    THANKS for sharing.

    Link to my post is below as well as a giveaway.

    BTW…Stop by for a FUN giveaway too: GIVEAWAY

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  13. Bob, that Zombie book seems funny and clever! Enjoy your reading this week. :)

  14. I hope they all meet your expectations!

  15. Enjoy the books. I just started listening to Red Hill, makes me wonder if I really need that flu shot! LOL.

  16. I'm intrigued by THE EMPEROR'S BLADES! And every home needs a zombie survival guide!

  17. Thanks for visiting my blog this week! Hmmm, new zombies! I do like a good zombie book...


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