Through Reading, Blogging, & Writing



Welcome to another Monday from the Interior, in which we share about the books we received in the mail (or bought), and talk about our bookish week, past and future.

Mailbox Monday is hosted this month by Metroreader; and Sheila’s Book Journey leads us in What Are You Reading?



This week I’ve received two books in the mail that I purchased, and one on Sparky, my Kindle.

1.  Spin (e-book), by Catherine McKenzie

“[A] charming debut…With fresh, fast-paced storytelling and a personable, self-deprecating protagonist, McKenzie whirls a perfectly indulgent tale.” (Publishers Weekly on SPIN )

“McKenzie’s tale of girls gone wild and gone to rehab is ripped straight from the latest tabloid headlines and will keep readers intrigued to the very last page.” (RT Book Reviews (top pick) )

2.  Outside the Lines, by Amy Hatvany

When Eden was ten years old she found her father, David, bleeding out on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents’ divorce, and David all but vanished from Eden’s life. Since childhood, she has heard from him only rarely, just enough to know he’s been living on the streets and struggling with mental illness. But lately, there has been no word at all.

Now in her thirties, Eden decides to go look for her father, so she can forgive him at last, and finally move forward. When her search uncovers other painful truths—not only the secrets her mother has kept from her, but also the agonizing question of whether David, after all these years, even wants to be found—Eden is forced to decide just how far she’ll go in the name of love.

3.  What Happened to Hannah, by Mary Kay McComas

As a teenager, Hannah Benson ran away from home in order to save herself. Now, twenty years later, the past comes calling and delivers life-changing news: her mother and sister have passed away, leaving Hannah the guardian of her fifteen-year-old niece.

Returning home to bitter memories and devastating secrets, Hannah must overcome her painful past to pave a future with her niece, the last best chance at a family for both of them. She begins to create a new, happier life with her niece and rekindles a relationship with Grady Steadman, one of the few people she’s ever called a friend.

But she can’t forget what she cannot forgive, or lay to rest those ghosts that will not die. Will love and trust—and the truth—give her the strength to stand her ground and fight for what she deserves?



This weekly event is our opportunity to plan out the week ahead, celebrate the one we’ve just finished, and visit lots of blogs.

Have you ever had one of those weeks that feels surreal in its range of experiences?  My reading this week certainly falls into this category.  From the light-hearted to the dark and disturbing, the titles I’ve completed have left me somewhat on the edge.

In my blog posts, you can see a reflection of the week.  From the beginning, as I created a new website, to my weekend reading experiences:




Review:   Rainshadow Road (Friday Harbor Series), by Lisa Kleypas

Review:   How to Eat a Cupcake, by Meg Donohue

Review:   The Long Drunk, by Eric Coyote

Review:   Iodine, by Haven Kimmel


What’s Up Next? (Click Titles for More Info.)

1.  First, Best & Only, by Barbara Delinsky

2.  Ship of Souls, by Zetta Elliott (Vine Review)

3.  The Bungalow, by Sarah Jio

4.  Creative Spirit (e-book), by Scott Nicholson


That’s my reading week, past and future.  I think this new week has a nice mix of books.  What about you?  What are you celebrating, and what’s ahead?





Author: laurelrainsnow

Retired social worker * Mother * Grandmother * Writer *Obsessive blogger * Book Reviewer * Loves movies & collecting things * *To find out more about my books and blogs, check my website, Laurel-Rain Snow's Creations...


  1. Spin and Outside the Lines have got very positive reviews on the blog. Hope you like them both.

  2. I have Spin on my bookshelf. The author is a Montrealer who I met. She’s very nice. I’ll be reading What Happened to Hannah in the upcoming week.

  3. I just posted my review for Outside The Lines. I like the sound of What Happened To Hannah and First Best & Only

    Wishing you a great reading week

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  4. Creative Spirit appeals to me…. have a super week Laurel :)

  5. Hope you have a great reading week!

  6. I am looking forward to getting around to The Bungalow.

    Another blog! How do you do it?

    Have a great week, Laurel-Rain


  7. I’ve been reading great reviews of Outside the Lines! Enjoy your new books and have a great week!

  8. Curious about Outside the Lines. Enjoy all of your new books.

  9. What Happened to Hannah caught my eye, but they all sounds good. Happy reading!

  10. Sounds like you had a great variety of books last week. What spooked me out recently, was that every book I was reading had something in common with the previous book (although some were published much before the others). So, for instance, I read Of Mice and Men, then in Stephen King’s 11/22/63 it’s mentioned quite elaborately. At the moment, I’m reading a book in which an asylum seeker with a lowly job is much more clever than his boss and I read a book with such a person in it last week, too! Amazing!

    Have a good week!

  11. I have What Happened to Hannah and I saw a good review for it last week. I am kind of excited to get to it!

  12. Great books this week. I added The Bungalow to my tbr list – and I also want to read her other book, Violets of March.

    Have a great week and thanks for stopping by my blog!

  13. Outside The Lines looks really good! So does The Bungalow, and I LOVE that cover!

  14. I also have What Happened To Hannah-however your cover is gorgeous.

  15. What Happened to Hannah sounds pretty intense. Looking forward to your thoughts on that one. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

  16. It never fails, every week I visit you and my wish list grows and grows, Spin, Bungalow, Outside the Line, oh dear, I’d better get busy reading, lol

  17. Nice post… I love the pretty covers. Disturbing, hey? Sounds like an interesting week, for sure – both past and up-n-comin’! Thx for stopping by my blog yesterday!! :-) Nice to have you over!

  18. Enjoy your books! Too cute to name your Kindle!!

  19. Well, all of these are new to me! :) I agree that it’s cute you named your Kindle. I like it!! Enjoy!

  20. I’ve seen Spin at a lot of places lately, it sounds really interesting! Hope you enjoy it :)

  21. I’d like to be inside the cover picture of The Bungalow right now! Enjoy your week!

    • As I read it, I keep glancing at the cover….I do think she has some of the prettiest covers, and her new one, Blackberry Winter, is also gorgeous.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jen, and have a great week.

  22. Some of those sound gut wrenching! I love the look of your blog!

  23. Spin has been on my wish list since I read Arranged by the same author.

  24. You always have such a great list of books each week! Enjoy them!

  25. Wow, Spin, Outside the Lines, and Hannah all sound really intruging! I hope you enjoy all of your books!

  26. I’ve heard Spin is good. Your other two are new titles to me. Have a great week!

  27. The Bungalow seems to be a popular book this week.

    I caught the flu on Wednesday. I spent much of the weekend in bed reading. Please come see what I’ve read.

  28. You have a lot of good looking books on here! I had to add a few of them to my tbr!
    Find me here:

  29. Loads of people seem to be reading The Bungalow at the moment. It looks really good – I’m going to have to check it out. Enjoy your week :-)

  30. I’ve got The Bungalow to read too, wish I could get to it soon. I think you’ll really enjoy Outside the Lines. I saw Sheila’s review for Spin and now I want to read it too lol
    Have a great week and happy reading :)

  31. Outside the Lines sounds like a terrific story! Happy reading!

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