Monday signifies that day in our reading week when we look back, chart up our successes, and plot the week ahead.  It is also our chance to network zealously, visiting other blogs and adding books to our TBR lists.

To help us do that, we turn to the hosts of Monday Mailbox and It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading?

Chick Loves Lit (Monday Mailbox)

Book Journey It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading?

My Blogging Week:

Check out my Sunday Salon Post, for highlights.

What My Mailbox Brought (or what I bought!):

1)  Fragile, by Lisa Unger, came from the Amazon Vine program.

Snippets from Amazon:

“[A] nail-biting nuanced whodunit.”

“Folks in a small town descend into darkness and revisit long forgotten memories when a young girl disappears….[A] simmering, tragic tale. Fans of authors like Jodi Picoult will want to read this one in a nice comfortable chair….Unger’s fans won’t be disappointed.”
—Associated Press

“This one is a stunner…Unger’s genius is in plotting the story so that the reader never knows what’s coming next…This is a read that will stay with you.”
—New York Journal of Books Review

2)  The Good Daughters, by Joyce Maynard (I ordered this from Amazon!)

Tidbits from Amazon:

“ THE GOOD DAUGHTERS, weaves a story of choices and events so intimate I felt I was part of it. The novel is wrenching, the emotions radiant, and will leave readers transformed.” (Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners )



My Reading Week:(Click Title for Review)

1)  Irish Twins, by Michele Cozzens

2)  The Long Way Home, by Gail Caldwell

3)  Give Me Your Heart, by Joyce Carol Oates

What’s Up This Week:

1)  My Story, by Marilyn Monroe with Ben Hecht (I’ve had this one on my TBR stacks for ages!)

A beautifully illustrated story of the actress, told in her own words.

2)  Comfort Food, by Kate Jacobs

Here’s a blurb from Amazon:

Jacobs follows The Friday Night Knitting Club with another multigenerational tale, this time on the foodie circuit. Popular Cooking with Gusto! host Augusta Gus Simpson, a widowed mother of two adult daughters who’s about to turn 50, is tiring of her many obligations, which include throwing an annual birthday bash for herself. That trial pales, however, in comparison with the introduction of saucy former beauty queen and YouTube star Carmen Vega as Gus’s cohost: Carmen is younger, hotter and very tight with the boss. It’s soon apparent on the set that this new situation isn’t working, so the two are packed off, along with a forgettable cast of secondaries, to a corporate team-building weekend, complete with New Age guide. When the resort’s head chef calls in sick, a team-building opportunity presents itself. Jacobs gives Gus a reasonable love interest and provides the requisite bickering and backstabbing, but the foodie moments lack passion, and the results yield no stars. (May)

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3)  To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

This book really needs no introduction, but here’s a snippet:

One of the best-loved classics of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It has won the Pulitzer Prize, been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. It was also named the best novel of the twentieth century by librarians across the country (Library Journal). Harper Collins is proud to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the book’s publication with this special hardcover edition.

My conclusions:  This is going to be an exciting reading week!

What did you get in the mailbox, and what are you reading?  Come on in and explore your reading experiences here.



  1. I am reading To Kill A Mockingbird and loving it – I can not believe it took me this long to rad this book. I seriously think it is going to rate within the top 10 for 2010 for me.

    The Marliyn Monroe book looks good to. Enjoy the wonderful reading week you have lined up Laurel 😀


    • Sheila, I wondered why it wasn’t required reading in my high school, but then…duh! I realized that it came out the year I graduated. In college, there were other (older) books on which they chose to focus.

      I am really looking forward to it. Enjoying the Marilyn Monroe book, too.

      Thanks for stopping by.


    • My son, who lives in Berlin and is a photographer, took this in Beelitz,which is in a secluded forest area 30-40 minutes southwest of Berlin; the photos portray an old ruined sanitarium. He took several shots there, which he has on his website. In the upper right sidebar here, there is a link to his site.

      I combined two views of his photo to create this collage for the header. I liked showing two versions of the stairs and thought it seemed to portray “explorations.”


  2. I am itching to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird. I’ve forgotten so much about the book. The Good Daughters looks intriguing. I will have to look at that. Have a great week!


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