Good morning, and welcome to the fabulous Monday Memes: Mailbox Monday, hosted this month by Let Them Read Books; and It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading? hosted by Book Journey.




This week, I received THREE books, which is exciting for me; especially since I often go weeks with nothing and have to resort to the bargain table books so I won’t feel sad…LOL.

Two books came from Amazon Vine and the third was an author review book.

1) The Other Family, by Joanna Trollope (Amazon Vine)

From Amazon: An unexpected line in a will leads to complications and new beginnings in Trollope’s eminently readable latest (after Friday Nights).

2)  Mary Ann in Autumn, by Armistead Maupin (Amazon Vine)

A blurb: Twenty years after leaving her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue a television career in New York City, calamities drive fifty-seven-year-old Mary Ann Singleton to return to the city and her oldest friend as she tries to put her life back together.

3)  Miss Hildreth Wore Brown, by Olivia deBelle Byrd (From Author)

A Tidbit “With Miss Hildreth Wore Brown, Olivia deBelle Byrd proves that she is the real thing—an authentic Southern Belle with stories galore. I can’t wait to give this hilarious and heartwarming book to all my sweet friends.”
—CASSANDRA KING, author of The Same Sweet Girls







This past week has been filled with all kinds of events, some of which I describe in my Sunday Salon post.

One of those events was the creation of a writing blog, dedicated to the process and the journey.  That blog is called Snow Chronicles:  A Writer’s Journey. I also created a corresponding Facebook “like” page.

As for my reading week, here’s what I accomplished.

Books Read & Reviewed (Click Title for Review):

1)  Solomon’s Oak, by Jo-Ann Mapson

2)  Garnethill, by Denise Mina


Still Reading:

1)  South of Broad, by Pat Conroy



What’s Up Next:

Elizabeth, by J. Randy Taraborrelli

This book has been on my stacks for awhile, just waiting for one of those weeks when I could properly savor it.  Well, I’ve decided that this is the week!

Here’s an Amazon Booklist Review:

The breathtaking photograph on this book’s cover makes it clear why no one will ever forget Elizabeth Taylor. And if her sheer beauty isn’t enough, there are the details of her wild, flamboyant, and excruciatingly painful life. Taraborrelli, known for his unauthorized biographies of such celebrities as Diana Ross and Princess Grace, has done his research (or from his acknowledgments, his researchers have done their research). Certainly, there are what seem like fresh tibits of information here from a wide variety of surprising sources–family friends, guests at the Taylor-Nicky Hilton wedding (her first), and even Debbie Reynolds, from whom Elizabeth stole Eddie Fisher. But the saga of Elizabeth Taylor is practically myth at this point, so it’s hard to add anything new except around the edges. Moreover, Taylor has written two autobiographies of her own, and without the cooperation of so many key figures–Taylor herself, her children, Sybil Burton–Taraborrelli isn’t able to generate any insider feel to his account. (He does thank Taylor for not actively deterring people from speaking to him.) Still, despite all those built-in shortcomings, it’s hard not to keep turning pages when the story you’re reading is so filled with larger-than-life loves, scandals, tragedies, and, of course, stars, stars, stars. As with Lee Server’s recent Ava Gardner (2006), Taraborrelli’s take on Liz reminds us what movie stardom is all about. Ilene Cooper
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So that’s my week.  I hope to visit a lot of blogs and find out what everyone else is reading.  Hope you’ll do the same and visit mine here.



    1. Thanks, Mary…I had been looking at the Mary Ann in Autumn book in the bookstore a couple weeks before I got the Amazon Vine list and found it on it. Talk about serendipity.

      I’ve heard good things about it and also about the others. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. It is always interesting to see what you read! We read in such different genres. That biography of Elizabeth Taylor looks interesting though. She was something of an icon of my childhood. Happy reading!


  2. Hi Laurel,
    I have read a number of Joanna Trollope’s books, and liked them all. I also liked Tales of the City — I’ll be interested to see what you think of Mary Ann in Autumn.
    The book you received from the author, Miss Hildreth wore Brown sounds really good.

    Hope you enjoy all your books!


    1. Oh, thanks for stopping by, The Book Girl. I haven’t read the other books in the Tales of the City series, but I’m guessing that they’ll be so awesome that we don’t have to read them in order.

      But I’m sure I’ll go back and read the rest.

      I’m also looking forward to the Miss Hildreth book…I’ve read that it’s hilarious. I haven’t read a Joanna Trollope book in awhile, but I recall enjoying what I read.


  3. I haven’t been following Joanna Trollope recently so I didn’t know she had a new book. I used to read every new book by her but she somehow fell outside my radar. Hope you’ll enjoy it – I’m sure you’ll let us know.


  4. I received for review Out of Touch by Brandon Tietz from the author.

    Twenty-four-year-old Aidin, a wealthy socialite and self-proclaimed “club god,” lives a magazine life based on decadence and excess that includes drugs, sex, and gourmet food. It’s a life based on surfaces in a place where the surface is all that matters. His therapist later describes him as a materialistic drug addict bent on promiscuity with self-esteem and identity issues.One morning, after a night of heavy partying, Aidin awakes completely vacant of any sensation. He can’t feel temperature. He can’t feel pressure. He can’t feel anything. After a near-fatal stint in denial, he seeks the help of Dr. Paradies, a therapist whose methods are far from conventional. She provides him with a new addiction in the form of a life list–a litany of activities to accomplish. As Aidin completes his list, he discovers talents he never knew he possessed, such as the ability to quickly learn new languages, an IQ off the charts, and amazing physical stamina.With these new discoveries, he questions his doctor’s intentions. When Aidin digs for the truth, will he slip back into his addictive habits? Or is there truly a conspiracy underway, as he suspects? The answer forces him to make a life-altering decision.


  5. What a great bunch of books! I’ve got Mary Ann in Autumn on my wish list – even though I haven’t read all of the earlier books in the saga. And I might just have to break down and put that Liz Taylor book on the list, too! Looks pretty irresistible.


  6. Literary Feline

    Don’t you just love getting books in the mail? I hope you enjoy your new ones!

    Denise Mina is an author I’ve been wanting to try. I’ve heard such great things about her books.

    I hope you have a great week!


  7. I want to check out Miss Hildreth! Gosh, that cover of Elizabeth Taylor is gorgeous! Thank you for participating in Mailbox Monday! I’m so happy to be hosting this month!


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