Good morning, and welcome to It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading? This event is hosted by Book Journey.

I didn’t receive any books in the mail, or buy any new books; therefore, no Monday Mailbox today.


Blogging Events:

Snow Chronicles – Inspirational Moments

A Bit of Me (Me) – Holiday Movies

Saturday Snapshot


Reading Week – Click Titles for Reviews:

1) Mary Ann in Autumn, by Armistead Maupin

2)  Hanna’s Daughters, by Marianne Fredriksson

3)  Miss Hildreth Wore Brown, by Olivia deBelle Byrd


What’s Up This Week?

1)  The Other Family, by Joanna Trollope

A Blurb on Amazon:

An unexpected line in a will leads to complications and new beginnings in Trollope’s eminently readable latest (after Friday Nights). The novel opens outside London with the sudden death of Richie Rossiter, a once-popular pianist whose star has been on the wane for some time. Chrissie, Richie’s partner for the past 23 years, is shocked to learn that Richie has left his piano and his early musical estate to his other family—Margaret, the wife he never divorced, and their son, Scott, now an aimless bachelor….

2)  Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas, by James Patterson

From Amazon:

Renowned suspense writer and Edgar Award winner James Patterson, author of such bestsellers-turned-blockbuster-movies as Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls, exposes his sensitive side in his new novel, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas. Katie Wilkinson’s boyfriend Matt dumps her; not a total cad, he leaves her a gift, a diary kept by Suzanne, his first wife, for their son Nicholas. Though it’s not exactly the diamond ring Katie was hoping for, she’s unable to make herself destroy the diary–against her better judgment, Katie begins to read….

3)  My Lost Daughter, by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

A Review:

Superior Court Judge Lily Forrester of Ventura County, California, still lives with guilt over the long-ago rape of her daughter, Shana, and herself and its aftermath. Sixteen years and two failed marriages later, Lily is happily engaged to Judge Christopher Rendell and presiding over a sensational case. But Shana, now 28 and months from her degree at Stanford Law, is so distraught over being dumped by her boyfriend that Lily, on a hasty midtrial visit, takes her to a private psychiatric hospital, Whitehall, where Shana mistakenly commits herself. Meanwhile, FBI Special Agent Mary Stevens, who connected with Lily in The Cheater (2009), gets transferred from Quantico to Ventura to pursue a serial killer who is apparently murdering members of suicide clubs. Throughout, flashbacks rehash the Forrester family’s earlier traumas, while the main narrative centers on the abuses Shana undergoes at Whitehall and her and a fellow patient’s mutual attraction. The two plot strands connect in an adrenaline-producing finale, but the melding of events from the previous book and contemporary action never quite gels. For series fans only. –Michele Leber


So that’s my week.  What are the rest of you doing?  I hope you’ll stop by and share about your week.

50 thoughts on “IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? — DEC. 20

    • Oh, me too! When I first saw the title, I thought it might be a book by Nicholas Sparks.

      It seems more like his kind of story. I did see a TV movie based on the book already, and enjoyed it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Sheila.


  1. A very productive week.. much better than mine to be sure. I read your A Bit of Me post as I have several holiday movies I have been watching since I was a kid. The Bishop’s Wife with Cary Grant and Loretta Young being one of my all time favs and the original Scrooge are at the top of the list. Have a wonderful week and a very Merry Christmas


  2. I enjoyed reading Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas. It’s the only Patterson I’ve read. I’m going to make reading one or more of his books for a goal this coming year. Maybe I’m talking myself in to a challenge.:)


    • Oh, Lemon 123, I’ve heard that Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas is unlike most of his other books. But if you try the others, you might like the Woman’s Murder Club series the best.

      Thanks for stopping by.


    • Oh, Nise, I just finished it…and yes, Kleenex was necessary! And I already knew how it would end, since I’d seen the movie.

      But then again, there are many movies and books that I still cry over, no matter how many times I read or watch.

      Thanks for stopping by.


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