Welcome to our Monday memes, in which we celebrate our reading, blogging, and the lives we lead.

Mailbox Monday is hosted this month by Rose City Reader.

What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey.


First off, I’d like to point you toward my Sunday Salon post, where I’ve talked about last week’s blog and life activities.




In the mail, I received a book I ordered from Amazon.

Where Angels Fear, by Sunny Frazier, is a sequel to her Fools Rush In mystery.


Here’s a blurb from Amazon:

Set in the Central Valley of California, author Sunny Frazier once again explores the rich agricultural region, rural law enforcement and crimes shrouded by Tule fog in this sequel to FOOLS RUSH IN. Amateur astrologer Christy Bristol finds herself on the fringes of Kearny society and a members-only sex club as she reluctantly takes on a missing person case. A prominent business man has disappeared and his wife cannot go to the authorities. Armed with only a prescription bottle and matchbook as clues, the young woman must face the Knights of Sensani and her own sexual limitations.

I enjoyed the first Christy Bristol mystery, so I can’t wait to start this one!




Last week, I finished three books.

Books Read & Reviewed – Click Titles for Reviews:

1)  Safe Haven (e-book) – Nicholas Sparks

2)  Free Fall – Fern Michaels

3)  Sundays at Tiffany’s – James Patterson, et. al.


This Week’s Stack:

1)  Made in the USA – Billie Letts

After the sudden death of Floy, her father’s 300-pound girlfriend, 15-year-old Lutie McFee flees Spearfish, SD, with her 11-year-old brother, Fate. With only an apartment address to guide them, the siblings head toward Las Vegas in Floy’s Pontiac, in search of the father they haven’t seen or heard from in a year….


2)  Reading Women:  How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life – Stephanie Staal

When Stephanie Staal first read The Feminine Mystique in college, she found it “a mildly interesting relic from another era.” But more than a decade later, as a married stay-at-home mom in the suburbs, Staal rediscovered Betty Friedan’s classic work—and was surprised how much she identified with the laments and misgivings of 1950s housewives. She set out on a quest: to reenroll at Barnard and re-read the great books she had first encountered as an undergrad….


3)  Final Payments – Mary Gordon

When Isabel Moore’s father dies, she finds herself, at the age of thirty, suddenly freed from eleven years of uninterrupted care for a helpless man. With all the patterns of her life suddenly rendered meaningless, she turns to childhood friends for support, gets a job, and becomes involved with two very different men. But just as her future begins to emerge, her past throws up a daunting challenge.

A moving story of self-reinvention, Final Payments is a timeless exploration of the nature of friendship, desire, guilt, and love….

So that’s my week.  I hope you’ll stop by here and leave some comments and links, so I can share in your week.



    • These were “first times out” for me, with Nicholas Sparks…I’ve seen several of the movies (Last week, I also read a Sparks).

      As for Patterson, I’ve read several of his suspense titles, but in the past few weeks, I’ve explored these very different books of his (probably the influence of his co-authors!).

      Thanks for stopping by, Kathy.


    • Thanks, Alleluiahlu, glad you could stop by, and I’m happy you like my blog. Hope you’ll visit again.

      The James Patterson books I’ve read lately are really different from most of what I’ve read…like the Alex Cross books or the Women’s Murder Club. These books are a real departure for him.


  1. Something that I like from this meme, I can see many books that I never see before. So I can choose another book to put in my TBR
    Thanks for posting the cover.

    Happy reading and have a great monday


  2. I still have to read a Nicholas Sparks novel. Everybody keep telling me that they are really good! 🙂 Enjoy the books you got there. Have a wonderful reading week.


    • Thanks, Nina…hope you enjoy your week, and I’m glad you could stop by. I’m exploring, when it comes to Sparks, and so far so good. I’ve heard that his earlier books are a bit sugary-sweet, but the two I’ve read weren’t.


    • Oh, thanks, Sami…the photo was captured by my eldest son in Berlin, when they were repainting the Berlin Wall (in 2009) for the twentieth anniversary of the wall coming down. I have several of his photos of that time that I use here and there…this one is my favorite.

      Glad you could stop by.


  3. Final Payments looks like it would be a very moving book.

    Just so you know…Emma is not one of my favorite Austen books. It may have been the timing, but it just seemed to go on forever and could have been better as a shorter book.


  4. Its not good to judge a book by its cover, which I do and if I did I wouldn’t have chosen those books. After reading the descriptions, they all sound like I should put them on my must read list!
    Great choices, hope you enjoy them. :0)
    The Book Inn


  5. I haven’t read Safe Haven yet, or listened to it either, but I have it on audiobook, so I’ll probably listen to it soon. Did you like it??

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog btw 🙂
    Happy Reading 🙂


    • That’s true about Safe Haven…well, at least that’s what I understand, too. I have only read The Wedding and Safe Haven, and I understand they are both “departures.”

      Thanks for stopping by, Nise. I think Sundays at Tiffany’s is different from the Patterson books I’m familiar with…although I’ve read two of those lately (including Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas).


  6. Love the new look for your blog!

    Also, I would love to hear your thoughts on Reading Women. I loved the Feminine Mystique & would love to read what a modern woman thinks of it.


    • Thanks, Kim…this photo (from my photographer son) is one of my favorites. It’s a portion of the Berlin Wall, reconstructed with artistic renderings. He photographed pretty much the whole thing.

      I, too, am eager to explore Reading Women…I was deeply affected by The Feminine Mystique, and for years afterwards, followed the various aspects of the Second Feminist Movement, from consciousness-raising groups to ERA bracelets.

      Thanks for stopping by.


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