Good morning!  Welcome to our Monday Memes, in which we celebrate the books we’ve received in the mail or bought, as well as the books we’re reading.

Mailbox Monday is hosted this month by Rose City Reader, while What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey.



This week, I received one book for review from Amazon Vine, and bought three books on Amazon.

1.  The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain (Amazon Vine) has been on my wish list.

“Told in the voice of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain, is a richly imagined portrait of bohemian 1920s Paris, and of America literature’s original bad boy.” —Town & Country

2.  The Red Garden, by Alice Hoffman

The lush and haunted wildlands of Massachusetts provide fertile ground for Hoffman’s endlessly flowering imagination. Like The Probable Future (2003) and Blackbird House (2004), The Red Garden, a sequence of beguiling, linked stories, is rooted in colonial times and reaches into the present.

3.  All the Available Light:  A Marilyn Monroe Reader, by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Journalist and editor McDonough (The Barbie Chronicles) takes on an ambitious project: collecting thoughts about a woman whose every nuance has been so exhaustively discussed that nothing new, it seems, could possibly be said. Happily, McDonough pulls it off, delivering new insight into a star who absorbed all the available light and made it her own….

4.  The Enchanted Barn, by Grace Livingston Hill (e-book) – A Blast from the Past

The story of a poor family displaced by economic hard times; and how, with the kindness of strangers, they turn an old barn into a home.



This has been a busy week, in terms of reading, blogging, and writing.  Here are some of my posts.

Accidental Choices:  Reading, Etc.

Spreading Their Wings (An Excerpt)

A Journey Into the Depths

Weekend Potpourri

I Scream for Ice Cream

Row 80 Update – 1/30

Books Read & Reviewed – Click Titles for Reviews:

1.  Child of Silence, by Abigail Padgett

2.  My Mother’s Daughter, by Rona Maynard

3.  The Girl in the Green Raincoat, by Laura Lippman (e-book)

4.  I Remember Nothing, by Nora Ephron

What’s Up Next?

1.  A Ticket to Ride, by Paula McLain (Graduate of the TBR Piles!)

The summer of 1973 in Moline, Ill., is enlivened and permanently marked for 15-year-old Jamie by the arrival of her charismatic, seen-it-all cousin, Fawn Delacorte, in McLain’s sure-handed if familiar debut novel (after the memoir Like Family). Abandoned by her parents as a baby, Jamie is a lonely, naïve teenager from Bakersfield, Calif., sent to live with her uncle Raymond after her grandmother falls sick. She falls under Dawn’s spell and embraces the dissolute life of layabout teenagers, brushing ever closer to the inevitable tragedy to come….

2.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson – e-book (For my Awesome Authors Challenge)

Cases rarely come much colder than the decades-old disappearance of teen heiress Harriet Vanger from her family’s remote island retreat north of Stockholm, nor do fiction debuts hotter than this European bestseller by muckraking Swedish journalist Larsson. At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden’s dirty not-so-little secrets (as suggested by its original title, Men Who Hate Women), this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple: disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist, freshly sentenced to jail for libeling a shady businessman, and the multipierced and tattooed Lisbeth Salander, a feral but vulnerable superhacker….

3.  Wild Child:  Girlhoods in the Counterculture, by Chelsea Cain (Graduate of My TBR Stacks)

Tofu casseroles, communes, clothing-optional kindergarten, antiwar protests – these are just a few of the hallmarks of a counterculture childhood. What became of kids who had been denied meat, exposed to free love, and given nouns for names?

4.  Where Angels Fear, by Sunny Frazier

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….

So that’s it for this week.  What was your week like?  What’s up next for you?  Hope you’ll stop by….


    1. Oh, yes…it’s in Illinois. It begins in California, though, so you could use it for both. Bakersfield, CA, as a matter of fact, which we call “The Armpit of California” LOL.

      Thanks for stopping by, Sheila.

      And BTW, the author of this one is the same author who recently wrote The Paris Wife, which I received this week.


    1. Me too, Bev…great movie that one was, and the book is fun, too. I could really imagine how frustrating it was to be bedridden with exciting things going on right outside the window.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  1. hey, you got a new background. lovely. I love green trees

    A Ticket to Ride reminds me of The Beatles’ song.
    But seems it does not connected to them.

    I really want to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
    We have the translation here. But I am not sure if it’s good or not.


    1. Yes, I thought of that, too, Aleetha…but several songs from that period are the titles for the individual chapters, so I guess the theme is music from that era.

      Glad you like the background…the photo is another one my son captured.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  2. Good luck with Stieg Larsson (I am one of the few that just couldn’t read those books). And I really need to read a Laura Lippman; I’ve heard such good things about her books. Have a great reading week!


  3. All the Available Light: A Marilyn Monroe Reader sounds like an interesting read. I haven´t read any books about Marilyn Monroe and I don´t know much about her, but that book sounds like a great one to start with.

    Have a wonderful Monday!


    1. Yes, I’m hoping I will like it, Nina. I think my very favorite book that spotlights MM is the fictional one Joyce Carol Oates wrote, in which it is obvious she is talking about MM. In the book, she calls her The Blonde…and the name of the book is Blonde.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  4. I loved The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo…and can’t wait to start the next one in the series. I am also awaiting The Paris Wife – it looks really good!

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  5. You got some great books again and I noticed your Crooked Letter Crooked Letter at the bottom of the screen. Have to get myself that book!

    Enjoy the reads and love the green background. 🙂


    1. Oh, me too, Nise….I resisted it for awhile, but then I joined this Awesome Authors Challenge and thought this would be perfect for that one.

      As for Grace Livingston Hill, that’s like a blast from the past for me, too.

      I imagine it will be a quick read.

      Thanks for stopping by.


    1. Yes, Crystal, I’m thinking it might consume some time…it’s 480 pages. I have it on Kindle, and wonder if it’s really true that it goes faster in that medium. I haven’t had a “true” test, because so far, the books that I’ve sped through on Kindle were fairly short, anyway.

      Thanks for visiting.


  6. The Paris Wife, The Red Garden, and The Enchanted Barn all sound like books I would enjoy. I’m off to put them on my TBR.

    I just saw The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie recently. I really enjoyed it and would like to read the book now. Wild Child also looks interesting, probably because I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s.


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