My Reading and Blogging Week

Welcome to our Monday Memes, in which we celebrate all things bookish.  Mailbox Monday is hosted this month by Library of Clean Reads.  What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey.


This week, I received two review books in the mail from Amazon Vine, and ordered two additional books from Amazon.

Then I ordered two e-books.  I know…I’m now addicted to Whispernet.

Books Received:

1.  The Three Weissmanns of Westport, by Cathleen Schine

2.  Pictures of You, by Caroline Leavitt

3.  The Long Road Home, by Mary Alice Monroe (Amazon Vine)

4.  The Book of Tomorrow, by Cecelia Ahern (Amazon Vine)

My e-books:

The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown

Left Neglected, by Lisa Genova

That’s it for my mailbox.



This past week has sped by so quickly that I’m surprised to have accomplished anything at all.  But I’m looking forward to the week ahead.  Meanwhile, here are some of last week’s accomplishments.

Some blog posts from the past week.

Meet Sparky — A Kindle Sequel

Cheryl K. Tardif – Guest Post

Saturday Snapshot

A Bit of Me (Me) – Colors of the Rainbow

Books Read & Reviewed – Click Title for Review

1.  A Ticket to Ride, by Paula McLain

2.  Wild Child:  Girlhoods in the Counterculture, by Chelsea Cain

3.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson

Currently Reading:

Where Angels Fear, by Sunny Frazier

What’s Up Next?

1.  The Blue Bistro, by Elin Hilderbrand

Hilderbrand sets her sophisticated romance novel against the glamorous backdrop of Nantucket Island, as she has done in previous novels (Nantucket Nights, 2002; Summer People, 2003). Adrienne Dealey is anxious to put Aspen behind her, for it was the scene of her latest disastrous romance with a man of dubious character. Her previous stint as a concierge lands her a job as hostess at an upscale oceanfront restaurant. Charming, boyish owner Thatcher Smith has put the multimillion-dollar property up for sale and intends to close the Blue Bistro for good by summer’s end.

2.  Lancelot’s Lady, by Cherish D’Angelo

A Bahamas holiday from dying billionaire JT Lance, a man with a dark secret, leads palliative nurse Rhianna McLeod to Jonathan, a man with his own troubled past, and Rhianna finds herself drawn to the handsome recluse, while unbeknownst to her, someone with a horrific plan is hunting her down.

3.  The Enchanted Barn, by Grace Livingston Hill

The story of an impoverished family, rendered homeless by circumstances, and how, with the help of friends, they transform an old barn into their new home.

That’s my reading and blogging week.  What is on your list this week?  Hope you’ll stop by and share.


  1. Hey you made it through a Stieg Larsson book – I read about a quarter and either I was probably not in the mood or this is not the books for me and it’s still on the bedside table…

    Happy readng this weeek – I see one or two here that I am off to check out..



    1. I wasn’t sure if I would make it, at first…the beginning was a bit cluttered with confusing details, IMO…but later, I saw how these facets were important to the total picture.

      Thanks for stopping by, Helen.


  2. great mailbox! i’ve heard some wonderful things about weird sisters so i’ll have to keep my eye out for your review and see what you think of that one.

    hope you enjoy all of your books!


  3. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    You certainly have a full mailbox and some fantastic titles this week.

    I love the cover art of ‘The Long Road Home’, the colours are just amazing.

    My pick of the week would be ‘Left Neglected’, as we have friends who had an almost identical experience after a car accident. She was in a coma for many weeks and didn’t recognise friends or family on waking up. She is almost better now, although her career was destroyed and the the road to recovery long and painful. I would love to hear your thoughts about this book.


    1. Thanks, Diane…I do love Mondays these days, which is such a turnaround from the days of working outside my home!

      Actually, it doesn’t feel like work at all these days, since I’m writing, reading, and blogging…all activities I love.


  4. I’ve heard some amazing things about The Book of Tomorrow, by Cecelia Ahern. I saw it too the other day at the bookstore, but I didn’t buy it. I really should have! 😉

    Have a wonderful reading week.


  5. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ve seen Left Neglected around and was thinking about purchasing it. Let me know what you think of it, will you? Just pop by my blog and leave a link to your review. I’d love to see what you have to say.

    I am a new follower:)


  6. Wow I have not heard of any of these. Actually the book is The Heretic’s Wife not Daughter. I have to see if I typed it incorrectly as you are the second person who thought it was the Daughter.

    Have a good week. PS I like the new blog.


  7. I enjoyed the Blue Bistro, and The Three Weissman’s of Westport, was kind of a fun read. Read them both last Fall, I think. I have two of Elin Hilderbrand’s books on my TBR pile to be read, and now since I am between books, I think I will read her book, “Barefoot” sounds like a plan to me. Happy Reading.


  8. ok, we have a problem here, every week I add a least 1-3 books from your lists to my wish list. This week I have broken down and added The Weird Sisters plus Left Neglected with may hit to close to home for but we will see and The Blue Bistro. lol



  9. What a great week for you!

    I really liked The Book of Tomorrow; I have it scheduled for review this week. LEFT Neglected is also another that I read, reviewed, and really liked. The Weird Sisters is receiving mixed reviews, but I think that it would still be a book that I would like – quirky and literary; what’s not to like?
    Enjoy your upcoming books; I’m off to read a review or two!


    1. I love quirky and literary….there’s kind of a funny story involved with that label of The Weird Sisters. In high school English, while reading MacBeth, our instructor called me and two pals “the weird sisters.” I don’t think he meant it as a compliment.


  10. oh wow! I used to read Grace Livingston Hill books by the bag full when I was in high school in the 70s. It’s been decades since I’ve even thought of her. I wonder if I’d still love her stories.


    1. Me too, Joy….I saw her books mentioned on a blog recently, which made me curious about the books. I was surprised to find them on Amazon, and ordered one on Kindle. Then I found a couple in the library.

      It will be interesting to see if I still like them.


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