Good morning, and welcome to our Monday Memes.  Mailbox Monday is hosted this month by I’m Booking It.

What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey.




A bonanza of books came into my house this week.  Three review books; one contest win; and one purchase by me.

1.  Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough, by Ruth Pennebaker – (from the publisher)

Joanie Pilcher, nearing 50 and recently divorced, is firmly entrenched in the sandwich generation. Working at a job she hates in an ad agency, she’s doing her best with her moody 15-year-old daughter, Caroline, and her depressed 77-year-old widowed mother, Ivy, who moved in six months earlier after her stock portfolio tanked. When Joanie’s ex calls to tell her that his much-younger live-in girlfriend is pregnant, it seems a final straw….

2.  Friday’s Daughter, by Patricia Sprinkle (contest win from Valerie Haight’s blog The Write One).

A contemporary novel of sisterhood, the South, and matters of the heart.

Teensie MacAllester’s two elder sisters consider her an insignificant appendage to their illustrious family. For fifteen years they have been delighted to let her care for their ailing relatives. After all, Teensie is both a nurse and a Friday’s child, naturally loving and giving.

As Teensie deferred her life, a dream sustained her: autocratic King MacAllester promised her the bulk of his estate. But when King’s will is read it divides his property equally among his daughters. Teensie’s share is scarcely enough to make a new start. Her sisters have a solution: Teensie can continue to serve as the family care-giver. But Teensie is determined to claim a life of her own. Throwing off the yoke of family expectations, Teensie sets in motion some surprising changes.

3.  Found, by Jennifer Lauck (a memoir from Amazon Vine)

Expanding on her previous titles (Blackbird; Still Waters), in which she related the traumatizing experiences of being adopted twice before reaching her teen years, Lauck begins her story a decade later. After years of therapy, Buddhist practice, her brother’s suicide, two failed marriages and motherhood, she rejects her old vision of comparing the past to “radioactive waste” that must be buried….

4.  The Four Ms. Bradwells, by Meg Waite Clayton (Amazon Vine)

Clayton, author of The Wednesday Sisters (2009), has created another tale about a group of female friends that tells the stories of many women. Mia, Lainey, Betts, and Ginger become best friends at law school in 1979, at the cusp of the feminist movement. Now Betts is navigating a Senate hearing to confirm her Supreme Court appointment, and she and her friends have reunited. When a long-buried, dark story from their shared history is dug up, the four escape the media at Ginger’s family’s home on a remote island, which is also the scene of the controversial event….

5.  Sing You Home, by Jodi Picoult (purchase)

In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people—even those she loves and trusts most—don’t want that to happen.

Sing You Home is about identity, love, marriage, and parenthood. It’s about people wanting to do the right thing for the greater good, even as they work to fulfill their own personal desires and dreams. And it’s about what happens when the outside world brutally calls into question the very thing closest to our hearts: family….






This past week has yielded some of my favorite blog posts and a few completed books.

Here’s What I’ve Been Blogging About:

Resorting to Trickery — Or Doing What’s Necessary

Book Love — New Shelves

A Bit of Me (Me) – Changes

Saturday Reading — Adventures with Sparky


Finished These Books (Click Titles for Reviews):

1.  Facets, by Barbara Delinsky

2.  The Three Weissmanns of Westport, by Cathleen Schine

3.   The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown

Ongoing Reads:

1.    Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen

2.    Wicked Appetite, by Janet Evanovich

What’s Up Next?

Because I’m carrying forward two books, with one of them a chunkster, I’m only adding one new one to the list this week.

1.  The Opposite of Me, by Sarah Pekkanen (contest win from Book Journey)


“Pekkanen’s wry voice and engaging characters—the bumbling parents are especially lovable—keep things fresh” —People (3.5 out of 4 stars)

“With her smart, soulful novel, author Pekkanen explores the place where self and sisterhood intersect.” – Redbook

“It’s warm, it’s whimsical, and it’s a winner.” —The Courier Mail (Australia)

“Fresh, appealing…the story is at turns funny and poignant.” — Booklist


That’s it for me this week!  What are the rest of you up to?  I hope you’ll stop by and share….


    1. Oh, I can imagine, Julie! I have read some reviews, including one in the newspaper this weekend…but I always love Picoult’s books. And they’re usually tearjerkers. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Morning Laurel-Rain
    The two titles that catch my attention are
    Women on the verge of a nervous breakthrough – how many of us can identify with that, just being women trying to hold everyone together 🙂

    The four Ms Bradwells

    enjoy ur reading week



    1. I agree, Harvee…I have read the other two memoirs by the author of Found, so it seems appropriate to grab this one, too. And “Verge” caught my attention right away. Thanks for stopping by.



    1. Thanks for stopping by, Judith. I actually liked The Corrections, but I read it pre-blogging, so I don’t have a review I can check…sometimes I forget little details if I haven’t reviewed a book.

      Parts of Freedom are better than others…overall, it seems pretty good, which is why I’m still reading it…LOL


  3. The Opposite of Me sounds like something I would enjoy reading. I will have to see if my library has a copy of it. I am trying to cut back on the books I buy. It really isn’t working, but I try wherever I can.


    1. Yes, Freedom is “growing” on me. I only read a little bit each day, usually at night…although it’s a heavy book to read in bed (physically heavy).

      Thanks for stopping by, Mel. Can’t wait to read Sing You Home, too.


  4. I was going to wait for The Weird Sisters to come out in paperback, but I don’t think I can. Especially with my current interest in Macbeth. I put myself on the waiting list at the library, instead!


  5. I’ve been dying to read The Weird Sisters but right now my TBR is just too long to add another book. My review of Jane Goes Batty will probably be up tomorrow, but it’s a sequel so you might want to check out my review of the first book Jane Bites Back Jane Bites Back.


  6. Hi –

    Thanks for stopping by my blog on Monday and taking the time to comment. I’m waaaay behind on blog visits this week because my son has been home sick all week – really sick – so my normal routine was thrown out the window!

    I recently read The Three Weissmans…, too, so I’ll have to check out your review (haven’t written mine yet). I want to read Freedom – have never read a Franzen book and want to see what all the fuss is about.

    Hope you had a good reading week –



    1. Oh, I’m glad you could stop by, Sue. I hope your son is feeling better. Children come first!

      I’m still plodding through Freedom, with about 100 + pages to go. I hope to finish it by tomorrow…we’ll see.

      There are parts of it that I like better than others…and I do recall really loving The Corrections, so I’m not sure if I’m just not in the right space to read this now, or if that one was better (for me).

      We shall see….


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