Welcome to our Monday Memes, in which we spotlight our adventures in the previous week and plan the upcoming one.  Mailbox Monday will be hosted in June at the Bluestocking Guide.

What Are You Reading? is hosted byBook Journey.


This past week, I received two books in my mailbox for review, and downloaded one e-book for Sparky, my Kindle.

1.  Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan (Amazon Vine)

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan is a powerful novel about the ties that bind families tight, no matter how dysfunctional. Sullivan has created in the Kelleher women a cast of flawed but lovable characters so real, with their shared history of guilt and heartache and secret resentments, that I’m sure I’ll be thinking about them for a long time to come.” –Amy Greene, author of Bloodroot….

2.  Daughters of the Revolution, by Carolyn Cooke (Amazon Vine)

From the O. Henry Award–winning author of the story collection The Bostons—a New York Times Notable Book, Los Angeles Times Book of the Year and winner of the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers—an exquisite first novel set at a disintegrating New England prep school.

It’s 1968. The prestigious but cash-strapped Goode School in the town of Cape Wilde is run by its aging, philandering headmaster, Goddard Byrd, known to both his friends and his enemies as God. With Cape Wilde engulfed by the social and political storms of integration, coeducation and the sexual revolution, God has confidently promised coeducation “over my dead body.” And then, through a clerical error, the Goode School admits its first female student: Carole Faust, a brilliant, intractable fifteen-year-old black girl….

3.  To the Lighthouse (e-book), by Virginia Woolf

To the Lighthouse is one of the greatest elegies in the
English language, a book which transcends time.” –Margaret Drabble

“Without question one of the two or three finest novels of the twentieth century. Woolf comments on the most pressing dramas of our human predicament: war, mortality, family, love. If you’re like me you’ll come back to this book often, always astounded, always moved, always refreshed.” –Rick Moody



It has been an exciting week, with some blogging, some reading, and some writing.

Some Blog Posts:

May Reading Wrap-Up

Monday Morning Sparks

Weekend Potpourri

My Guest Spotlight at Beth Hoffman’s Site

Now for the reading….and how enjoyable that was!

Books Read and Reviewed – Click Titles for Reviews:

1.  A Pug’s Tale, by Alison Pace

2.  Mini Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella

3.  The Bird Sisters (e-book), by Rebecca Rasmussen

4.  Getting The Pretty Back, by Molly Ringwald

What’s Up Next?

1.  Disturbing the Peace, by Richard Yates

To all appearances, John Wilder has all the trappings of success, circa 1960: a promising career in advertising, a loving family, a beautiful apartment, even a country home. John’s evenings are spent with associates at quiet Manhattan lounges and his weekends with friends at glittering cocktail parties. But something deep within this seemingly perfect life has long since gone wrong. Something has disturbed John’s fragile peace, and he can no longer find solace in fleeting affairs or alcohol. The anger, the drinking, and the recklessness are building to a crescendo—and they’re about to take down John’s career and his family. What happens next will send John on a long, strange journey—at once tragic and inevitable.

2.  The Pumpkin Eater, by Penny Mortimer

“A subtle, fascinating, unhackneyed novel . . . in touch with human realities and frailties, unsentimental and amused. . . .So moving, so funny, so desperate, so alive. . . . [A] fine book, and one to be greatly enjoyed.” -Elizabeth Janeway, The New York Times

3.  Violets of March, by Sarah Jio

The Violets of March is a captivating, bittersweet tale of what happens when the long-buried truth finally makes its way to the surface. I didn’t want this book to end!”
-Kelly O’Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

4.  Sherry & Narcotics, Nina-Marie Gardner

“Sherry & Narcotics” is a raw, immersive debut. Nina-Marie Gardner is uncannily good at depicting the wantonly self-destructive behavior of a young woman who should know better.
-Howard County Times
And that’s it for this week!  I hope you’ll stop by and share your own reading week….


  1. I so love to hear the name reader’s call their toys… Sparky is all kinda cute….

    I see summer reading is very much apart of this weeks list for your – Hope you enjoy that Sophie Kinsella book..

    Have a great week…



  2. I’ve heard so many good things about The Violets of March, hope you love it! I really enjoy dysfunctional family stories so Maine caught my attention. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂


  3. I haven’t heard of any of the books but I haven’t been keeping up with the new releases.

    Summer school begins for me so my reading for fun will take second place to reading for homework. So my reading for fun will have to take second place to reading for school. Come see what I finished in my last week of vacation.


    1. I hadn’t thought of reading this one until I read another book earlier in the year called Mothers and Daughters, in which one of the characters was reading this book! It sounded so captivating, and I knew I had to read it too!

      Thanks for stopping by, Anne.


    1. I’m excited about it, too, Sheila. Thanks for stopping by…and I know what you mean. A few years ago, when I was working full-time at social work, I was lucky to read one book a week.


    1. I have fond memories of 80s movies and other stuff…it was our last hurrah, in some ways. Before all the really bad stuff started.

      Molly is playing the mom in a Monday night ABC Family series called The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

      Thanks for visiting, Helen.


  4. I was hoping to get to The Violets of March soon but review books stand between me and it. I need to check out your review on the Molly Ringwald book. I love her! I have even caught her occasionally on The Secret Life of an American Teenager (although being a mom those teens on there make me cringe).


    1. Oh, I am sorry that Molly doesn’t show up as much on Secret Life this season. She is looking good, though. Last season (or the one before?), she was pregnant with the twins.

      Thanks for stopping by, Beth.


  5. Oh, looking forward to your thoughts about VIOLETS OF MARCH. So good!!

    I want to read MAINE and I’m also interested in DAUGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION. Enjoy, enjoy!!


  6. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    A diverse selection of books this week, they all look like good reading.

    I especially like the sound of ‘Maine’. Family relationships always make for some explosive reading material and reveal true feelings that may otherwise lie dormant.

    What’s the saying: ‘You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family’! How true!!


  7. Love the name of your Kindle! Our dog’s name is Sparky 🙂

    I think I’ll be going on a classics binge soon and Virginia Woolf is on the top of the list. Its a toss up between Mrs. Dalloway and to the lighthouse. Happy reading!


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