Good morning and welcome to another Monday—the last one in September.

It’s time to reflect on our reading, our blogging, and other bookish things.  We can share about the books we received in the mail (or purchased).

Mailbox Monday is hosted through September by Amused By Books; What Are You Reading?  is from Sheila, at Book Journey.


I received three books in the mail:  one review book, and two purchases.

1.  Girls in White Dresses, by Jennifer Close (Amazon Vine)

Girls In White Dresses is a dark, funny, intimate romp through boyfriends, first apartments, and great friendships–but beneath the surface lurks the jealousy, disappointment, and love that didn’t quite end up the way you thought it would. Jennifer Close’s brilliant, deadpan humor made me laugh so hard my own roommate thought I was nuts.” —Margot Berwin, author of Hothouse Flower

“If Elizabeth Bennet were post-collegiate, hungover, lovelorn and living on the Upper West Side, she would definitely be rooming with the Girls in White Dresses. This debut is hilarious, warm-hearted and wise, and I couldn’t put it down.” —Holly LeCraw, author of The Swimming Pool

2.  Wrecker, by Summer Wood

A page-turner…a literary exploration of how love breaks us and heals us…told in highly crafted prose that wastes not a word and is infused with sensitive insight.  Wrecker is an unforgettable novel.” New Mexico Magazine

“Summer Wood’s remarkable novel carves its way, sentence by gorgeous sentence, into the great complexity of love and family and community.  Her dialogue is so natural and full we feel as though we are illicitly eavesdropping on these complex, flawed, and full-hearted characters.  Wrecker is a tender, stunning novel.” — Meredith Hall, author of Without a Map
3.  The Summer Before the Dark, by Doris Lessing
Nobel laureate Doris Lessing’s classic novel of the pivotal summer in one woman’s life is a brilliant excursion into the terrifying gulf between youth and old age.As the summer begins, Kate Brown—attractive, intelligent, forty-five, happily married, with a house in the London suburbs and three grown children—has no reason to expect that anything will change. But by summer’s end the woman she was—living behind a protective camouflage of feminine charm and caring—no longer exists. The Summer Before the Dark takes us along on Kate’s journey: from London to Turkey to Spain, from husband to lover to madness, on the road to a frightening new independence and a confrontation with herself that lets her finally and truly come of age.
This past week has been a pleasurable excursion into my reading and blogging worlds.
On the Blogs – Posts/Book Reviews
Space, by Emily Sue Harvey (review)
Love Walked In, by Marisa De Los Santos (review)
The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken, by Mari Passananti (review)
What’s Up Next?
Still ReadingCat’s Eye, by Margaret Atwood
1.   Hot Property, by Michele, Samantha & Sabrina Kleier
2.  The Most Dangerous Thing, by Laura Lippman
3.  To the Lighthouse (e-book), by Virginia Woolf
So that’s it for the week.  I also plan to hop around, checking out the Banned Books Week posts…and I’ll continue reading my own banned book The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood.
Hope you’ll all stop by and share your reading weeks.


  1. Girls and White Dresses and The Most Dangerous Things are ones I need to write a review for. I liked one better than the other. Wrecker is on my want to read list. Have a great reading wek.


    • I have enjoyed Doris Lessing’s books for many years, the first one being a Biggie (The Golden Notebook, which is like four novels in one). I’m looking forward to this one, although it will be a few weeks before I can dive into it.

      Thanks for visiting, Anne.


    • I’m looking forward to it, Diane. I love Lessing’s books, but the last one of hers I read (The Sweetest Dream) was not my favorite. But I think it was a fluke.

      Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your reading. You have some good ones on your stack!


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