MONDAY FROM THE INTERIOR: MAILBOX MONDAY & WHAT ARE YOU READING? — OCT. 24

My Reading Journey

Welcome to another Monday, our time to celebrate Mailbox Monday, hosted this month by Savvy Verse & Wit; and What Are You Reading?, led by Sheila, at Book Journey.

MAILBOX MONDAY:

My mailbox was empty this week, except for one review book from Alison Pace, whose prequel Pug Hill has been on my wish list.

Hope McNeil is an art restorer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. At 31, she thinks she should be getting married and having kids, but she doesn’t like the guy she met via online dating, she has a crush on a coworker, and her parents have asked her to make a speech at their fortieth wedding anniversary celebration despite her terror of public speaking. Her favorite place is Pug Hill in Central Park, where pug fanciers bring their dogs to frolic. Hope doesn’t have her own pug but always feels revitalized just by watching the dogs at play. Signing up for a class on overcoming presentation anxiety, Hope meets quirky people with unusual problems who she wouldn’t have encountered elsewhere and is motivated to try to figure out what she wants in life. Pace’s very leisurely chick-lit novel is at its best when Hope is surrounded by dogs, and its neatly wrapped-up conclusion does promise love. Diana Tixier Herald

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WHAT ARE YOU READING?

I always look forward to Mondays these days, and the opportunity to talk about books I’ve read and books I plan to read.

Here’s My Blog/Reading Activity This Week:

PUMPKINS EVERYWHERE

A WEEKEND FROM THE INTERIOR

TWO-YEAR BLOGOVERSARY GIVEAWAY

ADDICTED TO THE WEB:  A BLURB

10/23 ROW 80 POST

Review:  Janeology (e-book), by Karen Harrington

Review:  Weekend Warriors, by Fern Michaels

Review: Payback, by Fern Michaels

Review:  Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination, by Helen Fielding

Review:  Dumpster Dying, by Lesley A. Diehl


What’s Up Next?

(Click the Pictures and/or Titles to Take you to the Product Page)

1.  The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

2.  The Grief of Others, by Leah Hager Cohen

3.  Beautiful Children, by Charles Bock

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And that’s it for the week!  Maybe I’ll read something more…time will tell.  What about the rest of you?  Come on by and share….

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68 thoughts on “MONDAY FROM THE INTERIOR: MAILBOX MONDAY & WHAT ARE YOU READING? — OCT. 24

    • Oh, I did love Dumpster Dying, and the author tells me there’s a sequel coming out soon!

      I’m really enjoying The Language of Flowers….I worked for years as a social worker with foster kids. The story resonates for me.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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    • Yes, I’m always amazed at how many I’ve read, too; not as many as some, but then I get distracted by blogging, movies, TV shows, etc. Not to mention my own writing!

      Thanks for stopping by, Sarah, and enjoy your week.

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    • I have had Beautiful Children on my stacks for quite awhile, and I don’t know why I haven’t read it sooner. But I hope to enjoy it. And I’m already loving The Language of Flowers. Thanks for stopping by, Judith.

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      • You know, I was in the library just now and I SAW Beautiful Children and I picked it up and thought: hey, that’s the book Laurel-Rain is going to read. And still, I put it back because my TBR is just.too.big. And the book is a bit too big to read in between other books. Such a pity though.

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  1. I am reading the third book in a trilogy by Debbie Macomber, “Always Dakota.” I like reading them back-to-back, no waiting a year for the next book. They are older books, (1999-2000) but, I always say, “No matter how old the book, if you haven’t read the book, it is new to you!”

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    • Oh, I totally agree, Gigi Ann. I have been reading “older” books lately, like the Doris Lessing book I read last week (The Summer Before the Dark). The Macomber series sounds like one I should check out.

      Thanks for stopping by and for sharing.

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  2. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    Pug Hill sounds like a great fun read, although not one that I think I will be rushing out to buy, if I am totally honest.

    However, your three books for reading this week all sound fantastic and great additions to my reading list. Your background in the child care system means that you will no doubt tackle ‘The Language Of Flowers’ from a different perspective than I would, so I hope that your critical eye is pleased with the way the stroyline has been dealt with by the author.

    Enjoy your books

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    • I am loving The Language of Flowers, Yvonne…children “aging out” of the system was always a very tricky dilemma during my social work years, in spite of the addition of transitional homes in recent years. And how children are treated in care is a constant battle, with investigations going on regularly.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Glad you’re enjoying The Language of Flowers, it’s a beautiful, realistic book. Pug Hill looks like a fun read. Will have to check out more about The Grief of Others.
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

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  4. I do find Pug Hill intriguing – especially since I’ve just finished Becoming Marie Antoinette which features a pug!

    I’m feeling much better, thanks. Sometimes I’d like to *bite* Bipolar!

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    • Oh, I love it, too, Helen, and I’m glad I looked into it, since it’s a story about foster care and what happens to one specific girl who is shunted around from place to place…a little bit reminiscent of White Oleander.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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