Good morning, and welcome to another Monday, in which we celebrate our reading, blogging, and life.  Mailbox Monday is hosted in September by BooknAround; and Book Journey brings us another edition of What Are You Reading?


This week’s “haul” consisted of one free downloaded e-book, one review book, and a book I purchased for Banned Books week.

1.  The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger (for Banned Books Week)

Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger’s New Yorker stories–particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme With Love and Squalor–will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is full of children. The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield.

Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.

There are many voices in this novel: children’s voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden’s voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.

2.  Shepherd’s Prayer (e-book), by Katja Willemsen (review book from author)

When Raisin Radcliffe and her brother, Geoffrey, stumble on a labyrinth of caves underneath an ancient dolmen in the French Pyrenees, she forms a mysterious kinship with a sun-seared tribeswoman. Vision or reality? She isn’t sure.

Then a village boy, Nicolas, is kidnapped by a violent cult. Their demand? Shut the nearby prehistoric cave, Grotte des Loups, or the child dies.

Frustrated with police inefficiency, Geoffrey becomes obsessed with finding Nicolas, and pulls Raisin into his desperate hunt. Soon they too become the cult’s prisoners, and are transported deep into the bowels of the Grotte des Loups cave where they are coerced into a macabre ritual involving the stolen boy, wolves and a sacrifice.

Will Raisin and Geoffrey accept the help of the ancient tribeswoman to save the boy?

3.  For Keeps (e-book), by Aaron Paul Lazar (free download)

When retired family doctor Sam Moore gets a call from the coroner to come to The Twin Sisters Inn to consult on a murder victim, he’s puzzled. Why would Lou call him? He’s retired now, and just wants to spend time with his beloved Rachel, his grandsons, and to work in his gardens.

Within days, the body count increases and Sam is a prime suspect, so he calls on a peculiar talisman—his brother Billy’s glowing green marble—to whisk him back in time in search of clues before the killer strikes again.



Welcome to another new week in September.  A time to share our reading, blogging, and life adventures, and a time to enjoy our community of book bloggers.

In two weeks, we’ll be doing Bloggiesta again!  Ole!  And I’ll be working on spiffing up one of my blogs.  Anybody else participating?

This past week wasn’t that phenomenal, with fewer books and blog posts completed.

But I do think that a couple of the books are worth noting.

As for  blogging, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, I participated in the regular memes; then on Thursday, I posted What Sparks Your Enthusiasm on a Thursday?

Saturday found me posting my Sweet Saturday Sample:  Moving Forward; and Still Salivating Over an Old Guilty Pleasure.

And today, in addition to my Sunday Salon, I did  Sunday Potpourri:  Anticipation.

Books Read-Click titles for reviews:

1.  Midnight Exposure, by Melinda Leigh

2.  The Redgraves, by Donald Spoto

3.  Left Neglected (e-book), by Lisa Genova

4.  Looking for Mary, by Beverly Donofrio

What’s Up Next? (click titles/covers for more info)

1.   Click:  An Online Love Story (e-book), by Lisa Becker

2.  Sister, by Rosamund Lupton

3.  This Time Together, by Carol Burnett


And that’s it, folks!  I may read an additional book, but I’m feeling the need to kick back a bit this week.  What about the rest of you?  What was your week like and what lies ahead?  Come on by and share.


  1. Love the cover of Sister, I don’t even know what it’s about and I want to read it LOL … off to check it out. I’m over committed so won’t be doing banned book week this year but I’m hoping to participate in Bloggiesta for the first time.
    Have a great week and happy reading.


    • Oh, so do I, Teddyree. I plan to take part at least minimally in Bloggiesta. I usually enjoy doing the blog makeovers. I have never done anything special on banned book week, so I decided to do it. The book I picked (above in my mailbox) looks like a quick read. Thanks for stopping by.


  2. I am thinking about participating in Banned Books Week. It is something I feel strongly about but I don’t know if I will have the time. I won’t be participating in Bloggiesta because I will be really busy that weekend. I hope you have a fun and productive event though and get a lot done on your blog.

    I’ll have to check out your review of Left Neglected. I’ve been wanting to read Lisa Genova’s books and just got Love Anthony.


    • Love Anthony was my first book by this author, although I had Left Neglected on Sparky for…well, a long time. Now I am so glad I finally read it.

      I always love Bloggiesta, Christina, and have never participated in Banned Books week. Hope I am not scrambling around too much…lol

      Thanks for visiting.


    • Me too, Jennifer…and I have enjoyed “moments” with J. D. Salinger in another author’s memoir about her youthful relationship with him (Joyce Maynard).

      Carol Burnett makes me laugh, and I love to laugh! lol

      Thanks for stopping by.


    • Since I didn’t read it when I was young, I guess I won’t be able to make the comparison; but I have found that experience to be true with other books I reread as an adult.

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


  3. I hate that I have too many review commitments to take part in Banned Books Week, but I am noting it for next year. I can’t believe I have not read Catcher in the Rye.

    Happy Reading!!


    • I am trying very hard to turn down review books when I start feeling overwhelmed….and then “unsolicited” books arrive in the mail! I wish that wouldn’t happen, but sometimes those books turn out to be good, too.

      Thanks for visiting, Lori, and enjoy the week.


  4. I loved Left Neglected – it was the first book I read by Lisa Genova…such an amazing story! I have Love Anthony and will be listening to it soon.

    I’ll be participating in Bloggiesta – so much to do and I can’t wait!!!

    Have a great week and thanks for stopping by my blog!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book


  5. I’d like to read the Carol Burnett book, she is one of my favorites. I read The Catcher in the Rye way back in high school. Probably time for a re-read since I don’t remember much of it anymore.


  6. I’m looking forward to Bloggiesta again, too. There are some things I thought I’d get to after the last one, but I never did. I suppose setting a date and taking the time is really a great idea!!

    Thx for hopping by to visit! 😀


  7. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    Another good and varied haul this week, it’s difficult to choose a favourite.

    I love the sound of ‘Sisters’ and ‘For Keeps’, both are new to me authors and I look forward to reading them.

    I should have read such a classic as ‘Catcher In The Rye’, but haven’t and I have to admit that now I would never be able to read it, without thinking of the character ‘Mac’, which Mel Gibson played in the film ‘The Conspiracy Theory’, where he purchased every copy of this book that he came across!!

    Thanks for an interesting post,



    • Oh, I had forgotten about the movie and Mel Gibson’s role. I’ve already read many thoughts about Catcher, not all of them positive, but I guess I’m going to risk disliking it…lol

      Thanks for stopping by, Yvonne, and I am amazed at how much I’m enjoying Sister, as I haven’t read this author before, either.


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