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?


I received no books in the “real” mailbox, but a couple of downloads to Sparky arrived; one, a review book, and the other a freebie.

Play Him Again (e-book), by Jeffrey Stone (review book)

It’s the Roaring Twenties but silence remains golden for Hollywood. Sound is scorned by movie moguls. It’s too expensive. Only two studios have sound equipment. Only one picture has contained limited spoken dialogue.

Matt Hudson, a rumrunner and the preferred bootlegger of the movie industry, wants to produce a talking picture. Hud’s gut tells him a talkie would rake in the dough at the box office but neither sound studio will lease him their facilities.

Hud’s oldest friend, con man Danny Kincaid, uses the talkie gold mine angle to con a transplanted Chicago gangster into buying a bogus sound device. But when the gangster gets wise, Danny ends up dead.

Now Hud has a score to settle and nothing can stop him from finding Danny’s killer. After Hud unravels a web of deception, blackmail, and murder that leads to a studio controlled by the gangster, he sets up another con to play the gangster again. A con that will either avenge Danny or get Hud killed.

Sign of the Times (e-book), by Susan Buchanan

Twelve people. Twelve star signs.

Sagittarius – Holly, a travel writer, visits Tuscany to research her next book. Seeking help when her car breaks down, she gets more than assistance when Dario, a vineyard owner, puts temptation in her path. Disappearing without explanation, he proves elusive. Bruised, Holly tries to put it behind her until a chance encounter brings her feelings to the surface again.

Capricorn – Holly’s fiancé, Tom misses her while she is in Italy and turns to an internet chat room for solace. His construction business is under threat, but could foul play be at work?

Gemini – Holly’s sister, Lucy, a serial man-eater finally meets her match, which puts her long-term relationship and career in jeopardy. Cheating she discovers, can have devastating consequences.

Libra – Holly’s uncle Jack, an eminent prosecutor, juggles a difficult teenage son with his high profile career and finds himself lacking. When his son’s school work starts slipping, he decides he needs to take control, but it’s not long before the balls all come tumbling down and Jack finds his family on the wrong side of the law.

One event binds them all…



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


My reading and blogging week went pretty well, in spite of the “death” of my LCD TV…or maybe because of it.  More time for reading.

But I was also feeling angst and veering between positive feelings about its repair to the possibility of finding a new one.  So here’s what I accomplished:

Tuesday Potpourri:  Playing with PicMonkey

Final Check-In for Round Three (Row 80)

Sweet Saturday Samples:  Investigating

Sparking a Story on a Saturday

Review:  Sister, by Rosamund Lupton (Click Titles for reviews)

Review:  Click:  An Online Love Story, by Lisa Becker

Review:  This Time Together, by Carol Burnett

I stayed up late last night finishing The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger, my chosen book for Banned Books Week.

It was actually my first time reading it, and over the years I’ve heard mixed reviews of it.

So imagine my surprise to find myself totally drawn into Holden Caulfield’s world….so much so that I was actually depressed for much of the book!

Until the end, of course, with that scene that seemingly promises a better tomorrow.

What did the rest of you think of it?  If you’ve read it, of course.

On October 5, I’ll be posting my review during Banned Books Week, and having a giveaway of the book at Rainy Days and Mondays.

WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Click Titles/Covers for More Info)

A Different Kind of Normal, by Cathy Lamb

Shepherd’s Prayer (e-book), by Katya Willemsen (review book)

The Probable Future, by Alice Hoffman

Chalk Valley (e-book), by D. L. Johnstone (review book)


I’m looking forward to a great week…and I’m also getting ready for Bloggiesta next weekend, followed by Banned Books Week. (Sept. 30-Oct. 6).

What did last week look like for you?  What about this upcoming week?  Come on by and chat with me.


  1. I read it a few years ago and wondered what all the fuss was about. My oldest loves it and identified with Holden big time!! Looks like you did get a lot down without the tv to keep you company!! Looking forward to your week of book reviews.


    1. Yes, surprisingly, Staci….or not so surprising, except I was also distracted by my son who was trying to repair the TV. He identified the problem, but the verdict is still out on whether it is fixable.

      Thanks for stopping by, and it was a funny thing about The Catcher in the Rye. As I read it and immediately afterwards, I wasn’t sure how I felt. But when I woke up this morning, I got it!


  2. I always loved Catcher in the Rye – the part where he talks about his brother’s baseball mitt is one of my favorite passages from any book I have read. I will have to check out the Probable Future – I love Hoffman but have not read that one. Have a great week!


    1. Ha-ha….does she “sniff” them? I have to plan out my reads, and then stack them on the office coffee table. Now that my main TBRs are on a desk or atop a bookcase nearby, the coffee table is the “currently reading” stack. Thanks for stopping by, Patty.


  3. I still haven’t read The Catcher in the Rye. I don’t watch a huge amount of TV but sometimes I wish the ‘on’ button would stop working for a week or two and I might finish heaps of books lol
    One of these years I’m going to do Bloggiesta 😉
    Sounds like you have a good week planned, have fun!


    1. Thanks, Teddyree….even though my primary TV isn’t working, I have two others that do…

      I’m grateful that I can still watch, but if I want to be in the living room, there’s no working TV there.

      Glad you could stop by.


  4. I hope to get time to participate in BBW and Bloggiesta, it may take a back seat to dealing with aging parents-in-law. MIL fell down and broke her ankle and is in rehab. FIL thinks he can be home alone, but we are not to sure that is a good idea. We’ll see what happens this week. Have a great week of reading! I am sure the Cathy Lamb book will be good.


  5. Play it Again caught my eye. I’m still interested in your thoughts on Sheperd’s Prayer.
    I don’t really recall Catcher in the Rye but I’m not eager to read depressing stories. 🙂
    Have a great week.


  6. I’ve never read Catcher in the Rye, but I want to. Someday. If only I didn’t also have so many other books I’d like to read. Maybe I should consider Banned Books Week to be my motivation to do so as well…


  7. Everyone I know love Catcher but I have to say I hated it with a passion. I read it about 10 years ago now so my memory of the story is very vague. I do remember thinking Holden was a brat and that put me off the book altogether. Since so many people love it I keep thinking I should give it a reread but I just can’t bring myself to do it.


    1. At times, I thought Holden was pretty self-absorbed, and that can definitely come across as “brattiness.” I soon also realized that he was very depressed. I didn’t necessarily like the character, but I think I understood him. Thanks for stopping by, Karen.


  8. Jessica@a GREAT read

    Nice! Haven’t heard of these reads. Except for Catcher… I read that one in school at some point. I don’t seem to get into the classics all that well. Even with my English degree. I like reading and writing, so I chose English, yet I am not big on classics. I’m just weird I guess!

    Thanks for stopping by my Monday post!


  9. I read Catcher in the Rye back in high school and remember liking it I’ve forgotten most of the details.

    When the TV isn’t on my reading volume goes up too. My old tube tv died last month and we replaced it with a plasma tv. I’ve been watching a lot more now because the picture looks so nice. I’m even renting movies again.


  10. A similar thing happened to me in August when we got flooded and had to evacuate somewhere else, I finished 3 books in 2 days. I guess that’s what happens to us bookworms when other forms of entertainment are taken away, we read more! YAY!

    I’m mostly into YA books, they’re easier to read and finish. I’ve heard a lot of Catcher in the Rye, but haven’t read it.

    Night Owl Reads


  11. I hate it when things around me give up and you have the uncertainty of repair or replace, and the inconvenience, and the costs! Hope you’ll find a solution soon.

    Enjoy this week and see you at Bloggiesta!


    1. Oh, I hate that, too, Judith! And when one thing goes, I start expecting a domino effect, with appliances tumbling one right after the other…lol

      I have decided that whatever will be will be….that sounds a lot more philosophical than I feel.

      Thanks for stopping by, and I can’t wait for Bloggiesta.


    1. Thanks for visiting, Trish….I don’t know why I didn’t read Catcher when I was young; maybe because I was obsessed with women writers, going through my early years of feminism…lol

      I am definitely enjoying my reads.


  12. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    Usually its cheaper to buy a new TV than to repair one these days. Enjoy having more time to read, I have my eye on A Different Kind of Normal from your reading list this week

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out


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