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


This week, I received one review book (Amazon Vine) and two books I purchased.

1.  The Things That Matter, by Nate Berkus (Vine)


Does your home tell the story of who you are?

In The Things That Matter, Nate Berkus shares intimate stories from his life, introduces us to people who influenced him and helped him forge his sense of style, and opens up about the remarkable experiences that have left him forever changed, all of which find expression in how he lives today. From his most cherished flea market finds, to his beloved books and photos, to the many extraordinary mementos he’s collected in his travels, every piece defines who he’s become and what endures in his world.

Berkus invites readers into his own home as well as into twelve others, including a sleek steel-and-glass high-rise that soars above Chicago, a rustic cottage in the Hudson Valley, an ultra-chic atelier that maximizes every inch of space, a Greenwich Village townhouse that holds multiple art collections, and a study in meaningful minimalism in Marfa, Texas. The distinctive interiors beautifully displayed in this book offer revealing portraits of their owners’ lives and the inspiring choices that have made them who they are today.
The Things That Matter convincingly lays out Nate Berkus’s philosophy that things do matter. Our homes tell our stories, they reflect the places we’ve been and the people we’ve loved along the way—and there can be no more beautiful design for living than that.

2.  Tuesday’s Gone, by Nicci French

Nicci French, the bestselling author of “What to do When Someone Dies and “Losing You”, returns with the second book in the gripping new series that began with Top Ten Bestseller “Blue Monday”. Fans of Peter James’ “Roy Grace” series and Peter Robinson’s “DCI Banks” series will love central character psychotherapist Frieda Klein, who is consulted on a grisly and seemingly unsolvable crime. For Frieda Klein the days get longer, the cases darker…Psychotherapist Frieda Klein thought she was done with the police. But once more DCI Karlsson is knocking at her door. A man’s decomposed body has been found in the flat of Michelle Doyce, a woman trapped in a world of strange mental disorder. The police don’t know who it is, how he got there or what happened – and Michelle can’t tell them. But Karlsson hopes Frieda can get access to the truths buried beneath her confusion. Painstakingly, Frieda uncovers a possible identity for the corpse: Robert Poole, a jack of all trades and master conman. But the deeper Frieda and Karlsson dig into Poole’s past, the more of his victims they encounter – and the more motives they find for murder. Meanwhile, violent ghosts from Frieda’s own past are returning to threaten her. Unable to discover quite who is telling the truth and who is lying, they know they are getting closer to a killer. But whoever murdered Poole is determined to stay free – and anyone that gets too close will meet the same fate. A gritty heroine, a gruesome crime and a terrifying hunt for a psychotic killer, “Tuesday’s Gone” is not to be missed by fans of psychological thrillers. “Nicci French knows just how to play on our worst fears”. (“Daily Mail”). Nicci French is the pseudonym for Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple live in Suffolk and have written twelve other bestselling novels including “Beneath the Skin” and “Blue Monday”, the first thrilling instalment in the Frieda Klein series.

3.  Finding Casey, by Jo-Ann Mapson


Glory Vigil, newly married, unexpectedly pregnant at forty-one, is nesting in the home she and her husband, Joseph, have just moved to in Santa Fe, a house that unbeknownst to them is rumored to have a resident ghost. Their adopted daughter, Juniper, is home from college for Thanksgiving and in love for the very first time, quickly learning how a relationship changes everything. But Juniper has a tiny arrow lodged in her heart, a leftover shard from the day eight years earlier when her sister, Casey, disappeared-in a time before she’d ever met Glory and Joseph. When a fieldwork course takes Juniper to a pueblo only a few hours away, she finds herself right back in the past she thought she’d finally buried.A love story, a family story, a story of searching and the bond between sisters, Finding Casey is a testament to human resilience. This completely stand-alone novel, featuring beloved characters from Solomon’s Oak, will charm Mapson’s readers and move her into a larger sphere.  (I loved Solomon’s Oak!).




Welcome to our second week in October, and to our weekly event that offers the opportunity to share our reading, blogging, and life experiences, along with a way to connect with the community of book bloggers.

What a whirlwind of activities around the blogs this week!  After last weekend and the Bloggiesta makeovers, we were thrust into Banned Books Week.

There were reviews and giveaways all around the blogosphere.  My review and giveaway of The Catcher in the Rye is at Rainy Days and Mondays.

Other Blogging:

Monday Potpourri: Musings – Distractions

Tuesday Potpourri:  Finding a Balance

September Reading Wrap-Up

Sweet Saturday Samples:  Reexamining the Past in Light of the Present

Weekend Potpourri:  Lazy Day Activities

I read and reviewed two books: (Click titles for reviews)

1.  The Probable Future, by Alice Hoffman

2.  Barbra:  The Way She Is, by Christopher Andersen

What’s Up Next?(Click Titles/Covers for More Info)

I’m still reading More Than You Know, by Penny Vincenzi

New Ones on the List:

Dangerous Affairs, by Diana Miller (from Amazon Vine)

The Heir, by Barbara Taylor Bradford (From my Old TBR Stacks)


And that’s my week…a nice slow pace.  What are the rest of you reading?  Come on by and chat!


  1. Patty

    You, my dear friend, have had another busy week! Your book choices are always interesting…your varied blogs amaze me!

    Have a wonderful week!


  2. Hi Laurel Rain,

    The new Nikki French, is an automatic addition to my reading list and in fact just last week, I got hold of a reasonably priced copy of the book’s predecessor ‘Blue Monday’ for my father to read, so that will be heading its way back to me very soon.

    Thanks for reminding me about ‘Tuesday’s Gone’



  3. Wow – busy week! I haven’t read those titles but have enjoyed each of these authors’ work. I loved when Nate Berkus was on Oprah! He’s so talented and I enjoy seeing his projects. I bet it’s an impressive book. Enjoy!


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