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




This week, nothing came in the mail….Nada.  Zilch.  But I downloaded a book onto Sparky; and bought a book at Barnes & Noble, so I’m all set.

1.  Slightly Cracked (e-book), by Susan Whitfield


Sugar Babe Beanblossom and Daisy Marie Hazelhurst are lifelong friends, sharing happy and sad times, enjoying outrageous antics, and enduring hot flashes. When Daisy gets sick, Sugar Babe encourages and protects her friend, and DRIVING MISS DAISY takes on a whole new meaning.

2.  Not Young, Still Restless, by Jeanne Cooper


The long-awaited memoir from one of daytime television’s most celebrated and beloved actresses.

Three or four days a week, Jeanne Cooper drives from her Hollywood Hills home to the job she’s held for more than three decades: bringing life to the character of Katherine Chancellor, the outspoken, powerful, and insanely wealthy force of nature who, along with Jeanne herself, has become a legend in the world of daytime television and its number-one show, The Young and the Restless.

Now, for the first time, her fans will get to know the woman behind the iconic character. With her signature fearlessness, honesty, and humor, Jeanne chronicles her long tenure in Hollywood and describes her life before, during, and away from the CBS soundstage.

Not Young, Still Restless follows Jeanne as she makes her way from small-town Taft, California, to the heart of the Los Angeles movie industry, where the list of her feature-film costars reads like a Who’s Who of Hollywood’s Golden Age—Maureen O’Hara, Raymond Burr, David Janssen, Robert Taylor, Tony Curtis, Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford, and Lee J. Cobb, to name just a few. Jeanne writes vividly of her first foray into the new phenomenon of television and how she found her home at The Young and the Restless.

Jeanne’s story charts the ups and downs of a long and rich life, including the breakup of a marriage that produced the three great loves of her life—her daughter, Caren, and her sons Collin and the actor Corbin Bernsen—before it ended, leaving her a single working mother. She also speaks honestly and openly about her battles to overcome alcoholism, defeat breast cancer, and age gracefully in Hollywood, a process that made her the first reality-television star when her character’s (and her own) face-lift was filmed live on The Young and the Restless.

In Not Young, Still Restless, the Emmy Award–winning actress inspires readers with her ability not only to survive but thrive as an octogenarian in today’s Hollywood.




Welcome to another week of sharing our love of reading, blogging, and life.  Come on by and chat about your week; and then visit some other blogs to enjoy the famous community spirit.

Stop by my Rainy Days and Mondays blog on Tuesday and Wednesday this coming week, where I’ll be reviewing Curiosity Killed the Kat (on blog tour) and posting an interview with Author Elizabeth Nelson.


On the Blogs:

Let’s talk about our weeks.  I had a really productive week around my home, inspired by some of the books I was reading and movies I was watching.

I took some “interior journeys,” if you will, and here’s the story of one of them:  MY MANY JOURNEYS:  RECONFIGURING, RELOCATING, & PONDERING.

Continuing my October Shelf-Clearing (until Nov. 14):  I have added more books to the Reading Room.

I took some time to enjoy the moments:  Finding Pleasure in the Whimsical.

My Sweet Saturday Sample continued the story of Interior Designs.

And then I wrote my Sunday Check-In Post (Row 80), followed by Sunday Potpourri: Reflecting on my Week.

Reading:  Click Titles for Reviews –

1.  Happier at Home (e-book), by Gretchen Rubin

2.  The Death of Bees, by Lisa O’Donnell

3.  Finding Casey, by Jo-Ann Mapson

4.  The Glass Butterfly (e-book), by Louise Marley

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

1.   The Empty Glass, by J. I. Baker

2.  She Can Tell, by Melinda Leigh


3.  Killer Takes All (e-book), by Erica Spindler


I hope to enjoy a really great reading week!  What about you?  Come on by and let’s chat.


  1. Patty

    You did have such a productive week!
    I feel as though I did, too…just by making my review chart. I really should spend time cleaning this week…but I just don’t want to!


    1. You did a great organizational thing, Patty…and you even did some “visualization” with your stacks of books.

      I always feel more organized when I plan out my week, but I try to include fun books as well as the review ones. Although, lately, I’m finding it easier to say no and to only accept review books I’m going to love!


    1. Oh, one either loves them or not….I’m not sure why I’m drawn to them; perhaps because they were a nice way to escape the stress of my life! And then I was hooked…lol

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


    1. I am sure she will, Lucy….I have had my ups and downs with the show; even with Katherine Chancellor, lol. But anyone who has been on a show for more than thirty years deserves some interest from me!

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week.


    1. The worst thing about the e-book buying: I can forget about them for ages unless I immediately start reading one. I still have unread e-books that I bought in 2010, right after I got my Kindle! Thanks for stopping by, Mrs. Q, and enjoy your week.


  2. Jeanne Cooper is a familiar face! I watched Y&R for many years, though not recently. I read THE EMPTY GLASS this weekend. Overall I enjoyed it, though I wasn’t crazy about the writing style. Have a great week!


    1. I agree about the writing style of The Empty Glass, Diana…it is sometimes confusing and I hope that eventually it will all come together. Thanks for stopping by, and I can’t wait to read the Jeanne Cooper book. Enjoy your week.


    1. Yes, Y & R is still on and is No. 1 in the ratings for the four remaining soaps. Can you believe there are only four?

      Many changes at Y & R in recent years…some not so good. I’m hoping that the new writers will bring a little sanity to it all…lol. Wait! Sanity in a soap?

      Oh, and Slightly Cracked drew my interest when we interviewed the author at our group blog, Dames of Dialogue. She is hilariously funny.

      Thanks for visiting, Nise.


    1. Yes, when I was in college, there were no VCRs yet….so, can you believe, I planned some of my classes so I could have blocks of time to watch? Then there were a LOT of soaps on…and it wasn’t that easy to catch them all. Y&R was always one of my faves.l

      Thanks for visiting, Leslie, and have a great week.


      1. I know this is probably difficult for the younger readers to even imagine but not only were there no VCRs but my dorm floor had to share ONE television! We ran back during lunch to get the TV tuned to the right soap channel. That probably makes me sound really old, but it was only the late 70s!


      2. I can totally relate, Leslie…and even in my apartment, the TV was really lame…black and white, and you had to use rabbit ears!

        I still remember when my best friend, who attended classes with me and we had our first babies at the same time, got a color TV. We were so happy!


  3. joyweesemoll

    Not Young, Still Restless is a great title for Cooper’s memoir. I didn’t watch that soap, but I was always curious about the actor’s lives on the soap I used to watch. I know they don’t get a lot of respect, but it seemed to me a great way for an actor to pursue the craft and still have a normal family life.


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