books, etc.-monday memes

Welcome to another week of bookish fun.  Join in with those who celebrate Mailbox Monday, hosted in January by Lori’s Reading Corner; and What Are You Reading?, hosted by Book Journey.



This week brought two books in my actual mailbox.  A Vine review book and a contest win from Books in the Burbs.

1.  Nine Months, by Paula Bomer (Amazon Vine)

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A bold, unapologetic first novel about a pregnant mother and wife who abandons her family in search of an identity that is hers alone. 

“Deliciously, dangerously rogue.” —Marcy Dermansky, author of Bad Marie

Sonia, a young Brooklyn mother shaken by her unexpected (third) pregnancy, abandons her husband and kids and takes off on a cross-country odyssey in search of an identity separate from her family. She does everything a pregnant woman shouldn’t do—engaging in casual sex and smoking weed—as she retraces her past and attempts to reclaim her sidelined career as an artist. Nine Months is a fierce, daring page-turner of a novel—a lacerating response to the culture of mommy blogs, helicopter parents and “parental correctness” as well as an unflinching look at the choices women face when trying to balance art and family.

2.  A Fistful of Collars, by Spencer Quinn


Everyone’s favorite detective team returns in a new adventure as canine narrator Chet and his human partner P.I. Bernie Little find that Hollywood has gone to the dogs.Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that someone needs to keep an eye on Thad so that he doesn’t get into too much trouble, Bernie and Chet are handpicked for the job. The money is good but something smells fishy, and what should have been a simple matter of babysitting soon gets more complicated—especially when they discover that Thad has a mysterious connection to the Valley that nobody wants to talk about. What kind of secret could Thad have left behind when he went to Hollywood to seek fame and fortune? The only people who might know the answer have a bad habit of turning up dead before they can talk.

As Bernie’s relationship with his longtime girlfriend Suzie goes long-distance, and Chet’s late-night assignations appear to have resulted in an unexpected dividend, it’s all our two sleuths can do to keep Thad and his motley entourage of yes-men, handlers, and hangers-on in their sights. Worst of all, Thad is a self-proclaimed cat person, and his feline friend Brando has taken an instant dislike to Chet.

Like the winning books before it, this fifth book in the series combines a top-notch mystery with genuine humor and a perceptive take on the relationship between human and dog that will stay with you long after the case is solved.




Welcome to another week of sharing our thoughts about books and spotlighting some of our blog posts. 

It has been a week of fun blogging for me, starting with my topic on Musing Mondays:  Book Recently Purchased; I then did a Cozy Monday post asking What Captures Your Imagination Today?; on Wednesday, I explored Thoughts from the Interior of My Blogging Journey; my Hump Day Potpourri was all about Endings & New Beginnings; at Curl up and Read, I announced my Giveaway Winner; my Friday Potpourri was about Dreaming Bookish Thoughts.

I did some excerpts and showcased interiors at Story Corner:  Exploring Interiors:  Images & Excerpts; and my Sweet Saturday Sample featured A Collision of the Past and Present.

Sunday brought two posts:  Creative Updates; and Sunday Potpourri:  Exploring the To-Be-Read Stacks.

My reading has knocked two books off of Mt. TBR for that challenge; and to avoid further cluttering of the shelves, I borrowed books from the library.

Books Read-Click Titles for Reviews:

1.  That Old Cape Magic, by Richard Russo (Toppled off of Mt. TBR)

2.  The Carrie Diaries, by Candace Bushnell (Another one off of Mt. TBR)

3.  The Eighth Wonder (e-book), by Kimberly Young (Review will be posted on 2/28/13 during my blog tour at Rainy Days and Mondays

4.  Gods of Alabama, by Joshilyn Jackson (from the library)

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

1.   Last Light Over Carolina, by Mary Alice Monroe (From Mt. TBR)


2.  Nine Months, by Paula Bomer (Vine)

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3.  Kinsey and Me:  Stories (e-book), by Sue Grafton



That’s my week!  I hope everyone has a wonderful new week…and I hope you’ll stop by and chat.  Join my bookish journey.



  1. You have delicious books. Would like to read Kinsey & Me. Need to finish the ABC series. I like any book written by Mary Alice Monroe. I did read this one. She really cares about turtles and environmental issues so deeply. She seems like a sweet lady.


    1. Thanks, Hattie….I like Mary Alice Monroe, too; read another of hers called Time is a River, in which those environmental issues come out.

      Sue Grafton’s alphabet series is one I have followed for years, so I’m looking forward to the stories behind the series. Have a great week!


      1. Patty

        He was a new author for me…checking out Privileges now…thanks!

        Too bad we didnt live closer…we could save $$$ and get twice as many books!


      2. Patty

        I just found it on was released in 2010…the paper copy is $10.00 but the Kindle copy is $11.99…how does that even make sense?


  2. Oh my, I’m afraid I have no sympathy for mothers who abandons their families in search of “themselves”. I’ve seen what this can do to kids, so Nine Months is definitely not my cup of tea. Hope you enjoy your reading week.


    1. I don’t know how I’m going to manage it, but having worked for more than three decades with the “worst parents” in the world (Child Protective Services), I’m curious as to how it will be developed as a plot. Thanks for visiting, Laura.


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Christina T…I have now enjoyed two books by Joshilyn Jackson. I’m glad to have rediscovered the library and making online requests; my bookshelves are seriously out of control…lol

      Have a good week!


  3. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    I am looking forward to seeing what you think of Nine Months. I have Kinsey and me on my wishlist!

    Have a great reading week!
    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out


    1. Yes, the character in Nine Months sounds like someone a lot of people won’t like…but I’m curious about what she does….thanks for visiting, Shelleyrae. And Sue Grafton’s books are some of my all-time favorite comfort mystery reads.


    1. Ha-ha…I know how you feel, Fran…when I started, I was probably reading two books a week. I still feel that my comfortable pace is three…and I don’t want reading to be my only thing. I’ve also got to write and work on the blogs…and see movies! lol

      Thanks for visiting, and enjoy your reading….


    1. There is nothing better than that feeling, Lori, especially since I started seriously whittling away at the stacks when I had 166 on the Old Stacks, and was already creating new ones. Thanks for visiting.


  4. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    I shall be interested to see what you make of ‘Nine Months’, it sounds like a pretty disturbing premise for a book, Sonia must be in quite a state to run off like that, especially with some of the antics she gets up to. Paula Bomer has written another book, with equally ‘dark’ sounding stories about domestic life called, ‘Baby And Other Stories’.

    Now you have brought them to my attention, I am of a mind to add them to my reading list, just out of sheer curiosity.

    Enjoy both your new books and have a good week,



  5. Nine Months does sound intense! Looking forward to hearing your take on it. I have a lot of books on hold at the library- trying not to buy too many books this year. I can relate to Mt.TBR. Have a great week!


  6. Jen G. (The Introverted Reader)

    I just finished Dog On It recently and I am hooked on the series! I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Empire Falls by Richard Russo; I need to read more of his work. Enjoy your week!


  7. Not sure Nine Months is for me, I can be rather judgmental when it comes to self sabotaging pregnant women LOL. Well done on the Mt TBR reading. Have a great week and enjoy your reads 🙂


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