books, etc.-monday memes

Good morning, and welcome to my Monday Memes.  Today I’ve returned to this blog for my weekly update.  For those who participate in Mailbox Monday, click for Mari Reads in April; and, as usual, Book Journey is hosting What Are You Reading?



I received ONE review book in the mailbox this week; from an author.

Walled-In, by J. Elke Ertle


In this true story, two obstacles threaten the freedom and autonomy of a young girl born and raised in postwar West Berlin: The Berlin Wall and the harsh rules her uncompromising parents impose. J. Elke Ertle recounts the mounting East-West tension that leads to the Berlin Blockade, the Berlin Airlift, and the construction of the Berlin Wall. But the brick-and-mortar monstrosity is not the only insurmountable barrier Elke comes to know intimately. As the only child of uncompromising parents, she is brought up to unquestioning obedience. When she rebels against their unrelenting rules, the ensuing parent-daughter conflict parallels in intensity the Cold War between East and West. Elke finds herself incarcerated behind walls as impenetrable as the one that divides her city. On her 21st birthday, a startling and unexpected revelation strengthens her determination to opt for freedom and to immigrate to the United States. Interweaving history with her personal experiences, Elke takes the reader on a remarkable journey into her closely supervised, yet happy childhood, her youthful disillusionment, and her deliberate, albeit difficult decision to choose freedom.




This week has been full of a variety of activities.   I cleared off a lot of dolls from the tops of my bookshelves in the bedroom (all the shelves used to have dolls on them; now, only some of them do!)….and then swept through my office.  To read more about it, check out  Saturday Potpourri:  Editing the Collections.

On Monday, I mused about A Book I Had to Buy.

Tuesday found me looking back at Iconic Times, Images, & Poignant Moments (with an excerpt)

On Wednesday, I announced my upcoming Five-Year Blogoversary at Story Corner (there will be a giveaway!).

Also, on Wednesday, I interviewed Author Colby Marshall, at Dames of Dialogue.

I had a spring moment on Friday and chatted about Gifts of Rainy Days:  April Showers Bring May Flowers.

My Sweet Saturday Sample revealed a Y2K moment for my MC in Defining Moments, in Taking a Leap of Faith.

Now for the Reading-Click Titles for Reviews:

Midnight Sacrifice, by Melinda Leigh

Life After Life, by Jill McCorkle

The Time of My Life, by Cecelia Ahern

Naked in Death (e-book), by J. D. Robb

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

The Summer of France,(e-book), by Pauline Kincer (Still reading from last week)


Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes


The Banks of Certain Rivers (e-book), by Jon Harrison (Review book)


And if I have time, I want to grab this e-book that’s been sitting on Sparky too long!  For the Mt. TBR Challenge:

Children of the Fog, by Cheryl Kaye Tardif


That’s my week!  I hope you’ll come by and share thoughts about yours!

Coffee Cup


    1. I think so, too, Sheila; I am especially interested because my eldest son lives in Berlin and has photographed the murals on the wall…the “gallery” that is now involved in a big controversy because of developers.


  1. Congratulations on your blogoversary, and it seems you have some very interesting books, walled in especially seems like a very good book, so I am curious what you think of it.

    Have a great week, kind regards,


  2. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    The premise for Life After Life sounded so promising – a shame thta you weren’t that keen on it!
    Kate Atkinson’s same titled book should blow you away though!

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


  3. Walled In sound very interesting! I am reading Me Before You and hope to finish it today. I picked up the Kindle copy of The Summer of France, look forward to your thoughts!


  4. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    You have so many books highlighted in your post, that I don’t know how you keep track of them all. There was one which stood out from the crowd as far as I am concerned and that is ‘The Summer Of France’, which sounds like an excellent debut novel. As I first started reading the synopsis, it sounded very much like the storyline of book I read some time ago, however the added intrigue of the war time connection, makes it quite unique and beguiling.

    A definite for my reading list, so thanks for sharing,



    1. I hope to get to Children of the Fog later this week or next. I’m enjoying The Summer of France, which has some surprising twists and turns.

      Thanks for stopping by, Vicki…enjoy your week.


    1. I have loved Delinsky’s books for years, but some of her later ones were disappointing. I’m glad to hear that you loved this one.

      Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth, and have a great week.


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