Welcome to our weekly bookish place where we share our adventures in reading.  Come along and join us as we explore other blogs and feel a community spirit.

Today I’m linking up at Monday Reading, hosted by Book Journey.

To check out my Sunday Updates/Mailbox Monday, click the link.  I had a great week, enjoying my reading and a little blogging.


Another Tuesday Potpourri:  A Murder Mystery, A Ghostly Castle, and More!

Hump Day Sparks:  Waiting for “Stella Bain”

Thursday Potpourri:  More Tidbits

Friday’s Creative Journey:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56

Creative Sparks:  Saturday Snapshot:  August Birthdays

Wrapping up August:  A Good Month

Sunday Potpourri:  Mimosas, Reading, & Pondering

It Was Just Another Friday Night:  An Excerpt from “Miles to Go”

Review:  She Can Scream, by Melinda Leigh

Review:  The Murders at Astaire Castle, by Lauren Carr

Review:  The Good Daughter (e-book), by Jane Porter

Review:  Good Girl, Bad Girl, by Christopher Finch

Review:  Accused, by Lisa Scottoline


The Supreme Macaroni Company, by Adriana Trigiani


In The Shoemaker’s Wife Adriana Trigiani swept her readers across generations of an Italian family, from the Italian Alps at the turn of the twentieth century to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy. In The Supreme Macaroni Company, she weaves a heartbreaking story that begins on the eve of a wedding in New York’s Greenwich Village, travels to New Orleans, and culminates in Tuscany. Family, work, romance, and the unexpected twists of life and fate all come together in an unforgettable narrative that Adriana Trigiani’s many fans will adore.

The Garden of Last Days, by Andre Dubus III




From the author of the New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club selection House of Sand and Fog–a new big-hearted, painful, page-turning novel.

One early September night in Florida, a stripper brings her daughter to work. April’s usual babysitter is in the hospital, so she decides it’s best to have her three-year-old daughter close by, watching children’s videos in the office, while she works.
Except that April works at the Puma Club for Men. And tonight she has an unusual client, a foreigner both remote and too personal, and free with his money. Lots of it, all cash. His name is Bassam. Meanwhile, another man, AJ, has been thrown out of the club for holding hands with his favorite stripper, and he’s drunk and angry and lonely.

From these explosive elements comes a relentless, raw, searing, passionate, page-turning narrative, a big-hearted and painful novel about sex and parenthood and honor and masculinity. Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the reader by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth, and realism that characterized Andre Dubus’s #1 bestseller, House of Sand and Fog–and an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart.

Revenge Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger







The sequel you’ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational #1 bestseller The Devil Wears Prada.

Almost a decade has passed since Andy Sachs quit the job “a million girls would die for” working for Miranda Priestly at Runway magazine—a dream that turned out to be a nightmare. Andy and Emily, her former nemesis and co-assistant, have since joined forces to start a highend bridal magazine. The Plunge has quickly become required reading for the young and stylish. Now they get to call all the shots: Andy writes and travels to her heart’s content; Emily plans parties and secures advertising like a seasoned pro. Even better, Andy has met the love of her life. Max Harrison, scion of a storied media family, is confident, successful, and drop-dead gorgeous. Their wedding will be splashed across all the society pages as their friends and family gather to toast the glowing couple. Andy Sachs is on top of the world. But karma’s a bitch. The morning of her wedding, Andy can’t shake the past. And when she discovers a secret letter with crushing implications, her wedding-day jitters turn to cold dread. Andy realizes that nothing—not her husband, nor her beloved career—is as it seems. She never suspected that her efforts to build a bright new life would lead her back to the darkness she barely escaped ten years ago—and directly into the path of the devil herself…


So that’s my week.  What does yours look like?  Grab some coffee and come on by to chat.



    • Thanks for stopping by, Beth…I have read several books by Trigiani and they are all such a treat. And I still marvel at the themes in House of Sand and Fog, so I’m looking forward to this one as well.


  1. I have quite a few Adriana Trigiani books sitting on my shelf to read. And I also want to read a couple more Jane Porter ones in that series. So many great books, so many to look forward to!


  2. Oh the Garden of Last Days sounds really good! I never really warmed to Adriana Trigiani and I don’t quite no why but I hope you enjoy her new one.

    Have a fab week!


    • I think so, too, Shelleyrae…and I adored the author’s House of Sand and Fog.

      It takes me awhile to immerse myself in Trigiani’s books, but then I’m completely there.

      Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your week.


  3. I’m yet to read Adriana Trigani but I’ve had one of hers on my TBR stack for years. The Supreme Macaroni Company does sound good. Just reading the synopsis of The Garden of Last Days … eek that can’t be going anywhere good.
    Thanks for visiting me, have a great week and enjoy your reads 🙂


  4. I just realized (after I got the book) that Supreme Macaroni Company was part of the Valentine series (which I haven’t read) and not a stand-alone. I’ll be watching the early reviews to see if I need to read them in order or if I can dive in.


    • I didn’t know that, either, Leslie…and I only read one of the Valentine trilogy books: Brava, Valentine. I think it works by itself….but it probably helps to fill in with the other two. I think the author did a good job of bringing some of that backstory into this book, however.


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