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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  Notorious Spinks Talks Books, for September’s Mailbox Monday, and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

The month is half over, so it’s time to hunker down!  And what a week it has been!  I’ve had a lot of blogging and reading to keep me indoors, since the hot days are still with us.  Yes, cooler mornings and evenings, but not nearly enough.

So grab your cup of coffee and let’s talk about our weeks.


Monday from the Interior:  Musing About Upcoming Books

Guilty Pleasures?  Intros/Teasers

Serendipitous Wednesdays:  Upcoming Reads

A Thursday from the Interior:  Imagery

Serendipitous Fridays:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 – “Lie Still”

Review:  Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, by Paula Daly

Review (Blog Tour): Mr. Monk Helps Himself, by Ty Conrad

Review:  The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble

Review:  In the Drink, by Kate Christensen

Review:  Lie Still, by Julia Heaberlin

Read:   The Perks of Being a Wallflower (e-book), by Stephen Chbosky – (Review Will Be Posted on 9/21/13 – for Banned Books Week)– On An Interior Journey


Between my mailbox and my downloads (from free, purchased, & review books), I have quite a haul.

All are linked to Amazon…

A Dark Mind, by T. R. Ragan (Amazon Vine)


W is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton (Purchase)


Sinnerman (e-book), by Jonathan M. Cook (Blog Tour Stop – Oct. 17)


Diary of a Wildflower (e-book), by Ruth White (Author Review Request)


Cold Winter Rain (e-book), by Steven P. Gregory (Author Review Request)


Second Nature (e-book), by Nora Roberts (Purchase)


The Perks of Being a Wallflower (e-book), by Stephen Chbosky (Purchase)


Out in the Country (e-book), by Kate Hewitt (Freebie)


THIS WEEK ON THE BLOGS: (All Books Are Linked to Amazon)

Sinnerman (e-book), by Jonathan M. Cook


Happy All the Time, by Laurie Colwin


A Dark Mind, by T. R. Ragan


Divas by the River (e-book), by Juno Ross (Author Review Request)



Now…I hope you’ll come on by with a second cup of coffee…and chat about your books.



  1. Wow looks like you’ve had a busy week. I saw The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie, but sadly it didn’t inspire me to read the book–even though I know books are usually infinitely better than their movie counterparts. Hope you enjoy all of your book though! Happy reading!

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know


  2. mstermind1

    There are SEVERAL new-to-me books here that I hope to check out soon, most notably…Happy All the Time and Diary of a Wildflower. Thanks for the introduction 🙂

    I had not realized it was the middle of September until you made note. Oh my… where does the time go???


    1. Being in the middle of September reminds me of how close we are to the end of the year…again. And while I love fall, and even winter, a little….I am never eager for the holidays. Too much stress!

      Thanks for stopping by, Molly…glad to see you back in the blogosphere.


    1. Yes, but I feel like I’ve been waiting for it for ages. I am always excited when a new one comes out…and now we only have three more letters in the alphabet.

      Thanks for stopping by, Voracious Reader…hope you do get caught up.


  3. Stephen Chbosky’s novel is in my TBR pile as well! And I have the DVD on my shelf – I’m totally thinking about watching it tonight now! Thanks honey. 🙂 Hope you enjoy all of these.


  4. W is for Wasted looks good, I read up to L I think, and then got in a funk about them..hmm maybe i need to pick them up again. My girls loved Perks of Being a Wallflower, my youngest got a tattoo quote from it. *rolls eyes* Have a wonderful week my friend


    1. I don’t usually read YA books…but when I committed to reviewing a banned book for the week, and saw that one on the list, I thought it was like a sign…lol.

      Thanks for stopping by, Kimba, and enjoy your week…and a tattoo, huh? Now I’m intrigued.


  5. Sharon's Book Nook!

    Oooh I’ll be interested to read your review on The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I just cheated this weekend and watched the movie which I quite liked.

    Hope you have a great week.



    1. I still haven’t seen the Perks movie…tried to find it yesterday…And A Dark Mind is very good. Unfortunately, I was reading it before I went to sleep…and had scary dreams…lol. Thanks for stopping by, Lucy.


  6. I started reading the Sue Grafton books years ago and only got to E. I really need to go back and catch up. She’s going to be at a book signing near me this Friday, so I’m planning on going – maybe that will get me back on her books!

    Have a great week and thanks for stopping by my blog!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book


  7. A Dark Mind looks interesting to me. I wish I could read Grafton’s series, but seriously, she is up to W and I would be at A, I don’t know–daunting. Could her books be read out of order–say if I jumped in at a later letter in the middle of alphabet? Just wondering. Good stack of books here this week. Will check them out further.


    1. Oh, it is very captivating, Rita…and as for Grafton’s books, I believe that you could start near the end…just enough to familiarize yourself with her style and the character. Because each book is like a stand-alone, except for the MC. Thanks for stopping by!


    1. I can relate to back problems…you can’t really think about much else when that pain is going on. I hope it improves…and thanks for stopping by. I read Perks for the Banned Book week event….and I’m glad I read it, Nise.


  8. Forgot to mention last week, I love how you’ve combined the memes. Is that a new Nora Roberts book? will have to check it out. I was offered Sinnerman but I just couldn’t squeeze it in, will be interested to see what I missed out on lol
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂


    1. Oh, thanks, Teddyree…I got tired of writing separate posts, but wanted to participate in all of them.

      And the Nora Roberts book is not new…but someone on a blog wrote about how the setting of this one was Sedona…and I LOVE Sedona…Thanks for stopping by, and I hope I enjoy Sinnerman.

      I was going to cut down on blog tours…and I guess I have, but not enough! lol


    1. I think she has slowed down between books to ward off that feeling…just guessing. Although she did bring out that lovely collection last year called Kinsey and Me.

      I think you could pick right up anywhere…Kinsey is the common denominator, and each book seems to stand alone. Thanks for stopping by, Jen, and have a good week.


    1. I thought I could just go On Demand and find it….it was there for the longest time. But it was gone! Oh, well. I guess I could rent the DVD.

      I did enjoy the book, Shoshanah, and my review will be up on Saturday (at An interior Journey).


  9. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    As usual, you have a fantastic selection of genres and titles this week, almost too many to take in. The covers which particularly caught my eye were ‘Cold Winter Rain’ and ‘Sinnerman’ and both had equally intriguing premises to match. I am also tempted by ‘A Dark Mind’, although that one might be just a bit too dark and disturbing, even for me!

    I hope that you get to enjoy them all and if you are looking for a way to cool down, a nice trip to the UK might be in order, where the weather has turned wet, stormy and distinctly autumnal this week.



  10. most of my boys (now men) read Perks of Being a Wallflower, and they all said it was a great book. I have the movie sitting around here, but just haven’t watched it yet. Need to. 🙂


  11. I see the new Grafton book is out already and I’m stuck somewhere in the middle of the alphabet!

    I was planning on reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower for banned books week. The school board at the Jr High in my neighborhood banned it (briefly) but eventually came to their senses and returned it to the library after student protests and online petitions.


    1. You could always jump ahead…they don’t have to be read in order, IMO. Thanks for stopping by, Leslie…and enjoy your week. I will be posting my review of Perks on Saturday.

      It is difficult to imagine how so many of the books I loved in childhood (and now) are (or were) banned. People are so afraid, aren’t they?


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