WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: HUNKERING DOWN — SEPT. 15

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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.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

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

INCOMING BOOKS:

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)

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W is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton (Purchase)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy All the Time, by Laurie Colwin

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A Dark Mind, by T. R. Ragan

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

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

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THE SUNDAY SALON — BANNED BOOKS WEEK — SEPT. 25

Welcome to another Sunday Salon event, where we gather and share our thoughts about reading, blogging, and life.

You can also join and participate in the Facebook group.

Since this week is Banned Books Week, I’ve been visiting blogs that are posting about it and hosting giveaways.

Over at Book Journey, I found several links to participating blogs.  It never ceases to amaze me the books that are/were banned and the reasons for those bans.

It’s interesting, too, that one of the books I’ve been rereading for awhile now is all about freedoms lost, including the privilege of reading.  The Handmaid’s Tale is a nightmarish journey into that kind of world.

I’m currently reading another book by Margaret Atwood that is a real page turner, too.   Cat’s Eye is about another kind of journey, for a retrospective show of an artist’s paintings.  Elaine, the artist, finds more than critical acclaim. Local streets, long-gone landmarks, and elements in the paintings themselves trigger memories of her transient childhood traveling across Canada with her entomologist father; of adolescence marred by the cruel teasing of three friends; and of love affairs with her first art teacher and mentor, and with Jon, her first husband. In addition, Elaine is haunted by thoughts of her chief tormentor/best friend, Cordelia, whom she last saw years ago in a mental institution. Atwood’s focus on the inner landscape of Elaine’s youth and early adult years will appeal to older teenagers.

I started reading this one this morning while I had brunch at Mimi’s, a little bistro in the neighborhood.

 

 

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Here are some of my blogging adventures this week:

THOUGHTS FROM THE INTERIOR

ROUND THREE — FINITO! — 9/22 CHECK-IN

THOUGHTS FROM THE INTERIOR – CHANGES

My Books Read & Reviewed – Click Titles for Reviews:

1.  Space, by Emily Sue Harvey (blog tour)

2.  Love Walked In, by Marisa De Los Santos

3.  Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken, by Mari Passananti

It’s been one of those weeks.  Each book was totally captivating and I’m still having a hard time tearing myself away from my current read.

I would love to reread one of the banned books listed this week...Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier.  One of my favorites from back in the day.

What are you excited about this week?  Are you participating in Banned Books Week?  What books on the list are your favorites, if any?