Sunday, September 24, 2023

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday - Sept 25

Welcome to It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday.  


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.     

Howdy, everyone! Guess what? It's Monday again. Hope you had a great week. Lots happened in my neck of the woods. Work appointments, a doctor appointment, switched my closet over to fall/winter, cleaning and decorating the house for the Lil' Princess' brief trip home for The Big E, and the Rick's Place golf tournament. Oh, and rain. Lots of that. One of my friends described this summer best--it was a warm April that lasted for months. Here are a few photos:

RP Golf Tournament at the Wilbraham Country Club

Fall has arrived at our house

Travis thought he could help me change my clothes out

Dwight finds Paddy's gym bag intriguing 

On Sunday, I spent some time in the Word, made a nice breakfast, did a load of laundry, and then read books. Gasp! I know. Needed a break from the hectic pace, so I took it. The Lil' Princess made it to the airport in plenty of time, the husband (Paddy--his nickname from the kids) and I ate out, and then I scheduled blog posts. 

Oh, speaking of blogs. Christmas Year Round: Sharing Christmas Joy All Year Long is now live. I am so excited!!! You can check it out at  And if you want to learn more about it before deciding to check it out, you can visit this post at 

As far as books go, I finished all these:

These are next.

Upcoming virtual book tours:
  • Grace and the Golden Rule by Negrita Smart - September 26 (review at TC&TBC)
  • Murder at Midnight by Katharine Schellman - October 4 (review)
  • Death and the Sisters by Heather Redmond - October 17 (review)
  • Racing the Dream by M. T. Bass - October 23 (first chapter review)
  • The Folly at Raighvan Park by Judith Crow - October 31 (first chapter review)
  • Resparking Creativity by Fatemah Mirza & Sumayyah Rafiq - November 20 (review)
  • The 12 Months of Christmas by Sheila Roberts - November 21 (review)
  • The King Who Lost His Colors by Glen Liset - November 27 (review at TC&TBC)
  • The Location Shoot by Patricia Leavy - January 31 (interview)

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I ordered one book from Amazon that arrived this past week.

This is the first book in a series. I believe there are five right now. Thought I would give this one a shot before buying them all. 

An author friend of mine sent me a digital copy of his latest writing business book to review, but it isn't online yet. Once it is, I will share the cover. 

I also grabbed a Kindle copy of this book, mostly with credits I had available. I hope to read it soon. 

Think that's all I have for you this week. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day. 


  1. Looks like you are ready for fall. I'm going to pretend it's still summer as long as I can. The temps early this week should help me with that.

  2. Love the Fall decor. Enjoy your reading this week!

  3. I like your fall decorations, and the kitties too.

    Harvee at

  4. Your house looks great and ready for the fall season. The kitties are looking adorable. Have a great week!

  5. Fall is our favorite season, Mark. It's rainy and high 60s today, and you are so right.

    Thanks, Mary.

    Thanks, Harvee. We love our kitties.

    Thanks, Yvonne. The kitties are always into something.

    Appreciate your comments, everyone.

  6. Love the fall decor. I plan on working on mine this coming weekend since it's my husband's weekend to work. Have a wonderful reading week!

  7. Thanks, Barb. Enjoy decorating your house.

  8. Your house looks great! I don't switch up decor or wardrobes with the seasons. Since I spend most of my time at home my wardrobe doesn't need to change. Your books look good too. I liked Murder at Midnight. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  9. Thanks, Kathy. I've always had a lot of clothes. When we first moved into the house, I had half of our walk-in closet and space in two other closets. I've learned to downsize a lot, but I still don't have room for all of my clothes because the husband is also a clothes hog.

    I enjoyed Murder at Midnight as well. Eager to read your thoughts on it. Thanks for visiting today.

  10. Yay for fall. I like the background and Love your cat photos too.
    Love the title Premeditated Myrtle.
    Hope you have a lovely week and Happy Reading!

  11. I'm still not ready for Fall to be here, but it is. I need to get with it.

  12. The Big E looks fun! Some nice musical acts. And I love fall.

    Murder at Midnight is one I definitely want!

  13. Thanks, Martha. Fall is such a great time for decorations. I'm excited to read Premeditated Myrtle. Have you read it?

    Serena, I think the weather we are having lately will help with getting in the mood.

    Thanks, Laurel.

    Greg, The Big E is a lot of fun. My girls go annually. We are probably going to head there Saturday.

    Thanks, Emma.

    Thank you to everyone for visiting on Monday.


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