Another Monday, another day to chase away the blues!  Check in at Should Be Reading to muse about books.


  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: How many books, approximately, do you think you have in your personal collection?


Those prompts all resonate with me, so maybe I will ramble about a variety of them.  Like my excitement over my Bloggiesta results, which I blogged about this past weekend.  I did a lot of work here on my newest WP site; even though Rainy Days and Mondays has been around since 2009, it is new to WP.

I always enjoy the opportunity to work on my blog(s), and since I have eleven, I get to pick a different one each time.

But moving on…as I was visiting blogs this morning, I came across some books I want.  Books I hadn’t even heard of!


A memoir:  How to Grow Up, by Michelle Tea, which strikes a chord with me because of the setting (San Francisco) and the times (communal, young writer, etc.).




A gutsy, wise memoir-in-essays from a writer praised as “impossible to put down” (People)

As an aspiring young writer in San Francisco, Michelle Tea lived in a scuzzy communal house; she drank, smoked, snorted anything she got her hands on; she toiled for the minimum wage; and she dated men and women, and sometimes both at once. But between hangovers and dead-end jobs, she scrawled in notebooks and organized dive bar poetry readings, working to make her literary dreams real.

In How to Grow Up, Tea shares her awkward stumble towards the life of a Bonafide Grown-Up: healthy, responsible, self-aware, stable. She writes about passion, about her fraught relationship with money, about adoring Barney’s while shopping at thrift stores, about breakups and the fertile ground between relationships, about roommates and rent, and about being superstitious (“why not, it imbues this harsh world of ours with a bit of magic.”) At once heartwarming and darkly comic, How to Grow Up proves that the road less traveled may be a difficult one, but if you embrace life’s uncertainty and dust yourself off after every screw up, slowly but surely you just might make it to adulthood.


Then I stumbled upon The Red Notebook, by Antoine Laurain. (Note the surname could almost be my first name, and actually is pronounced like my REAL name:  Lorraine).  Quirky sidenote that bears no resemblance to anything of import. LOL





Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There’s nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there’s all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

The Red Notebook has already been sold in twelve different languages. French TV is making a film of The President’s Hat and the movie rights of The Red Notebook have been sold to UGC.


Both books were discovered on BermudaOnion’s site. 

Thanks, Kathy!


Then I requested another book from Vine that should arrive this week…I’ve been noticing it on various blogs.

The Wednesday Group, by Sylvia True, follows the secrets and lives of five women.





Gail. Hannah. Bridget. Lizzy. Flavia. Each of them has a shameful secret, and each is about to find out that she is not alone… Gail, a prominent Boston judge, keeps receiving letters from her husband’s latest girlfriend, while her husband, a theology professor, claims he’s nine-months sober from sex with grad students. Hannah, a homemaker, catches her husband having sex with a male prostitute in a public restroom. Bridget, a psychiatric nurse at a state hospital, is sure she has a loving, doting spouse, until she learns that he is addicted to chat rooms and match-making websites. Lizzy, a high school teacher, is married to a porn addict, who is withdrawn and uninterested in sex with her. Flavia was working at the Boston Public library when someone brought her an article that stated her husband had been arrested for groping a teenage girl on the subway. He must face court, and Flavia must decide if she wants to stay with him. Finally, Kathryn, the young psychologist running the group, has as much at stake as all of the others.


So what are you excited about today?  What tempting books are on your horizon?  And to answer the question about how many books I have:  probably 2000 or so, but I have been purging a bit, so the number could be less.  Or more.  I should count them!



  1. The Wednesday Group sounds like an interesting read! I don’t know how you manage to keep up with 11 blogs! I can barely manage my one (plus full time work, duties as a mom and wife, etc.). Kudos to you!


    1. Thanks, Forgetfulone, but you summed up how I can do it when you list all you do: “full time work, duties as a mom and wife, etc.”….my kids are grown, I’m retired from my primary career, and I am single…LOL.

      I think The Wednesday Group sounds good, too.


  2. 2000!! Wow! It is more than some libraries carry around here. Yes, you should certainly count them-imagine the satisfaction of saying is have 2413 books 🙂 I like the books you have picked up too. 🙂 Happy Reading!



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