It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (Aug. 30th)


It’s a Book by Lane Smith. Check out my review here.

I also finished Cowgirl Rising: The Art of Donna Howell-Sickles by Peg Streep. This is an awesome art book. Donna Howell-Sickles images are of striking women full of confidence and a goddess like aura. According to the text she mixes Native American and Western mythos with the symbols of Greek and Roman Goddesses. Some of her cowgirls faces are defined other are sketches, but they never lose their power. The color red is very present in the images, always powerful and joyful – never angry.  I am thinking that Cowgirls would make a good topic for the next women’s book salon. Do y’all know of any good non-fiction on Cowgirls, esp those that might exist outside the American West?

Other News:

I have started-up as an affiliate with There is a box in the sidebar and there might be the occasional book links, like the two above. I’d like to also set up an affiliate link up with Barnes & Noble too, but that looks slightly more complicated so it will have to wait.


Trouble in Triplicate by Rex Stout — I LOVE Nero Wolfe mysteries and I think I am in love with Timothy Hutton’s Archie Goodwin.  If you aren’t familiar with Nero Wolfe or Archie Goodwin then you should check out the Wolfe Pack website.


Blameless by Gail Carriger — Just picked this up today, but haven’t even read the first page yet.

Blogs You Should See:

Driving Ms. Pamela Tour — in which Pamela Ewen talks about all the places she’s traveled on her newest book tour for The Secret of the Shroud.

Desert Book Chick has done some wonderful post lately.

Notes on Life — not only has great reviews, but did you see this newest picture of Bee on Lavender?

That’s the week!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

( On a personal note I’d like to thank St. Jude, St. Rita, the Blessed Mother, and Heavenly Father for all the prayers they’ve answered in the last month and to continue to ask for their help and blessings.)

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (July 26th)


Accidental Sorcerer by K. E. Mills — this was pleasant enough audio, but I wasn’t sufficiently thrilled to pursue the second book. I’m kind of glad it’s over.

Blood Soup by Kelly A. Harmon – I really enjoyed this novella. Check out the review below.


The Wedding Singer: the Musical at Le Petit Theatre duVieux Carre which is one of it not the oldest community theater in the United States! They are getting ready to start their 95th Season.  The Wedding Singer was wonderfully cast and produced. It followed the movie closely.

Reviews Posted:

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

Blood Soup by Kelly A. Harmon

Reading Now:

I am reading too many books at one time and rather than repeat all the half-finished book from earlier weeks. I’ll just mention that I need to re-check out from the Library the eBook I was reading. The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag ceased to open (as expected) once my 14-day license expired.

Pursuing the first chapters of The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge I ran across the word myrmidons, which means a loyal follower, esp one who blindly follows orders.

Co-worker loaned me a copy of George Mann’s Ghosts of Manhattan which reminds me a lot of THE SHADOW. It seems to be picking up.

The C. J. Parker book I am reading Fugue Macabre: Bone Dance is soon to be a print book.

Books Received in the Mail:

The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley (via BookMooch) because of a great review on Things Means a Lot.

Slow Reading by John Miedema (purchased via

Cowgirl Rising: The Art of Donna Howell-Sickles by Peg Streep (purchased via BetterWorldBooks)

The Strange Case of the Composer and His Judge by Patricia Buncker (ARC from publisher via ShelfAwareness)


Does anyone belong to a Literary Society (I belong to the Northshore Literary Society) of some type? Not a book club, but an organization that promotes literacy in their community, brings in guess speakers, apply for grants to meet goals?

Our Literary Society is trying to expand and more formally organize and I’m looking for suggestions.

What are your formal goals?

What are your favorite activities?

To what to you receive the best public response?

Any other advice?

Thanks in advance for any ideas.

Wish List:

Primal Picnics: Writers Invent Creation Myths for their Favorite Foods (With Recipes) ed. by Jennifer Heath


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

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