Waiting on Wednesday – Jan. 6

Magnolia Wednesdays

  • Magnolia Wednesdays by Wendy Wax
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • March 2, 2010

At forty-one, Vivian Armstrong Gray spent most of her life fighting to make it in investigative journalism, only to have it crumble after a bullet lodges in her backside during an expose. As if the humiliation of being the butt of everyone’s jokes isn’t enough, Vivi learns that she’s pregnant, jobless, and very hormonal. Maybe that explains why she actually says “yes” to a dreadful job covering suburban living back home in Georgia, a column she can only bear to write incognito.
Leaving her tiny apartment in New York, she reluctantly heads south to experience the suburban soccer-mom existence through her widowed sister’s eyes. Surrounded by minivans and bake sales, she has lots of material for the column. Her sister’s ballroom dance studio becomes her undercover spot where she learns about the local life while posing as an extra dance partner. But Vivi’s little stint starts throwing her for a loop as friendships develop, and a real relationship with her sister blossoms. As she digs up her long-buried roots, she starts to wonder if life inside the picket fence is so bad after all…

Mailbox Monday – Jan. 4

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. Mailbox Monday is hosted at The Printed Page. Click the covers for book info.

Amazon Kindle editions:
The Wild Sight
Forbidden Falls (Virgin River, #9)

Sunday Summary – Jan. 3

In my backyard

Last week was a review week and a yearly wrap-up.

Books reviewed:

Truly, Madly by Heather Webber
The Secret of Everything by Barbara O’Neal
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

2009 Challenges wrap-up is here.

2009 Favorite Books post is here. All in all, a wonderful year of books.

My main goal for 2010 is to read mostly from my own bookshelves. You can see my first tbr list here. I think I have enough to read for a few years but I’ll aim for – say 60% from my own shelves. What are some of your reading goals for the new year?
I have one more question:
When you leave a comment that may prompt a response, do you check the “email follow up comments” box ?
I ask this because not all comments on my posts link back to the person who wrote the comment. For some strange reason many of the comments left at my blog link to one particular blogger (a wonderful blogger, at that) when I know it wasn’t she who left the comment. So, if there’s a way for me to fix this I’d appreciate any help! Otherwise, I’ll continue to answer comment questions, etc. in the comment box of the particular post instead of a direct email.


1. Forbidden Falls by Robyn Carr
2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

3. Spinning Forward by Terri DuLong
4. East Hope by Katharine Davis
5. Sinful Surrender by Beverley Kendall
6. Sundays at Tiffany’s by J. Patterson & G. Charbonnet
7. Angel’s Peak by Robyn Carr
8. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

9. All That You Are by Stef Ann Holm
10. Time Of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch
11.  Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
12. Countess of Scandal by Laurel McKee
13. Deep In The Valley by Robyn Carr
14. Magnolia Wednesdays by Wendy Wax
15. A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh
16. Marked By Passion by Kate Perry
17. The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier
19. The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
20. Moonlight Road by Robyn Carr
21. How To Knit A Love Song by Rachael Herron
22. Can’t Stand The Heat by Louisa Edwards
23. It’s All Greek To Me by Charlotte Higgins
24. Rewriting Monday by Jodi Thomas
25.  The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris
26. In Bed With The Duke by Christina Dodd
27. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
28. Get Lucky by Katherine Center
29. Small Change by Sheila Roberts
30. Kill Me Twice by Roxanne St. Claire
33. Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner
34. The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins
35. Marriage and Other Acts of Charity by Kate Braestrup
36. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
37. Shut Up and Kiss Me by Christie Craig
38. Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery
39. Husband and Wife by Leah Stewart
40. Instant Temptation by Jill Shalvis
41. Knit in Comfort by Isabel Sharpe
42. Girl In Translation by Jean Kwok
43. Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas
44. Roses by Leila Meacham
45. Cars From A Marriage by Debra Galant
46. For The Love Of Pete by Julia Harper
47. Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie
48. Seduce Me (The Legend Hunters) by Robyn DeHart



49. Hannah’s List by Debbie Macomber

50. First Comes Marriage by Mary Balogh
51. 101 Things I Learned in Culinary School by Louis Eguaras with Matthew Frederick
52. Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley
53. Every House Needs A Balcony by Rina Frank
54. One Dance With A Duke by Tessa Dare
55. Secret Keepers by Mindy Friddle
56. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
57. Where the River Runs by Patti Callahan Henry
58. Simply From Scratch by Alicia Bessette
59. Scent of the Missing by Susannah Charleson
60. Barely A Lady by Eileen Dreyer
61. ExclusivelyYours by Shannon Stacey
62. Open Country by Kaki Warner
63. Dangerous Desires by Dee Davis
65. The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley
66. God Never Blinks by Regina Brett
67. All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins
68. Georgia’s Kitchen by Jenny Nelson
69. His At Night by Sherry Thomas
70. Italian For Beginners by Kristin Harmel
71. The Life You’ve Imagined by Kristina Riggle
72. She’s Gone Country by Jane Porter
75. A Summer in Sonoma by Robyn Carr
76. Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare
77. White Heat by Brenda Novak
78. Real Life and Liars by Kristina Riggle
79. The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle
80. The Island by Elin Hilderbrand
81.  Body Heat by Brenda Novak
82. 1022 Evergreen Place by Debbie Macomber
83. Your Roots Are Showing by Elise Chidley
84. Dark Deceptions by Dee Davis
85. Killer Heat by Brenda Novak
86. Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky
87. A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman
88. Three Nights With A Scoundrel by Tessa Dare
89. Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
90. Sleeping With Ward Cleaver by Jenny Gardiner
92. Casting About by Terri DuLong
93. The Wife’s Tale by Lori Lansens
94. What I Thought I Knew by Alice Eve Cohen
95.  Believe It, Be It by Ali Vincent
96.  The Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts
97.  Somewhere Along The Way by Jodi Thomas
98.  The Perfect Love Song by Patti Callahan Henry
99.  Safe From The Sea by Peter Geye