People bring books to my attention all the time..which is great. Sometimes they're books I want to read, sometimes they're books I relegate to TBR status... The following three I definetly want to read. They're downloaded and I'm ready.

Here's a quick overview....


About a family overcoming the loss of their son, a journalist in Iraq. A reviewer called it "an emotional whirlpool, but in a good way. Great characters and writing."

THE MIDDLE STEINS by Jami Attenberg

Written with great compassion and humor it tells the story of a woman struggling with her enormous weight gain. It's ultimately the story of marriage, obsession and family.

UPDATE: (10/30/12)
I am captivated by this novel. It's fresh and fun..although self-destruction is the theme. I love the complex characters with all their unlikeable traits. Middlesteins is a brief novel but heartfelt, funny, and feels very true. 

HOW TO GET INTO THE TWIN PALMS by Karolina Waclawiak

A real Los Angeles tale about assimilation and estrangement. The main character aspires to be accepted into a certain culture. It's unique and well written.

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  1. Hi there! New follower from book blogs.

  2. Thankyou Mel..I have followed you too!

  3. I just found your blog (quite by accident) and love it. I'm a children's book author and a freelance editor. And I review books - all kinds - and blog. I'm definitely a new follower and hope you'll check out my blog sometime (not nearly as well laid out as yours).

  4. Thankyou Barbara.. I am happy to follow your blog. I visit Puerto Rico at least three times a year so your first post was a timely one!
    Looking forward to reading your posts.

  5. Off topic but...

    1) I hope everything survived the hurricane apart from the leaves you reported as losing (at my place), and

    2) Puerto Rico at least three times a year. That's intriguing

    1. We visit San Juan frequently . It's a great vacation spot and an easy flight for us. We love the culture and the country and have many friends there...not such an intriguing response but that' it...