I am excited about my Mailbox Monday list this week. Even though none of these books actually came in the mail, they are three that I picked only because I want to read them. No obligation. No guilt. Paradise News by David Lodge (because I am on a David Lodge kick) Memoirs of the Ford Administration by John Updike (because I am always on an Updike kick) The Gathering by Anne Enright (because I do like to read the Booker Prize winners) .