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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for  Weekly Updates.

**Mailbox Monday is now hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

Grab some coffee (or a mimosa!), and let’s talk about our weeks.  And for those who celebrate it, Happy Easter!


mimosa time


What a week it was!  There was reading, some blogging, and a spa day.



beautician bear



Bloggiesta:  March 23-29 – From Start to Finish

Chasing Away the Blues and Musing About the Life of an Avid Reader

Rainy Day Intros/Teasers – “Blueprints”

Goodbye to March:  Curl up with My Books

Hump Day Potpourri:  Waiting for “The Third Wife”

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts:  Obsessing Over New Discoveries

Friday Sparks:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Did You Ever Have a Family”

Bookish Saturday:  Snapshots of My Bookish Vignettes

Review:  Ugly Love (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

Review:  The One That Got Away, by Bethany Chase

Review:  The Comfort of Lies (e-book), by Randy Susan Meyers

Review:  The Denim Blue Sea, by Joanne DeMaio




INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Two review books came in the mail from Amazon Vine; I downloaded four e-galleys from NetGalley (something new!); and I bought a book at Barnes & Noble.

And I downloaded four e-books that I purchased.  Obviously before I realized the wealth of e-ARCs coming my way.


Review Books:


Lacy Eye, by Jessica Treadway (Vine)








How to Start a Fire, by Lisa Lutz (Vine)







From NetGalley:








Downloads I Purchased:

Never Tell a Lie (e-book), by Hallie Ephron







Cavendon Hall (e-book), by Barbara Taylor Bradford








The Hypnotist’s Love Story (e-book), by Liane Moriarty






Hausfrau (e-book), by Jill Alexander Essbaum






Barnes & Noble Purchase:


Motive, by Jonathan Kellerman







WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)


Blueprints, by Barbara Delinsky






Did You Ever Have a Family, by Bill Clegg






Precious Thing (e-book), by Colette McBeth






That’s it for now!  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend…my daughter and I will have lunch at The Cheesecake Factory, which we love.







  1. Happy Easter!

    I love The Cheesecake Factory. I hope you had a good time.

    So many great books and now you are on NetGalley? Uh oh…look out…it’s dangerous over there and very addictive 🙂

    In answer to your question on my blog, yes I do have a Paperwhite. It’s my favorite device to read on.


  2. Ooo, new Jonathan Kellerman! I’m curious, why didn’t NetGalley work on your old Kindle?It’s worked on every Kindle I’ve had (Keyboard, Fire, Touch, and Paperwhite). Be careful requesting at NetGalley, that place is dangerous! Like crack for book lovers. And when you think it’s safe to request a bunch because you won’t get them all, heh heh, surprise! 😀

    Happy Easter!


    1. I don’t know why it didn’t work, either, Bea, but I tried everything with no luck…but it worked perfectly on the Paperwhite.

      I know that I have to be careful with NetGalley…I already sense that I’m addicted. LOL


  3. Holy schmoly, what a busy week! I’ve read Lacy Eye, Inside the O’Briens and Motive, but am looking forward to Those Girls. I enjoyed Stevens’ debut novel (recent ones, not as much), so have my fingers crossed.


  4. Inside the O’Briens is everywhere now and I can’t wait to hear what you think of Hausfrau. I started reading and put it aside when it didn’t click immediately, but plan to pick it up and try again. The Cheesecake Factory is a treat… hope it was delicious!


    1. I couldn’t believe how NetGalley had some of my eagerly anticipated reads….and I am also looking forward to Hausfrau.

      The Cheesecake Factory was delicious….we had healthy salads, and then indulged in cheesecake, of course. Thanks for stopping by, JoAnn, and enjoy your week.


  5. Netgalley is dangerous! I download books I want to read and then I completely forget about them. I had hoped to do better with ebooks this year but, so far, that hasn’t happened. Happy reading!


    1. I do know what you mean about downloading books, even the ones I’ve purchased. It is hard to keep track of them, hidden away on the device…or in the cloud!

      I do have a written list, as well as one on my computer, which I hope will help guide me…LOL

      Thanks for stopping by, Kathy, and enjoy!


  6. I am in admiration of all your blogs and posts! Not sure how you manage it all. Great pile of books, I have Blueprints to read and review although it is a little more down my list, on my calendar somewhere though!


    1. Thanks, Kathryn, I do love blogging….although ever since I deleted some of my images from Curl up and Read, some of the pictures are disappearing every few days. Which is weird. It seems they should all have disappeared immediately. It is ghost-like and eerie. LOL

      I just finished Blueprints and really enjoyed it. Glad you could stop by.


    1. Thanks, Nise, and I am discovering how easy it is to go crazy at NetGalley, which is why I must limit myself to requesting only those books I planned to buy. Maybe that will curtail my addiction…LOL.

      Yes, that bear is a Boyds one that I gave my daughter when she graduated from Cosmetology school.

      And it was a wonderful spa day.


  7. The Cue Card

    Oh the Cheesecake Factory is so good! I’m definitely checking out The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer. I’ll be interested to see what you think too. Cheers!


  8. Teddyree

    Spa day and lunch with your daughter … sounds like a lovely week. I’ve seen Hausfrau on a few blogs today, pretty cover. The Hypnotists Love Story is on my library audio list but I struggled with The Last Anniversary, maybe I wasn’t in the mood. Might wait for another Liane Moriarty, I do love her writing. Enjoy your new reads


  9. The Sound of Glass should be fantastic. I LOVE her books. I hope I get it this week.

    Blueprints looks good.

    I haven’t read anything by Barbara Taylor Bradford for a LONG time. I always enjoy her books.

    Have a fantastic reading week. It looks like it will be wonderful.

    Silver’s Reviews
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