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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

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

This week brought a mixture of hot days and rainy ones.  The rainy ones were a treat, but one night seemed kind of stormy…and I hoped the power wouldn’t go out.  It didn’t. 

After years of not subscribing to the newspaper, I am back to enjoying a paper on the weekends.  It feels right, somehow.  Coffee and a paper.




I finishing reading and reviewing only three books this week…but that’s how it goes sometimes.


Blue Mondays Musings:  Reading Buddies?

Pondering the Future:  An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

My Interior World:  The Final Phase?

Tuesday Potpourri:  Intros/Teasers – “Bittersweet”

From the Interior:  Waiting on “Evil Never Dies”

My Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts:  Reading & Relaxing

Curl up with Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “The Liar”

Saturday Sparks:  Moments

Review:  Eat the Document (e-book), by Dana Spiotta

Review:  The Secrets She Keeps (e-book), by Deb Caletti (NetGalley)

Review:  Guilt, by Jonathan Kellerman



INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received ONE review book from NetGalley…and downloaded a book I purchased.

Black-Eyed Susans (e-book), by Julia Heaberlin (NetGalley)





For fans of Laura Lippman and Gillian Flynn comes an electrifying novel of stunning psychological suspense.

I am the star of screaming headlines and campfire ghost stories.
I am one of the four Black-Eyed Susans.
The lucky one.


A Snitch in Time (e-book, Book 3), by Sunny Frazier





When sheriff’s department office assistant Christy Bristol takes a long weekend to visit her friend, Lennie, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, it’s not the vacation she anticipated. A murder has just occurred and Christy is conscripted by the homicide team to handle the reports. To add to her frustration, she gets in a fight with Lennie over her friend’s arrogant boyfriend and has no place to stay. The detectives put her up in a forest ranger’s cabin while he is away fighting fires.

As the body count grows, it becomes apparent the killer is targeting undesirables in the town of Burlap. One victim’s girlfriends calls Christy and accuses a deputy of the murders. Christy doesn’t know whether to believe the snitch or not. Could a killer really be hiding behind his badge? Using astrology, she casts a reverse horoscope to profile him, but puts her own life at risk.


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

Currently Reading:  Little Black Lies (e-book), by Sandra Block






Bittersweet, by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (Vine)






The Shore, by Sara Taylor (Vine)






Every Fifteen Minutes (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline






So that’s my week, past and upcoming…what did yours look like?  Grab a mimosa to celebrate!


mimosa time




    1. Oh, me too, Pat (about the power), and even though it hasn’t happened more than three or four times in the eight years I’ve been here, I dread the possibility…LOL. Being without light is scary. I try to have updated batteries for the flashlights.

      I think the dread of power failures stems from my childhood when it happened a lot.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  1. My husband and I used to always have the paper and coffee in the morning, a good ritual but the paper in our area is slim on the weekends and not much substance, when we were used to a thick Sunday one. Maybe the print news business in general going downhill? Anyway, I loved a couple of the books you have to read and would like to read The Shore and to Little Black Lies if I get them.

    Have a great weekend and relax!


    1. Thanks, Rita, and the Saturday paper (pictured above) is pretty thin…but the Sunday one is still thick, with my favorite Life section, with entertainment, etc. Not as fabulous as the LA Times, though. I also like to have a few old newspapers around to wrap things in, when I’m purging. LOL

      I am loving Little Black Lies…can’t wait to get back to it!


  2. I love the morning coffee and paper, especially on weekends. Unfortunately our newspaper isn’t what it used to be. It’s shrunk to just a few pages. Book reviews are gone. Budget cuts have ruined it. But old habits die hard so we still read what little is there. Bittersweet looks intriguing. . .


    1. Yes, it is disappointing to have cuts in the newspapers, but I figure that by subscribing again, I can enjoy (for a little while longer) a ritual that I have been missing: morning coffee and the newspaper. Thanks for stopping by, Susan. I am starting Bittersweet tonight.


  3. Black Eyed Susans looks good. I’ve got Little Black Lies (I think) as well. I’m yet to open it in my reader so the cover isn’t familiar.

    I had a slow reading week as well, though had a night at the movies, babysat for a friend another night, had a night with my mum etc… So that’s all okay as well.

    Have a great week!


      1. lry93

        Nope, I am not allowed to drink coffee at the moment because I am pregnant and have Hyperemesis Gravidarum -.- 🙂 no problem


  4. WE had the same… hot days (tho not as hot as you I’ll wager) and rainy days, kind of a weird week. We hit 80 today, it’s warming up here. I know what you mean about reading buddies, I think a lot of us got into book blogging to share the love, as it were. Have to talk books with someone! 🙂

    I’ve seen Bittersweet before and been curious, will look forward to what you think.


  5. We get the paper 7 days a week, but truth to be told, I usually only browse it through during the weekends or give a quick look to the sports pages when something interesting has happened the day before. 🙂 I wish I could get into the habit of reading newspapers, but I guess I just rely too heavily on the Internet and the heavy, instant news flow it provides 🙂

    Have a good Sunday!


    1. I actually browse most of it, too, which is why I only subscribed to the weekend papers…I enjoy some of the Sunday sections a lot…entertainment, lifestyle, etc. Thanks for stopping by, Milka.


  6. Here in Nottingham we’ve also had a bit of a mix between sun and clouds but I love storms so I was hoping for one, but no luck so far! Once I get settled in one place I’ll also be subscribing to a newspaper I think, there definitely is something about it! Also, love the mug! I also only got three reviews up but I guess these are our blogs so we get to decide our speed 😉 I hope your next week is even better 🙂
    My Sunday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words


    1. Thanks, Juli, and I love envisioning Nottingham….I’ve only experienced it through books and movies…LOL.

      As for the mug…it is part of a Franciscan set called Apple (love that, right?), and I have been eyeing the set for many years. Back in the 60s, it had been around for 25 years or so.

      When a neighborhood department store was closing, they had phenomenal sales, and I grabbed up numerous pieces then…along with almost a complete set of English Rose china. Don’t you love sales?

      Sad about store closures, though.

      Thanks for visiting and enjoy your week!


  7. A Snitch in Time looks really good. I can’t remember the last time I actually read a real paper. I get all my news online these days.

    Hasn’t GH been great? It’s the only TV show I keep up with on a daily basis.

    Have a great week!

    My Sunday post is here.


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Yvonne, and I can hardly wait to get to Mondays after the Friday cliffhangers. Oh, I hate that Elizabeth kept that secret, and now Hayden might tell! LOL

      A Snitch in Time is by an author I know from our Central Valley group…although I haven’t seen her in a while, and stumbled upon this Book 3 of her astrology mystery series. She writes about local settings, but often fictionalizes the names in a quirky way…(the town “Dunlap” becomes “Burlap.”)


  8. The Shore has been on and off my wish list several times already and it hasn’t even been released yet – LOL! It’s off right now because of the violence, but I’ll be curious to hear what you think. Hope you’re enjoying Bittersweet!

    I was getting the NYTimes on Sunday, but stopped it when we went to Florida. Now I miss it and think I may have to resubscribe. Could get it digitally, but there is just something special about coffee and a weekend paper.


    1. Yes, digital doesn’t quite do it for me, either…although our newspaper is nothing compared to the Times. When I visit my son in LA, I love reading the LA Times, especially the entertainment section.

      I barely started Bittersweet…tired last night! But I’m enjoying it so far.

      I am wondering about The Shore, too, but I’ll give it a go, now that I have it. Thanks for stopping by, JoAnn.


  9. The mimosa sounds good – or it would if it weren’t grey and overcast here! I’ll save it for a hot, sunny day. And three books sounds good to me – I barely read two and didn’t write a single review this week. (Then again, it was a very busy week!) Here’s hoping we both have more time to read next week.


  10. What a nice and cozy little blog you have over here. I am glad you found way to my blog so I could comment back. We have had a bit of rain this week here in Oregon and I am ready for some sunshine. I get the newspaper on the weekends only so I can curl up with coffee and enjoy the Sunday paper. I also got a copy of Black Eyed Susans, I am hoping it will be a great read.


    1. Thanks, Heidi, I do love how our blogs are about rain, in a sense. Mine because of the Rainy Days and Mondays song…and a play on my name (Laurel-Rain)…Because we certainly don’t get enough rain here.

      I do love Oregon….I always wanted to live in one of the beautiful cities “wiped clean” by all that rain.


  11. I don’t take a paper, but I looooove reading the small town newspaper when I visit my Mom in Arkansas. Especially the “society” section where it tells who had a wedding (or some other event) and how they decorated for the reception and what everyone wore, what foods and punch were served, etc. There’s another section where they tell who was arrested and what they’re accused of and yatta yatta. Fascinating!


  12. We still haven’t had a good spring storm yet. Rain, yes but no thunder and lightning (which I love as long as I’m safe inside). Enjoy your new books and have a wonderful week!


  13. My husband is an avid newspaper reader. I like the local “feel good” stories. I hope to get to Every Fifteen Minutes this week. I am currently reading a chunkster at over 600 pages, so it may not happen this week. Have a great week.


  14. There is something about a newspaper and a hot drink (or cold!) on Sunday morning. I don’t get one but occasionally hanker for one and buy it. All the books are unfamiliar to me this week but who knows about the future!


  15. Hooray for a newspaper on the weekends. I’m so old-school, LOL! We still get a print paper. We’re headed to SoCal on Friday for my mom’s bday. People are saying it’s might be chilly there. On Memorial Day wknd??!!@ Oh no!


  16. Black-Eyed Susans sounds like a book I’d enjoy.

    I do the same on the weekends… coffee and the Sunday paper. I make the coffee and the Tribune delivers the paper!


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