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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.


Happy Fourth of July for fellow Americans!





In preparation for the Berliners, I have been very distracted from my reading and blogging…but I managed to finish two books (read and reviewed), and more blog posts than I would have thought possible.


Chasing Away the Blues with Anticipation

From the Interior: Excerpts from “Catching Air”

Passing the Torch: Saying Goodbye to “Sparky”

Serendipitous Wednesday:  Waiting for “The Mistake I Made”

Hello, July!  Wrapping up June…

Beyond the Books:  Favorite TV Shows

Bookish Fridays: Excerpting “It’s You”

Collages & Skylines: Saturday Snapshots

Review: Ana of California (e-book), by Andi Teran (From NetGalley)

Review: Blood Red, by Wendy Corsi Staub (Amazon Vine)



INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received TWO wonderful e-books from NetGalley; and I went a little crazy and purchased 4 e-books!

The Mistake I Made (e-book), by Paula Daly (from NetGalley) (to be released Sept. 8)






The Murderer’s Daughter (e-book), by Jonathan Kellerman (NetGalley) (to be released 8/18)






Downloads Purchased:

The Wrong Man (e-book), by Kate White







It’s You (e-book), by Jane Porter







A Man Called Ove (e-book), by Fredrik Backman






Open House (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg (a reread)






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

Currently Reading: Those Secrets We Keep, by Emily Liebert (From Amazon Vine)






What can I say about what will come next?  I don’t know what the week holds, so I am going to go with the flow.  I have many books on Pippa to read, including the lovely new e-galleys I received.  I also hope to just enjoy the week.

What about you?  What’s on your agenda?  Do you have an agenda?  I do know that I will be sipping iced tea for at least part of today.




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  1. Happy 4th of July! A Man Called Ove seems to be getting good buzz- hope it’s good. and glad you enjoyed Ana of California- that does sound good. Enjoy your weekend- and how cool about Sparky!


    1. Thanks, Greg, and I had almost forgotten that A Man Called Ove was on my wish list until his second book came out…another one that sounds good. Long title, about a grandmother saying she’s sorry…LOL.

      Happy Fourth!


  2. Brandie

    I hope you had a nice holiday! I was approved for The Murderer’s Daughter – hope it’s good! I enjoyed the new Kate White, too – hope you like it!


  3. The Murderer’s Daughter and the books by Kate White and Wendy Corsi Staub and Jane Porter– all titles I am anxious to pick up or request, and dig into. Glad you had a good reading week, and have fun with the family when they arrive!


    1. Thanks, Rita, and I am hoping that I will manage to read something in the days ahead, but family will definitely come first. I am eager to read all of these books, however. I hope you have a great week and enjoy the holiday.


  4. I like the sound of the Paula Daly book. I have the Kellerman as well so am looking forward to reading that down the track.

    Hope your prep for the Berliners (love the term!) continues to go well!


    1. I loved two previous books by Paula Daly, so I am excited to see what will unfold in this one. And Kellerman is a favorite author for me from way back. Thanks for stopping by, Deborah, and I am definitely looking forward to the “Berliners” coming. (I love the term, too!).

      After this visit, they will be taking their adventures somewhere else, and I can’t wait to find out where.


    1. Thanks, Daniela, and I always look forward to a new Kate White book. I hope to spend lots of time with my son and his wife, as well as other family members. My daughter will be co-hosting in her home, across town. She has a backyard pool and more space. But while she works, I can help “entertain them.” We also plan to head up north, at some point, to visit my youngest son there.


  5. Love that you gave Sparky to such a deserving recipient. Nice way to delete all the books, I wouldn’t have thought of that but I must look for my old one and offer it to anyone in the family who might like it. Enjoy your family visit.


    1. Thanks, Heather! I love your name (my daughter is also called Heather!). Her dad’s family has a little Scottish and a little Irish in their background. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting.


  6. Have fun with the Berliners coming up. I too want to read A Man Called Ove which I’ve heard good things about. I just got a copy of his latest novel via NetGalley. We’ll see …


    1. Oh, that’s a thought…I should request the latest one from NetGalley. Thanks for stopping by, Susan, and I hope to see the Berliners in the next day or two. They are in LA for a couple of days.


    1. I agree about Those Secrets We Keep, Grace; I really couldn’t stand Georgina….but I guess arousing our emotions is one way the author wants us to connect. I am eager to read The Mistake I Made….


  7. Teddyree

    I loved A Man Called Ove, hope you do too. I’m reading his new one this week and enjoying the quirkiness so far. Hope you enjoyed your 4th of July weekend, have a wonderful week.


    1. Yes, they will be, Kathy, but so far, they are still in LA…they had flight delays, etc. They will probably show up here in a couple of days. Today I’ll be meeting my other kids and grandkids for lunch, and hoped the Berliners would surprise us…who knows? Thanks for stopping by.


    1. Thanks, Elizabeth, and I recall adding A Man Called Ove to my list…and then it slipped my mind! Yikes! The arrival of the newest title from this author, which also sounds so good, jarred me into grabbing this one. Enjoy your week!


  8. I have heard such great things about Fredrik Backman’s writing. I’ve had this one on my wishlist for a while. Looking forward to your thoughts! Happy reading!


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