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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 hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

And, in anticipation of Sheila’s return to lead us in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, check out Book Journey.

My week was full of reading and blogging.  My house is back in order, anticipating the return of the Berliners next month.  Let’s gather around, with our coffee, tea, or mimosas…and chat.




Sunday Potpourri: Changing up My Space

Chasing Away the Blues: More Purging

Serendipitous Tuesday: Excerpting “X: (Kinsey Millhone Book #24)”

An Unexpected Phone Call: Excerpted from “Interior Designs”

Beyond the Books: Here is My Blogging Universe

Bookish Friday: Excerpting “We Never Asked for Wings”

Looking Back on the Summer and Beyond: Saturday Snapshots

Review: Friday on My Mind, by Nicci French

Review: April & Rain (e-book), by Sarah Crossan

Review: X (Kinsey Millhone #24)(e-book), by Sue Grafton (NetGalley)

Review: We Never Asked for Wings, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Vine)



INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No books in the mailbox!  I did purchase two downloaded books.

Broken Homes & Gardens (e-book), by Rebecca Kelley






The Race for Paris (e-book), by Meg Waite Clayton






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

Currently Reading:  Cold Spring Harbor (e-book), by Richard Yates






The Summer Girls (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe







The Mistake I Made (e-book), by Paula Daly (NetGalley) (Available 9/8/15)






What a week!  It was hot, I got a lot done, and now I plan to binge on Netflix for a while.  What did your week look like?







  1. Some great new books there! And a busy week for you. I’ve got Sue Grafton’s X in my TBR pile and hope to get to it soon!

    I read a Paula Daly novel last year and now am trying to remember what it was… must check out Goodreads as I didn’t know there was something new out.



  2. Netflix is always good! Your reads look good, and I enjoyed seeing your pics. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I love the Coke chairs (and memorabilia) and your office/ blogging space looks very cosy.


    • Thanks, Greg. I plan to do some more bingeing on Netflix today, starting with a new show, whatever that might be.

      I bought the Coke stuff a few years ago, to decorate my guest house at my home in the foothills…it did look great, I thought.

      So when I sold the place and downsized, I decided they were the perfect fit for my condo. Have a great week!


  3. Thinking of pouring a little brandy as my Sunday evening settles into dusk! Looks like you had a great week of blogging. I am just in the middle of the final of the trilogy by Mary Alice Monroe, a gentle read with some surprises I must admit.


  4. I have been eyeing I Never Asked for Wings for a month or so now and hope to read it maybe next month. It is close to home locale wise for me too and I am on a reading trip around the country right now, lol, and would prefer not to read about my home at the moment. But I think it sounds wonderful and will definitely pick it up when I can. Good review you posted of it this week.

    I enjoyed seeing your home transformation after the relatives left and you could go back to your office. As much as we love our family, isn’t it kinda nice when we get our own space back, and our quiet “me” times again? My son goes home this coming weekend and my daughter starts school again and I will enjoy a few hours here and there just for me. I need absolute quiet to read, and that hasn’t been easy lately.

    Broken Homes and Gardens is a totally new to me title and author and I’m excited to learn more about it, so hope you love it!


    • Thanks, Rita, I did love Wings….and that exit to Coalinga and the Harris Ranch bit in the opening lines reminded me of coming to these parts so long ago.

      I do love reclaiming my space, but I am also changing things up for the next go-round.

      I have never read the author of Broken Homes and Gardens, but the book appeals to me.


    • Enjoy the mimosa, Katherine…I don’t have the ingredients for mine today…shocking! How did I let that happen? Oh, yes, I was too lazy to go to the store yesterday.

      Have a great week…and thanks for stopping by.


  5. I added The Summer Girls on GR as it just sounds and looks like a fun summer read. And I’m trying to cram in as many of those as I can before we have to say goodbye to summer 15! I also want to check out The Race for Paris now as I seem to be reading a tonne of Paris books this year and really enjoying it.


  6. I like the sound of Broken Homes & Gardens – “When Harry Met Sally for the Millennial generation” I may have to consider that one! Have a great week, Laurel 🙂 PS. Speaking of binge TV, I’m just finishing a binge watch of UnREAL on Lifetime…so good! It’s not on Netflix yet though.


    • Yes, that caught my attention, too, Lucy; When Harry Met Sally is one of my favorite movies for all time…I have probably watched my DVD twenty times or more and know most of the dialogue…LOL. Thanks for stopping by.

      And I love binge watching on Lifetime, too; and Hallmark, in the past couple of weeks, since it was just added to our lineup.


  7. Oooh, mimosas sound good. My mom has been purging her house and dropping off things at mine! I did actually clear out most of my stuff when I moved out, so most of what’s showing up on my doorstep belongs to my sister. Oh well. Luckily I’ve gotten her over pretty quickly to pick it up so it’s not cluttering up my house. I did acquire a box full of books from our childhood last week though. It was nice to look through them with her and relive some memories. Enjoy your week!


    • Ha-ha…I finally got my daughter to come pick up her stuff that had been in my garage for years….and then gave her five bookshelves that I had emptied. She doesn’t read….so I was curious about what she would do. She uses one of them for kitchen spices and pretty bowls in the dining area.

      I would love to see some of my childhood books, but my sister absconded with them several years ago…and she’s still denying it. LOL.

      Memories are fun…thanks for stopping by, Jen.


  8. The Race for Paris sounds so good! I haven’t read this author yet but heard great things about her previous books. I think I’ll add this one to my wishlist. Happy reading!


  9. The Race for Paris sounds great, I hoe you’ll enjoy it, Laurel-Rain. And I’m happy you’ll get to spend some more time with your son and DIL before they go back to Europe! Maybe you’ll be able to take the trip over here to visit them one day, too?
    Have a fantastic week and happy reading.


    • I would love to visit them there…except for the part where I hate flying…LOL. Maybe I could numb myself, somehow. Thanks for stopping by, Lexxie, and enjoy your week. I can’t wait to read The Race for Paris.


    • I discovered Richard Yates after reading reviews by other bloggers, and every one I’ve read has been such a treat. Short, concise, and full of literary inspiration. Thanks for stopping by, Sam, and enjoy your week!


  10. It looks like you’ll beat me on getting to The Race For Paris, LOL. But I have it on my TBR list for later. I hope you’ll like it. I hear it’s hot in Calif. — stay near the A/C. Have a good week.


    • I don’t know when I’ll start reading it, Susan, as I have so many books ahead of it. Should I pay attention to that? I guess whatever my mood is that week will lead me…LOL. It is very hot here…105 or more.


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