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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 let’s join Kathryn, our new leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at The Book Date.


It has been a great month!  This week was a little slower than my previous one, since I spent way too much time on one book.  I kept picking it up, reading a bit, and then setting it down again.  It was not a favorite!

Today I celebrated the end of the month with a delicious lunch at the neighborhood Mimi’s:  French Onion soup, a spinach salad, and strawberries.  And a martini!


lunch on sat



Curl up and Let’s Muse: Upcoming Reads & Halloween

Curl up with “The Perfect Stranger”

Waiting on “Stars of Fortune”

Celebrating Connections & Blogging

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts: “House of Wonder”

Curl up with Me & Contemplate: Books Out, Books In

Bookish Friday: “Cop Town”

My Interiors: The State of My TBR Stacks

Saturday Sparks: Celebrating Family Diversity

Saturday Potpourri: Does the Past Inform the Present?

Monthly Wrap-Up: October Has Faded Away….

Review: A Place We Knew Well, by Susan Carol McCarthy

Review: The Perfect Stranger (e-book), by Wendy Corsi Staub

Review: Cop Town (e-book), by Karin Slaughter



AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE – Check out some Blog Posts:

Trish, at Between My Lines: 7 Random Ways to Choose Your Next Book;

Diane, at Bibliophile by the Sea: Coming Soon to a Bookstore Near You – Ghostly, a Collection of Ghost Stories;

Stacy, at The Novel Life:  List Makers Unite & Call for Advice



INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received one review book from Vine in my mailbox, and downloaded a NetGalley review book…and then I went a little nuts and downloaded three books (purchased).

All the Stars in the Heavens, by Adriana Trigiani (Amazon Vine)






The Swans of Fifth Avenue (e-book), by Melanie Benjamin – (NetGalley – Release Date – 1/26/16)






Purchased Downloads:

The Deep End (e-book, The Country Club Murders Book 1), by Julie Mulhern






The Admissions (e-book), by Meg Mitchell Moore






The Shadow Year (e-book), by Hannah Richell






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

Currently Reading:  Maybe in Another Life (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid






Three Story House (e-book), by Courtney Miller Santo






Ice Cold (e-book), by Tess Gerritsen






House of Wonder, by Sarah Healy






That’s my week…what did yours look like?  Happy Halloween for those who celebrate it!  I had this martini, which is how I celebrate weekends in general…LOL.



Saturday lunch drink



  1. I like how you celebrate the weekend! 🙂 I see you’re reading Maybe in another Life- I just bought that one and am keen to read it, so I hope you’re enjoying it. And I’m glad to see The Deep End making its way around. I thought that was good too, and hope you like it.

    Love french onion soup. 🙂 Have a nice week…


    • Thanks, Greg, and seeing The Deep End, as well as the second book, on your blog, made me want to read them both.

      I am just beginning Maybe in Another Life, but I have a feeling it will be a good one. Thanks for stopping by.


  2. The end of October meal looks yummy and a great way to end the month. Have seen Maybe in Another Life on a lot of blogs but will be really interested to see your take on it.


  3. It’s a good week-end celebration 😉 And that meal looks absolutely delicious ! I know Greg liked The deep end, I almost bought it myself before I remembered all those books I already have to read… Have a great week-end 😉


  4. Laurel… not many things can beat French Onion soup, a spinach salad, and strawberries…. and a martini! good for you. 🙂 Thanks for featuring Trish’s post “Random Ways to Choose Your Next Book” I’ll check it out. It may be what I need since I haven’t been able to finish a book in more than two moths 😦


  5. The French Onion Soup and spinach salad sound and look fantastic! I haven’t had a good French Onion Soup in far too long. You got some lovely books this week! I really loved Mulhern’s 2nd mystery and want to go back and get The Deep End. It looks really great! Have a fantastic week and I’ll take a martini or two!


    • I usually have the Corn Chowder there, but I’m glad I got the French Onion soup…it was delicious…and so was the salad.

      Thanks for stopping by, Katherine, and I’m looking forward to The Deep End…and the second book.


  6. All of those books look so good! The Deep End was really good.

    I love French Onion soup but haven’t had it in awhile.

    In answer to your question on my blog…it’s now November sweeps, so I think we are finally going to get the big Jason reveal. Or at least I hope so!

    Have a great week!


  7. oh that lunch at Mimi’s has my mouth watering! I love the cover of House of Wonder, it’s calling my name and I don’t even know what it’s about. The Shadow Year looks good too. Off to check these out. Cheers … have a great week 🙂


  8. I love Mimi’s but I haven’t been there in a long time. That soup and salad look delicious!! I love how you celebrate and I need to do this too! You have a lot of great new books and I hope you enjoy them. Have a great week!


    • Thanks, Nise, and I can’t believe it’s November, either…of course, that means that there will be nothing but Christmas in the stores. I feel like Thanksgiving gets slighted…

      The martini…and the lunch, too, were all good. A nice break. Can’t wait to read the Trigiani book and The Admissions. Enjoy your week!


  9. I’m not a big fan of salads, but my favorite is spinach and strawberries with almond slivers, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar as the dressing. Your picture made me hungry for it! I’ve been struggling a bit with In the Woods. I feel like I keep reading and reading but I’m not making much headway. Enjoy your week!


    • I do love those items in a salad…and mine also had mushrooms. Feta cheese is my preferred cheese, as well as balsamic vinegar as the dressing. I’m getting hungry all over again! LOL.

      I have In the Woods on Pippa and I don’t know why I’m putting it off…but if you’re struggling, I may wait a while longer! Thanks for visiting, Jen.


  10. As always you have a great list of ‘finished’ and ‘up next’ reads. My reading time is limited lately. Thanks for the intros. I really want to read All the Stars in the Heavens, and like the looks of The Three Story House and The Shadow Year. Have a great week!


  11. You always have the most appealing food pictures. I can’t believe October is over, and now it is feeling like they are shoving the holidays down my throat. Seriously I hate it!


    • Thanks, Heidi, ever since I got my iPhone (Phoebe), I have snapped photos of food in restaurants. I thought I was the only one, but when my house guests (Son and DIL) were here, my DIL was always snapping photos of the food, too.

      I hate it when they start the holiday commercialism so early!


  12. Nice looking books in your mailbox this week. It has been so long since I’ve chosen anything from Amazon Vine. I miss their reminder emails. Thanks for visiting my blogs. Happy reading!


  13. That Martini looks good!

    I’ve seen The Admissions around and I’m so curious about it. It sounds like it could be good, but I like the cover. And I didn’t know Adriana Trigiani had a new book coming! I’ve really enjoyed what I read of hers and I love books set in the ’30s, so I’ll have to look for this one. Happy reading!


  14. Thanks for including the link to my post Lauel! Much appreciated 🙂 Hope you are loving Maybe in Another Life as much as I did and I look forward to reading your review no matter what feel about it. All the stars in the heavens looks interesting and this is an author that I’ve heard a lot of good things about but haven’t tried yet. Have a good week!


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  16. Nice martini! Look like you went a little nuts on new titles, ha! I’ll be curious to hear if you end up liking All the Stars in Heaven and The Admissions. Enjoy your week!


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