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 leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.


A week with rain, wind, and some good reading.  Three books read and reviewed, including the one that was my First Book of 2017.  I have added TWO books to my Read the Books You Buy Challenge-2017.

Next weekend:  Mini-Bloggiesta is coming on January 14-15.  Check it out!

Thursday was my youngest grandson’s FOURTEENTH birthday.  Imagine that.  I went to dinner at their home, and his mom, my daughter, fixed all of his favorite things:  steak, mac and cheese, and Caesar salad.  I liked his favorite things, too!




Then on Friday, I had a spa day….lucky me!  A massage, a hair styling, and a radical change in color.  Check it out.  You can see it best from the back….I’m not hiding my face!  LOL.






Tuesday Potpourri:  “Faultlines”

Introducing the TBR Jar & My Plan

Hump Day Reading:  Loving the Books!

The Bad Boy/Bad Girl Scenario:  After the Dreams….

Thursday Potpourri:  Post Christmas Bliss, Etc.

Bookish Friday:  “The Woman in Cabin 10”

Review:  The Sleeping Beauty Killer (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark/Alafair Burke (1st Book of the Year)ratings-worms-4-croppedReview:  Desolation Row (e-book), by Kay Kendallratings-worms-4-croppedReview:  Missing, Presumed (e-book), by Susie Steinerratings-worms-4-cropped***

INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One review book came in my mailbox!  A review request from the author.  Then, since January 1 had arrived…I went crazy downloading books on my Amazon gift card.


Sweet Lake, by Christine Nolfi (Review book)






The Marriage Lie (e-book), by Kimberly Belle





The Twilight Wife (e-book), by A. J. Banner





A Mother’s Confession (e-book), by Kelly Rimmer





Rainy Day Women (e-book), Book 2, by Kay Kendall





Things We Didn’t Say (e-book), by Kristina Riggle






Currently Reading:  The Woman in Cabin 10 (e-book), by Ruth Ware





Maybe These Books….


The Other Widow (e-book), by Susan Crawford





Claiming Noah, by Amanda Ortlepp (Amazon Vine Review)





And that was my week. What did yours look like?  Last night, I had Quiche and Caesar salad (and wine)….at Marie Callender’s.





  1. The dinner sounds delicious, I’m glad you had a nice birthday celebration with your grandson. Also, thanks for spreading the word on Bloggiesta. I really need a kick in the pants with my blog organization, although don’t I always? I hope you have a great week.

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  2. Happy birthday to your grandson! Sounds like he has some pretty good favorite things! I love the hair color! So pretty! You got some fantastic books this week. I love how summery Sweet Lake looks and The Marriage Life and The Twilight Wife both look super creepy! Have a great week!

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  3. Greg Hill

    Happy birthday to your grandson!! Sounds like he had a pretty good feast. 🙂 Steak and caesar salad yum. Looks like a good quiche there at the end too lol. You know, me and the food. 🙂

    the Marriage Lie looks like a good suspenser. And Missing, Presumed I saw reviewed somewhere it looks like a good one too. Hope you have a good week- it’s been snowy and cold here (around 10 degrees a couple of days). Loving winter in Michigan!!

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    1. I love some good suspense books, and I am excited about them all. Thanks for stopping by, Greg, and enjoy the cold and the snow….LOL.

      My grandson is seldom seen these days, mostly being in his room with his video games, so it was nice that he could join us for dinner.


  4. Oh, some nice looking books there. Keen to hear more about a couple.

    I LOVE your hair – it’s gorgeous – colour and style!

    And I’m off to read more about the mini bloggiesta. Am looking for some projects.

    Happy New Year! x

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    1. Thanks, Deborah, it was time for a style change. Still getting used to styling it myself, though…I’m not as good as my daughter! LOL.

      I’m excited about bloggiesta and my books. Glad you could stop by.


  5. Hair looking greatm spa day sounds fantastic. Great lot of books, I have the Nolfi book to read as well and have broken the drought of book buying by buying a Joanne deMaio book because so want to try her.

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    1. Thanks, Emma, it was a wonderful day of being pampered…although the massage hurt a little for a while. But now I feel better! My daughter talked me into a big change with the color and style…I think I’ll enjoy it. I usually pick the creamy mac and cheese when I eat it, but her crispy version is delicious.

      I am excited about the books…enjoy yours, and thanks for visiting.

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    1. Thanks, Deb, and I think this hair color suggestion is a hint by my daughter that I should move in the direction of the gray…LOL. But she usually doesn’t steer me wrong…so I’ll enjoy it.

      Have a great week, and thanks for visiting.


    1. Thanks, Kimberly, and it is always fun to spend time with family. My daughter and grandson are now the only ones who live nearby these days. So there will be some trips in my future, I think.

      Enjoy your grandkids and your books! Thanks for visiting.



    1. Ha…thanks, Aleen! I sure enjoyed the spa day and the stylin’. However, I don’t think I’d want to repeat the teen years….but life certainly looks different from their perspective, doesn’t it?

      Enjoy your week!


  7. katarguelles

    Happy birthday to your grandson and I love his favorite food. Your hair looks great and I love the color! I hope you are enjoying The Woman in Cabin 10. That’s on my tbr so I’m interested to hear if you liked it. I hope you have a great week and stay dry!!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy, and I’m staying dry today by not going out…at all! Reading, movie watching, and even a nap….

      I am loving The Woman in Cabin 10…and there are lots of puzzling characters. Enjoy your week.


  8. What great books you have this week! The Other Widow looks good, as does A Mother’s Confession. I have The Woman in Cabin 10 on my TBR shelf. I read Claiming Noah when it came out here in Oz ahwile ago now and enjoyed it. I liked Amanda Ortlepp’s second book too, Running Against the Tide 🙂
    I hope you enjoyed your spa day, your hair looks amazing!
    Have a great week!

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  9. I love your new hairdo, it looks gorgeous. I have The Woman in Cabin 10 on my TBR and hope to read it soon. I keep hearing about The Marriage Lie so may have to grab a copy at some point as it sounds intriguing. I hope you have a good week this week and that you get to read some great books.

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  10. Blogiesta is a good time. I am not planning to participate this time around, but I look forward to seeing what everyone will be reading.
    A spa day! Oh, does that ever sound wonderful. Your hair is gorgeous!
    I look especially forward to seeing what you think of Woman in Cabin 10. I have it on hold at my library, but may cave and buy a copy.

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    1. I just started The Other Widow, and I’m loving it so far. It’s an easy read, not confusing. Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth, and I think there is a different cover on The Twilight Wife.

      Enjoy your week!


    1. Thanks, Carol, and the teen grandchildren are definitely easier than teen children…LOL. I now have five grandchildren who are teenagers, and two who are twenty-one!

      Have a wonderful week, enjoy your books, and thanks for visiting.


  11. AlwaysReiding

    Wow! All of the food and the books look great. I haven’t read any on your list, but I think they look awesome.
    Marie Callendar’s? That makes me hungry now, LOL… Have a great reading week.

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