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.

Another week flew by, and it was mostly sunshine around here.  So I did get out and about some, but always took Pippa with me, resulting in FOUR books read and reviewed.  Twenty-Two is now my total for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge...not a big leap this week, as three of the books I read were Vine and NetGalley review books.

Did anyone watch the Oscars?  I loved Jimmy Kimmel’s banter, as well as some of the shots he got in on “one who will remain nameless.”  The mix-up at the end was horrific…and a little hilarious.  As usual, I recorded it and watched afterwards, fast-forwarding through the parts that are less enjoyable to me.  I have not seen Moonlight...or La La Land, the “almost” win.  Both got a lot of awards.  I saw and enjoyed Manchester by the Sea...and now must see Fences.  Viola Davis is a great actress, IMO, with such diversity in the roles she plays.  I feel like seeing The Help again this weekend.

Now…today.  What to do!  I should go shopping for that Mother of the Bride dress, as April 1 is coming so fast. (My hilarious daughter, picking April Fool’s Day!).  And I suspect I might need several shopping trips.  But I don’t love shopping…unless it’s on Amazon.  Books and handbags are my favorite items to buy.  I can get them on Amazon, but I shouldn’t order the dress there. LOL.

Instead of deciding, I’m going to grab another cup of coffee…and chat about my week.





Monday Sparks:  Ignite Your Musings…

Let’s Curl up with “The Good Neighbor”

Another Month Bites the Dust:  Goodbye, February!

Hump Day Reading:  Engaging Choices…

Hump Day Ramblings:  Past and Present…

Coffee Morning:  Some Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts…

Bookish Friday:  “A Separation”

Friday Potpourri:  Ponderings…

Review:  Never Let You Go (e-book), by Chevy Stevens (NetGalley – 3/14/17)   cropped-again-5Review:  How Will I Know You?, by Jessica Treadway – (Amazon Vine)ratings-worms-4-croppedReview:  The Good Neighbor (e-book), by A. J. Bannerratings-worms-4-croppedReview:  Almost Missed You (e-book), by Jessica Strawser (NetGalley – 3/28/17)  cropped-again-5***

INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received one Amazon Vine review book in the mail…and one Author Review Request download…I also received one PURCHASED book in my mailbox…and downloaded another.

Persons Unknown, by Susie Steiner (Amazon Vine)



Review Book Download:

Wait for the Rain (e-book), by Maria Murnane




America’s Queen:  The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, by Sarah Bradford




Dead Letters (e-book), by Caite Dolan-Leach




Currently Reading:  The Good Daughter (e-book), by Alexandra Burt



And then….

It Happens All the Time (e-book), by Amy Hatvany (NetGalley – 3/28/17)



The Fifth Letter (e-book), by Nicola Moriarty



That was my week…what did yours look like? I think I’ll grab some more coffee…and perhaps a mimosa.  Enjoy your week!




  1. All the best for the dress shopping. Still haven’t done mine. I have been hearing that Amy Hatvany and Nicola Moriarty are good authors, just haven’t tried them yet so I guess will one day.

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    1. Thanks for the good wishes…I actually found two possibilities….and then decided on the second one I bought. I liked both dresses, though.

      I love Hatvany…and haven’t yet tried Nicola Moriarty. I wonder if she’s related to the other Moriarty authors?

      Thanks for visiting, Kathryn, and have a great week.


  2. Sunshine is nice. We have had some but also a lot of wind! I loved La La Land and want to see Manchester by the Sea. That mix up at the end of the Oscars was so bad though. They all handled it well though. I am getting Dead Letters from my BOTM nd excited. Hope you enjoy have great week!

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    1. Thanks, Grace, and hope to watch La La Land at some point.

      I couldn’t believe that mix up at the Oscars. When Warren Beatty was hesitating before reading the card, I thought he was having a “senior moment.” What a relief that he wasn’t!

      I am excited about Dead Letters, too. Enjoy!


    1. Thanks, Charlie, and I should be more interested in the “directing, producing, and other awards behind the scenes,” but I can find out about them without having to watch. Love that fast-forward button. LOL.

      Enjoy your week!


  3. Greg Hill

    I didn’t see any of the Oscars but I did hear about the now- infamous mix- up, yikes. And I don’t think I’ve seen ANY of the nominees this year! Kinda crazy. Anyway glad you had a sunshine- y week, we had a little sun peek through but it got cold again. But hey we’re in March now, the worst is over, right? *knocks on wood*

    Ooh you reviewed How Will I Know You. I need to go read and see what you thought. 🙂

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Greg…I definitely want to see Fences…and maybe La La Land. But I don’t get to the movies as much as I once did. It’s easier to wait until the movies appear on one of the premium channels….or On Demand.

      Very happy for the sunshine. I went out shopping today, and it was almost HOT!


  4. All the best in finding the dress for the very special occasion.
    I was hoping the Susie Steiner would be available in the U.K. but it looks like I need to wait a bit longer…
    finally well done on your challenge it sounds as. If you’re going to do even better than last year!

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    1. Thanks, Cleo, I suspect that I will do better this year on my challenge, as I am off to a running start.

      I found two dresses I liked, but my daughter’s first choice, as I suspected it would be, was the simpler style.

      I am looking forward to the Susie Steiner. Enjoy your week!


  5. Hi! I haven’t been around for quite some time – so lovely to see all the familiar “faces”. Can’t believe your daughter is getting married on the 1st of April…! LOL. Good one. Go buy a really stunning dress, but dress-up in a clown suit over it and watch her reaction….. Need to come play on your “playground” this week, need a few new books to read and I know I will always find some inspiration here.

    Take care and here’s a link to my Sunday Post: http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2017/03/the-sunday-post-headlines-and-failure_5.html

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    1. Thanks, Mareli, and my daughter would definitely have a reaction….but she has already seen the dress and approves. But wouldn’t it be fun to play some other April Fool’s Day prank?

      Have a great week.


    1. Thanks, Sarah, I ended up buying two dresses, after visiting two stores! The first I started having second thoughts about on the way home, and went back to the other store and tried on one that I wasn’t sure of…and I was surprised that it actually looked good! So now…it’s the one. The first one, I can wear to other events, and will love it for those parties.

      Enjoy your week.

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    1. Yes, I thought your blog name sounded familiar, too. What a coincidence about the wedding dates!

      My daughter likes to pick dates that are unforgettable. Enjoy the wedding of your son, and thanks for visiting, Libby.


    1. I used to hate the grocery store, but always enjoyed book shopping. Now I don’t mind the grocery store, since, in retirement, I don’t feel as hassled, and I order most of my books on Amazon.

      But the clothes shopping…not fun. I hate trying on clothes, especially when I’m trying several different outfits. Afterwards, I always feel cranky. So…luckily, I only had to go to two stores, found two dresses, and one of them met with my daughter’s approval for the wedding. The other I can wear to the reception the next day. So that’s behind me now!

      Thanks for visiting, Laura, and have a great week.


    1. Thanks, Lark, and I actually ended up with two dresses I liked…and I guessed ahead of time which one would meet with my daughter’s approval for the wedding. The other is just for me…and I can wear it the next day to the reception.

      The shopping was tedious, however, so I’m glad I was pleased with the results.

      I enjoyed my four books…and hope to have another good week. Enjoy yours!


    1. Thanks, Emma, if I could order everything on Amazon, I would be pleased…LOL.

      But I ended up finding two dresses I liked, and one of them will be good for the wedding. My daughter approved of it, lucky me.

      Enjoy your week, and sadly, it started raining again today. I’m glad I did the shopping yesterday!

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  6. Lampshade Reader

    I recorded and watched the Oscars later because I like to fast forward boring parts as well. I thought Jimmy was a great host–very easy going. Viola Davis’s acceptance speech made me tear up.

    Alas, my recording cut out the last part, so I never saw the snafu. Oh well, I know it was uncomfortable for everyone. I haven’t seen any of the movies mentioned this year. Honestly, I have no interest in La La Land.

    Good luck on your shopping and have fun! ~Aleen

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    1. Thanks, Aleen, and I have avoided La La Land, even though I kept saying I intended to see it. But there is something about Emma Stone that gets on my nerves…LOL.

      I loved Viola Davis’s speech, too, and just finished seeing Fences, which I found on Amazon Prime Videos.

      Yesterday was sunny and a good day for shopping, and luckily, I found two dresses, one of which I’ll wear to the wedding. Enjoy your week!


  7. All of your books look so good. A few of them are on my wishlist.

    I actually had the chance to see all the Oscar nominated movies this year. That never happened before. My favorites were Hidden Figures, Lion and Fences. I was so happy for Viola Davis. I couldn’t believe what happened at the end. How horrible for everyone involved. I loved Jimmy Kimmel as the host. I thought he made it so enjoyable and not boring like it usually is.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Yes, Yvonne, I loved Jimmy Kimmel as the host. He’s been my favorite since the year Ellen hosted.

      I just finished seeing Fences; I loved Hidden Figures; and I want to see Lion. I also enjoyed Manchester by the Sea.

      That snafu was so odd…I’ve never seen anything like it, and I felt bad for everyone. But it was handled pretty well.

      Enjoy your week, and thanks for stopping by.


    1. Thanks, Laura, and I’m eager to dive into the Hatvany book next. Right now I’m still working my way through The Good Daughter…and I’ve been watching movies and shows on Netflix.

      Have a great week!


  8. Thanks for coming by my blog earlier…. 🙂 Your pic with a mimosa is hilarious! Is that a Bratz doll? I should know – DD went through a Bratz phase. That doll doesn’t seem to have as much make up as I remember them having though – haha!

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    1. She’s Madeleine Hatter, from the Disney Alice in Wonderland group of dolls. She was in the Amazon Vine newsletter one week, so that’s how I got her. I love how she looks! Thanks for stopping by again, Libby.


  9. Congratulations to your daughter! The wedding sounds like it will be fun since she’s showing a great sense of humor for the wedding date. I hate clothes shopping too. We have a wedding in late May that I’m not looking forward to shopping for a dress. Like you I prefer to shop online lol. Good luck in dress shopping and I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy, and yes, that is a date that will help them to always remember their anniversary. LOL.

      I hope you have fun shopping for your May event. Luckily, we had nice weather yesterday and I shopped until I found the dress. Now I just need shoes.


  10. Ha – I like your coffee cup. I’m not much for shopping either. I have to be in the mood to try on clothes.
    Lots of good reading done and good sounding new books too. The Fifth Letter does look good, as does Persons Unknown …and the others. Happy Reading!

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    1. My daughter gave me that coffee cup…I think she has figured me out! lol.

      I did bite the bullet and went shopping, but I was cranky through the whole process…I found TWO dresses, though, one of which I’ll wear to the wedding, and the other (more fun-loving) to the reception.

      I like the looks of all my books, too. Thanks for visiting, Martha.


  11. Good luck with the dress shopping! Make sure you wear things that are easy to pull on and off (I quite enjoy clothes shopping)

    Enjoy The Fifth Letter, the cover is really different to the Aussie one. Much more serious looking.

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    1. I should have worn different things, for sure! The tugging, the pulling, the on and off with the shoes…yikes! It’s been a while since I went shopping for clothes, so I had forgotten that important piece of advice. But I did find two dresses, one for the wedding, and the other for the reception the next day.

      Thanks for stopping by, Sam, and I am looking forward to The Fifth Letter.


  12. Sunshine.. Sigh.. I miss it. It’s been raining a lot here. I can’t wait for summer to arrive.
    Good luck with the dress shopping. I also don’t really like shopping so I’ll send you some virtual supportive vibes!! 😉
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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    1. Thanks, Maureen, and after going on about our sunshine…it rained yesterday! A lot. But today looks better, and my shopping day was all sunshine. I must have felt your virtual supportive vibes, as I found two dresses! One for the wedding, the other for the reception (next day).

      Enjoy your week, too.


  13. Good luck with shopping for a dress. I agree I don’t love to go to the store any longer to shop it is to easy to order. Although recently I have seen a few cute dresses on Amazon! America’s Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, by Sarah Bradford looks great! I hope you enjoy that one! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Kristyn, and while I love buying handbags on Amazon, I was too afraid to buy a dress. I want to see what it looks like on….so I shopped, dropped, and found two dresses, one for fun (the reception the next day?), the other for the wedding.

      Enjoy your week!


  14. My favorite place to shop is Amazon too! I don’t really like going clothes shopping in stores.

    Your mailbox this week is awesome. I’m really interested in America’s Queen; I just love Jackie. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Denise, and I think that I keep Amazon in business! lol

      I’ve bought all kinds of things there, including furniture. But I decided to bite the bullet and shop for the dress at a store. After visiting two shops, I ended up with two dresses I like. Imagine that! One will be for the wedding, and the other for the next day’s reception.

      I love Jackie books, too, and already have several…but this is the one the movie Jackie was based on…so I had to buy it!


  15. Kathy Martin

    Looks like you had a good week. I’m mostly reading review books. I selected too many that are being released in April. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy reading!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jade, and yes pants and jeans are the worst items to shop for! Dresses aren’t too bad, as it turned out.

      After our week of sunshine, we got rain yesterday. *sigh*

      Enjoy your week, too.


    1. Thanks, Nise…as it turns out, I found TWO dresses I liked…one will be for the wedding, and the other for the reception the next day.

      I loved Fences. I saw it on Amazon Prime Videos.

      I agree about Amy Hatvany.


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  17. I smiled when I saw fabulous reading week. 🙂 I’m so glad!

    Oh wow! I hope you managed to get your shopping done! Congratulations by the way!

    I’m glad you had such a great week last week and hope that this week was more of the same! Enjoy that coffee! You’ve tempted me into one more for the day. 🙂

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  18. The Cue Card

    I was away last week when you posted this. We got rained on in San Diego, what?! The Best Picture mix-up was a crazy terrible Mess. How could that happen? duh! I hope you are making progress getting the Dress for the wedding. That can be tough, but hopefully fun too. Cheers.

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    1. Oh, the rain can be so unpleasant! And yes, that was a disaster…for a minute, I thought Warren Beatty was having a “senior moment,” since he kept hemming and hawing. LOL.

      Thanks for stopping by, Susan, and I found my dress, my shoes…and now I have to make sure to get my nails done the day before. Luckily, it was a sunny day when I shopped.


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