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.


Sunny days are here again….with temperatures from 93 – 99 (Today through Monday); and the books I’ve read this week were so enjoyable!  Only THREE, with one of them a review book, so my Read the Books You Buy Challenge total is now 43.

I’ve gone a little crazy with NetGalley requests lately, not really expecting to get them all right away, but the ones I received are spread out a little bit.  I have a total of EIGHT on my Kindle, with release dates in June, July, August, and September.

Netflix is bringing out new seasons for some favorites, like Season III of Bloodline this week.  I started watching Midsomer Murders, and I am still glued to an episode at a time of 13 Reasons Why.

On TV, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal had their season finales this week.  I am enjoying Season III of Better Call Saul.

So….that’s a peek at my week.  Let’s take a closer look…


Tuesday Sparks:  “The Red Hunter”

Hump Day Sparks:  Current, Past, & Future Reading

Coffee Morning:  Family Bonding…& Memories

Bookish Friday:  “The People at Number 9”

Hope:  More Important Than Ever….

Review:  The Night the Lights Went Out (e-book), by Karen WhiteReview:  The Widow of Wall Street (e-book), by Randy Susan MeyersReview:  He Said/She Said (e-book), by Erin Kelly (NetGalley – 6/6)


INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One purchased book was in my mailbox; my inbox brought two NetGalley review books; and I downloaded three e-books that I bought.

NetGalley Review Books:

Emma in the Night (e-book), by Wendy Walker (8/8/17)



Beach House for Rent (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe (6/20/17)



Purchased Print Book: (Mailbox)

Dangerous Crossing, by Rachel Rhys



Purchased Downloads:

Say You’re Sorry (e-book), by Melinda Leigh



Same Beach, Next Year (e-book), by Dorothea Benton Frank



It’s Always the Husband (e-book), by Michele Campbell




Currently Reading:  Secrets in Summer, by Nancy Thayer (Amazon Vine Review)



On My List:

Into the Water (e-book), by Paula Hawkins



The Breakdown (e-book), by B. A. Paris (NetGalley – 6/20/17)



That was my week.  What did yours look like?  I had lunch at The Yard House with my daughter on Monday…but forgot to photograph it!  Instead, here is this lunch I had at home before heading to the salon on Wednesday.  Greek Yogurt, Ritz Crackers, and red wine.  Eating simple food while gazing at my growing book stack…again.




  1. Yay for warm temps- unless they get too warm! Looks like you’re getting in that territory with the 90’s… we had about three days of nice 80’s and now it’s cooled off again. Still the incessant rain seems to have stopped, mostly.

    I am totally for Bloodline S3, I’m going to have a nice long binge I think over Memorial day! And Midsomer Murders is another I think I’d like… and Dangerous Crossing, It’s Always The Husband, and Into the Water are three that looks good to me. I’m loving the thrillers lately!

    I love a really good snack tray. Ritz crackers with a really good dip… it’s been too long. Have a super rest of the weekend!!

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Greg. I love binge-watching, and hope to do the same on the holiday weekend.

      I’m also really loving a different kind of book today, Secrets in Summer, which is not a thriller but a cozy book filled with family drama. It rolls out secrets, infidelity, beautiful settings, and delicious food. I always enjoy when the author shows us gorgeous island life and all that goes along with it.

      I must confess to a fondness for Greek Yogurt….and red wine, too.

      Enjoy your week!


  2. Yay for good weather. I started going a little netgalley crazy last week and had to stop myself! I haven’t been watching too many shows lately 13 reasons why is one for some reason am so weary of watching. My sister said she loved it so I might give it a try eventually. Happy reading!

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  3. Smiling at the growing book stack. I went crazy too this month buying and requesting! Your weather heats up and mine gets colder but got to admit love the cold weather for cosy inside reading!

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    • Thanks, Kathryn, and yes, the stack in my living room grows when I move books from the office…which is where they land right after I get them. Two stages. LOL

      Yes, I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the opposites in our seasons, etc. Enjoy curling up.


  4. Boy that sounds too hot for me. I think mid-70’s is warm! I feel like I should read Emma in the Night because it share’s my name. I can’t wait to read the Paula Hawkins and hope you enjoy The Breakdown – just because I did! Have a good week. Emma x

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    • When summer really comes here, we will see a lot of triple digits….and I’m sort of used to it, but groan about it every year. Thanks for visiting, Emma, and enjoy your week. Yes, Emma in the Night sounds perfect for you, since it’s your namesake.

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    • No, here in the Central Valley, we spend several months of triple digit weather…still ahead. Usually it hits those numbers in May and they continue, sometimes into October.

      Thanks for stopping by, Deb, and enjoy your week.


  5. Ahh, sounds like summer is on it’s way!

    I’m glad you had good books last week – that’s always a huge bonus. If I could read three books a week for a few weeks I might actually catch up to my reading challenge, but realistically that’s not going to happen. 1-2 is my average.

    Into the Water looks super interesting but I’ve yet to read Girl on a Train. Gosh, so far behind on the TBR. 🙂

    Your red wine looks delicious by the way! I indulged in a few glasses last week too! 😀

    Have another great one!

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    • Yes, I am a new fan of Scandal, having watched the first five seasons on Netflix only recently. Then I had to catch up on Season 6…but glad to finally be on board with it.

      Grey’s Anatomy has been one I’ve watched from the beginning. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting, Cindy.


  6. Seems early to be that warm? We flirted with 90 a couple of days this week (almost unheard of for May) before strong storms pushed though. We were lucky not to lose power… several friends had trees down and were without electricity for two days. All your books look wonderful, especially the beachy ones 🙂 Have a good week!

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    • Thanks for visiting, JoAnn, and I hope your storms end soon! I hate storm season…it is frightening when trees go down…and power outages always seem to take me by surprise.

      I am enjoying the beachy books!


  7. Oh we had warm temps this week too and it was so nice!! I watched the Grey’s and Scandal finales and thought they were both ok. I have been thinking about picking up Same Beach, Next Year. I have Into the Water and need to get to it! Enjoy your books and have a great week!

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  8. Haha, I get you with the NG requests 🙂 that was me two weeks ago! But luckily, I am managing quite well, I was even surprised (I’ve read at least 5 already! Never happens). I hope you can plough through your new arrivals just as well 🙂

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  9. What gorgeous books! Beach House for Rent is on my TBR and the Thayer and Frank look amazing too. I’m looking forward to seeing what you think about the Paula Hawkins and The Breakdown. That looks like a tasty lunch! Have a great week!

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    • Thanks, Katherine, and most of my lunches are Greek Yogurt, although I mostly photograph the ones in restaurants. They look tastier, somehow. LOL.

      I am excited about the beach reads…I just finished Secrets in Summer, by Thayer, yesterday…couldn’t stop reading it. Starting Into the Water today.


  10. I really enjoyed 13 Reasons Why. I am waiting for Game of Thrones to start back up as well as The Strain. I have Into the Water as well and saw It’s Always the Husband on another blog and thought it looked interesting. Hope you have a great week!

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  11. Glad to hear about the good weather. I’m trying to limit my requests on netgalley. Not gonna lie, those books are SO tempting, though. Yay for reading books you bought. I have so many ebooks mostly sales and freebies that I’m not sure I’ll manage to read. 😭

    Anyway, I hope you enjoy these books and have a wonderful week. 😁

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    • I had to stop with the freebies, as they were cluttering up my device…LOL. As for NetGalley, I carefully watch the release dates…and hope not to clump them together much.

      Enjoy your week, Geybie, and thanks for visiting.


  12. We’ve had summer weather here too but this week it should be cooler. I love summer weather though. Secrets in Summer looks like the perfect summer read! I’m curious about It’s Always the Husband too. NetGalley is so addictive, I can’t help myself. Happy reading!

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    • Thanks for visiting, Naida, and I am always eager to add new NetGalley books to my stacks…but I hate feeling stressed, so I try to request books that will fit into my schedule. Enjoy your reading!


  13. How have you been liking 13 Reasons Why? I’ve been watching it too, I think I have about 3 or 4 episodes left. I read the book years ago but I can’t remember much of it now except for the premise and a few details.

    And you always have such great hauls! Emma in the Night and Same Beach, Next Year sound like they would be great read. Hope you enjoy them and all of your books! Happy reading!

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  14. I keep seeing Emma in the Night…I hope it is good for you.

    Beach House For Rent and Same Beach, Next Year should be wonderful summer reads.

    Love your lunch and the stack of books. 🙂

    Looking forward to your review of The Breakdown.

    Have a great week, and I hope you are feeling better.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

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    • Yes, the more I see certain books, the more I NEED them! LOL. I am feeling optimistic about Emma in the Night…I enjoyed the author’s previous book.

      Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth, and I am excited about finally reading The Breakdown…hopefully by week’s end?


  15. Oh we have such similar taste in books!! I also downloaded the new Wendy Walker book and look forward to reading. I want to read The Breakdown also. You’re on a great pace it seems, and I also need to challenge myself more on the books I’ve purchased…the stacks are going to fall over on me soon!! LOL

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    • I think so, too, Anita, and as for my stacks…most of mine are e-books, so I can fool myself into thinking they are not a problem. Such a mistake! But I do enter each purchased book onto one of my blogs and I try to check what I’ve read…and make my lists.

      It will probably take a really long time to read everything, since I keep buying…but at least I won’t have to fear running out of books to read!

      Thanks for visiting…and enjoy your week.


    • Thanks, Cheryl, I do love traveling via books and movies…the most economical way to go, and also hassle-free. I’m not much of a traveler, I discovered in recent years. Although some traveling is unavoidable and worth the stress.

      Yes, trying to decide if I’ll have that same lunch today…or another favorite, which is the melted cheese and tomato open face sandwich.

      Enjoy your week, and thanks for stopping by.


    • Thanks for visiting, Kimberly, and I’m frustrated by how many new characters are added as I read along, trying to keep them all straight. There is no way I could do so in an audio.

      My NetGalley percentage varies between 88% and 92%. Sometimes a little over. I don’t read and review them until close to the release dates…maybe that is a factor?


    • Thanks, Kristyn, and I love adding books that I would otherwise have to buy. I never request a book that I wouldn’t buy. I learned my lesson when I added some that were not that appealing to me.


    • Yes, the hot weather does come too soon and last too long here, but since I’ve lived here in this valley since the 1970s, I should be used to it! LOL

      I also think Dangerous Crossing will be one to love. Thanks for visiting, Aleen.


    • Thanks, Sam, and at first I wasn’t sure about the Hawkins book, as each new and short chapter featured a different character…and there are so many! But now we are seeing more depth with each character, so maybe I won’t end up too confused. LOL.

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  16. Wow! You’ve got some really good books listed here. Hope you enjoy all your reading this week!

    I LOVE Midsomer Murders. We’ve seen all the original series (twice), and are now watching some of the newer shows. One of the reasons I haven’t been reading as much as I should lately. Love the books too, though.

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  17. We are visiting IL and the weather is beautiful 65-75 I think. Even so, I got a sunburn on my neck – I expect that in FL, not here.
    So glad you really enjoyed those books! And looks like you have a good haul coming in. It is so dangerous sometimes to visit NetGalley. We have to wait till we get home to watch the finale of Blacklist.
    Happy Reading!

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  18. Whew, those are some very warm temperatures! Thankfully, it’s been cooler here the last few days — low 70s at most. But it’s supposed to get a little warmer by the weekend — around 80. I’ll take it; I’m not looking forward to the usual high-humidity 90s of summer around here.

    Enjoy your new books, and your new Netflix seasons. One of these days, I’ll get around to the Midsomer Murders, but right now, we’re enjoying Father Brown. It only took about 3 episodes for me to stop thinking “Mr. Weasley” every time I saw Mark Williams in the title role. 😀

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  19. Hope your week cools off a bit. Otherwise you’ll need the A/C before Memorial Day weekend! We’ve watched about 4 or 5 episodes now of The Handmaiden’s Tale and are a bit caught up in the midst of it. How bleak it is! Have you finished Season 1 of it? Enjoy your books this week.

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    • Oh, thanks for the reminder…since it’s Wednesday, there will be another episode out. Off to check it. I’ve watched six episodes so far.

      Loving it even more than the movie that came out in the 90s, although that one, with Natasha Richardson, was brilliant.

      We hit triple digits yesterday, and yes, the AC is going. Thanks for stopping by, Susan, and enjoy the holiday weekend.


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