WEEKLY UPDATES: BLOGGING, READING, & NETFLIX

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.

Where did the week go?  I went out and about, the weather was in the 90s most days, which was great…and I read and reviewed THREE books.  My Read the Books You Buy total is now 72.

For the most part, I don’t recall much about the week, except that the books I read were good.  On Netflix, I finished The Ranch and started Friends from College.  I’m not sure about that one, since, after two episodes, I don’t like the characters that much.  There doesn’t seem to be any kind of plot, and they all behave like teenagers, even though they are in their forties.  I may have to give it more time…or just stop watching.

I’m writing this on Friday evening so I won’t have to get up early on Saturday.  I am feeling really tired lately and I’d like to sleep in.

Let’s take a look at last week:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  General Quirkiness…and Favorite Things

Tuesday Potpourri:  Ogling New Release Books…

Tuesday Sparks:  “Crime Scene”

Hump Day Potpourri:  My Reading Week….

Coffee Chat:  Books, Netflix, Movies, Etc.

Bookish Friday:  “Here & Gone”

Hope:  My One Word That Guides Me….

Review:  The Secrets She Keeps (e-book), by Michael RobothamReview:  The Identicals (e-book), by Elin HilderbrandReview:  Here & Gone (e-book), by Haylen Beck

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One book came in my mailbox!  I also downloaded four e-books (purchased).

Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell

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Downloads:

A Stranger in the House (e-book), by Shari Lapena

Seeing Red (e-book), by Sandra Brown

Exposed (e-book, A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel), by Lisa Scottoline

Watch Me Disappear (e-book), by Janelle Brown

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WHAT’S NEXT?

As usual, I have a list of possibilities…and I tend to veer off any path that I set up for myself.  But first:

Currently Reading:  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Maybe these:

Home, by Harlan Coben

The Good Daughter (e-book), by Karin Slaughter

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And that was my week.  What did yours look like?  Here’s tonight’s dinner, from California Pizza Kitchen:  Baked Potato Soup, Strawberry Margarita…and Pippa, my Kindle.

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106 thoughts on “WEEKLY UPDATES: BLOGGING, READING, & NETFLIX

  1. I always have a list of “possible reads” and never stick to it. I guess I’m more of a mood reader. You have a great list of incoming books as well, Lisa Scottoline is an author I’ve been meaning to try, but so many books so little time. Have a great weekend!

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  2. I agree that everyone on Friends From College are deeply unlikable, but I ended up bingeing the entire series–for some reason I’m drawn to deeply unlikeable characters…which I hope doesn’t say too much about me. Lol. I’ve heard great things about The Seven Husbands, and The Good Daughter looks intriguing. Happy reading!

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    • Ha-ha….I sometimes find myself drawn to unlikeable characters, too, but not stupid ones, or ones that act like the juveniles they once were. I tried again, but now I’m done with that show.

      I am enjoying The Seven Husbands so far…and can’t wait to dig into The Good Daughter.

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

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  3. I’ve been thinking of giving The Ranch a go on Netflix now that I’ve finally finished working through Grimm… But do I want to commit when I really need to settle back into reading & blogging?! I’m not so sure. Haha! I hope you have another great week ahead; reading & otherwise.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Jade, and I’m glad that I resumed watching The Ranch as I really enjoyed it by the end of the episodes available.

      As for Friends from College…I am so done with it. The one character, who was supposedly a popular author, was just too ridiculously juvenile…It’s bad enough when the characters are actually in college, but acting the same in their 40s? Not at all appealing.

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  4. Sleeping in and weekends go well together. 🙂 Hope you’re having a nice weekend. I’ve been binging a bit of Netflix myself, after having taken a break for a bit. I started GLOW on the recommendation of some bloggers but after two epsidoes I was kinda bored, so I don’t know…

    Three books yay! Watch Me Disappear is interesting, I just read that one a couple weeks ago.

    Baked potato soup- looks yummy. And is that some nice looking crusty bread I see off to the right? Now that looks like a nice meal ha ha!

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    • It was great sleeping a little later…but I have had too many years of early waking to ever sleep past 8 a.m.

      Thanks for visiting, Greg, and I did enjoy that soup…and yes, that was crusty bread.

      I am in between Netflix shows, as I’ve given up on Friends from College. The characters were too annoying and stupid…LOL.

      I started a detective series set in Australia called Deep Water…and so far, it’s interesting.

      GLOW is in my queue, but it isn’t grabbing me.

      Enjoy your week!

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    • Thanks, Yvonne, and I’m definitely struggling to find a Netflix show that grabs me as much as the ones I’ve finished. Friends from College didn’t do it for me. Done. LOL.

      I am definitely looking forward to The Good Daughter. I’ve actually read a couple of other books with the same title, by other authors, of course.

      Enjoy your week!

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    • Thanks for visiting, Trish, and I hope to love Then She Was Gone. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by the author so far.

      I’ve decided to find something else on Netflix until one of my favorites has a new season. Enjoy your week!

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    • Thanks, Rita, I’m feeling pretty lucky to have so many good books ahead. I haven’t read Coben in years, but Home called to me. I also love Karin Slaughter’s books.

      Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting.

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  5. Friends from College was all drama. I didn’t enjoy it. And I agree about the 40 year olds acting like teenagers. It’s sad that I grew up around people like that. They still party and act like that even though they’re in their late 50’s. Living the dream, they say, but I prefer to stay home and read. Haha. 🙂
    Have a great week!

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    • Ha-ha, I agree! I guess that the only shows that really appeal to me are the mysteries, with an occasional drama that is not adolescent (unless the characters are really teens). As for “living the dream,” I didn’t find adolescence enjoyable, so it is not part of any of my dreams…LOL.

      Although I eventually enjoyed The Ranch, I never did care for the younger characters….but kept watching for Debra Winger and Sam Elliott.

      Enjoy your week, Stacy Renee, and thanks for visiting.

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  6. It sounds like it’s a bit cooler – 90s is better, isn’t it? Here we are struggling to reach mid-60s in the blowy, changeable weather where sudden downpours feel more like April than August. At least there’s no drought… I’ve seen lots of really positive reviews for The Good Daughter so I hope you enjoy it. I’m fascinated by Baked Potato Soup – does it go into the oven after it’s made?? Have a great week, Laurel:)
    My Sunday Post – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/sunday-post-20th-august-2017/

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    • Thanks for visiting, Sarah, and right after I mentioned our 90s temps, we were back in the triple digits!

      I am definitely eager to start reading The Good Daughter…and as for the Baked Potato Soup, I have no idea how it is prepared! LOL.

      Loved it, though. Enjoy your week!

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      • Oh my goodness! Those temperatures are really too much of a good thing – though I’d give a great deal to have it a fair bit hotter here – after a cracking start, our summer is fizzling out into a rather soggy disappointment. Again! It occurred after I asked the question – they make the soup with baked potatoes, duh!

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    • Thanks for visiting, Deb, and while I love the idea of sleeping in, I never seem to manage it. I like getting things done in the early morning hours, too.

      Have a good school year. I am enjoying Seven Husbands so far, although I haven’t done much reading this weekend.

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  7. Hi Laurel, Yeah we have watched a few episodes of Friends from College too. They all act like teenagers I agree! though sometimes after the days news I need something funny or light and I get about one laugh from a half hour of the show. but I might not continue much with it either. We’ll see. Trump & terrorist news – make me watch the darn thing! Hope you have a great week.

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    • Thanks for visiting, Susan, and I like funny shows, too….unless they are ridiculous. LOL.

      But…I also need something to make me laugh, since the Trump is very annoying and frightening; he seems to have no filter and speaks lies and contradictions left and right…not to mention those stupid Twitter rants.

      Enjoy your week, and I hope to find another show to make me laugh.

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  8. 72 books from your own TBR pile is great! Yes, I love sleeping. Saturday is was rainy and I slept in until 10!!! (although I stayed up until 3 finishing an audiobook) I hope this week brings cooler weather, good books and good times.

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  9. Your Read the Books You Buy total is fantastic! I am thinking about reading no ARCs next year so I can get some of my owned books read. I have seen The Good Daughter mentioned on a few blogs, but I have seen no reviews yet. I love the cover. I hope it is a good read for you.The potato soup pic has made me hungry. I am going to make lunch now, ha ha. Have a stellar new week. 🙂

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    • Thanks, La La, and I often contemplate avoiding the ARCs…I hate deadlines. But then I get books that I wouldn’t ordinarily have until release dates…and that would be more money spent, too.

      Enjoy your week!

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  10. I’m glad I’m not the only one who names my Kindle – mine is Paul Anka. Looks like you have some good books there. I’m really tired of extremely hot weather and this week has been bad. I don’t mind 70’s and low 80’s but I hate high temps and humidity!

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    • I hate high temps, too, and my PG&E bill sky-rocketed. So annoying.

      The Paul Anka name for your Kindle reminds me of Lorelai Gilmore’s dog…did you see that show?

      I went out this morning, and it wasn’t too bad…90s. Now I’m home with the AC on. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting, Barb.

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  11. It’s good to hear your weather cooled down a little. It has been pleasant here, still warm but with a nice breeze. You have so many books that are on my TBR. A Stranger in the House sounds really good and I want to read more thrillers. I hope you enjoy your new books and have a great week!

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    • Thanks, Kathy, I love thrillers, although I have been reading a few other genres lately…women’s fiction, etc. Some beach reads.

      Now I hope to read some thrillers this week. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting.

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  12. I love the idea of “read the books you buy” because I am pretty bad about buying books and then leaving them unread for a year. I’ll have to check out Lisa Jewell’s book, I haven’t read one of her books in years. The cover of A Stranger in the House really catches my attention, I’ll have to look into it more. And I’ve only heard good things about The Good Daughter so I look forward to reading your thoughts.

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  13. I want to eat your soup!! So good to see the Lisa Jewell book has arrived and you are doing so very well on reading the books you own challenge – although I’m quietly smug as I have started my penultimate book for the summer challenge today 🙂

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    • Ooh, good luck on your challenge, Cleo, and I do love whittling away at my stacks, too. Still have some older books unread…sigh.

      The soup was good. I am stuffed right now as I went to my daughter’s house for brunch today….she made a stuffed (with cream cheese) French Toast recipe, and sent some leftovers home with me.

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  14. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who did not like Friends from College. I thought the same thing and stopped watching. It’s been sweltering every day here. I wish cool fall weather would show up tomorrow and stay until December 1. I did finish my book this week (finally) and I need to finish my audiobook. Happy reading!

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    • Thanks, Charlie, and I would love some cool weather that lasts until winter.

      There were two especially annoying characters in Friends from College (the ones having the affair), and I hated how the guy was so boastful of his literary career and then, suddenly, he is all about YA books when his agent talked him into that genre.

      Have a great week!

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  15. Ah some good looking books, I have been watching others enjoy Elin Hilderbrand book, an author I haven’t tried yet – I think at least. Will enjoy seeing what you say about the Taylor Jenkins Reid book. And if I may ask which theme are you using on this WordPress blog?

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    • Thanks for visiting, Kathryn, and the theme here is Hemingway Rewritten. We used to be able to find the names of the themes somewhere on the blog, but not anymore. Annoying, right? I often want to try new ones when I’ve seen a look I like on a blog.

      I hope you enjoy Elin Hilderbrand and Taylor Jenkins Reid. The latter is a relatively new author for me.

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  16. I’ve heard good things about Seeing Red so I hope you enjoy it.
    Thinking I need to get on board with the Read the Books I Buy crowd in 2018. Seems this year has been mostly “review” books. I like getting new books from publishers to read but also want to read the books I choose, you know?
    Have a good week, Laurel!

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  17. Ooo! I’ve wanted to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. It’s been on my tbr list for awhile now. Also, I have a Sandra Brown book on my bookshelf that I haven’t read yet. All those books that call out my name… LOL

    Hope you are enjoying your read! and have a great week. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Anastasia…Most of the books were purchased this year, but some came from the last half of 2016, which count on this challenge.

      I still have many more to read from my purchased stacks. Most are on Pippa, my Kindle, so they don’t take up much space. That fact also allows me to be in denial about my TBR. LOL

      Enjoy your week!

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  18. I started The Ranch, but I found the background laughing to be distracting. I plan to give Friends from College a try — I wonder if I’ll have the reaction as you did. Seven Husbands is on my list, but I’m not sure when I’ll get to it.

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    • Thanks, Candace, and I didn’t really connect with The Ranch at first: the Danny Masterson character annoyed me…a lot. But when I returned to it, I managed to focus on the characters I liked.

      Enjoy your week, and I hope to love all of my books…and find something else to watch on Netflix.

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  19. I am really curious about Shari Lapena’s new book! I wasn’t a fan of The Couple Next Door because of the ending, but I want to give her books a second chance.

    I also love your top photo with the Jim Shore Snow White! That is gorgeous! Plus, Strawberry Margaritas are my favorite!

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  20. I didn’t even know CPK had baked potato soup! That’s one of my favorite things and I’ll have to get a cup next time we’re there.

    I’m hoping to read “The Seven Husbands” soon. I’ve only read one Taylor Jenkins Reid book, “Maybe in Another Life,” but I’d like to read all her work!

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