WEEKLY UPDATES: HOT DAYS & MORE READING…

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 hot week!  I did read four books again this week, bringing my challenge total to 63 books.

There were some outside activities, too, which I tried to restrict to mornings:  coffee at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, with a friend; and hair styling on Thursday.

Sadly the rash came back…despite the organic dye.  Luckily I had some of the ointment left over from last time, the kind that worked after several trials.  I also refilled the prescription for more…just in case.  After one day of using it, I’m almost in control of it. 

I may have to shave my head!  LOL.  No, I’ll probably just find a solution that involves going natural.  Whatever that may look like these days.

This morning I had breakfast at Marie Callender’s, after getting my prescription…I didn’t photograph it, as the platter was huge.  I didn’t eat it all…but still.  Piggy time?

Now I’m having more coffee in my “reading” cup.  Check out the dwindling book stacks on the shelf nearby…and I like the morning light coming through the blinds.  Now let’s look at last week’s blogging and reading…the blog posts were minimal, but the reading was good.

 

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Potpourri:  “The Secrets She Keeps”

Hump Day Potpourri:  A Week of Reading….

Chatting with Coffee….

Bookish Friday:  “Mrs. Saint & the Defectives”

Looking Back…and Moving Forward….

Review:  My Life to Live, by Agnes NixonReview:  The Marriage Pact (e-book), by Michelle Richmond (NG – 9/25)Review:  The Best of Us (e-book), by Joyce Maynard (NG-9/5)Review:  Every Wild Heart (e-book), by Meg Donohue

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox!  My inbox, however, brought ONE NetGalley Review ARC…as if I need more.

The Blackbird Season (e-book), by Kate Moretti (NG – 9/26)

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Mrs. Fletcher (e-book), by Tom Perrotta (NG – 8/1)

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I also need to read some more e-ARCs in the next couple of weeks, like…

Girl in Snow (e-book), by Danya Kukafka (NG – 8/1)

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

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I would also love to grab one or two books from my TBR (Purchased)…but we shall see.

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That’s my week…what did yours look like?  A couple of nights ago, I read while eating this salad, topped off with my Pomegranate Martini.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: MORE HEAT, READING, & SOME PAMPERING….

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.

Luckily the AC kept me cool indoors, where I’ve hidden out from the ongoing triple digits.   As a result, I read and reviewed FOUR more wonderful books this week, bringing my Read the Books You Buy Challenge to 61.

My viewing this week has been sporadic, but I’ve finished the Netflix Season I of Gypsy, and have added a few more to my queue, like the movie Lion, along with Shetland...and Father Brown.  I’ve heard good things.

I continue watching Broadchurch, and started a new show on Freeform called The Bold Type.

I braved the heat and headed to the cool nail salon for some pampering with a mani-pedi..and changed up my nail color from dark purple to red.

So…now as I eat breakfast and sip a cup of coffee in my office, I contemplate my reading and blogging for the week:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Sparks:  “The Child”

Tuesday Potpourri:  A Bonanza of Books…

Hump Day Reading….

Hump Day Sparks:  More Prague Photos, Etc.

Let’s Grab Some Coffee and Chat….

Bookish Friday:  “After Anna”

Friday Potpourri:  Assessing My Book Stacks….

Review:  The Girl, etc., by Samantha GeimerReview:  The Summer House (e-book), by Hannah McKinnonReview:  The Comfort of Others, by Kay LangdaleReview:  The Child (e-book), by Fiona Barton

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

What a book bonanza this week!  One book I purchased arrived in my physical mailbox, and I downloaded three NetGalley review books.  Additionally, I purchased four downloads.

Sunday Morning Coming Down, by Nicci French (in my mailbox!)

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NetGalley Review Books:

The Best of Us (e-book), by Joyce Maynard (Release Date:  9/5)

The Stolen Marriage (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain (Release Date – 10/3)

The Rules of Magic (e-book), by Alice Hoffman – (Release Date – 10/10)

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Purchased Downloads:

The Almost Sisters (e-book), by Joshilyn Jackson

Bring Her Home (e-book), by David Bell

Before We Were Yours (e-book), by Lisa Wingate

The Secrets She Keeps (e-book), by Michael Robotham

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Currently Reading:  The Marriage Pact (e-book), by Michelle Richmond – (NG-7/25)

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Then….these possibilities:

My Life to Live, by Agnes Nixon

Every Wild Heart (e-book), by Meg Donohue

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That was my week….what did yours look like?  Enjoy this treat with me…from a few days ago.  I had Corn Chowder, a Margarita, and started reading The Child:

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: MORE TRIPLE DIGITS….

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

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

Another hot week has been good for my reading…and Movie/TV watching.  I  read and reviewed four books this week, bringing my total for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge to 58.  Two of my books were NetGalley Review ARCs.

On the binge-watching front, I watched Season 6 of Offspring on Netflix, and all of Season 1 of Gypsy.

My stacks are dwindling…a little.  But I keep buying books, too, although I only downloaded one e-book this week.

Let’s grab some coffee and take a look.  I’m in my office with the TV on…and posting on my blogs.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  A Day at the Movies…and Binge-Watching Later…

Monday Potpourri:  A Surprising Sunday…

Tuesday Sparks:  “Swimming Lessons”

Hump Day Potpourri:  A Week of Reading….

Interior Thoughts on a Thursday….

Bookish Friday:  “The Bookshop on the Corner”

Friday Sparks:  A Family Feature….

Review:  The Bookshop at Water’s End (e-book), by Patti Callahan Henry  (NG)Review:  Love Letters, by Debbie MacomberReview:  The Comfort of Secrets (e-book), by Christine Nolfi – (NG – 7/18)Review:  Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No books in my mailbox!

I downloaded one e-book:

After Anna (e-book), by Alex Lake

 

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  The Summer House (e-book), by Hannah McKinnon

 

The Child (e-book), by Fiona Barton

 

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And then, maybe one of these….

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  Come on by and let’s chat.  Meanwhile, I want to have something cool….

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A LOT OF READING!

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What a week!  It was too hot to go anywhere, so I holed up inside…and when I looked up again, I discovered that I had read and reviewed FIVE books.  My Read the Books You Buy Challenge now totals 56.  One of my reads was an “Old Dusty TBR book” (from 2014), so it didn’t count for this challenge.

I started a new Netflix show called The Doctor Blake Mysteries….and I’m not sure about it yet.  I am loving Season Three of Broadchurch, on BBC-America.  I watched the first two seasons on Netflix a while ago.

Since I’ve been indoors most of the week (not counting supermarket visits!), I need an outing, so I’m planning to see the movie The Hero, with some oldies like Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross (remember her from The Graduate?), and someone more current:  Laura Prepon, from OITNB.

 

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Early this morning, I recorded a movie I always love to watch over and over:  The Company You Keep, with Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie…and Sam Elliott.  Younger characters that may be familiar to some of you:  Shia LaBeouf and Anna Kendrick.  I also have the book…but haven’t read it yet.

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So…looking forward to the weekend.  Now I’ll grab some more coffee, and share what happened last week…in more detail.  I wrote TEN blog posts. 

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monday Potpourri:  Musings…

Tuesday Potpourri:  “New Release” Obsession…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Bookshop at Water’s End”

The TBR Jar:  Dusting Off the Old Unread Books…

Hump Day Reading:  Current, Past, & Future Reading…

Thursday Tidbits….

It’s Time for Coffee…and Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts…

Bookish Friday:  “Any Day Now”

Friday Potpourri:  Staying Cool….

Hello, July!  Monthly Wrap-Up….

Review:  The Sunshine Sisters (e-book), by Jane GreenReview:  Watching the Detectives (e-book, #5), by Julie MulhernReview:  Talking as Fast as I Can, by Lauren GrahamReview:  Any Day Now (e-book), by Robyn CarrReview:  What Remains, by Carole Radziwill (TBR from 2014!)***

INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!  I did download two purchased e-books…and a freebie from Kindle First.

The Child (e-book), by Fiona Barton

 

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The Bookshop on the Corner (e-book), by Jenny Colgan

 

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Freebie:

Mrs. Saint and the Defectives (e-book), by Julie Lawson Timmer

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Currently Reading:  The Bookshop at Water’s End (e-book), by Patti Callahan Henry – (NG – 7/11)

And then…

The Summer House (e-book), by Hannah McKinnon

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The Comfort of Secrets (e-book, Book 2), by Christine Nolfi (NG – 7/18)

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  And to tempt you further, my favorite dessert from a previous weekend, which I didn’t share…

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WEEKLY UPDATES: HOT, HOT, HOT!!!

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.

 

It is hot, hot, hot!  Yes, every year we begin summer with triple digits…but this year, we had some lovely 80 degree weather leading up to this scorching hot season.  However, it is perfect for staying indoors in the AC…reading, blogging, watching TV.  I love the new Netflix season on Wentworth…more than the Orange Is the New Black fifth season, which I finished anyway.

I read and reviewed three books...and I’m halfway through my fourth one, which I was sure I would finish before now.  But I’m savoring it.

My total for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge is…wait for it!  52!

Let’s grab some coffee…and/or breakfast, and chat.

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Bloggiesta Finish Line

Tuesday Sparks:  “The Summer House”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Book Love!

Coffee Morning:  Hot Day Ahead!

Bookish Friday:  “The Sunshine Sisters”

From the Past to the Present in Photos…

Coffee Morning on Saturday:  Reminiscing…

Review:  You’ll Never Know, Dear (e-book), by Hallie EphronReview:  Fairy Tale Interrupted, by RoseMarie TerenzioReview:  Good Me, Bad Me, by Ali Land

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Nothing in my physical mailbox…but I received one e-ARC from NetGalley…and then went on to download some purchases…and I also bought two books from Barnes & Noble’s bargain table.

Girl in Snow (e-book), by Danya Kukafka (NetGalley – 8/1/17)

 

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Purchases:  Downloads

Lost & Found Sisters (e-book), by Jill Shalvis

Here & Gone (e-book), by Haylen Beck

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

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Bargain Table Books: I had coupons!

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, by Chris Bohjalian

Heroes Are My Weakness, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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UP NEXT:

Currently Reading: The Sunshine Sisters (e-book), by Jane Green

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Then I have several possibilities, like these:

Watching the Detectives (e-book, Book 5), by Julie Mulhern

The Summer House (e-book), by Hannah McKinnon

The Bookshop at Water’s End (e-book), by Patti Callahan Henry (NG – 7/11)

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  Last weekend, I enjoyed this lunch treat.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

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.

 

Triple digits are predicted for this weekend and beyond!  I knew it was coming…but I was still clinging to the past week with the 80s days.  Sigh.

It has still been a pretty good week, with THREE books read and reviewed.  My Read the Books You Buy Challenge total:  49 books.  Two of my books this week were review books.  I am enjoying hanging out in my office today, with books and the TV playing in the background.  Breakfast (nothing fancy:  toaster waffles) and an Aurora Teagarten Mystery Marathon.

 

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This weekend brings a Summer Mini-Bloggiesta, and I’ve given myself a head start, as usual.  I am enjoying working on my An Interior Journey site, my first blog on Word Press.

Now…let’s take a look at the past week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Sparks:  “All the Best People”

Hump Day Reading:  A Summer of Engaging Reads….

Summer 2017:  Mini-Bloggiesta Sign-Up Post & Starting Line

Coffee Morning with Photos & Life Moments…

A Potpourri of Adventures….

Bookish Friday:  “You’ll Never Know, Dear”

Weekend Potpourri:  All the Usual Activities & More….

Review:  Every Last Lie (e-book), by Mary Kubica – (NetGalley – 6/27)Review:  The Red Hunter (e-book), by Lisa UngerReview:  The Beach Inn, by Joanne DeMaio (Author Review Request)

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One review book came via NetGalley, and I downloaded two purchased books and one Kindle Prime freebie.

Mrs. Fletcher (e-book), by Tom Perrotta – (NG – 8/1/17)

 

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Freebie:

Stillhouse Lake (e-book), by Rachel Caine

 

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Purchases:

Purity (e-book), by Jonathan Franzen

 

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Bad Housekeeping (e-book), by Maia Chance

 

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WHAT’S NEXT?

You’ll Never Know, Dear (e-book), by Hallie Ephron

 

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Good Me, Bad Me, by Ali Land

 

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And maybe this one:

The Summer House (e-book), by Hannah McKinnon

 

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That was my week.  Here’s what I’m doing today….the book was one I finished up earlier this morning.

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: WELCOME, JUNE!

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

 

Another week has flown by!  I read and reviewed four books, two of them NetGalley reviews, and my Read the Books You Buy total is now at 47.

The 90 – 100 degree heat has kept me indoors with the AC….which explains the four books read.

I’ve been watching Season 5 of House of Cards on Netflix, and The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.  Soon there will be another season of Orange Is the New Black.

I’m still watching (and loving) Season 3 of Better Call Saul, on AMC, but there are only three episodes left. Sigh.

I think the skin condition is ALMOST under control.

Finally my new little flat screen TV for the office arrived, and the Geek Squad set it up for me.   I like listening to it as background noise when I’m at my computer.

 

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What else happened this week?

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  A Week in Transition…

Overcoming the Past:  Excerpting “Embrace the Whirlwind”

Tuesday Sparks:  “Same Beach, Next Year”

Hump Day Sparks:  What a Reading Week!

Goodbye to May!  A Wrap-Up…

From the Interior:  My Thoughts…

Bookish Friday:  “One Good Thing”

Friday Potpourri:  The Mounting TBR Pile…

Review:  How It All Began (e-book), by Penelope LivelyReview:  The Breakdown (e-book), by B. A. Paris (NetGalley – 6/20)Review:  It’s Always the Husband (e-book), by Michele CampbellReview:  Beach House for Rent (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Two books came in my mailbox!  One for review, the other a purchase.  Then I downloaded (purchased) e-books.

The Beach Inn, by Joanne DeMaio (Author Review Request)

 

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Good Me, Bad Me, by Ali Land (Purchased)

 

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Downloads:

Watching the Detectives , Book 5 (e-book), by Julie Mulhern

 

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White Fur (e-book), by Jardine Libaire

 

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UP NEXT?  These two…and whatever else my mood dictates….

The Swallow’s Nest, by Emilie Richards (Author Review Request)

 

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One Good Thing (e-book), by Wendy Wax

 

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That was my week….what did yours look like?  Last night, I enjoyed one of my favorite soups at the neighborhood Elephant Bar.

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: HAPPY HOLIDAY WEEKEND!

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

 

Happy holidays to those who celebrate Memorial Day.  It is plenty hot here, and I’m loving the functioning AC, which one can never really take for granted.

My week has been busy, with four books read and reviewed.  Two were review books, and two were purchased, bringing my totals for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge to 45.

All week I’ve been fighting my hair dye reaction, and at this point, all is almost back to normal.  I am seriously rethinking hair dye, though.  The reaction was painful…and let’s just say I don’t want to go through it again.

I shopped for a new flat screen TV for my office, but the one I picked out was too big for the space, which I didn’t realize until the delivery guy arrived.  There were unexpected “legs” on it.  Back to the drawing board!

I have been watching Season 3 of Bloodline, and how depressing are those folks!  Their problems are huge, and I cannot see any good ending for any of them.

I have watched through Episode 7 of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.  Loving it!

I’m sipping iced tea and contemplating the week ahead…but first let’s look at last week.

 

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Curling up on My Comfy Couch

Tuesday Sparks: “Miss You”

Meet the Domestic Diva:  An Excerpt from “Interior Designs “

Keeping Track:  An Update

Tuesday Potpourri:  A Day of Anticipation…and Some Relief

Hump Day Sparks:  Engaging Reads…

Thoughts on a Thursday…

Bookish Friday:  “It’s Always the Husband”

Friday Potpourri:  My Thursday, An Unexpected Day, with Twists…

Review:  Secrets in Summer, by Nancy Thayer (Amazon Vine)Review:  Into the Water (e-book), by Paula HawkinsReview:  #GIRLBOSS (e-book), by Sophia AmorusoReview:  The Wildling Sisters, by Eve Chase (Amazon Vine)

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One book I purchased came in my mailbox…and I received an e-ARC from NetGalley.

The Other Girl (e-book), by Erica Spindler – (NetGalley – 8/22/17)

 

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Purchased:

The Comfort of Others, by Kay Langdale

 

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  How It All Began (e-book), by Penelope Lively

 

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I hope to start reading some of my June 20-27 NetGalley reads, like these:

 

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

 

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

 

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

On Thursday, I had a day outside the box and enjoyed Happy Hour with these goodies:

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: HOT DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!

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…

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

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)

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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)

 

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

 

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Purchased Print Book: (Mailbox)

Dangerous Crossing, by Rachel Rhys

 

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Purchased Downloads:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

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

 

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On My List:

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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.

This week has been an interesting mix of hot days and some cooler days with wind.  I am sick of the wind, but I guess I can wait a little while for the triple digit heat.

Looking back on the week, I was busy doing things that were not that memorable…and then I had a manicure, which I enjoyed.

I planned to have a nice relaxing day today—blogging, reading, etc., but I got a call from the management of the condos saying there was a broken pipe in one of the units attached to mine, and in order to determine if the rest of us were affected, plumbers were coming out…and the window of time involved might be the whole weekend!  I wasn’t happy, but I tried to read and not think about it.

Late afternoon:  got a call that the problem was isolated in the front unit, and mine would not need work, nor would they need access to mine.  Yay!  I remember a few years ago when a pipe was broken in my walls and three days later, after a lot of chaos, they had it fixed.  So I was not looking forward to more of that.

Feeling very relieved, I did settle in with my book.  And then thought I should go ahead and write this post, never knowing what unexpected events might come along.

I did finish reading and reviewing three books this week, and my total for the challenge is 41.  Two of the books I read were Vine and NetGalley review books, so they did not count for the challenge.

I finally set up my new patio umbrella this week, and enjoyed a cup of coffee while looking out at the new outdoor space.  It was already too warm to actually go out there.

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there in blog land. 

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monday Sparks:  Musing About Books…

Tuesday Sparks: Changing & Rearranging…

Tuesday Potpourri:  “Not a Sound”

Hump Day Sparks:  A Week of Reading….

Coffee Morning with Photos & Thoughts….

Bookish Friday:  “Into the Water”

A Year Ago:  Revisiting Mother’s Day 2016

Weekend Sparks:  Family Mementos…

Review:  What’s Become of Her, by Deb Caletti (Amazon Vine Review)Review:  A Mother’s Confession (e-book), by Kelly RimmerReview:  Not a Sound (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf – (NetGalley – 5/30)

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

My physical mailbox held two review books and one purchased book; my e-mail inbox brought me a NetGalley review book; and I downloaded three books that I bought.

Secrets in Summer, by Nancy Thayer (Amazon Vine)

 

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The Wildling Sisters, by Eve Chase (Amazon Vine)

 

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The Swallow’s Nest, by Emilie Richards (Author Review Request)

 

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Lies She Told (e-book), by Cate Holahan (NetGalley – 9/12)

 

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Purchases:

Fairy Tale Interrupted, by Rosemarie Terenzio

 

 

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Purchased Downloads:

Sycamore (e-book), by Bryn Chancellor

 

 

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The People at Number 9 (e-book), by Felicity Everett

 

 

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How It All Began (e-book), by Penelope Lively (I love this cover!)

 

 

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading (about half finished) – The Night the Lights Went Out (e-book), by Karen White

 

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My List for This Week:

He Said/She Said (e-book), by Erin Kelly – (NetGalley – 6/6)

 

 

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The Widow of Wall Street (e-book), by Randy Susan Meyers

 

 

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And then I will let my moods dictate what is next.  What did your week look like?  Special adventures, books, or food?

On Thursday, after my mani, I had a pizza at California Pizza Kitchen with my margarita.  Since I usually have soup or salad, I could not eat the whole thing there.  I brought most of the pizza home with me afterwards.

 

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