WEEKLY UPDATES: MORE TRIPLE DIGITS, NETFLIX, ETC.

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.

Has it been a week already since I last sat here on a Saturday morning, pondering the events of the past seven days?  The week has unfolded one day at a time, featuring triple digits…what else is new?  I did read and review FOUR books:  two were NetGalley review books, and the other two added to my Read the Books You Buy Challenge, now totaling 66 books.

I finished Season I of Ozark…which grew more and more like Breaking Bad as it progressed.  I hope there are more seasons!!

Next weekend, I am setting aside time to see the movie The Glass Castle, based on the book by Jeannette Walls.  Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, and Woody Harrelson star.

On Thursday, I got a manicure and changed up my nail color to dark blue, with minimal sparkles.  I needed to feel like something was changing here.  The photo, below, was snapped in my bedroom showing me “clutching” Pippa, my Kindle.  In the background you can see one set of bookshelves that now live in the room.

The rest of the week was more reading, some blogging, etc.  So let’s grab some coffee and take a closer look.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Correcting an Oversight:  Obsessively….

Tuesday Potpourri:  “Sunday Morning Coming Down”

Monthly Wrap-Up:  Hello August!

My Interior World:  Books, Comfy Setting, & My Nook….

Hump Day Potpourri:  Let’s Engage in Reading…

Hump Day Sparks:  Sharing the Moments…

My Interior World:  Coffee, Books, Dreams, Etc.

Bookish Friday:  “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands”

Friday Potpourri:  The Queens of Tidbits & Obsessions…

Review:  Emma in the Night (e-book), by Wendy Walker (NG – 8/8)Review:  Sunday Morning Coming Down, by Nicci FrenchReview:  The Bookshop on the Corner (e-book), by Jenny ColganReview:  The Other Girl (e-book), by Erica Spindler (NG – 8/22)

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Nothing in my physical mailbox…but an e-mail brought a new NetGalley review book:

The Best Kind of People (e-book), by Zoe Whittall (NetGalley – 9/19)

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Then I downloaded these e-books (purchased):

The Address (e-book), by Fiona Davis

Crime Scene (e-book), by Jonathan Kellerman/Jesse Kellerman

The Truth We Bury (e-book), by Barbara Taylor Sissel

The Identicals (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand

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WHAT’S NEXT?

I am caught up on NetGalley books until mid-September, so I’ve reached out for some books from my TBR:

Currently Reading:  Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, by Chris Bohjalian

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Then…my list includes these books, but I might veer off course:

Swimming Lessons (e-book), by Claire Fuller

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

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And that’s my week…what did yours look like?  Oh, here’s my late lunch from Thursday: Corn Chowder, Caesar Salad, Strawberry Margarita…and Pippa, my Kindle.

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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: BLOGGIESTA IS COMING!

 

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.

 

Ooh, yummy cup of coffee!  My coffee pot died yesterday (it was too soon, I thought!), but sadly, I had to go get a new one.  However, there is nothing better tasting than a fresh pot from a brand new machine.  After buying it, and a few other things I will need for my beach weekend, I had lots of coffee (and mimosas) at Mimi’s.  Just to assuage my caffeine withdrawal until I could get home and make a pot.

 

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A week of mostly sunshine…again.  I even had to turn the air conditioner on for a little bit.  But…I am not certain that we are done with the rain.

Busy days, errands, appointments, including my annual physical exam..and THREE books read and reviewed.  My total at Read the Books You Buy:  27.

Guess what is coming this week!  Spring Bloggiesta, from March 20-26.  I’ve already started, as you can probably tell.  I will be working primarily on this blog, but the other five will get a tweak or two.

I am looking forward to more Big Little Lies on Sunday…and The Good Fight.  I am also hooked on Scandal again, on Netflix.

I had a nice long phone chat with my second son, the one from LA…he is the only one of my grown kids who actually enjoys talking on the phone instead of primarily texting. 

I’ve been missing my Skype calls from my eldest; the nine hour time difference and busy schedules can be such a barrier.  He and his wife did a recent photo shoot at the Prague Hilton.  Here they are, ready to go.

 

 

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Let’s take a peek at last week’s blog posts…and have another cup of coffee:

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

A Sunday Coffee Chat:  Planning My Day…

My Journey:  Book Musings…

Curl up with “The Futures”

A Journey through My Shelves….

Hump Day Sparks:  A Reading Journey

Spring Bloggiesta:  Sign-Up Post….

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts…

Bookish Friday:  “Never Change”

Interior Thoughts:  A Prague Photo Shoot….

Review:  The Mother’s Promise (e-book), by Sally HepworthReview:  The Futures (e-book), by Anna PitoniakReview:  Idaho (e-book), by Emily Ruskovich

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One Vine Review book came in my mailbox…and I also received a purchased book.  Two NetGalley Review books came to my Kindle…and I purchased three downloads.

Small Hours, by Jennifer Kitses (Amazon Vine)

 

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California Dreamin’, Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas, by Penelope Bagieu (Purchased)

 

 

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Downloads:

Bridges:  A Daphne White Novel (e-book), by Maria Murnane (NetGalley – 4/4/17)

 

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The Idea of You (e-book), by Amanda Prowse – (NetGalley – 3/21/17)

 

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

 

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The Widower’s Wife (e-book), by Cate Holahan – (Purchased)

 

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Swimming Lessons (e-book), by Claire Fuller – (Purchased)

 

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Never Change (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg

 

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Then….some review books, etc., like these:

 

The Idea of You (e-book), by Amanda Prowse (NetGalley – 3/21-17)

 

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Bridges:  A Daphne White Novel (e-book), by Maria Murnane – (NetGalley – 4/4/17)

 

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One Perfect Lie (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – (NetGalley – 4/11/17)

 

 

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That was my week!  What did yours look like?  Grab some coffee, a mimosa, and let’s chat:

 

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MY WEEKLY UPDATES: ENJOYING THE MOMENTS

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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 now hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

This week brought a mixture of hot days and rainy ones.  The rainy ones were a treat, but one night seemed kind of stormy…and I hoped the power wouldn’t go out.  It didn’t. 

After years of not subscribing to the newspaper, I am back to enjoying a paper on the weekends.  It feels right, somehow.  Coffee and a paper.

 

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I finishing reading and reviewing only three books this week…but that’s how it goes sometimes.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Blue Mondays Musings:  Reading Buddies?

Pondering the Future:  An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

My Interior World:  The Final Phase?

Tuesday Potpourri:  Intros/Teasers – “Bittersweet”

From the Interior:  Waiting on “Evil Never Dies”

My Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts:  Reading & Relaxing

Curl up with Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “The Liar”

Saturday Sparks:  Moments

Review:  Eat the Document (e-book), by Dana Spiotta

Review:  The Secrets She Keeps (e-book), by Deb Caletti (NetGalley)

Review:  Guilt, by Jonathan Kellerman

 

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received ONE review book from NetGalley…and downloaded a book I purchased.

Black-Eyed Susans (e-book), by Julia Heaberlin (NetGalley)

 

 

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For fans of Laura Lippman and Gillian Flynn comes an electrifying novel of stunning psychological suspense.

I am the star of screaming headlines and campfire ghost stories.
I am one of the four Black-Eyed Susans.
The lucky one.

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A Snitch in Time (e-book, Book 3), by Sunny Frazier

 

 

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When sheriff’s department office assistant Christy Bristol takes a long weekend to visit her friend, Lennie, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, it’s not the vacation she anticipated. A murder has just occurred and Christy is conscripted by the homicide team to handle the reports. To add to her frustration, she gets in a fight with Lennie over her friend’s arrogant boyfriend and has no place to stay. The detectives put her up in a forest ranger’s cabin while he is away fighting fires.

As the body count grows, it becomes apparent the killer is targeting undesirables in the town of Burlap. One victim’s girlfriends calls Christy and accuses a deputy of the murders. Christy doesn’t know whether to believe the snitch or not. Could a killer really be hiding behind his badge? Using astrology, she casts a reverse horoscope to profile him, but puts her own life at risk.

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WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Currently Reading:  Little Black Lies (e-book), by Sandra Block

 

 

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Bittersweet, by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (Vine)

 

 

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The Shore, by Sara Taylor (Vine)

 

 

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Every Fifteen Minutes (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline

 

 

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So that’s my week, past and upcoming…what did yours look like?  Grab a mimosa to celebrate!

 

mimosa time

 

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