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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 hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

And, in anticipation of Sheila’s return to lead us in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, check out Book Journey.

My reading has improved, even though I am easily distracted by purging, blog deleting, and rearranging of furniture.  So far this month, I have read and reviewed 13 books, an improvement over last month’s 10.

To celebrate a productive week, I had lunch at the Elephant Bar today…I am stuffed!  Creamy mac and cheese, a Caesar salad, and a Martini.


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Sunday Potpourri: Revisiting the Past

Let’s Chat About Blogging and Reading

Pre-Adolescent Angst & a Trial Begins: Excerpted from “Interior Designs”

Tuesday Sparks: Excerpting “One Moment, One Morning”

Saying Goodbye Once Again: Another Blog Bites the Dust

A Guilty Pleasure: Waiting for “The Good Goodbye”

Bookish Friday: Excerpting “Before the Storm”

Savoring My Guilty Pleasures: Books & Brunch

Summer is Winding Down: Saturday Snapshots

Review: The Mistake I Made (e-book), by Paula Daly (NetGalley)

Review: One Moment, One Morning (e-book), by Sarah Rayner

Review: An Unlikely Event (e-book), by Judy Blume



INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Two review books this week:  one print book in the mailbox from Amazon Vine; and one e-ARC from NetGalley.  One download purchased.

The In-Between Hour, by Barbara Claypole White






The Good Neighbor (e-book), by Amy Sue Nathan (NetGalley – Release Date – 10/13/15)






The Accident Season (e-book), by Moira Fowley-Doyle






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


Currently Reading:  Before the Storm (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain






The Hurricane Sisters (e-book), by Dorothea Benton Frank






Driving Lessons (e-book), by Zoe Fishman






The In-Between Hour, by Barbara Claypole White (Amazon Vine)






That was my week…what did yours look like?

After my lunch, I enjoyed this decadent Strawberry Shortcake dessert.


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Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous, to see what others are chatting about.

It feels spring-like here!  Yesterday I walked around the outdoor mall in my neighborhood and ended up having lunch with a friend at Dai Bai Dang, a place I enjoy every now and then.  We almost sat at the outdoor dining area…but then did not.



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I love having the appetizers as my “lunch,” along with a cocktail…and a dessert of green tea ice cream.

Yes, I had it all!

The best thing about lunches after retirement is that you are not limited to an hour, like in your “before” life.  So we lingered…eating, chatting, etc.

Home at last, I felt stuffed…and didn’t have dinner.  Just a snack bar at the end of the day.

And I felt decadent!


While I was waiting for my friend to arrive—I always get to places early!—I started reading The Girl on the Train  on Sparky, my Kindle.  It isn’t on my reading list for the week, but I didn’t want to bring the big hardcover along, Copper Beach, which I am also reading.








I don’t often read two books at once, but when I do, one of them is bound to be on Sparky.


I couldn’t help myself!  I went to the Vine list, just to check and see what was available.  I know, not a good thing to do if you are cutting back on ARCs….but then I found this one!  I was going to buy it anyway, so why not order it from Vine?  I’m good at rationalizing….LOL

So I did.

The Day We Met, by Rowan Coleman has been on my “waiting for” list, since I have enjoyed several other books by this author.






For fans of Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You comes a beautifully written, heartwarming novel about mothers and daughters, husbands and wives. The Day We Met asks: Can you love someone you don’t remember falling in love with?

A gorgeous husband, two beautiful children, a job she loves—Claire’s got it all. And then some. But lately, her mother hovers more than a helicopter, her husband Greg seems like a stranger, and her kids are like characters in a movie. Three-year-old Esther’s growing up in the blink of an eye, and twenty-year-old Caitlin, with her jet-black hair and clothes to match, looks like she’s about to join a punk band—and seems to be hiding something. Most concerning, however, is the fact that Claire is losing her memory, including that of the day she met Greg.


Now I have one more ARC headed my way….what can I do, though?  The good news…my list is still fairly small.  I have TWO books headed my way.

What has your week brought to you?  What are you loving or hating?