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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.

What a week!  There were some fabulous books, there was a little blogging, and I had numerous errands around the neighborhood, since it is the time of the month for stocking up on things.  A nice lunch mid-week…and then, exciting news from Berlin.  My eldest son and his wife are flying over on July 3, to visit with us!  Yay!  The photo, below, is an older one of the two of them.  Since he is a photographer professionally, he is seldom photographed…funny how that works.  And, of course, he has to joke around in front of the camera.


Craig and Gabi

They will arrive in LA first, and then work their way up here.  Suddenly I have the urge to clean the house and get everything ready!

Meanwhile, I did a little blogging.


Books & Bookstores- Nostalgic Moments

Tuesday Potpourri: Excerpts from “The New Neighbor”

Eagerly Awaiting: “We Never Asked for Wings”

Beyond the Books: Collections

Bookish Fridays: Excerpts from “The House of Memories”

Celebrating Family: Saturday Snapshots

Review: A Week at the Lake, by Wendy Wax (Review Book)

Review: Before We Met (e-book), by Lucie Whitehouse

Review: The Neighbors (e-book), by Ania Ahlborn

Review: The New Neighbor (e-book), by Leah Stewart (NetGalley)



INCOMING BOOKS (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon):

I received ONE review book from NetGalley, and purchased two books:  one download and one from Barnes & Noble.

(Addendum:  On Saturday, I received a book from Amazon Vine)

Freedom’s Child, by Jax Miller








Ana of California (e-book), by Andi Teran (NetGalley)






Once Upon a Time There Was You (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg (Purchased for reread)






Catching Air, by Sarah Pekkanen (Purchased from B & N)






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

Currently Reading:  Ana of California (e-book), by Andi Teran (NetGalley)






Those Secrets We Keep, by Emily Liebert (Vine)






Blood Red, by Wendy Corsi Staub (Vine)






That’s my week…I know that I’ll be busy getting ready for my European house guests (can you tell I’m excited?), so I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done.

Today I plan to keep binge-watching on Netflix. For the past couple of days, I’ve been watching Bloodline, with Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Kyle Chandler, Chloe Sevigny, etc.



Lots of drama within a family, the Rayburns, who run a hotel in the Florida Keys.  Would you say that I am addicted?  This always happens for me with these Netflix shows.

Enjoy your week…and I’m off to drink more coffee, too.



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Welcome to our Bookish & Not So Bookish Thoughts, hosted by Christine, at Bookishly Boisterous...and to a Thursday, with the weekend fast approaching.  I am late to the party today, having had a very strange night.

I took a late nap around 7:00 p.m, which was ridiculous, and then, after a couple of hours, read for a while.  I fell asleep after watching a show on my DVR and woke up again at 2:00 a.m.

Yes, that’s what I get for that late nap!  I got up, went to the living room and read some more.  Then I napped again for a couple of hours….and now I hope I can stay up late tonight again, without further naps.  Ridiculous!





I suspect my day was off kilter yesterday because of the errands I ran.  First I took these two bags of books to the library…they were heavy, since most of them were hardcovers.  I had cleared out another shelf in my bedroom.


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My bedroom, minus that shelf:



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After the library, I picked up some more bins at Target, and then thought:  why not go pick up that prescription at Kaiser?  Ha!  It was one of those medications that they won’t prepare until you show up, even if you order it online…and I discovered this after waiting in a very long line.  An hour-and-a-half later, I had the meds, and I was feeling GRUMPY, to say the least.



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My mood improved after I got home, watched a couple of shows, had a very large bowl of ice cream…and then finished reading my book.  A book that I could not put down, so I finished it later and wrote my review.  Those Girls, by Chevy Stevens, wrapped itself around me and held on tight. (Click title for my review).





So now my mood is 100% improved, and to “cleanse my palate” after my last four reads, which were suspense thrillers, I am reading The Life You’ve Imagined, by Kristina Riggle.





I am enjoying it…and maybe I’ll even sleep tonight…


What are your Thursday Thoughts?  Gripping reads or frustrating moments in your day?