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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.

Wow, what a week!  I only read and reviewed ONE book, although I’m halfway through another.  I did a bit of blogging, but my focus has been on my returning house guests (they’re here now!), and Mad Men.  I stayed up until 3:30 a.m. to finish the seven episodes of Season 7 that are on Netflix...and then spent this morning trying to get the additional episodes on Amazon Video.  I found them, but decided to wait, since they are 1.99 an episode…yes, I’m cheap!

This morning I am here (below), drinking coffee and trying to stay awake.





Mini-Bloggiesta Sign-Up Post: September 17-20

Anticipating The Berliners’ Return: Monday Potpourri

Tuesday Sparks: Intros/Teasers – “My Salinger Year”

Serendipitous Wednesday: Waiting for “Somewhere Out There”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Fantasies, Etc.

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts: “Sleeping with the Enemy”

Spiffing Up My Interior World – The Berliners Return!

Bookish Friday: Excerpts from “All the Summer Girls”

Autumn Leaves: Nostalgic Moments

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


INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No books in my snail mail box, but I received one e-ARC from NetGalley

The Lake House (e-book), by Kate Morton (NetGalley – Release date – 10/20)






Download:  Purchased

The Girls of August (e-book), by Anne Rivers Siddons






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


Currently Reading:  All the Summer Girls (e-book), by Meg Donohue





As for what’s next…I will continue trying to read the books from last week’s list….

My Salinger Year (e-book), by Joanna Rakoff and Scared Scriptless (e-book), by Alison Sweeney.


Since I’m being “pie in the sky” ambitious, maybe this one:

Pretty Girls, by Karin Slaughter






That’s what my reading/blogging world looks like…and I predict that there will be very little reading and blogging in the days ahead, but there will be lots of late-night watching of Amazon Videos, Netflix, etc.  Enjoy your week!





Welcome!  It is Thursday, and even though I have been absent from this event for a while, I am delighted to return with some Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts.  Check out the host, Christine.

For Saturday’s Snapshot post, check in with Melinda, at West Metro Mommy Reads.

For most of July, I have been hosting my eldest son and his wife, newly arrived from Berlin.  They stayed all month, and now are up north visiting other family members.  They will return in early September and stay most of the month….and when they fly out, this time they will be headed to Prague, where they met several years ago.

Before they arrived in my Central Valley city, they spent July 4th weekend in LA, and here are some of their photos.  My second son lives in an apartment in Hollywood, called The Broadway.  Great for rooftop shots, like this one of Gabi on the roof:


Gabi - from the rooftop- July


Here is my son Craig on the rooftop…the building sign is reversed.  They spent a lot of time in this rooftop pool.



Craig on The Broadway roof

Here is the sign, lit up:



The Broadway - 1



When they arrived here, in our less than celestial city, we visited the mountains, enjoyed a lake, and ate lots of good food at my daughter’s house.   We had one lunch here, below, in an Old Town hotel.


a little Shaver Lake pub


Craig & Gabi -Old Town Hotel

On our last night together, Craig made spinach enchiladas, and we watched back-to-back movies.

While they were here, my office, temporarily, was this one in the dining room:



temporary office 2

At least I was close to the coffee pot!

Now I am back in my normal office, left, minus the bulky bookcase that once jutted out into the room(right)…it is now in the garage.








Here is the abandoned bookcase, full of books to donate:

bookcase with donated books


July was a relatively non-bookish month.  I only read and reviewed TEN books…a very low number for me.  But I had a lot of fun.

Now I am moving back and forth between books on my Kindle:  first I chose Some Luck, by Jane Smiley, but stalled after just 26 pages!

So now I am reading Lost Lake, by Sarah Addison Allen, a book that has been on my Kindle for quite a while.






So that was my month.  What did your month/week look like?