WEEKLY UPDATES: BINGE-WATCHING, 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.

 

Warmer days have been conducive to staying indoors, but I didn’t read more.  Only TWO books read and reviewed this week.  One was a review book, and one was a book from my purchased stacks, bringing my Read the Books You Buy Challenge total to 48 books.

The Summer Mini-Bloggiesta is coming next weekend, and, of course, I have already started making changes on my target blog:  An Interior Journey.

There was a bit of rearranging of my interiors again this week, in response to last week’s new addition:  the office TV.

Netflix and Hulu kept me busy binge-watching.  I finished Season 5 of House of Cards, watched another episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, and started Season 5 of Orange is the New Black.

Morning hours might find me outdoors on the patio, cool enough for reading and breakfast.

 

Let’s take a look back at the week….

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Changing the Interiors….

Tuesday Potpourri:  My Ever-Changing Stacks…

Tuesday Sparks:  “Sycamore”

Hump Day Sparks:  What Was Your Week Like?

My “New” Interior World:  Thoughts…

Bookish Friday:  “Every Last Lie”

Friday Potpourri:  Home & Family….

Review:  The Swallow’s Nest, by Emilie Richards (Author Review Request)Review:  One Good Thing (e-book, Book 5), by Wendy Wax

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INCOMING BOOKS (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!  But…I downloaded three newly released e-books.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Every Last Lie (e-book), by Mary Kubica (NetGalley Review – 6/27/17)

 

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And then…perhaps:

The Red Hunter (e-book), by Lisa Unger

 

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

 

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

 

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And that was my week.  What did yours look like?  On Wednesday, I enjoyed this lunch with a friend at the Cheesecake Factory….

 

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BOOKISH SATURDAY WITH SNAPSHOTS: BOOKS, FAMILY, & HOME

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Welcome to a special Saturday edition:  Bookish Saturday & Saturday Snapshot.  For SS participants, click on over to West Metro Mommy Reads.

As usual, we will celebrate bookish things…and also enjoy some home and family moments.

First, I found this book on a blog this week, and while it won’t be out until July, I had to bookmark it and share it.  It is the fifth book in the Frieda Klein mystery series, and I am so excited.  It is Friday on My Mind, by Nicci French.

 

 

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When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man’s wrist is a hospital band. On it are the words Dr F. Klein.

But psychotherapist Frieda Klein is very much alive. And, after evidence linking her to the murder is discovered, she becomes the prime suspect.

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Currently I am reading The Life You’ve Imagined, by Kristina Riggle, which I should finish tonight.

 

 

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Next I plan to read Eat the Document, by Dana Spiotta, a story that is reminiscent of an earlier era, the 1970s, but which takes us forward to the 1990s, revealing the consequences experienced by the characters.

 

 

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Blurb:  In the heyday of the 1970s underground, Bobby DeSoto and Mary Whittaker — passionate, idealistic, and in love — design a series of radical protests against the Vietnam War. When one action goes wrong, the course of their lives is forever changed. The two must erase their past, forge new identities, and never see each other again.

Now it is the 1990s. Mary lives in the suburbs with her fifteen-year-old son, who spends hours immersed in the music of his mother’s generation. She has no idea where Bobby is, whether he is alive or dead.

Shifting between the protests in the 1970s and the consequences of those choices in the 1990s, Dana Spiotta deftly explores the connection between the two eras — their language, technology, music, and activism. Character-driven and brilliant, Eat the Document is an important and revelatory novel about the culture of rebellion, with particular resonance now.

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And here is another peek at Fiona, who will be graduating high school in early June…she is still playing around with new versions of herself.

 

 

a new Sweet Fi look

 

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In my interior world, I tried new vignettes…these are the ones on my mantle:  Disney characters that I edited a bit, as my version of “purging.”  The photo below shows the left  side of the mantle, (right to left) with Wynken, Blynken, & Nod, The Troll under the Bridge, The Cow Jumped over the Moon, Noah’s Ark, and Humpty Dumpty.

 

 

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On the right side of the mantle, left to right, we have the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, and Cinderella’s coach and characters….

 

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Here is an almost complete view of the mantle, and you catch a glimpse of my favorite clocks:

 

 

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I wonder what I will play around with next?

What are you showcasing today?  I hope you’ll stop by and share.

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