WEEKLY UPDATES: THE WEEK SLID BY….

 

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 week slid by while I wasn’t even doing all that much.  But here we are, ready to total up the memorable moments.  I did read and review THREE books this week.  Two were review books:  one an author review request, and the other from NetGalley.  I read one book from my own purchases, bringing my Read the Books You Buy Challenge total to  29 books!

I started watching another show on Netflix:  13 Reasons Why.  Has anyone else seen it?  On regular TV, I’m watching Season III of Better Call Saul.  After having binge-watched five seasons of Scandal on Netflix, I’m now enjoying Season 6 on ABC.

This weekend, I plan to scroll through titles on Amazon Prime Videos…and some more on Netflix.  And I’ll read some, too.

For fun, my daughter shared some photos:  On the left:  Heather at fourteen next to a photo of her son Noah at fourteen:

 

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They do seem to be related…LOL.  My eldest son had fun playing with Photoshop, and put a fringe and long hair on Noah’s photo (below), after which he apologized to Noah profusely:

 

As you can tell, we have a quirky sense of humor in our family.

Nowlet’s take a look at last week:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Sparks:  “Slightly South of Simple”

Tuesday Potpourri:  What’s Great About Tuesdays?

Hump Day Reading:  A Great Week….

Thoughts on a Thursday….

Bookish Friday:  “The Widower’s Wife”

Well-Loved Treasures from the Past….

Weekend Potpourri:  After “The Fast”….

Review:  The Perfect Stranger (e-book), by Megan Miranda – NetGalley – 4/11Review:  Slightly South of Simple, by Kristy Woodson Harvey – (Author Review Request)Review:  The Widower’s Wife (e-book), by Cate Holahan

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No books came in my mailbox!  I did purchase three downloads.

The Widow of Wall Street (e-book), by Randy Susan Meyers

 

 

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The Night the Lights Went Out (e-book), by Karen White

 

 

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The Dark Flood Rises (e-book), by Margaret Drabble

 

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  The Widow’s House (e-book), by Carol Goodman

 

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And then…some more of the books I’ve purchased, such as these:

The Secrets You Keep (e-book), by Kate White

 

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The Arrangement (e-book), by Sarah Dunn

 

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That was my week….and here is something tasty to think about:

 

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RAINY DAY READING: CURLING UP WITH BOOKS & NETFLIX

When I woke up this morning, I peered out the window, as I usually do…and I was surprised to see the rain.  Yes, it was a little cloudy yesterday, but I hadn’t actually realized it might rain.

 

But…it’s okay!  I planned to stay home today and curl up and read…and one of my favorite Netflix shows has added Season II today (Grace and Frankie).

 

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My viewing station in the bedroom is all ready…because of my changes this week, with several switcheroos.  Check my Shake-ups post, or the one that started it all, Favorite Places:

 

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But I have reading to accomplish first….I’m currently reading What We Find, by Robyn Carr…Book One in the Sullivan’s Crossing series.

 

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Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a lawsuit—and experiencing levels of anxiety she’s never faced before. She knows she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan’s Crossing.

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I’m loving the setting and the characters…hope to finish this one today!

I changed the theme and header here last night….I always love making changes, whether they are in my home interiors…or on my blogs.

What do you enjoy fixing or changing?  Or do you like things to remain the same?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: DISTRACTIONS….

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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 let’s join Kathryn, our new leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at The Book Date.

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This past week was a good one for blogging, but I only finished reading and reviewing TWO books.  I am halfway through the third one, but I’ve been so distracted by various things, in life and on Netflix…LOL.  Last night I took Pippa with me to have a light dinner in the neighborhood: Shepherd’s Pie, Caesar Salad, and a glass of wine.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Falling Back – Time Changes & Thoughts of the Past

Monday Ramblings: Past, Present, Etc.

At Home with Family: Excerpted from “Interior Designs”

Waiting on “The Passenger”

Hump Day Potpourri: A Sentimental Journey

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts: All Is Not Glamour in Tinsel Town

Bookish Friday:  Excerpting “The Accident Season”

Interior Thoughts: Changes & Looking Back

Saturday Sparks:  Versions of Halloween

Review: Maybe in Another Life (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Review: Ice Cold (e-book), by Tess Gerritsen

 

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AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE:

Trish @ Between My Lines writes “Why You Should Plan for a Successful Blog! Like a Blogging Ninja!

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One book I purchased came in my mailbox…and I received an e-ARC from NetGalley.

The Passenger (e-book), by Lisa Lutz (NetGalley – Release Date – March 1, 2016)

 

 

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Wildflower, by Drew Barrymore

 

 

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

Currently Reading:  Three Story House (e-book), by Courtney Miller Santo

 

 

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As for the rest of my planned reads, it’s all up in the air.  Maybe these:

 

All the Houses, by Karen Olsson (Vine)

 

 

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After I Do (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid

 

 

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

 

 

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  Let’s toast to the upcoming week!

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: THEY’RE BACK!

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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.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

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)

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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)

 

 

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Download:  Purchased

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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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.

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

Pretty Girls, by Karin Slaughter

 

 

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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!

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WEEKLY UPDATES: NETFLIX, ETC.

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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.

The week flew by, and while I didn’t achieve any records in my books read totals, I did manage a decent number:  three.  The books were quite diverse and enjoyable.

I also found myself bingeing on Netflix, finishing up Lipstick Jungle and beginning with Cedar Cover.

Now I’m enjoying a cup of coffee and pondering what happened this past week.

 

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Changing up the Blog & My Interior World

Chasing Away the Blues…Again!

Merging & Deleting – My Interior Thoughts

Curl up with Intros/Teasers – “The Summer Girls”

Serendipitous Wednesday: Waiting for “Flight Patterns”

Caroline’s Obsession Continues: An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

Does My Blog Sparkle? – Changes…

Fun & Games – Beyond the Books

Bookish Friday: Excerpts & Bookish News

Saturday Sparks: Baby Love!

Review: Cold Spring Harbor (e-book), by Richard Yates

Review: The Summer Girls, Book 1 (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe

Review: My Real Children (e-book), by Jo Walton

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Another empty mailbox, but I downloaded, via purchase, two e-books:

Who Do You Love (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner

 

 

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The Summer Wind (Book 2) (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe

 

 

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

Currently Reading:  The Mistake I Made (e-book), by Paula Daly (NetGalley – To Be Released on 9/8)

 

 

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

 

 

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In the Unlikely Event (e-book), by Judy Blume

 

 

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So that was my week…and what I am looking forward to in the upcoming week.  What did yours look like?  I also enjoyed more purging, and here is one of my bookshelves AFTER:

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: CATCHING UP!

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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 week was full of reading and blogging.  My house is back in order, anticipating the return of the Berliners next month.  Let’s gather around, with our coffee, tea, or mimosas…and chat.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri: Changing up My Space

Chasing Away the Blues: More Purging

Serendipitous Tuesday: Excerpting “X: (Kinsey Millhone Book #24)”

An Unexpected Phone Call: Excerpted from “Interior Designs”

Beyond the Books: Here is My Blogging Universe

Bookish Friday: Excerpting “We Never Asked for Wings”

Looking Back on the Summer and Beyond: Saturday Snapshots

Review: Friday on My Mind, by Nicci French

Review: April & Rain (e-book), by Sarah Crossan

Review: X (Kinsey Millhone #24)(e-book), by Sue Grafton (NetGalley)

Review: We Never Asked for Wings, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Vine)

 

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No books in the mailbox!  I did purchase two downloaded books.

Broken Homes & Gardens (e-book), by Rebecca Kelley

 

 

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The Race for Paris (e-book), by Meg Waite Clayton

 

 

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

Currently Reading:  Cold Spring Harbor (e-book), by Richard Yates

 

 

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The Summer Girls (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe

 

 

 

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The Mistake I Made (e-book), by Paula Daly (NetGalley) (Available 9/8/15)

 

 

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What a week!  It was hot, I got a lot done, and now I plan to binge on Netflix for a while.  What did your week look like?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: THE BERLINERS ARE COMING!

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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.

 

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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.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

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)

 

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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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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Those Secrets We Keep, by Emily Liebert (Vine)

 

 

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Blood Red, by Wendy Corsi Staub (Vine)

 

 

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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.

 

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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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