WEEKLY UPDATES: HOT DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!

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.

 

Sunny days are here again….with temperatures from 93 – 99 (Today through Monday); and the books I’ve read this week were so enjoyable!  Only THREE, with one of them a review book, so my Read the Books You Buy Challenge total is now 43.

I’ve gone a little crazy with NetGalley requests lately, not really expecting to get them all right away, but the ones I received are spread out a little bit.  I have a total of EIGHT on my Kindle, with release dates in June, July, August, and September.

Netflix is bringing out new seasons for some favorites, like Season III of Bloodline this week.  I started watching Midsomer Murders, and I am still glued to an episode at a time of 13 Reasons Why.

On TV, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal had their season finales this week.  I am enjoying Season III of Better Call Saul.

So….that’s a peek at my week.  Let’s take a closer look…

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Sparks:  “The Red Hunter”

Hump Day Sparks:  Current, Past, & Future Reading

Coffee Morning:  Family Bonding…& Memories

Bookish Friday:  “The People at Number 9”

Hope:  More Important Than Ever….

Review:  The Night the Lights Went Out (e-book), by Karen WhiteReview:  The Widow of Wall Street (e-book), by Randy Susan MeyersReview:  He Said/She Said (e-book), by Erin Kelly (NetGalley – 6/6)

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One purchased book was in my mailbox; my inbox brought two NetGalley review books; and I downloaded three e-books that I bought.

NetGalley Review Books:

Emma in the Night (e-book), by Wendy Walker (8/8/17)

 

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Beach House for Rent (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe (6/20/17)

 

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Purchased Print Book: (Mailbox)

Dangerous Crossing, by Rachel Rhys

 

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Purchased Downloads:

Say You’re Sorry (e-book), by Melinda Leigh

 

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Same Beach, Next Year (e-book), by Dorothea Benton Frank

 

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It’s Always the Husband (e-book), by Michele Campbell

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Secrets in Summer, by Nancy Thayer (Amazon Vine Review)

 

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On My List:

Into the Water (e-book), by Paula Hawkins

 

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The Breakdown (e-book), by B. A. Paris (NetGalley – 6/20/17)

 

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  I had lunch at The Yard House with my daughter on Monday…but forgot to photograph it!  Instead, here is this lunch I had at home before heading to the salon on Wednesday.  Greek Yogurt, Ritz Crackers, and red wine.  Eating simple food while gazing at my growing book stack…again.

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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.

This week has been an interesting mix of hot days and some cooler days with wind.  I am sick of the wind, but I guess I can wait a little while for the triple digit heat.

Looking back on the week, I was busy doing things that were not that memorable…and then I had a manicure, which I enjoyed.

I planned to have a nice relaxing day today—blogging, reading, etc., but I got a call from the management of the condos saying there was a broken pipe in one of the units attached to mine, and in order to determine if the rest of us were affected, plumbers were coming out…and the window of time involved might be the whole weekend!  I wasn’t happy, but I tried to read and not think about it.

Late afternoon:  got a call that the problem was isolated in the front unit, and mine would not need work, nor would they need access to mine.  Yay!  I remember a few years ago when a pipe was broken in my walls and three days later, after a lot of chaos, they had it fixed.  So I was not looking forward to more of that.

Feeling very relieved, I did settle in with my book.  And then thought I should go ahead and write this post, never knowing what unexpected events might come along.

I did finish reading and reviewing three books this week, and my total for the challenge is 41.  Two of the books I read were Vine and NetGalley review books, so they did not count for the challenge.

I finally set up my new patio umbrella this week, and enjoyed a cup of coffee while looking out at the new outdoor space.  It was already too warm to actually go out there.

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there in blog land. 

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monday Sparks:  Musing About Books…

Tuesday Sparks: Changing & Rearranging…

Tuesday Potpourri:  “Not a Sound”

Hump Day Sparks:  A Week of Reading….

Coffee Morning with Photos & Thoughts….

Bookish Friday:  “Into the Water”

A Year Ago:  Revisiting Mother’s Day 2016

Weekend Sparks:  Family Mementos…

Review:  What’s Become of Her, by Deb Caletti (Amazon Vine Review)Review:  A Mother’s Confession (e-book), by Kelly RimmerReview:  Not a Sound (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf – (NetGalley – 5/30)

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

My physical mailbox held two review books and one purchased book; my e-mail inbox brought me a NetGalley review book; and I downloaded three books that I bought.

Secrets in Summer, by Nancy Thayer (Amazon Vine)

 

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The Wildling Sisters, by Eve Chase (Amazon Vine)

 

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The Swallow’s Nest, by Emilie Richards (Author Review Request)

 

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Lies She Told (e-book), by Cate Holahan (NetGalley – 9/12)

 

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Purchases:

Fairy Tale Interrupted, by Rosemarie Terenzio

 

 

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Purchased Downloads:

Sycamore (e-book), by Bryn Chancellor

 

 

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The People at Number 9 (e-book), by Felicity Everett

 

 

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How It All Began (e-book), by Penelope Lively (I love this cover!)

 

 

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading (about half finished) – The Night the Lights Went Out (e-book), by Karen White

 

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My List for This Week:

He Said/She Said (e-book), by Erin Kelly – (NetGalley – 6/6)

 

 

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

 

 

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And then I will let my moods dictate what is next.  What did your week look like?  Special adventures, books, or food?

On Thursday, after my mani, I had a pizza at California Pizza Kitchen with my margarita.  Since I usually have soup or salad, I could not eat the whole thing there.  I brought most of the pizza home with me afterwards.

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A WARM WEEK….

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.

It has been another good reading week, with four books read and reviewed, and all were from my TBR Purchased stacks, which brings my total for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge to 40!

An absence of wind or rain has made my interiors feel more secure…although I did have maintenance come and apply an adhesive to that blasted skylight cover…and I had to order a new market umbrella to replace the one now in tatters.  It arrived yesterday…and I will try to put it up today!

On Hulu, I want to start watching The Handmaid’s Tale.…I loved the book, and saw a movie based on it a few years ago.  Margaret Atwood has suggested (in an interview) that the world in this story may not be that far off…..

Since yesterday was Cinco de Maya, I went out for this delicious Mexican meal, complete with margaritas…Yes, two.

 

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I thought about going to see the movie The Dinner today…and I’m still contemplating it.  Perhaps I will wait until it comes to Amazon Prime?  I didn’t love the book that much…but the cast of the movie does sound tempting:  Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall, Chloe Sevigny...to name a few.

 

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Now I think I’ll curl up and read some more…but first, let’s look at my week.

 

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

April Was Unforgettable – Monthly Wrap-Up

Monday Potpourri:  Dreaming of the Beach….

Tuesday Potpourri:  “Vivian in Red”

Hump Day Potpourri:  A Week of Reading….

Coffee, Etc. – A Bookish and Not So Bookish Week….

Bookish Friday:  “A Mother’s Confession”

Review:  The Roanoke Girls (e-book), by Amy EngelReview:  A Separation (e-book), by Katie KitamuraReview:  Hot Milk (e-book), by Deborah LevyReview:  Vivian in Red (e-book), by Kristina Riggle***

INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No books in the mailbox!  But I did receive one NetGalley review book...and then I downloaded four purchased books and one Kindle Prime freebie.

The Comfort of Secrets (e-book), by Christine Nolfi –(NetGalley – 7/18)

 

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North Haven (e-book), by Sarah Moriarty (Freebie)

 

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Purchases:

#GirlBoss (e-book), by Sophia Amoruso (I loved the Netflix show!)

 

 

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One Good Thing (e-book, Ten Beach Road Novel), by Wendy Wax

 

 

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Into the Water (e-book), by Paula Hawkins

 

 

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All the Best People (e-book), by Sonja Yoerg

 

 

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:

What’s Become of Her, by Deb Caletti (Amazon Vine Review)

 

 

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A Mother’s Confession (e-book), by Kelly Rimmer

 

 

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And then, how about these?

Not a Sound (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf – (NetGalley – 5/30)

 

 

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

 

 

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  While I am still stuffed from last night’s dinner, I am only dreaming of what I had earlier in the week…a delicious strawberry & melon salad, with a strawberry margarita.

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: THE SCARY WINDS CAME CALLING….

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**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.

When I talked about the lovely spring weather last week, I should have known.  Yes, this week has also had great sunny days…and then yesterday came.

Wind that was so strong that I had to fight my way through it to run my simple errands.  So strong that my (wait for it!) skylight cover came down in the kitchen…again!  This time it didn’t break, and I put it back up.  But now I am very leery of entering the kitchen.  Eyes trained upwards, I slink along, hoping to get whatever I need—coffee, food, etc.—without angering the Skylight Gods.  But to be fair, it’s the wind and rain that have been playing havoc here.

After living here for ten years, this year has been the first to bring down that stupid skylight cover THREE times now.  Or has it been four times?  I’m losing track.  Is this a sign?  That I should move?

Okay, let’s not be hasty, right?  Meanwhile, the rest of my week was awesome.  I actually read and reviewed FIVE books (one was pretty short);  and I wrote eight blog posts.  My total for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge 36 books!

My coffee table book stack dwindled this week, after I had read a few…so naturally, I had to add to it with more books from the office.  The migration pattern is this:  books begin their stacked life on the trunk in my office, and then they move to the coffee table in the living room (or reading room).  The unread books in this “new” stack start with America’s Queen, near the bottom, and move upwards to my Vine review book on top.  Two books on this new shelf were on the previous one…they will surely get read very soon.

 

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After not watching much Netflix this week, I suddenly found myself binge-watching #GIRLBOSS.  I have always enjoyed the star, Britt Robertson.  Expect to read that I’ve watched all of Season I by the end of the weekend.  My favorite thing?  The San Francisco setting.  It takes me back to my younger days when I lived there.

So…enough, already.  Let’s talk about last week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Sparks:  “The Roanoke Girls”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Books, Netflix, Etc.

Hump Day Reading:  It’s Been a Pleasure!

Let’s Share Some Coffee & Photos…

Thursday Potpourri:  Odd Tidbits, Etc.

A Bookworm’s Journey:  Keeping Track…

Bookish Friday:  “Sweet William”

How My Blogging Journey Began….

Review:  The Housekeeper (e-book), by Suellen DaintyReview:  The Princess Diarist, by Carrie FisherReview:  I Found You, by Lisa JewellReview:  Wait for the Rain (e-book), by Maria Murnane (Author Review RequestReview:  Sweet William (e-book), by Beryl Bainbridge***

INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!

I downloaded two purchased books this week…I couldn’t resist.

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

 

 

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The Affair (e-book), by Amanda Brooke

 

 

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  The Roanoke Girls (e-book), by Amy Engel.

 

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Then…should I be optimistic and list all the ones I WANT to read this week…or should I be realistic?

How about this one:

 

A Separation (e-book), by Katie Kitamura

 

 

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This one has been resting on Pippa for a while…

A Mother’s Confession (e-book), by Kelly Rimmer

 

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Vivian in Red (e-book), by Kristina Riggle (because I love the author…and this cover!)

 

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Maybe this one from Amazon Vine: (at the top of my book stack)

 

What’s Become of Her, by Deb Caletti

 

 

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That was my week…a little sunshine, a scary wind, and lots of books and blog posts…so my optimism about next week stems from these happenings.  What did your week look like?

Check out last weekend’s delicious soup with my trademark Pomegranate Martini.

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: BEAUTIFUL SPRING DAYS….

 

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**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.

Great, sunshiny days came along this week, and so far it isn’t hot, either.  This perfect balance won’t last that long.  In the meantime, I am luxuriating in this little spring bubble.

My reading took a spike upwards this week, with FOUR books read and reviewed.  My blogging fell off, however, with only FIVE posts.  I guess when one thing goes up, the other goes down.  My total Read the Books You Buy Count so far:  32.

I spent some time watching Netflix(13 Reasons Why) and Amazon Prime(Bridget Jones’s Baby & La La Land); enjoyed some movies on my DVR; and played around with my blog headers (and then changed them again!).  I suffer from Restless/Compulsive Blog Designing/Changing Syndrome.

I did get a mani/pedi this week, to honor spring and sandals.

I was on Facebook earlier this week, and they had posted some “memories” to share.  I found this one from a few years back…the neighborhood library had featured one of my novels (click to my Amazon page).

 

My patio is buried under mounds of leaves that the gardeners regularly propel in with their leaf blowers…what is the sense of that?  I used to sweep them out regularly, but it was hopeless when the rains were turning them into a soggy mess.  But now that it’s spring, I need to prepare the patio for relaxing days ahead.

While I ponder that, I’ll have another cup of coffee…and talk about my week.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Reading, TV Shows, & Movies….

Tuesday Potpourri: “The Widow of Wall Street”

Hump Day Reading:  Immersed in Books….

Coffee & Thoughts….

Bookish Friday:  “Woman No. 17”

Review:  The Widow’s House (e-book), by Carol GoodmanReview:  The Secrets You Keep (e-book), by Kate WhiteReview:  The Arrangement (e-book), by Sarah DunnReview:  Woman No. 17, by Edan Lepucki – (Amazon Vine Review)

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One Amazon Vine Review book came in my physical mailbox, and a NetGalley Review came to my Kindle.  Additionally, I purchased two more downloads…because I couldn’t resist!

What’s Become of Her, by Deb Caletti (Vine).

 

 

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Downloads:

He Said/She Said (e-book), by Erin Kelly – (NetGalley – 6-6-17)

 

 

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Downloaded Purchases:

Any Day Now (e-book), by Robyn Carr

 

 

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Fallout (e-book, VI Warshawski), by Sara Paretsky

 

 

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  The Housekeeper (e-book), by Suellen Dainty

 

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And then….

The Roanoke Girls (e-book), by Amy Engel

 

 

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Wait for the Rain (e-book), by Maria Murnane

 

 

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Today I feel like going to Barnes & Noble (below) to browse for books…and have some of their coffee.  I have some coupons!

 

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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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WEEKLY UPDATES: FINDING MY “NORMAL” AGAIN…

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.

 

Coming back home after the wedding weekend found me trying to get back into my routines, but not doing too well at it.  I had something scheduled every day this past week…until Thursday, when I finally settled into my reading.  I only read and reviewed TWO books this week, but they were both review books, and deadlines were looming.  Plus, they were both awesome!

I had started out the week by having lunch with an old friend at The Cheesecake Factory…and while I was waiting for her, I had this lovely drink, aptly named a Blood Orange Martini.

 

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On Wednesday, I had a spa day, and my daughter changed up my hairstyle with what she calls an A-line cut…and then curled it.  I think I just might like it!

At night, I did some more Netflix bingeing and finished Season III of Grace and Frankie.  I love that show!

So…without further ado, let’s take a look at last week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Potpourri:  “One Perfect Lie”

Hump Day Reading:  Current, Past, and Future

Interior Thoughts:  Bookish & Not So Bookish….

Bookish Friday:  “Beach Breeze”

Rainy Day Reading….

Weekend Potpourri:  A Wedding at the Beach….

Review:  One Perfect Lie (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – (NetGalley – 4/4/17)Review:  Beach Breeze, by Joanne DeMaio – (Author Review Request)

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One purchased book arrived in my mailbox; I received two e-ARCs from NetGalley; and I downloaded two purchased e-books.

My Life to Live, by Agnes Nixon (Purchased)

 

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NetGalley Reviews:

The Bookshop at Water’s End (e-book), by Patti Callahan Henry – (7/11 Release)

 

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Every Last Lie (e-book), by Mary Kubica (6/27 Release Date)

 

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Purchased Downloads:

All By Myself, Alone (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark

 

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Miss You (e-book), by Kate Eberlen

 

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SO WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  The Perfect Stranger (e-book), by Megan Miranda (NG – 4/11)

 

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And then, perhaps:

Slightly South of Simple, by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Author Review)

 

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  I am ready to curl up and start reading…and maybe I will also watch something more on Netflix or Amazon Prime.  I think I’ll have some more coffee, too.

 

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