WEEKLY UPDATES: MORE RAINY DAYS….

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.

 

We are in the final days of Bloggiesta, and I am almost finished.  Click the link to see what I’ve done so far.

Today we saw rain here, although there are signs that it is clearing up.  I hope we have sunshine before next weekend, when I take my beach (wedding) trip.  I am packing, a little bit each day, and checking things off of my list.

Meanwhile, the reading this week has been good.  Three books read and reviewed, and two were review books from NetGalley.  Now I have three more on the NetGalley stack, and two author review books, all spread out over April, May…and July.  I only finished one additional book for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge, bringing the total to 28.

I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix this week, and I’m halfway through Season IV of Scandal.  In my queue is Season III of Grace and Frankie, which I hope to start watching this weekend, too.

On Sunday, I will be eager to see what is happening on Big Little Lies and The Good Fight…also Feud:  Bette and Joan.

Let’s grab some coffee, and maybe a mimosa, and chat about our weeks.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Potpourri:  “Bridges:  A Daphne White Novel”

My TBR Report for 2017:  So Far….

Hump Day Potpourri:  Captivating Books….

Coffee Morning:  Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts…

Bookish Friday:  “Persons Unknown”

Weekend Potpourri:  Relishing the Moments…

Review:  Never Change (e-book), by Elizabeth BergReview:  The Idea of You (e-book), by Amanda Prowse – (NetGalley – 3/21/17)Review:  Bridges:  A Daphne White Novel (e-book), by Maria Murnane – (NetGalley- 4/4/17)

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INCOMING BOOKS (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One review book came in my mailbox…and I downloaded two (purchased) e-books.

Beach Breeze, by Joanne DeMaio – (Author Review Request)

 

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Downloads:

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

 

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The Housekeeper (e-book), by Suellen Dainty

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Persons Unknown, by Susie Steiner (Amazon Vine Review)

 

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And then…

One Perfect Lie (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – (NetGalley – 4/11/17)

 

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

 

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That’s my week…what did yours look like?  I plan to curl up here and watch some Netflix…and read.

 

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MY BOOKISH (AND NOT SO BOOKISH) THOUGHTS….

Welcome to another Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts post.  To participate, click on over to Christine’s Bookishly Boisterous site.

  • How did the week fly by so fast?  Yes, each day had errands or appointments, so that was part of it.  Yesterday’s appointment for my annual physical took up most of the day, as I fiddled about getting ready, and then afterwards had lunch out to relax again.  However, I have been doing a little reading, having finished reading and reviewing two books so far.
  • Earlier in the week I got an e-mail notification that Spring Bloggiesta is coming next week:  March 20-26.  I’ve been spending some time each day creating potential new blog headers.  This blog will be the focus of the event, but I tend to spend a little time on each site.
  • Only two more weeks until the beach trip for my daughter’s “wedding.”  Yes, in quotes, because they actually tied the knot in November so she could be on his health plan, but had already arranged for the beach getaway.  We will get to dress up, she will be wearing “bride’s” clothes, and we will have dinner afterwards.  Then…back to the city the next day for the reception.
  • I had trimmed down my list of NetGalley Review books...but then, unexpectedly, received two more!  Now I have four…but they are sort of spread out, with two in April, one in May, and another in JulyThe newest one:

Bridges:  A Daphne White Novel (e-book), by Maria Murnane.  I loved this author’s Waverly Bryson series.

 

I also love the cover!

  • Yesterday I received a new Amazon Vine review book in the mail:  Small Hours, by Jennifer Kitses, which I’ve been ogling.

 

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So….these are my meandering thoughts on this Thursday.  What are yours?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: I SHOPPED ‘TIL I DROPPED…

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.

 

The past week has been full of sunshine…and the prediction for today is upper 70s.  Yay!  But I’m pretty sure that there will be more rain at some point.

My reading was slower this week, mostly bogged down by my first book…which was disappointing and a little tedious, but there were also good parts, so I kept reading.  I read two more books that were great…so my total of THREE isn’t that bad.  My total for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge:24! 

My week was spent doing some shopping, which distracted me from reading a little.  I found two dresses, one of which will be for the wedding…and the other for the reception the next day.  One is simple and elegant and the other is fun.

Shoe-shopping took a lot out of me…but I found them!  So now I’m all set.  Finding shoes that look good, but are also comfortable…well, it takes time and the willingness to hop from shop to shop.

Oh, and for those who are moving to Daylight Savings Time…don’t forget to set your clocks FORWARD.  I hate doing this, since I have LOTS of clocks.  The ones you see below are just the tip of the iceberg:

 

My craving for smoothies took me to the mall again, where I found a new blender.  There’s a whole (funny) story about my original blender, involving my daughter…and “borrowing.”  Here’s the little red one I bought…and have been enjoying.  Note:  the Mary Engelbreit calendar is one of my regular fixtures in the kitchen as her art makes me smile…and it’s so cheerful.  Plus, there are always cute cottages. (The text on the calendar:  Find Your Way Home).

 

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So…let’s now grab some coffee…and take a look at last week.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri: A Flurry of Activities…

Monday Potpourri:  Hanging Out with a Favorite Author…

Tuesday Potpourri:  “It Happens All the Time”

Hump Day Sparks:  What Are You Reading?

My Journey with Hope…

Thursday Potpourri:  Spotlighting Home and Family…

Weekend Potpourri:  Kitchen Tidbits and Books…

Bookish Friday:  “Eeny Meeny”

Review:  The Good Daughter (e-book), by Alexandra BurtReview:  It Happens All the Time (e-book), by Amy Hatvany (NetGalley – 3/28)Review:  The Fifth Letter (e-book), by Nicola Moriarty***

INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received one review book in my mailbox from Vine; and downloaded a NetGalley review book.  I then proceeded to download 4 (purchased) books:

The Cutaway, by Christina Kovac (Vine)

 

 

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The Marriage Pact (e-book), by Michelle Richmond (NetGalley (7/25/17)

 

 

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Downloads (Purchased)

Never Change (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg (an older book from the author that I somehow missed)

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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On Turpentine Lane (e-book), by Elinor Lipman

 

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Currently Reading:  The Mother’s Promise (e-book), by Sally Hepworth

 

 

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Then, perhaps one of these:

 

Idaho (e-book), by Emily Ruskovich

 

 

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One Perfect Lie (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline (NetGalley – 4/11)

 

 

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So…that was my week.  What did yours look like?  Check out last weekend’s lunch, my reward after hectic shopping:

 

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A FABULOUS READING WEEK…

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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 leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

Another week flew by, and it was mostly sunshine around here.  So I did get out and about some, but always took Pippa with me, resulting in FOUR books read and reviewed.  Twenty-Two is now my total for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge...not a big leap this week, as three of the books I read were Vine and NetGalley review books.

Did anyone watch the Oscars?  I loved Jimmy Kimmel’s banter, as well as some of the shots he got in on “one who will remain nameless.”  The mix-up at the end was horrific…and a little hilarious.  As usual, I recorded it and watched afterwards, fast-forwarding through the parts that are less enjoyable to me.  I have not seen Moonlight...or La La Land, the “almost” win.  Both got a lot of awards.  I saw and enjoyed Manchester by the Sea...and now must see Fences.  Viola Davis is a great actress, IMO, with such diversity in the roles she plays.  I feel like seeing The Help again this weekend.

Now…today.  What to do!  I should go shopping for that Mother of the Bride dress, as April 1 is coming so fast. (My hilarious daughter, picking April Fool’s Day!).  And I suspect I might need several shopping trips.  But I don’t love shopping…unless it’s on Amazon.  Books and handbags are my favorite items to buy.  I can get them on Amazon, but I shouldn’t order the dress there. LOL.

Instead of deciding, I’m going to grab another cup of coffee…and chat about my week.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monday Sparks:  Ignite Your Musings…

Let’s Curl up with “The Good Neighbor”

Another Month Bites the Dust:  Goodbye, February!

Hump Day Reading:  Engaging Choices…

Hump Day Ramblings:  Past and Present…

Coffee Morning:  Some Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts…

Bookish Friday:  “A Separation”

Friday Potpourri:  Ponderings…

Review:  Never Let You Go (e-book), by Chevy Stevens (NetGalley – 3/14/17)   cropped-again-5Review:  How Will I Know You?, by Jessica Treadway – (Amazon Vine)ratings-worms-4-croppedReview:  The Good Neighbor (e-book), by A. J. Bannerratings-worms-4-croppedReview:  Almost Missed You (e-book), by Jessica Strawser (NetGalley – 3/28/17)  cropped-again-5***

INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received one Amazon Vine review book in the mail…and one Author Review Request download…I also received one PURCHASED book in my mailbox…and downloaded another.

Persons Unknown, by Susie Steiner (Amazon Vine)

 

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Review Book Download:

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

 

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PURCHASES:

America’s Queen:  The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, by Sarah Bradford

 

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Download:

Dead Letters (e-book), by Caite Dolan-Leach

 

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UP NEXT:

Currently Reading:  The Good Daughter (e-book), by Alexandra Burt

 

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And then….

It Happens All the Time (e-book), by Amy Hatvany (NetGalley – 3/28/17)

 

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The Fifth Letter (e-book), by Nicola Moriarty

 

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That was my week…what did yours look like? I think I’ll grab some more coffee…and perhaps a mimosa.  Enjoy your week!

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: GREAT READING, A FUN SPA DAY, 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 let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

What a week!  Some rain, but mostly sunshine…and a lot of wind.  With a jury summons hanging over my head, I tried to plan the week without missing out on things I wanted to do.  In the end, I requested and was granted a postponement.

Reading and reviewing FOUR engaging books brought my total in the Read the Books You Buy Challenge to TWENTY-ONE.

Some of my week’s activities included a spa day, with more silver added to my hair…after a very relaxing massage.

I also obsessively changed up some lamps in my space.  I  now enjoy this one that stands atop my desk, smaller and giving just enough light:

 

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On Thursday, I signed my tax documents…and have only a small additional amount to pay to the IRS…and a tiny refund from the state.  Hopefully I won’t have to wait for six months this time!

In my evenings, I enjoyed some of my favorite shows, like How To Get Away with Murder’s Season Finale...and a movie I found On Demand, which has been nominated for an Oscar:  Manchester by the Sea.  It was wonderful!

No time for Netflix this week…maybe this weekend.  I will record the Oscars, as I have discovered that the boring parts are best viewed afterwards, when I can fast-forward sections I do not enjoy.

Let’s lift our cups of caffeinated (or sparkling beverage) and chat about the week.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

TBR Patrol:  Are My Numbers Dictating My Life?

Monday Sparks:  Musing About Bookish Scents…

Happy Birthday!  The Many Faces of Fiona….

Tuesday Potpourri:  “The Good Daughter”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Puddles, Hair Magic, & Postponed Jury Duty…

Hump Day Sparks:  Book Hopping…

Coffee Chat:  Tick-Tock, the Time Is Flying….

Bookish Friday:  “Heartbreak Hotel”

Weekend Potpourri:  Looking Back…

Review:  Right Behind You (e-book), by Lisa Gardnercropped-again-5Review:  The Trophy Child (e-book), by Paula Daly – (NetGalley – 3/7/17)cropped-again-5Review:  The Best Awful, by Carrie Fisherratings-worms-4-croppedReview:  Rainy Day Women (e-book, Book 2), by Kay Kendallratings-worms-4-cropped

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AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE:

Debbish Tells Us:  Why I Don’t Read Romance

Lexxie, at Up Close & (Un)Conventional Shares:  Why I Read Romance

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No mailbox books or review book downloads…BUT, I did purchase three downloads.

A Separation (e-book), by Katie Kitamura

 

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The Mother’s Promise (e-book), by Sally Hepworth

 

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A Piece of the World (e-book), by Christina Baker Kline

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Never Let You Go (e-book), by Chevy Stevens (NetGalley- 3/14/17)

 

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Then…a series of possibilities, like these:

How Will I Know You?, by Jessica Treadway (Amazon Vine Review)

 

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The Good Neighbor (e-book), by A. J. Banner

 

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And that was my week.  What did yours look like?  I hope to take my reading over to one of my favorite restaurants…and relax.  Maybe this one:

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: GOOD READING, SAD MOMENTS….

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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 leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

After mostly rainy days, we have had a few sunny ones.  Today is promising more sunshine, with a high of 55 degrees.  Almost springlike…LOL.

A great reading week, with FOUR books read and reviewed, and NINE completed for my Read the Books You Buy Challenge.

The world is looking very chaotic right now, with you-know-who seemingly at the center of it.

I am trying to focus on other things…and enjoyed watching some tributes to Mary Tyler Moore, who died this week at age 80.  She was one of our iconic symbols back in the day.

 

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Today I am eager to watch a movie that has taken its sweet time to appear in our city.  Jackie, starring Natalie Portman and an assorted cast, is set in the immediate aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) deals with her immense grief while making plans for his funeral procession. Confiding in her close friend and secretary Nancy Tuckerman (Greta Gerwig), as well as her brother-in-law Robert Kennedy (Peter Sarsgaard), Jackie tries to care for her young family as a bereaved nation watches on. Pablo Larrain directed this nonlinear biopic. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi…

 

 

 

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I’ve been finishing up a few things here before heading to the theater…and hope I make it in time for the earliest performance.

Meanwhile, let’s have some coffee, perhaps a mimosa, and look at the past week.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Sparks:  “Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk”

Tuesday Potpourri:  When the Sky Falls…

Hump Day Sparks:  Let’s Take a Look at My Reading…

Thursday Potpourri:  Telling Stories…

Bookish Friday:  “The Futures”

A Coffee Chat:  Remembering an Icon…

Review:  Sweet Lake, by Christine Nolfi (Author Review Request)cropped-again-5Review:  The Marriage Lie (e-book), by Kimberly Belleratings-worms-4-croppedReview:  The Twilight Wife (e-book), by A. J. Bannercropped-again-5Review:  Faultlines (e-book), by Barbara Taylor Sisselcropped-again-5

INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No books in my mailbox!  Three downloads brightened my week, however.

This Is How It Always Is (e-book), by Laurie Frankel

 

 

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Pretty Little World (e-book), by Melissa DePino, Elizabeth LaBan

 

 

 

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The Good Neighbor (e-book), by A. J. Banner

 

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Linked to Amazon)

 

Currently Reading:  The Red Car (e-book), by Marcy Dermansky

 

 

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Then….

 

The Dry (e-book), by Jane Harper

 

 

 

 

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Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, by Kathleen Rooney

 

 

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And that’s my week…what did yours look like?  Here’s a Martini I had a while back….I am dreaming of having another, once I’ve sufficiently recovered from the cold that has descended….

 

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: UNEXPECTED RAIN DAMAGE….

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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 leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

This past week was one of pounding, windy rain that I do not love…it was great for reading, though, and I read and reviewed four books.  Now I have completed SIX books for my Read the Books You Buy Challenge.

Besides reading, I went out to get a wonderful massage on Wednesday; later I curled up with some shows on TV.  I watched This Is Us, Too Close to Home and even saw The Girl on the Train movie (again!) on Amazon Prime Videos.    I started viewing an Amazon Prime Series, Covert Affairs. 

Yesterday I went to the movies and saw 20th Century Women, starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, etc.  I loved it!

 

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Afterwards, I headed over to Yard House (again!) to use another of my gift cards from Christmas.  Here’s what I enjoyed, clam chowder and a Pomegranate Press:

 

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A great week, despite the rain…which had an unexpected result in my kitchen.  It dislodged the skylight cover, which came crashing down when I opened an upper cabinet…and didn’t realize it was hanging there, literally by a thread (or corner!). It broke, of course, and will be replaced on Monday.  It feels eerie in my kitchen, looking up at all the space between where the cover was…and the roof. 

Let’s see what else went on last week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

It’s a Wrap!  Mini-Bloggiesta Finish Line Post

Monday Potpourri:  A Reclusive Day…

Tuesday Sparks:  “The Vanishing Year”

Curl up…and Let’s Take a Look Back…

It’s Hump Day:  Let’s Talk About Our Reading…

Grab Some Coffee & Let’s Chat…

Thursday Potpourri:  Another Late Night…

Bookish Friday:  “The Dry”

Assessing My Progress:  Reading My Own Books…

Review:  The Stepmother (e-book), by Claire Seebercropped-again-5Review:  The Orphan’s Tale, by Pam Jenoff (Amazon Vine Review)cropped-again-5Review:  Always (e-book), by Sarah Jio – (NetGalley – 2/7/17)cropped-again-5Review:  Never Alone (e-book), by Elizabeth Haynescropped-again-5

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Nothing came in my mailbox!  But I downloaded four e-books.

Idaho (e-book), by Emily Ruskovich

 

 

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Moral Defense (e-book, Book 2 – Samantha Brinkman), by Marcia Clark

 

 

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Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (e-book), by Kathleen Rooney

 

 

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The Futures (e-book), by Anna Pitoniak

 

 

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Sweet Lake, by Christine Nolfi (Author Review Request)

 

 

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And then…

The Marriage Lie (e-book), by Kimberly Belle

 

 

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Faultlines (e-book), by Barbara Taylor Sissel

 

 

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  I’m leaving you a parting glimpse of yesterday’s lunch, my delicious dessert:  chocolate mousse cake and coffee with Jameson:

 

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