WEEKLY UPDATES: BEAUTIFUL SPRING 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.

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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WEEKLY UPDATES: BACK FROM THE SHORE….

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.

An hour ago, I just walked in from the beach getaway.  We headed down on Friday afternoon, and came back home on Sunday.  Friday’s drive was exhausting.  There was a two-hour traffic jam due to a horrible accident with two cars crushed and a truck on its side.  We were so grateful to arrive in Cayucos without any mishap.

Saturday was a gorgeous day for the wedding.  Sunshine and only a slight breeze.  Check out the bride and groom.  The guests on chairs (to the right) are not visible in this photo.

 

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I got a lot of reading in the early morning, before the wedding, sitting on the terrace and overlooking the beach…

 

My total reads for the week:  THREE, and they were all review books from Amazon Vine.

Let’s take a look at my week:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Spring Bloggiesta:  Finish Line Post…

Tuesday Sparks:  “The Cutaway”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Let’s Look at Our Reading…

Off To the Shore:  The Books Are Coming, Too…

Curl up and Read:  Monthly Wrap-Up

Review:  Persons Unknown, by Susie Steiner (Amazon Vine)Review:  The Cutaway, by Christina Kovac (Amazon Vine)Review:  Small Hours, by Jennifer Kitses (Amazon Vine)

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received one Amazon Vine review book in my mailbox…and two NetGalley review books.  I downloaded two purchased e-books.

Woman No. 17, by Edan Lepucki – (Amazon Vine)

 

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Downloads:

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

 

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

 

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All Grown Up (e-book), by Jami Attenberg (Purchased)

 

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The Arrangement (e-book), by Sarah Dunn (Purchased)

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

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

 

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That’s my rather rushed week….and now I’m off to the reception.  Yesterday, I had this seafood lunch after the wedding (fish and chips).  The bride, across the table from me, appears to be studying her husband’s lunch.

 

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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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