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: 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: BLOGGIESTA IS 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 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.

 

A week with rain, wind, and some good reading.  Three books read and reviewed, including the one that was my First Book of 2017.  I have added TWO books to my Read the Books You Buy Challenge-2017.

Next weekend:  Mini-Bloggiesta is coming on January 14-15.  Check it out!

Thursday was my youngest grandson’s FOURTEENTH birthday.  Imagine that.  I went to dinner at their home, and his mom, my daughter, fixed all of his favorite things:  steak, mac and cheese, and Caesar salad.  I liked his favorite things, too!

 

 

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Then on Friday, I had a spa day….lucky me!  A massage, a hair styling, and a radical change in color.  Check it out.  You can see it best from the back….I’m not hiding my face!  LOL.

 

 

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WHAT HAPPENED ON MY BLOGS:

Tuesday Potpourri:  “Faultlines”

Introducing the TBR Jar & My Plan

Hump Day Reading:  Loving the Books!

The Bad Boy/Bad Girl Scenario:  After the Dreams….

Thursday Potpourri:  Post Christmas Bliss, Etc.

Bookish Friday:  “The Woman in Cabin 10”

Review:  The Sleeping Beauty Killer (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark/Alafair Burke (1st Book of the Year)ratings-worms-4-croppedReview:  Desolation Row (e-book), by Kay Kendallratings-worms-4-croppedReview:  Missing, Presumed (e-book), by Susie Steinerratings-worms-4-cropped***

INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One review book came in my mailbox!  A review request from the author.  Then, since January 1 had arrived…I went crazy downloading books on my Amazon gift card.

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Sweet Lake, by Christine Nolfi (Review book)

 

 

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Downloads:

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

 

 

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The Twilight Wife (e-book), by A. J. Banner

 

 

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

 

 

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Rainy Day Women (e-book), Book 2, by Kay Kendall

 

 

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Things We Didn’t Say (e-book), by Kristina Riggle

 

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Currently Reading:  The Woman in Cabin 10 (e-book), by Ruth Ware

 

 

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Maybe These Books….

 

The Other Widow (e-book), by Susan Crawford

 

 

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Claiming Noah, by Amanda Ortlepp (Amazon Vine Review)

 

 

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And that was my week. What did yours look like?  Last night, I had Quiche and Caesar salad (and wine)….at Marie Callender’s.

 

 

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MY BOOKISH (AND NOT SO BOOKISH) THOUGHTS: READING & RELAXING

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Welcome to our Bookish & Not So Bookish Thoughts, hosted by Christine, at Bookishly Boisterous.

Today is Spa Day again, although this time, I am just getting hair and nails done.

 

 

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I am wondering if I should change up my nail color…I have had these dark shades of navy blue forever!

 

 

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I cannot imagine them in pastels, though; those colors do not feel like me.  Red?  Maybe just a variation of the dark shades.  Off to check out the possibilities before I head over.

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This week has brought more purges, but nothing overwhelming.  A few stacks of magazines made it to the recycling bin…I like saving some favorites for a while, but when they start to pile up, and they threaten to topple, well….that’s it.

I rearranged some more of my figurines on the bookshelves…keeping the arrangements small, but changing them up a bit.

 

 

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Now, for the books….I am reading the Kellerman book, Guilt, and it is pretty interesting, but it is not keeping me up at night, which is a bad sign for a mystery.  But I will plug away.

 

 

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I’m taking Pippa, my Kindle, to the salon….where I have a whole library of books to choose from….

 

 

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I’m thinking of starting Little Black Lies, by Sandra Block

 

 

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She helps people conquer their demons. But she has a few of her own…

In the halls of the psychiatric ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman is a resident in training, dedicated to helping troubled patients. However, she has plenty of baggage of her own. When Zoe becomes obsessed with questions about her own mother’s death, the truth remains tauntingly out of reach, locked away within her nightmares of an uncontrollable fire. And as her adoptive mother loses her memory to dementia, the time to find the answers is running out.

As Zoe digs deeper, she realizes that the danger is not just in her dreams but is now close at hand. And she has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most. Because what she can’t remember just might kill her.

Little Black Lies is about madness and memory – and the dangerous, little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

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After the salon, I’ll be hanging out with Noah at his house, and if he is true to form, he will be glued to his video games..so I can read.

How has your day been shaping up?  Your week?

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MY BOOKISH (AND NOT SO BOOKISH) THOUGHTS: CLEARING THE SHELVES, A SPA DAY, ETC.

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Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous, to see what others are chatting about.

Since we were here last, I participated in Bloggiesta, and had such fun making changes here at my “newest old blog” here at WP.   Yes, there is a story.  I created this blog on Blogger in August 2009, just before I took a week’s vacation in the Napa Valley.  I moved it here in December, but only the last year of posts…the idea of importing everything, and correcting links, etc., was overwhelming.

But the theme of the blog and its essence remain…

Earlier this week, I was musing about books, etc., and responded to a question about how many books I have on my shelves with a wild estimate:  2000.

Then I decided to count them, actually count them, so I did.  Yesterday.  1435 books, including those on Sparky.  Not quite 2000, but getting too close.  And my recent purging may have eliminated around 500 books or so; I might have been closer than I thought!

So I decided to do a giveaway here.  I created a book nook over at An Interior Journey, but moved it here and called it Blue Mondays Book Nook.

And I added a few more books.

There are forty books there at this moment…I will probably add more.  I have linked them to Amazon so visitors can study them.  The Blue Mondays Giveaway goes until the end of the month.

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Last week, I enjoyed a spa day, of sorts, getting my nails and hair done.  I felt very good afterwards.  I think I’ll regularly combine nails and hair, since I can do that at the salon where my daughter has a space she rents.  Here she is, showing off purple extensions she put in during her down time.  In other words, when my hair was processing…LOL.

 

 

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This week, I have enjoyed a variety of books, like Call Me Zelda (click for review).

 

 

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And then, a novel from another new-to-me author, Randy Susan Meyers:  The Murderer’s Daughters (click for review).

 

 

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Currently, I am almost finished with Still Life, my first foray into Louise Penny’s crime fiction…and I’m loving it!

 

 

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How do you feel about multiple series books?  When you get hooked, is it hard to keep up with them all?  I am pondering this….but then, I think I’ll go with the flow.

What was your week like?

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