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: LOTS OF RAIN & A BIT OF SUNSHINE…

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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.

Good morning, and welcome to another weekend of chatting about books and blogging.  My week was pitiful, as I only finished reading and reviewing TWO books, but both qualified for the reading challenge…now totaling 18 books read and reviewed.

I spent some time watching Scandal on Netflix, and also saw a movie based on a book I’d enjoyed:  American Pastoral. (That one was On Demand).

On Friday, I was a bit bored and not wanting to read any more…so I created some new blog headers for my Serendipity site…and changed them about three times…LOL.  Here’s what I ended up with:

 

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We’ve had a lot of rain, but Monday started out with a sunny day, which my granddaughter and I celebrated with lunch and shopping.  She was visiting for the week from her training program in San Jose.  Every time I see her, she has a “new look.”  Ouch, right?

 

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I had errands to run and a tax appointment with my accountant…which ended better than expected.  So, what a relief!

After my appointment, I relaxed into an early dinner at Marie Callender’s.  Chicken Pot Pie and Caesar Salad…and a book.

 

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LET’S CHAT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON MY BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Routines & Changes….

Monday Potpourri:  Exciting New Read!

Let’s Curl up with “The Trophy Child”

Hump Day Serendipity:  Luxuriating in Books…

Hump Day Potpourri:  Books, Food, & Fun…

Coffee Chat:  A Morning of Books, Taxes, Etc.

Bookish Friday:  “Right Behind You”

Serendipitous Moments:  Blog Headers, Decor, & Nostalgia…

Weekend Potpourri:  Creative Changes…

Review:  My Husband’s Wife (e-book), by Jane Corrycropped-again-5Review:  The Vanishing Year (e-book), by Kate Moretticropped-again-5

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received one review book in my mailbox…and downloaded a review book from NetGalley. Then I purchased THREE  FOUR downloads…I couldn’t resist.

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

 

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

 

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Downloads I Purchased:

Vivian in Red (e-book), by Kristina Riggle

 

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Heartbreak Hotel (e-book, An Alex Delaware Novel), by Jonathan Kellerman

 

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Eeny Meeney (e-book, Helen Grace #1), by M. J. Arlidge

 

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And…one I almost forgot about!

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

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Right Behind You (e-book), by Lisa Gardner

 

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Then…maybe these, or wherever my mood takes me….

The Trophy Child (e-book), by Paula Daly (NetGalley – 3/7)

 

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

 

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That was my week….what did yours look like?  Let’s share a Cup of Joe…and perhaps a mimosa.

 

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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: HELLO, APRIL!

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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.

The week flew by, and despite the sunshine outside, I curled up on my sofa for most of it.  Still, my numbers this week were not impressive:  three books read and reviewed.  But they were books to savor, and all of them were older purchases.

I found a new Netflix series to watch:  The Ranch.  Eager to see what I will find to love about it.

Visited my daughter at her salon to update my look and enjoy a chat with her.

 

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Here is more from my week:

ON THE BLOGS:

Pulling Into the Finish Line: Success (Bloggiesta)

Monday Sparks:  Ignite Your Monday Mood

Let’s Curl up with “Most Wanted”

Bookish Wednesday: “Sweetbitter”

Hump Day Potpourri:  My Morning World & Other Tidbits

Can She Start Over After a Betrayal? – Excerpted from “Interior Designs”

Bookish Thursday #7: A Potpourri of Events

Bookish Friday: “Domestic Secrets”

Monthly Wrap-Up: March Is Gone!

Sparking Family Moments:  Saturday Snapshots

Review:  If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now (e-book), by Claire LaZebnik

Review:  Virgin River (e-book, Book 1), by Robyn Carr

Review:  Garden Spells (e-book), by Sarah Addison Allen

 

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No books in my physical mailbox…but I received one e-ARC from NetGalley…and purchased three e-books.

The Perfect Neighbors (e-book), by Sarah Pekkanen -(NetGalley – 7/5/16 release)

 

 

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Purchases:

Friction (e-book), by Sandra Brown

 

 

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Breakdown (e-book), by Jonathan Kellerman

 

 

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Shelter Mountain (e-book, Book 2), by Robyn Carr

 

 

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

My list of books to read is long, with old and new ones.  I think I’ll start with this NetGalley review book…and then pick at my whim from some other possibilities.

 

Most Wanted (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline (NetGalley-4/12)

 

 

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Honest Illusions (e-book), by Nora Roberts (Purchased in August 2015)

 

 

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The Nest (e-book), by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

 

 

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That’s all!  What did your week look like?  I hope you’ll come by and share your own links.  Have some coffee…and/or a mimosa.  Enjoy!

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A LITTLE SUNSHINE, A LITTLE RAIN….

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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 of ups and downs with the weather…some rain, some shine; and I think I might be adjusting, more or less, to my new meds.

I read and reviewed four books this week, and I’m currently reading two books…yes, two at once!  I go back and forth, although now it is harder to tear myself away from whichever one I’m reading.

Today will be about reading and movie watching.  I did watch The Big Short  last night…and it was interesting.  I didn’t understand much of the dealing, as numbers are not my thing.  But it was fun to see the energy of the characters while they played out their plan…

Now…on to sharing more of my week…

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Bloggiesta Sign-Up Post: It’s Time!

Tuesday Potpourri: Excerpting “If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now”

My Interior World: Celebrating My Blogging Journey

Let’s Chase Away the Blues with “Clouds in My Coffee”

Bookish Thursday #5: A Potpourri of Events

Bookish Friday: Excerpting “Be Frank with Me”

My Interior Journey: A Work-In-Progress

Review:  A Long Time Gone (e-book), by Karen White

Review:  The Next Time You See Me (e-book), by Holly Goddard Jones

Review:  The Girl in the Red Coat (e-book), by Kate Hamer

Review:  Miller’s Valley (e-book), by Anna Quindlen (NetGalley – 4/5)

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Nothing in my physical mailbox!  But I downloaded TWO review books from NetGalley…and purchased one e-book.

Most Wanted (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – (NetGalley – 4/12)

 

 

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The Children (e-book), by Ann Leary – (NetGalley – 5/26)

 

 

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Be Frank With Me (e-book), by Julia Claiborne Johnson

 

 

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THIS WEEK IN BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Currently Reading:

A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, by Debbie Macomber (Vine)

 

 

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Duplicate Keys (e-book), by Jane Smiley

 

 

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Next:

Virgin River (e-book), by Robyn Carr

 

 

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If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now, (e-book), by Claire LaZebnik

 

 

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That’s my week, past and future…what did yours look like?  Let’s grab some coffee, and perhaps a mimosa…and chat.

 

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