MY BOOKISH (AND NOT SO BOOKISH) THOUGHTS: TIME WITH FAMILY

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Good morning!  It has been a while since I participated in My Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts.  For those who want to give this a whirl, head on over to Bookishly Boisterous.

The past three weeks have been mostly “not so bookish,” in that my reading has been minimal….but I’m enjoying a long-term visit from my eldest son and his wife of two years, whom I’ve been calling “The Berliners,” since that was where they were last living.  It had been eight years since he last visited, and at that time, he had been living in Prague.  This time, they will stay here for a while, head up the coast to visit other relatives, and then return here before going back to Europe in late September.  They will then return to Prague.  He is a photographer/writer.

Yesterday we had lunch in a neighboring village that is known for its Old Town vibe.  Below, Craig and Gabi are in the Old Town Hotel, where we enjoyed the ambience.

 

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Here is another glimpse of the surroundings….

 

 

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And then we headed to another part of the Old Town center, where we enjoyed The Old Town Saloon, with its western feel.

 

 

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Yes, a little tacky, perhaps, but it’s fun to step outside one’s comfort zone.

A couple of weeks ago, we visited the mountains an hour from here…Shaver Lake is a favorite place to enjoy the cooler weather.

 

 

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I have been doing a little reading, and right now, I am as immersed as I can be, when reading sporadically, in The Murderer’s Daughter, by Jonathan Kellerman:  from NetGalley.

 

 

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I am loving this stand-alone novel that is not part of the Alex Delaware series, although his name does appear a few times, as he is connected to the MC, Dr. Grace Blades.  A clinical psychologist, she treats clients with PTSD, and she certainly relates, as she has her own issues.

When her past collides with her present, she will be running for her life.

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What have you been up to lately?  What does your bookish/not so bookish world look like?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

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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 now hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

 

Happy Fourth of July for fellow Americans!

 

 

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In preparation for the Berliners, I have been very distracted from my reading and blogging…but I managed to finish two books (read and reviewed), and more blog posts than I would have thought possible.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Chasing Away the Blues with Anticipation

From the Interior: Excerpts from “Catching Air”

Passing the Torch: Saying Goodbye to “Sparky”

Serendipitous Wednesday:  Waiting for “The Mistake I Made”

Hello, July!  Wrapping up June…

Beyond the Books:  Favorite TV Shows

Bookish Fridays: Excerpting “It’s You”

Collages & Skylines: Saturday Snapshots

Review: Ana of California (e-book), by Andi Teran (From NetGalley)

Review: Blood Red, by Wendy Corsi Staub (Amazon Vine)

 

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received TWO wonderful e-books from NetGalley; and I went a little crazy and purchased 4 e-books!

The Mistake I Made (e-book), by Paula Daly (from NetGalley) (to be released Sept. 8)

 

 

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The Murderer’s Daughter (e-book), by Jonathan Kellerman (NetGalley) (to be released 8/18)

 

 

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Downloads Purchased:

The Wrong Man (e-book), by Kate White

 

 

 

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It’s You (e-book), by Jane Porter

 

 

 

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A Man Called Ove (e-book), by Fredrik Backman

 

 

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Open House (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg (a reread)

 

 

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

Currently Reading: Those Secrets We Keep, by Emily Liebert (From Amazon Vine)

 

 

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What can I say about what will come next?  I don’t know what the week holds, so I am going to go with the flow.  I have many books on Pippa to read, including the lovely new e-galleys I received.  I also hope to just enjoy the week.

What about you?  What’s on your agenda?  Do you have an agenda?  I do know that I will be sipping iced tea for at least part of today.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: THE BERLINERS ARE 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 now hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

What a week!  There were some fabulous books, there was a little blogging, and I had numerous errands around the neighborhood, since it is the time of the month for stocking up on things.  A nice lunch mid-week…and then, exciting news from Berlin.  My eldest son and his wife are flying over on July 3, to visit with us!  Yay!  The photo, below, is an older one of the two of them.  Since he is a photographer professionally, he is seldom photographed…funny how that works.  And, of course, he has to joke around in front of the camera.

 

Craig and Gabi

They will arrive in LA first, and then work their way up here.  Suddenly I have the urge to clean the house and get everything ready!

Meanwhile, I did a little blogging.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Books & Bookstores- Nostalgic Moments

Tuesday Potpourri: Excerpts from “The New Neighbor”

Eagerly Awaiting: “We Never Asked for Wings”

Beyond the Books: Collections

Bookish Fridays: Excerpts from “The House of Memories”

Celebrating Family: Saturday Snapshots

Review: A Week at the Lake, by Wendy Wax (Review Book)

Review: Before We Met (e-book), by Lucie Whitehouse

Review: The Neighbors (e-book), by Ania Ahlborn

Review: The New Neighbor (e-book), by Leah Stewart (NetGalley)

 

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INCOMING BOOKS (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon):

I received ONE review book from NetGalley, and purchased two books:  one download and one from Barnes & Noble.

(Addendum:  On Saturday, I received a book from Amazon Vine)

Freedom’s Child, by Jax Miller

 

 

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Ana of California (e-book), by Andi Teran (NetGalley)

 

 

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Once Upon a Time There Was You (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg (Purchased for reread)

 

 

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Catching Air, by Sarah Pekkanen (Purchased from B & N)

 

 

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

Currently Reading:  Ana of California (e-book), by Andi Teran (NetGalley)

 

 

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Those Secrets We Keep, by Emily Liebert (Vine)

 

 

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Blood Red, by Wendy Corsi Staub (Vine)

 

 

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That’s my week…I know that I’ll be busy getting ready for my European house guests (can you tell I’m excited?), so I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done.

Today I plan to keep binge-watching on Netflix. For the past couple of days, I’ve been watching Bloodline, with Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Kyle Chandler, Chloe Sevigny, etc.

 

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Lots of drama within a family, the Rayburns, who run a hotel in the Florida Keys.  Would you say that I am addicted?  This always happens for me with these Netflix shows.

Enjoy your week…and I’m off to drink more coffee, too.

 

 

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