COFFEE CHAT: SLEEPLESS IN FRESNO…

Welcome to another Coffee Chat in which we share some bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts.   Link up at Bookishly Boisterous.

Today was one of those “early rise and shine mornings” because of how hot it was throughout the night, even with a fan blowing;  I jumped out of bed at 3:30.  My plan was to go into the office and turn on the computer, check out my e-mails, and maybe read a little.  I did get to the supermarket in the late morning.  Then I took a nap!

  • Last weekend was a time for celebrating my daughter’s birthday.  We had our lunch together on Friday, but on Sunday we enjoyed a brunch in her new home.  I didn’t snap any photos of our food…sigh.  But here is Heather having a mimosa with her friend Jessica…

  • On Monday, I had a mani…and changed up my color from purple/red to blue:

  • I finished reading The Perfect Couple, by Elin Hilderbrand: (click title for my review).  I enjoyed visiting the setting and the characters, and the story kept me engaged throughout, trying to figure out what happened to the maid of honor.
  • Now I’m reading and enjoying All Your Perfects, by Colleen.  The story flips from “then to now” throughout; “it is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?”
  • I started watching a new-to-me Netflix series, The Secret City, set in Australia.
  • On Sunday, I did a little rearranging, but not to worry:  the changes were light items that did not wrench my back.  I wanted to place two favorite Mary Engelbreit cookie jars in the pass-through between kitchen and living room, and tucked next to them is my little Mary Engelbreit cottage.

  •  Tuesday night, I had some pasta at my neighborhood CPK, and had to bring half of it home….

  • I’ve been watching Season 4 of Better Call Saul, on AMC; The Affair on Showtime; and tonight is Season 2 of The Sinner.  Of course I’m still watching Sharp Objects.  All through the summer, I’m glued to the DVR to see the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series.

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How is your week shaping up?  Do you have favorite books, movies, or adventures keeping you occupied?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: MY INTERIOR WEEK…

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.

 

 

 

As I sip my first cup of coffee this morning, I think with pleasure of my reading/reviewing this week.  Three books, a “normal” number these days.   They were each engaging enough to keep me settled indoors…enjoying the AC.  As for my blog posts, I only wrote four (in addition to the reviews).  Some weeks are like that, which is fine.  I also enjoyed some movies on Amazon Prime:  Helen, starring Ashley Judd, about a young woman suffering from mental illness.  I viewed my usual shows, like The Affair and Sharp Objects.  Last night, I enjoyed Three Billboards  Outside Ebbing, Missouri.  I had seen it in the theater, but it was a movie I will enjoy watching more than once.  Finally, on Netflix, I immersed myself in The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, based on the book which I loved a few years ago.

Yesterday I visited my stylist (daughter), and refreshed my hair.

So…these were the high points of the week.  Let’s grab some more coffee, and take a closer look:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Sparks:  “Whistle in the Dark”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Lovely Books…

Coffee Chat:  Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer…

Bookish Friday:  “The Perfect Couple”

Review:  Growing up Fisher, by Joely FisherReview: Clock Dance (e-book), by Anne TylerReview:  Not Her Daughter (e-book), by Rea Frey (NG-8/21)

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One review book from Amazon Vine came in my mailbox; and I also received one book that I purchased.  I downloaded two e-books.

November Road, by Lou Berney (from Amazon Vine)

Watching You, by Lisa Jewell (Purchased)

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Downloads:

An Unwanted Guest (e-book), by Shari Lapena

Three Things About Elsie (e-book), by Joanna Cannon

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  The Perfect Couple, by Elin Hilderbrand

Then I’ll reach out for some books on my TBR…after which I have two NetGalley ARCs being released in September.

When the Lights Go Out, by Mary Kubica – (9/4)

Lies, by T.M. Logan (9/11)

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  After my hair appointment, my daughter and I enjoyed a repast of Mexican food and Margaritas.  There were leftovers.

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COFFEE CHAT: LAZY, HAZY DAYS OF SUMMER…

Welcome to another Coffee Chat in which we share some bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts.   Link up at Bookishly Boisterous.

I started my lazy day with a little blog visiting, and then headed over to Barnes & Noble for coffee with a friend.  I stayed away from the bargain tables…yay, me!  I had Pippa, my Kindle with me, and read while I waited for my friend.  I’m enjoying Not Her Daughter, by Rea Frey, a NetGalley ARC; release date is 8/21.

  • So far this week, I have read and reviewed Growing Up Fisher, by Joely Fisher; and Clock Dance, by Anne Tyler. (Click titles for my reviews)
  • I haven’t watched any Netflix shows this week; only regular TV shows.  But tonight I’ll be watching the second episode of The Sinner, Season II.
  • My daughter and her family are enjoying boating, etc., in Michigan this week.  Her in-laws own a house on a lake.

  • I love this photo of Noah, my youngest grandson, with his long curly hair.  The last time I saw him (a few months ago), it was very short.

  • He had curly blond hair as a baby; here he is with his cousin Fiona, before his mom started chopping his hair…

  • The hot weather is sapping my little bit of energy.  By early afternoon today, I was napping on the sofa.
  • Yesterday, I went to the mailbox and picked up Watching You,  Lisa Jewell’s newest book; her books take ages to arrive, but they are worth the wait.

  • New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author and “brilliant storyteller” (Shelf Awareness, starred review) Lisa Jewell weaves another suspenseful thriller about a shocking murder in a picturesque and well-to-do English town, perfect for fans of Big Little Lies.

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What did your week look like?  Are you struggling with the heat, or enjoying cool breezes?  We are still fighting wildfires here in California…we’re a couple of hours from the nearest one, but the air is slightly smoky, even at that distance.  Sigh.  I hope everyone stays safe!

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WEEKLY UPDATES: SAVORING THE MOMENTS…

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.

 

Because my week limped along, just as I was moving slowly due to a back injury, I only now finished reading and reviewing my third book…and it is Saturday afternoon.  I am so glad I finished it, as it kept me guessing and wondering throughout.  I love books that do that for me.  All three of my books this week were page-turners of one kind or another, all with a bit of mystery.  Some more than others.

Movie watching held me captive this week, too, beginning with a Prime Video of Book Club, which I first saw in the theater, but couldn’t wait to watch again.  I love savoring a movie that I have already seen, not minding that I know what will happen next.  Then, last night I watched a movie starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, called Adore.  Set in Australia, we are lulled into the beauty of the scenery and the seaside, and then are teased into watching a very unconventional story that might not please most people, but I did enjoy the actors.  I also watched  The Killing of a Sacred Deer, starring Colin Farrel and Nicole Kidman, a heart-stopping thriller about a surgeon whose family is terrorized by a depraved teenager determined to take revenge on the doctor for a fatal past mistake.

On TV, I enjoyed the first episode in The Sinner, Season II.   Detective Harry Ambrose, portrayed by Bill Pullman, returns to solve the mysterious case.  Knowing how the first season unfolded, we will be following twists and turns throughout.

I finished Season 6 of Orange Is the New Black...and now I am very eager to see what happens next.  Sigh.  But first, Ozark has a new season coming at the end of the month.

So…what else?  Let’s grab some coffee, even though it is no longer morning…and take a closer look.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monday Potpourri:  Binge-Watching & Online Shopping…

Tuesday Sparks:  “Feared”

July Is Ending…Hello, August!

A Week of Bliss…More Books!

Coffee Chat:  A Week in My Life…

Bookish Friday:  “Ghosted”

Weekend Potpourri:  Books, Mailbox Delights, Etc.

Review:  The Season of Silver Linings, by Christine Nolfi (Author Review Request)Review:  Feared (e-book, A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel), by Lisa Scottoline -(NG-8/14)Review:  The Date (e-book), by Louise Jensen

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!  I did download two purchases:

They All Fall Down (e-book), by Tammy Cohen

Lush:  A Memoir (e-book), by Kerry Cohen

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Clock Dance, by Anne Tyler

A charming new novel of self-discovery and second chances from the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread.

I have a few more books on my list for this week, and my moods will lead the way…at least one of them will be a NetGalley ARC.

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That was my week.  What did your week look like?  One morning this past week, I had brunch at Mimi’s, while reading this review book.  An egg white omelet with strawberries…and a Bloody Mary.

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REVIEW: FEARED, BY LISA SCOTTOLINE

 

When three men announce that they are suing the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm for reverse sex discrimination—claiming that they were not hired because they were men—Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato are outraged. To make matters worse, their one male employee, John Foxman, intends to resign, claiming that there is some truth to this case.

The plaintiffs’ lawyer is Nick Machiavelli, who has already lost to Mary once and is now back with a vengeance —determined to not only win, but destroy the firm. It soon becomes clear that Machiavelli will do anything in his power to achieve his end…even after the case turns deadly. The stakes have never been higher for Mary and her associates as they try to keep Machiavelli at bay, solve a murder, and save the law firm they love…or they could lose everything they’ve worked for. Told with Scottoline’s trademark gift for twists, turns, heart, and humanity, this latest thriller asks the question: Is it better to be loved, or feared…

My Thoughts: I always love revisiting the characters in the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm, but in Feared, the newest outing, I was even more drawn in by Mary DiNunzio in her new role as an expectant mother. Her fierceness masked her vulnerability, and kept her swinging as she worked with her partners to battle their nemesis, Nick Machiavelli.

When the lawsuit began to look like an uphill battle, everything got much worse when someone was murdered. Bereft and still swinging, the women did everything in their power to solve that case and follow the clues that would bring the lawsuit to an end.

I’ve always enjoyed Mary’s thought processes, and watching her figure out the connections that would tie the case up for them was as enticing as always. I especially enjoyed the camaraderie between the law partners, Mary, Benny Rosato and Judy Carrier. The family and friends from the neighborhood added just the loving network that Mary needed during difficult times.

As solving the murder seemed to elude the partners, the suspense increased dramatically; and then an unexpected clue brought the answers, but would it be too late? I kept rapidly turning pages until the very end of this 5 star read.


***My e-ARC came from the publisher via NetGalley.

COFFEE CHAT: A WEEK IN MY LIFE…

Welcome to another Coffee Chat in which we share some bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts.   Link up at Bookishly Boisterous.

What a week!  Like a jerk, I lifted the vacuum cleaner up the steps from the garage, and pulled a muscle in my back.  I had almost recovered by using heating pads, stretches, etc.  Then what did I do?  Yesterday, I grabbed a big suitcase stuffed with photos and negatives from the back of my closet…to search for some papers for my Prague son, and didn’t realize how heavy it was.  Wow!  That hurt, and I’m again spending time on the heating pad.  Sigh.  You’d think I would know by now that tugging at and lifting heavy objects leads to injury.

  • Maybe I need to hire a housekeeper (or a keeper!) for vacuuming, organizing things, etc.  I haven’t actually moved any furniture lately.  That used to be the cause of injuries here.
  • Determined to do better, I am now curled up reading and watching TV.  I finished The Season of Silver Linings, by Christine Nolfi (Click title for review); and I am currently immersed in a NetGalley review ARC, Feared, by Lisa Scottoline.  It will be released on 8/14.  I also started reading Growing up Fisher, by Joely Fisher.  I will be perusing it now and then and enjoying the photos.
  • Yesterday I posted my monthly wrap-up with titles I read and reviewed in July:  12 books.  I have continued to mix up my genres in a more balanced way:  5 mysteries & thrillers; 6 contemporary fiction; and one nonfiction.  My two favorite books for July:

 

 

 

 

 

  • Tomorrow my daughter and her family are flying to Michigan to stay for several days at a lake house belonging to her in-laws.  It sounds restful and gorgeous.  I’m envious!  I expect lovely photos when she comes back.
  • They just finished moving into their new house, which I haven’t seen in person yet (just the virtual tour).  I’m eager to join them for a barbecue.
  • Next week, we’ll be celebrating Heather’s birthday… to honor the occasion, I usually like sharing photos of her from the past: Left, baby Heather with me; and right, teenage Heather, during her “hippie” days:

  • Tonight The Sinner, Season II, will be on TV.  The first season was so addictive that I am eager to see what lies ahead.  Synopsis:
  • “Detective Harry Ambrose returns to his hometown in rural New York to assess an unsettling and heart-wrenching crime — parents murdered by their 11-year-old son with no apparent motive. As Ambrose realizes there’s nothing ordinary about the boy or where he came from, the investigation pulls him into the hidden darkness of his hometown. He’s pitted against those who will stop at nothing to protect its secrets — and the mysterious Vera, who proves to be a complicated, enigmatic piece to this haunting puzzle.

  • I’m also loving the Hallmark Murders & Mysteries on the weekend.

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That is my week so far…what does yours look like?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: INDOOR PLEASURES…

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.

 

Mornings are cool enough, at 75, but the afternoon will bring 103 or more, and the triple digits are predicted to last all week.  I’ve been going out in the morning to do errands and shopping, and plan to do the same today.  There are sales out there!

Meanwhile, the reading went very well this week, with three books read and reviewed.  Their differences kept me fully engaged.  My favorite Sunday shows make that day one to eagerly anticipate:  Sharp Objects and The Affair.  And now the Hallmark Murders & Mysteries have brought out a new season of summer mysteries.  Tomorrow will showcase the newest Aurora Teagarden Mystery, The Disappearing Game.

Last night I watched half of Season 6: Orange is the New Black.  As with all new seasons, there are new characters mixed with the old, and hints of what happened at the end of last season.  There is no longer a cozy network of friends, but a whole new group of evil and conniving guards placing bets on which prisoners will fall prey to the others.  A tougher group of women greet our familiar “friends,” offering new challenges.

I also discovered a show on Amazon Prime called The Slap. When I saw it originally, it was shown on Network TV.  The new version was filmed in Australia,  and so far, there is only one member of the original cast, the hippie mother portrayed by Melissa George.  A most hated character, IMO.  They found an equally bratty child to play Hugo.  LOL.

Soon we will see a new season for Ozark.  Yay!  I love when a group of new shows descend…filling in the emptiness left by the disappearing ones.

So…in hot weather, good books and good shows keep us indoors, only venturing out in the cooler parts of the day.

Over in Prague, my son and DIL snapped some lovely photos in the park…and I love this one of Gabi.

So…let’s grab some more coffee and take a closer look at my week:

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Books, Movies, & Stuff…

Monday Potpourri:  A Weekend to Remember…

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “The Date”

My Week of Engaging Books…

Hump Day Sparks:  At Home and Abroad…

Coffee Chat:  A Reclusive Week…

Keeping Track:  My Books Purchased & Read

Bookish Friday:  “Just Between Us”

Review:  The Death of Mrs. Westaway (e-book), by Ruth WareReview:  Sister of Mine (e-book), by Laurie Petrou (NG – 8/7)Review:  All We Ever Wanted (e-book), by Emily Giffin

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INCOMING BOOKS (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon):

Empty mailbox! I did download some purchased e-books that have been on my list forever!

Whistle in the Dark (e-book), by Emma Healey, a wry, poignant, and masterfully drawn story that explores the bonds and duress of family life, the pain of mental illness, and the fraught yet enduring connection between mothers and daughters; a story of guilt, fear, hope, and love that explores what it means to lose and find ourselves and those we love.

Day of the Dead (e-book, A Frieda Klein Novel), by Nicci French: This gripping cat-and-mouse thriller pits one of the most fascinating characters in contemporary fiction against an enemy like none other. Smart, sophisticated, and spellbinding, it’s a novel to leave you breathless.

A Noise Downstairs (e-book), by Linwood Barclay, a haunting psychological thriller that blends the twists and turns of Gillian Flynn with the driving suspense of Harlan Coben, in which a man is troubled by odd sounds for which there is no rational explanation.

Ghosted (e-book), by Rosie Walsh:  “I absolutely loved this book and didn’t want it to end.” –Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies

Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart.

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently I’m reading a review book in the Sweet Lake Series:  The Season of Silver Linings, by Christine Nolfi:  She can’t change what’s come before. But letting go could bring healing—and the rare love that comes once in a lifetime.

More books are on my list, and I’m not sure what will grab me next…but on my Kindle, I have Feared, by Lisa Scottoline, an upcoming NetGalley review book to be released on 8/14.  In the new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Mary DiNunzio’s ruthless nemesis Nick Machiavelli is back…with a vengeance.

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So…what lies ahead:  a new week with triple digits, delicious books to enjoy…and an occasional treat from the neighborhood.  On Thursday, I savored this lovely salad and a margarita from California Pizza Kitchen.  What did your week bring you?

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REVIEW: ALL WE EVER WANTED, BY EMILY GIFFIN

 

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton.

Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.

Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenaged girl, happy and thriving.

Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

My Thoughts: In the opening pages of All We Ever Wanted, the controversial photograph that turns an elite school on edge also reveals much about the inner core of the primary characters.

Nina’s first person voice brings out the darkness from her past, the troubled issues in her marriage, and how her son’s behavior now makes her question the kind of person he is becoming. Is he morally bankrupt, like his father? Has she turned a blind eye to what her husband Kirk has become?

Tom struggles as a single parent, hoping he has provided enough for his daughter, filling in the blanks left by Beatriz, who abandoned them years before. How can he give her the values she needs in this community that is suddenly looking like the wrong place for her to be?

Lyla felt like the most real and grounded of the characters, showing her strength, even as she faces a difficult challenge, one that tests who she is in the face of humiliation.

How will the truth reveal itself amidst the lies and betrayals? What decisions will Nina make that will change all their lives? What events will set Lyla on a different, yet better course for her life?

I loved this novel…although I thought the ending was a bit rushed, leaping ahead several years. But the denouement did offer a sense of peace and hope after the maelstrom of the earlier portions of the book. 4.5 stars.

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COFFEE CHAT: A RECLUSIVE WEEK…

Welcome to another Coffee Chat in which we share some bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts.   Link up at Bookishly Boisterous.

   

My week has had some twists and turns, like the books I read.  I had definitely planned to accomplish a lot more, but the heat outside and the good books inside kept me hostage in my house.  I did get out on Monday for a little while, to send some mail and to stock up on supplies.  Sometimes I realize that if I didn’t run out of food, I might never leave the house.  Then I think of those people who are agoraphobic…and how they order their food online.  Is that next for me?  LOL.

  • I do enjoy outings, however, and sometimes I go out to restaurants two or three times in a week.  Instead of doing that on Tuesday, like I had originally planned, I went for the mail, and then went through the Taco Bell Drive-Through.  At home, I arranged the tacos on a plate, poured a glass of wine, and told myself that I was creating a new normal.

  • Today came around, and I was determined to go out for dinner tonight.  I had even decided on the restaurant…but then a show I was watching earlier in the afternoon was interrupted by a news conference (I hate when that happens!), so I stuck around until this evening so I could watch the show on Hulu.  Now that is a new low, right?  But while I was streaming, I hopped over to watch a movie on Amazon Prime  (After All These Years), based on a book by Susan Isaacs.  I also pre-ordered Book Club.
  • I did get some reading done this week.  Two books read and reviewed:  The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware; and Sister of Mine, by Laurie Petrou (a NG ARC, release date 8/7). (Click for my reviews).
  • Currently I am reading and loving All We Ever Wanted, by Emily Giffin.
  • On Sunday nights, I’m still glued to the screen for Sharp Objects…and The Affair, another show I enjoy.
  • Last Sunday afternoon, I saw Mama Mia:  Here We Go Again, and felt myself swaying to the music, and looked around at others doing their own “dancing queen” rendition.  Before the movie, I enjoyed an appetizer and a Blushing Geisha.  That counted as an outing, which is probably why I’ve curled up like a recluse for most of this week.

  • I was scrolling through some photos taken by my son and DIL in Prague, and loved this one.  After walking around Prohonicky Park, snapping photos, they sat down here for drinks.  I felt like I was right there with them.

  • My daughter got all moved into her new house…and sent me a virtual tour via text.  She hasn’t yet arranged the house to her liking, but all the important things are in place…like the kitchen, the bedrooms, the electronics, etc.
  • She’ll want it to be perfect before she invites guests.  Yeah, I’m officially a guest.  LOL.
  • I am so glad not to be moving right now.  A few months ago, I was considering it, but hated the idea so much, I dug my heels in here…and ticked off all the things I still enjoy:  the neighborhood; the amenities that I haven’t found elsewhere at a comparable price; and the thought of packing up all my books and things made me conclude that I am definitely not moving yet.  Instead, I want to hire a housekeeper to help me organize.

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So…that was my week.  Weird and reclusive, as some might say.  But tomorrow is a new day…and I might actually get out and do something.  How has your week unfolded?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: HEAT, SPARKLES, & BOOKS…

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.

 

It’s going to be another hot day, but should “drop down” to 99.  Right now it is 77 degrees, and I think I should hurry out to the patio to sit with a cup of coffee…and write this post there.  But no, I’m already settled in here.  Sigh.  Do you do that?  Think of great plans that you dismiss because it’s easier not to change up the routine?

There is one routine that seems to continue, however: reading and blogging.  So far I enjoy the comfort of this pattern.  This week I read and reviewed three books, and I’m almost halfway through my fourth one…because it is sooo good!  I stopped at midnight, though, mostly because my eyes were tired.

I found no special movies to watch this week, but I am still enjoying Sharp Objects on HBO.  Also, I hope to see the new Mama Mia movie tomorrow…don’t judge!  LOL.  I love that music, and I’m a Meryl Streep fan.  My daughter and her family are moving into their new house this weekend…and it’s going to be a challenge in this heat!  I always seem to move in the summer months, too.  So glad I’m not moving now, though.  Maybe later…in ten years or so.  LOL

Yesterday I got a new mani….”sparkly” seemed to call to me.

Let’s grab some coffee and take a closer look at the week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “Our House”

Coffee Chat:  Anxiety, Relief, & More Books…

My WWW Wednesday…

Friday Potpourri:  My Girls, Various Versions…

Bookish Friday:  “All Your Perfects”

Review:  Castaway Cottage, by Joanne DeMaioReview:  Our House (e-book), by Louise Candlish – (NG-8/7)Review:  Left:  A Love Story (e-book), by Mary Hogan

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox…BUT I got one NetGalley ARC to download:

The Lies We Told (e-book), by Camilla Way (NG – 10/9)

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Purchased Downloads:

All Your Perfects (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

Her Pretty Face (e-book), by Robyn Harding

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently reading (and loving) The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.  So true!

Then my moods will lead me to another review book, perhaps…

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That was my week. What did yours look like?  Today I’m sharing my great-niece Margaret with her birthday cake.  She just turned three!  She looks pensive…or maybe underwhelmed?  My niece Emily is cheering her on. 

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