Welcome to another Coffee Chat, featuring our bookish and not so bookish thoughts, hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.

It has been a quick (and not that productive) week.  I have been doing some Bloggiesta tasks, since it is coming on February 3-4.  Typically I started early.  My focus this time will be this very blog, although I’ve been making some changes on some of my other blogs. 

  • My Sign-Up Post is HERE.
  • I have finished reading and reviewing one book, Seeing Red, by Sandra Brown (click for review).  The 585 pages were more than my usual, but the story kept me engaged and there was nothing tedious about the book.
  • I’m halfway finished with Fire & Fury...and The Great Alone is moving along and keeping me engaged.  I am spending most of my time on the latter book, as it is a NetGalley review book.
  • On Sunday, I ran some errands…and then stopped for this delicious Tomato Basil Bisque soup with a Strawberry Margarita.  I was reading Seeing Red while I ate.


  • I’ve added two new books to Pippa this week (so far).  One  was a book that came out in 2015, but I couldn’t resist downloading it when I saw one of the characters on Season 4 of Grace & Frankie reading it…and I also remembered that it was on my list!  Fates & Furies, by Lauren Groff, is a dazzling examination of a marriage, and also a portrait of creative partnership written by one of the best writers of her generation. 

  • Then I downloaded The Wife, by Alafair Burke…a book I’ve been eyeing for quite a while.

  • When I go to Facebook these days, I steer away from the angry commenters…and focus instead on friends’ photos, like this adorable one of my step-great-granddaughters who are now four:  Bella and Lilly…

  • Or how about my great-niece America with her kitty.  She is nine:


  • Then I scrolled over to my granddaughter Fiona’s page, and enjoyed seeing the new look in her room:


Already I am feeling more upbeat, with changes on my blogs; lovely books, some already read and some newly purchased; and lovely photos of family.  How is your week unfolding?



    • My tech knowledge is limited, Cheryl, but has improved a bit over the years. I always hope to learn more from these Bloggiesta events, as they have mini-challenges that can help out. But I seem to only choose the ones that aren’t too advanced…LOL.

      I agree about hiding from the hate. If I inadvertently see something that really annoys me, I will block the person. I hate when people I don’t even know show up on my pages, but they’re reacting to some of my friends, so I guess I can’t stop them. The friends would have to. GRRR.

      I like the kid photos best, though, so I’ll still be going there and trying to steer clear of annoying and disturbing things. Thanks for visiting.


    • Thanks, Patty, and I wish you felt more relaxed in the WP world…I’ve been blogging on WP since 2009, so I’ve had a lot of time to learn and try new things.

      Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your day…and the rest of the week.


    • Thanks, Nise, I’m glad you enjoyed Seeing Red, too. I’m also very happy that I finally read it.

      Social media can be such a swamp of ugliness…or it can be a great place to find old and new friends. We just have to carefully wade through it. Thanks for visiting.


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