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

What a week!  I had my annual physical on Tuesday, so that took up the morning:  getting ready, driving there, waiting, having the exam…and then driving home.  Exhausted.  So yesterday was a wash, too, with a couple of naps and sleep disturbances at night.  I woke up and headed to my office sofa to read a little…and then sleep some more.  Sigh.

  • I know that the unpredictable world in which we live produces anxiety…and that contributes to the sleeplessness and exhaustion.  I need to stay off the news…and even most of social media.
  • Meanwhile, I’ve only finished one book this week (on Sunday), which I loved:  Alternate Side, by Anna Quindlen (click for my review).
  • Then I started Gabriel Tallent’s My Absolute Darling...and my book slump is happening again!  I am slogging along, finding an occasional interesting section, and then I am bored!  Yes, and anguished in between harrowing accounts of abuse.  I am at 60%, so I guess I might finish it…mainly because I want to know what happens.  So many times I have wanted to chuck it, but then a section would capture me for a bit.
  • I am longing to pick up a fast-paced thriller!  Like this ARC which I will be reading next:  Not That I Could Tell, by Jessica Strawser.

  • Thanks to Patty’s suggestion, I have added the Libby Overdrive App to my iPhone…and put two books on hold!  Kisscut, by Karin Slaughter; and The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware.  Yay!
  • I am still obsessively binge-watching on Season 6.  The familiarity of the characters is soothing…even when some of them annoy me.  LOL


  • I am happy for the TGIT shows coming tonight…and earlier in the week, I watched Shonda’s newest show For the People.  It feels promising…another legal show, but with some interesting twists so far.  Set in the “Mother Court,” it is about “the lives and careers of the brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution and handling some of the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country, ‘For the People’ follows the talented professionals as their lives intersect both in and out of the courtroom.”
  • Yes, I am trying to escape from the “real world” here, between TV shows, Netflix, books, etc.


Now…if only I could manage the world out there a little better.  I hope there will be no more appointments in the days ahead…and that the next book I pick up is one to love.  What are you hoping?



  1. I had a lousy night’s sleep last night. For some reason I can’t read in the middle of the night. Not sure why. I’ve just started reading The Recipe Box – a good old comfort read. I hope your appointment was a good one. I’m due for a few myself. I’ve been staying with my recently widowed mother a few hours from my house so I need for life to settle a bit and then I’ll get back to taking care of myself. Funny how life can change so quickly.

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    1. Oh, yes, the changes in our lives can be unsettling…some of them good, but most of them, not so good.

      My doctor reminded me to bring down a couple of those numbers…and I’ll work on it. But since they are not yet dire, it is hard to find the motivation. Prevention? Yes, that would be a good reason to try.

      I need some more comfort reads. I liked downloading the Libby Overdrive app so I can read more books from the library.

      Enjoy your week, Mary.


  2. Yes anxiety can strike us at any point, at the moment I feel like I have a bit too much. I didn’t watch the news last night, it just so incessantly repeats so much bad news it is so demoralising. Hope your reads come right and you get onto your fast paced thriller quickly.

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn, even when I read an article that gives me hope, there will be another that turns everything upside down and back to the grim realities of our world.

      Reading can give comfort…but then I will pick up a book that is so horrific that I want to throw it across the room.

      Like the one I’m currently reading. Sigh.

      I hope your reading is better than mine right now!


  3. I try to avoid the news as much as possible. I have my husband tell me what’s going on that I need to know (the easy way around it). It’s all very depressing and anxiety inducing.

    I’m so behind on my physical. I know I’m going to get scolded, and that there are some issues that need addressing so I’m procrastinating. I know I have to go though. I’ll muster up the courage at some point soon hopefully.

    Maybe a good comfort read will soothe the anxiety a bit and help you sleep better. I’m reading one right now called Meet Me on the Midway by Amie Denman. A Harlequin Heartwarming book, my go-to comfort reading. It’s about three siblings that own a struggling amusement park that’s slowly becoming lucrative again, albeit with some obstacles along the way. It’s the third book in the series, and one of my favorites.

    I hope your next book selection will be a great one. ☺️

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    1. Thanks, Laurie, and a comfort read sounds like the best! I finally finished the horrible book…and I’m glad to put it behind me. I went ahead with it, since I didn’t want to feel that my time had been completely wasted. Sigh.

      I do hate the doctor’s scolding, so I actually changed doctors a year ago to one who is a little less judgmental, but still gives me the facts. But…I still hate going.

      I just started reading The Perfect Nanny…and while it’s not exactly a comfort read, it is fast paced…so far.

      Enjoy your weekend!

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