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 reading week that was good…and not so good.  I quickly read my fabulous first book last Sunday, and then spent the next three days slogging through a book that I didn’t love at all.  Sigh.  Now I’m halfway finished with another one that is pretty good…I hope to turn the last page later today. Finished this third book.    Click for review below.

Bloggiesta begins tomorrow!  March 19-25.

So that’s how the week went with my reading.  The rest of my life?  Annoying errands, a doctor’s appointment, and lots of Netflix viewing.  Still Parenthood, but I’m almost finished with Season 6, the last one.  Now I’m going to grab some more coffee, and get down to the details.  Why don’t you do the same?


Sunday Potpourri:  Timely Issues…

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “Not That I Could Tell”

Hump Day Potpourri:  A Bookish Week…

Coffee Chat:  Anxiety, a Reading Slump, & TGIT!

Bookish Friday:  “The Perfect Nanny”

Friday Potpourri:  A New Way to Go out on a Limb…

Review:  Alternate Side (e-book), by Anna Quindlen – (NG – 3/20)Review:  My Absolute Darling (e-book), by Gabriel Tallent


INCOMING BOOKS: (Covers/Titles Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!  But I purchased four e-books….and received one book from the library via Libby, at Overdrive!

Library Book:

Map of the Heart (e-book), by Susan Wiggs

Purchased Downloads:

The Neighbors (e-book), by Hannah Mary McKinnon

Let Me Lie (e-book), by Clare Mackintosh

The Affliction (e-book), by Beth Gutcheon

Sometimes I Lie (e-book), by Alice Feeney



Currently Reading (half-finished):  Finished! The French Girl, by Lexie Elliott (click for my review) 



Then…maybe a NetGalley ARC:  Not That I Could Tell (e-book), by Jessica Strawser (NG-3/27)


Then I will follow my moods!!


That was my week…some good, some not so good.  What did yours look like?  I don’t have any goodies to share from this week, but here’s something I’m thinking about for the weekend:



  1. Greg Hill

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Sorry to hear the reading week was mixed. I hate it when that happens, when I’m struggling w/ a book …

    The Neighbors looks good, as does Sometimes I Lie ( I am LOVING that title). The French Girl I have coming up, and Not That I Could Tell… I may be reading that one as well, looks like something I might like.

    Yummy looking soup!

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    1. Thanks, Greg, I ended up finishing The French Girl, and you can click to my review (above). It was a quick read, impossible to put down, so the week of reading ended on a good note.

      Now I will be starting Not That I Could Tell. Enjoy your weekend.


    1. Thanks for visiting, AJ….and I need to stop buying those books in the first place! If I haven’t read the author before and haven’t read rave recommendations, I should stop before I “click to buy.”


    1. Thanks, Deb, I’ll drink to that. Since I’ve figured out how to download library e-books, I’m ready to “borrow” instead of buying everything, especially if I’m not sure of the book.

      Enjoy your week, and may only good books come our way.


  2. Happy St Patrick’s Day to you, Laurel! Yes… we have the fun of putting the clocks forward next weekend. Not that you’d know Spring was springing with icy winds and snow on the ground – AGAIN! I hope the coming week is more fun and less hassle for youL:)

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    1. Thanks, Evelina, after a mild winter, we are suddenly having rain. But I can’t complain, as it has also been mild.

      Have a great week, and after finishing up The French Girl yesterday, rather quickly, I might be out of the slump for now.


    1. Thanks, Kimberly, and I do occasionally DNF…unfortunately, the book I was slogging through was one that I had already read until 60%…and despite its unfortunate aspects, I wanted to know what happened to the MC. Sigh.

      Enjoy your week! I’m looking forward to Let Me Lie.


  3. StackingMy BookShelves

    I was kinda in a slump myself. Only got through two books. Not even feeling like I want to read so I have been doing audiobooks – reading but not reading. I hope to get back to more reading my TBRChallenge books this week. Happy reading to you!

    Mary #SundayRoundup #10

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  4. Patty

    Do you like The French Girl?

    Don’t you think some weeks and some books are just like that? They start off great and then just slug along! I really loved my library books this week…I read two in a row without reviews! It’s like being free!

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    1. Thanks, Patty, and I loved The French Girl. Finished it quickly…and it was a delight after reading that horrible My Absolute Darling.

      That was a book I should have “borrowed,” if I’d been able to at the time…those books can easily be DNFs.


      1. Patty

        I know exactly what you mean…every time you don’t buy an ebook but get it from Libby instead…you should put that money in a special jar and see how much you save at the end of 6 months! Now there’s a task!

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn, I hope to sit down with my iPhone and request a few more library e-books. I have downloaded one borrowed book…but I’m curious about how the system works when we finish reading the books.

      I’ll have to check in with other users. Enjoy your week!

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  5. Jenea

    You always have the best looking food! I’m already hungry, and now I want some of what you were eating! Enjoy those new books and I hope this weeks reading is better for you. Happy Sunday!

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  6. I was on Spring Break this past week and hoped to read lots but managed to only finish one I started before the break and start a new one. I’m listening to a book that’s not that great right now and want to jump call it quits. I love baked potato soup, I’ve never made it but want to give it a try. Enjoy all your new books, I see some great titles listed and hope you have a great week!

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  7. Aw, sorry to hear about your disappointing reading. I’ve had a few of these earlier this year, though this week was really good to me; I hope the coming week is just as good for you!

    We have two books in common this week, as I also added Let me Lie and Sometimes I Lie to my shelves. Both look good! But I’ve been eyeing The Neighbors too.
    Wishing you a better week of reading! 🙂

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  8. Kathy Martin

    I hope this coming week is filled with amazing books. I hate it when I have to slog through a book that only has a few diamonds in a mountain of coal. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  9. It’s awful to spend so much time on a book you’re not enjoying… glad it’s finally over. I put a couple of Susan Wiggs books on my mother’s kindle and she loved them. I don’t know this author and would be interested in your recommendations. She is very prolific! The soup looks wonderful. Hope your week is off to a good start 🙂

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    1. Thanks, JoAnn, I have enjoyed a few books by Wiggs…so I know that they will satisfy my need for lighter stuff in between thrillers.

      If I am more careful about buying books I’m not sure of, I should do better with that whole “slogging” thing.

      I have added the Overdrive App to my phone, so I plan to borrow more.

      Enjoy your week!


  10. I had a poor reading week as well. I only made it through two books. I just felt distracted and tired after the time change and I watched too much college basketball. Hoping to get back on track this week.

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    1. Thanks, Joann, I am off to a good reading start…I hope to get to the library book soon, but first I might read another of my purchases. I finished my NG ARC for 3/27…and next week I’ll start on April.


  11. Hi Laurel, glad you liked the Quindlen book. I know I’ll pick it up at sometime. The Absolute Darling book I’ll have to pass on — too rough for me. We finished Season 2 of The Crown. Have you finished that? I liked it perhaps better than Season 1. Very good. But now Claire Foy will leave the show for Season 3, Ugh! Enjoy your week.

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  12. Susan @ The Book Bag

    I’ve read a couple of the books on your list and you are going to love them. I do have to say that the cover of Not That I Could Tell is eye-catching. I’m going to have to check that one out. Happy reading.

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  13. We have taken a break from Costco soup for now since we’ve been buying the same ol’ ones twice a month. I hope to try split pea now that we have an instant pot that needs to get tried out. Even though I’m an adult, I still enjoyed the Cleary books. I hope to listen to the Ramona ones after I finish two other audiobooks.

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    1. Ooh, those awful review copies are the worst! We’re locked in…trapped. I am being more careful these days about accepting books from authors unknown-to-me. If I know an author’s previous work, I’m less likely to find myself slogging through something.

      When I’ve bought the book myself, I am also very annoyed. Money down the toilet and all. I am planning to get more books from the library and only buy those from authors I’ve read before. Sigh.

      Thanks for visiting, Sunny. Let’s hope we enjoy all of our books from now on!


  14. Not much reading going on in my world. Sorry to hear you had to slog through one. Never fun.

    Let Me Lie has been on blogs a lot lately. Sounds great. Also think The Neighbors would be a good read. Enjoy all your new books.

    Thanks for visiting The Book Connection.

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