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.


I am halfway through my Saturday…and just finished my third book of the week.  Each book brought something unique to my reading experience.  My week was also one of household tasks, like scrubbing the kitchen with the help of my granddaughter.  (Okay, she did all the work!).  I continued with the bathrooms the next day.  Now I am ready to relax.  But first, let’s talk about other events of the week:  Skyping with my eldest son in Prague; texting with Son #2, who had just proposed to his girlfriend in Central Park, after which they went to see Hamilton on Broadway; watching some favorite shows, like Sharp Objects and The Affair; and getting ready for new Netflix shows to binge-watch soon (Ozark, Season II).

This week’s episode of The Sinner, Season II, is still waiting on my DVR.  Today I’ll probably get to it.

So…now I’m ready for more coffee, and a chat about the details of the week:


Sunday Potpourri:  Weekend Tidbits…

Tuesday Potpourri:  Tidbits, Book Releases, Etc.

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “Three Days Missing”

Another Great Week of Reading…

Coffee Chat:  From the Extraordinary to the Ordinary…

Friday Potpourri:  Celebrating Some Moments…

Bookish Friday:  “Mr. Flood’s Last Resort”

Review:  A Noise Downstairs (e-book), by Linwood BarclayReview:  When the Lights Go Out (e-book), by Mary Kubica – (NG – 9-4)Review:  November Road, by Lou Berney – (Amazon Vine)


INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!  But I received one library book through Libby Overdrive…and downloaded two purchased e-books.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (e-book), by Michelle McNamara (Library Book)


Purchased Downloads:

Pieces of Her (e-book), by Karin Slaughter

The Other Woman (e-book), by Sandie Jones



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

Lies (e-book), by T. M. Logan – (NG – 9/11)


That was my week.  What did yours look like?  After some enjoyable reading, a bit of blogging, and some housework, I grabbed a pot pie at Marie Callender’s.


64 thoughts on “WEEKLY UPDATES: A BUSY WEEK…

  1. I wish I could watch a good Netflix show. Nothing seems to interest me at the moment, but I will check out Sinner and Ozark, and Sharp Objects. I think there is also one that Netflix recommended to me. It’s called The Innocents. *shrugs.
    Ha! I got Karin Slaughter on audio. I saw An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena too. Interesting. Did not read Lies yet.
    We don’t have Marie Callender’s in Canada, but I’ve heard good things about it from a youtuber Rawbeautykristi. 🙂 I hope it was good! Have a great week and don’t strain yourself. It’s kind of your daughter to help with cleaning.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Jackie; I really enjoyed Ozark…I like Jason Bateman. Sharp Objects is one I really like because of Amy Adams, and also Patricia Clarkson, who is very convincing as a cold and evil character. She made my blood turn cold. LOL

      My granddaughter was very helpful…although she is not available that often.

      Enjoy your week.


  2. How do you like The Sinner S2 so far? I know it’s early but I liked S1, not sure if I’m gonna start S2 because I guess the characters change? Other than Pullman I guess. Also The affair has that actress in it from Luther who played a psychopath SO well, I kinda want to watch it just for her!

    Wow, congrats to your son on his proposal! Central PArk- nice choice. 🙂

    An Unwanted Guest is on my list.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Greg, and while I’m still watching Season II of The Sinner, I must confess that I don’t find the characters very appealing in this new outing. The child and his mother are both very disturbing, IMO.

      But I guess it’s hard to top Jessica Biel’s characterization in the last season.

      As for the Central Park proposal, it is definitely reminiscent of movies we’ve loved, and since he works in the industry, I guess he couldn’t help himself. LOL

      Enjoy your week and your reading.


    1. Thanks for visiting, Kathryn, and I hope you enjoy your books…not everyone is a thriller freak like I am. LOL.

      I did feel good about getting work done, even though the really hard task went to my granddaughter…I’m sure she won’t be volunteering again soon. I would love to have a kitchen floor that is easy to keep up. Sigh.

      Have a great week!

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  3. Congrats to your son! What happy news.
    As I read about scrubbing kitchens, I looked around my own and shuddered at the thought of all the deep cleaning and sorting that’s to come in the next couple of months with the house move!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Kimberly, and for the congrats. It is nice to have a little romance in our lives, and we are all delighted with the news.

      Having help with the cleaning was a nice bonus for me.

      I am eager to read about the Golden Gate Killer…and the book Lies is calling to me.

      Enjoy your week!


  4. It sounds like a fulfilling week – and having your granddaughter for company sounds like a lovely bonus. I LOVE the look of those delicious veggies with your pie:). I hope the coming week is a good one, Laurel.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah, I did enjoy this week…hot thought it was, it was a little cooler. But house cleaning in the heat, even with the AC at full blast…not my favorite thing. But the main scrubbing was done by Fiona, a very brave and courageous soul.

      Now I look forward to a lunch out…and more reading. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel, I had the book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark on library hold for a long while, it seemed. So glad to finally have it. I’ve also been awaiting Pieces of Her for a while, too.

      The chicken pot pie was delicious! Enjoy your week.


  5. StackingMy BookShelves

    Looks like a lot of great reads this week. I want to read most of these myself. I got Shatter Me from the library this week and I am loving it. I would love that Pot Pie and salad…What am I making for dinner tonight? Have a wonderful week.


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    1. Thanks, Deb, I knew the engagement would be coming soon, but I was surprised about the Central Park venue. But come to think of it, not so much. My #2 son is into scenes that could come from a movie.

      I am already loving my first book of this week: Lies.

      Enjoy your weekend and upcoming week.


    1. Thanks, Barb, and while my granddaughter had mentioned helping out, I didn’t know that she would actually have the time available. I hope I can keep the floor looking as good as she left it!

      Loving the books on my shelf. Enjoy yours!


  6. Yvonne

    How exciting about your son proposing in Central Park. Congrats! Your books look so good. I especially want to read the Karin Slaughter book. Your meal looks so yummy! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne, I didn’t even know that my son was in New York that weekend (he lives in LA), but I was impressed with how romantic that proposal was.

      I’m excited about the Karin Slaughter book, too. I’m reading Lies now, a September NG ARC, and having a hard time putting it down. It grabbed me from the get-go.

      Enjoy your week!


    1. Ha-ha, I agree that training the grandkids to be useful is something we need to do.

      I hope to love Pieces of Her, and right now I’m hooked on Lies, which grabbed me so quickly I didn’t know what had hit me. Some books are like that for me. I am drawn in immediately, and the pages turn rapidly.

      Thanks for stopping by, Mary, and have a great week.


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kathy, and I would love to meet Karin Slaughter. Authors don’t seem to come to the Central Valley of California…lol.

      My granddaughter is such a nice helper, when she’s available. I’m excited for my son and future DIL. Enjoy your week!


    1. Thanks, Aymee, whenever I deplore the fact of living in this somewhat boring Central California city, I remind myself that I am tucked away in the center of some wonderful restaurants that feel like an extension of my home. Like Marie Callender’s.

      Enjoy your week! I hope to read I’ll Be Gone in the Dark later this week.


    1. Ha-ha, that is usually my strategy, Kathy, sitting until the cleaning urge disappears. Fiona wanted to earn some money, so that worked. I like supervising the job.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth, and it’s interesting how quickly some books grab us…and others do not. I guess I was immediately caught up in Joe’s perspective, and that little boy kept me going, too. Enjoy your week and your reading.


  7. The Cue Card

    Central Park in the fall seems a nice place for proposals 🙂 Good for him! I still haven’t gotten to Sharp Objects yet. We watched a series called Rome on Netflix which was good: about the rise of Julius Caesar. For some reason, I thought you had already read the McNamara book. It’s a doozy and will conjure all your memories of 1970s California etc. Enjoy your week.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Susan, and I thought Central Park was the perfect spot for a proposal…the picture he sent of the two of them against that backdrop is gorgeous, too, IMO. I do love the East Coast in the fall, although I’ve never been to NYC! Sigh.

      I am eager to start reading the McNamara book…1970s California is a time I recall with some fear…and nostalgia. A mix of emotions.

      Enjoy your week, too.


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