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 week has flown by, but this time I read and reviewed three books!  Am I getting back on track?  To top off this good news is the feeling I had with the books I chose.  Brilliant and captivating novels that swept me along to the end of each one, and on to the next book.  The week brought some good movies, including one with Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe:  Boy Erased, on Amazon Prime.

I found a movie on Prime starring Molly Ringwald.  Remember her?  Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, etc.  The 80s were full of her work, movies mostly produced and directed by John Hughes.  Now she is starring in a film about marriage and family, in which Molly and Brian D’Arcy James play a couple in a tumultuous relationship, struggling to stay together while trying to parent two teens: All These Small Moments, with Brendan Meyer, who stars as one of the teens.

I had a mani this week…and went out to eat and read twice.   I spent a lot of time on my laptop:  blogging, changing up blog headers, etc.

Good things to distract me from the chaos in Washington.  And yes, the shutdown supposedly ended…but for three weeks?  I shudder to think of what will happen next.

So…I will focus on my books, movies, and grab another cup of coffee while we take a closer peek at my week.


Sunday Potpourri:  Tidbits…

Monday Potpourri:  Anniversary Memories…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Untouchable”

Hump Day Reading…

Coffee Chat:  Books, Movies, & Angst…

My Creative Journey:  An Excerpt…

An Escape from Tyranny:  An Excerpt…

Bookish Friday:  “Late in the Day”

Review:  The Red Address Book (e-book), by Sofia LundbergReview:  The Family at No. 13 (e-book), by S. D. MonaghanReview:  Verity (e-book), by Colleen Hoover


INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No books in the mailbox!  But I downloaded three purchased e-books.

She Lies in Wait (e-book), by Gytha Lodge

The Suspect (e-book), by Fiona Barton

The Woman Inside (e-book), by E.G. Scott



Currently reading:  The Liar’s Room, by Simon Lelic

And then…perhaps I’ll start on the March NetGalley ARCs.


That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Enjoy the upcoming week, and I’ll leave you with my foodie moments:  Corn Chowder, Salad with Bleu Cheese, and a margarita, of course.  I ate while finishing up the delightful book Verity.



  1. I always enjoyed Molly Ringwald’s movies. Nice to see her turning up again.

    She Lies In Wait and The Suspect both look great to me. I’m thinking of getting She Lies in Wait, I was just looking at that one the other day!

    Soup and salad mmm lol.

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    • Thanks, Greg, I do enjoy seeing familiar actors still showing their talents.

      I am eager to read my new books, while continuing to dig deep on my shelves for older ones.

      I never tire of good soup.

      Enjoy your week.


  2. The shutdown was insane, and I feel sorry for all those who had to try and pay bills with no paycheck coming! It definitely made me think twice while on flights because I’m sure security wasn’t great. I try not to pay attention to all that stuff because it’s disturbing.

    Your manicure turned out pretty!

    I’ve seen good things about Verity. I’ll have to pick it up after seeing your 5 stars.

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    • Thanks, Rachel, I loved getting the mani; and I really needed to read the books I had this week…very distracting! I hope you enjoy Verity…and I am trying to shut out the ongoing chaos.

      I don’t love flying even in the best of times…definitely not getting on a plane any time soon!


  3. Love the nails! And like you, I’m busy trying not to focus on the bigger picture – we don’t have a shutdown, but Brexit is looming large and chaotic. Many of my friends are stocking up in case we crash out with no deal:(. So let’s reach for the books, be nice to those we know and love and keep our fingers crossed! Have a great week Laurel.

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  4. Do you recommend the Ringwald film? I loved her movies from the 80s. We’re supposed to get a lot of snow in the next 24 hours and then our temps will fall to sub-zero HIGHS! I’ll be under a blanket reading 🙂

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  5. Nice selection of books! I have two of them to read soon but am checking out your other ones. Yes, we have to try to shut out the cacophony coming from Washington with our pleasurable hobby. You always have a nice mani and hair style– helps to have family in the business 🙂

    And I do remember Molly Ringwald and saw all those John Hughes movies back in the day. I’ll have to look for this one. Despite my age Breakfast Club remains a favorite diversion.

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    • Thanks, Rita, some of my favorite 80s moments included those John Hughes films. I watched Breakfast Club enough times that I practically know the dialogue. LOL.

      Have a great week with books, and good luck shutting out the chaos from Washington.


  6. Haaaa a mani pedi! I would so need one but I have awful hands that I torture when I am stressed! Now I am glad to ear that you got your reading mojo back Laurel! Happy Sunday xx

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  7. Sounds like you had a great week. I’m looking forward to reading The Suspect. She Lies In Wait looks good too. I remember Molly Ringwald. She’s a recurring character on Riverdale now. Hope you have another great week!

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    • Thanks for visiting, Kathryn, and I had the same reaction to that carer. When I first began my social work career, I had elderly clients in need of home care, so I sometimes had to fire the slapdash workers.

      I hope you love the book.


  8. I loved Molly Ringwald! She plays Archie’s mom on Riverdale, although she is not in many episode – probably because she has other projects. I also recently read a piece by her you might like – about the 80s movies that she starred in (and that I grew up on and loved). It was interesting perspective, one for our new times.

    She Lies in Wait looks really good!! I love a good thriller.

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    • Thanks, Erin, I only recently found out about her role in Riverdale, and may have to watch. I’ve always felt as if she is another of my kids, since she’s in the age range of my oldest sons. Lol.

      I’m going to try to find that piece.


  9. I’m glad you found some things to distract yourself from Washington. I used to have a political blog (for a long time) but I took it down last week because it’s on the domain my author web site is going to be. There’s just too much fighting and people aren’t really listening to each other any more. ::shrug::

    Have a great week! I hope you like your new books.

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    • Thanks for visiting, Brooke, I can see why you took it down. People are vicious in their comments when they don’t agree with others. I’ve seen that on FB, and have to scroll on past those posts.

      Enjoy setting up your author’s website.


  10. I always love Molly and Pretty in Pink was probably my favorite. She plays Archie’s Mom on Riverdale. She isn’t on much but it’s always fun to see her. I have The Liar’s Room so I’m anxiously awaiting your review so I can decide if I need to bump it up. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  11. Of course I remember Molly Ringwald! I just noticed that Netflix is bringing back some her movies beginning February first, too. Books, movies, and a meal out is MUCH better than focusing on the shenanigans in Washington… that truly drives me crazy. Hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy your next books.

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    • Thanks, JoAnn, I really am grateful for books, movies, and food to take my mind off of the craziness. The sight of those who are holding us hostage for their own egos and political agendas could truly ruin my days and nights…except for those lovely books, movies, and meals. And our blogger friends help, too.

      I have some of Molly’s movies on DVD…but I’ll watch them again on Netflix.


  12. Your three upcoming books have beautiful covers! What made you choose them as your purchases?

    The govt shutdown was absolutely insane; but thankfully everyone was headed back to work today! (Even if it made my commute long again)

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    • Thanks, Alexis, I hope the government remains open longer than the three weeks! I can’t imagine that the insanity will start all over again, but those guys are not logical.

      I chose those books for the covers and titles…and the recommendations of other bloggers.

      Enjoy your week!


  13. I love Blue Cheese. I need to go find some dinner soon. I don’t even want to think about politics; it infuriates and terrifies me.

    I see lots of folks reading The Suspect and I go the first one, The Widow from the library. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great week and find some more good food and drinks.

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    • Thanks, Anne, I just finished The Suspect…and loved it. I hope you enjoy it, too.

      Yes, I can get very stirred up by politics, especially what is going on these days. Fright and rage are the first emotions that come to me, too.

      Enjoy your week.


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