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.


We had lots of rainy days last week, some with scary winds that rattled the rafters.  There was also some hail on Friday.  Oooh.  Reading was good, though, and I managed to finish three books.  I watched a few movies on my DVR, including Season I of Big Little Lies, in anticipation of Season II soon to come.  I also enjoyed a Prime Video called All At Once (from 2016), that focused on some family issues after 9/11.  On Hallmark Murders & Mysteries, there are some new ones this month with Alison Sweeney (The Chronicle Mysteries).

My two granddaughters are celebrating birthdays this month:  Aubrey’s was 2/13 and Fiona’s will be on 2/21.  They are 22.  I barely remember that age!  LOL.

Let’s take a closer look at the week…but first, let’s all grab more coffee.


Tuesday Excerpts:  “Not Here”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Habits, Old and New…

Rainy Day Reading…

Coffee Chat:  Rainy Days Again…

Bookish Friday: “I Invited Her In”

Review:  Daisy Jones & the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid – (NG-3/5)Review:  Not Here, by Genevieve Nocovo – (Author Review Request)Review:  The Making of Us, by Lisa Jewell (Library Book)


INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox…but I received two NetGalley review books via my inbox.  I also downloaded two purchases.

The Perfect Wife (e-book), by J. P. Delaney – (NG 8/6)

Sunset Beach (e-book), by Mary Kay Andrews – (NG-5/7)


Purchased Downloads:

The Silent Patient (e-book), by Alex Michaelides

Don’t Wake Up (e-book), by Liz Lawler



I’ll soon start reading some NetGalley ARCs for books released in the the last part of March, but maybe not this week.  Instead, I’m pulling a couple of books from my shelves:

Late in the Day, by Tessa Hadley

 Come Find Me, by Megan Miranda

Then I will follow my moods….


That was my week.  What did yours look like?  I also enjoyed some Tortilla Sedona Soup, with the ubiquitous Margarita and a book….



  1. Patty

    Ooh that soup and margarita look so good. You had both a great reading and watching week! I guess I have to buy The Silent Patient, too…it sounds so good and I can’t get it from anyone!

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  2. I don’t think there ever can be too many margaritas! We had lots of rain here in Portland this week. I think we got around three inches, that was after the snow we got last weekend. It has been a wild weather week, one for staying inside and staying warm for sure. I like that book with the beach chairs on the cover because it screams summer and sunshine and that is what I am craving right now! Have a lovely weekend.

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  3. Wow rough weather huh? And ooh I loved season one of Big Little Lies. I’ll definitely be watching season two- thanks for the reminder! I gotta order HBO at some point so I can watch it. 🙂

    Come Find Me is on my list to read too hopefully soon.

    Mmm margarita and soup- notice the order I placed those in haha! Seriously though- have a great weekend!

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  4. I hope your granddaughters have lovely birthdays!
    I must admit, I’ve never tried margarita with soup before! Was it good?
    Big Little Lies sounds like a good show but I’ve never had an opportunity to watch it myself. I can’t find it on any of the subscription services I use. 😦

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Nicci, and a margarita is lovely with anything…Well, maybe not cereal. LOL

      Big Little Lies is on HBO, and maybe on one of those Prime HBO Channels. Every time I think of scaling back my TV services, I think of the shows I don’t want to miss. Sigh.


  5. Beware Of The Reader

    Well Laurel I don’t have grand kids yet but still don’t remember what it was like having 22 :-D)))) I hope tha rain abates next week because sun is so good to lift our spirit! Happy Sunday xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Deb, escape from the politics is at the top of my list. We haven’t had our fill of rain yet. But yesterday, while I was enjoying my lunch at CPK, people were carrying signs that read Trump 2020. I lost my appetite!


  6. Yvonne

    You had the perfect weather to read this week. I have the new Hallmark mysteries on my DVR and I’m going to record Allison Sweeney’s new one too. I just need to make time to watch them. LOL I love the look of Sunset Beach. I have to add that to my wishlist. Hope you have a great week!

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  7. Ashlea Daune

    Rain is my absolute favorite weather. Rainy and stormy and dark and creepy. I love it. I find I read more even when it’s raining. It’s so calming. Hail on the other hand is pretty scary. Glad everyone is okay, hail can be evil. I need to read Come Find Me. I hope you enjoy it.

    Ash @ JennRenee Read
    Our Weekly Wrapup

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  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your granddaughters!! I can’t remember that age either. 🙂

    I am looking forward to Alison Sweeney’s new episodes. 🙂

    Wow did you get some good books this week!! THE SILENT PATIENT, THE PERFECT WIFE, and SUNSET BEACH are the ones I am “eyeing.” 🙂

    Have a terrific week, and I hope the rain stops. We are still cold and expecting snow again tomorrow. Oh well I guess it is winter in Pennsylvania.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth, being 22 is a long ago memory for me. I do recall that I was still attending university, though, and those days were good ones.

      I love Alison Sweeney, and have enjoyed her mystery series and even her books. She came to my attention first as Sami Brady on Days of Our Lives. She still returns to the show now and then.

      Enjoy your week.


      1. Oh yes…senior year of college at 22. 🙂 Good times for sure. I was student teaching the second semester….a lot of work, but got to be home with mom’s cooking. 🙂

        I didn’t know Alison was on Days of Our Lives. She is adorable.

        Have a great week.

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      2. I really like Alison. She was a teenager when she was first on DOOL. So cute and feisty, and also a manipulative brat (her character).

        I have fond memories of college; I went to SF State University, followed by Sacramento State, where I got my BA. I got my MA down here.


  9. Rachel @Waves of Fiction

    I’ve enjoyed Megan Mirada before. I’ll have to check out her new one.

    Soup sounds really good with all the cold rainy weather we’ve been having. Enjoy your books, and have a great week! 🙂

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  10. Happy Birthday to your granddaughters. I barely remember that age too.
    That rain and the land slides are dreadful after everything else going on.
    Glad you are enjoying your reading… and your lovely looking soup.
    Enjoy your week.

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  11. I want to be retired! I’m on my last day of a 4-day weekend and have quite gotten used to not going to work! I definitely want to read the Tessa Hadley book. I think that may be the book that an excerpt was published in The New Yorker as a short story, but I’m not sure. I’m curious about several of your other books, too, including The Silent Patient which I’ve been hearing a lot about.
    My kids are all approaching 30; the oldest turned 30 in September, but no grandchildren as yet. Happy birthday to yours!

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    1. Thanks, Laurie, after my first decade in my career, the only thing that kept me going were thoughts of someday retiring…LOL.

      That is probably not the way to spend one’s career.

      I was disappointed with the Tessa Hadley book. I didn’t like the characters or the writing style. This was my second from the author…and will be my last.

      I am looking forward to The Silent Patient.

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  12. The Cue Card

    Yeah I admit I’m curious about Season 2 of Big Little Lies. I think Meryl Streep is supposed to make an appearance. I liked Season 1. I’ll be interested to see if you like the Tessa Hadley book. Enjoy your week.

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    1. Thanks, Susan, I like that Meryl Streep will be in Season II…as Celeste’s mother-in-law. The woman who raised that crazy and violent man! That should be interesting.

      I’m sorry to say that I didn’t like Late in the Day. It would have been a DNF, but I just keep chugging along…and with 70 pages to go, I pushed on through. The characters were unlikable, IMO, and the writing style was weird. No quotation marks, just dashes, and I couldn’t tell who was speaking! Way worse than the interview style of Daisy Jones.


  13. Susie | Novel Visits

    I hadn’t heard that the 2nd season of Big Little Lies was due out soon. Very exciting!

    The Silent Patient looks really good. I may make it my next audiobook. Look forward to your thoughts.

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  14. StackingMy BookShelves

    Looks like some lovely soup and that is one of my favs! I hope you enjoy your week. I can’t read like I want but I did get to finish Neverworld Wake. I knew what was coming but loved it all the same. It was clever.



  15. Cheryl Malandrinos

    I have to admit I barely remember 22 either. Maybe that’s just as well. I’m more settled these days.

    Your books look great. Hope you enjoyed them this week. Thanks for visiting me last Monday.

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