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, and while some days brought sunshine, others brought rain…and even hail.  Indoors, I kept setting aside books, not finding anything that grabbed me, until I finally turned—successfully—to two March NetGalley ARCs, and I was able to finish them both.  What a relief!  The chaos of February brought out the best and worst of my reading mojo, so perhaps March can bring a better balance.

There was some good movie watching on Prime and Netflix, with Ben is Back, The Widow, and The Hate U Give.

Let’s grab more coffee, and take a closer look at the week.



Monday Potpourri:  Finding My Routines Again…

My Journey:  A Story from the Past…and the Present…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Lost for Words Bookshop”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Book Releases, New Movies, Etc.

Hump Day Reading…

Coffee Chat:  Moving on from the Chaos…

Bookish Friday:  “I Owe You One”

Playing Around with Photos…and Posts…

Review:  Me For You (e-book), by Lolly Winston – (NG-3-12-19)Review:  In the Blink of an Eye (e-book), by Jesse Blackadder – (NG-3/19/19)


INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox!  I did download two e-books that I purchased…

California Girls (e-book), by Susan Mallery

Before She Knew Him (e-book), by Peter Swanson



The Next To Die (e-book), by Sophie Hannah


And then I will follow my whims to select the next book.  My up-next ARCs are not due until April. 


That was my week…what did yours look like? Below, check out my delicious chocolate dessert.



  1. Ooh I’ve been seeing ads for The Widow and I’m intrigued. I haven’t seen Kate Beckinsale in anything in a while, it seems. Glad your reading picked up with the ARC’s. 🙂

    The Next To Die looks awesome!

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  2. Sometimes it is so difficult to just pick up the right book that sucks us in. And sometimes coming off an excellent book makes the next one harder to love, unless its very good. The chocolate dessert looks very yummy.

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn, you’re right about that. It is harder to find a great one after reading other excellent books. If I switch up my genres, I have better luck, I think.

      Enjoy your week…and the chocolate dessert was yummy…and maybe a bit too rich!

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    1. Thanks, Evelina, enjoy your long weekend. Post-retirement, all my weekends feel like long ones. I look forward to Mondays and my usual routines. But…weekends can be a way to change things up.

      Have a great week!


  3. I’m glad you were able to settle into some good books. It’s an uncomfortable feeling for me when I don’t have a good book going.

    I’ve created a linky on my blog for Sunday Salon and I’ve kept the Facebook group. I hope you will join in and spread the word.

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  4. Beware Of The Reader

    Lauren I didn’t know THUG and Ben is back could be rented on Netflix!!!! Thanks for this 😉 Now I hope your reading mojo will be back in March.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah, I tried audiobooks, but I just couldn’t concentrate. Plus, I don’t have earbuds to allow for walking and moving about. Before investing in them, I wanted to try listening while working out…but it didn’t work for me; I need to be able to take notes. Sigh.

      Enjoy! Whatever works is a good thing.

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  5. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan

    I usually like Sophie Hannah’s books and I hope you enjoy it. Your dessert makes me wonder if I should be avoiding sugar anymore. Have a great week ahead.

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  6. You got some really good looking books in the mail. When that happens to me I always want to read those books next instead of the ones that have been sitting on my shelves for ages. I haven’t watched The Hate U Give yet, I am afraid it won’t live up the book.

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    1. Thanks, Helen, I have the same reaction when I get new books. Shiny and new beats out the older ones languishing on my Kindle…or sitting in a stack on my coffee table. I’m trying to balance things out, but it doesn’t always work.

      Enjoy your books.


  7. My husband had surgery this week so I was off some to help him out at home. He is doing fine but since I picked the worst time to have a horrible cold, I managed to lay around and read. I managed to read 5 books this week. That’s a record I’m sure and I know it will calm down once I return to work. Glad you found some books to take you out of your funk. Hope you have a great week.

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  8. I’m glad you were able to get into some good reads. Sometimes it is hard, I can be a moody reader. Thanks for sharing the dessert! Have a lovely week and hopefully better weather without hail. One of my worst every Harley rides was getting caught in hail in the middle of nowhere.

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    1. Thanks, Erin, I am hoping for balance in March…and moving forward. Taxes are behind me, and my laptop is functioning again.

      Enjoy your week. As a California “girl” (lol), I am looking forward to the book.


  9. I have been flip flopping through books for months now. Some books sound amazing then I start them set them to the side and never pick them up again and of course repeat forever. I am glad that two ARCs helped you start getting your reading mojo back! Hopefully it continues.

    I watched The Hate U Give last month and I really enjoyed it. I hope you liked it too!

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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    1. Thanks, Tina, I loved The Hate You Give. I haven’t read the book yet, but I think I will.

      I am eager to get to a place of complete enjoyment of the books I’ve already bought…I hate when I don’t like them!


  10. Yvonne

    I heard about the show The Widow and it looks good. I will eventually get around to it. The Susan Mallery book looks really good too. Hope you have a great week!

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  11. The Cue Card

    I’ve heard some bloggers like Peter Swanson’s books … but I haven’t read him yet. I hope you enjoy it. I think March will bring better reading mojo than February. Have a great week.

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  12. Nice that we can read when its rainy. I’m glad you found your two NetGalley titles engaging.
    I’ve been attracted by the ads for The Widow.
    Your desserts always make me want some. 🙂
    Happy Reading!

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  13. Cheryl Malandrinos

    Chocolate and dessert just seem to go together. Yours looks yummy.

    Sometimes we just need to take a break to get our reading mojo back. Lately, I’ve been reading the Bible mostly, plus a devotional for Lent. Though I did get a chance to finish two books thanks to the short trip we just took.

    I’ve seen Before She Knew Him somewhere else lately. Hope you enjoy The Next to Die. Have a great week.


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  14. Ashlea Daune

    I haven’t seen any of the movies you mentioned, I want to see The Hate U Give, but I want to read the book first. Did you enjoy it? I want to read The Next to Die, I hope you enjoy it.
    Have a good rest of your week!

    Ash @ JennRenee Read

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