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.



It was a great week, but I only read two books. I spent most of one day reading my second book, which was so lovely I lost myself in it.  Now my eyes are tired, but I have that satisfying feeling of time well spent.  Here I am, showing off the beautiful cover:

I enjoyed time with my granddaughter Fiona, who helped around the house while we chatted about our lives.  Here she is wearing a T-shirt I bought to show off a favorite icon (RBG):

On Amazon Prime this week:  Instant Family, and a Season 3 Episode of The Good Fight, on CBS-All Access.

Now I am ready for a nap, but instead…I’ll grab another cup of coffee and take a closer look at the week.


Chasing Away the Blues…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “California Girls”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Bookish Events, Etc.

WWW Reading…

Coffee Chat:  Family Time, Etc.

Let’s Begin Our Fight Again…

Bookish Friday:  “Before She Knew Him”

Friday Serendipity:  Finding Common Ground…

Review:  The Next To Die (e-book), by Sophie HannahReview:  Night Beach, by Joanne DeMaio


INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One book came in my physical mailbox!  I then received two NetGalley ARCs via my inbox.  I downloaded two purchases.

Night Beach, by Joanne DeMaio (Click for my Review)

29 Seconds (e-book), by T. M. Logan (NG – 9/10/19)

Those People (e-book), by Louise Candlish (NG – 6/11/19)


The Liar’s Child (e-book), by Carla Buckley

All the Wrong Places (e-book), by Joy Fielding



I Owe You One (e-book), by Sophie Kinsella


That was my week!  What did yours look like?  This week, my comfort food was soup and a tuna melt sandwich.  With a margarita, of course.



  1. Beware Of The Reader

    That’s always great when we get lost in a story Laurel! And seeing your grand daughter I am missing my great grand mother. I was close to her and loved helping her mowing the grass and cooking some preserve. Happy Sunday!

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    1. Thanks, Greg, I always enjoy the covers on DeMaio’s books…and have them all lined up on my shelves.

      I usually eat more soup than anything else…it was nice to have a sandwich, too. Enjoy your week…and eating good things. LOL


  2. I’m happy to see how much you enjoyed Night Beach. I was looking back as the books I read back when I was first writing reviews for the books I read. I was surprised to find that almost al my reads were fiction books, and most of the fiction books were books that focused on character over plot. In recent years, I’ve gotten away from that a bit, but I think I need to read more of those sorts, to remind me of the inherent humanity of all people.

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  3. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan

    I picked a Christie mystery last noon and I couldn’t sleep without finishing it. And I am happy you got lost in your book too. I hope you have great week ahead.

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    1. Thanks, Lexxie, I love the RBG shirts…I have my own, too.

      Fiona is studying massage therapy, and gave me a nice massage, too, as my back and neck muscles were on fire! Too much time reading and blogging?

      Enjoy your week.


  4. What fun to spend time with your granddaughter and extra nice that she can help around the house… love the T shirt!! Night Beach sounds like an excellent read. Hope I can find something just as wonderful to lift me out of the beginnings of a reading slump. It’s been ages since I had a tuna melt, but now I want one! Hope you have another wonderful week!

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  5. Glad you particularly liked Night Beach.
    You’ve got some good looking thrillers coming up.
    We have been feeling like comfort food this week. (Hubby is making split pea soup for tomorrow night.)
    Happy Reading!

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  6. 29 seconds intrigues me! I want to read I Owe You One too, but I’m a bit hesitant because her last book didn’t totally click with me. I might have to borrow it from the library. Have a great week and happy reading!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Cheryl, and staying up late is one of my bad habits…especially since I get up early in the morning anyway. But I’m enjoying I Owe You One…almost finished. Looking forward to them all.


  7. The Cue Card

    Hi Laurel : have you ever read Carla Buckley before? I was tempted to read her last novel but then never did. Let us know if you like this one. What are you watching these days? Have you ever seen the Bosch detective series on Amazon Prime? We have torn through season 1 and now are on season 2. It takes place in L.A. so we like that. Bosch is a tough guy character from the Michael Connelly books.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Susan, and I’ve read four of Buckley’s books so far: The Good Goodbye, The Deepest Secret, The Things That Keep Us Here, and Invisible. I liked them all.

      I have only watched a few episodes of Bosch, when my son and DIL were visiting…and I enjoyed it. But after they left, I got sidetracked onto other shows. I need to get back to it!

      Mostly I’ve been watching movies. I watched Green Book last night, and loved it! Also, The Widow, now and then. I did see The Hate U Give on Prime. Very good! I am loving The Good Fight, on CBS All Access.

      I know that watching TV and streaming services are affecting my reading. LOL.

      Enjoy your week.


  8. Susie | Novel Visits

    Of all the books you mentioned this week All the Wrong Places most piques my interest. There’s just something about that cover. I’m off to Goodreads to find out more. Have a great week.

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  9. What a lovely reading and visiting week! I’ve been curious about Louise Candlish, but I think I may be taking a long break from psychological suspense like that, so that leaves out 29 Seconds, Joy Fielding, and Carla Buckley too, probably!

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  10. Susan @ The Book Bag

    I found myself immersed in Night Beach as well, I love her stories. I have been thinking I should grab 29 Seconds and after seeing it on your list and since we have such similar reading likes, I may just have to do that. I read Lies and really enjoyed that one. So many books, so little time. 🙂

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