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.


The week went so fast that I didn’t accomplish as much reading and blogging as I wanted.   I read two books and wrote three blog posts. I did run around with my daughter and my granddaughter, getting ready for the Big Surgery Day on Monday.  Yesterday was a fun day of lunch with my daughter and grandson and dinner with my granddaughter.  My daughter brought this cute little microwave for my tiny kitchen…and some goodies for the fridge.

Here they are at the Mad Duck restaurant.  They wouldn’t let me snap a shot of them with their food.  LOL.

Let’s grab some coffee and take a peek at my week:


Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Bookish Life of Nina Hill”

Hump Day Reading…

Bookish Friday:  “Things You Save in a Fire”

Review:  Because You’re Mine, by Rea Frey – (NG-8/6)Review:  We Are All Good People Here, by Susan Rebecca White-(NG-8/6)



Empty mailbox!



Currently Reading:  The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, by Abbi Waxman.  I’m loving it!

“Meet our bookish millennial heroine—a modern-day Elizabeth Bennet, if you will… Waxman’s wit and wry humor stand out. She is funny and imaginative, and “Bookish” lands a step above run-of-the-mill romantic comedy fare.”—The Washington Post

I will also begin reading my final August ARC:  Things You Save in a Fire, by Katherine Center (NG 8/13).


How was your week?  What are you eagerly anticipating in the upcoming weeks?  Here are some goodies in my tiny fridge, compliments of my daughter’s shopping trip to Trader Joe’s.



  1. I love your apartment/condo so much! The little tiny microwave is TOO cute. Can’t go wrong with yummy Trader Joes goodies. Awwww come on, cute grandkids! We want to see what you ordered to eat. LOL

    Good luck with your surgery on Monday!!!!!

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  2. The Cue Card

    Good luck with the surgery on Monday, Laurel. I’ll be thinking of you. A good book should help the rest of the week. The Nina Hill book looks fun — perfect for summer! take care.

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  3. Susan Calderon

    Good luck with your surgery on Monday. I hope all goes well and you have a speedy recovery. I’m sure you’ll stock up on books to read, and things to watch while your recuperate.

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  4. All the best for the surgery on Monday – and wishing you a very speedy recovery. I am listening to the Abbi Waxman book at the moment, it feels a little slow, but possibly the nature of it as I only listen to about 30 min a day.

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  5. You are reading two books I can’t wait to read! I’ve been waiting and waiting for Bookish Life and the new Katherine Center book. Katherine Center is from Houston and I’ve been fortunate enough to meet her at the library conference. She’s just as charming in person as she seems from her stories. I can’t wait to see what you think about these books!

    I’m sending best wishes for good doctoring and quick and thorough healing for your surgery!

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  6. Good luck with your surgery– and when it’s done– enjoy your cute little apartment and all your books. I want the Katherine Center one!

    I know the last time I had major surgery I really didn’t want to do anything but watch mindless tv for a while, and then my reading mojo came back. Your family is very good to you– that’s such a plus these days of scattered families. I’ll say a prayer that your recovery will be swift!

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  7. Trin Carl

    I love the kitchen! You might have a red theme going on like my parents did with their red microwave. If you like “Things you save in a fire” you might like “The stars are fire” by Anita Shrieve, a historical novel: Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. (It was so memorable to me!)

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    1. Thanks, Trin, I do love red…you may have noticed that the paper towel holder is also red. I used to have a red coffeepot as well. LOL

      I like Anita Shreve’s books, so I’m going to check out The Stars Are Fire.

      Enjoy your week.


  8. I shopped at Trader Joe’s this week – love that place. Love your red microwave too 🙂
    You’re in for a treat with the Katherine Center book! Glad to see you liked the new Rea Frey book.
    Sending good thoughts for your surgery.

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  9. I love seeing your posts of you spending time with your family! That’s one of the most important things to me. I love that little fridge and microwave.

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers tomorow, and for a quick easy recovery!

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  10. Aww cute microwave! And I like that table in your third pic too. Nice! Glad you had some good time with family- the Mad Duck looks fun.

    Good luck with your surgery and I hope everything goes smoothly! Sending lots of positive vibes your way 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Anne, and yes, it’s an assisted living place, but I’m in the independent section. I have my own place, but it is small. I’m having gall bladder surgery tomorrow. Here’s hoping it goes well.


  11. I have you on my prayer list for tomorrow and the week for healing.
    So nice to get family support and the microwave is cute.
    Hope you do get to enjoy your reading this week as you take it easy to recover.
    Happy Reading!

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    1. Thanks, Candace, I love red appliances.

      I didn’t love my surgery, which didn’t happen once they did the laparoscopic exploration and decided removal would be too risky right now. Too much scar tissue and inflammation! Plan B.


    1. Thanks, Yvonne, I was disappointed by today’s surgery, which basically stopped after the laparoscopic exploration. Too risky to remove the gall bladder, as the scar tissue and inflammation were extensive. Back to the drawing board!


    1. Thanks, Erin, and the surgery turned out to be a laparoscopic view of the interior…and they decided to wait. Too much inflammation, scar tissue, etc. But I still had anesthesia and the breathing tube, so I feel as though I’ve had surgery. Sigh.


  12. I read one or two Katherine Center books and remembered that I loved it/them. Things You Save in a Fire sounds good too, I think I will have to give it a look. Happy reading and have a good week!

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