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.

Here we are, halfway through August, and my reading and blogging are almost up to normal.  I read and reviewed three books, and I’m halfway through a fourth one. I wrote four posts.  I had no doctor appointments, but did need to go downtown for a business matter.  On Friday, my #2 son came for dinner on his way to Sacramento…and will come back through on Sunday.  I’m eating some yogurt as I type this, since my granddaughter just took me to the grocery store.  I didn’t feel like going to the dining room, so for those times, I needed to stock up on the items that I can enjoy here.

It’s too late in the day for coffee, but in anticipation of my first cup tomorrow morning, let’s take a peek at some…and at my blog details.  The photo below is a nice reminder of my previous residence…I do miss it.


Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Long Call”

Tuesday Potpourri:  New & Eagerly Anticipated Books

Coffee Chat:  Reorganizing My Topsy-Turvy Life…

Bookish Friday:  “Good Luck with That”

Review:  The Comforts of Home, by Susan HillReview:  My Ex-Life, by Stephen McCauleyReview:  Telephone Line, by Julie Mulhern (Country Club Murders #9)



One book came in my mailbox…and I received one NetGalley ARC.  I also downloaded three e-books.

At Home in the World, by Joyce Maynard, a book that somehow slipped away from me during the move…so I had to replace it.  It is definitely a  reread kind of memoir.

Synopsis:  In the spring of 1972, Joyce Maynard, a freshman at Yale, published a cover story in The New York Times Magazine about life in the sixties. Among the many letters of praise, offers for writing assignments, and request for interviews was a one-page letter from the famously reclusive author, J.D. Salinger.

Don’t Go Away Sad is the story of a girl who loved and lived with J.D. Salinger, and the woman she became. A crucial turning point in Joyce Maynard’s life occurred when her own daughter turned eighteen–the age Maynard was when Salinger first approached her. Breaking a twenty-five year silence, Joyce Maynard addresses her relationship with Salinger for the first time, as well as the complicated , troubled and yet creative nature of her youth and family. She vividly describes the details of the times and her life with the finesse of a natural storyteller.


Big Lies in a Small Town, by Diane Chamberlain – NG – 1/14/20



The Perfect Son, by Lauren North

Telephone Line, by Julie Mulhern (#9 – Country Club Murders)

The Object of My Affection, by Stephen McCauley


I’m halfway through The Object of My Affection...and then will tackle some September NetGalley ARCs.


That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Last night, I enjoyed a delicious meal of salmon with family.



  1. That salmon looks delicious! And glad it was a good week. 🙂

    I need to get caught up on Julie Mulhern’s series, I’m a few books behind now! And Big Lies In A Small Town looks good!

    Hope you have a nice week.

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  2. Sounds like a good week for you… I’m glad you are settling in and getting back to your old routines! Julie Mulhern’s books are such fun, but I’m behind in the series. They might be the perfect light diversion as we are in the process of moving. Enjoy the coffee!!

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  3. Yummy that salmon looks delicious. I saw a review for The Perfect Son that said it was a really good read. I hope you enjoy it. Good Idea to stock up on things so you don’t always have to go to the dining room.

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    • Thanks, Cheryl, I am feeling very cozy in my little apartment, and do appreciate the amenities like housekeeping and laundry. The dining room is still a challenge for me…picking out the right foods for me from selections that are sometimes unappealing…lol.

      I loved having family visits this weekend…and my granddaughter is a regular helper and visitor.

      Enjoy your week.


    • Thanks, Mary, I do like being able to choose whether or not to go to the dining room. I enjoy the breakfasts the most. And now I have a little microwave in my apartment for other times.

      Have a great week!


  4. The Diane Chamberlain book looks really good. I loved The Perfect Son. I’m glad your schedule is getting back to normal. It sounds like your reading is going well. I have to get back to the Country Club Mysteries. I love the author’s other series which I just started. The salmon looks delicious. I hope you have a great week!

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  5. This salmon looks yummy! I always love having salmon, it’s one of my favourite meals.

    Big Lies in a Small Town sounds good, as does The Perfect Son (I’ve seen this one around this week!). I will have a look at both of them. Have a great week and happy reading!

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  6. I think i have a copy of At Home in the World but never read it — but I should. It just sort of weirded me out Salinger striking up a relationship with a young girl. I guess it changed Maynard’s life in ways that were probably not good at the time, right?

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