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.


Where did the week go?  Here we are in October, and I can almost smell the turkey roasting in the oven for Thanksgiving!  I certainly hope my surgery is behind me by then.  It is tentatively scheduled for early November, in Oakland.

This week was full of appointments and shopping trips…but I did manage to read and review two books, and I wrote seven blog posts.  Yes, I got a little carried away with looking back in my archives and revisiting some old ones.  My blog makeovers continued, too, including this blog’s header and background.

I’m ready to grab another cup of coffee…join me for a Cup of Joe.


Curling up in Nostalgic Moments…

Snippets from the Past…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Dutch House”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Eagerly Adding to My Shelves…

Coffee Chat:  Searching My Archives…

Goodbye to September…

Bookish Friday:  “The Grammarians”

Review:  The Murder List, by Hank Phillippi RyanReview:  Twenty-One Truths About Love, by Matthew Dicks – (NG-10-15)



One book came in the mailbox…and I downloaded three e-books.

A Game for All the Family, by Sophie Hannah


Takes One to Know One, by Susan Isaacs

The Lying Room, by Nicci French

The Heart Goes Last, by Margaret Atwood


CURRENTLY READING:  I am loving The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood…halfway finished.

I have several other books patiently waiting on my TBR…so my mood will dictate what I read next.

My NetGalley ARCs are all finished until January.  Yay!


That was my week.  What did yours look like?   Today’s dessert is one I thoroughly enjoyed:  Cheesecake, with a small glass of wine (since it was Wine Wednesday in the residence…LOL).



  1. That is a VERY small glass of wine. I hope you’d had a few sips before you took the photo! Impressed you’re so up-to-date with your NetGalley ARCs – well done! Enjoy your reading and blogging this week. By the way, one of the authors I saw at my local literary festival this week – Adele Geras – who has a novel coming out next year under the pseudonym Hope Adams, is the mother of Sophie Hannah, whose book I see in your new acquisitions.

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  2. Love the makeovers! And ooh Thanksgiving haha- always a favorite holiday of mine (food, naturally) so I’m with you on that one!

    The Lying Room- hmm. I’ll need to take a gander at that one.

    Have a nice weekend 🙂

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  3. I do love Thanksgiving but your comment made me shudder because it’s at my house. Everyone helps by bringing a dish so it’s not that bad. Since time has a way of sneaking up on me lately I need to make a list…
    The Susan Isaacs cover has me heading over to Goodreads. Have a great week, Laurel!

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  4. Literary Feline

    This week didn’t quite turn out like I thought it would, but I am glad for the weekend. I am glad you are enjoying The Testaments. I would like to read that one as well. I hope you enjoy all your new books and have a great weekend, Laurel-Rain.

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  5. Delicious looking desert! All your books are unfamiliar to me but they do look like your kind of reading. Yes the year is slipping away, it is so hard to believe. I do hope all will go ahead for your op and then you can really relax.

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  6. I love seeing that you had coffee, cheesecake and wine this week. My favorites.

    I thought Testaments was as strong as Handmaid’s Tale, and that’s saying a lot. I hope you do, too.

    I’m glad you have your surgery scheduled. Sending good thoughts and prayers until early November.

    Have a great week!

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  7. I’m glad you’re enjoying The Testaments so much. Right now I don’t feel I can face it, but I’m hoping to do so in due course… Glad it’s mostly been a good week for you and I hope the coming one is enjoyable – very impressed you have all your Netgalley arc reviews done until January!

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    1. Thanks, Trin, I hope you enjoy the read. When I first starting my “makeovers,” way back in the day, I did simple things. A header. A theme. Then I started really enjoying the process.

      Have a great week.


  8. The Lying Room intrigues me! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying The Testaments. I got it from the library this week, and I’m really looking forward to starting it. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Erin, I enjoy Wine Wednesdays, although the wine is not the best. LOL. I have a nice bottle in my apartment, unopened so far; saving it for a special occasion.

      I am definitely eager to put the surgery behind me.

      Enjoy your week and your books.


  9. Maybe our weather will cool a bit by Thanksgiving. That would be lovely for you to have your surgery behind you – a good reason for thanks then.
    All of your books are new to me except The Testaments. I’m glad you’re enjoying it.
    Yummy dessert. Have a good week!

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  10. Cheryl Malandrinos

    What a fun new look to the blog. It’s rainy and muggy here right now. Not feeling very fall like, but the leaves are changing.

    Takes One to Know One looks like a great book. Hope you enjoy all the books you read no matter which direction you go. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  11. The Cue Card

    Hi Laurel: I’m glad you are enjoying Atwood’s sequel The Testaments. I can’t wait to get to it. That cheesecake sure looks good. Hope you have a great week.

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  12. You will like The Heart Goes Last. It is BIZZARR-OOO, so different from anything else Atwood has written. I may have reviewed it on http://powerfulwomenreaders.com Go to the search box and see.
    Your week, your month is certainly going well. So is mine (as I sit here joining you in coffee with a pumpkin spice latte from Rocket Boom Coffee in Lil’ ole’ Alvin, TX.
    Until next time–

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      1. I am reading your fun posts, just don’t always take time to comment. I especially like the ones where you describe your week. You are a “master” with the photos! Have a good weekend ahead.

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