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 passed, and each day brings more strength and energy.  Now I am back to reading, blogging, and binge-watching; I have only read and reviewed two books this week, but I’ve written four blog posts.

On Netflix, I found Unbelievable and The Crown, Season 3.  I watched a movie on Amazon Prime called Where’d You Go, Bernadette.  I remember reading the book in 2012.  I loved the movie, since Cate Blanchett starred as Bernadette.

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving, and will be celebrating twice next Saturday;  once with my son Brett and some of his kids, as well as my daughter and one granddaughter. On Saturday night, I’ll be joining my daughter’s in-laws for a feast.

Let’s grab some coffee and take a closer look at my week.


Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Family Upstairs”

Tuesday Potpourri:  A Book Hoarder’s Dream Day…

Hump Day Reading…

Coffee Chat:  Moving Forward…

Review:  The Family, by Louise JensenReview:  One Little Secret, by Cate Holahan



Empty mailbox.  I received one pre-ordered e-book:

The Confession Club, by Elizabeth Berg (Mason Book Three)

An uplifting novel about friendship, surprising revelations, and a second chance at love, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Story of Arthur Truluv.



The Family Upstairs, by Lisa Jewell

“A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author

From the New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes another page-turning look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.


That was my week.  What did yours look like? Pumpkin pie was served this week, and I’m definitely in the mood.



  1. Glad you’re recovering and feeling better! Hope this week is a good one and happy thanksgiving! Two feasts sounds pretty good. 🙂

    Cate Blanchett’s awesome, I always seem to like her work.

    Yay for the Jewell book!

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  2. Have a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving with your family and friends. We’ll have a houseful but its always chaotic fun 🙂
    Thanks for the heads up on Bernadette. I enjoyed the book and will look for the film version on Prime.

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  3. Glad to hear you’re feeling better! Multiple Thanksgivings are a treat. We had one with each side of the family (Canadian Thanksgiving back in October).

    No pumpkin pie, though. I feel a bit cheated… :-/

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  4. Beware Of The Reader

    I really wonder what you’ll think of The family Upstairs Laurel! So far I have only seen great reveiews! And have fun celebrating Thanksgiving twice next week 😉

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  5. Glad you are gaining strength.
    How nice that you have two families nearby to share holidays with.
    Berg is an author I haven’t read yet; actually, I haven’t read Jewel either.
    Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Reading!

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  6. I sort of celebrate Thanksgiving twice this week. I organized my department’s Thanksgiving lunch yesterday at work. We have a lot of international students so it isn’t a traditional meal, but the Americans do bring traditional dishes. So it is kind of nice – the internationals get to sample our traditional dishes and the Americans get something a bit different as the internationals bring dishes from their home countries. Tomorrow I’ll have dinner with my parents.

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  7. The Cue Card

    Have a wonderful holiday Laurel. There will be more pie I hope. I’ll look for the Bernadette movie. Is the new Crown season good? We got rid of Netflix but now have HBO. It was a tradeoff …. but we still have Amazon Prime …. and recently finished watching Season 2 of Jack Ryan …. we didn’t think it was as good as Season 1 but okay. We also finished Modern Love on Prime and that was decent.

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    1. I loved The Crown again…I can’t compare the seasons, as I’ve enjoyed them all so far. I think the new portrayer of Queen Elizabeth looks more like the actual queen.

      I enjoyed Modern Love, although it wasn’t my favorite new show.

      Enjoy your Thanksgiving!


  8. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, times two! And happy to see you are doing well.

    Pumpkin pie is a weakness of mine. I don’t wait until Thanksgiving. As soon as I see one in the bakery section, I buy it.

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