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.

Good morning!  We are on tenterhooks in this country right now as we await the final voter counts in the 2020 Election.  Even as the count seems to be going in a positive direction, there is sabotage and “poor loser” behavior going on.  But what else is new in this strange world in which we live?

Meanwhile, reading has been good.  Only two books read and reviewed this week, but they were lengthier than usual…and both were excellent.  Seven blog posts kept me busy, and I did my usual tweaking of a couple of sites.  These are the kinds of things that tend to stem the tide of anxiety that seems to be surrounding me.

Without further delay, let’s grab some caffeine boosts all around…and take a closer look at the week.


Goodbye to October!

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Girls of Brackenhill”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Books, Books, & Books…

A Bookish Wednesday…

Searching the Backlog…

Bookish Friday:  “Finding Mrs. Ford”

Serendipitous Friday:  Moving On…

Review:  The Silent Wife, by Karin SlaughterReview:  House of Correction, by Nicci French



Empty physical mailbox!  But I downloaded one e-book.

The Next Wife, by Liz Lawler

I should never have married him. I ignored the warnings. It’s what you do when you’re in love. Ignore what you don’t want to see.


CURRENTLY READING:  Finding Mrs. Ford, by Deborah Goodrich Royce

On a sunny summer morning by the sea in New England, Susan Ford’s cocoon of privilege is threatened when an Iraqi man from her distant past boards a plane in Baghdad to come find her.

I am ready to immerse myself in this story!


That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Hopefully only calm and peace lie ahead…and lots of books.  Meanwhile, a lovely salmon dinner was a nice surprise for us this week.



  1. Well, you’ve probably seen the news by now, so… yay!! Ha ha!! And I’m glad to hear your books were good. I got a little reading in this week too and it was nice for a change!

    That dinner looks lovely! Yum salmon 🙂

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  2. Wow, you have been posting so much on your blog! I haven’t been very productive this week, due to obsessively watching the news. You’re inspiring me to do more on my blog. Have a great weekend.

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  3. I am glad you you had a good reading week! Finding Mrs. Ford has such a great cover. I hope you are enjoying it! I actually feel a seed of hope taking root after hearing the election news. It is going to be a rough couple of months I have a feeling. But yeah, that sense of relief I feel is undeniable. I hope you have a great week, Laurel-Rain.

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  4. Ha you think its only the USA on tenterhooks. the world was! I haven’t done much reading this week. Am still watching all the news. Anyway congratulations to the people of the USA, I am feeling very happy and love the results. Thank goodness the USA can continue to be a democratic country and I don’t even mean that in a party way. Yay.

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  5. I’m listening to a audiobooks that have been sitting there waiting for me over the past few years. The weather has been so fabulous this week so I’ve been walking and listening to books. Have a great week, Laurel, and enjoy the win!!

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  6. Finally, the results are here, yay ! Now we can move on to some more peaceful reading time. Here in France, we’re on partial lockdown but the sun is mostly here, the temperatures are mild and I have more time to read books. Have a great week 🙂

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  7. Laurel-Rain, I’m afraid we’ve had a little too much on our own plates (England is now in its second lockdown) to have paid too much attention to your election. All I can hope is that this result will make for a happier, more peaceful country for you. Pleased to hear you’ve been able to escape politics for a bit with a couple of great books, lots of blogs posts and a very yummy looking salmon dinner (I love salmon!). Take care and happy reading! 👋📚🙂

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  8. The US election has dominated over here lately too. I’m so glad that Biden won! However, I’m now worried that Trump will make the next few months utterly miserable being the worst loser in the history of losers… 😦

    I hope you’re doing well!


  9. I am so glad that the election is over and the good guys won. I hope things will quickly resolve themselves as the new leadership takes over and the former members of the government relinquish control.

    Finding Mrs. Ford sounds promising.

    Glad you had such a good week!

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  10. I didn’t get a lot of reading done this week since the election has taken so much of my mental energy. I tried not to get too obsessed with watching results. I actually spent all day Tuesday just doing fairly mindless housekeeping on old blog posts. It was remarkably effective at passing the time and keeping me engaged enough to keep worry at bay. Let’s hope we have a peaceful transition now.

    Enjoy your week!

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  11. You have a great bunch of books.
    I have FINDING MRS FORD and
    THE NEXT WIFE looks good.

    I’m so happy this election is basically over and Joe Biden won. It’s time for some normal in our country again.

    Have a great week of reading!

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  12. Hi Laurel-Rain. I’m glad you are feeling some relief. Nearly 50 percent of the voters are not.
    It will be interesting to see how things proceed in the next administration.
    I’m glad your ended up enjoying your books. Finding Mrs. Ford sounds interesting.
    Continue to stay safe and Happy Reading!

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  13. It has been quite a tension-filled week. I hope Trump joins us here in the real world soon but rather doubt he’ll ever be able to do so. I spent a lot of time playing computer games while watching CNN. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  14. The election has been a lot to take in. The division in our country makes me sad but I hope that things can improve in the years to come. Two books in a week is awesome especially if they are good ones.

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