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 great reading week, with three books read and reviewed, each different from the other. One was a NetGalley ARC for a book to be released on 2/2, so I just got it in under the wire.

As for viewing, I finished The Queen’s Gambit, and now I am scrolling through my queue for my next binge-watch.

Yesterday was a day in the apartment while the maintenance man tried and finally succeeded in fixing my plumbing! Wow! Who knew that those kinds of issues could sideline one for a day!

I am hoping for a better day.  Meanwhile, let’s take a closer look at my week, while sipping some coffee.  Monday, my daughter has promised to bring my favorite mugs (see below)…the ones that she has had in her kitchen for almost two years!  LOL.  See with coffee, and below, lined up on the counter.






Tuesday Excerpts:  “At the Edge of the Haight”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Celebrating Books…

Hump Day Reading…

A Backlog Book to Bring Forward!

Coffee Chat:  Pandemic Fatigue?

Thursday Sparks:  Nostalgic Moments…

Bookish Friday:  “The Perfect Guests”

Treasures from the Past…and Present

Review:  Rachel to the Rescue, by Elinor LipmanReview:  The Four Winds, by Kristin Hannah – (NG-2/2)Review:  Single Mother, by Samantha Hayes


Empty physical mailbox!  But I downloaded four e-books.

The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig

Forgive Me, by Susan Lewis

The Perfect Guests, by Emma Rous

Every Waking Hour, by Joanna Schaffhausen


CURRENTLY READING: The Book of Two Ways, by Jodi Picoult


That was my week!  What did yours look like?  I have been dreaming of chocolate!



    1. Thanks, Greg, the only good news about the plumbing: I don’t have to hire someone to fix it! The maintenance is included with the hefty rent we pay, lol.

      I am eager to read The Midnight Library. Enjoy your week.


  1. I don’t only think chocolate – I love to eat it too, so long as its dark. Well will be really interested to see what you think of the Jodi Picoult book. I usually enjoy any Susan Lewis book I’ve read, hope this one is good.

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  2. I’m super excited for The Midnight Library! Anything with Library in its title deserves reading! LOL! I’m on the wait list for it on the online library; I’m the 800+ person in line for the hold! I hope you enjoy and happy Sunday!

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  3. I hope your plumbing is all fixed now and that you will finally get your favourite coffee mugs back, Laurel-Rain! From your reviews it is great to see you have being such a great mix of books. As for my week, it has been a cold, snowy one of work, reading and cooking. In particular I have started a re-read of the classic, Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott.

    Take care and happy reading in the coming week. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Jessica, and rereads can be so comforting! Enjoy.

      I am so excited about getting those mugs, as they were my favorites. I should have emphasized that with my daughter when she moved my things…but maybe it’s good to finally get them, like a gift.

      Enjoy your week.

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  4. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan

    It is funny that I have a few favorite mugs that are sitting at my sister’s place too. Except with the Covid restrictions, I dunno when I will be able to pick them up. I have to watch The Queen’s Gambit yet.

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    1. Thanks, Gayathri, I have been able to see my daughter in a masked/socially distanced way, and those visits are when she can bring things. Like food, Champagne (LOL), etc. But the mugs will be a great gift.

      Enjoy your books and your viewing.

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  5. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is one of those books I keep meaning to pick up… He’s a local writer from Brighton, just up the road and I’ve loved a number of his books, notably The Radleys and The Last Family in England. I hope you enjoy it:). Have a peaceful, healthy week, Laurel…

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      1. Yes… I’m so sorry you are left with such a divided society after the way Trump has stirred everything up. And it looks as though he’s going to completely get away with it, too!

        Thank goodness we’ve books to turn to – otherwise it would all be unbearable… Have a lovely week with your latest reads, Laurel.

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  6. Trin Carl

    Fun mugs for sure. I’m glad you have been enjoying your apartment and making it your home. It does help to add little things. I spent a lot of time at home more recently.

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    1. Thanks, Trin, and being on lockdown continuously since March has resulted in lots of interior changes and decorating. I’m glad that my daughter managed to hang onto some of my favorites, and is willing to bring them.

      Have a great week!


  7. It seems like everyone but me has read The Midnight Library. Since I like Matt Haig, I really ought to pick it up. Glad you got your plumbing fixed, things like that tend to be annoying and always take more time than expected!

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    1. Thanks, Stargazer, I do hate plumbing problems! The water overflowed the tank whenever I flushed, but it took them a while to fix. The maintenance person rebuilt the tank, finally, and all seems to be well now. But I keep a eye out for overflowing water…LOL.

      I haven’t yet read Matt Haig, but have heard good things about The Midnight Library.

      Have a great week.

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  8. I am really curious about The Midnight Library! I look forward to your thoughts. I am so glad that you were able to get the plumbing worked out in your apartment. It is amazing how these things you usually don’t think about can really disrupt your life when they are not working. Have a great week!

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  9. I recently read The Midnight Library. I found the beginning of the book was rough and I was tempted to put it down but the promise of the title, that there would be a Midnight Library kept me reading. I hope you enjoy it, I like the philosophical questions it raises.

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    1. Thanks, Laura, and I loved the vintage look of the mugs when I found them at a “going out of business” furniture store sale! Serendipity, I thought, and for the next several years, they cheered me up when I had my morning coffee.


  10. The Midnight Library was my first read of the year and I really enjoyed it. It was interesting but also gave me much to think about. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great week and happy reading!

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  11. Kathy Martin

    Plumbing issues really can be disturbing and time-consuming! Glad things are fixed. I eat chocolate every day and need to stop. It is sabotaging my weight loss journey. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


      1. Thanks, Susan, I am eagerly awaiting those mugs!

        The Picoult book is not grabbing me yet. It had a slow beginning that I am now finally understanding to be a story about living in alternate universes. Maybe it will catch on with me, but I am not sure about it right now.

        Enjoy your week!

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  12. No! please no more mentions of chocolate, you have no idea how much I am craving the stuff right now and hubbie and I deliberately never ordered any with our food delivery this week, as we are supposed to be trying to be good, after the enforced idleness of lockdown has wreaked havoc with our weight. Thank goodness I don’t need to try and get back into any of my business clothes right now!

    Let’s talk books instead … You have a lovely mix there and I would probably read any of them, although I must admit I am drawn to ‘Every Waking Hour’ and ‘Forgive Me’

    I hope that you enjoy them all and have a good week 🙂

    Yvonne Xx

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  13. I’m terribly glad you had a good reading week. I’m very interested in seeing your review of the Elinor Lipman book. I can’t wait to see what you think of The Midnight Library. I hope you like it. I enjoyed it very much.

    I’m dreaming of chocolate, too. I do hope the Valentine fairy is listening.

    You will be glad to have your favorite coffee mugs at your place with you.

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    1. Thanks, Deb, and I finally got those mugs! It was also nice to visit with my daughter and grandson, lol.

      Now I can’t wait to pour some coffee into one of them.

      I have liked several of Lipman;s books, but this new one was so delightful.

      Enjoy your week!


  14. Cheryl Malandrinos

    Plumbing issues are such a pain. Glad they were able to fix it for you.

    Such neat books. Would love to read The Midnight Library.

    Thanks for visiting my blog last week. I’m just catching up now.


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