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 skipped along, with not much to show for it. Except I did read and review two books and write eight blog posts.

Plus…I have been practicing on Block Editor, despite how frustrating that has been.

I finished watching the first season of Emily in Paris, which was a delightful experience.

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


Sunday Potpourri…

Mastering the Link…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Watch Her Fall”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Bookish…

WWW Reading…

Change & How It Affects Us…

Treasure Discovered…

Bookish Friday:  “Mother May I”

Review:  A Million Reasons Why, by Jessica Strawser

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Review:  The Perfect Marriage, by Adam Mitzner

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Empty physical mailbox!  But I did download one NetGalley ARC…and two purchased e-books.


Skye Falling, by Mia McKenzie (Release Date – 7/27/21)

skye falling

Downloaded Purchases:

The Smash-Up, by Ali Benjamin


Mother May I, by Joshilyn Jackson

mother may i


CURRENTLY READING: Life & Other Inconveniences, by Kristan Higginsone of my backlog books!


That was my week.  As you can probably tell, I have not totally succeeded with image links…but some of them worked out!

What did your week look like?  Now I will enjoy some more coffee…and a mimosa.




  1. Skye Falling looks fun. and I’ve heard horror stories about the block editor. I hope it somehow gets better as time goes on. I’ve been struggling with Blogger’s changes too, they don’t see to get better…

    Hope you are well this week. 🙂

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  2. Well done for persevering and practising on Block Editor, Laurel-Rain! Mine has been a quiet week as we are currently on the schools’ two week break for Easter – It has been nice to take the time to catch up with friends, family, books and my blog. Take care and happy reading in the coming week. 🙂

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  3. Trin Carl

    its good that you’ve been learning, sometimes you can join groups on discord and wordpress groups and they help you to stay motivated and learn. Your blog looks awesome though! so jelly.

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    1. Thanks, Mary, I usually hesitate to pick up books that have more than 400 pages, lol, but if the pace is right, the pages fly by. Here’s hoping!

      Practice makes perfect, perhaps? LOL

      Enjoy your week.


  4. Congratulations on getting stuck into block editor. Your blog always looks awesome and while there might be some details that are annoying the heck out of you (I recall that for a while I couldn’t get text to wrap around images) I really haven’t noticed anything particularly different! Have a great week, Laurel:).

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    1. Thanks, Sarah, my biggest issue is with linking images…and sometimes it works when I do the process. But then the blocks jump all over the place and refuse to land where I want them! LOL

      I am sure that any day now I will discover the magic solutions.

      Enjoy your week!

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      1. Annddd that’s one of my defeats that I haven’t managed to work out, yet! I tend to use the book title in the text as the link, these days. But I’m sure there must be a way around it…

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      1. You can switch from image editor to code editor – there’s an icon top right – and then change the image size manually, but you have to know what size (w +h) you want it to be, and strip out the auto sizing stuff. It’s such a pain, I hate that the custom size option isn’t available in the block editor in the free version as it was before.

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    1. Thanks, Erin, sometimes the frustrations of life go away when I watch a show like Emily in Paris…or drink good coffee with a mimosa. I need to find another trick to get me through today!

      Enjoy your week!


  5. I enjoyed Emily in Paris, too. Love the Paris setting. I wish she’d learn French, though.

    I spent an hour this morning trying to update a post for the Classics Club on WordPress. I was so frustrated by the block editor.

    Mother May I looks promising.

    Here’s to a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Anne, I am glad to hear good things about Life & Other Inconveniences. I hope to enjoy it. I haven’t actually gotten very far yet, as I also picked up a Kindle book for a quick read. I love having print volumes for my shelves, but reading them is more time-consuming these days.

      Enjoy your week.


  6. Susan

    Laurel, I think you’re much more tech savvy about blog site building than I could ever be. I guess I don’t put enough time into trying new things & working with it etc. You’re brave. I am not. ha. I feel like I’ll mess something up, so I don’t try. That dog on the cover of Higgins’s book looks hilarious. I hope the book is just as good. Enjoy your week.

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    1. Thanks, Susan, and in recent years, I have worried less about messing things up, as I’ve learned I can close out a page without a mess as long as I don’t save anything, lol.

      I am also trying some things as a “draft.” I can then pick up where I left off, and in the end, I can send the pages that don’t work to the trash. That is a liberating feeling.

      Enjoy your week!


  7. Good to see you reading your backlog book! I have Emily in Paris in my line up so looking forward to it. I am trying out the Sweet Magnolia one at the moment. I’ll see how I go, often the book is better than the TV series and I think this is the case with this one, but will watch a few to see.

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    1. Thanks, JoAnn, I have been using WordPress since 2009, and loved it until they started with the Block Editor. For a while, I used a “back door” to avoid it, but then they locked that door!

      I hope to love the Higgins book. Enjoy your week.


  8. The Word Press Block Editor is a bit difficult….I only use it for my reviews so I don’t have to deal with it on a daily basis. I’m glad I have Blogger even though it has it quirks too.

    It looks like you had a busy week, Laurel.

    I hope you enjoy MOTHER MAY I as much as I did. It is tense and very good.

    Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth, I left my last Blogger site in 2013: by then I had several WP blogs. You may recall that I had quite a lot, in fact. So glad I have reduced the number to SIX…but I don’t miss Blogger. In spite of this horrific WP changes.

      Enjoy your week.

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  9. Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf

    Eight blog posts is amazing. It’s so annoying when the website hosts change how things are done. I’m so technology challenged to start with and any change undoes me for weeks. Skye Falling looks interesting. I hope you enjoy it.

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  10. Hi Lorraine,

    So far I am still managing to avoid those dreaded WP changes, but if the theme I am using gets updated too many times, I can see it becoming an inevitability – then you’ll know all about it!! 🙂 🙂

    Your books this week seem to have a similar theme going on – that of relationships and finding your true place in the scheme of things. I really like the sound of them all and I particularly like the cover of ‘Skye Falling’

    Enjoy your reading plan for the week ahead and thanks for sharing your new finds 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne, I am finding my way slowly with the image links. I have discovered a few tricks, like creating images on a draft and then copying them into a post! We’ll see how well that works, lol.

      I am loving my books. Enjoy yours!


  11. Oooh, you got Mother May I. Joshilyn Jackson lives close enough to my permanent home (Asheville, NC) that I’ve seen her speak several times pre-covid. She is hilarious! I like following her on social media too. I’ve really enjoyed most of her books that I’ve read.

    I used to be on Blogger but switched to WordPress when I resurrected my blog in June last year. I was thrown straight into the block editor. I didn’t even know there was another option. I thought that switching to WordPress was the biggest mistake ever! It was an awful learning curve! But I got used to it. Now I’ve saved code templates of my usual posts so I just copy and paste them into the code editor and don’t have to do much formatting.

    Enjoy your week and good luck with the block editor!

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  12. I read Love and Other Inconveniences a while ago and enjoyed it!

    If you figure out any tips with the new WordPress editor, please pass them on. I’ve been using it for a few months and I still hate it!

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  13. Literary Feline

    I am glad you are enjoying Emily In Paris. I have been considering watching that. Skye Falling looks really good! I hope things get better for you with the Block Editor. I had to look it up because I wasn’t even sure what that was. I’m so inept when it comes to this kind of stuff. LOL I hope you have a great week!

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