Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon and The Sunday Post 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.

A great week, with three books read and reviewed and seven blog posts written.  This morning I finished reading the third book, after I accidentally woke up at 3:00 a.m.!  How did that happen?

I had outings this week, beginning with brunch at Mimi’s with Fiona…and a visit to the AT&T phone store, where I upgraded my iPhone.  Finally, after six years.  Fiona also assembled my vacuum cleaner.  And vacuumed my rugs!

Afterwards, I was ready to settle onto my couch and read!  I also enjoyed viewing episodes of Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu and the whole first season of Big Sky.

Now let’s take a closer look at my week.


Tuesday Excerpts:  “28 Summers”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Books, Books, Books…

WWW Reading…

Monthly Wrap-Up…

Coffee Chat:  Hump Day Thoughts…

A Surprise on My Shelves…

Bookish Friday:  “Surfside Sisters”

Review:  Lie Beside Me, by Gytha Lodge

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Review:  Surfside Sisters, by Nancy Thayer

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Review:  Maid, by Stephanie Land

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A Slow Fire Burning, by Paula Hawkins

The scorching new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train.

A Slow Fire Burning twists and turns like a great thriller should, but it’s also deep, intelligent and intensely human.” – Lee Child



The Good Son, by Christopher Andersen


That was my week. What did yours look like? My Coca Cola dining set is on its way!



  1. Literary Feline

    I am glad you were able to get out and about this past week. Paula Hawkins’ new book looks good. I hope you enjoy it! I am glad for the long weekend. I’m so worn out from this week. I hope you have a great week ahead!

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  2. Yay- nice to hear about Mimi’s again. 🙂 And glad you had a good week.

    I’m hoping to watch Nine Perfect Strangers at some point. I LOVED Big Little Lies.

    Hope you have a nice and relaxing Labor Day!

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  3. Ooo I am glad you were able to enjoy some trips out this last week and finally got that vacuum set up! Our new vacuum has arrived too, but my dad hasn’t opened it yet! I returned to work this week and as I got back into the routine of it, I haven’t been able to do much else! Take care and happy reading! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Jessica, I was so happy to have a day of outings and vacuuming! Today I’m doing laundry, which I love to do now since I have the convenience of my washer and dryer in the bathroom!

      I want to order “picnic” food today, like potato salad, etc., even though the picnic will be here at home…with my reading and viewing. Enjoy your week!

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    1. Ooh, A. J. I would hate waking up that early every day, but I do usually wake up at 4:30 or 5:00…habit, from when I was working. Even though it has been sixteen years since I retired!

      Our bodies get in a groove, I think.

      Enjoy your week…and it is nice and quiet in the early morning hours.


  4. Wow, you got a lot accomplished this week. Glad you got to spend time with Fiona, too. Must be a relief that she was able to get that vacuum put together… and the bonus points for using it, lol! I’ll keep an eye out for your thoughts on The Good Son. I love reading about the Kennedys. Have a good week!

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    1. Thanks, JoAnn, I will be happily reading Kennedy books as long as there are any out there.

      I feel grateful that I have Fiona around to help out, even though she is very busy. It makes our time together more special.


  5. Rachel @Waves of Fiction

    Nine Perfect Strangers looks really interesting! I’d like to hear some reactions on it before diving in. Nice to hear you enjoyed your brunch at Mimi’s! I just started the audio of A Slow Fire Burning and I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. I think I’m beginning to figure out that I’m more of a crime procedural mystery fan than psychological mystery person, and I think it falls into the latter category. We’ll see. Happy reading, Laurel!

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  6. I also received A Slow Fire Burning this week. I’m looking forward to it, I enjoyed the author’s previous books. And I love the cover for The Good Son.

    Have a great week and happy reading!

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  7. Juli @ A Universe in Words

    A Slow Fire Burning looks amazing! And I’m glad you had such a great week, yay for assembled vacuum cleaners and yay for new phones. I can’t wait to see how your space will look once the Cola set arrives! I hope you have another great week 🙂
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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  8. We’ve been eating picnic salads and food from the grill all this week, although we didn’t host or attend any cookouts for Labor Day weekend. We had a visit from our daughters, which was nice, and I visited my mother, but the pandemic has really killed any desire in me to host a large gathering. When we finally can again, we’ll all be out of the habit!
    I suppose I’ll end up reading (or probably listening to) A Slow Fire Burning, but I’m not in the mood yet for high-anxiety psychological thrillers!

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    1. Ha-ha, and thanks, Emma. I have a system for making review writing easier: I set up my Word document with the description from the product page, and then add things as I go along in my reading. By the time I’m finished, it’s almost done. Then I tweak it a bit. Enjoy!


  9. What a great week you had, Laurel! It’s a joy to get to enjoy a meal out, isn’t it? And your granddaughter put together your vacuum cleaner? Wonderful.

    I’ve found that Paula Hawkins books are always intense. Hope you enjoy this one.

    Can’t wait to see your new table and chairs!

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    1. Thanks, Deb, I so enjoyed the outing with Fiona, and love that she is so helpful, despite her busy schedule.

      I really enjoyed the new Paula Hawkins book.

      I hope the Coca Cola table arrives tomorrow. The chairs will follow shortly afterwards, I think.

      Enjoy your week!


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