WEEKLY UPDATES: SLOW READING WEEK…

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.

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As I sit at my computer, eating a turkey pot pie for lunch with a glass of Cabernet, I am wondering where the week went, since I only read and reviewed one book and wrote just four blog posts.  I must admit to lots of binge-watching, from another episode of Better Call Saul’s Season 6, and the seven seasons of Mad Men finally completed again.  I couldn’t stop watching that show, which I saw in its entirety back in 2015…and found myself completely wrapped up in the sixties and seventies again.

I stayed up late watching every night, which cut into my reading (and sleeping) time.  And despite my desire to go out shopping, I didn’t leave my apartment once!  All of my groceries were delivered, of course, and I did do a little bit of cleaning.

So now what?  Well, let’s grab a beverage and take a look at my posts and one review:

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI:  FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS…

WWW READING…

MONTHLY WRAP-UP:  HELLO, AUGUST!

BOOKISH FRIDAY:  “THE COUPLE AT NO. 9”

Review:  The Last to Vanish, by Megan Miranda

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Book Lovers, by Emily Henry

The Couple at No. 9, by Claire Douglas (currently reading)

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  As I plan for shopping excursions, I am remembering the beautiful sofa bed I once had, photo on left.  And hope to find something like that one.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: GREAT BOOKS!

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.

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What a great week!  Even though I also did some viewing, I managed to read and review three books and write five blog posts.  The absence of outings probably helped push me through more reading.

I did start watching a show that I loved and saw a few years ago:  Mad Men.  And I’m realizing that, after a few years, it feels almost new again.  I do binge too much, but I time myself, and picked up my books more often.  I am watching it on Amazon Prime.

My eldest son is planning a trip here in September or October, and I am eager to do a little more furniture shopping.  What?  Yes, I need a sofa bed for guests.  I have enlisted my granddaughter to take me around to the shops, as I do not want to order this online.

So…we shall see what happens.

Now…let’s grab something to drink and take a closer look at my week.

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TUESDAY EXCERPTS:  “THE HEIGHTS”

TUESDAY POTPOURRI:  NEW BOOKS...

WWW READING…

COFFEE CHAT:  ORGANIZING STUFF…

BOOKISH FRIDAY:  “THE LAST TO VANISH”

Review:  Stay Awake, by Megan Goldin – (NetGalley – 8/9 release)

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Review:  Evelyn, After, by Victoria Helen Stone

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Review:  The Heights, by Louise Candlish

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INCOMING BOOKS:  The Last To Vanish, by Megan Miranda (Currently reading)

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  I am enjoying my tree of handbags as I write this post.

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: ANOTHER WEEK SLID BY…

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.

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Another week with lots of viewing, a little blogging, and only one book read and reviewed!  I thought I might finish the second book, but I’m not even halfway finished.  Sigh.

I watched an episode of the fourth season of Virgin River, and spent a lot of time watching an old series from 2006:  Big Love.  I don’t really like most of the characters at this point, but I’m on Season 5, the final one, so I’ll finish it off. I also watched another episode of the sixth and final season of Better Call Saul.

I had a couple of outings this week:  dental appointment on Monday, breakfast with a friend on Friday, and tonight I’ll be going out for Mexican food with another friend.  A good week overall!

Now let’s grab some coffee and/or a mimosa…and take a closer look.

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TUESDAY EXCERPTS:  “THE SHOP ON ROYAL STREET”

WWW READING…

BOOKISH FRIDAY:  “STAY AWAKE”

Review:  The It Girl, by Ruth Ware

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INCOMING BOOKS:

The Heights, by Louise Candlish

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CURRENTLY READING:

Stay Awake, by Megan Goldin – NetGalley ARC coming out on 8/9/22

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That was my week. Even with only one book read and reviewed, I enjoyed viewing, packages in the mail, and outings. Below, note the newest mug for my Baker’s Rack Collection.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: LATE NIGHTS…

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.

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A great week, but I only read and reviewed ONE book!  It was a good one, though.  And I am still reading my second book and loving it. I only wrote four blog posts.

My viewing captured me this week.  I binge-watched the first half of Better Call Saul’s Season Six, the final one.  The second half of the season will drop weekly until it is finished.

I watched old shows, like The Undoing and the movie Crossing Delancey.  Then I tackled a new flick called A Mouthful of Air.  These were all on HBO Max.

I had a doctor appointment on Monday…after which I enjoyed fish and chips and two margaritas at Mad Duck.  Just to reward myself.

Today I did laundry and some cleaning, just to feel better about my overall laziness this week.

I am now alternating between Google Chrome and Firefox browsers.  Some aspects of Firefox are easier, but I am glad I can now comment on Blogger sites, which is why I enjoy Google Chrome.

Now let’s grab some coffee and/or a mimosa and take a closer look at my week:

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TUESDAY EXCERPTS: “THE HOTEL NANTUCKET”

WWW READING…

BOOKISH FRIDAY:  “THE IT GIRL”

COFFEE CHAT:  LATE NIGHTS…

Review:  The Hotel Nantucket, by Elin Hilderbrand

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INCOMING BOOKS:

The Shop on Royal Street, by Karen White

The Pink Suit, by Nicole Mary Kelby

The It Girl, by Ruth Ware (Currently Reading)

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Here is my morning coffee in the bedroom, enjoying the view of my handbags on the “tree” and the chair.

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 I ordered another birdhouse for my patio…should I stop now?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A GREAT READING WEEK…

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.

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What a week!  I read and reviewed four books, which is more than usual.  I only wrote four blog posts, however.

I spent time viewing old and new movies, and one of the old ones was based on books I have enjoyed by the author of one I read this week:  V.I. Warshawski.  I saw it on HBO Max.  The author, Sara Paretsky, is one of my favorites, and the movie is one I have seen a few times, starring Kathleen Turner.

I had no outings this week, but did get my usual slew of packages from Amazon, mostly supplies.  I did add another birdhouse to complete a trio on the patio.  The one on the left is the newest.

 

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Let’s grab something to drink and take a closer look at my week.

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TUESDAY EXCERPTS:  “CUSTODY”

WWW READING…

DIGGING THROUGH THE SHELVES…

BOOKISH FRIDAY:  “THE LYING WIFE”

Review:  The Second Husband, by Kate White

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Review:  The Bodyguard, by Katherine Center – (NG – 7/19/22)

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Review:  Shell Game, by Sara Paretsky

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Review:  The Lying Wife, by Kathryn Croft

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INCOMING BOOKS: 

The Hotel Nantucket, by Elin HIlderbrand (Currently Reading)

The Lying Wife, by Kathryn Croft (Click title for review)

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That was my week!  I hope to enjoy more books and movies in the coming week.  What are you anticipating?

I have ordered a new book that will be arriving on Monday, based on one of my favorite topics:  (something Kennedy!).

The Pink Suit, by Nicole Mary Kelby.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

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.

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What a good week!  Some great reading, but only two books read and reviewed.  Six blog posts, and I enjoyed watching a few old and new movies.  The newest one that kept me glued to the screen was The Desperate Hour, with Naomi Watts, on Hulu.

Today I have already shopped for groceries so that the weekend will include delicious things.

My blogging has improved since I started using the Google Chrome browser, as I can now comment on Blogger posts!  I was always able to do so, since I had a Blogger profile from back in the day.  But something changed.  Then my Prague son advised me on how Google Chrome would fix that issue.

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

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THE SUNDAY POTPOURRI:  OBSESSIONS…

TUESDAY EXCERPTS;  “THE SHELL GAME”

WWW READING…

COFFEE CHAT:  READING, SHOPPING, & CHANGES…

BOOKISH FRIDAY:  “THE SECOND HUSBAND”

GOODBYE TO JUNE…MONTHLY WRAP-UP

Review:  The House Across the Lake, by Riley Sager

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Review:  The Foundling, by Ann Leary

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INCOMING BOOKS:

The Second Husband, by Kate White (Currently Reading)

The Palace Papers, by Tina Brown

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That was my week.  What did yours look like? I enjoyed shopping for a new umbrella…and looking forward to time on the patio.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: THE WEEK SLIPPED BY…

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.

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I enjoyed reading and reviewing two books…and I spent some time viewing movies: an old one, The Goodbye Girl, on HBO Max, and a new one, Jerry and Marge Go Large, starring Annette Bening and Bryan Cranston, on Paramount Plus. My six blog posts took us to bookish places…and in one of them, revealed how a gusty wind took down my little patio umbrella!

Now I will be shopping for a sturdier stand-alone version.

Let’s take a closer look at my week:

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI:  CHANGES IN INTERIORS

TUESDAY EXCERPTS:  “THE FOUNDLING”

TUESDAY POTPOURRI:  BOOKISH LOVE…

WWW READING…

BOOKISH FRIDAY:  “THE HOUSE ACROSS THE LAKE”

COFFEE CHAT:  AN UNEXPECTED GUST…

Review:  Local Gone Missing, by Fiona Barton

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Review:  It All Comes Down To This, by Therese Anne Fowler

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INCOMING BOOKS:

The House Across the Lake, by Riley Sager – (Currently Reading)

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That was my week.  A pretty good one, although I didn’t get to enjoy any outings.  I did order another handbag, on its way to me tomorrow.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: GOOD READING!

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.

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A much better week for me!  I read and reviewed three books that I really enjoyed, and I watched more episodes of The First Lady.  I have added The Old Man to my queue on Hulu, and hope to start watching it this weekend.

I haven’t been outside on my patio much, as it is either too hot or a little windy! 

I did go out to lunch with a friend on Wednesday; we enjoyed our time at The Olive Garden.  I had a huge Margarita…and in the photo, you can see she is enjoying a salad.  Later we had Fettucine Alfredo.

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

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TUESDAY EXCERPTS:  “TRACY FLICK CAN’T WIN”

WWW READING…

BOOKS FROM THE BACKLOG…

BOOKISH FRIDAY:  “LOCAL GONE MISSING”

Review:  Summer Love, by Nancy Thayer

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Review:  Tracy Flick Can’t Win, by Tom Perrotta

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Review:  Killer Deadline, by Lauren Carr

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Local Gone Missing, by Fiona Barton (and current read)

The Foundling, by Ann Leary

Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, by Ann Hood (Purchased as a Re-read)

Left on Tenth, by Delia Ephron

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That was my week!  Much better than last week, since I have stayed well and have had NO FALLS, LOL.I didn’t go anywhere, but I did order things online, and this new handbag came along!

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A DIFFICULT WEEK…

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.

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What a week! I did read and review three books and wrote six blog posts. Otherwise, the week had its challenges. On Sunday, I fell down outside while carrying heavy packages from the mailbox. I have aches and pains as a result, and yesterday I discovered a very large, ugly bruise on my upper arm. Wow! Otherwise no harm no foul. But then my granddaughter, with whom I spent some time this week, tested positive to COVID! She is home and doing okay, thanks to having had the vaccine, with one booster. I had two boosters, and because I have had no symptoms, I am feeling okay. But I did take the nasal swab test, which was negative.

I spent time viewing on my laptop and finished all the available episodes of The Offer.

Not a bad week overall, therefore.

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

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI:  A FEW NEW BOOKS…

TUESDAY SPARKS…

WWW READING…

DIGGING THROUGH THE SHELVES…

COFFEE CHAT:  AN UNEXPECTED WEEK…

BOOKISH FRIDAY:  “IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS”

Review:  We’re All Damaged, by Matthew Norman

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Review:  Fly Girl, by Ann Hood

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Review:  The Latecomer, by Jean Hanff Korelitz

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Summer Love, by Nancy Thayer (Currently Reading)

Tracy Flick Can’t Win, by Tom Perrotta

It All Comes Down to This, by Therese Anne Fowler

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That was my week.  I hope for a better one ahead!  One delightful gift came last week, from my granddaughter.  An Anne of Green Gables doll perches on my Jelly Cupboard in the bedroom.

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: MAKING OVER MY LIFE…

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.

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This week, I actually read three-and-a-half books!  And I had outings, like dinner on Sunday with Fiona and a hair styling appointment on Wednesday…after which we had Mexican food and Margaritas.  Here’s my new look:

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I started watching The Offer, on Amazon Prime, and I’m loving it.

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

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COLLECTIONS…(OBSESSIONS?)

TUESDAY POTPOURRI:  NEW BOOKS…

WWW READING…

TUESDAY EXCERPTS:  “THE BODYGUARD”

GOODBYE TO MAY…

BOOKISH FRIDAY:  “TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY”

Review:  Never Coming Home, by Hannah Mary McKinnon

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Review:  The Widow, by K. L. Slater

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Review:  Take Your Breath Away, by Linwood Barclay

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INCOMING BOOKS:

The Latecomer, by Jean Hanff Korelitz

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Take Your Breath Away, by Linwood Barclay

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CURRENTLY READING:

We’re All Damaged, by Matthew Norman (a book I bought in May 2016!) – I finished this last night!  Here’s the review:

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That was my week.  I really enjoyed it, with outings (dinner with Fiona, below, at The Cheesecake Factory) and a hair styling and lunch with my daughter.

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