WEEKLY UPDATES: MY WEEK SLID BY…

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 slid by when I wasn’t looking.  My head has been buried in my books…and I read and reviewed three.  I was also alert to the knocking on my door with a staff person leaving still another Amazon package.  Am I obsessed?  Or do I just love the idea of my current shopping routine?  A little of both.  I received books, some ordinary items that I used to buy in the supermarket or drug store, and I’ve also ordered clothes.  Yes, shirts or tops, usually.

My evenings have kept me glued to the TV,  binge-watching the Mary Tyler Moore show on Amazon Prime, lost in the 70s.  While I vividly recall the characters and many of the situations, the episodes feel almost new.  As if I haven’t seen them before.  That’s because I hadn’t watched them over and over like I’ve done with other shows.  I loved Mary and Rhoda’s apartments in that quaint old house, though, and the TV station and newsroom.

 

 

 

 

 

So…let’s look closer at my week, while enjoying another cup of coffee:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  A Splash of Color, Etc.

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Favorite Daughter”

Coffee Chat:  Nesting, Binge-Watching, Etc.

Review:  The Last Widow, by Karin SlaughterReview:  Lady in the Lake, by Laura LippmanReview:  Nanaville, by Anna Quindlen

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Two books came in the mailbox (Amazon deliveries!), and I downloaded three e-books:

Home Sweet Home:  A Journey Through Mary’s Dream Home, by Mary Engelbreit

Nanaville:  Adventures in Grandparenting, by Anna Quindlen

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Downloads:

The Testaments:  The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

The Nanny, by Gilly Macmillan

The Murder List, by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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CURRENTLY READING:

I’m enjoying The Favorite Daughter, by Patti Callahan Henry

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop at Water’s End, here is a lush, heart-wrenching novel about the power of memory, the meaning of family, and learning to forgive.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Here is a glimpse of my New Normal, with healthy breakfast choices.  I loved the egg white veggie casserole in the left corner.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: STILL SLOGGING ALONG…

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.

Here I am, late again with my post.  I spent most of the weekend binge-watching Season 7 of Orange Is the New Black (the final season!)  And then I watched half of Season 7 of Wentworth.  Another happy fact:  the newest season of Aurora Teagarden started last night, too.

This week was another series of days reading, not much blogging, and trying to find just the right foods to eat.  Then the arthritis in my left hand flared up and one of the nurses came by to help wrap and ice it.  Sigh.

I did enjoy two books this week, and wrote one blog post.  Let’s take a peek:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monthly Wrap-Up

Review:  The Missing Years, by Lexie ElliottReview:  Our Little Lies, by Sue Watson

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Empty mailbox, but I downloaded one e-book.

Someone We Know, by Shari Lapena

“No-one does suburban paranoia like Shari Lapena–this slowly unfurling nightmare will have you biting your nails until the end.”
–Ruth Ware, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10

 

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Currently I’m reading Dear Wife, by Kimberly Belle.

 

A riveting new novel of suspense about a woman who, in a fight for survival, must decide just how far she’ll go to escape the person she once loved

Beth Murphy is on the run…

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: BOOKS, BLOGGING, & CLOUDY DAYS…

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.

 

 

This week has brought some rain…followed by cloudy days, and after some outings earlier in the week, like lunch with my daughter on Monday and dinner with granddaughter Fiona on Tuesday, I found myself curled up to read more often than not.  So my three books read and reviewed made me feel accomplished.  Below, here is Fiona’s birthday dinner with me (and her iPhone) at our neighborhood Mexican restaurant:

I happily resumed watching my favorite shows again, like This Is Us and the TGIT lineup which offered a mash-up between Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder.  Olivia Pope and Annelise Keating joined forces before the Supreme Court.  I loved how those two women put aside their snarky power plays…and brought their A games.

Sunday, I will binge-watch Season II of The Good Fight.

I have set my DVR for the Oscars on Sunday…I don’t like watching live, because I prefer being able to fast-forward through the boring parts.

Maybe I should watch some of the nominated movies on Amazon Prime this weekend.

Grab some coffee…and let’s take a closer look at my week:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Weekend Potpourri:  Books, Tasks, & Movies…

Sunday Potpourri:  Moving Ahead & Looking Back…

Tuesday Potpourri:  A New Release from an Old Favorite…

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “An American Marriage”

A Look at My TBR: 2017

A Week of Books:  Current, Past, Future…

Goodbye, February:  Wrap-Up

Coffee Chat:  It’s March!

Bloggiesta:  March 19-25

Bookish Friday:  “Sunburn”

Review:  The Promise Between Us (e-book), by Barbara Claypole WhiteReview:  Even If It Kills Her (e-book, Bailey Weggins Mystery), by Kate WhiteReview:  An Early Wake (e-book, County Cork #3), by Sheila Connolly

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

My physical mailbox was empty!  But…I did download a NetGalley review book and bought four e-books.

NetGalley Review Book:  (Release Date – 5/15/18)

How To Walk Away (e-book), by Katherine Center

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Purchased Downloads:

K is for Killer (e-book), by Sue Grafton

The Bad Daughter (e-book), by Joy Fielding

Raspberry Danish Mystery (e-book), by Joanne Fluke

A Turn for the Bad (e-book, County Cork #4), by Sheila Connolly

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  An American Marriage (e-book), by Tayari Jones

Next:

Sunburn (e-book), by Laura Lippman

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Then…I want to start reading my NetGalley ARCs that will be released on 3/20 and 3/27/18:

The Alternate Side, by Anna Quindlen,  and Not That I Could Tell, by Jessica Strawser

 

 

 

 

 

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That was my week….what did yours look like?   Today I’m sharing one of Aubrey’s birthday treats….

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THOUGHTS FROM THE INTERIOR: FAVORITE PLACES

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Welcome to my Interior World…a world of reading, blogging, and writing.  As summer draws near, I can visualize myself reading outside.  I probably won’t be lying on the grass like the girl in the photo (above), but at least I will be sitting at my patio table with a cold drink and my book.

There will always be reading time indoors, too…and other interior activities include my Netflix binge-watching.

One of my favorite shows begins Season Two on Friday…and I’ve learned that Season Three is already filming.  Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, is a story about two women recently separated from their husbands after many years…because of a long-held secret finally revealed.

 

 

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I usually watch my Netflix shows and Amazon Videos in the living room, with the help of my Blu-Ray player.  But sometimes I like curling up in my bed to watch.   So I rearranged my bedroom a bit and hooked up an HDMI cable so I can connect the TV to my laptop, which I will place atop the small chest next to the TV.

 

May 3 - more bedroom changes

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The table that was previously next to the TV is now across the room….

 

 

May 3 - bedroom rearranged

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Tonight I’m reading one of my NetGalley downloads:  Don’t You Cry, and I can’t wait to sort through all the red herrings to discover the truth about the characters.

 

 

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What do your reading spots look like?  Do you enjoy reading outdoors during the summer, or do you still cozy up indoors?

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