WEEKLY UPDATES: A GOOD 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.

It has been a pretty good week, with good books, movies, etc.  I read and reviewed two books, and both were memorable.  Seven blog posts helped me connect with other bloggers.  And I started watching Shrill, on Hulu.

I got my newest bookshelf, and had fun setting it up.  I am adding books, photos, etc., and feeling blissful!

Today we will be enjoying a Mother’s Day brunch.  I’m not sure what that will be like, but I hope there are mimosas!  LOL.

What are the rest of you enjoying today?  I am sending positive thoughts to all mothers who will be celebrating somewhere.

Let’s take a closer look at my week.

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Perfect Daughter”

Tuesday Potpourri:  A Book Bonanza…

WWW Post…

Coffee Chat:  Memorable Moments…

Another Rediscovery…

Anniversary Thoughts…

Bookish Friday:  “The Next Wife”

Review:  When I Last Saw You, by Bette Lee Crosby

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Review:  Mother May I, by Joshilyn Jackson

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INCOMING BOOKS:

What a bonanza of books I got this week!  I can’t wait to read them.

Family Reunion, by Nancy Thayer

Find You First, by Linwood Barclay

Hour of the Witch, by Chris Bohjalian

Six Weeks to Live, by Catherine McKenzie

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CURRENTLY READING:

The Perfect Daughter, by D.J. Palmer

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I am typing this at 5:55 in the morning, having awakened at 4:30, after which I had my shower and made my coffee. Now I might be ready for the day…and another week!

What did your week look like? Here’s a glimpse of my progress in filling up my newest shelf.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: MOVING FORWARD…

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 skidded by, and I have only read and reviewed two books!  But I enjoyed them.  I also wrote seven blog posts.   The rest of the time, I rearranged stuff in my bathroom and other areas…getting ready for a new bookshelf coming soon!  Today I hope to spend time with my granddaughter Fiona, who is moving to Wyoming for the summer, to work in a resort.  I will miss her!

I continued watching Cruel Summer on Hulu.

Let’s grab some coffee and take a closer look at the week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts: “That Summer”

Hump Day Reading…

Switcheroo on Rainy Days Ahead…

Plumbing the Depths…Again

Coffee Chat:  Favorite Things…

Bookish Friday:  “Fallout”

Goodbye to April

Review:  Cleaving, by Julie Powell – (Nonfiction Reading Challenge)

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Review:  That Summer, by Jennifer Weiner – (NG – 5/11/21)

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Empty physical mailbox!  But I just received a pre-ordered e-book!

The Next Wife, by Kaira Rouda

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There is no limit to the lies, suspicion, and secrets that can poison the perfect marriage in this twisting novel of suspense by USA Today bestselling author Kaira Rouda.

CURRENTLY READING:

When I Last Saw You, by Bette Lee Crosby – (for review)

From USA Today Bestselling Author Bette Lee Crosby comes a powerful southern saga based on a true story… Betrayal and secrets tore her family apart decades ago, now a lonely widow must search for the pieces of her broken childhood.

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That was my week! What did yours look like? Here is my new bookshelf, headed my way:

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WEEKLY UPDATES: CHUGGING 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.

It is time to look back at my week…and struggle once again with the uncertainty of Block Editor.  I just posted a review that went very smoothly, but here I am already finding myself without the proper tricks to link the images.  So I will give up that part of the process for now.  I have read and reviewed three books and written seven blog posts.

On Hulu I started watching Cruel Summer, which I think I will enjoy.

On Wednesday, I had lunch with a friend at Mimi’s!  An almost normal life.

So now let’s take a closer look at my reading and blogging.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Smash-Up”

Tuesday Potpourri: Bookish Delights…

Hump Day Reading…

Dolls & Books, Etc.

Another Hidden Treasure…

Bookish Friday:  “Her Three Lives”

Friday Changes…

Review:  Too Good To Be True, by Carola Lovering

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Review:  Thief of Souls, by Brian Klingborg – (NG-5/4/21)

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Review:  The Smash-Up, by Ali Benjamin

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INCOMING BOOKS: 

Empty physical mailbox!  I did download three e-books.

The Perfect Daughter, by D.J. Palmer

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The Last Night in London, by Karen White

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Her Three Lives, by Cate Holahan

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CURRENTLY READING:  Cleaving, by Julie Powell – for the Nonfiction Reading Challenge

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That was my week.  Maybe I will eventually master all the aspects of Block Editor, but for today, I will accept what I can do…and move on.  Enjoy the week!  Another new doll has joined the family (Paisley, left, next to Pippa).

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: ANOTHER WEEK OF READING & BLOGGING…

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.

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What a great week I had!  Only two books read and  reviewed, and six blog posts written, but I enjoyed some outings and lots of time relaxing in my apartment.

Today I had lunch with my youngest son, whom I hadn’t seen for more than two years!

Packages continue to arrive from Amazon, including this sweet Anne of Green Gables mug that I set atop my bookshelf.

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LET’S LOOK AT THE WEEK ON MY BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts: “Thief of Souls”

Tuesday Potpourri: Book Love…

WWW Reading…

Hump Day Potpourri…

Another Hidden Treasure…

Bookish Friday: “When the Stars Go Dark”

Review:  Blood Orange, by Harriet Tyce

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Review:  Life & Other Inconveniences, by Kristan Higgins

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Empty physical mailbox!  I did download one e-book.

When the Stars Go Dark, by Paula McLain

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CURRENTLY READING: Too Good To Be True, by Carola Lovering

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That was my week! What did yours look like? As usual, I am struggling with Block Editor, even though I managed to work with it all week! Enjoying a glass of wine this afternoon.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: HAPPY SPRING 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.

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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.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

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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INCOMING BOOKS:

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

NetGalley:

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

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Downloaded Purchases:

The Smash-Up, by Ali Benjamin

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Mother May I, by Joshilyn Jackson

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

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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.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: HAPPY SPRING!

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.

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Happy Easter, for those who celebrate it.  I am eager for a new week, since some of my favorite restaurants are now open (25%).  My granddaughter and I are planning a lunch.

What has your week brought you?

I have read and reviewed three books; written eight blog posts; and started viewing Emily in Paris on Netflix.

Let’s grab some coffee and take a closer look at my past week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts: “A Million Reasons Why”

Tuesday Potpourri: One Book!

Goodbye to March!

WWW Post…

Another Backlog Book…

Coffee Chat: My Wings Have Been Clipped…

Bookish Friday: “Blood Orange”

Happy Saturday!

Her Dark Lies, by J. T. Ellison

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Review:  White Palace, by Glenn Savan

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Every Vow You Break, by Peter Swanson

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INCOMING BOOKS:

In my mailbox:

Jackie:  Her Transformation from First Lady to Jackie O, by Paul Brandus

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The Beauty of Living Twice, by Sharon Stone

Trust Me, by T. M. Logan

Downloads:

Watch Her Fall, by Erin Kelly

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CURRENTLY READING:  Blind Spot, by Sue Miller

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And A Million Reasons Why, by Jessica Strawser

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That was my week. What did yours look like?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: MARCH IS SLIDING 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 has skidded by, bringing our third month of 2021 close to its end!  How does that happen?  My reading is still pretty unremarkable, since I just finished my second book today.  I had spent two days on a third book that I finally had to DNF!  I wrote six blog posts, though, and created a few new blog headers.  What does that say about my moods?  LOL.

I just got a new computer desk chair from Amazon, and a technician is coming on Tuesday to assemble it.  Good thing, right?  Now I am trying to rearrange the space so that the big wicker chair I have been using (below) can still fit somewhere!

 

While I am pondering this change, let’s take a closer look at my week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Upstairs House”

Tuesday Potpourri:  A Bookish Day…

WWW Reading…

Rediscovering a Treasure…

Bookish Friday:  “Every Vow You Break”

Serendipitous Moments…

Review:  Are We There Yet?, by Kathleen WestReview:  The Upstairs House, by Julia Fine

INCOMING BOOKS:

I received a review book from an author in my mailbox:

When I Last Saw You, by Bette Lee Crosby

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Then I downloaded two e-books:

A Million Reasons Why, by Jessica Strawser

Every Vow You Break, by Peter Swanson

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CURRENTLY READING:  Her Dark Lies, by J. T. Ellison

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That was my week. What did yours look like?  This week, I added another little rag doll to my collection, and I’ve used her in my Serendipity blog header.  The new one is on the right.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: COMING OUT OF ISOLATION…

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 sped by, and I have read and reviewed THREE books.  A great week overall, as we have now been allowed out of the community for outings with friends and family.  I had coffee and croissants with a friend on Thursday. On Monday, I’ll be able to go out to have lunch (and a margarita) with my daughter.

On Friday night, we had our first entertainment/Happy Hour, which offered a wonderful look back into the past.

My other activities:  more viewing, including old comfort movies like The Bedroom Window and Extremities.

Let’s grab another cup of coffee and take a closer look at the week:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Good Sister”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Yay for Books

Hump Day Reading…

From the Backlog…

Bookish Friday:  “Are We There Yet?”

Saturday Potpourri:  Obsessions…

Review:  Kamala’s Way, by Dan MorainReview:  The Good Sister, by Sally Hepworth (NG-4/13/21)Review:  Unfaithful, by Natalie Barelli

INCOMING BOOKS:

I received one book in my physical mailbox…and downloaded two e-books.

Cleaving, by Julie Powell

Downloads:

Are We There Yet?, by Kathleen West

The Upstairs House, by Julia Fine

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CURRENTLY READING:

Let Her Lie, by Bryan Reardon

In New York Times bestselling author Bryan Reardon’s captivating thriller, a dejected filmmaker lets his curiosity get the best of him and plunges into a web of depravity and danger from which there might be no escape.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  This week I added a cute little rag doll to my collection:

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WEEKLY UPDATES: ANTICIPATING SOME LUCK…

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 past week had its ups and downs, as we all remembered the anniversary of our Year Long Lockdown on Thursday, March 11.  Despite the memories of the year, I did enjoy reading and blogging…and finished three books.  I even wrote seven blog posts!

I stayed in my apartment for two days, though, not going out to the dining room or anywhere.  I told myself my hibernation was about spending more time reading and viewing.  And partially that was true.  But I know that thoughts of the year behind us left me down in the doldrums.  But then I switched it up and decided to reflect on the good things.  I am fully vaccinated now, I had a visit with my granddaughter Fiona on Thursday, and we are anticipating some loosening of the restrictions in the weeks ahead.  More and better visits, for one thing.  With St. Patrick’s Day ahead, I am also calling on The Luck of the Irish.  I am not Irish, but some of my relatives are.  LOL.

Today I will be Skyping with my Prague son…and I actually just went to the dining room and had breakfast!  Now I will have another cup of coffee and share my week.  The photo below was taken in my previous residence, back when I had my favorite Disney trinkets and a doll I wish I had here!

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monday Potpourri:  Tidbits…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Perfect Marriage”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Adding To the Shelves…

WWW Reading…

A Rediscovered Book…

Bookish Friday:  “Too Good To Be True”

Coffee Chat:  Celebrating?

Review:  At the Edge of the Haight, by Katherine SeligmanReview:  Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder, by Joanne FlukeReview:  Finlay Donovan Is Killing It, by Elle Cosimano

INCOMING BOOKS:

I received one print volume in my mailbox!  And I downloaded one e-book.

The Godmothers, by Monica McInerney

Download:

Her Dark Lies, by J. T. Ellison

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CURRENTLY READING: Kamala’s Way, by Dan Morain, another book for my Nonfiction Reading Challenge.

I also plan to read a NetGalley ARC that will be released on April 13:  The Good Sister, by Sally Hepworth.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  This week I also found inspiration from some little Bitmoji images, like this one.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: MARCH MOMENTS…

 

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 past week brought some days that were better than others, with me hiding out in my apartment and just vegetating a bit with books, movies, etc.  I only read two books, but one of them was for my Nonfiction Reading Challenge, so I count that as a win.  Plus, it was a hardcover book, so I could add it to my print volumes shelf!

The movies I loved on Netflix were Brain on Fire and Otherhood.

I wrote six blog posts this week, plus I enjoyed visiting other blogs as well.

Now I am planning to go to the dining room for dinner, after skipping lunch…but first I’ll have another cup of coffee so we can chat about the details of my week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monthly Wrap-Up:  Welcome to March…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Forever Girl”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Treasures…

Hump Day Reading…

Another Forgotten Book…

Bookish Friday:  “Unfaithful”

Review:  Guilt by Association, by Marcia ClarkReview:  This Is Big, by Marisa Meltzer

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Empty Physical Mailbox…but I did download one NetGalley ARC…and three purchased e-books.  Plus one Prime Freebie!

Dark Roads, by Chevy Stevens – (NG – 8/3/21)

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Downloaded Purchases:

Unfaithful, by Natalie Barelli

Every Last Fear, by Alex Finlay

Too Good To Be True, by Carola Lovering

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FREEBIE:

The Perfect Marriage, by Adam Mitzner

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CURRENTLY READING: At the Edge of the Haight, by Katherine Seligman

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That was my week!  What did yours look like?  Tonight I am pondering what to drink with my dinner:

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