WEEKLY UPDATES: GREAT BOOKS & GOOD FOOD…

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 great reading/blogging week, with three books read and reviewed and five blog posts written. My bookshelves are filling up…and I am happily arranging/rearranging the books.

On Netflix, I have been watching What If...and grabbing the occasional Prime movie. 

Today I celebrated granddaughter Fiona’s 23rd birthday at California Pizza Kitchen…

...after which they took me to the grocery store.  My fridge is now stocked up again.

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

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Red Lotus”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Book Love…

My WWW Post…

Coffee Chat:  Celebrations, Etc.

Bookish Friday:  “Dead to Her”

Review:  You Are Not Alone, by Greer Hendricks/Sarah Pekkanen – (NG-3/3/20)Review:  Perfect Little Children, by Sophie HannahReview:  The Wives, by Tarryn Fisher

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INCOMING BOOKS:

One book purchased as a replacement copy came in my physical mailbox…and I received a review ARC from NetGalley.  Then I downloaded one purchase.

White Oleander, by Janet Fitch (replacement copy, Oprah’s Book Club)

 

Big Summer (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner – (NG-5/19/20)

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Purchased Download:

The Other Mrs., by Mary Kubica

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CURRENTLY READING:  Dead to Her, by Sarah Pinborough

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Today I celebrated lunch with Birthday Girl Fiona and her boyfriend Dylan (above), and I had my favorite Baked Potato Soup.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: SLEEPLESS ON A SATURDAY, ETC.

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 at 4:13 a.m…. and SLEEPLESS ON SATURDAY.  Yes, I had to take a jab at that “Sleepless in Seattle” movie title, one of my favorite Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan flicks.  Why am I wide awake when I should still be curled up in my bed?  I am not quite sure, but I suspect that my thoughts are still caught up in recent political events that are disturbing to me…and upcoming primary elections that might (hopefully) right some of the wrongs.  I have a growing file here on my desk with primary election information and my official ballot that recently arrived in my mailbox.  So...instead of tossing and turning, I am writing this post about my week and the great books I enjoyed.

I actually read three books again this week, all of which were really awesome.  My mailbox was overflowing with new books (both physical and one NetGalley ARC), and I downloaded some purchases, too.

In the residence, our dining room table is overflowing with people who want to join us.  Why?  I suspect that our chatter and laughter are a draw.  Good, right?  We have had some lively conversations, not always agreeable, but there is nothing passive about us, that’s for sure.  I am reminded (almost) of the days in the university student union.  Hmm.

Anyway…let’s grab some coffee and take a closer look at the week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Perfect Little Children”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Book Acquisitions…

Curled up with Books on a Hump Day…

Bookish Friday:  “The Janes”

Review:  Losing You, by Nicci FrenchReview:  American Dirt, by Jeanine CumminsReview:  Becoming, by Michelle Obama

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Two books arrived in my physical mailbox (my bookshelf for print books is growing!); and I received one NetGalley ARC.  Of course I also had to download three purchases.

FROM MY AMAZON MAILBOX:

The Housekeeper, by Natalie Barelli

Catch and Kill, by Ronan Farrow

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NetGalley:

Don’t Look for Me, by Wendy Walker – (9/15/20)

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Purchased Downloads:

Dead to Her, by Sarah Pinborough

Been There, Married That, by Gigi Levangie

All the Best Lies, by Joanna Schaffhausen

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CURRENTLY READING:  I just started reading the NetGalley ARC:   You Are Not Alone, by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (3/3/20)

Shay Miller wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely.

Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better.

Shay would die for them to like her.
She may have to.

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That was my week.  Was yours exciting/adventurous/content?  Let’s take a peek at this delicious treat I recently enjoyed: (I think I have shared this before…but we had it again!).

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WEEKLY UPDATES: REGULAR BLOGGING/READING/& VIEWING…

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.

Today I had a shopping adventure and bought two pairs of new pants, followed by lunch and a margarita in the same shopping center.  Now I’m back in my apartment, pounding out my updates.  I only read and reviewed two books this week, but wrote eight blog posts.  I am very happy that the Impeachment Hearing is over, even though the results didn’t turn out the way I had hoped.  I knew they wouldn’t, of course.  But I will put it all behind me.  And I’m glad that regular TV shows are back!

To soothe myself during these frustrating times, I watched Dirty John and The Laundromat on Netflix.

As I type, my desk lamp is on and my wicker chair is positioned correctly…it is so much more comfy!  Here is what my desk/chair looked like, before (left) and after (right).

Grab some coffee or tea, and let’s take a closer look at the week:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sparking Some Fun on a Saturday…

Revisiting the Past Sparks Memories…

Sparking Some Memories:  Redux…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “When You See Me”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Filling My Shelves…

Hump Day Reading:  WWW

Coffee Chat:  Collections, Books, & My Interiors…

Bookish Friday:  “American Dirt”

Review:  The Country Guesthouse, by Robyn CarrReview:  Deep State, by Chris Hauty

INCOMING BOOKS:

Three books arrived in my physical mailbox…and I downloaded two e-books.

Blind Spot, by Sue Miller

The Wives, by Tarryn Fisher

Lost in the Forest, by Sue Miller (Purchased as a Replacement Copy)

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Downloads:

Perfect Little Children, by Sophie Hannah

The Janes, by Louisa Luna

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CURRENTLY READING:  Losing You, by Nicci French

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That was my week….what did yours look like?  Today I had a delicious lunch of soup and a margarita after my shopping adventure, and enjoyed this dessert:

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WEEKLY UPDATES: WHEW! WHERE DID THE MONTH GO?

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.

 

How is it possible that another week has flown by?  And that we are now in February?  As I sit here at 6:30 on a Saturday morning, I am also wondering why I am not yet comfortable working on my computer in my office nook.  Then I look up at my desk…and notice that I have another lamp I can turn on that will illuminate the keyboard more completely!  Duh.  In all of these months (eight, now!) I have had the overhead light on, but not the lamp.  Of course I have other issues with my computer, with the mouse and my cursor.  But having more light should be an immediate “go to” solution for some of my problems.  LOL.

Meanwhile…this week brought some good books for reading and to fill my shelves.  I completed a book for my Nonfiction Book Challenge…and read/reviewed three books in all.  I finished 14 books for January.

Two books came in my mailbox, I received a NetGalley ARC…and I downloaded one new one.  I also got another cute mug:

Now I need another beverage (coffee, tea?) while we look at the details of my week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “All the Little Liars”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Adding To My Shelves…

Hump Day Reading/WWW

Coffee Chat:  Good Things in Unexpected Places…

Bookish Friday:  “Deep State”

January Wrap-Up:  Now Let’s Curl up with February Books…

Review:  America’s Reluctant Prince, by Steven M. GillonReview:  The Vanishing, by Jayne Ann KrentzReview:  All the Little Liars, by Charlaine Harris

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Two books arrived in my mailbox…and I downloaded a NetGalley ARC.  I also purchased a new e-book.

Physical Mailbox:

Guilt by Association, by Marcia Clark

Losing You, by Nicci French

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NetGalley ARC:  Release Date – 5/19/20

On Ocean Boulevard (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe

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Purchased e-book:

When You See Me (e-book), by Lisa Gardner

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CURRENTLY READING: 

The Country Guesthouse (Sullivan’s Crossing #5), by Robyn Carr

I am also reading from Becoming, by Michelle Obama…

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That was my week…whew!  It flew by, and I did get a few things done.  I didn’t get out to CPK this week…but I might go today, after a mani.  I would like to eat this:

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WEEKLY UPDATES: ANOTHER GOOD WEEK..,

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.

 

I finished my third book of the week today, and it was a quick one; I couldn’t stop reading.  I love how thrillers help us move things along.  With three books and six blog posts for the week, I am feeling like I’M BACK!  And yes, it’s about time.  This year I finally joined the Goodreads Challenge again, and since my goal is relatively small (150 books), I am confident I’ll make it.  So far I have finished 11 books.

I continue with my usual obsessive behaviors, like rearranging things, ordering more items from Amazon, and pushing ahead with my efforts to fill my one bookshelf.  I also ordered another (small) shelf for the overflow that I anticipate.

To pamper myself, I headed to my daughter’s salon for a styling.

Now it is time for the weekly coffee treat while we take a closer look at the details.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “When I Was You”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Bookish News…

Hump Day Reading/WWW Post

Coffee Chat:  Sidetracked & Jumbled Up…

Follow My Sentimental Journey…

Bookish Friday:  “Home Truths”

Review:  The Edible Woman, by Margaret AtwoodReview:  Shelter Mountain, by Robyn CarrReview:  When I Was You, by Minka Kent

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Three books arrived in my mailbox…and, via NetGalley e-mail, I received a downloaded ARC.

Then I downloaded an Amazon Prime freebie and purchased two new e-books.

Mailbox:

The Guest Book, by Sarah Blake

All the Little Liars, by Charlaine Harris

While I Was Gone, by Sue Miller (a replacement copy for a book I “lost”)

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NetGalley ARC:

The Golden Cage, by Camilla Lackberg (7/7/20)

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Purchased Downloads & One Freebie:

When I Was You, by Minka Kent (From Amazon Prime)

American Dirt, by Jeanine Cummins (Oprah Pick)

Deep State, by Chris Hauty

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Currently Reading:  The Vanishing, by Jayne Ann Krentz

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That was my week!  What did yours look like?  And, by the way, after my pampering at the salon, I headed to CPK for soup, a margarita, and this delicious dessert:

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WEEKLY UPDATES: READING, BLOGGING, & VIEWING…

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 great week!  I’ve been reading from my print volumes, in addition to one e-book, just so I can add physical books to my shelves.  Yes, my library is growing. I have a few more books on three of the shelves, mixed in with photos.  Some of the books I ordered and received this week were ones I had previously owned…and lost in the move.  Sigh.

I read and reviewed three books this week and wrote five blog posts…yes, fewer posts than in previous weeks.  I’m trying to balance things out. 

I’m viewing Season 6 of Grace & Frankie and have seen nine of the thirteen episodes.  Savoring them, since I don’t want the season to be over too soon.

I’ve done some blog changes…headers and some little images to showcase “my thoughts” in my reviews.  Like these:  On the left, for this blog’s reviews; for Serendipity, check out the one on the right; then take a peek at the ones left and right at the bottom…for Curl up and Read and Rainy Days and Mondays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So…now I’m ready to grab more coffee…and then we’ll take a closer look at my week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Shelter Mountain”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Bookish Love…

Serendipitous Hump Day…

Coffee Chat:  Adventures in the Interior, Etc.

Bookish Friday:  “The Country Guesthouse”

Review:  Regretting You, by Colleen HooverReview:  The Daughter, by Jane ShemiltReview:  No Place Like Home, by Rebecca Muddiman

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Two books arrived in my physical mailbox…and two came via email from NetGalley.

NetGalley:

The Night Swim, by Megan Goldin – NG – 8/4/20

The Red Lotus, by Chris Bohjalian – NG-3/17/20

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In My Physical Mailbox: Books I once owned…and bought again

The Good Mother, by Sue Miller

For Love, by Sue Miller

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CURRENTLY READING:

Shelter Mountain, by Robyn Carr

Plus…I will continue reading hardcover/paperback books, including America’s Reluctant Prince, by Steven M. Gillon

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That was my week.  What did yours look like? This week, we had strawberry/rhubarb pie again.  Yum!

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A BLISSFUL WEEK…

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 morning I woke up early to have breakfast with my granddaughter Fiona.  We had been missing our bonding time lately due to work, etc.  So off we went to Mimi’s for food and beverage, which included a lovely mimosa.  I thought afterwards about how the morning nicely topped off a good week.  While I only read and reviewed two books, I am 2/3 of the way through my third one and will probably finish it before the night is over.  (In fact, I did finish it!  See the review below). Eight blog posts seemed to fly out of my laptop.  So I’m feeling quite upbeat about my week and my books.

I also took a Lyft to my old nail salon and enjoyed a mani…

To finalize the good things in the week, I binge-watched Season I of Virgin River on Netflix.  Loved it!  I realized as I was watching that I have Book Two of the series, Shelter Mountain, so I need to read it soon.

Meanwhile, let’s grab some coffee or tea and check out the details of the week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Playground”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Book Buying and Book Reading…

Hump Day & Rainy Day Reading…

Obsessing About My Interiors…

Coffee Chat:  Settling Into the New Year…

Bookish Friday:  “The Vanishing”

Friday Potpourri:  Wrapping Up a Special Week…

Revisiting My One Word…

Review:  Normal People, by Sally RooneyReview:  The Playground, by Jane ShemiltReview:  Such a Perfect Wife, by Kate White

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Two books arrived in my mailbox, I downloaded two books, and received one Prime freebie:

The Daughter, by Jane Shemilt

What Falls Away, A Memoir, by Mia Farrow (Purchased to replace my previously owned book, lost in the move).

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Downloads:

The Country Guesthouse, by Robyn Carr

The Vanishing (Fogg Lake #1), by Jayne Ann Krentz

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Amazon Prime Freebie:

Last Day, by Luanne Rice

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CURRENTLY READING:

I’m reading from America’s Reluctant Prince:  The Life of John F. Kennedy, Jr., by Steven M. Gillon

Regretting You, by Colleen Hoover

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  On Thursday night, I had soup and a margarita at an old favorite hang-out:  California Pizza Kitchen.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A WEEK OF READING, BLOGGING, & ORGANIZING…

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 great week!  During this one, we celebrated First Book of the Year on New Year’s Day, and while I was getting ready for that event, I read another book on New Year’s Eve.  By the end of January 1, I had two books read and reviewed…which when added to the book I read earlier in the week, brought my total to three books.  Nine blog posts, too.

I’ve been finishing up some projects in my apartment…shredding the last bag of stuff.  And then I brought an old chest of drawers from my previous place, since my closet and other set of drawers were overflowing.  It looks a bit battered, in my vintage style of distressed furnishings.  But it serves its purpose, and now I can tuck things away easily.

So…today will bring more errands and tasks to organize some things.  Let’s grab some coffee and take a closer look at the past week.

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Savoring My Favorite Things…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “All the Flowers in Paris”

Goodbye to December and Hello to January 2020…

Curling up with New Year Tasks…

In a New Year, A Look Back…

First Book of the Year:  2020

Coffee Chat:  A New Year for All of Us!

Bookish Friday:  “Normal People”

Curling up with 2019 Books…

Review:  All the Flowers in Paris, by Sarah JioReview:  Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry, by Mary Higgins Clark (First Book)Review:  The Look-Alike, by Erica Spindler (NG – 1/28/20)

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Empty mailbox!  I did purchase three books: two e-books and one hardcover.

Downloads:

The Playground by Jane Shemilt

Such a Perfect Wife, by Kate White

Hardcover:

Christmas Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella

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CURRENTLY READING:  Normal People, by Sally Rooney

Now that the New Year has begun, I will also be participating in a Nonfiction Reading Challenge, hosted by Shelleyrae at Book’d Out.  Here are a stack of books coming to my reading list soon.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  After such a great week, I rewarded myself with tonight’s strawberry rhubarb pie.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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.

My week was another busy one, with holiday activities, occasional outings, and yes, some reading and blogging.  I read and reviewed three books…and went a little crazy with blog stuff.  I changed some headers, and also wrote nine blog posts!

In the process of blogging, I encountered some difficulty with images, mostly book images, which led to contacting WP support.  Their directions took me to a block editor system, which fixed the images, but the process was cumbersome…and I felt like I had no control over anything.  Luckily, I was able to revert to the classic editor afterwards…and the problems with images didn’t occur on all my posts.  Obviously I need to figure out how to make it work for me.  Sigh.

I’ll think about it tomorrow.  LOL.  I also enjoyed some movies this week, mostly older ones, like Interiors and The Company You Keep.  I was avoiding the Hallmark Christmas movies, and I’m now eager for a return to the mysteries they will show us in January.

Let’s not forget First Book of the Year.  My post will go up on this site on January 1.

Now…let’s grab another cup of coffee or tea, and take a closer look at my week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

My Personal “Yellow Brick Road”

Monday Potpourri:  Perusing My Upcoming Review Books…

Challenging Myself with Nonfiction – 1-1 to 12/31/20

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Delusions of Grandma”

Hump Day Serendipity:  Merry Christmas!!

Coffee Chat:  A Week of Odds & Ends…

Bookish Friday:  “The Empty Nest”

Curling up with Stacks of Books…

Holidays Can Bring on the Blues…Chasing Them Away…

Review:  Meg & Jo, by Virginia KantraReview:  Delusions of Grandma, by Carrie FisherReview:  The Empty Nest, by Sue Watson

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Empty mailbox!  I did receive a NetGalley ARC in my inbox, however.  I also downloaded a purchased book.

NetGalley:

The Dilemma, by B.A. Paris – (6/30/20)

 

Download:

Normal People, by Sally Rooney

 

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CURRENTLY READING:

All the Flowers in Paris, by Sarah Jio

 

 

And then I’ll be reading my First Book of the Year, which will be posted here on January 1.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Below is my Christmas dinner dessert, which, surprisingly, did not make me sick.  Blueberry Cheesecake.  Yum!

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WEEKLY UPDATES: READING, BLOGGING, & OUTINGS…

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.

I had another busy and productive week, with a mix of activities, reading, and blogging.  I only read and reviewed two books, but they were both engaging; I wrote five blog posts.

On Thursday night, we had a Country Christmas party in the dining room, with a lovely setting…and delicious food.  There was also music, line dancing, etc.  Most of us just enjoyed watching the dancers…lol.

In the evenings, I savored movies on Netflix and Prime:  Marriage Story, and older productions like The Mirror Has Two Faces.  I also rewatched My Week With Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams.

Today I’m going out for a mani and lunch, via Lyft.  Last week I took myself to lunch and shopping, so I’m finding my way out more often.  Not just doctor’s appointments, like in the past few months.  In fact, those appointments are few and far between these days, thankfully.

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

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Meg and Jo”

From My Interior To Yours…

Obsessions on a Hump Day…

Coffee Chat:  My Life These Days…

Bookish Friday:  “The Look-Alike”

Review:  Marilyn Monroe:  The Private Life of a Public Icon, by Charles CasilloReview:  Tell Me Everything, by Amy Hatvany

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Empty mailbox!  But…I did download two e-books.

The Empty Nest, by Sue Watson

Home Truths, by Tina Seskis

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CURRENTLY READING: (I am reading the paperback version from my stack of print volumes.  After I read each one, I add them to my shelves, which I am slowly filling up!).

Meg & Jo, by Virginia Kantra

 

Here are my fiction stacks, next to my nonfiction hardcover versions of books to read soon.  Of course, the First Book of the Year, not shown in these photos…will be brought out to start reading on New Year’s Eve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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That was my week.  What did yours look like? Below is a slice of Key Lime Pie that I enjoyed on my outing last Saturday.

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