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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.



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)



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


The Playground by Jane Shemilt

Such a Perfect Wife, by Kate White


Christmas Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella


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.


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



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 event-filled week just flew by, starting off with New Year’s Eve on Monday, with reading, movies, etc.  The biggest moments were during First Book of the Year, which featured my chosen book.  I read all day on January 1 and finished it!  You’ll see my review listed below.  After the momentum of my first (and only two) books read this week, everything kind of fizzled.  I got through 117 pages of Sadie, which started out okay…and then I kept setting it down, distracted, turning to other things…until I finally gave up.  I hate to DNF books, but one of the rules I make for myself these days is to move on when necessary.  So next I turned to an ARC, which has kept my interest.

I’ve enjoyed watching old movies (not 1930s-40s OLD, but 1980s, et. al., like When Harry Met Sally).  That’s a movie that needs to be viewed on New Year’s.  I think I know the dialogue by now.  I also enjoyed re-watching Shadowlands, since I just downloaded a book with the characters in it.  And last night, I started watching Evening, with Vanessa Redgrave, Toni Collette, Natasha Richardson, Patrick Wilson, etc.  I occasionally do this:  watch for a while, stop the DVR, and return to the movie later.  I’ve seen it a few times, so I don’t lose anything in this process.

Today is my youngest grandson’s 16th birthday.  Where did the time go?  I have five twenty-something grandchildren who are also very busy with their own lives, and only one of them lives in this city.  But today I’ll be picking this teenager up at my neighborhood mall where he is hanging out with friends…and will take him to his home where we plan to have a celebratory dinner.  Here he was, on his first birthday, when his family lived next door to me in my guesthouse in the foothills:


Now…let’s grab some more coffee and take a closer look at the week.  Note that my Christmas decorations are still up…but I think they’re coming down today.


Monthly Wrap-Up at Year’s End…

First Book of 2019:  Continuing a Tradition…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Our Little Lies”

Hump Day Reading…The First of 2019

Coffee Chat:  Launching 2019…

Bookish Friday:  “Those Other Women”

Curling up to Read…Seeking Normalcy!

Saturday Potpourri:  Out with the Holidays…

Review:  You Don’t Own Me (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark/Alafair Burke – First Book of the Year!                                                                               Review:  Sophie Last Seen (e-book), by Marlene Adelstein – Author Review Book


INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One purchased book came in my physical mailbox…and I downloaded another book.

Wallis in Love, by Andrew Morton


Becoming Mrs. Lewis (e-book), by Patti Callahan



My plans for the week will be loose…I am trying that on for size.  I am currently reading (and loving so far) Forget You Know Me (e-book), by Jessica Strawser – a NetGalley ARC.  A “twisty, emotionally complex, powder keg of a tale” (bestselling author Emily Carpenter) about the wounds of people who’ve grown apart. Best, friends, separated by miles. Spouses, hardened by neglect. A mother, isolated by pain.



So…that was my week.  What did yours look like?  I am hoping for a good week.  I plan to bring my home back to normalcy, Christmas decorations binned in the garage.  Reading, movies, and special foods that comfort me will be a priority.  Here’s what I had on New Year’s Day.