WEEKLY UPDATES: HEAT, SPARKLES, & BOOKS…

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’s going to be another hot day, but should “drop down” to 99.  Right now it is 77 degrees, and I think I should hurry out to the patio to sit with a cup of coffee…and write this post there.  But no, I’m already settled in here.  Sigh.  Do you do that?  Think of great plans that you dismiss because it’s easier not to change up the routine?

There is one routine that seems to continue, however: reading and blogging.  So far I enjoy the comfort of this pattern.  This week I read and reviewed three books, and I’m almost halfway through my fourth one…because it is sooo good!  I stopped at midnight, though, mostly because my eyes were tired.

I found no special movies to watch this week, but I am still enjoying Sharp Objects on HBO.  Also, I hope to see the new Mama Mia movie tomorrow…don’t judge!  LOL.  I love that music, and I’m a Meryl Streep fan.  My daughter and her family are moving into their new house this weekend…and it’s going to be a challenge in this heat!  I always seem to move in the summer months, too.  So glad I’m not moving now, though.  Maybe later…in ten years or so.  LOL

Yesterday I got a new mani….”sparkly” seemed to call to me.

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

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “Our House”

Coffee Chat:  Anxiety, Relief, & More Books…

My WWW Wednesday…

Friday Potpourri:  My Girls, Various Versions…

Bookish Friday:  “All Your Perfects”

Review:  Castaway Cottage, by Joanne DeMaioReview:  Our House (e-book), by Louise Candlish – (NG-8/7)Review:  Left:  A Love Story (e-book), by Mary Hogan

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox…BUT I got one NetGalley ARC to download:

The Lies We Told (e-book), by Camilla Way (NG – 10/9)

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Purchased Downloads:

All Your Perfects (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

Her Pretty Face (e-book), by Robyn Harding

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently reading (and loving) The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.  So true!

Then my moods will lead me to another review book, perhaps…

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That was my week. What did yours look like?  Today I’m sharing my great-niece Margaret with her birthday cake.  She just turned three!  She looks pensive…or maybe underwhelmed?  My niece Emily is cheering her on. 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: THIS & THAT…

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.

 

A hot week with cozy times in air-conditioned rooms.  Some family time, some outings, and very little reading or blogging. 

The family time centered around Remembering Jessica, my step-granddaughter lost to us last week.  We are focusing on the happy memories of her…and her free spirit.  Below, Diana and Jessica at the beach as little girls.

With my thoughts on family and mourning a lost life, I managed to read and review only two books, but one was a NetGalley ARC, and the other was a purchased book that engaged me throughout.  I wrote only 4 blog posts!  That’s a first, I think.

I enjoyed new episodes on The Handmaid’s Tale, Season II.  I’m streaming on the new BluRay player in my bedroom.

Tomorrow I plan to watch another episode of The Good Fight, Season II.  And maybe I will read and blog more this week.  Speaking of blogging, I loved re-watching the Julie & Julia movie the other night…have you seen it?  She blogged about food…and then wrote the book on which the movie was based.  Yes, old news.

So…let’s grab some coffee and chat.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “Sisters Like Us”

A Midweek Book Bonanza…

Coffee Chat…From a Bum Coffee Pot…

Bookish Friday:  “The New Neighbors”

Review:  Let Me Lie (e-book), by Clare MackintoshReview:  Paper Ghosts (e-book), by Julia Heaberlin – (NG-5/15/18)

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox!  I did receive one review book from NetGalley…and downloaded one book that I couldn’t resist.

NetGalley:

Believe Me (e-book), by J.P. Delaney (NG – 7/24)

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Download (Purchased): (I did try to get this one from the library, but the message read: doesn’t fit your device!).

The Book Club (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe

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WHAT’S NEXT?

I’ll be reading my library book that is due on 5/6:  Sisters Like Us, by Susan Mallery.  This will be my first foray into Susan Mallery’s books.

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And then...How To Walk Away (e-book), by Katherine Center – (NG-5/15)

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

My son and DIL are in town this week, and he and I had brunch on Wednesday.  Take a peek at the delicious food…mine was an egg-white spinach omelet with a mimosa.

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