WEEKLY UPDATES: HAPPY DAYS…

 

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.

This week I read and reviewed two books…and I’m halfway through my current read.  I did write seven blog posts.  I watched a few more old movies and started viewing Dopesick on Hulu.  I recorded an episode of Stephen Colbert (I have a DVR now!), and he interviewed Andie MacDowell.  She talked about the Netflix production Maid, in which she stars with her daughter, among others.

I spent time searching Amazon for things I need…and something I’ve been obsessing over!  A doll that I “lost” in the move two years ago…and is now, hopefully, headed my way.

Now, looking back, I wonder what else I did that I forgot about, as the week slid by so quickly!

For now let’s take a closer look at my week.  My birthday is Monday, and my daughter has arranged a get-together of family and friends.

Tuesday Excerpts:  “All the Colors of Night”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Adding Books to the Shelves…

WWW Reading…

Hump Day Potpourri:  Doll Quest…

Another Backlog Book…

Chasing Away the Blues…

Bookish Friday:  “The Dutch House”

Review:  Last Girl Ghosted, by Lisa Unger

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Review:  All the Colors of Night, by Jayne Ann Krentz

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Crossroads, by Jonathan Franzen

I Know You, by Claire McGowan

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CURRENTLY READING:

I pulled this book off my unread TBR shelf…and I’m halfway finished: Mrs. Saint and the Defectives, by Julie Lawson Timmer.

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That was my week. Buying myself birthday presents and waiting for packages in the mail, LOL. What did yours look like? I’m sharing my special October tidbits from the apartment where I lived two years ago. Centerpiece: the doll that is headed my way again!

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WEEKLY UPDATES: CHANGES…

 

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.

I only read and reviewed one book this week!  But I loved it, and my six blog posts showed a little bit of my blogging life.  I got my flu shot this week; on Friday, I got my hair styled by Heather…and we had lunch afterwards!

I viewed some old movies:  I found an old favorite, When a Man Loves a Woman, with Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia.  I also continued watching Big Sky, on Hulu.

Now, looking back, I wonder what else I did that I forgot about, as the week slid by so quickly!

For now let’s take a closer look at my week.  Below, my new hair with a glimmer of purple that I haven’t had since before the Pandemic!

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Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Last Night in London”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Bookish Treasures…

WWW Reading…

From the Backlog…

Coffee Chat:  Loving My Routines…

Bookish Friday:  “Last Girl Ghosted”

Review:  The Last Night in London, by Karen White

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INCOMING BOOKS:  State of Terror, by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny

From the #1 bestselling authors Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny comes a novel of unsurpassed thrills and incomparable insider expertise—State of Terror.

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CURRENTLY READING:

Last Girl Ghosted, by Lisa Unger

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That was my week. What did yours look like? Below, a coffee morning.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: MORE GOOD THINGS…

 

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.

Another week with only two books read and reviewed.  But again, they were great!  How long can I keep reading 5 star books?  My blogging suffered, though, with only five posts. 

I viewed some old movies this week, and also started watching Maid, on Netflix.

No outings this week, but my youngest son and his wife are in town, and I’ve been having great visits.  I also hope to enjoy some birthday events, since October is my month.  LOL.

Another great thing:  I bought another Kindle, a Paperwhite, and I’ve just set it up.  I’m still trying to adjust to how different it is from my Oasis.

For now let’s take a closer look at my week.

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Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Night She Disappeared”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Filling the Shelves…

Searching the Backlog…

Monthly Wrap-Up:  Hello, October!

Bookish Friday:  “Brave Girl, Quiet Girl”

Review:  Apples Never Fall, by Liane Moriarty

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Review:  The Night She Disappeared, by Lisa Jewell

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INCOMING BOOKS:The Stranger Behind You, by Carol Goodman

A chilling story set in a former Magdalen Laundry in Manhattan that explores today’s #MeToo complexities.

“In a twisting, mesmerizing story that is as beautifully written as it is utterly propulsive,

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CURRENTLY READING:

Peril, by Bob Woodward/Robert Costa

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That was my week.  I hope to have another great one.  What did yours look like?  Here is last night’s dinner at my Coca Cola table.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: MORE GOOD STUFF…

 

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.

While this week was great, I only read and reviewed two books.  But they were good ones!  I also wrote six blog posts.  My viewing included the final episode of Nine Perfect Strangers and the whole first season of Clickbait.   I also watched a few old movies.

Below, note that I finally have the chairs to complete my Coca Cola dining set, and I am unbelievably thrilled!  Now I just have to start adding a few more of the Coca Cola collections…lol.  Or maybe not.

For now let’s take a closer look at my week.

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Other Side of the Door”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Book Releases…

WWW Reading…

Backlog Book…

Coffee Chat:  Good Things…

Bookish Friday:  “Apples Never Fall”

Review:  Her Perfect Life, by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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Review:  The Other Side of the Door, by Nicci French

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INCOMING BOOKS:Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

The transition from President Donald J. Trump to President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stands as one of the most dangerous periods in American history.

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CURRENTLY READING:

Apples Never Fall, by Liane Moriarty

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Liane Moriarty comes a novel that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the people we love the most can hurt us the deepest in Apples Never Fall.

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That was my week! What did yours look like? Below, note my enjoyment of wine and a snack on my Coca Cola table!

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A GOOD JOURNEY…

 

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.

Another great week, with three books read and reviewed…and six blog posts written.  I continued viewing Nine Perfect Strangers, on Hulu.

I hope to enjoy a completed Coca Cola dining set this week or next, with the arrival of the chairs.

Can anyone help me be more patient while waiting for deliveries?  Below, note the Coca Cola table patiently waiting for its chairs.

For now let’s take a closer look at my week.

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MY WEEK:

Tuesday Excerpts: “Rock Paper Scissors”

Tuesday Potpourri: Filling My Shelves…

WWW Reading…

Another Overlooked Book…

Bookish Friday: “56 Days”

Friday Thoughts: Memories…

Review: 28 Summers, by Elin Hilderbrand

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Review: Rock Paper Scissors, by Alice Feeney

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56 Days, by Catherine Ryan Howard

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Her Perfect Life, by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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Apples Never Fall, by Liane Moriarty

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The Other Side of the Door, by Nicci French

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CURRENTLY READING: Her Perfect Life, by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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That was my week. What did yours look like? Today I enjoyed another dish of potato salad with a glass of red wine..

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A GREAT 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.

A great week, with three books read and reviewed and seven blog posts written.  This morning I finished reading the third book, after I accidentally woke up at 3:00 a.m.!  How did that happen?

I had outings this week, beginning with brunch at Mimi’s with Fiona…and a visit to the AT&T phone store, where I upgraded my iPhone.  Finally, after six years.  Fiona also assembled my vacuum cleaner.  And vacuumed my rugs!

Afterwards, I was ready to settle onto my couch and read!  I also enjoyed viewing episodes of Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu and the whole first season of Big Sky.

Now let’s take a closer look at my week.

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Tuesday Excerpts:  “28 Summers”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Books, Books, Books…

WWW Reading…

Monthly Wrap-Up…

Coffee Chat:  Hump Day Thoughts…

A Surprise on My Shelves…

Bookish Friday:  “Surfside Sisters”

Review:  Lie Beside Me, by Gytha Lodge

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Review:  Surfside Sisters, by Nancy Thayer

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Review:  Maid, by Stephanie Land

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INCOMING BOOKS:

A Slow Fire Burning, by Paula Hawkins

The scorching new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train.

A Slow Fire Burning twists and turns like a great thriller should, but it’s also deep, intelligent and intensely human.” – Lee Child

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CURRENTLY READING:

The Good Son, by Christopher Andersen

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That was my week. What did yours look like? My Coca Cola dining set is on its way!

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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.

A pretty good week, with three books read and reviewed and six blog posts written.  I stayed home all week, but I enjoyed it.  Curled up reading or binging shows on my laptop.  Amazon packages came to my door, which felt like having visitors.  Replenishing supplies and adding a new vacuum cleaner to my cleaning shelves.

There was a lot of smoke in the air, so I only walked to the mailbox twice this week.  I had a sore throat from the bad air, but today is better.  My granddaughter was planning to stop by yesterday to help put the vacuum cleaner together…yes, I am challenged when it comes to assembling things.  Or the instructions and pictorial guides are lacking.  Anyway, she had to work two shifts, so I’m still sitting here, trying to figure it out.  Usually Amazon has videos that help us put things together.  Apparently they think the task of assembling the vacuum is so easy they don’t need to do that.  Even their wine bottle openers have better videos!  LOL

I found a Coca Cola dining room set online, but it will take four weeks to arrive.  Sigh.

This morning I did a load of laundry, and it was so blissful to be able to do that without lugging anything upstairs to the self-service laundry room, like in my previous place.  They were actually supposed to do the laundry, but they washed in hot water and threw them in dryers afterwards…ruining a lot of my clothes in the beginning. So I feel blessed to have my own washer and dryer now.

There were a lot of things they were supposed to do there, like cleaning and providing edible food.  But I guess I will just stop whining…and be grateful that I’m not there anymore.

Now let’s take a closer look at my week.

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Tuesday Excerpts:  “Home Fires”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Bookish Moments…

WWW Reading…

Hump Day Potpourri…

A Delicious Backlog Book…

Bookish Friday:  “Lie Beside Me”

Review:  The Perfect Family, by Robyn Harding

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Review:  Gone for Good, by Joanna Schaffhausen

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Review:  The Reckoning, by Mary Trump (Nonfiction Book Challenge)

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Lie Beside Me, by Gytha Lodge

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The Younger Wife, by Sally Hepworth – NetGalley ARC – Release date on 4/5/22

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CURRENTLY READING: Lie Beside Me, by Gytha Lodge

He’s lying next to you. He’s not breathing. . . . And the killer might have been you.

Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens is on the trail in this explosive crime novel from the acclaimed author of She Lies in Wait and Watching from the Dark.

“Secrets and self-sabotage abound in this gripping psychological thriller.”—The Guardian

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Right now, I’m watching old movies on Netflix, like The Net, with Sandra Bullock.  I am amazed at the antiquated computers in that film!  I also enjoyed a newer film, Strange Weather, and watched more episodes of Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu.

And here’s a glimpse of the Coca Cola dining set coming my way.  Yes, smaller than the one I used to have, but my apartment is smaller, too.

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REVIEW: THE LOVE STORY OF MISSY CARMICHAEL, BY BETH MORREY

The world has changed around seventy-nine-year-old librarian Millicent Carmichael, aka Missy. Though quick to admit that she often found her roles as a housewife and mother less than satisfying, Missy once led a bustling life driven by two children, an accomplished and celebrated husband, and a Classics degree from Cambridge. Now her husband is gone, her daughter is estranged after a shattering argument, and her son has moved to his wife’s native Australia, taking Missy’s beloved only grandchild half-a-world away. She spends her days sipping sherry, avoiding people, and rattling around in her oversized, under-decorated house waiting for…what exactly?

The last thing Missy expects is for two perfect strangers and one spirited dog named Bob to break through her prickly exterior and show Missy just how much love she still has to give. In short order, Missy finds herself in the jarring embrace of an eclectic community that simply won’t take no for an answer–including a rambunctious mutt-on-loan whose unconditional love gives Missy a reason to re-enter the world one muddy paw print at a time.

Filled with wry laughter and deep insights, The Love Story of Missy Carmichael is a coming-of-old story that shows us it’s never too late to forgive yourself and, just as important, it’s never too late to love.

It was easy to like Missy, and I could relate to her feelings and her issues.

Loneliness that can disappear when new people and a needy dog fill her life with comfort and peace made The Love Story of Missy Carmichael a delightful journey.

But as time passed, we learned more and more about what happened between Missy and her children, and also about her marriage to Leo. A surprising conclusion to the Missy and Leo love story changed everything. But the friendships Missy had developed brought a satisfying turn of events. 5 stars.

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REVIEW: THE GIRL FROM WIDOW HILLS, BY MEGAN MIRANDA

 

Everyone knows the story of “the girl from Widow Hills.”

Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and held vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye.

Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. She’s managed to stay off the radar for the last few years. But with the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Where is she now? Soon Olivia feels like she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, like she did long ago, even waking outside her home. Until late one night she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows—from her previous life, as Arden Maynor.

And now, the girl from Widow Hills is about to become the center of the story, once again, in this propulsive page-turner from suspense master Megan Miranda.


When we first meet Arden Maynor in her current iteration as Olivia Meyer, she is an adult trying to move beyond the events of her childhood. As The Girl from Widow Hills, she is the story in the news, the little girl who was rescued after three days. One from whom journalists constantly seek more information.

Did nobody really believe the story they were told back then? Does Olivia not remember what happened, or is she part of a cover-up?

When a man is found dead outside her home miles away from where she grew up, in the place she has found to start over, is there more to the original story that will be revealed?

I loved how twisty and unexpected the journey takes us until finally we are offered bits and pieces of the truth. 4.5 stars.

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REVIEW: PRETTY THINGS, BY JANELLE BROWN

 

Nina once bought into the idea that her fancy liberal arts degree would lead to a fulfilling career. When that dream crashed, she turned to stealing from rich kids in L.A. alongside her wily Irish boyfriend, Lachlan. Nina learned from the best: Her mother was the original con artist, hustling to give her daughter a decent childhood despite their wayward life. But when her mom gets sick, Nina puts everything on the line to help her, even if it means running her most audacious, dangerous scam yet.

Vanessa is a privileged young heiress who wanted to make her mark in the world. Instead she becomes an Instagram influencer—traveling the globe, receiving free clothes and products, and posing for pictures in exotic locales. But behind the covetable façade is a life marked by tragedy. After a broken engagement, Vanessa retreats to her family’s sprawling mountain estate, Stonehaven: a mansion of dark secrets not just from Vanessa’s past, but from that of a lost and troubled girl named Nina.

Nina’s, Vanessa’s, and Lachlan’s paths collide here, on the cold shores of Lake Tahoe, where their intertwined lives give way to a winter of aspiration and desire, duplicity and revenge.

Pretty Things is a story about dreams, identity, and the fears that drive our journey. How Vanessa and Nina originally connect is at the heart of the story. Nina was a young girl exploring love and searching for her place in the world and struggling to separate from her con artist mom. That girl is tossed aside by the Leibling family, which fuels her rage and her resentments.

Vanessa, feeling unloved unless she is the star of her own dream world, creates fantasies and then believes they are her reality. But disappointments, loss, and rage lead her to seek revenge against Nina.

Nina and Vanessa’s stories are told in alternate sections, and as we begin to really know them, we think we have a handle on what they will do next. But there are just enough twists that we are not sure if we are being conned, or if we might trust the picture they are painting for us.

Throughout the journey, I felt empathy for each of them at different times, but never lost track of the damages at the heart of them. A core of vulnerability, mixed with the hardness created by time and numerous life injuries, made them intriguing…and potentially dangerous. Could either woman redeem herself? I kept reading, hoping to find out. 4.5 stars.

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