COFFEE CHAT: STRESS ACTIVITIES…

Good morning!  Let’s gather around with our caffeinated beverages to chat about our weeks, our books, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous to see what others are sharing.

On the day after the frightening events of yesterday, January 6, I am still stunned, although not really surprised, either.  We all knew that insurrection was bound to happen when #45 sent so many messages to his followers, urging them on.  Now I wonder:  will there be ANY consequences?

On the brighter side, two new Georgia senators promise changes ahead.

  • I am trying to follow my One Word of HOPE…and take it all a day at a time, too.
  • I am reading an interesting book:  Shelter in Place, by David Leavitt, in which the characters are hoping to recover from what they consider the greatest political catastrophe of their lives: the 2016 Presidential Election.   An interesting “time capsule” moment, in view of recent events.
  • I wonder how things would have transpired if that event had not happened at all?
  • Meanwhile, moving along, I finished reading and reviewing my First Book of 2021:  Piece of My Heart, by Mary Higgins Clark/Alafair Burke.
  • On January 5, my youngest grandson turned 18!  Imagine that.  I still remember him fondly with his head of curly hair…Because of Covid, I wasn’t able to see him on his birthday…sigh.

  • What lies ahead for us?  Other than reading and blogging, I am trying to survive each day, alert, and without burying my head in the sand about the potential hazards, both from the virus and from the political environment.
  • I did love watching the latest episode of This Is Us.  I still love that show, after all these years.
  • A new movie is now on Netflix:  Pieces of a Woman, a film that promises to be heart wrenching.

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My favorite activities when I am stressed:  books and viewing.  What do you look forward to during stressful times?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: GREAT 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.

How are we moving so quickly through 2020?  I am quite happy about it, of course, as I think it is safe to say this has been the worst year ever!  The one good thing about a year like this one, however, is that we can immerse ourselves in books, movies, and our introverted moments.

This week I read and reviewed three books, which is not a lot, but more than in recent weeks.  And I wrote eight blog posts.

Let’s grab a favorite caffeine beverage and take a closer look at the week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monthly Wrap-Up

Monday Sparks:  Launching a New Week…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Girl in the Mirror”

Tuesday Potpourri:  More Books…

Bookish Wednesday…

Backlog Book…

Bookish Friday:  “The Lies You Told”

Bookish Thoughts…

Review:  Out of Her Mind, by T. R. RaganReview:  I Was Told It Would Get Easier, by Abbi WaxmanReview:  Open House, by Katie Sise

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Two books arrived in my physical mailbox…and I downloaded three e-books…

Clear My Name, by Paula Daly

A Promised Land, by Barack Obama

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Downloads:

Open House, by Katie Sise (Free Prime)

Dirt, by Mary Marantz

The Lies You Told, by Harriet Tyce

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CURRENTLY READING:

Christmas Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella

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That was my week, with Christmas coming very soon.  What did your week look like?  Here is one of my treats this week.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: HOLIDAYS AHEAD?

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.

 

Greetings, Bloggers!  Another week closer to the end of 2020!  While I spent most of the week reading one book—and it was a good one!—I finally finished a second one today!  A few blog posts kept me connected, but I also spent a lot of time binge-watching shows/movies on Netflix and Prime.  I hope to finally start the new season of The Crown this week.

As the Thanksgiving holidays approach, I have mixed feelings.  We thought we would get to celebrate with family and friends, but this residence put a kibosh on that plan.   They are bringing in some treats for the holiday meal, however, including mimosas and a dessert bar.

Now let’s grab something caffeinated…and take a closer look at the week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “I’ll Be Seeing You”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Bookish Magic…

Dusting Off Another Neglected Book…

Bookish Friday:  “A Well-Behaved Woman”

Review:  “The Lost and Found Bookshop,” by Susan WiggsReview:  “Don’t Make a Sound,” by T. R. Ragan

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Two books arrived in my physical mailbox, and I downloaded one e-book.

Flying the Nest, by Rachael Johns

Piece of My Heart, by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

Download:

Goodnight Beautiful, by Aimee Molloy

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CURRENTLY READING:  My e-ARC that will be released on December 8:

Take It Back, by Kia Abdullah

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  A couple of months ago, I enjoyed this apple pie a la mode…and I’m dreaming of more of this treat in the holiday seasons ahead.

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COFFEE CHAT: CREATING A NEW NORMAL…

Good morning!  Let’s gather around with our caffeinated beverages to chat about our weeks, our books, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous to see what others are sharing.

Today is one day closer to Election Day…and I have mixed feelings.  Hope, combined with a bit of anxiety.  But once it is over, if it ever really is, lol, we can move a little closer to normalcy.  Then, of course, the Virus will still be looming and people around us might still be fighting the mask wearing and social distancing.  Sigh.

  • Meanwhile, I am reading.  I discovered an HBO miniseries based on a book I own:  a book I had started to read, but didn’t really like.  (That was back in 2014).  But I loved the first episode so much, that I thought I would give the book another try.  The show, called The Undoing, stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, among others.

  • The book was published under the title You Should Have Known, by Jean Hanff Korelitz, and after my viewing of the series episode, I started reading it again.  And I am still reading it!  Actually enjoying it.  Funny, that.
  • With October almost over, November and December and those holidays previously known as Thanksgiving and Christmas will be ahead of us.  Nothing will be the same as it was, of course, but perhaps we can create something new and hopeful?
  • We can mourn the past…or we can try to forge ahead with something new that might even be fun. 
  • I celebrated my birthday last Sunday, and instead of visiting my daughter at her home, still off limits, she came for a visit here, socially distanced and masked, and brought Champagne for mimosas and two slices of cheesecake.  Yum!  We couldn’t eat together (because she had to remain masked), but I had my goodies in my apartment later.
  • Then I received a cake in the community dining hall, from staff, and shared slices with other residents:

  • New ways of celebrating can happen!

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How has your week been shaping up?  Are you looking forward to the holidays, in some form or other?

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REVIEW: STILTSVILLE, BY SUSANNA DANIEL

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It was a sunny time in 1969 when Atlanta native Frances Ellerby attended a wedding in Miami and met a group of people who would become the center of her life for decades.

The community of houses built on pilings in Biscayne Bay would also be a part of their lives. Stiltsville: A Novel is the story of that life and those times, and the journey follows them as they change, as the world around them morphs into something quite different from what they knew in the beginning.

Hurricanes, racial tensions and violence, and the ebb and flow of relationships remind us all that life can be unpredictable, but at its core are certain blessings that can remain, even after loss.

The story was narrated in the first person voice of Frances, and we can feel the bonds she develops and sustains over the years: with Dennis, whom she marries; with Marse, the friend she met at the wedding, and an assorted cast of characters that feel real and substantial, including Margo, the beloved daughter who would enrich their lives.

In some ways, the story was revealed in a linear fashion over the years and the decades, but then there were the occasional flashbacks and anecdotal tidbits that helped fill out the moments. In the beginning, it was like a very slow opening of a flower, with not much action. Just the ordinary moments in life. I came to love the characters and feel a connection to them. I laughed and cried with them. The story is one I won’t forget. Five stars.