WEEKLY UPDATES: LOST IN LOVELY 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.

 

 

It was a great week, but I only read two books. I spent most of one day reading my second book, which was so lovely I lost myself in it.  Now my eyes are tired, but I have that satisfying feeling of time well spent.  Here I am, showing off the beautiful cover:

I enjoyed time with my granddaughter Fiona, who helped around the house while we chatted about our lives.  Here she is wearing a T-shirt I bought to show off a favorite icon (RBG):

On Amazon Prime this week:  Instant Family, and a Season 3 Episode of The Good Fight, on CBS-All Access.

Now I am ready for a nap, but instead…I’ll grab another cup of coffee and take a closer look at the week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Chasing Away the Blues…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “California Girls”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Bookish Events, Etc.

WWW Reading…

Coffee Chat:  Family Time, Etc.

Let’s Begin Our Fight Again…

Bookish Friday:  “Before She Knew Him”

Friday Serendipity:  Finding Common Ground…

Review:  The Next To Die (e-book), by Sophie HannahReview:  Night Beach, by Joanne DeMaio

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One book came in my physical mailbox!  I then received two NetGalley ARCs via my inbox.  I downloaded two purchases.

Night Beach, by Joanne DeMaio (Click for my Review)

29 Seconds (e-book), by T. M. Logan (NG – 9/10/19)

Those People (e-book), by Louise Candlish (NG – 6/11/19)

Purchases:

The Liar’s Child (e-book), by Carla Buckley

All the Wrong Places (e-book), by Joy Fielding

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WHAT’S NEXT?

I Owe You One (e-book), by Sophie Kinsella

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That was my week!  What did yours look like?  This week, my comfort food was soup and a tuna melt sandwich.  With a margarita, of course.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: IN SEARCH OF BALANCE…

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 week has flown by, and while some days brought sunshine, others brought rain…and even hail.  Indoors, I kept setting aside books, not finding anything that grabbed me, until I finally turned—successfully—to two March NetGalley ARCs, and I was able to finish them both.  What a relief!  The chaos of February brought out the best and worst of my reading mojo, so perhaps March can bring a better balance.

There was some good movie watching on Prime and Netflix, with Ben is Back, The Widow, and The Hate U Give.

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

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monday Potpourri:  Finding My Routines Again…

My Journey:  A Story from the Past…and the Present…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Lost for Words Bookshop”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Book Releases, New Movies, Etc.

Hump Day Reading…

Coffee Chat:  Moving on from the Chaos…

Bookish Friday:  “I Owe You One”

Playing Around with Photos…and Posts…

Review:  Me For You (e-book), by Lolly Winston – (NG-3-12-19)Review:  In the Blink of an Eye (e-book), by Jesse Blackadder – (NG-3/19/19)

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox!  I did download two e-books that I purchased…

California Girls (e-book), by Susan Mallery

Before She Knew Him (e-book), by Peter Swanson

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WHAT’S NEXT?

The Next To Die (e-book), by Sophie Hannah

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And then I will follow my whims to select the next book.  My up-next ARCs are not due until April. 

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That was my week…what did yours look like? Below, check out my delicious chocolate dessert.

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COFFEE CHAT: MOVING ON FROM THE CHAOS…

Welcome to another Coffee Chat, in which we share bookish and not so bookish thoughts.  Head on over to Bookishly Boisterous to add your link.

 

The past week has been a better one, with the chaos slowly dissipating, even as my bookish moments feel frustrating.  I have picked up a few books, only to set them down.  As DNF books, or perhaps as “maybe later” reads.  I finally settled on a March NetGalley ARC to be released next Tuesday, but I’ve been reading it slowly, as the instructions from the publisher requested not to post reviews until the week before release.  Finally…I posted it today:  Me For You, by Lolly Winston (click for my review).

  • I’m also enjoying Becoming, in bits and pieces.
  • Movies…yes, I’m finding some Amazon Prime flicks that have been engaging, like Ben Is Back, starring Julia Roberts; and The Hate U Give.
  • I’m still loving This Is Us on TV…and I’m happy to learn that at least three more seasons are certain.
  • Last week, I enjoyed a hair styling with my daughter, and on the day I was there, the salon was celebrating five years in business…with snacks and mimosas.

  • I am loving my weekly styling appointments…my daily routines are so much easier when my hair feels regularly refreshed.
  • I also enjoyed a mani on Friday.

  • My granddaughter, Fiona, is meeting me for breakfast on Saturday.  I always love our little get-togethers.  Below, she celebrated her birthday with her dog.

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How did your week unfold?  I am definitely relieved to have some of the bad stuff behind me, including the tax appointment. 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: RAIN, WIND, & SOME HAIL…

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.

 

We had lots of rainy days last week, some with scary winds that rattled the rafters.  There was also some hail on Friday.  Oooh.  Reading was good, though, and I managed to finish three books.  I watched a few movies on my DVR, including Season I of Big Little Lies, in anticipation of Season II soon to come.  I also enjoyed a Prime Video called All At Once (from 2016), that focused on some family issues after 9/11.  On Hallmark Murders & Mysteries, there are some new ones this month with Alison Sweeney (The Chronicle Mysteries).

My two granddaughters are celebrating birthdays this month:  Aubrey’s was 2/13 and Fiona’s will be on 2/21.  They are 22.  I barely remember that age!  LOL.

Let’s take a closer look at the week…but first, let’s all grab more coffee.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Not Here”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Habits, Old and New…

Rainy Day Reading…

Coffee Chat:  Rainy Days Again…

Bookish Friday: “I Invited Her In”

Review:  Daisy Jones & the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid – (NG-3/5)Review:  Not Here, by Genevieve Nocovo – (Author Review Request)Review:  The Making of Us, by Lisa Jewell (Library Book)

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox…but I received two NetGalley review books via my inbox.  I also downloaded two purchases.

The Perfect Wife (e-book), by J. P. Delaney – (NG 8/6)

Sunset Beach (e-book), by Mary Kay Andrews – (NG-5/7)

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Purchased Downloads:

The Silent Patient (e-book), by Alex Michaelides

Don’t Wake Up (e-book), by Liz Lawler

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WHAT’S NEXT?

I’ll soon start reading some NetGalley ARCs for books released in the the last part of March, but maybe not this week.  Instead, I’m pulling a couple of books from my shelves:

Late in the Day, by Tessa Hadley

 Come Find Me, by Megan Miranda

Then I will follow my moods….

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  I also enjoyed some Tortilla Sedona Soup, with the ubiquitous Margarita and a book….

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A FEW GOOD THINGS…

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 week has flown by, but this time I read and reviewed three books!  Am I getting back on track?  To top off this good news is the feeling I had with the books I chose.  Brilliant and captivating novels that swept me along to the end of each one, and on to the next book.  The week brought some good movies, including one with Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe:  Boy Erased, on Amazon Prime.

I found a movie on Prime starring Molly Ringwald.  Remember her?  Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, etc.  The 80s were full of her work, movies mostly produced and directed by John Hughes.  Now she is starring in a film about marriage and family, in which Molly and Brian D’Arcy James play a couple in a tumultuous relationship, struggling to stay together while trying to parent two teens: All These Small Moments, with Brendan Meyer, who stars as one of the teens.

I had a mani this week…and went out to eat and read twice.   I spent a lot of time on my laptop:  blogging, changing up blog headers, etc.

Good things to distract me from the chaos in Washington.  And yes, the shutdown supposedly ended…but for three weeks?  I shudder to think of what will happen next.

So…I will focus on my books, movies, and grab another cup of coffee while we take a closer peek at my week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Tidbits…

Monday Potpourri:  Anniversary Memories…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Untouchable”

Hump Day Reading…

Coffee Chat:  Books, Movies, & Angst…

My Creative Journey:  An Excerpt…

An Escape from Tyranny:  An Excerpt…

Bookish Friday:  “Late in the Day”

Review:  The Red Address Book (e-book), by Sofia LundbergReview:  The Family at No. 13 (e-book), by S. D. MonaghanReview:  Verity (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No books in the mailbox!  But I downloaded three purchased e-books.

She Lies in Wait (e-book), by Gytha Lodge

The Suspect (e-book), by Fiona Barton

The Woman Inside (e-book), by E.G. Scott

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently reading:  The Liar’s Room, by Simon Lelic

And then…perhaps I’ll start on the March NetGalley ARCs.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Enjoy the upcoming week, and I’ll leave you with my foodie moments:  Corn Chowder, Salad with Bleu Cheese, and a margarita, of course.  I ate while finishing up the delightful book Verity.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: NEGATIVITY BEGONE!

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.

 

Good morning, bloggers.  Are you enjoying your reading?  Are movies helping you through the boring and/or dark days?  I am doing the best I can to avoid negativity, which is not easy to do when it shows up on every news outlet and social networking site.  I could try to avoid those places…and when I am reading, I can actually blank them out.  If I am reading a book that completely captivates me.  I only read and reviewed two books again this week, but I did enjoy some movies, like A Simple Favor and a strange little family drama on Prime with Bill Pullman and Angelica Huston called Trouble.

When I get restless, bored, or feel distraught, I sometimes mess around with my blogs, so I changed a few blog headers this week.  I have a feeling that I’m not done.

I went a little nuts with the “click to buy” feature on Amazon…and bought five books.

So…let’s grab some coffee and take a closer look at my week.  I met a friend for coffee at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday (she is facing us below).  We had a nice long chat along with the caffeine.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Winter Sister”

Tuesday Potpourri:  New Books and Other Distractions…

Rainy Day Reading:  WWW Wednesdays

A Look Back at New Year’s Eves of the Past…

Coffee Chat:  Post-Holiday Blues…

Bookish Friday:  “By the Book”

Capturing the Moments…

Review:  Forget You Know Me (e-book), by Jessica Strawser – (NG-2/5/19)Review:  The Winter Sister (e-book), by Megan Collins – (NG-2/5/19)

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox…but I “clicked to buy” for downloads on Amazon.

A Simple Favor (e-book), by Darcey Bell

The Best of Us (e-book), by Robyn Carr

Untouchable (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz

Her One Mistake (e-book), by Heidi Perks

The Red Address Book (e-book), by Sofia Lundberg

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WHAT’S NEXT?

My moods are dictating my reading, so I picked up a few books before settling on Those Other Women, by Nicola Moriarty.

I have some other Moriarty books on Paige, my Kindle…I may pick up one or more of them later.

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That was my somewhat tepid week, but for the most part, I kept the negativity at bay.  What did your week look like?  I enjoyed some Red Velvet Cake & ice cream, with my coffee.  I took half the cake home to savor later.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MY INTERIORS TO YOURS…

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

As I sip my morning coffee and plan for the day ahead, I send happy thoughts out to all of you.  Hoping for a wonderful day.

Yesterday I finished reading The Adults, by Caroline Hulse, and it was a story that kept me turning the pages, even as I kept shaking my head at the so-called “adults,” who were behaving badly. (Click title for my review).

I didn’t find any New Book Releases for today.  That’s probably a good thing, as I still have older books tucked away on Paige, just waiting patiently.  Last night I started reading The Affliction, by Beth Gutcheon, a favorite author.  This book is the second in her clever romp of a mystery series combining social comedy and dark-hearted murder—a novel set at a girls’ boarding school in a picturesque Hudson River town with more than its share of secrets.  I enjoyed the first book, Death at Breakfast.(Click title for my review). 

I didn’t love the first outing as much as her other books, and as I read my review again, I noticed that my only complaints were the numerous characters that added a bit of confusion.  The boarding school aspect was another negative for me.  I’m not a fan of those.  But because Beth Gutcheon wrote the book, I decided to give it a try.  Which is why I am now reading the second book in the new series.

What I love best from the author are some of the older books, one of which was made into a movie:  Still Missing became the movie Without a Trace.  I watched it again this week.

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I love watching old favorite movies during the holidays.  This movie came out in 1983, so not “old” in the sense of Katherine Hepburn and her crowd, but old to millennials.

The newest version of the book Still Missing was published in 2005, but it first came out in 1981.

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What are you planning on this Christmas Day?  Movies, books, games, and food?  Enjoy!

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WEEKLY UPDATES: LISTEN TO THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS…

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.

 

 

As I create this post today, a Hallmark Christmas movie plays in the background, and my coffee cup is brimming.  So good!

Christmas music, decorations, and shopping frenzy almost obliterate the crazy news that surrounds us in our world…but between those distractions and the books I’m reading, I am almost in a good place.  I read and reviewed three books this week and I wrote eight blog posts in addition to the reviews.  I was still reading the third book yesterday afternoon, but got my monthly wrap-up finished before the day was over.

I’ve been watching shows on Amazon Prime, including Vera, an Acorn TV offering.

I had lunch with my daughter on Thursday…and, again, I forgot to take a photo!  When I’m with someone, I am caught up in the conversation, etc.  But she and I shared a lovely BLT from Mad Duck.  It looked like this (I grabbed this photo from the website):

So…what else?  It has been raining here!  The downside, of course, is how slick the roads are.  There have been lots of accidents.

Now let’s grab more coffee and take a closer look at the week:

 

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Books, Photos, Etc.

Serendipitous Moments:  First Books of the Year…

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “The Liar’s Wife”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Adding Books To My Shelves…

Engaging Reads…

Coffee Chat:  Post-Thanksgiving Activities…

Bookish Friday: “After Nightfall”

Gone November! Welcome to December…

Review:  Under My Skin (e-book), by Lisa UngerReview:  The Liar’s Wife (e-book), by Samantha HayesReview:  We Were Mothers (e-book), by Katie Sise

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INCOMING BOOKS- (Title/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox, but I did receive a library book in my inbox today!  And…I purchased four e-books.

I’ve Got My Eyes on You (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark (Library Book)

Purchases:

Tear Me Apart (e-book), by J. T. Ellison

Sadie (e-book), by Courtney Summers

The Adults (e-book), by Caroline Hulse

Tell Me Lies (e-book), by Carola Lovering

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WHAT’S NEXT?

After Nightfall (e-book), by A.J. Banner

And then, I have lists of books to pick from next…I will follow my moods.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  I had this delicious cake and ice cream dessert a couple of weeks ago at Dai Bai Dang, my pre-movie special place.

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: DAILY MINUTIAE, 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.

 

My week was full of appointments and the aftermath of oral surgery/dental work.  Sigh.  But I did manage to read two books this week…better than last.  Do you ever find yourself lost in the minutiae amidst the activities that seem to take over?   Most of my time was spent lying on the couch watching TV shows, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.  I am enjoying a show on Netflix that I only watched occasionally when it was on TV:  Friends.  It is kind of silly, but it takes my mind off of real life.  The hatred swirls around us with the political fighting…and I just want to bury my head in the sand…or in what is happening in a show or movie.

But setting all that aside, let’s grab some coffee and take a closer look at the week.  Speaking of coffee, I am grateful to be able to drink it again, since it was forbidden during the first recovery days!

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Last Day of the Month Scrambling…

September Wrap-Up:  A Month of Lovely Books…

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “First Flurries”

My Hump Day Reading…

Coffee Chat:  Birthdays, Books, Etc.

Bookish Friday:  “The Day of the Dead”

Review:  Watching You, by Lisa JewellReview:  I Know You Know (e-book), by Gilly Macmillan

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox, but I received one NetGalley review book; and I downloaded two purchases.

In the Blink of an Eye  (e-book), by Jesse Blackadder (NG – 3/19)

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Downloads:

A Spark of Light (e-book), by Jodi Picoult

Under My Skin (e-book), by Lisa Unger

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WHAT’S NEXT? Currently reading two review books:

A Year of Extraordinary Moments (e-book), by Bette Lee Crosby – (NG – 10/16)

First Flurries, by Joanne DeMaio – (Author Review Request)

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  I didn’t go out to eat at all this week…soft foods being my primary diet.  But this flan that I enjoyed a couple of weeks ago looks soft…and I am drooling for it right now.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: LINGERING SUMMER HEAT…

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.

 

Even though it is 76 degrees right now, the temperature will rise to the 90s for the weekend…and Monday.  Sigh.  Luckily the AC is working, and I have lots of books and movies to enjoy.  This week I read and reviewed THREE books, all unique and engaging.  I also enjoyed a new series on Netflix:  an Australian tale called Sisters.  I finished Season I…and we don’t know if there will be another season, but the cliffhanger is begging for more of this story.  A doctor performs IVF in his clinic, and for many years, secretly uses his own sperm with the patients!  He outs himself, and then a media circus follows.  DNA tests lead to three women turning out to be sisters.  But there might be more to the story.

On Amazon Prime, I watched The Children Act, with Emma Thompson.  Based on the book by Ian McEwan.

I may have solved the problem with the Amazon passcodes!  Apparently I did something while creating the account that calls for extra security.  I changed my password and did not click that box…and today my review went through with no issues.  What I don’t understand, though, is how this only recently became an issue, since I’ve had the account since 2006!

Perhaps I will not probe too deeply into the issue lest it comes back to haunt me.  LOL.

So…let’s have more coffee, and take a closer look at my week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “A Year of Extraordinary Moments”

A Week of Engaging Books…

Coffee Chat:  Heating Up Again…

Bookish Friday:  “When Life Gives You Lululemons”

A Look Back at the Journey…

Review:  The Lies We Told (e-book), by Camilla Way – (NG-10/9)Review:  Fear:  Trump in the White House (e-book), by Bob WoodwardReview:  Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties (e-book), by Camille Pagan

INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No books in my physical mailbox, but I received ONE library book, and downloaded one purchase:

When Life Gives You Lululemons (e-book), by Lauren Weisberger

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Download:

I Know You Know (e-book), by Gilly Macmillan

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading – Library Book:  When Life Gives You Lululemons (e-book), by Lauren Weisberger

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And then…Watching You, by Lisa Jewell

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What did your week look like?  Are you enjoying crisp fall days, or is the summer hanging on with a persistence that seems unrelenting?  This slice of Key Lime Pie is reminding me that I need another one…soon!

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