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 more balanced, and we had a nice mix of hot and cooler weather.  I actually read and reviewed three books:  one was a NetGalley ARC, and the other two were library books.  Yay, me!

This morning I got up early to have some routine bloodwork done…after a 12 hour fast.  Sigh.  I was more than ready for breakfast afterwards.  But I couldn’t eat it all!

I’m enjoying viewing Netflix and Amazon Prime on my newest BluRay player in the bedroom.   I finished a series that I saw on TV a while ago, but it was great to be able to binge-watch the whole thing.  Life Unexpected reminds me of my years working with foster kids; the premise of this show is an unexpected reunion between two biological parents and their teenage daughter.  They face many challenges!  Britt Robertson, as the teenager, portrayed all the angst, rebellion, and vulnerability of a real-life kid in this situation.

I also loved immersing myself in more of The Handmaid’s Tale, Season  II.

Now…what’s next?  Let’s grab some coffee and talk about the week.  Yes, I need MORE coffee.


Hello, May!  Check Out My April Reading…

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “Night Moves”

Hump Day Reading…

Coffee Chat:  My Reading Mojo Is Back!

Bookish Friday:  “The Book Club”

Review:  Sisters Like Us (e-book), by Susan Mallery (Library Book)Review:  How We Walk Away (e-book), by Katherine Center – NG-5/15Review:  The Other Mother (e-book), by Carol Goodman (Library Book)

INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!  I downloaded one library book…and one purchased book.

The Other Mother (e-book), by Carol Goodman

The Perfect Mother (e-book), by Aimee Molloy



Currently Reading The New Neighbors (e-book), by Simon Lelic


Then…since all of my May NG ARCs are finished, I plan to read an author review book…and other books on my stacks.

Beach Bliss, by Joanne DeMaio


So, that was my week.  What did yours look like?  Earlier in the week, my son and I had some Chili from Marie Callender’s.  It was delicious!



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Good morning!  It’s Monday, so let’s grab some coffee and chat about the weekend, our plans for the upcoming week…etc.  I’m not mimicking Sheila’s Coffee with Bloggers, as I’m just doing my own thing here, reflecting, sipping, and planning.

I watched the complete Season II of Bloodline this weekend (there were only 10 episodes, but still…).  Wow, that ending!  Okay, no spoilers here, but I didn’t see that coming.  But then again, those Rayburns are unpredictable.





First of all, let me just say that I was feeling the darkness that hovered over them all, as they tried so hard to bury their secrets, but things kept popping up.  Unexpected things.

I realized, too, that I don’t like any of the Rayburn offspring any more.  Not a one of them, and I didn’t feel that way in Season I, or they have deteriorated.  Secret-keeping can do that, of course.

But I will definitely be back for Season III.  There has to be a third season, of course.


Have you seen the show?  What are your thoughts?


Meanwhile, I finished reading The Girls in the Garden (click for my review), by Lisa Jewell.  Loved it!    Picture an idyllic setting, with a communal garden, and then imagine creepy characters and weird teenagers.

Imagine my weekend, moving back and forth between my book and Netflix.





Today I’m reading Ink and Bone, by Lisa Unger (all those Lisas!), and I know that I will be immersed in it before the morning is over.






Eerie setting (The Hollows), filled with interesting characters and lots of psychic events.

So…my morning will be full, and by afternoon, I plan to take my book “off site,” perhaps to the bookstore…or back to one of my favorite restaurants, like where I had this soup and margarita on Saturday (California Pizza Kitchen).



soup, bread, margarita


What are your plans?  Have you had your coffee?  Planned your day?