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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  Notorious Spinks Talks Books, for September’s Mailbox Monday, and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

Today I’m celebrating the first signs of fall…it shows up in the crisper air in the mornings, and the cooling down at night.  Fall is like a New Beginning for me.  Even though the days of school are long behind, for me and for my kids, I still enjoy the energy through my grandkids.

Over the Labor Day holiday, I took some time off to see the Lee Daniels’ The Butler movie.  Wonderful!




And now, as a nod to New Beginnings, I am combining all the Sunday/Monday Posts into this one.  So let’s begin.


Tuesday From the Interior:  Intros/Teasers – The Garden of Last Days

Hump Day Potpourri:  Relishing Upcoming Movies…& Downloading Books

Bookshelf Clearing Giveaway Winner – Congrats to Laura

Serendipitous Fridays:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56

Saturday Snapshots:  Memories

Can You Go Home Again? — An Excerpt from “Embrace the Whirlwind”

Review:  The Supreme Macaroni Company, by Adriana Trigiani

Review:  The Garden of Last Days, by Andre Dubus III

Review:  Revenge Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger


This week brought one review book in the mailbox; I purchased a book at Barnes & Noble; and downloaded some e-books for Sparky.

All Titles/Covers Link to Amazon Product Pages

Lie Still, by Julia Heaberlin (Amazon Vine)


The Lost Years, by Mary Higgins Clark


The Good Wife (e-book), by Jane Porter


Sure Signs of Crazy (e-book), by Karen Harrington


The Silent Wife (e-book), by A. S. A. Harrison



On Tuesday, check out Rainy Days and Mondays for my blog tour stop for Mr. Monk Helps Himself

Upcoming Reads: (Titles/Covers link to Amazon Product Pages)

Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, by Paula Daly


The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble


In the Drink, by Kate Christensen



What is happening on your blog(s)?  Grab some coffee and come on by to chat.

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  1. It’s been very autumnish here too and school started back up last week. I have two new classes, one of which ash several children that I had last year. 🙂

    I like Mary HIggins Clarl also; I hope The Lost Years will be good. Happy reading!


  2. You always feature such interesting books on your blog! I also want to see The Butler; it sounds wonderful. I enjoyed the cooler weather earlier this week and yesterday, but it’s warming up again now, so I think summer hasn’t quite finished with us yet! Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier today.


    1. Thanks, Lark…glad you enjoy them. And The Butler was so wonderful that I’m sure I’ll order the DVD when it comes out. I’ll love it more, then, as it’s a long one. Pausing is a nice feature of DVD players.


  3. We’re still in the upper 80s during the day, but the leaves are just starting to turn and fall off the trees. Early for us. I wonder if that means it’s going to be a bad winter? Hmmmm…

    My husband loves Mary Higgins Clark and the Monk books. He was surprised that Lee Goldberg stopped writing them and they’re being written by someone else now. He has the new one from the library, so we’ll see if he likes the book as much as the others. 🙂


    1. Sounds good….I think we’re still in the 90s-100s, but it’s slowly working it’s way down. Mornings and evenings are good.

      I haven’t read any other Monk books…thanks for stopping by, Voracious Reader.


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Yvonne, and I highly recommend The Butler. Although I’ve noticed that some were disappointed that there wasn’t much about life in the White House. I thought there was enough of it…and the Civil Rights historic events were fitting.


  4. It’s been much cooler here as well. I always say I want to live someplace where it’s warm all the time, but I think that just because I hate winter so much. I do really enjoy the fall for the most part. At least the beginning of fall. lol. Great haul! Have an awesome week.


    1. Fall is my favorite season…and I would love to live some place where the temperatures are moderate to cool…not cold. Like the coast here in California.

      When I lived in SF, I was happy as a clam…lol

      Thanks for stopping by, Toni.



  6. joyweesemoll

    Looks like some good reading! We’ve got a few more hot days predicted but I’m really looking forward to the cool ones the weather forecasters expect soon.


  7. I’m loving our lovely Spring weather but it’s so warm already I think Summer is going to be a scorcher! Just what kind of Mother are you caught my eye, off to check out what it’s about. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂


  8. Busy week for you, Laurel–wonderful! I see you have The Good Wife and Just What Kind of Mother Are You. Both of those on my wishlist already. I can predict a good week of reading ahead of you based on all your goodies. I also have grandkids who started school, kindergarten, first grade and fifth–how the time flies since I just put my own kids on the school bus! Bittersweet because my grandkiddies live far away. Thanks for the book selections and the chance to talk about my lil’ ones 🙂


  9. Silent Wife was good, it’s set in Chicago and I enjoyed all the local references. I read The Lost Years a while back but I can’t remember too much of it – good or bad. Maybe that means I just read too much!


  10. Didn’t spend any time at the computer yesterday. My newest grandson was baptized and I declared a family day. I didn’t pick up book until bedtime last night. Fun day but now I am behind in reading and blogging, lol, wouldn’t change a second of my day 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by!!


  11. You picked up some awesome books (i have trouble finding the right blog to comment on..i think I went to another one on Sunday since I arrived via your link in comments and not SP link) The Butler is on my wish list for movies to see, so glad to hear it was wonderful. Quite a few of these books piqued my interest from Higgins to Harrison, so I look forward to your reviews on them!


    1. Sorry about the confusion…that’s why I tend to leave links in comments, but, of course, there’s the Linky….lol.

      Thanks for stopping by, Kimba, and for hosting this event. I like the mix of books I picked this week, too.


  12. Wow, great mailbox arrivals! I want to read the new Jane Porter series (have the first one on my bookshelf). I’m reading some review books for next month now so maybe I can read the Porter soon. Have a great week!


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