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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

**Mailbox Monday is now hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

My reading and blogging have suffered a bit this week.  I’m just feeling very lazy!  One day, I had to take the car in for a tune-up, so there went a morning.   I took Sparky along so I could read, but it was much more fascinating talking to a couple of the people in the waiting room.  Do you ever feel that way?  Talk before reading?  My blog is undergoing a bit of a tweak this week due to Bloggiesta.  

I saw a movie this week that I thoroughly enjoyed…enough to watch it twice!  Blue Jasmine, with Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin.  Lovely New York and San Francisco settings, and Cate was fabulous as a pill-popping woman on the edge.



Sunday Potpourri:  Blogging, Movies & Reading – Redux

Serendipitous Tuesdays:  Intros/Teasers – The All You Can Dream Buffet

Can’t Wait for “One Plus One”

Friday Potpourri:  Book Beginnings/The Friday 56 – “The K-Frost Caper”

Creative Sparks:  Berlin Street Art

Bloggiesta Mini-Challenges

Review:  Enon, by Paul Harding

Review:  Life After Life (e-book), by Kate Atkinson

INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One review book arrived in the mailbox from Amazon Vine; and I went a little nuts with the downloads.

Three Brothers, by Peter Ackroyd (Vine)



What Nora Knew (e-book), by Linda Yellin



Fangirl (e-book), by Rainbow Rowell



Return to Tradd Street (e-book), by Karen White



Still Life (e-book), by Louise Penny



Hello World (e-book), by Joanna Sellick (freebie)




NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOGS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Currently Reading:  Who Asked You? (e-book), by Terry McMillan



Orange is the New Black (e-book), by Piper Kerman



Golden State, by Michelle Richmond (Vine Review)



The All You Can Dream Buffet, by Barbara O’Neal (Vine Review)




And that’s my past week and what I’m looking forward to.  Grab some coffee and let’s chat about our books!




  1. Patty

    Every one of those books looks yummy…especially the Karen White book…I think sometimes…stepping away from the blog and books…is good!


    1. Yes, I feel quite rejuvenated. When I am holed up indoors blogging and reading, I sometimes forget the sound of my own voice! lol

      Thanks for visiting, Patty. And the previous books in the Karen White series are great, so I’m looking forward to this one.


    1. Yes, I wanted to see Blue Jasmine in the theaters, but it was in and out so fast….I’m glad I saw it at home, though, as I got to watch it over again. I like Woody Allen’s newer movies, especially the ones without him…lol. Like Matchpoint, although that one came out a few years ago.

      Thanks for stopping by, Shannon, and enjoy your week!


    1. I am always amazed at how much chattering I can do…with strangers, no less! But then I was a social worker for thirty years, and we did a lot of talking! lol

      I have enjoyed the staying home and nesting with books, though; recharging the batteries.

      Thanks for visiting, Deb, and enjoy your reads.


  2. I think being lazy is sometimes just what we all need. 🙂 Love the cover on The All You Can Dream Buffet and Return to Tradd Street. I will have to check both of those out and the Blue Jasmine movie. I need a good movie. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great week.


  3. Oh yay Fangirl, I really liked that one. I didn’t adore it as the fan-fiction bored me a bit but the characters are fab.
    I think talking beats reading when you have someone interesting to chat to. But it’s always handy to have a kindle on hand to ward off the bores :O


    1. Definitely! Having the Kindle in my bag is like protection…and then, if I don’t need it, oh well! lol

      Thanks for stopping by, Trish…and now I’m hoping I do like Fangirl, as fan-fiction isn’t my thing. But I do enjoy great characters.


    1. It was Life After Life…and once I was done, yes, it was worth it. But I won’t be rereading it…lol.

      Thanks for stopping by, Bryan…and I’m going for the slightly shorter books for awhile (between 300-450 pages).


    1. I actually started reading Orange, when I needed a break from the other current read. One section of the McMillan book, which I am reading on Sparky, had very tiny print! I don’t think I can increase the font size on my version…lol.

      Thanks for visiting, Peggy, and enjoy your week.


  4. I should try Bloggiesta, I probably would learn a lot from it. Hope it was fun. Some nice new book additions, hope you like Fangirl and a couple of those others looks pretty good too.

    Blue Jasmine sounds great and a nice cast too. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.


    1. I thoroughly enjoyed Blue Jasmine. I’ve always been a fan of Cate Blanchett, anyway, and she nailed the role. Thanks for stopping by, Greg, and Bloggiesta is great. You can do as much or as little as you want, and it gives you an excuse to spend time on the blog.

      I hope I like Fangirl, too; I don’t read very many YA books….


  5. Yep, I have those lazy weeks too when I get busy doing other stuff when I am supposed to be doing blog stuff. I am curious about that Woody Allen movie, his movies are hit or miss for me. I am still on the fence as to whether or not I will review what Nora knew, probably as I need a good chick lit book. I really liked Fangirl and I hope you do too. Have a wonderful week.


    1. I hope so, too, Heidi…and I like some of Woody’s movies more than others. His recent ones have been pretty good, I think, although I do still like the ones from the 90s with Mia Farrow (despite their history!).

      I have mixed feelings about Fangirl (I’m hoping it’s not too silly!), but I enjoyed the author’s book Attachments, so I’m willing to give it a go.

      Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your week…and those big trees.


    1. I am pretty excited about my book haul, too, and I would have loved to see Blue Jasmine in LA. Some of my favorite movie-going experiences are from that city. Thanks for stopping by, Catherine, and have a great week.


  6. Are you a Louise Penny fan? I’ve had her Inspector Gamache series recommended to me a number of times, and just haven’t gotten around to picking them up yet. But the cover looks good, as do a number of your other books.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and have a lovely week!


  7. Wow you got a lot good ebooks recently. The movie Blue Jasmine was great, especially loved Cate Blanchett’s performance and also Sally Hawkins who plays her sister. Excellent! Here’s my previous review of Blue Jasmine at http://www.thecuecard.com/node/787 .
    PS. I was trying to find your re-posting of your review of Maynard’s Labor Day but so far I haven’t seen it. Let me know where it is. Thanks. And have a great week.


  8. I’ve not been reading very much lately. I did finish this morning though, so will be posting my review in the next day or so.

    You have so many books that are new to me…off to check them out!


  9. I’ve heard so many great things about Rainbow Rowell! I have a feeling that 2014 is going to be the year I find out what everyone else is talking about, and would love to start it out with Fangirl! I hope it’s one you enjoy as well!!


  10. Gorgeous books there! Orange is the New Black is coming to TV here soon so I should give it a go.
    I can relate to feeling lazy – really can’t be bothered doing anything much of late (I blame the weather).


  11. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    I too haven’t been reading so much lately and my blog posts have taken something of a hit because of this. My blog tends to control most of my evenings, which does rather annoy hubbie, so there is a constant balancing act going on to appease him a little, although talking will generally take priority over reading.

    You have some great books this week, I particularly like the cover of ‘Return To Tradd Street’, however the one which has made it onto my list has to be ‘Still Life’ by Louise Penny. I am a real sucker for any crime or mystery books!

    Thanks for sharing and have a good week,



    1. I am eager to read both of those books…but I have several review books on the queue first! I should stop accepting so many…lol. Thanks for visiting, Yvonne, and enjoy your week. And the balancing act.


  12. I can’t wait to read something else by Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park was great. I choose talking with my best friend over reading any day … we never seem to run out of words lol. Will keep an eye out for Blue Jasmine too, I like Cate Blanchett.
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂


  13. I can’t wait to read the latest Tradd Street book! I know what you mean about reading; my reading has slowed tremendously in recent weeks, and so has my time for blogging/reading blogs because work has just been so busy! I guess we all go through ups and downs. Happy reading!


  14. Talk before reading? Eh, sometimes. It also depends on how good is the book I’m reading.

    Lots of good stuff coming up this week and some lovely covers – with no snow in sight!


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