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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.

Did your week speed by, too?  And now that the month is over, it’s time to do wrap-ups.  But before we dive into the blog posts, etc., I must share that I saw Labor Day at the theater on Friday…and loved it!


The ending to the movie had me sitting near the edge of my seat…which is kind of surprising, since I’d read the book.  But don’t you enjoy watching scenes playing out visually, even if you know what is probably going to happen?

And speaking of movies, I just watched the DVD for Enough Said, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini…such a poignant film, filled with authentic moments and the kind of awkwardness we can expect in the situations that are unfolding:  Middle-aged empty-nesters trying to forge new relationships, with an unexpected twist.


After the movie on Friday, I went to my favorite neighborhood bistro, and here’s what my fortune cookie said:  Now is the best time for you to be spontaneous.  Serendipity!

Seriously?  LOL


Bloggiesta Finish Line Post

Serendipitous Tuesdays:  Intros/Teasers – Jubilee’s Journey

Hump Day Sparks:  Waiting for “That Night”

Hump Day Potpourri:  What If?

1000 Amazon Reviews

Friday Story:  Book Beginnings/The Friday 56 – Still Life with Bread Crumbs

Reflections on January:  My Wrap-Up

Sparking Some Coziness on a Saturday

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

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

Review:  Golden State, by Michelle Richmond

Review:  The All You Can Dream Buffet, by Barbara O’Neal


INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received five review books in my mailbox!  And downloaded two e-books to feed Sparky.

Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan (Amazon Vine)


The Wife, the Maid, & the Mistress, by Ariel Lawhon (Amazon Vine)


Cambridge, by Susanna Kaysen (Amazon Vine)


Still Life with Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen (Amazon Vine)


The Innocent Sleep, by Karen Perry (Amazon Vine)


The Peach Keeper (e-book), by Sarah Addison Allen (Purchased)


The Last Anniversary (e-book), by Liane Moriarty (Purchased)



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

Three Brothers, by Peter Ackroyd (Vine Review)


The K-Frost Caper, by James Blakley (Author Review Request)


Still Life with Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen (Vine Review)



So that is what I’m reading/blogging about!  I hope you’ll curl up in a cozy chair with coffee…and chat about your books.




  1. I saw Labor Day but hadn’t read the book- I keep wondering what the differences are between them. I hope you like Glitter and Glue as much as I did – I thought it was great! Looking forward to your thoughts on Still Life With Breadcrumbs. I am excited that she has a new book out.


    1. Oh, I’m excited about Quindlen’s new book, too. And yes, there were some differences between the book and the movie, but not so much that it felt different. Thanks for stopping by, Colleen, and enjoy your week.



  3. Thanks for the movie recommendation. I didn’t realize there was a book too, so I’ll be sure to read it before seeing the movie. I like to cast a book’s characters with movie stars, so while I’m reading Labor Day, I’ll imagine Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin as the hero and heroine.


    1. When I know there is a movie before reading the book, I also “see” those stars. When I read the book in 2009, I had no such image to pull from. It’s been so long since I read it, that I have no idea what images I conjured in my imagination….but Kate Winslet seems perfect in the role.

      Hope you enjoy the book and the movie, Sandra. Joyce Maynard is a favorite author of mine. And thanks for stopping by.


  4. I think the whole month of January flew by! February already? Wow. Anyway glad you enjoyed the movie and the fortune cookie message- how appropriate! 🙂 Liked your Saturday post too- movies and books sound like a great way to spend a Sat night.

    The K frost caper sounds good. I like the blurb.


    1. I think that I enjoyed the book more than the movie…but the actors performed very well…I just think there was a departure from the book in the end. However, still a wonderful movie. Thanks for stopping by, Peggy.


  5. I really want to read the book Labor Day and see the movie, too. Enough Said is another movie I wanted to see. You have some interesting books on your list, too. Have a great week!


  6. Lots of great looking books.
    I am jealous of anyone who gets to go to the movies. I don’t get to go very often having a three year old and all. I did go see Catching Fire with friends back in November. It was a lovely day- book group meeting, Hunger Games re-watch and then movie.

    Anwyay, Happy Reading!


  7. Lots going on with you this week. I almost requested The Wife, the Maid, & the Mistress, by Ariel Lawhon from the Vine program, too. I decided against it only because I so need to catch up on what’s here. Hope you enjoy your books.

    Thanks for visiting The Busy Mom’s Daily.


  8. Ooh must look up when Labor Day is released in Australia. I’d forgotten how much I adore Sarah Addison Allen’s writing, I’m really enjoying Lost Lake. I haven’t read anything by Anna Quindlen, am I missing out?
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading 🙂


    1. I love Anna Quindlen, both her fiction and her memoirs. Some say this book does not shine as much as others, like Rise and Shine (pun?), or One True Thing. It’s too early to tell, and I don’t like to compare the books from a favorite author. So far, I’m enjoying it. Thanks for stopping by, Teddyree, and I’m also looking forward to Sarah Addison Allen.


  9. I have Labor Day on my e-shelf and I have yet to read it. Now I’m not sure whether I should read the book or see the movie first?
    Enjoy your new books, seems like you have some interesting reading waiting for you!


  10. I think I prefer watching a movie knowing what’s going to happen, I love the anticipation. Plus that feeling of seeing how exactly they portray the book. Unless they change it! Grrrhhh.
    The innocent Sleep looks like my kind of book :). Happy reading!


  11. So glad to hear you liked Labor Day. I liked the book so I worried about the film being disappointing, you know? Adding Enough Said to my list. I read the new Quindlen and really liked it! Have a great week!


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