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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for  Weekly Updates.

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

Good morning, Bloggers!  Grab some coffee, and let’s talk about our weeks.



Welcome to the first week of May!  Here it feels more like summer, yet not as hot.  Today I enjoyed a lovely lunch at a little bistro nearby….and for the rest of the day, I’ve been reading and blogging.



Bookish Thoughts:  Musing about Organization

Curl up with Intros/Teasers – “A Desirable Residence”

Blogoversary Giveaway Winners

Hump Day Serendipity:  Waiting for “Scared Scriptless”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Sleepless in the City

Hello, May!  April is Gone…Monthly Wrap-Up

Friday Risk-Taking:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “The Opposite of Maybe”

Saturday Sparks:  Family Moments…Again!

Best Friends Reconnect:  An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

Saturday Potpourri:  Fences, Accidental Trees, & High Tea

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

Review:  Killer (e-book), by Jonathan Kellerman

Review:  Waiting for Wednesday (e-book), by Nicci French

Review:  Second Nature (e-book), by Nora Roberts (Mt. TBR Challenge)



INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Five review books came in my mailbox from Amazon Vine!  And, like the obsessive/compulsive person I sometimes can be, I downloaded four e-books!


The Opposite of Maybe, by Maddie Dawson (Vine)






On the Rocks, by Erin Duffy (Vine)






One Kick, (Kick Lannigan) by Chelsea Cain (Vine) (First book in a new series)







The Arsonist, by Sue Miller (Vine)






Landline, by Rainbow Rowell (Vine)






*** (e-books)


My Dearest Friend (e-book), by Nancy Thayer






Abducted (e-book), (Lizzy Gardner Series # 1), by T. R. Ragan





A Slight Change of Plan (e-book), by Dee Ernst





The Heartbreak Cafe (e-book), (Lakeview #1),  by Melissa Hill (freebie)








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


And Then I Found You, by Patti Callahan Henry (Vine)






Mercy Snow, by Tiffany Baker (Vine)





A Desirable Residence, by Madeleine Wickham







Lily Steps Out (e-book), by Rita Plush (Mt. TBR Challenge)





Alterations (e-book), by Rita Plush (Mt. TBR Challenge)







That’s my week!  My upcoming week looks ambitious, I know…we’ll see how it goes.  What does your week look like?  Come on by with your comments and links, and let’s chat.







    1. I love Sue Miller’s books, and it’s been too long since the last one. Can’t wait for this one, either…I’m glad it’s a review book, Mary, as that means I can read it soon! Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Wow Laurel, you have everything from chick-lit to suspense in your haul this week. A lot of them are new to me, so I will spend some time checking them out. Love the park background.Have a wonderful week!


  2. Lunch at a bistro is always nice… and both The Arsonist and Landlines looks good to me. Nice to see summer getting closer- enjoy the nice days! Thanks for visiting earlier.


    1. Thanks, Greg, and yesterday had just the perfect sunniness, with a breeze, so eating outdoors was awesome. I am looking forward to The Arsonist and Landlines. I’m a big fan of Sue Miller…and enjoyed Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments.


  3. katarguelles

    You had a busy week and those are great new books. I still haven’t read anything from Rainbow Rowell, hopefully I’ll get a chance this year. Have a great week!!


    1. I have enjoyed the series by T. R. Ragan….I have read it backwards, though, but it worked out okay. I’ll be happy to finally read the first one in the series. Thanks for stopping by, Peggy.


  4. I love that you call your Kindle “Sparky”. But Laurel-Rain, how do you manage to keep up with so many blogs? I’ve always wondered. It’s all I can do to keep up with one (and the related Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and now Tumblr accounts… eep.)

    Anyway, congratulations on a great week and a truly scrumptious book haul, and enjoy all your new goodies!


    1. I alternate posts in the primary blogs, and then occasionally do posts in the “minor” ones. The major ones are this one; An Interior Journey; Curl up and Read; and Potpourri. The minor ones are mostly for fun.

      I must admit, Lark, that sometimes I go a while between posts at Going out on a Limb and Chocolate & Mimosas…but I did post something at C & M today. Thanks for stopping by…and I love naming things. Sparky seemed perfect for a Kindle, which makes me think of igniting things. Sparks! LOL


  5. thebookdate

    On the Rocks and The Heartbreak Cafe immediately appeal to me just by their covers although I have never come across the authors, must check them out. I don’t know how you don’t feel drowned by books!


    1. They are new-to-me authors, too, Kathryn….I have heard good things about On the Rocks. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week.

      And yes, I do feel drowned by books, but it’s a great feeling! LOL


  6. Teddyree

    Wow I just OD’d on all that bookie goodness, I want 3 or 4 from your list lol. Landline, On the Rocks and My Dearest Friend are calling my name. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂


    1. It’s hard to know where to start, isn’t it? I love that several of these are review books, which means I can start reading them SOON! Thanks for visiting, Teddyree, and enjoy your week.


  7. I love Sue Miller, must get a copy. Actually… her books can be dark and a fright but so important!

    The cover for the opposite of maybe… adorable. I hope you have a lovely week planned, Mari


    1. My unread physical books don’t take up a lot of space, so I think things are under control…but then I look at Sparky! Recently I had to create more collections there just to have a better idea of what e-books I have waiting for me…LOL

      Thanks for visiting, Leslie.


  8. Such a great mailbox again this week! I have read Rainbow Rowell only once, but I am so looking forward to Landline! Chelsea Cain’s book sounds good too. Happy reading week!


    1. Yes, I chose two books by Rainbow Rowell based on Attachments, a book I thoroughly enjoyed. And I’m a big fan of Chelsea Cain’s Gretchen Lowell series…so a new series with a new character really appealed to me. Thanks for stopping by, Kay.


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  10. Wow!!! Look at all those books! You are going to be busy, busy, busy. I’ve read A Slight Change of Plan by Dee Ernst. I enjoyed that it featured an older main character beginning her life again. I hop you enjoy it as well.

    I have to mention the cornflake coffee cup. I LOVE it! I want one. 🙂

    I hope you are having a great week!


    1. I am looking forward to that one, too, Gin…and I always feel so cheerful when I use the cornflake dinnerware. I have mugs, plates, and bowls, too. Thanks for stopping by, and I got them at a furniture store that was going out of business.


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