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

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





Welcome, June!  It is almost summer, and I am ready for it, despite how hot it will get.  Are you looking forward to trips to the beach?  Reading lighter fare?  What do you love most about June?


a day at the beach


Before we start planning ahead, though, let’s take a look back at this week:


Sunday Potpourri: Be Careful What You Wish For

Armchair BEA:  Introductions

Monday Potpourri:  Books I Can’t Wait to Read!

Tuesday Potpourri:  Intros/Teasers – “You Should Have Known”

Thursday Potpourri:  Old Photos & Nostalgic Moments

Friday Sparks:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “The Appetites of Girls”

Coming Soon!  Season II of “Orange is the New Black”

Creative Saturday:  Special Places & Fond Memories

It’s a Wrap!  May is Over, So Let’s Reflect on It

Review:  Cutting Teeth, by Julia Fierro

Review:  Eyes on You, by Kate White

Review:  Still Alice, by Lisa Genova



INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)


I had a book bonanza this week, from the six review books from Amazon Vine, to the books I purchased.  I bought one paperback book and downloaded four e-books.  So here goes!


1.  Abroad, by Katie Crouch (Amazon Vine)





2.  The Stories We Tell, by Patti Callahan Henry (Vine)






3.  Keep Your Friends Close, by Paula Daly (Vine)





4.  The Idea of Him, by Holly Peterson (Vine)





5. Don’t Try to Find Me, by Holly Brown (Vine)





6.  Nantucket Sisters, by Nancy Thayer  (Vine)






7.   Fin and Lady, by Cathleen Schine (Purchased)








Goodnight June (e-book), by Sarah Jio







We Were Liars (e-book), by E. Lockhart






The Wrong Girl (e-book), by Hank Phillippi Ryan






Three Wishes (e-book), by Liane Moriarty








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


Since I have a lot of review books to get through, I’m going to ease into it with one review book this week, and two books that I simply MUST read soon!


1.   The Appetites of Girls, by Pamela Moses (Vine review; currently reading)




The Fault in Our Stars (e-book), by John Green





The Headmaster’s Wife (e-book), by Thomas Christopher Greene





And if I do extremely well, I might tackle this one from my TBR pile:


The Miracle Inspector (e-book), by Helen Smith – I know, I had planned to read it last week, but my moods got in the way!






So that’s what my week will probably look like…and last week looked exactly as described.  What are you planning?  What did you accomplish?









  1. This is quite a book haul ! After a week (month, months ?) feeling like we were still in March, we finally have a week-end with a summer weather, it feels good. Have a great week, enjoy the beach 🙂


  2. You got a lot of books this week! I want to read Fin & Lady… really loved her earlier book The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Have heard the audio version of F&L is excellent, too. Hope you enjoy We Were Liars as much as I did. If possible, try to read it in one sitting. Have a great week 🙂


    1. I have loved every book by Sarah Jio…and I had to have Keep Your Friends Close, as I loved the author’s book What Kind of Mother Are You?

      Enjoy your book haul from BEA…and thanks for stopping by, Catherine.


  3. I’m looking forward to summer and trips to the beach, although the Great Lakes are still cold right now due to the rough winter. We’re having 80’s weather now after a cool spring- so it feels like summer has arrived.

    The girl on the cover of Keep Your Friends Close scares me a little LOL. And We were Liars sounds good too…


    1. Yes, I think that girl on the cover will be a very scary character. Judging from Daly’s last book, What Kind of Mother Are You? (sounds bland and domestic, right? Wrong! Very scary), I am anticipating a chilling read.

      Thanks for stopping by, Greg, and enjoy your week.


  4. Oh my gosh, Laurel, what a wonderful haul this week! Every title better than the next! I thought you had read Still Alice a while ago, but glad you finally did. I loved that book so much. I read The Wrong Girl recently and loved it, also read the one before it…need to check out earlier Hank Ryan books. I have The Headmaster’s Wife not read yet. I could go on and on, but just want to wish you a great upcoming week!


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rita…and I read two other Genova books before Still Alice, and even though I’ve had it for a while, I’ve been procrastinating. Probably because of people I’ve known with Alzheimer’s, and have witnessed the devastation to the person and the family…but I’m glad I plunged in. Awesome read!

      And I can’t wait to read The Wrong Girl…kids and adoption and secrets. My kind of read! I found it on your blog, so thanks!

      Enjoy your week!


  5. I really want to read Nancy Thayer’s book. It looks so good. I’m glad June is here, but time is really flying. It doesn’t feel that long ago that we were celebrating the new year! But…I’m looking forward to the nice weather which has arrived.

    I hope you have a great week!


  6. thebookdate

    As you go into summer I go into winter, and we have just had a few very cold zero degree mornings but then beautiful sunny sky and little wind. We have a long weekend so perfect. The weather doesn’t guide my reading though! I’ve just finished Goodnight June and liked it a lot. Finn and Lady looks interesting just from the cover and of course I’d like to check out Three Wishes.


    1. Yes, it doesn’t matter to me, either, whether the weather seems to suggest summer or winter reads. I just love reading books that call to me…LOL. Thanks for stopping by, Kathryn. Enjoy your week, and I can’t wait to read Goodnight June.



  8. Sharon Taylor

    It’s funny reading everyone looking forward to June and the start of Summer. We’re just starting Winter here in Australia and I’m looking forward to sleeping on the weekends and enjoying he cooler weather after a long hot summer/autumn. Nice book selection this week, I hope you enjoy them. Thank you for stopping by my blog.
    Sharon @ Sharon’s Book Nook!


  9. you got WE WERE LIARS! aw, my ‘pin’ money for books is running out but gosh, I want to buy a copy of that book. Great haul! Thanks for stopping by my Sunday Post 🙂


  10. I still need to drop by some of your Armchair BEA posts! It was so busy last week I’m still only slowly catching up! It looks like you’ve got a good (virtual) stack of books! And ‘The Miracle Inspector’ sounds really interesting! I hope you enjoy your reading!
    My Monday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words


    1. Yes, time is precious….and I am grateful every day. But it is easy to just fritter it away. But when I spend the time reading and blogging, or watching movies….who is to say that is not time well spent? LOL Thanks for visiting, Deb, and enjoy your week.


    1. I still have trouble wrapping my mind around the whole “opposite seasons” concept, but it is nice to visualize. Thanks for stopping by, Shelleyrae, and enjoy your cozying up in warm places.


  11. Kathy Martin

    I chose to review 3-ring binders from the last Vine newsletter. I couldn’t face adding any more review books to my stack. All you chose look good. The only one I have read is We Were Liars which I enjoyed. Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great week!


  12. Oh, I hope you enjoy TFiOS! I liked it enough when I first read it, but now I am rereading by way of audiobook and I love it all the more! Enjoy your new books!


  13. abookdragon

    Thanks so much for stopping by the Lair. Very nice haul! I’m looking forward to your reviews, especially Don’t Try to Find Me and Keep Your Friends Close


  14. It looks like you have updated your blog (or maybe used a different one this week?). Love the clean/crisp look.

    We are reading some of the same books – I loved Goodnight June, am listening to We Were Liars.

    Have a lovely week!


  15. Teddyree

    Winter here but June is usually mild for us in Australia, hope I haven’t jinxed it now lol. I’m drooling over your read list. Hope you love Goodnight June as much as I did. I adore Liane Moriarty, haven’t read Three Wishes though. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂


  16. Great Book haul, Abroad and Don’t Try to Find Me caught my attention. I have stayed away from The Fault in Our Stars as I’m somewhat hypochondriac and books which feature cancer set me off I’m afraid 🙂 But it’s been a very popular book. I also heard good things about The Headmaster’s wife.
    Thanks for stopping by.


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