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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.




I just came home after seeing the movie The Fault in Our Stars.  I loved the book…and now the movie.  It is definitely one that I will buy when the DVD comes out!  Who has seen it?  What did you think?


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My reading week was strange.  Awesome books, not so awesome one, and then a slight SLUMP.  Luckily I found my way out of it.



Sunday Potpourri:  Netflix, Reading, & Nostalgia

Curl up with Intros/Teasers:  “Keep Your Friends Close”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Waiting for “I Love You More”

Fantasy Interiors vs. Reality:  Organizing My Stuff

Secrets & the After-Effects:  An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

Thursday Potpourri:  Alas, a Reading Slump!  What to Do?

Creative Friday:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “The Stories We Tell”

A Movie I Can’t Wait to See!  “The Fault in Our Stars”

Creative Saturday:  A Room of Her Own

Review:  The Appetites of Girls, by Pamela Moses

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

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

Review:  Second Chance Grill (e-book), by Christine Nolfi (Mt. TBR Challenge)



INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One review book came in the mail…and I downloaded four e-books!


1.  Real Murder (A Lovers in Crime Mystery), by Lauren Carr








Scared Scriptless (e-book), by Alison Sweeney




My Salinger Year (e-book), by Joanna Rakoff





Sensuous Burgundy (e-book), by Barbara Delinsky





Little Lies (e-book) (Prequel to Little Mercies), by Heather Gudenkauf









COMING NEXT WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)


Keep Your Friends Close, by Paula Daly (Vine Review)





Abroad, by Katie Crouch (Vine Review)





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






A Matter of Choice (e-book), by Nora Roberts (Mt. TBR Challenge)







Another week has passed….and as we ponder the week ahead, let’s chat!  What are you reading and blogging about?










    1. Me, too, Bea….I know that there are many of Roberts’ books that I missed along the way….but I liked the sound of the blurb.

      I have enjoyed all of Gudenkauf’s books, but yes, some are better than others.


  1. In my experience the film version of a book I liked rarely meets my expectations so I’m glad to hear you liked TFIOS movie! Enjoy your new books!


  2. The last thing I saw that the movies was The Lego Movie. I tend to wait until the holidays and then binge on movies. Glad you enjoyed the movie – not all adaptations are excellent.


  3. Cait

    Scared Scriptless looks like a bit of fun!! SO excited for the TFIOS movie! x) I probably won’t be seeing it for a few weeks, buuuut…eep. I’m rereading the book just beforehand. So you know, double bang of intense pain. My Sunday Post!


  4. I’m going to watch TFIOS on July 12th when it comes to our cinemas! I’m so freaking excited and I cannot wait to see it. I’m so glad you loved it. Also you’ve got some really great books this week. Great haul 🙂


  5. I completely relate with the need to organize home. I’ve been reading some feng-shui lately, not completely taking it all, but I picked very useful and sensible ideas. Books slumps happen sometimes 🙂 Have a great week !


    1. Yes, I was kind of surprised by my slump, as I usually have quite a list of alternates….but hopefully I’ve organized my lists to avoid future slumps…for a while, anyway! LOL Thanks for stopping by, Red Iza/


  6. Your week included some great authors and books I’m interested in. I love all things Barbara Delinsky, who is one of my favorite authors. Really enjoyed Alison Sweeney’s previous book and her new one has a cute title, so on the list it goes. I got a copy of Little Mercies at BEA, so am happy to see there’s another book from Heather Gudenkauf. I also got Keep Your Friends Close at BEA and may have gotten My Salinger Year as well, I won’t know until I finish unpacking my BEA goodies, LOL. Happy reading!


  7. I have the Allison Sweeney book to review and it looks good. Real Murder by Lauren Carr looks like my kind of book. I have to add that to my wishlist.

    Have a great week!


  8. As usual I have a pen and paper handy when I read your weekly meme to jot down all the books I want for my wishlist! Some great titles there, I really want to read the new Heather Gudenkauf; I feel she is an slightly overlooked and underrated author. Scared Scriptless looks like a cute one and I like the actress who wrote it… I could go on, but I won’t.
    About book slumps..yep…been there, done that many times. Most recent was after I moved. I just couldn’t find a book I enjoyed, and my choices were some of my go-to authors to boot. I changed direction and genres and got out of it, luckily.
    Enjoy your week and your reading.


    1. I think we both used a great tool for extricating ourselves from the slump….what can possibly be better than an old favorite author? (Not necessarily OLD, but someone we go to for comfort).

      Moving, or any other kind of disruption, is definitely a trigger for slumps and that general feeling of discomfort. Things are out of whack…and we are flailing about.

      Thanks for stopping by, Rita.


  9. I saw an interview with Allison Sweeney about Scared Scriptless and it sounded really good. I also like the sound of My Salinger Year so I’ll have to go check it out. I’ll have to look for your review of The Stories We Tell as I really enjoyed the excerpts you posted Friday. Hate a book slump but glad you were able to bust out of it!


    1. Yes, I am grateful for my eclectic collection of books…eventually I find something to love…LOL.

      I have enjoyed Sweeney’s other books…and I really have enjoyed her portrayal of Sami Brady on Days of Our Lives over the years.

      Thanks for stopping by, Katherine, I should be reading The Stories We Tell by midweek.



  11. I have not seen TFIOS yet but the buzz seems to be very positive… Keep Your friends Close looks like a good book too, although the girl on the cover looks like bad news LOL!


  12. I’m excited that Patti Callahan Henry has a new novel coming out. I really enjoyed Coming Up For Air. I haven’t read (or seen) TFIOS, but I hear it’s very good, and to have tissues handy.

    Here’s my SUNDAY SALON this week. 🙂


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Diana…I have only recently started reading Patti Callahan Henry, and was so impressed by the first one I read that I knew I had to read more. I’ll have to check out Coming Up for Air. Enjoy your week.


  13. Tammy Sparks

    I’m dying to see The Fault in our Stars, maybe next weekend. My daughter saw it and loved it! Of all your new books, ABROAD is calling my name for some reason:-) I hope you have a fabulous week!


  14. TFIOS was like a life changing experience for me, I had never been to a movie where everyone was cheering before it even began and continued all the way through


  15. Sharon Taylor

    I haven’t read TFIOS but I have been tempted since hearing about the movie. Glad to know it lived up to the book. Nice haul this week, I like the look of Scared Scriptless.
    Hope you have a good week and thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Sharon @ Sharon’s Book Nook!


    1. I teared up some, even though others were sobbing….having just read the book, I think I was prepared for everything that happened. Also…I thought the book (and movie) had an uplifting feel.

      Thanks for stopping by, Shelleyrae, and I’m eager to read My Salinger Year.


    1. Thanks, Lucy… I do enjoy having a whole new cast of characters to meet each week. Hope you enjoy yours, too. I am glad I read the book and saw the movie in the same week! Glad you could stop by.


  16. Teddyree

    TFIOS came out this week here, I haven’t seen it yet but I want to. I enjoyed Little Lies and really looking forward to Little Mercies this week. Have a wonderful week and happy reading 🙂


    1. I am very excited about Little Mercies, so having the short novella to whet my appetite will be good. Thanks for visiting, Teddyree…and I enjoyed seeing TFIOS…even though it was sad.


  17. thebookdate

    Great that the movie lived up to the book. It is one I have been meaning to read for a long time. I am not very good with sad books, but I guess there must be a whole lot of uplifting in there as well.


    1. Yes, I did find the book (and movie) uplifting. The teens were wise beyond their years, and it was a pleasure to see the insight they’d gained. Thanks for stopping by, Kathryn. Enjoy your week.


    1. I certainly took my time getting to TFIOS…If I hadn’t wanted to see the movie, I might not have read it yet! But I’m glad I did.

      I love the alliteration of the title Scared Scriptless…and based on the author’s previous books, I know I’m in for a treat. Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth.


  18. purplemoonmyst

    I am just getting over a BIG book slump! I have seen the fault in the stars on move yet as I have to wait until it comes out on DVD because of Captions. I heard it was good though! I LOVED the book.


  19. I’m glad you enjoyed the movie, The Fault In Our Stars. I read the book and thought it was great. I’m curious about Keep Your Friends Close. You have an interesting collection of books. I hope you enjoy them and have a great week.


  20. Scared Scriptless is a fun read. I struggled with a book but made my way through yesterday afternoon. It may just have been me but I think it was just too long and drawn out. Percolating my thoughts today before I write the review.

    Have a great week!!


    1. I guess that it is not unusual to have our reading struggles at times. I am more surprised by how many books I love. Thanks for visiting, Lori, and I’m looking forward to Scared Scriptless.


  21. I’m too scared to go see the movie in the theater. I know I will be a big snotty ugly cry mess so I think I’m going to wait until I can get the dvd. 🙂

    I’m looking forward to reading Scared Scriptless. I’m a big Allison Sweeney fan so I’m curious.

    Have a great week and happy reading!


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