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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.







Sunday Potpourri:  The Day Before Monday, Which I Now Love

Creative Monday:  Desperately Seeking New Books

Monday Potpourri:  Books, Blogs, & Soaps

Tuesday Risks:  Intros/Teasers – “Don’t Try to Find Me”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Waiting on “Small Blessings”

Hump Day Thoughts:  How Do You Organize Your Bookish World?

Interior Thoughts:  The Collision of Past & Present – Disturbing Dreams

Thursday Potpourri:  On Impulse Buying — Again!

Creative Friday:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Nantucket Sisters”

Quirky Phones from the Past — & the Future

Creative Saturday:  Townhouse Revisited

A Cozy Chat with Gran:  Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

Review:  Keep Your Friends Close, by Paula Daly

Review:  Abroad, by Katie Crouch

Review:  The Stories We Tell, by Patti Callahan Henry

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




INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

ONE book came in my mailbox, from Amazon Vine; I downloaded four e-books to feed Sparky…she was hungry!


Until You’re Mine, by Samantha Hayes (Vine)






Downloads: (Sparky is happy!)


The Matchmaker (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand






Paper Towns (e-book), by John Green






Monday, Monday (e-book), by Elizabeth Crook







In the Mirror (e-book), by Kaira Rouda








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


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




Nantucket Sisters, by Nancy Thayer (Vine Review)




The Idea of Him, by Holly Peterson (Vine Review)






She Can Hide, by Melinda Leigh (Author Review Request)









That’s my week, past and future.  What does yours look like?  Happy Father’s Day!  Some fathers enjoy a game with their kids….like my son Brett and his three.  This photo was from an old Dodger’s Game…but they took in another one together yesterday.


A Father & His Kids
A Father & His Kids





    1. Yes, the John Green books were not on my radar until the movie was coming out, so I had to read TFIOS…and loved it. So Paper Towns seemed logical. LOL

      Thanks for stopping by…enjoy, Vicki.


    1. My eldest son lives in Germany, which I have probably mentioned numerous times…LOL. They don’t have “Mum’s Day” there, either. Before Berlin, he lived in Prague…and before that, Ireland and London.

      My second-oldest, Brett, has been in LA since he finished college in 1992…and all the kids grew up there. They love all the sports events. The oldest one is now attending Berkeley.

      Thanks for visiting, Peggy.


    1. I am so happy that they enjoy these outings together. The kids are “stair steps,” (three in three years) which works out nicely now…but when they were babies, not so much! LOL

      Thanks for visiting, JoAnn.


  1. I have every single book you received this week on my wishlist except John Green’s. I am waaay behind the crowd on discovering his titles, and seeing “Fault” in the movies.

    A good week for you = a good week for me because I will get to read your reviews and I trust your opinions. I envy your Amazon Vine! I read your post about impulse buying but forgot to leave a comment on that blog–yep, cleaning out or organizing shelves and e-readers give me the go ahead to buy more! Hope taking part in COYER this summer helps me.
    That Paula Daly book still near top of my to-buy list– I loved her first one, rather quirky and different. Thanks for sharing your books.


    1. I LOVED both Paula Daly books…hope you do, too. And I am not a fan of YA or books that get all the buzz…but I wanted to see the movie because I have enjoyed Shailene Woodley’s work. Thanks for stopping by, Rita, and enjoy your week. I’ll try to post good reviews! LOL

      I am reading Don’t Try to Find Me today…and it’s really good so far.


  2. Nice picture, a baseball game is a great way to spend Father’s day- or any day, actually. I liked your Day before Monday post, have to say I can relate. I like Sundays, although not crazy about the Monday part… 🙂

    PAper Towns looks good, went and read the blurb and have to say I’m intrigued now. I know TFIOS is getting all the attention but I think this one sound kinda good too…


  3. I so love Elin Hilderbrand’s books. Before I got backlogged with reviews, I was reading her books as quickly as I could. Now, I’m behind and I really need to get back to them. Hers and Nancy Thayer’s.

    Have a great week!


    1. Yes, I am behind on both authors, who were my favorites before I started discovering new authors. But they are still like comfort food for me….I am happy that I got a Nancy Thayer from Vine.

      Thanks for visiting, Yvonne, and enjoy!


  4. What a great photo of your son and grandkids! I’m hoping to read The Matchmaker. I really like Elin Hilderbrand’s novels. Have a good week, Laurel.


  5. Teddyree

    I’ve had Paper Towns sitting on my bookshelf for *cough* years. Hoping you’ll inspire me to pick it up lol. Nantucket Sisters is calling my name, probably because we’ve had a cold spell over the weekend … winter is here (blah)
    Nice that all 3 of your son’s kids enjoy going to a game with their dad. Have a wonderful week and happy reading 🙂


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Teddyree…I am very happy that Brett and his kids enjoy going to the games. Games and movies are their favorite things to do together…and travel.

      I hope to enjoy Paper Towns…I’m not sure when I’ll get to it…so many other books in the queue!


  6. lisaalmedasumner

    Love, love, love Paper Towns! I haven’t read anything by Nancy Thayer for awhile, but I remember liking her books.


    1. Thanks, Tea…glad you feel cheered by my blog. The button is my very own VW bug paperweight, photographed and framed with the title on it. I had fun creating it. Enjoy your week! And Don’t Try and Find Me is a page turner so far!


  7. I just don’t know how you do it all. Spent the day with our daughter and grandsons yesterday and playing catch up today. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


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