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Good morning, Bloggers!  Grab some coffee (or a mimosa), and let’s talk about our weeks.




Another interesting week here, with slightly cooler temperatures (in the 90s!).  One of the books I read this week was in preparation for the movie released on Friday:  If I Stay.  I hope to see it some time this weekend.





From the Interior:  Musings & Ramblings

Tuesday Sparks:  Intros/Teasers – “Falling Into Place”

Hump Day Potpourri:  A Bookish Escape

From the Interior:  Eagerly Awaiting “Lila”

My Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts:  Obsessions

What Happens After Napa? – An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

Friday Risk-Taking:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “The Silent Sister”

Saturday Sparks:  Fun Is Wherever You Find It

Review:  Save the Date, by Mary Kay Andrews

Review:  If I Stay (e-book), by Gayle Forman

Review:  Whiskey Beach (e-book), by Nora Roberts

Review:  Final Appeal (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline



INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Two review books came in my mailbox…and I downloaded two e-books to feed Sparky.


Midnight Betrayal, by Melinda Leigh (Author Request)






The Home Place, by Carrie La Seur (Amazon Vine)










This is Where I Leave You (e-book), by Jonathan Tropper (Movie Coming in September!)





The Shadow Tracer (e-book), by Meg Gardiner









COMING NEXT!  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)


Falling into Place, by Amy Zhang (Amazon Vine)







The Silent Sister, by Diane Chamberlain (Amazon Vine)





The House on Mermaid Point (e-book), by Wendy Wax









And that’s my week!  Maybe I will pull another e-book off of Sparky to read…or maybe I’ll just hang out and go to movies.  No matter what, though, I think I’ll be having lots of iced tea.  What have you been reading, blogging, and doing?







  1. I can’t wait to see This is Where I Leave You. I so enjoyed the book when it was published. I hope you enjoy the film version of If I Stay! I just finished reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – what an enjoyable read! Have a great week 🙂


    1. I have it planned so that I read the book before the movie release, which means next week, probably. I’ve enjoyed seeing the movie previews and know it’s going to be one I love.

      Thanks for visiting, Mary, and I’m glad you liked reading the book, too.


  2. Good new-to-me-titles: Lila, Falling Into Place, and This is Where I Leave You. I read The Shadow Tracer, great as all Meg Gardiner books are for me. I just finished Ten Beach Road and enjoyed it so I will be making my way through all Wendy Wax books. Glad you are having a good week, a trip to the bookstore with your grandson and a trip to the movies too. Have fun and enjoy those books.


    1. Thanks, Rita…it has been a great week…and I am eager to read all of these new books, and also to discover what others are reading so I can add even more books to the list! Thanks for stopping by.


  3. I’d like together Falling Into Place sometime as I enjoyed a previous book by Amy. And the cover is quirky, it love it. I haven’t read If I Stay and the movie isn’t out here yet but I do plan on going when it does come, along with lots of tissues!
    Have a great week 🙂


    1. I’m curious about Amy Zhang…she is a high school student and already has published books. And yes, definitely a quirky cover. So far, the story is engaging. Thanks for stopping by, Trish, and if I get things done early enough, I’m off to the movie.


  4. 90’s, yikes! We’ve had a cool summer for the most part, but the alst couple of days have been super muggy. Going to movies sounds good, and the theaters are air conditioned right? 🙂 Your new books all look good.


  5. The Shadow tracer looks interesting, so does The silent sister, hope you’ll enjoy reading them. I would love to be *in* the cover of the Mermaid point lol, it looks heavenly ! Have a great week 😉


  6. Cait

    I’ve been meaning to read If I Stay for ages! Although, I probably won’t see the movie until it comes out on DVD. *shrugs* Still! Cellist! I love the cello so I definitely want to read about it. 😉 Happy reading!
    My Sunday Post!


    1. Sometimes I wait for the DVD….I guess it depends on what else is showing at the time. Thanks for stopping by, Cait, and enjoy your week. And I love the character in If I Stay….quiet, cello-playing, and a little nerdy.


  7. Silent Sister is on my wishlist. It looks great! I’m torn on If I Stay. I’m not a big fan of books that will make me cry but this one looks pretty great. The Wendy Wax looks great as well. Have a fantastic week!


    1. Yes, I am glad to have The Silent Sister on my immediate list…I feel as though I’ve been waiting forever! As for If I Stay, I am glad I read it…and I loved the movie even more! Thanks for the visit, Katherine.


    1. I accidentally discovered both of these authors…and have followed Wendy Wax from the first one I read. Meg Gardiner is one I’ve been eyeing…and this one will be my first read by her. Thanks for visiting, Yvonne.


  8. If I Stay was amazing. Did you see it? I just listened to This is Where I Leave You- so funny. Can’t wait to see the movie! Have a great reading week, Laurel.


    1. I did love the If I Stay movie…even more than the book, because bringing the music to life is possible in a film. Thanks for stopping by, Lucy, and I can’t wait to read and see the movie This is Where I Leave You.


  9. I’ve been wanting to read This is Where I Leave You for so long and now that the movie is here, I really need to get to it! I’ll be looking for your thoughts on it though.
    I want to see If I Stay too, I loved the book so much.
    Have a great reading week!


    1. Oh, If I Stay was wonderful in movie format! Imagine the music you read about in the book…and then HEAR it.

      I must have been living under a rock, because I only recently found out about This Is Where I Leave You, and then it was because of the upcoming movie release. So I definitely must read it quickly.

      Thanks for visiting, Kay, and enjoy your week.


  10. Oh it was hot here this weekend too. For the first time I was wishing for an air conditioner. At least it cooled off in the evenings to make sleep easier.

    Have a great week, I hope it cools off a bit!


    1. I agree, Pat…and I LOVED it! Imagine that…and I must admit that I loved the movie more…because there was music. All those musicians in the story…and only imagining their sound while reading. And then being swept up into it.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  11. Teddyree

    Big week on your blog! Squeee hope you love The House on Mermaid Point as much as I did, I’m hooked on that series lol. I’ve got The Silent Sister up soon, I usually enjoy Diane Chamberlain’s books … The Midwife’s Confession is my fave so far. Have you read it?
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂


  12. I’ve only just become aware of If I Stay – I saw a trailer for the movie a few days ago, then realised it was based on a book and wondered if I should add it to my TBR pile. I never know whether to read the book or see the movie first 🙂


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