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




This weekend, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in Bloggiesta stuff.  My focus this time was on my Curl up and Read site.  I love how this event offers the opportunity to fix up the blog(s), and to connect with other bloggers.

Earlier, I went to see the movie This Is Where I Leave You, and it was every bit as delightful as I’d hoped.  Great cast, lots of funny moments, and I am happy I read the book first.






Bloggiesta To-Do List

Sunday Potpourri:  Night Reading & Netflix Watching

From the Interior:  The Kaleidoscope Turns Again – Gone Girl

Let’s Take a Risk with Intros/Teasers – “Safe Keeping”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Waiting for “Crazy Love You”

Guilty Pleasures:  Vintage Collections & Awesome Books

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts;  Bloggiesta, Etc.

Friday Sparks:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Crooked River”

Creative Saturday:  Found Treasures

Review:  A Question of Guilt (e-book), by Frances Fyfield (Mt. TBR Challenge)

Review:  Then and Always, by Dani Atkins (Vine Review)

Review:  A Wedding and a Killing, by Lauren Carr (Author Review Request)



INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Only ONE book came in the mailbox…from Amazon Vine, but Sparky is happy with the four e-books I downloaded.

Hello From the Gillespies, by Monica McInerney (Vine)





Desolation Row (e-book), by Kay Kendall







The Paying Guests (e-book), by Sarah Waters







The Lemon Orchard (e-book), by Luanne Rice






Ellen Foster (e-book), by Kaye Gibbons









THE WEEK AHEAD:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)


Currently Reading:  Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (e-book), by Susan Cain (For Mt. TBR Challenge)





Then I hope to read these books:


Safe Keeping, by Barbara Taylor Sissel (Vine Review)






Friendswood, by Rene Steinke (Vine Review)






Crooked River, by Valerie Geary (Vine Review)








Now I’m going to curl up on the sofa and finish reading Quiet…and I also plan to watch some movies on my DVR.  What did your week look like?  What are you eager to read and blog about next?


Here’s a glimpse of my daughter in a gentler, more peaceful time….oh, what a difference a few years make!



Heather way back in the day



  1. Hello From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney looks good and the cover for Desolation Row caught my eye.

    I don’t think I could watch This Is Where I Leave You, I don’t do well with movies about dying but this one has been getting good reviews. I’m glad you enjoyed it.


  2. Glad to hear This Is Where I Leave You is good, I’ve been kinda wanting to see it since hearing about it a week or two ago. And Hello from the Gillespies looks good too, something about that cover with the blue door…


  3. Glad to know the movie is good, I’m looking forward to watching it 🙂 I love the cover from the Gillespies, I want to live in it ! I haven’t read Sarah Waters yet but there are many good reviews of her books. Well, enjoy and have a great week 😉


  4. Glad you enjoyed that movie, it doesn’t really look like something I would watch. I didn’t even know it was based on a book until someone mentioned in their review of the movie..lol. My poor DVR is going to be working over time this coming week with all the new shows and my old favorites..must watch all..lol.

    Enjoy your reads!
    The Week In Reviews


  5. Okay, I am officially bummed that I haven’t seen or read This Is Where I Leave You yet! Soon I hope. I read Lemon Orchard and Safe Keeping, and recommend both authors. I am interested in picking up Gillespies, having also seen it on Trish’s blog. Enjoy your tv watching and book reading today–Happy Sunday!


    1. You can still read it…and the movie just came out! I read the book rather quickly, because it was so fabulous…IMO.

      And if not now, the DVDs come out really soon these days!

      After reading your review, I had to download The Lemon Orchard…and Safe Keeping will be my first from this author, but it’s a review book, so no money spent.

      Gillespies is from another new-to-me author and looks so delicious. Thanks for stopping by, Rita, and enjoy your weekend.


    1. Oh, I love the new fall season…so excited about my favorites returning (The Good Wife, Criminal Minds, etc.), and some new shows look so promising. My favorite time of the year!

      And I am eager to read the books, too. Thanks for stopping by, Catherine. Enjoy!


  6. I’m really wanting to see This is Where I Leave You and I’m glad to see you enjoyed the book first. I’ve been going back and forth between book first or movie first. You got some great books this week! Quiet is on my wishlist and I’ve heard some great things about it. I’ll be doing some DVR watching this week as well to get space cleared for all the new shows starting!


    1. Yes, good reminder…as I have many movies stored on my DVR that I need to watch.

      I hope you enjoy This Is Where I Leave You…I don’t know if it’s necessary to read the book first…it was pretty easy to follow the movie. Enjoy! And thanks for visiting, Katherine.


    1. I am looking forward to Crooked River…Quiet had parts I enjoyed…and other parts were tedious, for me. Those parts reminded me of my psychology textbooks from college…LOL. And I’m so done with that!

      Thanks for visiting, Harvee.


  7. The Paying Guests and The Lemon Orchard both look good to me.

    So glad to hear you liked the movie of This is Where I Leave You! I loved the book, but wasn’t able to get to the theater this weekend. Hopefully next week…


    1. I loved the movie, and it closely followed the book, which isn’t surprising, as the author had his hand in on the movie production. Thanks for stopping by, JoAnn, and I am so looking forward to The Paying Guests and The Lemon Orchard.


  8. I’m so tempted to pick up Hello from the Gilespies from Vine but I dont’ have time to read it yet. I wish Vine gave more than 30 days to review. Hopefully it will still be available in a few weeks. I’m so glad you loved TIWILY. I think my husband and I will try to see it this week. I loved the book and I know the author wrote the screenplay so it should be good! Have a great week!


    1. Yes, The Gillespies book has over 600 pages…so I may not be able to read many other books the week I take it on.

      I don’t like those deadlines, either.

      Thanks for stopping by, Mary, and I hope you love the movie as much as I did. I am glad the author wrote the screenplay, as the movie pretty much matches the book.


  9. fuonlyknew

    That’s an impressive line-up of books. I see a couple of new authors I need to check out.
    I didn’t join the bloggiesta this year. I’m so busy catching up on my reviews that it’s all I have time to focus on right now. Hoping to resist new requests, but that’s probably not gonna happen. LOL
    I haven’t been to the movies in quite a while. Most of my weekends are spent soaking up the sun and reading by the pool. The temperature is in the 90s now but won’t last too much longer so I’m enjoying it while it lasts.
    Thanks for stopping by today and have a lovely Sunday:)


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Laura…and I know what you mean about those review requests. However, I have limited my author review requests to favorite authors, and choose most of my review books from Amazon Vine. Enjoy the sun!


  10. thebookdate

    Was interested to read your review of Then and Always, the twist at the ending was one I did not see coming! Hope you like The Lemon Orchard, I loved it.

    I hope to get involved in Bloggiesta next year if it is still going as will be retired then and have more time to get into it.


    1. I was surprised by that ending, too, Kathryn….and loved the book. The Lemon Orchard is one I hope to read soon.

      Bloggiesta has been going on for a while…I think since 2009 at least. I couldn’t do all of these things now if I hadn’t retired. I love the freedom! Thanks for stopping by.


  11. I couldn’t get in the mood for the Bloggiesta. Although I probably need more help than any other person. I think his big green hat scares me. Will try and do better next year. I would like to read The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice.


    1. I like the look of The Lemon Orchard, too. And yes, Pedro’s big hat is pretty intimidating…LOL. The best thing about Bloggiesta…you can do as little or as much as you wish, and pick and choose the mini-challenges. Visiting other blogs is fun. Thanks for visiting, Tea.


  12. Brandie

    The Paying Guests looks intriguing…I may have to check that one out. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the movie!! I think I’m going to have to watch it sometime. Have a great week!


  13. Kathy Martin

    I had a mailbox empty of adult books. I’d like to pull something off the TBR mountain but I have so many YAs to read that I just can’t. Happy reading!


  14. Teddyree

    Glad you enjoyed the movie, I’d really like to read Gone Girl before the movie comes out over here. I read Monica McInerney’s House of Memories and really enjoyed it, hope Hello from the Gillespies is good too. I’m hearing such good things about The Lemon Orchard, I might add it to my wishlist even though I didn’t particularly enjoy Little Night.. So many great books on your post this week. And that’s such a lovely photo of your granddaughter. Enjoy your new reads 🙂


    1. I have heard that there are interesting and important issues in The Lemon Orchard, so I’m looking forward to it…and the Gillespies sounds good to me, too, but it is hefty….600+ pages. Thanks for stopping by, Teddyree.


  15. Oh yay I’m glad you loved TIWILY too! I’ve been on the fence about requesting Hello from the Gillespies but it does look tempting. And I’ve heard great things about Sarah Waters’ book. Enjoy all your new arrivals and have a great week, Laurel!


    1. I remember wanting to read it when I first saw it (Ellen Foster), but then I forgot. So glad to find it again! Thanks for visiting, Elizabeth, and I am so eager to read all of my books.

      Yes, Heather’s peace symbol makes me smile…it takes me back in the day.


  16. I loved Ellen Foster. Haven’t heard from this author in a while. Hope she’s alright. Still haven’t gotten a copy of The Lemon Orchard. Still want a copy. I really like Luanne Rice. I remember the first title I read by this author, Cloud Nine.


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