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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 (or a mimosa), and let’s talk about our weeks.





I just came from the movies and saw Before I Go to Sleep.  I enjoyed it, but some reviewers gave it “rotten tomatoes.”  Who are those critics?  LOL





I read Before I Go to Sleep earlier this year….and while I only gave it four stars, I remember enjoying it.  And I thought the movie was actually better…so I guess I have poor taste!  LOL

And before I go to sleep and forget all about last week…here’s what happened:



From the Interior:  Intros/Teasers – “Saving Grace”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Autumn Leaves & Engaging Books

Hump Day Potpourri:  Waiting for “The Nightingale”

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts:  Mothers, Daughters, & Celebrating Our Differences

Friday Sparks:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Getting Even”

Saturday Potpourri:  A Birthday Celebration

October Reading Wrap-Up

Explorations – Maeve & Brody – An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

From the Interior:  Book to Movie – Looking Ahead

Review:  When We Fall, by Emily Liebert

Review:  The Oleander Sisters, by Elaine Hussey

Review:  Dark Witch (e-book), by Nora Roberts

Review:  The Children Act (e-book), by Ian McEwan




INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)





I received ONE book in the mail from Amazon Vine; purchased one book at Barnes & Noble; and downloaded one book for Sparky.


Five Days Left, by Julie Lawson Timmer (Amazon Vine)





Mara Nichols is a successful lawyer, devoted wife, and adoptive mother who has received a life-shattering diagnosis. Scott Coffman, a middle school teacher, has been fostering an eight-year-old boy while the boy’s mother serves a jail sentence. Scott and Mara both have five days left until they must say good-bye to the ones they love the most.


Winter Street, by Elin Hilderbrand (Purchased)





In bestseller Elin Hilderbrand’s first Christmas novel, a family gathers on Nantucket for a holiday filled with surprises.



One Moment, One Morning (e-book), by Sarah Rayner






The Brighton to London line. The 7:44 am train. Cars packed with commuters. One woman occupies her time observing the people around her. Opposite, a girl puts on her make-up. Across the aisle, a husband strokes his wife’s hand. Further along, another woman flicks through a glossy magazine. Then, abruptly, everything changes: a man collapses, the train is stopped, and an ambulance is called.
For at least three passengers on the 7:44 on that particular morning, life will never be the same again. There’s Lou, in an adjacent seat, who witnesses events first hand. Anna, who’s sitting further up the train, impatient to get to work. And Karen, the man’s wife.

Telling the story of the week following that fateful train journey, One Moment, One Morning is a stunning novel about love and loss, about family and – above all– friendship. A stark reminder that, sometimes, one moment is all it takes to shatter everything. Yet it also reminds us that somehow, despite it all, life can and does go on.




WHAT’S UP NEXT:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)


Saving Grace, by Jane Green






Getting Even, by Sarah Rayner







The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion










Now I’m off to resume reading…and perhaps watching something on my DVR.  What was your week like?  What lies ahead?


Here is a cheerful flower brightening up my rainy day.







  1. I am going to listen to Winter Street for the Ho-Ho-Ho read a thon and cannot wait. I love Before I Go to Sleep so I am curious now that you said the movie was better. The Rosie Effect has me quite curious, read it soon..LOL


  2. I wasn’t familiar with Before I Go To Sleep but now I’m curious… looks like a good thriller. Love the memory loss idea and the cast looks good too… Kidman and Firth. Hmm..

    I like the cover for Winter Street too, and that looks like a very nice holiday read.


    1. I think the cast was why I loved the movie even more than the book…and I am definitely a movie buff. Love them! The book was excellent, too. Thanks for stopping by, Greg.

      And I had never read a winter book by this author, so I am curious about Winter Street.


    1. Thanks for visiting, Glass, and I already finished the Jane Green book…couldn’t put it down!

      Enjoyed my rainy Saturday at the movies, with lunch and a martini beforehand at the bistro within walking distance of the theater. A fun day!


  3. I never agree with the movie critics, I usually love the ones they slate! I’m looking forward to Before I Sleep, it’s a while since I read the book but I know I really enjoyed it. Nice haul, I like the look of all your books especially the Jane Green (whom I love). Happy reading 🙂


    1. Oh, glad I am not the only one who disagrees with the movie critics! The same goes for TV shows…the networks usually cancel some of my favorites…sigh.

      Not all, though, as The Good Wife is still on….LOL

      Thanks for visiting, Trish, and I already finished the Jane Green book (review on An Interior Journey). Loved it!


  4. swright9

    Great minds, think alike, Laurel. We both talked about Before I Go to Sleep this week. Glad you liked the movie and even thought it better than the book. I’ll see it sometime. Sort of sad though right? And a lot of hysterics. LOL. Enjoy your week.


    1. Definitely! I always enjoy how you blog about movies as well as books…I am equally fascinated by both. And in the movie, Nicole Kidman was so good…and so was Colin Firth. Thanks for visiting, Susan.


  5. I’ve found that some stories work better as movies and vice versa so I can see the movie being better than book. It’s not often the case but it does happen. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m not a big movie person but I like the poster for that one so I’ll have to look for it. Great books this week! I’m especially curious about Winter Street. Have a great week!


  6. ondbookshelf

    Putting One Moment, One Morning on my list. I think the cover is pretty enough to make me want to read it, and the synopsis make it even more desirable. Reading Winter Street as part of the Ho-Ho-Ho read-a-thon next week.


  7. I have Winter Street to read during the Holiday Read-a-thon, and I want Saving Grace and Five Days Left! I do still want to see Before I Go to Sleep based on the commercials. I only read about a chapter of the book before returning it and not bothering to pursue it last year. Sometimes it’s just my current mood and doesn’t mean the book wasn’t for me. Anyway, I am one in the minority who will occasionally find the movie better than the book, though as a book review blogger I’m not supposed to admit that, lol! Enjoy your week with those tempting titles.


    1. I am also a movie buff, and while I love reading, there is just something about the big screen! Some books to movies didn’t do much for me…can’t even think of one right now…LOL.

      Thanks for stopping by, Rita, and I already finished Saving Grace…couldn’t put it down. (The review is on An Interior Journey).


  8. Wow! What a great bunch of books! I started reading The Rosie Effect and am enjoying it immensely! Same tone as The Rosie Project, but now that we know everyone, it’s just more fun. I was intrigued by Before I Go to Sleep when I came across it somewhere. It’s the kind of movie I like, but I had no idea it was a book first. I’m going to have to hunt down a copy before I see the movie! Thanks for sharing! And just remember, if there’s not a lot of chase scenes and explosions, movies tend to get panned. 😉 Enjoy your week!


    1. I am reading The Rosie Effect, too, and I’m almost finished…wow, some real surprises! And some growth on Don’s part, too…I think. LOL

      Thanks for stopping by, Suzanne, and I got Before I Go to Sleep for my Kindle…it’s quick!

      OMG…you are right about the critics. And a movie about someone’s “interior life” is definitely not full of chase scenes, although there is plenty of excitement as the movie progresses.


  9. I’ve read Before I go to sleep so wondered if I’d want to see the movie… (Same with Gone Girl.) I thought by knowing the major ‘twist’ there might be nothing left to enjoy, but it sounds like that wasn’t the case.

    I’ve listed my reads in the linkup as well!


  10. thebookdate

    I must make time to listen to Dark Witch on audio and then read the other two in the trilogy. Good to know you enjoyed the first one.


  11. I’ve heard Five Days Left is outstanding. I hope it turns out to be a winner for you!

    I haven’t read Before I Go to Sleep so I wasn’t sure about the movie – the trailer makes it look intense.


  12. What a great group of books this week. I especially liked the sounds of One Moment, One Morning and the cover is fabulous. I’m trying really hard not to buy more books, my stacks are toppling as it is. But it is hard not to “cave”. 🙂


  13. Kathy Martin

    What a nice assortment of books. I am finding the second Maggie Shayne in the Brown and De Luca series much better than the first. You might want to skip over book 1 if your decide to give her a try. I can’t tell you the last time I went to a theater and saw a movie. I think I’m skipping 2014. Happy reading and thanks for visiting my blog.


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