Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.


It’s been a fun week, with Bloggiesta, reading, Netflix viewing, and more.  First, check out some of my accomplishments at my Bloggiesta updates post.

As for Netflix, I’m totally immersed in Season 3 of Offspring and almost finished with it….Season 5 for Longmire comes next Friday.

I did a segue onto Amazon Videos, and started watching a show called The Bay.  I’ve only seen a couple of episodes, and I’m not quite hooked.  But I see lots of familiar faces.  Actors that have been on some of my favorite soaps, and some still are there.  Which was a little confusing.  “Hey, there’s Kayla!” (Days of our Lives).  Oops, no, that’s Sarah.  “There’s Ridge,” (Ronn Moss, once from Bold & Beautiful, but now, here, with a different and somewhat evil role).

Of course that happens all the time, even in daytime.  Actors hop between soaps.  The familiarity is comfortable…sometimes.

Back to reading, then.  Where I can find the characters I’m loving right now.  This week I read and reviewed three books, bringing my Read the Books You Buy total to 62.

It’s still pretty warm here; 95 predicted for today, but back to 102 on Monday.  Yikes!  Why am I even surprised?  Not.  Business as usual in these parts.

So let’s have something cold to drink later, but first…more coffee, please!


Madeleine on June 15 - coffee



Tuesday Potpourri:  “All the Ugly and Wonderful Things”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Changes, Frustrations, & Obsessions

Hump Day Serendipity:  Bookish Wednesday

Bookish Thursday #30:  Serendipitous Moments

Pinterest Sharing:  Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge

Meandering Through My Interiors…

Bookish Friday:  “Untethered”

Review:  Girl on the Run, by Daryl Wood Gerber (Review Book from Author)ratings-worms-4-cropped

Review:  They May Not Mean To, But They Do (e-book), by Cathleen Schineratings-worms-4-cropped

Review:  Watching Edie (e-book), by Camilla Waycropped-again-5



INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Nothing in the mailbox, but I got two e-books for review!


The Girl Before (e-book), by J. P. Delaney (NetGalley – 1/24/17)






A Poisonous Journey (e-book), by Malia Zaidi (Author Review Request)





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

Currently Reading:  Untethered, by Julie Lawson Timmer (Amazon Vine)





Then what?  Well, how about these?


Cruel Beautiful World (e-book), by Caroline Leavitt (NG – 10/4)





All the Ugly & Wonderful Things (e-book), by Bryn Greenwood






Then…my Pippa is holding several tempting e-books:




That’s my week…what did yours look like?  Join me in some coffee or a cold drink, and let’s chat.





  1. Greg Hill

    I should do Bloggiesta one of these days. I saw a bunch of Twitter stuff on it yesterday.

    I love the pick me up of coffee (and of course it’s pumpkin spice latte season- yay) but 102? I’m not sure I could drink coffee in that heat. I’m spoiled because we’ve moderated down a bit on temps- it hasn’t been bad. I hope you get to cool off too!

    Nice covers this week. I think each one of those is nice- I especially like The Girl Before and A Poisonous Journey. The Girl Before makes me think of a big house with an all glass front for some reason- funny how covers give us mental images! Anyway have a super week!

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    1. Thanks, Greg, I love covers that make me think of houses or places I’ve been. Or an era I love to read about, like the 1920s.

      You should try Bloggiesta, as it’s fun and you can do as much or as little as you want. I haven’t actually gotten into the Twitter Chats, although many do love them. My tweeting is mostly about spotlighting blog posts or books…and last week, it came in handy sending messages to bloggers, asking them to check their spam folders for my comments.

      I can’t wait for cooler weather, either….and it will come soon. And then it will be Christmas. lol.

      Thanks for visiting.


  2. Bloggiesta tempts me every time it comes up but it’s not something I’ve ever done for various reasons. One of these days it’s going to happen! It has been hot! Our daytime temps are still in the 90s but the nights are so much cooler now and I’m really enjoying it. The Girl Before sounds really good. The title just grabs the imagination. Have a great week!

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    1. I recommend you just go for it, with Bloggiesta. Try a very short list, and visit a few blogs…it’s fun! Do I sound as though I’m selling it?

      I love the title The Girl Before, too, and requested it, even though I’ve never read the author. I try not to accept review books from unknown authors…but sometimes it’s necessary, I guess.

      Thanks for visiting, Katherine, and I hope WP isn’t playing mean tricks on us again, as I found your comment in my spam folder. I retrieved it, of course; I’ve been checking regularly, after what happened to me last weekend.


    1. Thanks for visiting, Ardis, I do love to comment on other blogs, too, especially now that my comments are going through. Last weekend, WP blogs dumped my comments into spam folders…lol. Strange, since I have a WP account.


  3. I keep seeing untethered Laurel and want to read it based on its name alone!!!!

    I haven’t heard of The Bay and it sounds interesting. It’s amazing isn’t it to think of the new technology bringing us entertainment. I remember when House of Cards was made by Netflix or whatever and seen as very unusual!

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    1. I am totally addicted to Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos…and yet I also occasionally watch shows On Demand.

      Speaking of House of Cards, I hope there is another season soon, since it’s a political year. That should heighten the intensity, right?

      Thanks for visiting, Deborah, and I’m loving Untethered. A family story, with all of those issues of loss and parenting, makes a nice change of pace.

      Enjoy your week!


  4. It sounds like Netflix in the US has soooo much more great stuff to watch. I’m kind of glad about it, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have any time left for other stuff. LOL!
    The Girl Before sounds like a good new read. I just love psychological thrillers!
    Have a great week and happy reading! 😉

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    1. A lot of the shows I enjoy on Netflix are BBC and Australian shows. They are my favorites, actually.

      I try to do Netflix primarily on the weekends…my evenings will be busy now with the returning fall shows.

      I like the look of The Girl Before, too. Thanks for visiting, Maureen, and enjoy your week.


  5. Great job on the read the books you buy challenge. I started watching a couple of amazon series: One Mississippi and Catastrophe. Of the two I like the first more. It’s kind of quirky but has some emotional issues.
    We had a hot summer but nothing like you’ve had. I’m so grateful for air conditioning.

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    1. Oh, One Mississippi sounds good…I’ll have to check it out.

      I am glad to be adding more books I bought to my “read” list, but there are so many more. Endlessly buying and not reading fast enough. LOL.

      Thanks for stopping by, Mary, and I shouldn’t complain about our heat, as our winters are pretty mild. Enjoy your week.


  6. readerbuzz

    It is hard for me to hear that cool weather is coming already to other places, including where my son lives in Chicago. I’ve lived near Houston all my life, so I accept that summer is a six month affair, starting in May and running through October most years. It’s probably like that where you live, too. I rarely have to face intense cold, and that’s a big plus.

    Enjoy your books this week. Books provide a respite for me from the heat. Hopefully you will enjoy the same.

    Here’s my Sunday Salon!

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    1. Yes, that’s exactly how the summers are here, too. There have even been years when it got hot in March! But it always seems to go until October, as that’s when we have our county fair, and it’s always hot during that stretch. lol.

      Thanks for stopping by, Deb, and reading is the perfect antidote to heat.


    1. I think fall and spring are our shortest seasons. And fall is my favorite, so I long for that weather…but must hang on a little longer. Thanks for visiting, Grace, and I’m eager to read All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. Hope we love it!


  7. Lampshade Reader

    It’s hot here in Texas as well. I can’t wait for cool weather, but it doesn’t seem like it’s happening any time soon. Hope to get more reading done this week 🙂 ~Aleen

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  8. All the ugly and wonderful things keeps catching my eye but I’ve read mixed reviews so looking forward to hearing your thoughts. I can’t imagine the heat – to hot for me I’m afraid. I would need lots of shade and lots of cool cocktails.

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  9. I read and enjoyed Untethered last week. A bit different, but good. Hope you like it.
    We also have been having confusing weather– a cool snap then back to hot again. Oh well— October is usually pleasant weather.
    I’ve read two Caroline Leavitt books before. I hope this one is as good as those were! Enjoy the week ahead.

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    1. I’m loving Untethered so far…a nice change of pace from my usual thrillers. Loving the anticipation of October. My favorite month.

      I’ve enjoyed Leavitt, too, so looking forward to this one. Thanks for visiting, Rita, and have a great week.


  10. All these years and I’ve never managed to do bloggiesta… though I could certainly use it! Looks like you have several goods books lined up, and I hope you get some cooler weather there soon. Loved your review of They May Not Mean To, But They Do.

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    1. Thanks, JoAnn, I enjoyed the book….even though it started slowly and I was worried. But then I relaxed into it.

      As for Bloggiesta, the best way to approach it is to pretend you are just making a short list of things to do on the blog…and don’t worry about all the extra stuff. Do as little as you want.

      I never do the highly technical things…they frustrate me. I like changing my blog look…although I do that a lot anyway.

      I am so eager for cooler weather…but today, I’ll be in the AC at home and then the movie theater…I think.

      Enjoy your week!


    1. Oh, yes, and earlier in the summer, it went up to 110. Usually it stays in the early to middle triple digits, and we did have some days in the 90s…so. Moving in the right direction?

      Thanks for stopping by, Kimberly, and enjoy your week.


    1. Thanks for visiting, Genesis, and as for Bloggiesta, I discovered that I liked doing my own version of it, with a short list that I could add to…no pressure. And no techie challenges. lol.

      I am also looking forward to The Girl Before! Enjoy your week.


  11. Ugh! Ninety degrees still. That is hot for late September. Reminds me of living in PHX. I remember when it got to be Fall I was more than ready for the heat to subside. A Poisonous Journey is an interesting cover. Such a contrast from the title.

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  12. Patty

    You are so far ahead of me in reading and TV watching…I am still reading The Clasp….trying to listen to Truly Madly Guilty…an audible book that Den downloaded for me when I was in the hospital…I fell asleep at Chapter 2…woke up at Chapter 5 and have to start all over again. Plus I don’t think I am a good listener! I thought it would be relaxing! But it is not! And I am still obsessed with the food channel!

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    1. I don’t think I could do audio, Patty, even if I was laid up. I’m not good at catching things by listening. I need to see things.

      I’ve heard about The Clasp…haven’t read it yet.

      You’ve had a month of unexpected down time, so you are not really behind…just taking a mini-break. I’m glad to see you on FB and blogs this weekend! Thanks for visiting.


  13. Oh you had a busy week, your viewing reminds me of the Emmy’s that are going to replay on a channel although probably won’t watch but have set the record button for Fashion Police to discuss the dresses. Looks like you had a good week and busy with bloggiesta too.

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  14. You’re doing great with your reading challenge! I spotted The Girl Before in your post and was immediately intrigued; then read the summary and it sounds like something I’d like, so it’s definitely on my wishlist now. Have a great week! 🙂

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    1. I am enjoying both. I always love marking off books that I’ve read, and Bloggiesta allows me the fun of fooling around with the look of my blog…as well as learning how to do some new things. Thanks for visiting, Pat, and have a great week.


  15. I see you have Watching Edie on your list this week. I read it last week and really enjoyed it! It was a great fast paced thriller. The Girl Before looks like a good read. I will have to source it.
    Have a great reading week!
    Amanda @ Mrs B’s Book Reviews

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  16. Sarah's Book Shelves

    I’ve got Cruel Beautiful World coming up as well and I’ve bought Ugly and Wonderful Things and am planning to read it before the end of the year. I peeked at the first couple pages and have a good feeling!

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    1. Oh, yes, I’ll be ready for the new season of Longmire…in the interim, I’ve become addicted to Offspring, and I’m on Season 5….but the characters are really starting to annoy me. LOL. That happens to me when I spend too much time with them.

      You should try Bloggiesta…you don’t have to do any more than you want. Short lists work for me, and then I add to them. Thanks for visiting, Nise.


  17. Susan @ The Book Bag

    I have seen a little bit about Bloggiesta over the years but have never been brave enough to sign up. I love what you are doing with it though. Several books on your list have caught my attention, in particular, Untethered and The Girl Before. Have a great week and happy reading!

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