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.


Hello, October!  Now…let’s see some of that fall weather.  According to the weather reports, we will be at 77, 72, and 68 through Monday.  Now that’s good news! (I’m sure the temps will go up again before we’re done, but I’ll take this gift of a cooler weekend).

This week has been busy, with something going on every day except Thursday.  Looking at potential new places; getting my flu shot; ordering new eyeglasses, with new frames; lunch with an old friend at Olive Garden….and I managed to read and review three books.   My Read the Books You Buy Challenge total:  65!

Netflix:  Finished Offspring and Season 5 of Longmire.  Now…need something new to hook me!  Of course, the fall TV season will fill in nicely.  I’m already loving Notorious and How To Get Away With Murder...plus, Grey’s Anatomy threw a curve at us.

Today I plan to do a little cleaning up around here…and maybe some purging?  Just in case?  I did sign a short-term lease for this place, as I haven’t found anything that grabs me enough to make that move…yet.  But it won’t hurt to purge a few things…again.

Now let’s have some more coffee…and chat about our weeks.





Tuesday Potpourri:  “The Kept Woman”

Hump Day Serendipity:  Present, Past, & Upcoming Reads

Bookish Thursday #32:  Serendipitous Moments

Pondering My Interiors…To Move or Not To Move?

Thursday Obsessions

Sentimental Journey…

Bookish Friday:  “Luckiest Girl Alive”

Monthly Wrap-Up:  Hello, October!

Review:  Sunshine Beach (e-book), by Wendy Waxratings-worms-4-croppedReview:  Cruel Beautiful World (e-book), by Caroline Leavitt (NetGalley – 10/4/)cropped-again-5Review:  My Life, My Body, by Marge Piercycropped-again-5***

INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One book came in my mailbox from Amazon Vine, and I received TWO NetGalley e-ARCS!  Yay!

I also purchased a few downloads…FIVE to be exact.


Fractured, by Catherine McKenzie (Amazon Vine)





The Trophy Child (e-book), by Paula Daly- (NetGalley – 3/7/17)





Never Let You Go (e-book), by Chevy Stevens (NetGalley – 3/14/17)






The London Train (e-book), by Tessa Hadley





Come and Find Me (e-book), by Hallie Ephron





The Life She Wants (e-book), by Robyn Carr





The Last Good Girl (e-book), by Allison Leotta






Sting (e-book), by Sandra Brown





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

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






Small Great Things (e-book), by Jodi Picoult (NetGalley – 10/11)






Following my moods from there…I can find several books here….




That’s my week…what did yours look like?  Come on by and let’s chat.  Oh, and here’s something lovely I enjoyed at my lunch this week…






  1. Oh Laurel, so many books I love the look of there. (I’ve got the new Chevy Stevens as well!)

    I’m yet to sort out Netflix, I need Apple TV or something as my TV is old so isn’t a ‘smart TV’ with Netflix as an option – if that makes sense! But I must do so in the next week or two.

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  2. Greg Hill

    Okay that looks delicious. Is that at Olive garden? I’m having a little food jealousy now at the moment lol. Sounds like you’re thinking of making a move if it works out… good luck whichever way you go. I just watched the first episode of How To Get away With Murder and thought it was pretty good, so I’ll be continuing with that. That and Blacklist… although I can’t wait for a S2 of Marcella (if we get one).

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    1. Yes, Olive Garden…and the best part…it was a two for one. Buy one to eat at the restaurant, and another to take home. I don’t go there very often, but every time I do, I love it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Greg, and I am eager to watch another season of Marcella, too.

      You should watch HTGAWM from the beginning, on Netflix.

      Enjoy your week….


    1. Yes, I love fall and the signs of it, which we have had, even while the heat continued. But now cooler days are coming. Thankfully.

      Thanks for visiting, Anna, and I don’t go to Olive Garden that often, but all it takes is several of those commercials, and I’m there!

      Enjoy your week.


  3. Purging and decluttering is always a good idea – I try to do that in our house every few months. Things just accumulate so quickly! Decluttering is time consuming, but so worth it, especially if you’re going to be on the move soon.

    Three books is great, and it looks like you have some good titles coming up. Also, I’m intrigued by some of your new in titles. Have a great week!

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    1. So true about the decluttering! Just after one of my big ones, I remember thinking, “well, that’s done, now,” and here I am, a few months later, realizing once again that it’s never completely finished.

      I enjoyed my three books, and I like the pace. Reading more seems to mean eliminating too many other things I want to do (like Netflix, lol). Thanks for visiting, Jade, and enjoy your week.


  4. I am too much of a pack rat to every truly purge. Good luck! I like the look of pretty much all the books on your list. I just finished Fractured and really want to read The Trophy Child. Have a good week.

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    1. Yes, sigh, I do love surrounding myself with STUFF, which I call my collections. But every time I dust, I realize that I am adding more work by having so many things out…lol.

      I can’t wait to read my new review books, but The Trophy Child and Never Let You Go aren’t released until next March! So it will be a while before reading them….unless I read them, write the review and don’t post it yet. That might work.

      Enjoy your week, Emma, and thanks for visiting.

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    1. We don’t have that curb service here, but my daughter has it where she lives. She put tons of stuff out right after she moved.

      Purging seems to be an ongoing process…sigh. I have done mostly books in the last couple of years, but I’ve donated them to the library and to Big Brothers & Big Sisters.

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


    1. Oh, definitely, Rachel…this particular friend/former colleague and I try to get together at least once a month…but we missed August. So we had lots of chatting to catch up on. The Olive Garden is perfect for that!

      Thanks for visiting…enjoy your week!


  5. Lunch and drinks both looked fantastic! Glad you enjoyed.

    I keep seeing that Picoult lately – I hope you enjoy it!

    I don’t know where you find the time to get through all your books! Between work, blogging, life in general and family I am struggling to get two done a week! I’m in awe. 🙂

    Have another great week!

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  6. I’m going to PURGE, and follow your shining example:)). I think sitting tight and have a jolly good look around to see if there is anything better is a very good strategy. Glad the weather is a bit cooler for you – we have had a fabulous September and fingers crossed it will continue a bit longer into October… Have a great reading and blogging week, Laurel, and many thanks for visiting earlier.

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  7. Looks like you had some great books to read and great TV to watch. I enjoyed the first episodes of Notorious, How To Get Away With Murder and Grey’s Anatomy. I still have episodes to catch up on though.

    That lunch looks so good. Have a great week!

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    1. Yes, catching up is always a challenge, isn’t it? I am hoping to continue to enjoy the books and the TV shows. Tonight I’ll be watching Secrets & Lies…and Chesapeake Shores. Enjoy your week, Yvonne, and thanks for visiting.


  8. I’ll be curious to hear if you like the Greenwood book All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. Judy over at Keep the Wisdom blogspot liked it quite a bit, but it does sound pretty druggy. Your lunch looks scrumptious. Enjoy your week & books!

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    1. Thanks, Susan, and I am enjoying the book….which, oddly, is not as disgusting as I would have imagined, with some of the characters very sympathetic; they seemed almost “innocent” in their behaviors. The story unfolded very slowly, against a backdrop of truly disgusting characters…so we had the “ugly” and the “wonderful” existing side by side.

      Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week…it was a delicious lunch.

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  9. katarguelles

    The weather in Sacramento is cooling down too. I hope it stays this way but October can still have warm weather. There are so many shows on Netflix I want to watch. I have it on our new TV so I just need to find time to watch. You have a great list of books and I’ve been wanting to read a Robyn Carr book (I have purchased some but need to get to them soon). I hope you enjoy your new books and have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy, I love Sacramento and often think of how I loved living there. But those days are behind me…

      My daughter has a TV with Netflix on it. Mine is from a Blu-Ray player that I hooked to the TV, and that works, too.

      Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting.


    1. I really like the character of Alex, too, and feel so sad for him.

      Looking forward to Fractured, and I’m enjoying All the Ugly and Wonderful Things…and it’s taken a very dark turn right now. Almost finished. Enjoy your week, Lucy, and thanks for visiting.


  10. Kathy Martin

    Even though I’m not moving until next June, I really need to start purging now. I’ve lived here 15 years and have gathered way too much stuff. Lots of nice looking books here too. Thanks for visiting my blogs. Happy reading!

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  11. It was a good read. I liked the appreciation for the old and simple living. I need to get my flu shot and I hope to order new eyeglasses soon. I’m trying out Warby Parker as unfortunately, I inherited the coke bottle eyesight genes. I like their sturdy frames and hope this second go will connect me with a frame that makes me feel comfortable wearing them.

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    1. Oh, yes, I am excited about both of these books…and also love the Thursday line-up on TV. Thanks for visiting, Nise, and I’m slowly searching for possibilities for moving…until then, I’ll purge when I can.


  12. Sarah's Book Shelves

    I’m currently reading All the Ugly & Wonderful Things too and, though I’m only 10% in, I’m really enjoying it so far. What do you think of it?

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  13. Susan @ The Book Bag

    So many good books on your list. Some I already have read or will be reading and then a whole bunch more I will be adding to my TBR list. I love your lists of books, we have such similar tastes. Happy reading!

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    1. I love being able to follow my moods when reading, although there are always some that are “must reads.” But the review books are usually books I really want to read, too; I try to make that a priority when requesting books. Thanks for visiting, Amanda, and enjoy your week.


  14. It does indeed sound like a busy week! New glasses can be fun; I hope you enjoyed picking them out. Smart move on the flu shot, and thanks for the reminder; I need to get mine.

    I read your post about whether or not to move. From that and what you wrote today, it sounds like you’re not sure if you should, or even if you want to. It makes sense to wait until you’re sure. I wish you the best as you think it through. You strike me as someone who can always make the best of whatever situation you find yourself in, so I suspect that whether you end up moving or decide to stay put, your home will be a positive and creative space for you.

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    1. Thanks, Lark, I do hope I make the best decision for myself, or at least make the best of whatever I decide, lol. I’ve turned some rather boring houses into spaces I enjoyed.

      I loved picking out the eyeglasses, and saw what I wanted immediately. But then tried on about 20 others, coming back finally to the first choice.

      BTW…I retrieved your comment from the spam folder, just as you had to do with mine! I wish WP would get it together!

      Enjoy your week!


  15. Oooh, nice week. I just picked up Small Great Things in audio.

    I desperately need to purge a lot of things from my house. I (used to) have a rule that when something new comes in something unused/unwanted/unneeded must go out. I have been breaking that rule!

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