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.

The past week brought a cooling trend:  yes, down in the 90s, but better than triple digits.  Could we be on our way to fall?  Maybe not just yet, as the District Fair is coming in early October, and in all the years (46) that I’ve lived in these parts, it is always hot during the fair.  But knowing what to expect is better than not knowing.  I think.

It has been a week of reading, reviewing, and blogging.  Three books read, with my total for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge now at 80!

No Netflix viewing this week.  I did watch some old and favorite movies (feel good movies) like Julie and Julia.  I love that one!  I also watched Jackie again.  I guess I needed comfort viewing.  However, I also watched The Sinners, and the season finale episodes of The Fosters and The Bold Type.  Cliff hangers, of course.

I have a few movies still on the DVR for this weekend…and maybe I’ll see what I can find on Netflix.  Later in the month comes a movie starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford:  Our Souls at Night.  I can’t wait!

I’ve been seeing previews for this movie all week, so I must go to the neighborhood theater and see it!  Home Again, with Reese Witherspoon, etc.

Let’s grab some coffee and look back at the week.  The mug is a favorite, and reads:  Just for Today, Be Happy.  I like that sentiment.


A Journey Through My Shelves…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Burning Girl”

A Week of Reading….

A Journey Through Some of My Treasures…

Thoughts on a Thursday….

Bookish Friday:  “I’ll Have What She’s Having”

Friday Potpourri:  Saying Goodbye to Summer….

Review:  The Truth We Bury (e-book), by Barbara Taylor SisselReview:  Lies She Told (e-book), by Cate Holahan – (NetGalley – 9/12)Review:  Z:  A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Anne Fowler


INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One Vine Review Book came in my mailbox!  And like a crazy person, I purchased five downloads.

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, by Agnes Martin-Lugand



The Heirs (e-book), by Susan Rieger

Lie to Me (e-book), by J. T. Ellison

Genuine Fraud (e-book), by E. Lockhart

The Summer That Made Us (e-book), by Robyn Carr


And the final download is a re-read…I used to have this book, and I think it went out the door during one of my purges.  Sigh.  This week, I watched the movie again (I have the DVD) starring Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley, and I always cry at the end…so I just had to read the book again.  I’m not sure when I’ll get around to it, but I like that it’s there, waiting.

House of Sand and Fog (e-book), by Andre Dubus III



Currently Reading:  The Burning Girl (e-book), by Claire Messud


Then I have another NetGalley review book to read this week:

The Best Kind of People (e-book), by Zoe Whittall (Release Date – 9/19)

And maybe this one:

I’ll Have What She’s Having (e-book), by Erin Carlson ( I love this cover, and I’m a big fan of Nora Ephron and these movies).


That’s my week.  What did yours look like?  I had a different kind of repast at Mimi’s one night this week.  Quiche says fall to me.  And, of course, I had my book companion.



  1. Wow, hadn’t heard they made a movie of Our Souls at Night. Did you read the book? I loved it.
    Is Home Again based on a book? I’ve seen the ads – looking forward to your thoughts. Have a nice week and enjoy those cooler temps.

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    1. There is a Kristin Hannah book called Home Again, but the character names are different. Maybe they changed them for the movie? I guess I’ll know more after the movie…LOL.

      I didn’t realize that Our Souls at Night was based on a book, but now I must get it!

      Thanks for stopping by, Mary.


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Cleo, and wind and rain can definitely get old fast. Something moderate, something in between would be good…sending positive thoughts.

      I did get carried away with the books again…I know I’m going to enjoy them! Have a great week.


  2. Literary Feline

    The 90F weather does feel cooler after last week, I have to admit. I’d like to think that fall is on its way, but I can see it heating up again before long. Summer never likes to give up easily. Home Again does look good. I hope you get to see it and enjoy it! I haven’t seen the movie or read the book of House and Sand and Fog, but I hear it is a tear-jerker. I really should give it a try. I am looking forward to The Best Kind of People. I hope you enjoy it!

    I am enjoying the weekend so far. My husband and daughter took me out for breakfast this morning in honor of my birthday. Now I’m settled in for a little computer time. I hope you have a wonderful week, Laurel-Rain.

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    1. Your birthday breakfast sounds wonderful, Wendy…I do enjoy a breakfast out, too, especially with family.

      I never get tired of watching House of Sand and Fog…and always cry at the end. I haven’t read the book in a while, though, so I’m looking forward to it.

      Have a great week! You’re right that summer doesn’t give up easily.


  3. It’s been a long time since I saw and read The House of Sand and Fog. Great movie and book. You have a great list of books to look forward to. I’ve been wanting to see the movie Jackie. I’m going to have to see it soon. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne, I do love re-reading old favorites (I have to make time!), but it’s easier to keep watching the movies.

      I liked the movie Jackie, which I finally bought for my Amazon Prime collection. Enjoy your week!


  4. Greg Hill

    Ooh the 90’s huh? Pretty bad when THAT feels like a cooling trend right? We’ve cooled off too, still nice during the day but cool at night, down in the 40’s. Woot! I kinda like it. 🙂

    I need to try The Sinners, I keep seeing promos for it. And Reese Witherspoon is awesome!

    Happy People Read and Drink Coffee might be one of the better book titles I’ve seen! And Genuine Fraud I’m genuinely curious about lol.

    Quiche? YUM! Haven’t had that in ages…

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Greg, and I agree that it’s pretty sad when the 90s are a cooling trend. I’ll take it over triple digits, though, and soon, hopefully, we’ll see 70s and 80s. At night, we’re now down in the 60s.

      I also love the title of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, and since I liked We Were Liars by Lockhart, I am looking forward to Genuine Fraud.

      Have a great week, and I am a big fan of Quiche, although I don’t have it very often.


  5. The Cue Card

    House of Sand & Fog — that’s an intense novel! but man did it suck me in; it’s a good movie too. And gosh the last time Redford & Fonda were in a film — wasn’t it The Electric Horseman? Remember that movie? Seems a long while ago. I look forward to their new movie. I should read that book beforehand, pronto. Enjoy your week.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Susan, and The Electric Horseman was the last one I recall with the two of them. I just downloaded the book Our Souls at Night…after finding out there was one.

      Not that long ago, I remember watching Barefoot in the Park, and it was such a different experience for me than it was in the 60s. Time, perspective, I guess.

      I never tire of watching (and crying over) House of Sand & Fog. I felt bad for everybody in the movie (and book). Nobody won, even though I was rooting for all of them.,

      Have a great week!

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  6. I need to watch Julie and Julia. I was disappointed by the book but I heard the movie is a lot better. I really want to see Home Again too. It looks so fun! Z is on my TBR. There’s an Amazon miniseries based of the book that looks amazing but of course I need to read the book first. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Katherine, and apparently I don’t always read the book first, as I saw the Amazon Prime series before reading Z. It worked out okay.

      I don’t remember much about the Julie & Julia book, even though I still have it. It’s much easier to keep watching a movie over and over…in this case, Amy Adams and Meryl Streep made the movie. The book was bland in comparison.

      Enjoy your week!


    1. Thanks, Maree, I can’t stop watching it over and over….and I always think how much fun cooking was for her, even with the mishaps.

      Spring…well, that sounds lovely…except for the hail and thunder.

      Have a great week, and thanks for visiting.


  7. I’m glad the temperature is cooling. Autumn must be a great season over there 🙂 more like late summer where I live! I love the autumn though, cause of the colors!
    You have got a lot of good books, it seems 🙂 congrats! Have a great reading week.

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    1. I am loving The Burning Girl! I would have kept reading last night (it is that good!), but I had to sleep at some point. More today.

      I’m also looking forward to the reading and coffee happiness book…LOL.

      Enjoy your week, Deb, and thanks for visiting.


  8. I love that mug!! And, nice reading material. I’m reading Painting the Moon by Traci Borum, and Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I just got a new audiobook by one of my favorite authors, H.Y. Hanna, called Muffins and Mourning Tea. She writes British cozy mysteries and they’re fantastic!! Her audiobook narrator is THE BEST too. Have a great week, and happy reading.

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  9. Lots of good books to read. I started the Summer that Made Us and set it aside, it dealt with someone dying of cancer, too much for me right now. We are finally getting some cooler weather here too we need it to help with the fires.

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  10. katarguelles

    We had a cooling trend too but it is usually warm until end of October. Halloween has always been warm, but I hope it isn’t too hot so the kids can enjoy the time in their costumes. I love Reese Witherspoon and I want to see that movie too. I hope you enjoy it and all your new books. Have a great week!

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    1. Yes, our hot weather lasts into October, too, although it’s nice to have a slight dip in the temperatures for now.

      I just saw the Reese Witherspoon movie, and I enjoyed it…although it wasn’t one of the better movies I’ve seen this year. Enjoy your week, Kathy.


    1. Thanks for visiting and for hosting, Kimberly, and I’m looking forward to the Carr book, as well as Lie to Me. Ten degrees can definitely make a difference…I could walk in the mall without having to stop to fan myself…LOL.


  11. Sounds like you had a lovely week. I hope you get to enjoy the movie you are looking forward to.
    The title Happy People Read and Drink Coffee grabs you even without knowing what it is about.
    I hope you enjoy all of your new books. Happy Reading!

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  12. carolesrandomlife

    Great new books this week! I think I have had to re-purchase books that I purged and had second thoughts about. The weather here is getting cooler but I think it still might get hot again. It is just hard to tell. I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Yes, Carole, imagine having to re-purchase books! I tell myself I haven’t undone the purge, since the new books are e-books. LOL.

      I am sure we’ll have more hot weather before it’s done. Thanks for visiting and have a great week.


    1. Thanks, Kathy, I like looking at the book…pretty cover and great title. Hopefully the insides will be great, too.

      Home Again was fun…and not quite what I expected. Not really that poignant, but that’s okay. I don’t always have to cry at the movies. LOL.


  13. I wish we had a cooling trend into the 90’s. 🙂 It has not been August and September weather here. It has been in the 40’s at night and only in the 60’s in the day. Brrrr…not looking forward to winter if this is an indication of the temperatures.

    Love the looks of Happy People Read – great cover. I saw you with it on Facebook yesterday.

    ENJOY your week. I am heading out tomorrow to see my son. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth, I like “posing” with books that have pretty covers and catchy titles.

      I think I would like temperatures in the 60s by day…sounds like the beach area where my youngest son lives.

      Enjoy your week and your visit with your son.


    1. Oh, I know! But I did watch some Netflix this weekend…and then my Blu-Ray player quit working…but after going online, I did a few things this morning, and it’s back! Those things have to be rebooted too.

      I am watching Nurse Jackie, even though I saw the whole series when it was on Showtime. I’m enjoying it.

      Have a great week, Emma, and thanks for visiting.

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  14. The Bold Type is my fave new show this season. That is one awesome female friendship and I love that women’s issues are showcased. Home Again looks hilarious! I don’t go to the theaters to see movies (I always fall asleep), but I definitely want to see it once it’s on cable.

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