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.

My week was definitely cooler, with temperatures in the 80s….and even a couple of rainy days.  I curled up in my nest and read…but I still only read three books.  My total for the challenge this week is now up to 82...since one of the books I read was a NetGalley ARC.

What did I do instead of reading nonstop?  Well, I am binge-watching Nurse Jackie again…and some shows and movies on my DVR.  Now I’m also looking forward to the fall TV season...and my reading may drop even more.  Or not.  I’ll be continuing to read my NetGalley ARCs.  I have one more to read by the end of September, and have two more in October.  An author review book is headed my way, and I also have an Amazon Vine review book to devour.

I had lunch with my daughter on Thursday…and then had a manicure.  The first time I left the house this week!

Next week, remember that Bloggiesta is coming!  9/21 through 9/24.

Let’s look at my blogging/reading progress, while we sip some more coffee.  Here’s where I curled up to read this morning.


Monday Potpourri:  Weekend Stuff & Remembering 9/11

Tuesday Sparks:  “My Absolute Darling”

Creating Her Own Melodrama:  An Excerpt from “Web of Tyranny”

Hump Day Potpourri:  A Week of Reading…

Let’s Pour a Cup of Coffee…and Chat!

Bookish Friday:  “Little Fires Everywhere”

Friday Potpourri:  Searching for Memorabilia, Etc.

Review:  The Burning Girl (e-book), by Claire MessudReview:  The Best Kind of People (e-book), by Zoe Whittall – (NG – 9/19)Review:  A Stranger in the House (e-book), by Shari Lapena


INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Nothing came in my physical mailbox…in my inbox came approval for a NetGalley ARC.  I also purchased three e-books.

The Story of Arthur Truluv (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg (NG – 11/21)



Our Souls at Night (e-book), by Kent Haruf

Little Fires Everywhere (e-book), by Celeste Ng

When We Were Worthy (e-book), by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen



Currently Reading:  The Blackbird Season (e-book), by Kate Moretti – (NG – 9/26)


And then….because the movie is coming to Netflix:

Our Souls at Night (e-book), by Kent Maruf


That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Here’s what I had to drink on Thursday while waiting for my daughter to show up for lunch.



    1. Thanks, Yvonne; I love the short episodes in the Nurse Jackie series, which means that I keep watching long after I should probably stop! So far today I’ve watched all afternoon, and also every night this past week.

      I love Elizabeth Berg’s books…so I’m excited about this one. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. I am glad you got some rain! It rained on my way to work one day earlier this week, but was finished by the time I got out of my car. I’m enjoying the cooler weather. It means opening the windows in the evening.

    I love the cover of Elizabeth Berg’s book. And what a great title! I may have to check that one out. It sounds good. I really want to read Little Fires Everywhere. I almost bought it today, but decided to go with paperbacks so I could make my gift card go farther. I hope you enjoy your new books!

    I hope you have a great week, Laurel-Rain!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Wendy; I am psyched about getting into the books I’ve recently purchased…and also the ARCs that are patiently waiting.

      Rain is welcome and needed, but I always freak out a little when we have a bit of a storm, which we did. I walk around looking for leaks or problems with the skylight (which I’ve had in the past). No leaks so far…and that’s something I’ve had frequently in other rentals, but not this one. Skylight still intact, too. Knock wood.

      I am excited about the Elizabeth Berg book…I love her writing! I’m also eager to read Y, by Grafton. I hope you enjoy X.

      Have a great week!


  2. Greg Hill

    Ah, binging. One of my favorite activities lol. And glad to hear you had cooler weather! That must feel nice after those triple digit temps you’ve had. Your reading/ watching area there looks nice and cozy. 🙂

    I’m seeing Little Fires Everywhere pop up on a lot of blogs, must be good. And The Blackbird Season has me wondering too.

    Hope you have a nice relaxing weekend.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Greg, and I love spending reading time in my office on weekends. It feels like a break from the norm.

      The Blackbird Season is good so far…and unusual. It’s kind of freaky in that the birds falling out of the sky trigger some other events for the characters.

      I am loving my Netflix bingeing….and also hope to dive into Little Fires Everywhere soon. Cooler weather and especially the rain might help calm down all the forest fires.

      Have a great week!


    1. Thanks for visiting, Megan; there is something so crispy and energizing about fall, IMO. Love it! But in these parts, it is short.

      Even though I saw every episode of Nurse Jackie when it was on Showtime, bingeing is so much more satisfying. No waiting for a week to drag by. LOL.

      Enjoy your bingeing and reading!


    1. Yes, so many lovely books, Cleo. The Blackbird Season is written in an interesting style, back and forth in time, but the dates appear at the heading of each section, so we don’t get lost. I’m eager to find out what is behind the mysterious “birds falling out of the sky” phenomenon.

      Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by.


    1. Thanks, Deb, and I’m looking forward to Our Souls at Night, both the book and the movie (coming at the end of September on Netflix).

      So sorry you’re back in the 90s. I am enjoying the 80s, but, of course, we never get smooth sailing to fall in these parts.

      Thanks for visiting and have a great week.


  3. Glad it’s a lot cooler – I would give a great deal to see 80 degrees – our autumn seems to have started very suddenly with the nights really nippy. The heating has even come on a couple of times this week:(. I hate the cold *sigh*. Love the look of that drink – your get-together with your daughter sounds marvellous. I’ve never had a manicure, though I’m a fan of painting my nails and I tend to keep them long as they grow so fast…

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Sarah, and I never had a manicure or a pedicure (except for special occasions) until I retired. I luxuriate in them now. LOL.

      I like cool weather, and love visiting my youngest son at the beach where the temperatures are in the 50s and 60s. But I wouldn’t want below 0 temperatures. Brrrr.

      Enjoy your week!

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  4. I like your reading spot. Looks cozy. 🙂 I’m so intrigued by When We Were Worthy. I saw a review of it this past week and it has me dying to read it. I’m hopeful my library will get a copy. Hope you had a lovely lunch with your daughter. Your drink looks deelish!

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    1. Thanks, Tanya, I should have shown the sofa in the photo, too! It is very comfy and makes into a bed. But it’s only been used a handful of times. I don’t have a lot of guests here. LOL.

      The drink was delicious! Enjoy your week.


  5. katarguelles

    The weather cooled down here too and we had thunderstorms. It’s nice that Fall is coming to relieve us from the heat. Little Fires Everywhere is on my TBR and I hope you enjoy it. I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy, and Little Fires Everywhere sounds fitting for the mountains near here…fires have been raging off and on through the summer.

      We had a bit of a storm, too, which I don’t enjoy. A little rain is good…thunder and lightning, not so much. I worry too much about things crashing, or the roof or skylight leaking with all the wind.


    1. After 30 years of working and driving all over the place for the job, I love the opportunity to hole up in the house. Usually I do get out more, though. LOL.

      Reading and movies kept me captive.

      Thanks for visiting, Alyssa, and enjoy your week.


  6. Glad your weather is nicer. Reading looks good based on review ratings.
    Nice to get time with your daughter.
    You received several titles I have seen around the blog world recently. Hope you enjoy them all.
    Happy Reading.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Martha, and I’m loving the prospect of the books on my stacks. Enjoy your week, too.

      I do enjoy my lunches with my daughter, as we get a chance for a nice long talk, which we don’t have often enough.


    1. Thanks, Majanka, and I’ve heard good things about the book, and I’m looking forward to the movie at the end of the month (on Netflix)…starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. From the book description, it sounds like it is full of sad and lonely characters.

      I didn’t realize there was a book until Mary, at Book Fan, told me about it. She loved the book, so I had to find it and download it.


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah, and I hope you enjoy it. I am looking forward to Little Fires Everywhere. The Blackbird Season is interesting so far, and I am curious about what will unfold in the pages ahead.

      Have a great week!


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kathy, and that humidity sounds like an unwelcome guest. I hope it goes away soon.

      I do love the lunches with my daughter, which don’t happen often enough. She has a busy schedule, and on the weekends, her house is full of guests who come over to swim. LOL.

      Looking forward to Our Souls at Night, and thinking it must be good to attract stars like Fonda and Redford in the movie.


    1. Thanks for visiting, Bill, and I’m glad you’re enjoying Little Fires…

      I love Elizabeth Berg so much that I have re-read several of her books.

      The Blackbird Season is engaging…and I’m curious about how it will all end.


  7. Kathy Martin

    Sounds like you had a great week. Your “cooler” is warmer than it got most of our summer. I could have used more heat. I turned the furnace on this morning to take the chill off in Minnesota. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. Since I’ve never lived in a “cold” climate, I can only imagine what you’re feeling there. Our notable temperature extremes are the long hot summers.

      I’d like to send you some of the heat…LOL. But now we’re cooling off a bit, so I’m good. Have a great week, Kathy.


  8. Our temperatures soared into summer weather again after we had chilly fall weather a few weeks ago, but I LOVE the heat so I am happy.

    I am like you for not going out….good you had lunch and a manicure. I don’t mind staying in the house…some days I don’t even venture out either. LOL!!

    It looks as if you and I are the only ones signed up for the Bloggiesta so far. I know there will be more.

    The Blackbird Season is an ok read for me. I am finishing because I want to know what happens to Nate and to Lucia.

    ENJOY your week.

    Silver’s Reviews
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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth, and I think my loving to stay home has a lot to do with all those years of having to go out there, to put myself into situations that were stressful…and then coming home to crash and feel relief. Being at home as much as I like feels like such a treat.

      Enjoy your reading…and your Bloggiesta tasks. Yes, there will be more participants. I love seeing what others are doing. As you know, I go in for big cosmetic changes…LOL. But I have never backed up my blog. I’m afraid to do it…too technical?


  9. I am woefully behind on my NG ARCs and all my ARCS in general. I keep thinking I will catch up but things are still crazy here. Hopefully soon. Our weather has cooled off dramatically and we have rain today, which we need to put out our fires.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Heidi, and the only reason I stay on top of the NG ARCs is that I try not to request too many, and try to schedule them in a pattern that allows less pressure. But it doesn’t always work!

      Enjoy your week!


    1. Thanks, Katherine, and you’re right about not being able to stop bingeing with Nurse Jackie. I just finished the final episode, and then I cried. I didn’t want it to end that way; I knew how it would go, as I saw it all on Showtime, but when you binge, it seems to hit harder, IMO.

      I loved the lunch…and the drink. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting.


    1. Thanks, Nise, I do love staying home by choice, too…of course to get here, I had to stick to a job that became increasingly stressful with each passing year. Until I hit 30 years.

      I watched a few episodes of Bosch when my son and DIL were here a couple of years ago. I’ve been meaning to get back to it.

      Enjoy your week! I hope your back is better!


  10. carolesrandomlife

    I love weeks that give me the chance to stay in the house. It doesn’t happen often anymore but I love it. Lot of great books to keep you busy. I hope to read The Blackbird Season soon. Happy reading!

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