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.


As I sit at my laptop in my cozy office, I am enjoying the warmth from the heater…it is on for the first time this season!  For a while, I thought summer heat would go on forever…then the cooler days arrived, and for a little while we were in that limbo between hot and cold.

But now that I am snuggling under the covers at night, and today felt chilly for the first time, I took the leap and turned the system on.  I like the first heated morning as it takes the chill off.  I will snuggle up on my sofa in the office and read…and watch TV.  And practice my attitude of gratitude.

For now, let’s talk about last week.  I read the three books I had planned to read!  It has been a while since that happened.  First I read an e-book that I had downloaded several months ago, which brought my challenge total to 104...and then I grabbed two NetGalley ARCs and inhaled them.  They were sooo good.

But…then I started picking up books, reading a few pages, and tossing them aside.  Until I remembered a little book I’d been wanting to read forever.  In fact it had been on Pippa for three years!  So I started reading…and a few hours later, I was done.  Now that’s how it should be!

So…as for the rest of the week, I started a new series on Netflix called Wanted.  I watched movies and shows from my DVR…and then yesterday, I learned that Longmire has a sixth season available.  So I’ll be watching it today…or tomorrow.

I also want to see the movie Lady Bird, with Saoirse Ronan.  Earlier in the week, I had lunch with a friend and we saw Murder on the Orient Express.  So it has been a week of books and movies.

Grab your coffee, and let’s take a closer look at the week.



Sunday Potpourri:  How Cozy Turns Annoying…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Wonder Valley”

It’s Tuesday!  New Release Day…

Loving the Reading!…WWW

Coffee Chat:  Time to Enjoy Family…

Bookish Friday:  “Fragments of the Lost”

Friday Potpourri:  Vicarious Travels…and Books

Review:  All the Best People (e-book), by Sonja YoergReview:  Poison (e-book), by Galt Niederhoffer – (NetGalley -11/21)Review:  The Story of Arthur Truluv (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg – (NetGalley – 11/21)Review:  The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (e-book), by Gabrielle Zevin


INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Nothing came in my physical mailbox…but I received a NetGalley ARC!  Then I downloaded two e-books (my purchase).

The Great Alone (e-book), by Kristin Hannah – (NetGalley – 2/6/18)


Fragments of the Lost (e-book), by Megan Miranda

A Bella Flora Christmas (e-book, novella), by Wendy Wax



After loving The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, I am starting with the author’s newest book:

Young Jane Young (e-book), by Gabrielle Zevin



Merry & Bright (e-book), by Debbie Macomber

Play It as It Lays (e-book), by Joan Didion


That was my week…what did yours look like?  And…in the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving, enjoy my Pumpkin Cheesecake with Irish Coffee.







  1. The Cue Card

    How was the new movie of Murder on the Orient Express? I think the Young Jane Young novel looks like a good topical one. I’d read her again as well. I plan to see Lady Bird too — whenever it gets here. Enjoy your week!

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  2. Greg Hill

    Ah yes the heat is on here too, now that the cold has arrived. Our low is 32 tonight! Yikes. And it’s been raining for two days. 🙂

    I want to see Murder on the Orient Express. Fragments of the Lost is one I’ve been eyeing as well. I liked the earlier Megan Miranda I read…

    Mmm yummy looking cheesecake!

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  3. An attitude of gratitude is the best way to be 🙂 it’s been really cool here, but unfortunately, we don’t have control over the heating. It’s a condo and it just heats as much it heats – all you can do is turn it down, and it’s really not heating all that much xD so we’re kind of walking around wrapped in blankets. Boyfriend is currently sitting in a big pink and fluffy sweater he had to borrow from me 😀 cause it’s just too cold and his stuff is in the wash! LOL

    I’ve heard good things about Young Jane Young!

    Hope you have a great week 🙂

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Evelina; I spent most of my adult life with central heating, but then, for thirteen years in the mid-nineties to 2007, we lived in a house in the foothills with no central heating, so I spent a lot of days huddled up in layers. Afterwards I had a real appreciation for reliable heat!

      Enjoy your week, and I am loving Young Jane Young.


  4. I’m enjoying the cooler weather, too.

    The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry has been on my shelf for a while now. I keep reading great things about it. I’m going to have to read it soon! Merry & Bright is also waiting for me.

    Have a great week!

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  5. How was Murder on the Orient Express? That will probably be our Thanksgiving weekend movie choice this year… might be the only thing we can all agree on, too! The first winter storm of the season is just beginning – probably 6-8″ of snow by Monday morning. Wish we were already in Florida! Your pre-Thanksgiving dessert and Irish coffee are the perfect treat… hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, JoAnn, and the movie was good…I was a little disappointed, though, as my expectations were so high. I was also very tired when I watched it…and that affected my enjoyment. My friend loved it a lot.

      I hope you love it, and your Thanksgiving.


    1. Thanks, Sim, and I must admit that I was underwhelmed by Murder on the Orient Express…but to its credit, I blame my own state of mind and body that day. I will try again.

      Just as I will enjoy another pumpkin cheesecake soon! Have a great week.


  6. I made a crustless pumpkin pie last week – it tasted so good. I like the idea of Irish coffee with pumpkin cheesecake 🙂
    The Macomber book is on my wish list – I enjoy her Christmas novels. Have a lovely week!

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  7. We’ve just had a series of frosty mornings, so are well past the stage where we are just turning on the heating:). But when it’s not too brisk even I like snuggling– oh who am I trying to kid?? I ALWAYS hate the cold, or the cool, or the not very warm… anything, in fact, that isn’t downright hot. And I’m living in the wrong part of the world! Am now trying to find an attitude of gratitude, though that might have to wait until Spring… Have a great week, Laurel. My Sunday Post – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/sunday-post-19th-november-2017/

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  8. Yvonne

    You had a great reading week. The Great Alone looks really good. You can’t go wrong with Kristen Hannah. I have A Bella Flora Christmas to read too. I just saw that the new season (and I think the last) of Longmire is on Netflix. I’ll be watching that when I get caught up on my DVR shows. Hope you have a great week.

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  9. The weather has taken a dip towards properly cold here too – I like the look of the Kirsten Hannah but it isn’t on the UK NetGalley which is a shame.
    I’ve had a run of really good reads and know that at some point I’ll hit that moment where everything seems a little flat – fortunately I have some great new books from the book sale for just such a moment.

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn, and I’ve had my share of turn-downs on NetGalley…so I was surprised to get this one.

      I am also a big fan of KH…there should be a box we could check for “Number One Fan”! LOL.. Remember the book Misery?

      Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting (and hosting).

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  10. It’s getting cold here too – we had a huge snow day, looking outside you would think it’s Christmas time. Winter is my favorite season though so I’m okay with it.
    Love your reading selection, too: I have Fragments of the Lost and Young Jane Young coming soon in the mail, so I’d love to hear your thoughts on those too. Happy reading!

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    1. Thanks, Kay, and I loved Young Jane Young (review on my Curl up and Read blog), just as I adored the author’s previous book (The Storied Life of AJ Fikrey). I also was glued to the pages of Megan Miranda’s previous books.

      Enjoy your week!


    1. Thanks for visiting, Kathy, and I didn’t end up going to the movie this weekend…but maybe this week sometime. I got a bit stiff reading in one setting…although I do get up and move around periodically.

      Enjoy your books and your holiday!


  11. My week was another one of mostly reading and cooking.

    Your week sounds great. I am currently on the train to New York to see my son for Thanksgiving, and then we are driving to Maryland to have Thanksgiving with my sisters.

    We have had a cold week…furnace has been on for about four weeks here.

    ENJOY your week and Happy Thanksgiving.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Kathy, and in our part of the world, the long hot summers go into October…LOL. So a cooler season is welcome. I am happy not to have really cold weather, though, and prefer to VISIT snow rather than live in it.

      Enjoy your holiday and your week!


  12. Sounds like a great week! I love when I get kind of in a reading groove and am just flying through them. Or when I’ve been in a bit of a slump and finally find the book that clicks! I’m on the fence about Murder on the Orient Express. I’m intrigued and I like the casting but at the same time I’m such a fan of the book that I’m not sure I want to see it! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Katherine, I haven’t even read the Murder on the Orient Express book…but my expectations were so high that I was a bit disappointed.

      However, I think if (and when) I see it again at home, I will enjoy it more.

      I, too, love coming out of a slump through a special book. Have a great week.


    1. Thanks, Cheryl, I love both Macomber and Wax, and have been a fan for years. I am behind a little on Debbie’s books…but Wendy’s series is one I’ve been religiously buying whenever a new one comes out.

      Enjoy your holiday and your week.


  13. carolesrandomlife

    I am not ready for the cold weather. We have had our heat on for quite a while and I honestly don’t lke it. I love good reading weeks like you had. Have a great week!

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  14. It is always lovely to enjoy the reading. Hope it continues for you. That is a nice looking piece of pie. We have pumpkin roll which I now realize we forgot to bring with us for our motorcoach trip. At least it is frozen so we will enjoy it when we get home. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving ..we should all exercise our attitude of gratitude. Happy Reading!

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