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 New Year has brought some interesting moments, and, of course, the First Book of the Year, which I finished on New Year’s Day.  I’ve read and reviewed three books this week, and as for challenges, I am not participating in any formal ones.  I’ve taken a look at my older TBR and selected several books on which to focus this year.

Since my new One Word is CONNECT, I am searching for a local book club to join, as one of my ways of expanding my connections.

The year of family events started off with my youngest grandson’s birthday party on Friday.  He is now fifteen! 

After taking down my Christmas decorations, I started off the week by cleaning my spaces…and finishing up the Christmas movies on my DVR.  Let’s take a closer look at my week, but first, grab some coffee with me:


First Book of 2018:  Following a Tradition…

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “Eaves of Destruction”

Tuesday Potpourri:  First 2018 Book Release Day…

A New Year and a New Week:  Hump Day Reading

Hump Day Potpourri:  A Young Girl Says Goodbye…

Coffee Chat:  Going with the Flow…

Attacking the TBR:  Books Languishing on My Shelves…

Bookish Friday:  “Now That You Mention It”

Connect!  Starting the New Year…

Review:  Every Breath You Take, by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke (First Book of Year)Review:  Be Frank With Me (e-book), by Julia Claiborne JohnsonReview:  Eaves of Destruction (e-book, Fixer-Upper Mystery), by Kate Carlisle


INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!  I did download two purchased e-books…

The Woman in the Window (e-book), by A. J. Finn

Promise Not to Tell (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz



Currently Reading:  I Am Watching You (e-book), by Teresa Driscoll

Currently Reading:  Jane Fonda:  The Private Life of a Public Woman, by Patricia Bosworth


Then…some e-ARCs from NetGalley:

Anatomy of a Scandal (e-book), by Sarah Vaughan (NG – 1/23)

Watch Me (e-book), by Jody Gehrman (NG – 1/23)


That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Earlier in the week, I enjoyed this dessert with my reading…




  1. Yummy ice cream. You are reminding me. I need to pick out a word for the year. I started trying out face-to-face book clubs for the same reason. It is taking me awhile to find a good fit so I am continuing to try a couple more this year.

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    1. Thanks, vvb32, and I am sure I’ll have to visit a few before I find one that clicks. The last time I thought I had a great fit, the group disbanded as everyone moved, one by one.

      While I’m searching, though, I’ll also be making some kind of connection. Enjoy your week!


    1. Thanks, Evelina, and there aren’t any rules about when to take them down. I use artificial trees, so there are no fire hazards. One year, I left mine up until March! That was in the 80s and life sucked, so I needed all the cheer I could get…LOL.

      Enjoy your books and the spirit of the holiday that lingers.


    1. Thanks, Trish, I love my online connections, but I do know I need to expand them to face-to-face ones, too. My RL connections have decreased since retirement, although I still maintain some of them.

      Enjoy your week and the New Year.


    1. Thanks, Mary, I can’t wait to read The Woman in the Window…and that dessert was definitely delicious. I’m trying to have dessert less and less…let’s see how that works out. LOL.

      Enjoy your week!


    1. Thanks, Barb, I had a wonderful birthday party with him…and he is letting his hair grow longer again, which shows the curls he used to have as a baby…LOL. I won’t say that to him, though.

      Enjoy your week!


    1. Thanks, Deb, I haven’t been in a REAL LIFE book club since the 70s! The last one didn’t end well, which kind of kept me from joining another. But…I can do better now, I believe. LOL.

      Enjoy your New Year!


  2. Jenea

    I picked The Woman in the Window for my Book Of the Month pick, if it would just get here! Anatomy of Scandal is great and I hope you enjoy it. 🙂 Happy Birthday to your Grandson. 🙂 Happy reading.

    Thanks for stopping by earlier.

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  3. Yvonne

    Looks like you had a great first week of the year. A few of the books on your list are either in my TBR or on my wishlist. Happy birthday to your grandson! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne, it feels impossible that my youngest grandson is 15! The older ones are in their twenties, and there are two more in their teens still.

      It was a great reading week, although I didn’t read any more books than usual. I just finished them in the first part of the week…and then got sidetracked by other things.

      Enjoy your week!


  4. I just come for dessert. But seriously, you do have the best desserts. Yum! I would love to find a local book club, but the ones I found here always read NYT books. I sometimes read those, but not often. Good luck finding a book club!

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  5. Literary Feline

    Happy New Year, Laurel-Rain! I hope you find the perfect book club to join. Our local indie bookstore has a bunch of different book clubs, and I’ve been toying with the idea of joining one. I haven’t quiet decided yet though. The one I’d really like to join is during the week and impossible for me to attend, so that one is out. Our Christmas stuff is still up. I had hoped to start taking it down this weekend, but it seemed everyone else isn’t ready . . . Happy Birthday to your grandson! I am looking forward to reading The Woman in the Window. That may be my next one.

    I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Wendy, and I am also eager to read The Woman in the Window very soon! I should read at least one of those ARCs first, though.

      Enjoy your week, and I am feeling a bit anxious about finding a book club, since it has been many years since I belonged to one.


    1. I am really enjoying it, Aleen…although the first few chapters, about her parents and her infancy, were a bit of a snore. Now I can’t put it down, as I’m reading about her theater and movie work; her relationships; and her eating disorder.

      Enjoy the New Year!


  6. Good luck connecting w/ a book club. I love mine. It is a great way to connect w/ others and the world. When I retired in 2013, I read posts about starting a book club, then asked three neighbors to join me. They were delighted. We’ve consistently had our limit of 8 people ever since. It’s the connections that have kept it going.

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  7. Kathy Martin

    I enjoyed Promise Not to Tell. I hope you do too. Last week was our week to put away the Christmas tree for another year. I haven’t formally done challenges for a few years now. I am hoping to take part in a couple of readathons this year though. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. Thanks, JoAnn…I am hoping for 2018 to be a better year.

      I still can’t get over my youngest grandson being 15! He is taller than us all…except for one of my other grandsons who is 6’6″.

      My house doesn’t seem that empty without my decorations…as I think I have too many things anyway…and didn’t bring out many decorations this year.

      Have a great week!


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