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**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 past week was full of distractions, including appointments, both fun and not-so-fun.  I did a bit of blogging, some reading…but only finished reading and reviewing two books.  I’m halfway finished with a third one, which is keeping me riveted.

This weekend is the official Bloggiesta, but I did most of my tasks earlier.

On Netflix, I’m watching Mindhunter…and hope to continue enjoying more of that one this weekend.

One of my appointments this week was hair styling, featuring a purple streak on the side.  Fun.

So…what’s next?  Well, first, let’s have some more coffee and take a closer look at last week’s blogging and reading:



Rainy Day Excerpts:  “The Wife”

Tuesday Potpourri:  New Book Releases, Old Favorites, Savoring…

Hump Day Potpourri:  Books, Books, & More Books…

Coffee Chat:  Appointments, Outings, & Bookish Things…

Goodbye January:  Off to a Great Start in 2018

Bookish Friday:  “Fates & Furies”

A Journey to the Top of the TBR Mountain…

Review:  The Almost Sisters (e-book), by Joshilyn JacksonReview:  Promise Not to Tell (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz


INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox!  Two review books came from NetGalley…and I purchased four downloaded books.

Alternate Side (e-book), by Anna Quindlen – (NetGalley – 3/20/18)

Not That I Could Tell (e-book), by Jessica Strawser – (NetGalley – 3/27/18)


Purchased Downloads:

Here We Lie (e-book), by Paula Treick DeBoard

The Perfect Roommate (e-book), by Minka Kent

Blood Sisters (e-book), by Jane Corry

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters (e-book), by Susan Mallery



Currently Reading:  Exposed:  A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel, by Lisa Scottoline

I’m halfway finished…and may turn the last page by tonight.  But, in light of my current plan to savor more of my books, I am enjoying every bit of this one.  I love the series, and how each new book features a different lawyer in the Philadelphia law practice.


That was my week…what did yours look like?  On Wednesday, I had a salmon and salad dinner with my granddaughter Fiona…here’s a peek:



  1. Yvonne

    Love your hair! The purple is nice!

    I want to try Mindhunter. I haven’t had a chance yet. Looks good, though.

    So many good books on your list. I want to read everything. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne, the purple was an idea I had, and my daughter concurred. The silvering hair needed a flash of color.

      Mindhunter is set in the 1970s, and I like the characters and what they are trying to do.

      I’m almost finished with Exposed…loving it. I always enjoy Lisa Scottoline.

      Have a great week!


  2. Greg Hill

    Not That I Could Tell and Here We Lie both look like good thrillers. I read a ton of suspenseful reads last year and it just seems like the train keeps rolling this year lol- I am loving all the thrillers I’ve been reading. And Blood Sisters- oh my. that tagline kills me!

    Your salmon dinner looks quite delicious. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Greg, I can’t seem to get enough of thrillers. They are all so engaging. That tagline on Blood Sisters gives me the chills and I want to start reading it soon!

      The salmon dinner was a wonderful change from my usual soups…

      Thanks for visiting…and enjoy your week.


    1. Ooh, I must check out more books from Corry. I tried to get Blood Sisters a while ago, after your review, but it was only recently available here. Talk about anticipation!

      The other appointments were mostly tedious, with a lot of waiting around in the Kaiser waiting room with unreliable WiFi!

      I’m enjoying the purple, too, Cleo. Thanks for visiting…enjoy your week.


    1. Thanks, Emma, and I love how blogging helps us discover so many great books. Before blogging, I had to rely on whatever I found in bookstores…most of which are now gone…sigh.

      Thanks for visiting, and have a great week!


      1. Oh, me, too, Emma…I used to enjoy Borders, which was near the movie theater…and my Sundays were made up of movies, book browsing, and lunch.

        We still have Barnes & Noble…but I mostly go there to read and drink the coffee…and check out the bargain tables.


    1. Thanks, Cai, I love dolls…and I think my collection of them has a lot to do with NOT having many when I was a child. I can count them on one hand!

      My daughter had dolls because I gave them to her, but she seldom played with them. I still have a couple of the rag dolls people gave her…they sit on my bed. LOL.

      Enjoy your week!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Maureen, and I’m enjoying the purple, my substitute for actually coloring my hair, no longer possible due to my recent color dye allergy. The streak works without any issues.

      I feel as if I’ve been waiting for Not That I Could Tell for ages. Eager to read it.

      Enjoy your week!


    1. Thanks, Nai, and the dinner with Fiona was such a treat, as she is always so busy….so her call asking to hang out was wonderful for both of us.

      I am almost finished with Mindhunter…I wonder if there will be another season.

      Here We Lie’s cover really captured my attention, too. Enjoy your week!


  3. I haven’t tried Lisa Scottoline but I think that I would probably enjoy her books from the sound of it! I’m looking forward to reading Not That I Could Tell as well – hopefully soon if I can get to it! I love the purple streak in your hair, so fun! Have a great week and enjoy all of those new books!

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    1. Thanks! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the book, Barb; I’ve been wanting to get my hands on Blood Sisters since I first started reading some great reviews. Enjoy your week, and I am eager to read my new books, too.


    1. Burgundy is one of my favorite colors, Aleen; I considered that color for the streak, but ended up with purple instead, because my background color is silver. My nails are burgundy.

      I haven’t read any of Susan Mallery’s other books, either, but if I enjoy Tulip Sisters as much as I think I will, I know I’ll want to read more. Enjoy your week!


  4. I like your purple streak too. That is fun!
    Glad you had a nice meal with your granddaughter and a week of good books.
    Not That I Could Tell looks like a good suspense.
    Hope this week is good to you. Happy Reading!

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    1. Thanks, Candace, I am having fun with the purple.

      When I started Mindhunters, I wasn’t sure about it…but it didn’t take long to get hooked. Since I have a degree in psychology, I always enjoy how certain practices in behavioral science began.

      I hope there is another season…or more. Enjoy your week!


    1. Thanks for visiting, Kathy, and if my daughter hadn’t stripped my color “down to the silver,” I don’t think it would have worked for me, either.

      Enjoy your week, and I’m very excited about the Quindlen book.


    1. Thanks for visiting, Kathy, and when I decided to allow the gray to come through, I started looking at streaks as an alternative to the hair color (to which I had developed an allergy). For some reason (foils?), the streak doesn’t disturb my skin.

      Have fun with streaks! Enjoy your books.


  5. The Cue Card

    Hi Laurel, nice green background. Wow Anna Quindlen already has a new one coming out? She’s getting pretty prolific. I liked Miller’s Valley. We’re watching the series Big Little Lies these days — have you seen it? Cheers, have a good week.

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  6. quixoticmagpie1256

    Love the purple! Very Frankie of you! 🙂 And I loved Mindhunter!!

    And your post reminded me I have a review due for Here I Lie. Lol. I love that author so much!

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