WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: NEW BEGINNINGS — SEPT. 8/9

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  Notorious Spinks Talks Books, for September’s Mailbox Monday, and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

Today I’m celebrating the first signs of fall…it shows up in the crisper air in the mornings, and the cooling down at night.  Fall is like a New Beginning for me.  Even though the days of school are long behind, for me and for my kids, I still enjoy the energy through my grandkids.

Over the Labor Day holiday, I took some time off to see the Lee Daniels’ The Butler movie.  Wonderful!

 

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And now, as a nod to New Beginnings, I am combining all the Sunday/Monday Posts into this one.  So let’s begin.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday From the Interior:  Intros/Teasers – The Garden of Last Days

Hump Day Potpourri:  Relishing Upcoming Movies…& Downloading Books

Bookshelf Clearing Giveaway Winner – Congrats to Laura

Serendipitous Fridays:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56

Saturday Snapshots:  Memories

Can You Go Home Again? — An Excerpt from “Embrace the Whirlwind”

Review:  The Supreme Macaroni Company, by Adriana Trigiani

Review:  The Garden of Last Days, by Andre Dubus III

Review:  Revenge Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger

INCOMING BOOKS:

This week brought one review book in the mailbox; I purchased a book at Barnes & Noble; and downloaded some e-books for Sparky.

All Titles/Covers Link to Amazon Product Pages

Lie Still, by Julia Heaberlin (Amazon Vine)

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The Lost Years, by Mary Higgins Clark

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The Good Wife (e-book), by Jane Porter

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Sure Signs of Crazy (e-book), by Karen Harrington

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The Silent Wife (e-book), by A. S. A. Harrison

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THIS WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

On Tuesday, check out Rainy Days and Mondays for my blog tour stop for Mr. Monk Helps Himself

Upcoming Reads: (Titles/Covers link to Amazon Product Pages)

Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, by Paula Daly

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The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble

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In the Drink, by Kate Christensen

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What is happening on your blog(s)?  Grab some coffee and come on by to chat.

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SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY — SUMMER DAYS — JUNE 22

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post, and Mailbox Monday!

This past week has been a continuation of blogging, reading, and a little more book purging.  And I took special delight in my early morning online viewing of All My Children and One Life to Live via my TV/laptop hook-up, shown here:

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And I also spent time on the patio with my laptop.

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Here is what I accomplished:

ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Potpourri:  Intros/Teasers-Secrets from the Past

Hump Day Potpourri:  Reading, TV, & Cool Breezes

Going out on a Limb with Upcoming Releases:  W is for Wasted

A Journey Through Book Beginnings & the Friday 56:  The Red Garden

Sweet Saturday Sample:  A Single Dad Ponders His Life (An Excerpt)

Reading:  Click Titles for Reviews:  THIS WEEK, I FINISHED MY 100TH BOOK OF THE YEAR!  YAY!!

Innocent Little Crimes, by C. S. Lakin (Review Book)

Secrets from the Past, by Barbara Taylor Bradford

The Red Garden, by Alice Hoffman (From Mt. TBR)

Looking for Me, by Beth Hoffman

Incoming Books:

None of my new books came via the “mailbox,” but I downloaded three new books for Sparky:  two purchases and one freebie.

The Age of Innocence (e-book), by Edith Wharton (freebie!)

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Wharton observes that clever liars always come up with good stories to back up their fabrications, but that really clever liars don’t bother to explain anything at all. This is the kind of insight that makes The Age of Innocence so indispensable. Wharton’s story of the upper classes of Old New York, and Newland Archer’s impossible love for the disgraced Countess Olenska, is a perfectly wrought book about an era when upper-class culture in this country was still a mixture of American and European extracts, and when “society” had rules as rigid as any in history.

Daddy’s Gone A Hunting (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark

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In her latest novel, Daddy’s Gone A Hunting, Mary Higgins Clark, the beloved “Queen of Suspense,” exposes a dark secret from a family’s past that threatens the lives of sisters Kate and Hannah Connelly when the family-owned furniture firm explodes into flames in the middle of the night, leveling the buildings to the ground, including a museum where priceless antiques have been on permanent display for years.

The ashes reveal a startling and grisly discovery and provoke a host of suspicions and questions. Was the explosion deliberately set? What was Kate—a CPA for one of the biggest accounting firms in the country—doing in the museum when it burst into flames? Why was Gus, a retired and disgruntled craftsman, with her at that time of night? What if someone isn’t who he claims to be?

Now Gus is dead, and Kate lies in the hospital in a coma, so neither can tell what drew them there or what the tragedy may have to do with the hunt for a young woman missing for many years. Nor can they warn that somebody may be covering his tracks, willing to kill to save himself.

In a novel of dazzling suspense and excitement, Mary Higgins Clark once again demonstrates the mastery of her craft that has made her books international bestsellers for years. She presents the reader with a perplexing mystery, a puzzling question of identity, and a fascinating cast of characters—one of whom may just be a ruthless killer…

Always Watching (e-book), by Chevy Stevens

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She helps people put their demons to rest.

But she has a few of her own…

In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire—healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years.

When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her—and learns of some troubling parallels with her own life. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her traumatic childhood, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a remote commune on Vancouver Island.  What happened to Nadine?  Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name Aaron Quinn, the group’s leader, bring complex feelings of terror to Nadine even today?

And then, the unthinkable happens, and Nadine realizes that danger is closer to home than she ever imagined. She has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most…and fight back.

Sometimes you can leave the past, but you can never escape.

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Looking back, I think it was a great week!  And today I’m reading:

A Widow’s Story, by Joyce Carol Oates (From my TBR Mountain)

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What did your week look like?  What’s coming up next?

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TSS: BLOGGIESTA, READING, ETC. — MARCH 24

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Come by and chat!

Good morning, Sunday Saloners!   For those of you who are participating in Bloggiesta this weekend, how is the party going for you?

I’ve been having a lot of fun making over my blog Curl up and Read.  I tend to work on my blogs pretty regularly, but during this event, I go all out.  And I love visiting the other blogs, discovering new things to add to my list after seeing what they’re doing.

There are mini-challenges, and one of mine was Getting to Know You, in which I featured blogger Alexis, from Reflections of a Bookaholic.

Even with all this going on, I managed to put together a Checkpoint for my Mt. TBR Challenge, and realized that I am almost halfway to my goal for the year.

Earlier in the week on the blogs:

I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and wrote:  A Guilty Pleasures Nod to St. Paddy’s Day

My Hump Day Potpourri post:  Taking Inventory

Saturday Potpourri:  Blogging Activities & Reading

Sweet Saturday Sample:  Juvenile Probation (An Excerpt from Defining Moments, a WIP)

My Reading Week: (Click Titles/Covers for Reviews)

I was distracted early in the week, as Noah was sick and staying with me; I was worried.  Then he got better, and everything picked up, moving along nicely.

1.  The Sixes, by Kate White

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2.  Messenger of Truth (Maisie Dobbs), by Jacqueline Winspear (Sequel Challenge)

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3.   3rd Degree (Women’s Murder Club), by James Patterson (Sequel Challenge, Women’s Murder Club Challenge)

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4.  Ctrl Z (e-book), by Danika Stone (Review Book)

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And today, I want to watch some movies and start reading something like:  2nd Chance, another Women’s Murder Club book by James Patterson.

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What was your week like?  What are you planning for today…for next week?  Enjoy!

 

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TSS: A COZY & BOOKISH WEEKEND — JAN. 27

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGood morning!  It’s time for another Sunday Salon, so let’s gather around, grab some coffee (or tea), and chat!

I’m feeling cozy and bookish today.  Yesterday I visited the neighborhood Barnes & Noble, and after reading for awhile and sipping their wonderful coffee, I meandered over to the bargain table.

And walked out of there with two new books!

I’ll talk about those tomorrow at Mailbox Monday, which I celebrate at my blog An Interior Journey.

Yesterday’s Saturday Snapshot took my readers through the 70’s and 80’s, Laurel-Rain style.

Here’s a favorite of mine:  my daughter’s first canopy bed.  I loved the posters all over the walls!

 

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Blogging:

Monday Potpourri:  Weaving A Tapestry of Beautiful Books

Author Interview:  Meb Bryant, Mystery Writer, Chats with the Dames

A Return to Dallas:  And Other Iconic Moments

Thursday Potpourri:  Books & Life Moments

Sweet Saturday Sample:  Starting Over

 

Reading (Click Titles/Covers for Reviews)

1.  Last Light Over Carolina, by Mary Alice Monroe

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2.  Nine Months, by Paula Bomer

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3.  Kinsey & Me:  Stories, by Sue Grafton

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4.  Goodnight Nobody, by Jennifer Weiner

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Now I’m excited about the upcoming week.  I plan to tackle some more from Mt. TBR, like this one:

Smashcut, by Sandra Brown

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I’ll also be watching movies today.  What are your plans? 

 

SERENDIPITOUS RESOLUTIONS: BOOKING THROUGH THURSDAY — JAN. 3

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Welcome to our special Thursday event:  Booking Through Thursday, the place to go when you want to talk books.

Today’s Prompt:

Any reading resolutions for the new year? Reading more? (Reading less?) Reading better books? Bigger books? More series? More relaxing books?

And hey, feel free to talk about any other resolutions you might have, too … or why you choose NOT to have any.

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Speaking of reading plans, my New Year’s Resolutions this year are simple.

  I want more balance in my life, along with peace and harmony.

Vowing to make healthy choices tops the list, too.

Learning to say “no” to review books that don’t appeal to me.  I’ve been working on this one for awhile.  I hope to get better at it this year!

I want to read more books from my own stacks and pick books that I initially bought or accepted because I think I’ll enjoy them.

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My challenges for this year mesh nicely with these resolutions.  Like the Mt. TBR 2013.  In previous years, I’ve joined challenges like this one and whittled down those stacks.

Then there’s the Sequels Challenge, which will allow me to focus on the series books that I haven’t finished.

Some of the books I really enjoy are the Cozies, so Cruisin’ Through the Cozies was another choice for me.

Finally….the Women’s Murder Club Challenge will help me grab those James Patterson books that I enjoy.

I love a nice mix of books.  So between these challenges, and saying “no” to review books that don’t absolutely entice me should make for a great reading year.

What about you?  What will your 2013 look like?

TSS: LAZY SUNDAY — JULY 29

Welcome to another Sunday Salon!  The morning so far has been relaxing….watching movies in bed while eating; sipping a mimosa while writing this post.

My blogging has been erratic this week, but I did post a ROW 80 Check-In: Lazy Week, on Creative Journey; and in my Hump Day Potpourri, I talked about happy events coming.  My Sweet Saturday Sample on Snow Chronicles was about The One That Got Away.

Reading Week:

I read and reviewed three books this week.  One book was a DNF…enough said about that.

1)  One Breath Away, by Heather Gudenkauf (Fabulous Five Star Read!)

2)  What I Did For Love, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (fun read!)

 

3)  Summer Breeze (e-book), by Nancy Thayer (Great summer read)

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What I’m reading now…a fabulous book that I’m eager to get back to…Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.

 

I just downloaded this book earlier in the week and it is on my list of “incoming books” for the new week.  I don’t usually start reading one of those books right away, since I usually respect the Queue.  Yes, you know, the books that have priority because they’ve been around longer.

But sometimes, the Queue Must Wait!  What do you do when a book is clamoring to be read but other books are waiting?

Have a great Sunday!

I’m also watching movies on my DVR today, like this retro flick with Matthew Broderick, Annabella Sciorra, and Jeanne Tripplehorn.

The Night We Never Met is a fun flick about time-sharing a great rental in Manhattan, and the hijinks that follow….

What’s on your schedule for today?

 

TSS: BLOGGING, READING, & MOVIES — JULY 22

Good morning!  Welcome to another Sunday Salon.

Lately, I’ve awoken on Sunday morning and only gradually come to the point of posting.

So far today, I’ve had breakfast in bed while watching movies.  Then I luxuriated in reading from a thoroughly engaging book.  Hope to have it finished by day’s end.

The Shadow Queen, by Rebecca Dean, is the fictionalized story of Wallis Simpson, the twice-divorced woman who captured the heart of a King…and changed the world.

My week has also included some intriguing titles and some blog posts.

On the Blogs:

At Story Corner, I posted about Cooler Days Ahead:  Reading, etc.

My Creative Journey included a Check-In Post:  Goal Tweaking; and I posted an excerpt from Interior Designs at Snow Chronicles:  Internet Dating: “Post-Mortem.”

Reviews-Click Titles/Covers:

Rain, (e-book), by Leigh K. Cunningham

Keepsake (e-book), by Kristina Riggle

The Roots of the Olive Tree, by Courtney Miller Santo

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I’ve also enjoyed some movies this weekend, one of which was fun, and while a bit predictable, was a nice distraction.  Friends with Kids is a nice twist on commitment, parenting, and life after kids.

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What does your weekend look like?  Special plans?  Quiet time?  Come on by and share….

TSS: NEW BEGINNINGS & WRAPPING UP JUNE — JULY 1

Good morning and welcome to another Sunday Salon!  It’s going to be a quick one today, as I am still struggling with the laptop keyboard….lots of typos, etc.

But I’m happy to have it…and here’s what I posted this week:

ROUND THREE:  BACK IN THE SADDLE

LAUREN CARR:  AN INTERVIEW & A CONTEST

SWEET SATURDAY SAMPLES:  AFTER THE FALL

JUNE READING WRAP-UP

 

And today, I’m reading Terminal Ambition, by Kate McGuinness.

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What does your day look like?  What’s on your book stack?  Happy Sunday!

TSS: WRAPPING UP A CHALLENGING WEEK — JUNE 3

Welcome to our first Sunday Salon in June!  As some of us are headed to BEA in New York, the rest of us have the opportunity to participate in Armchair BEA.  I’m there!

Meanwhile, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the week, especially from Thursday on, once my oral surgery was behind me!  Egads…I am feeling better every day, enjoying my reading, and yesterday my granddaughter Fiona and I went to the movies and lunch.

We saw What to Expect When You’re Expecting  (again, Dark Shadows time frame didn’t work!); and it was okay….even funny in parts.

Lunch at Dai Bai Dang was a great choice, as not only do they have a variety of stuff, I found SOUP for me!  Yes, still on the soft foods.

Now…on to the blogging and reading.  Here’s what my week looked like:

TUESDAY POTPOURRI:  WHAT IS HAPPINESS?

FANTASIES, SNIPPETS, & DREAMS

THURSDAY POTPOURRI:  A BOOK, A PAINTING, & MOMENTS FROM THE PAST

KREATIV BLOGGER AWARD:  THANKS, LAURA!

MAY READING WRAP-UP:  A SERIES OF ADVENTURES

SWEET SATURDAY SAMPLES: MORE PRANKS & ADVENTURES

Read/Reviewed:

Ocean Beach, by Wendy Wax (Review will be posted on June 15) (Five stars!)

Son of Rosemary, by Ira Levin (three stars)

Ninepins (e-book), by Rosy Thornton (Five stars!)

Still Reading:

American Legacy:  The Story of John and Caroline Kennedy, by C. David Heymann

In addition, today I plan to read some on The Girl Below, by Bianca Zander.  So far, it’s quite interesting.

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What does your Sunday look like?  Any exciting plans/adventures?  I hope you’ll stop by and share…..

TSS: SKIPPING ALONG TOWARD SUMMER — MAY 27

Good morning!  Welcome to the last Sunday Salon of May.

With spring fully upon us and summer coming fast, what intriguing things do you have planned?

I know several people are headed to BEA in New York, but sadly, I’m not one of them.  I hope they’ll be having the Armchair BEA events around the blogosphere.

Anyone know what’s planned on that front?

I missed last week’s Sunday Salon….I had a killer abscessed tooth that pretty much kept me curled up in a ball until the antibiotics and pain pills kicked in.  I’ll be having oral surgery this week, but the pain is now manageable.  So I did more reading than the week before, but not as much blogging, other than a few memes.

My Friday Potpourri:  Tidbits from the Edge explored some thoughts and ramblings about life here; and in my Sweet Saturday Sample, I excerpted from Interior Designs (one of my WIPs).

Currently Reading:

I’ve made some progress with 11/22/63, by Stephen King, which I’ve been reading at nights mostly; I’m now on p. 633 (of 849).  I might finish it at last!

Finished:

The Witness, by Nora Roberts (Awesome!)

Another Piece of My Heart (e-book), by Jane Green

Objects of My Affection, by Jill Smolinski

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Do you ever have the kind of reading week where the books all engage you fully?  Every one of them?  That’s what this week was like for me.  And each of these titles was different enough that I never felt as if I were reading the same story over and over.

And as for the Stephen King book….that one has so many intriguing twists and turns that I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

I’ll be reading that one some more today….What are your plans?

Oh…and in case I need a break from the book, I have a DVD of One for the Money sitting on a stack!

I saw this one TWICE at the theater, and now I want to watch it again….Happy Sunday!