WEEKLY UPDATES: BLOGGIESTA & BOOK SAVORING…

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 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:

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

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

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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)

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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

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WHAT’S NEXT?

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.

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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:

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WEEKLY UPDATES: LOVELY WEATHER & LOTS OF READING…

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.

What a great week!  The temperatures even dipped into the 70s, but mostly we had pleasant 80s.  Not even a drop of rain.  Did the weather help me curl up and read FOUR books this week?  Two were review ARCs and two others added to my Read the Books You Buy Challenge, bringing the total to 84.

We’re in the midst of Bloggiesta…check out what I’ve done at my Sign-up and Starting Line post.

I’ve done a lot of Netflix bingeing this week, finishing up Nurse Jackie and the seventh season of Offspring.  I started a new series, called The Five.

I’m excited that the TGIT shows are coming this Thursday (at least two of them: Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder).

Next Friday, a Netflix movie based on a book I read this week, Our Souls at Night, will star Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.  I may have shouted out about this upcoming movie once or twice already.  LOL.

What did my week look like?  Grab some coffee, and check it out.  This photo, below, shows off my coffee…and one of my new books this week:  a coffee table book with lovely photos.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Our Souls at Night”

A Week of Great Reading…

Hump Day Serendipity:  Creating My “Happy Moments”

Coffee Chat:  Books, Movies, & Vicarious Travels

Bookish Friday:  “The Heirs”

Friday Potpourri:  From Nesting to Vicarious Traveling…

Review:  The Blackbird Season (e-book), by Kate Moretti – (NG – 9/26)Review:  Our Souls at Night (e-book), by Kent HarufReview:  Happy People Read & Drink Coffee, by Agnes Martin-Lugand (Amazon Vine)Review:  The Heirs (e-book), by Susan Rieger***

INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One (purchased) book arrived in my mailbox; I downloaded three e-books.

Open House:  Reinventing Space for Simple Living, by Amanda Pays & Corbin Bernsen

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Downloads:

White Bodies (e-book), by Jane Robins

Keep Her Safe (e-book), by Sophie Hannah

The Last Move (e-book), by Mary Burton

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WHAT’S NEXT?

The Stolen Marriage (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain (NG – 10/3)

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And then I will pick books according to my whims…and try to read more from my TBR pile.

That was my week.  What did yours look like?  I haven’t gone out this week…but last weekend, I had this brunch at Mimi’s.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: READING & VIEWING THROUGH THE HEAT….

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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.

 

It’s been a fun week, with Bloggiesta, reading, Netflix viewing, and more.  First, check out some of my accomplishments at my Bloggiesta updates post.

As for Netflix, I’m totally immersed in Season 3 of Offspring and almost finished with it….Season 5 for Longmire comes next Friday.

I did a segue onto Amazon Videos, and started watching a show called The Bay.  I’ve only seen a couple of episodes, and I’m not quite hooked.  But I see lots of familiar faces.  Actors that have been on some of my favorite soaps, and some still are there.  Which was a little confusing.  “Hey, there’s Kayla!” (Days of our Lives).  Oops, no, that’s Sarah.  “There’s Ridge,” (Ronn Moss, once from Bold & Beautiful, but now, here, with a different and somewhat evil role).

Of course that happens all the time, even in daytime.  Actors hop between soaps.  The familiarity is comfortable…sometimes.

Back to reading, then.  Where I can find the characters I’m loving right now.  This week I read and reviewed three books, bringing my Read the Books You Buy total to 62.

It’s still pretty warm here; 95 predicted for today, but back to 102 on Monday.  Yikes!  Why am I even surprised?  Not.  Business as usual in these parts.

So let’s have something cold to drink later, but first…more coffee, please!

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Potpourri:  “All the Ugly and Wonderful Things”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Changes, Frustrations, & Obsessions

Hump Day Serendipity:  Bookish Wednesday

Bookish Thursday #30:  Serendipitous Moments

Pinterest Sharing:  Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge

Meandering Through My Interiors…

Bookish Friday:  “Untethered”

Review:  Girl on the Run, by Daryl Wood Gerber (Review Book from Author)ratings-worms-4-cropped

Review:  They May Not Mean To, But They Do (e-book), by Cathleen Schineratings-worms-4-cropped

Review:  Watching Edie (e-book), by Camilla Waycropped-again-5

 

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Nothing in the mailbox, but I got two e-books for review!

 

The Girl Before (e-book), by J. P. Delaney (NetGalley – 1/24/17)

 

 

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A Poisonous Journey (e-book), by Malia Zaidi (Author Review Request)

 

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Currently Reading:  Untethered, by Julie Lawson Timmer (Amazon Vine)

 

 

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Then what?  Well, how about these?

 

Cruel Beautiful World (e-book), by Caroline Leavitt (NG – 10/4)

 

 

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All the Ugly & Wonderful Things (e-book), by Bryn Greenwood

 

 

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Then…my Pippa is holding several tempting e-books:

 

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That’s my week…what did yours look like?  Join me in some coffee or a cold drink, and let’s chat.

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: BLOGGIESTA IS COMING!

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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 temperatures have consistently stayed in the 90s this week, with 80s predicted for the weekend.  Hooray!  Could fall be coming soon?  Knowing our history in these parts, however, I am sure there will be more hot weather before autumn is truly here.

I had a busy week, with lots of errands and beginning-of-the month activities.  On Wednesday, I had a relaxing “stylin’ session” with my daughter at the salon.

My Netflix obsession right now is LongmireOne of the characters I love to hate:  Branch Connally!

My books this week were engaging, with three read and reviewed.  I was going to post this later today after finishing the fourth book, but I decided to go ahead and share where I am so far.  In my Read the Books You Buy Challenge, I am totaling 57 to-date!

For those who participate in Bloggiesta:  it is coming again mid-month.  September 15-18.  Ready, Set, Go!

This past week, one of my blog posts spotlighted some of the books I have purchased for reread…if the time for them ever comes.  Have some coffee and let’s chat!  And for those in the States:  Happy Labor Day Weekend!

 

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Let’s Curl up and Muse About Books

Tuesday Sparks:  “This Must Be the Place”

Hump Day Reading:  Current, Past, Future Reads

Bookish Thursday #28:  Serendipitous Moments

Wrapping up August

My Interior World:  Vintage & Quirky Tidbits

Bookish Friday:  “I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places”

Review:  The Girls of August (e-book), by Anne Rivers Siddons

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Review:  This Must Be the Place (e-book), by Maggie O’Farrell

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!  I did, however, download a couple of e-books.

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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (e-book), by Bryn Greenwood

 

 

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The Silver Linings Playbook (e-book), by Matthew Quick

 

 

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WHAT’S NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Currently Reading:  I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline/Francesca Serritella

 

 

 

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Currently Reading:  It Ends with Us (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

 

 

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Then…more books from Pippa: So Many Possibilities!

 

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Today you’ll find me here in my Cozy Nook…join me for a chat!  What did your week look like?

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: BLOGGIESTA IS HERE!

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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 new leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at The Book Date.

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It has been a week of several rainy days in a row…good for staying indoors and reading or blogging.  I did a bit of work on my blogs for Bloggiesta.…which actually started today, but I got impatient and started earlier in the week.  I finished reading and reviewing four books this week, and they were all engaging.  I love when that happens!

So let’s take a look…

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Mini-Bloggiesta Sign-Up (& Starting Gate)

My Interior World: Changes?

Chasing Away the Blues with “Missing Pieces”

Hump Day Serendipity: “Just Fall”

Rainy Day Reading Can Be Restless Reading

Bookish Fridays: “The Crossing Places”

Exploring the Dark Side: An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

Post-Holiday Moments: Saturday Snapshots

Review:  The Opposite of Everyone, by Joshilyn Jackson (Amazon Vine)

Review:  Behind Closed Doors (e-book), by Elizabeth Haynes

Review:  Secret Sisters (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz

Review:  My Life on the Road, by Gloria Steinem

 

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Nothing came in my mailbox this week, but I did receive THREE NetGalley downloads that I’d requested; and I purchased a book for download.

Don’t You Cry (e-book), by Mary Kubica – (NetGalley – Release Date – 5/17/16)

 

 

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Multiple Listings (e-book), by Tracy McMillan – (NetGalley – 3/8/16)

 

 

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Miller’s Valley (e-book), by Anna Quindlen (NetGalley – 4/5/16)

 

 

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My purchase:

What Was Mine (e-book), by Helen Klein Ross

 

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Missing Pieces (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf (NG – 2/2/16)

 

 

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The Widow (e-book), by Fiona Barton – (NG – 2/16/16)

 

 

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The Good Liar, by Nicholas Searle (Amazon Vine)

 

 

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  I’ll be reading today, and drinking lots of coffee….join me in a chat or two!

 

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FINISH LINE POST: DRINK UP & CELEBRATE!

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Ole, we are done!  Check out the Finish Line post at the Bloggiesta site…and link up.

Here is what I accomplished:

 clean up labels/tags
❏  do two mini challengesDecluttering the Sidebar, Debz Bookshelf; 

Make Your Blog Pop: River City Reading.
 change or fix one thing on your sidebar  – REMOVED FOUR ITEMS FROM SIDEBAR
❏  add a page (about me, contact, policy, etc)   ADDED PAGE “A HOUSE THAT INSPIRED A STORY” UNDER MY CREATIONS
 change one thing on your layout and/or look  CHANGED HEADER, BACKGROUND, & BLOG BUTTON
❏  comment on other Bloggiesta partipants blogs  – VISITED TEN PARTICIPANTS – MORE TO FOLLOW
❏  participate in at least one Twitter chat

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Here is the screen shot of the previous header:

 

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Created new header at Rainy Days and Mondays: (Screenshot)

 

 

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And here’s the new header over at An Interior Journey:

 

 

 

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For the PicMonkey Mini-Challenge, I created this graphic:

 

 

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Have I mentioned how much I love making over my blogs?  LOL

Did you all have fun?  I sure did, and accomplished quite a bit.  Drink up!

 

 

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MINI-BLOGGIESTA IS COMING: JUNE 13-14 – LET’S GET STARTED!

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Welcome to the Mini-Bloggiesta To-Do List!  The party will run from June 12-14.  It is Starting Time!

Here are some tasks:

 clean up labels/tags
❏  do two mini challengesDecluttering the Sidebar, Debz Bookshelf; 

Make Your Blog Pop: River City Reading.
 change or fix one thing on your sidebar  – REMOVED FOUR ITEMS FROM SIDEBAR
❏  add a page (about me, contact, policy, etc)   ADDED PAGE “A HOUSE THAT INSPIRED A STORY” UNDER MY CREATIONS
 change one thing on your layout and/or look  CHANGED HEADER, BACKGROUND, & BLOG BUTTON
❏  comment on other Bloggiesta partipants blogs  – VISITED TEN PARTICIPANTS – MORE TO FOLLOW
❏  participate in at least one Twitter chat

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Here is the screen shot of the previous header:

 

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Created new header at Rainy Days and Mondays: (Screenshot)

 

 

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And here’s the new header over at An Interior Journey:

 

 

 

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For the PicMonkey Mini-Challenge, I created this graphic:

 

 

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Have I mentioned how much I love making over my blogs?  LOL

 

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WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: BLOGGIESTA – OLE!

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for  Weekly Updates.

**Mailbox Monday is now hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

Good morning, Bloggers!  Grab some coffee (or a mimosa), and let’s talk about our weeks.

 

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So far this weekend, I’ve been enjoying spiffing up this blog for Mini-Bloggiesta.    Are any of you participating?

 

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

A Guilty Pleasures Day:  Netflix & Chocolate Ice Cream

Curl up with Intros/Teasers – “Big Little Lies”

Tuesday Potpourri:  An Obsessive/Compulsive Week

Going out on a Limb for “Some Luck”

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts – Waiting

Friday Sparks:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Pain, Parties, Work”

Mini-Bloggiesta – Launched!

Family Values:  A Dysfunctional Family Holiday

Review:  Small Blessings, by Martha Woodroof

Review:  Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty

Review:  Pain, Parties, Work (e-book), by Elizabeth Winder (Mt. TBR Challenge)

 

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No books came in the mailbox!  But I purchased one book at Barnes & Noble and downloaded two for Sparky.

 

What Remains (Memoir), by Carole Radziwill

 

 

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Downloads:

 

After the Party (e-book), by Lisa Jewell

 

 

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The Bell Jar (e-book), by Sylvia Plath

 

 

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UP NEXT WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

 

The Unwitting (e-book), by Ellen Feldman

 

 

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Katwalk, by Maria Murnane (Amazon Vine)

 

 

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Waiting for the Moon, by Kristin Hannah (Mt. TBR Challenge)

 

 

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That’s my week!  What did yours look like?

 

 

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BLOGGIESTA FINISH LINE POST

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Bloggiesta Ole!  We have reached the finish line, and I am feeling a great sense of satisfaction!  Everything is crossed off my list.  Of course, the list was quite short….lol

How did the rest of you do?  I’d love to be able to pop in and see, so please leave comments and links!

 

Here is my updated list for this Mini-Bloggiesta:

 do two mini challenges  Done!
 change or fix one thing on your sidebar  Done!
❏  add a page (about me, contact, policy, etc)  Added a Page:  Excerpt from An Accidental Life
 change one thing on your layout and/or look Done!  New blog header, background, & theme
❏  comment on other Bloggiesta partipants blogs Done!
 participate in at least one Twitter chat Done!

 

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WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES — BLOGGIESTA PARTY!

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

**Mailbox Monday is now hosted at the home site:  Mailbox Monday.

My reading and blogging have suffered a bit this week.  I’m just feeling very lazy!  One day, I had to take the car in for a tune-up, so there went a morning.   I took Sparky along so I could read, but it was much more fascinating talking to a couple of the people in the waiting room.  Do you ever feel that way?  Talk before reading?  My blog is undergoing a bit of a tweak this week due to Bloggiesta.  

I saw a movie this week that I thoroughly enjoyed…enough to watch it twice!  Blue Jasmine, with Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin.  Lovely New York and San Francisco settings, and Cate was fabulous as a pill-popping woman on the edge.

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Blogging, Movies & Reading – Redux

Serendipitous Tuesdays:  Intros/Teasers – The All You Can Dream Buffet

Can’t Wait for “One Plus One”

Friday Potpourri:  Book Beginnings/The Friday 56 – “The K-Frost Caper”

Creative Sparks:  Berlin Street Art

Bloggiesta Mini-Challenges

Review:  Enon, by Paul Harding

Review:  Life After Life (e-book), by Kate Atkinson

INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One review book arrived in the mailbox from Amazon Vine; and I went a little nuts with the downloads.

Three Brothers, by Peter Ackroyd (Vine)

 

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What Nora Knew (e-book), by Linda Yellin

 

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Fangirl (e-book), by Rainbow Rowell

 

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Return to Tradd Street (e-book), by Karen White

 

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Still Life (e-book), by Louise Penny

 

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Hello World (e-book), by Joanna Sellick (freebie)

 

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NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOGS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Currently Reading:  Who Asked You? (e-book), by Terry McMillan

 

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Orange is the New Black (e-book), by Piper Kerman

 

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Golden State, by Michelle Richmond (Vine Review)

 

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The All You Can Dream Buffet, by Barbara O’Neal (Vine Review)

 

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And that’s my past week and what I’m looking forward to.  Grab some coffee and let’s chat about our books!

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