WEEKLY UPDATES: FINDING MY CHRISTMAS SPIRIT….

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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.

 

After numerous complaints about our long hot summer, I am finally enjoying fall (and winter?).  We have had 50s and 60s by day and 30s by night.  We have been visited by rainy days.  All good.

Meanwhile, curled up in my cozy home, I’ve read and reviewed THREE books this week…I didn’t think I would finish that third one, with its 400+ pages, but I did.   On my Read the Books You Buy Challenge, I’ve reached the number 92!  All week, I’ve been struggling to find a balance between reading and blogging:  with nine blog posts and three books read and reviewed, did I come close?

Last weekend, I binge-watched Gilmore Girls on Netflix...and then finally, at long last, watched the movie Me Before You, which had me in tears.  I read the book a few years ago, and I’d forgotten how emotional it was!

Even as recently as last Sunday, I thought I would forego the Christmas decorations, but come Monday, I found myself dragging the bins out of their hiding places and did a little bit.  Not as much as usual, but just enough to surround me with the Christmas spirit.  Here’s a peek:

 

 

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There is another miniature tree on the other table…here’s the long view:

 

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So…what else is happening?  Let’s grab some coffee and take a look.

 

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As I see this close-up of the tree with the Christmas coffee mug…its overall “crookedness” embarrasses me.  But the sad little tree spends most of its days stuffed in a bin.  LOL

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  A Rainy Day of Reading, Etc.

Monday Potpourri:  Overcoming Holiday Reluctance…

Tuesday Potpourri:  “In Her Wake”

Hump Day Reading:  What’s On Your List This Week?

Monthly Wrap-Up:  Goodbye, November!

A Coffee Morning in December

Bookish Friday:  “The Other Widow”

Looking Back:  Finding Ways to “Chase Away the Blues”

Friday Potpourri:  Choices…

Review:  Echoes of Family (e-book), by Barbara Claypole Whitecropped-again-5Review:  While You Were Sleeping (e-book), by Kathryn Croftcropped-again-5Review:  Sting (e-book), by Sandra Brownratings-worms-4-cropped

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One book (purchased) arrived in my mailbox!  Five e-books were downloaded….

White Trash, by Nancy Isenberg

 

 

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Downloads:

Never Alone (e-book), by Elizabeth Haynes

 

 

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After You (e-book), by JoJo Moyes (I had to download this one after watching the movie Me Before You!)

 

 

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Sweet Lamb of Heaven (e-book), by Lydia Millet

 

 

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When All the Girls Have Gone (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz

 

 

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The Bad Things (e-book), by Mary-Jane Riley

 

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Little Deaths, by Emma Flint (Amazon Vine Review)

 

 

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And then, maybe:

 

The Sleepwalker (e-book), by Chris Bohjalian (NetGalley – 1/10/17)

 

 

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The 4th Man (e-book, short story), by Lisa Gardner (NetGalley – 1/3/17)

 

 

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That’s it for my week.  What did yours look like?  Come on by and let’s chat.  Below, check out what my lunch looks like when I stay in.  Egg on Toast, wine, and books.  And a very messy coffee table, I see.

 

 

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