WEEKLY UPDATES: CHRISTMAS IS IN THE AIR…

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.

 

Another quick week.  Lots of reading, blogging, some errands, and even a bit of house cleaning, my least favorite activity.  FOUR books read and reviewed…and my challenge total:  103.  Somehow I’ve managed to adjust to the time change…although I was super tired for a few days, which doesn’t jibe with the idea that we were gaining an hour of sleep!

November is speeding by, with the weeks seeming to vanish without a trace.  I haven’t watched anything on Netflix this week, but I have been enjoying the Thursday night lineup on TV; those shows are already nearing winter finales.  How is that even possible?  My favorite daytime shows are keeping me glued to the screen with lots of cliffhangers on Fridays.  From General Hospital and the “two Jasons” to Will’s resurrection on DOOL...followed by the public revelation of the leader of the sex ring on Y & R.  Big Bad Dollar Bill has gone too far on B & B.

Yes…I am a soap addict.  LOL. 

The Christmas movies are reminding us that we will soon be hauling out the decorations, and I am caught up in the fairytale stories that sweep us away into the glitter of the holidays.

So…what else happened this week?  Let’s grab another cup of coffee and find out.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  All About the Clocks…& Books

Tuesday Potpourri:  From Fairytale Images to Russian Novels…

Tuesday Sparks:  “Even If It Kills Her”

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

Coffee Chat:  Past Journeys…and Looking Ahead

Keeping Track:  The Status of My TBR

Bookish Friday:  “The Cruelest Month”

Coffee Chat:  Tidbits, Chores, An Excerpt…

A Cozy Saturday…

Review:  Seven Days of Us (e-book), by Francesca HornakReview:  The One & Only, by Emily GiffinReview:  Cold as Ice (e-book, #6 Country Club Murders), by Julie MulhernReview:  The Last Mrs. Parrish (e-book), by Liv Constantine

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Two Purchased Books came in My Mailbox…and I received one NetGalley review book….Then I downloaded some books…

The Girls in the Picture (e-book), by Melanie Benjamin (NG – 1/16/18)

Purchased Books:

Every Breath You Take (Under Suspicion Series), by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Downloads:

Bonfire (e-book), by Krysten Ritter

Dead of Winter (e-book), by Wendy Corsi Staub

Wonder Valley (e-book), by Ivy Pochoda

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  All the Best People (e-book), by Sonja Yoerg

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And then…some NetGalley books like…

Poison (e-book), by Galt Niederhoffer (NG – 11/21)

The Story of Arthur Truluv (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg (NG-11/21)

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  And…because I can’t resist, I’m sharing my comfort dessert from last Monday…

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WEEKLY UPDATES: CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS

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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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I hope everyone who celebrates it had a great Christmas…mine was cozy and close to home, with wonderful family moments.  I had a pretty good reading week, too, with three books read and reviewed.  I binged on Netflix until I finally finished The West Wing…and started Jessica Jones.

Here is a delightful “gag” gift that seemed appropriate…from my daughter (the mug).

 

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In a little while, I’m off to see a movie I’m excited about:  Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, among others.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Rainy Day Reading: Books, Obsessions, & Holidays

Let’s Curl up with “November 9”

Serendipitous Wednesday: “The Opposite of Everyone”

Merry Christmas!!

Review:  The Things We Keep (e-book), by Sally Hepworth (NetGalley – 1/19/16 release)

Review: November 9 (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

Review:  Here, Home, Hope (e-book), by Kaira Rouda

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AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE:

Check out this great post by Trish, at Between My Lines, The A to Z of Handy Tips for Book Bloggers.

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INCOMING BOOKS (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received ONE book in the mailbox from Amazon Vine…and downloaded two e-books I purchased.

The Opposite of Everyone, by Joshilyn Jackson (Vine)

 

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

 

 

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Just Say Yes (e-book), by Alyssa Goodnight

 

 

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

I’ll be reading from a list of potential books, including some that I purchased in 2014 (my goal is to clear out my Kindle at some point).  I’ll also be starting my First Book of 2016, hosted by Sheila, at Book Journey, which I will post about on January 1, at An Interior Journey.

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Straight from the Heart (e-book), by Barbara Delinsky

 

 

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A Slight Change of Plan (e-book), by Dee Ernst

 

 

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That’s my week…what did yours look like?  Join me in a book chat.

 

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WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: OH, CHRISTMAS TREE!

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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 for December will be at Rose City Reader.

It is much colder here than it was in previous weeks.  No, there are no snowfalls, so there’s no reason for complaint.  But I’m very grateful for my sweaters and jackets.  And for a cozy room in which to curl up and read.

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  A Wee Bit of Christmas

Monday Is Only Hours Away

It’s Monday, Let’s Muse About Books

Tuesday Potpourri:  Intros/Teasers – What I Had Before I Had You

I Can’t Wait for “Fear Nothing”

Thursday Potpourri:  An Epiphany

Friday Sparks:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 – “The Edge of Normal”

Friday Potpourri:  An Intriguing Freebie

Secret Obsessions:  An Excerpt from “Chasing Stardust”

Review:  The Things That Keep Us Here, by Carla Buckley

Review:  Sense & Sensibility, by Joanna Trollope

Review:  Invisible, by Carla Buckley

Review:  Morning Glory (e-book), by Sarah Jio

INCOMING BOOKS: (Covers/Titles Linked to Amazon or Publisher’s Site)

I received four review books:  three from Amazon Vine and one from a publisher.  I downloaded two e-books that were my purchase, and one freebie.

The Gods of Second Chances, by Dan Berne (From Forest Avenue Press)

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Gemini, by Carol Cassella (Amazon Vine)

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The Tulip Eaters, by Antoinette van Huegten (Amazon Vine)

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Apple Tree Yard, by Louise Doughty (Amazon Vine)

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Sheltering Rain (e-book), by JoJo Moyes (My purchase)

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Reconstructing Amelia (e-book), by Kimberly McCreight (My purchase)

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The Girl Pretending to Read Rilke (e-book), by Barbara Riddle (freebie)

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

What I Had Before I Had You, by Sarah Cornwell

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The Edge of Normal, by Carla Norton

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Tumbleweeds (e-book), by Leila Meacham

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And that is my nod to last week and the upcoming one…come on by and let’s chat.

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TSS: REFLECTIONS — DEC. 16

sunday-salon-2OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGood morning!  Sunday Salon is our time together to share about our weeks….and to contemplate what lies ahead.

It has suddenly turned really COLD here….and I know, compared to some, it’s not that cold.  But I had to turn on the heat this morning.

Lest you think I’m whining, I do enjoy the briskness of the air in our winters.  And I’m glad that the hot, hot days are behind us.

Yesterday I stayed home all day!  Curled up, drinking lots of tea, and participating in various blogging activities.

At my Saturday Snapshot event, I shared about Christnases Past.

Here’s one peek into that album…I just love seeing the kids from years ago.  This one is from 2006, of my youngest grandson on Christmas.

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He’s almost ten, now, and still loves Christmas.

On Tuesday, I did a Potpourri post about feeling restless.  And on my Hump Day Potpourri, I shared my thoughts on how to make cleaning fun.  Yes, you read that right!  lol

On Story Corner:  In Accidental Moments Change Lives, I excerpted from An Accidental Life.

My Bookshelf Clearing Event from November yielded two winners. 

Reading:  (Click Titles/Covers for Reviews):

1.  The Good Woman, by Jane Porter

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2.  Sugar Springs, by Kim Law

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3.  In Name Only (e-book), by Carol Kilgore

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Each book engaged me, which made for a wonderful week.

Today I’m reading another page-turner:  Chanel Bonfire, by Wendy Lawless.  A memoir about sisters, a flawed mother, and survival.

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Chanel Bonfire depicts a childhood blazed through the refined aeries of the Dakota and the swinging town houses of London, while the girls’ beautiful but damned mother desperately searches for glamour and fulfillment. Ultimately, Wendy and her sister must choose between living their own lives and being their mother’s warden—the hardest, most painful, yet most important decision each of them will ever make.

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What does your day look like?  I’m going to have some breakfast in bed and watch movies on my DVR.

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TSS: CHRISTMAS SHOPPING, YULETIDE MOMENTS, & FOG! — DEC. 9

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We are rapidly approaching the Christmas holiday, and everywhere we go, there is evidence of it.  From the decorations—many of which have been up since right after Halloween—to the crowds.

Alas, the crowds.  Sales draw people in, but the downside is the unpleasant pushing and shoving that sometimes occurs.

So I am staying clear.  Does online shopping appeal to the rest of you?

This week has been a mix of intriguing and tedious reads, with one notable “tedious” one.  But before I plunge into that unpleasant topic, let’s look at other matters.

Here’s what my part of California often looks like in the winter months.

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If examined in some ways, it is kind of beautiful.  But when you envision driving in it…not so much.  I’ve lived many years of my life in these parts, only escaping for brief periods of time when another kind of fog would descend.  For those who suffer from snowstorms, etc., the fog probably looks harmless.  What do you think?

On the Blogs: (Posts)

HUMP DAY POTPOURRI:  A DAY THAT WENT FROM BAD TO WORSE

ANOTHER CHALLENGE:  SEQUELS

ANOTHER CHALLENGE FOR 2013:  MT. TBR

MEG’S FANTASY LIFE – AN EXCERPT

CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS-FAMILY & YULETIDE MOMENTS

On the Blogs:  (Reading – Click Titles/Covers for Reviews)

The Search, by Nora Roberts

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Bonnie, by Iris Johansen

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Midwives, by Chris Bohjalian

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The Accursed, by Joyce Carol Oates

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What a mix of reads!  For fans of JCO, you might enjoy the last one on this list.  For me, it was a tedious read.  But I LOVED the other three books.

Today I’m starting a book from this week’s stack:  The Good Woman, by Jane Porter.  This is the first in a series, and since I’ll be joining the Sequels Challenge for 2013, I will add my preordered copy of the next book as a read for 2013:  The Good Daughter.

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Today will also be a good one to curl up with tea or wine and a good movie.

What does your day look like?