WEEKLY UPDATES: VISUALIZING FALL….

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.

Turning the calendars in my house to September was a cheery thing.  I love fall, and I am now visualizing it.  Isn’t visualizing a thing you want a good way to get it?   Or not, since it is still triple digits here.  But that’s okay, as I know that falling leaves signal the upcoming crispy season.  Now I’m also visualizing apples, pumpkins, and cooler weather.

My reading was all over the place this week, as I picked up print books from my nightstand, and then turned to my Kindle for more, a peripatetic cycle that finally led to the completion of three books.  My Read the Books You Buy Total:  78.

My purchased books for the month of August exceeded the numbers in previous months, totaling 17 books, my highest number since January when I bought 19 books!  I had been patting myself on the back for decreasing numbers in May, June, and July...but then I went wild.

Today I plan to curl up and read some of my books…and stay off the Amazon site.  LOL. 

On TV, I continued watching The Sinner; caught another show about Princess Diana; and started a new series on Netflix with Kathy Bates:  Disjointed.  I added a show called What Happened to Monday to my queue.  I may settle down with a few of these over the weekend.

Now…while we grab some coffee, let’s take a closer look at last week.

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “A Stranger in the House”

My Reading Week:  Current, Past, & Future…

Upcoming Events, Etc.

Wrapping up August!

Reprising a Review:  Midwives, by Chris Bohjalian

Coffee Chat:  Books, Movies, & Obsessions…

Bookish Friday:  “Y is for Yesterday”

Remembering Family & Friends…

Review:  The Good Daughter (e-book), by Karin SlaughterReview:  Home, by Harlan CobenReview:  Heartbreak Hotel (e-book), by Jonathan Kellerman***

INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received ONE purchased book in my physical mailbox…and downloaded three e-books.

Did You See Melody?, by Sophie Hannah

Downloads:

My Absolute Darling (e-book), by Gabriel Tallent

The Burning Girl (e-book), by Claire Messud

I’ll Have What She’s Having (e-book), by Erin Carlson

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Z:  A Novel of Zelda, by Therese Anne Fowler

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Then…

The Truth We Bury (e-book), by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Lies She Told (e-book), by Cate Holahan (NetGalley – 9/12)

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  Check out my salad and margarita, from a few days ago….Pippa was enjoying the ambience of the restaurant.

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REVIEW: LET’S JUST SAY IT WASN’T PRETTY, BY DIANE KEATON

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Diane Keaton is one of those stars we can relate to. She is funny, quirky (think Annie Hall), and down-to-earth with her stories of growing up in LA with down-to-earth parents. Her self-deprecatory conversational style kept me turning the pages. The writing style swept across time in a non-linear fashion.

Despite her somewhat ordinary beginnings, her life has been extraordinary, with her success in films, and her talent in photography. Interior design is another talent, and the homes she has bought, renovated, and sold are many.

In her older years, she adopted her daughter Dexter…and then her son Duke, so in her sixties, she has teenage children. I would call her brave.

Some of my favorite chapters in Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty were those dealing with aspirations for beauty, when everything she saw in the mirror felt flawed; and “bad hair days” when she bemoans the thinning hair that was always a challenge. I liked her attitude about being true to yourself, and not worrying about what others think. Her view on aging and reaching the end of our time felt practical, philosophical, and not morose.

I also loved how she is still great friends with many of her co-stars, like Jack Nicholson and Woody Allen. Al Pacino is one she describes as a love she aspired to marry, but didn’t.

Some of the scenes with her kids were also fun, showing the readers (and fans) that she, too, gets impatient and has to remind herself that she has many blessings.

A delightful read that covered a lot of territory in a few pages, I will save this one for a reread…of some of the sections, at least. 4.5 stars.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: BOOKS, MOVIES, & SUMMER TREATS

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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 a cooler week, it got hot again, but today will be “down” to 97.  Yes, a “cooling trend.”  But the nights are cooler, and soon the heat will be in the past.

Labor Day was a quiet one, with books and movies, with one memorable Amazon Video that I loved:  The Meddler, with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne.  A story of a mother who is overly involved in her daughter’s life makes for some fun moments.

 

 

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Then came a grueling Tuesday, with more dental work.  But it’s done, now, so I can focus on forgetting it…lol.

My total in the Read the Books You Buy Challenge has now reached 60!  This week, I read and reviewed three books, and I’m now on Books Four and Five, which I don’t expect to finish today.

I finally finished the four seasons of Longmire, and I’m eagerly awaiting Season 5, coming September 23.

I’ve been playing around with new blog headers, as Bloggiesta is on the horizon:  September 15. 

Let’s grab something caffeinated and talk about the week.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Moments in Time

Tuesday Potpourri:  “The Sister”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Layering My Life

Hump Day:  Bookish Wednesday

Bookish Thursday #29:  Serendipitous Moments

Bookish Friday:  “Girl on the Run”

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

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

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Review:  The Sister (e-book), by Louise Jensen

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One book, from Amazon Vine, appeared in my mailbox!  Then I downloaded three books, one of which was an Amazon Prime freebie.

 

Untethered, by Julie Lawson Timmer (Amazon Vine)

 

 

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Downloads:

Exhume (e-book), by Danielle Girard (Amazon Prime Freebie)

 

 

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Watching Edie (e-book), by Camilla Way

 

 

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Some Tame Gazelle (e-book), by Barbara Pym

 

 

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

Currently Reading:  Girl on the Run, by Daryl Wood Gerber (Author Review Request)

 

 

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Currently Reading:  They May Not Mean To, But They Do, by Cathleen Schine

 

 

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AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE:

I bookmarked this blog post about The Czech Beer Revolution, by Wide Body Jetsetter (my son)

 

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That’s my week.  What special or ordinary moments are you sharing today?  Come on by.  The strawberry shortcake (below) is a remembrance of the good things of summer, now that it’s almost over.

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A MORNING SHROUDED BY FOG

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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 Book Date.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Whenever that holiday comes, I sense spring on the horizon, and I am looking forward to it.  But it is not coming as soon as I’d like.  After some rainy weeks, we had sunshine…and then early this morning, as I drove my granddaughter to the train station, fog shrouded the way.  I hadn’t realized that we had experienced very little fog this year, but the reminder of it wasn’t pleasant.

I was very glad to get back home again an hour later, as the fog chased me all the way.

My reading week brought two enjoyable reads, and one DNF.  I spent too much time on the book that I ultimately sent back to the cloud.  Why did I waste so much time?

On a more positive note, though, I finished one more book for my Read the Books You Buy Challenge, bringing my total so far to thirteen books!

In the mail, I got my copy of the DVD of Big Stone Gap this week, and spent a night with popcorn and luxuriating in the familiar scenes as they unfolded.  It took me back to memories of the book, my first I had read by Adriana Trigiani.

 

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Now….

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Serendipitous Tuesday: “The Passenger”

Let’s Curl up and Anticipate “The Girl in the Red Coat”

An Unexpected Lunch Companion: Excerpted from “Interior Designs”

TBR Thursday: Searching Pippa

Bookish Friday: “Silver Bay”

Weekend Potpourri: Rejuvenation & Memory Traipsing

Review:  After She’s Gone, by Lisa Jackson (Amazon Vine Review)

Review:  Gray Mountain (e-book), by John Grisham

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INCOMING BOOKS:(Title/Cover Linked to Amazon)

No mailbox books!  One purchased download that I’m excited about…

Find Her (e-book), by Lisa Gardner

 

 

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

I have several books I’m considering this week, starting with one of my NetGalley review books:

Where I Lost Her (e-book), by T.  Greenwood (NetGalley – 2/23)

 

 

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I Was Here (e-book), by Gayle Forman

 

 

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The Shadow Year (e-book), by Hannah Richell

 

 

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That’s my week!  What was yours like?  I hope to spend less time on books that don’t work for me…and pick carefully from the many books I have available to me.  Enjoy!  Now…I could use a big cup of coffee, as I got up very early this morning to take Fiona to the train.

 

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REVIEW: AFTER SHE’S GONE, BY LISA JACKSON

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On a movie set in Portland, Oregon, Director Dean Arnette is closing in on the final moments, the final scenes. Then the unexpected happens. A gun is fired. The body double is shot, and all hell breaks loose.

Two months later, Cassie Kramer has checked herself into the psychiatric wing of Mercy Hospital, where she struggles with what seem like hallucinations and blackouts. And to deal with the disappearance of her sister Allie, who was the star of the movie Dead Heat, and whose failure to appear on the day of the last filming had led to her double being shot.

Had someone targeted Allie? Was the shooting an accident, or had someone purposely changed the blanks for real bullets?

Police are all over the situation, beginning with the shooting of Lucinda Rinaldi, who survived, and focusing also on Allie’s disappearance. Had someone abducted her, or was she missing as some kind of publicity stunt?

After She’s Gone delves into the lives of a Hollywood family: Jenna Hughes, mother, and her two daughters, Cassie and Allie. Since Allie has become the star, the rivalry between the two of them has caused some to think Cassie may have done something to her sister. The family had also suffered terrifying events in the past when a stalker targeted them…so now Jenna and her husband Shane have relocated to Falls Crossing, Oregon.

Determined to find her sister and clear her own name, Cassie has checked into Mercy Hospital’s psychiatric unit, worried that her occasional blackouts might mean that she knows more than she realizes.

After leaving the hospital, Cassie flies back and forth between LA and Portland, trying to find answers, and knowing that there is something suspicious about almost everyone who knew her sister. Her behavior, while understandable, seemed frenetic and illogical at times.

Then there are the secrets that surfaced as the story came to a close. Secrets that finally revealed who has targeted the family…and why. The novel was a page turner that moved at a fast pace, although there were so many red herrings and characters to wonder about that sometimes it was hard to keep everything straight. As the final denouement approached, there were some last minute misdirections that kept me guessing until the last pages. 4 stars.

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 UPDATES: FAMILY, BOOKS, & SOME SADNESS…

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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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The week got off to a plodding start, with two books that just dragged.  They almost zapped away my Reading Mojo….but I prevailed.  I reviewed them, 3.5 stars each, which I hardly ever do.  Then I was saved, after grabbing one of my NetGalley books; I was back!  On the reading fast track.  Its review won’t be up for a couple of weeks, since its release date is early January.

I’m still bingeing on Netflix…and watching movies on the DVR.  Yesterday my daughter and I caught up on all of our gossip during my hair styling appointment.  She is a fun daughter, usually, but then our conversation turned dark as we talked about the sadness in San Bernardino.

Finally I saved my mood by turning my thoughts to a family get-together last Saturday, with just some of my family…my second son and his daughter Aubrey; and two of my grandkids,  Dominic and Fiona, with their friends.  That cheered me up, just thinking about it.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Musings: Books that Engage Me

November Wrap-Up: Celebrating the Holidays

From the Interior: “The Guest Room”

How a Novel Came to Be: “An Accidental Life”

Hump Day Potpourri: Waiting for “She’s Not There”

My Year in Books: Numbers, Favorites, & Patterns

Dealing with the Consequences…& Distractions

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts: “Where We Belong”

Quotes from the Interior: “Where We Belong”

A Potpourri of Celebratory Moments

Read:

Review:  All the Houses, by Karen Olsson

Review:  All the Stars in the Heavens, by Adriana Trigiani

Review:  The Guest Room, by Chris Bohjalian-(Release date – 1/5/16).

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INCOMING BOOKS (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!  But I did download two review books from NetGalley…and purchased two downloads.

Missing Pieces (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf (NetGalley – Release Date – 2/5/16)

 

 

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The Widow (e-book), by Fiona Barton (NetGalley – Release Date – 2/16)

 

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Books I Purchased:

What She Knew (e-book), by Gilly MacMillan

 

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The Broken String (e-book, novella), by Diane Chamberlain

 

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AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE:

How to Burst Through a Reading Slump, from Trish, at Between My Lines

First Book of the Year 2016, from Sheila, at Book Journey.

 

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

Lately I have been all over the place, picking up books here and there.  I’m hoping to establish a tiny bit of order in my bookish world, so perhaps I will try to stick to these choices:

Angels Burning (e-book), by Tawni O’Dell (NetGalley)

 

 

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Forever, Interrupted (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid

 

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November 9 (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

 

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And maybe….

Wildflower, by Drew Barrymore

 

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And just for fun, because I love Drew Barrymore, I ordered (and received) an old movie from her childhood:  Irreconcilable Differences, starring Drew, of course; Ryan O’Neal; Shelley Long; and wait for it!  Sharon Stone.

 

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I used to have a copy….but I lent it out to someone, back before I started keeping a list of borrowers…LOL.

I think I’ll watch it today!

So…that was my week…what did yours look like?  Join me in a cup of coffee!

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: LOTS OF BLOGGING, NOT SO MUCH READING

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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 pot of tea!), and let’s talk about our weeks.

 

 

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I had a very productive week.  Not so much with the reading, but with the blogging.  Somehow I was distracted by moving my Rainy Days and Mondays blog to Word Press...(click the link to find it), especially with all the preparation that entailed.  And I didn’t even post everything on the new site; but correcting the links on my book reviews at the book pages on Curl up and Read, the links that went to any reviews on the old site, took HOURS.  But I am now happy that I did it.

 

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And then I have been watching movies, especially those that make me cry.  The happy crying, of course, like the DVD that I just got today of Chapter Two, the Neil Simon production with Marsha Mason, Valerie Harper, and James Caan.  I had the VHS version, but lately I’ve been thinking of the movies I loved from way back in the day (1979, for this one);  I love Neil Simon’s dialogue, and the schmaltzy music during and after doesn’t hurt either.

 

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And then, there was the family lunch last Saturday, with my second son and four of my grandchildren.  The teenage boys are very tall, with the tallest being Aaron, on the right, at 6’6″.

 

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So these were the events and people that distracted me…but I did a fair amount of blog posts, too:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  A Little Christmas, a Lot of Netflix

November Reading Wrap-Up:  Welcome to December!

Tuesday Potpourri:  Intros/Teasers – “The Secrets of Midwives”

Starting Over:  Blue Mondays No More

Back in the Beginning:  The Days That Informed My Choices

Friday Fun:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Walking on Trampolines”

Creative Saturday:  Gratitude

A Flight of Fancy:  A Short Story by Laurel-Rain Snow

Bookish Saturday:  Sparky Love & Book Retreats

The Reunion Continues:  An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

Review:  The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah

Review:  Finding Jake, by Bryan Reardon

 

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

 

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One book came in the mailbox from Amazon Vine; and the other I purchased at Barnes & Noble.

 

Unbecoming, by Rebecca Scherm (Vine)

 

 

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A major debut novel of psychological suspense about a daring art heist, a cat-and-mouse waiting game, and a small-town girl’s mesmerizing transformation

On the grubby outskirts of Paris, Grace restores bric-a-brac, mends teapots, re-sets gems. She calls herself Julie, says she’s from California, and slips back to a rented room at night. Regularly, furtively, she checks the hometown paper on the Internet. Home is Garland, Tennessee, and there, two young men have just been paroled. One, she married; the other, she’s in love with. Both were jailed for a crime that Grace herself planned in exacting detail. The heist went bad—but not before she was on a plane to Prague with a stolen canvas rolled in her bag. And so, in Paris, begins a cat-and-mouse waiting game as Grace’s web of deception and lies unravels—and she becomes another young woman entirely.

 

 

The Cinderella Murder, by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

 

 

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Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program—a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected—is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode.

Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church that was active on campus? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered?

 

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

 

Currently Reading: the book that precedes The Cinderella MurderI’ve Got You Under My Skin, by Mary Higgins Clark

 

 

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Cancel the Wedding, by Carolyn Dingman (Vine)

 

 

 

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The Secrets of Midwives, by Sally Hepworth

 

 

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That was my week…and I plan to have a more productive reading week in the next few days.  What did your week look like?  What are you planning?

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Here are some Christmases Past….

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: HALFWAY THROUGH NOVEMBER!

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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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Another wonderful week has passed, and while nothing spectacular happened, any week in which I find one or two books that I thoroughly enjoy is a good one.  And there were some TV shows and movies that kept me engaged as well.

One of the movies I saw on TV that I especially enjoyed (On Demand) was a delightful one starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer:   Elsa and Fred. 

What a lovely story of two aging people who fall in love.

So now, while I am still pondering the week, let’s chat:

 

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Late Edition

Tuesday Potpourri:  Intros/Teasers – “Into the Darkest Corner”

From the Interior:  A Constant Struggle – To Purge or Not to Purge

Hump Day Creativity:  Waiting for “Someone is Watching”

Guilty or Innocent? – Excerpted from “Interior Designs”

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts:  Tidbits from My Life

Serendipitous Friday:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “The Twilight Hour”

Saturday Potpourri:  Spotlighting Family

Review:  The Last Letter from Your Lover (e-book), by Jojo Moyes

Review:  Into the Darkest Corner, by Elizabeth Haynes

Review:  The After Wife, by Gigi Levangie Grazer

 

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

FOUR wonderful review books from Vine were in my mailbox this week!  And if that wasn’t riches enough, I downloaded four e-books for Sparky….

The Pocket Wife, by Susan Crawford (Vine)

 

 

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A stylish psychological thriller with the compelling intrigue of The Silent Wife and Turn of Mind and the white-knuckle pacing of Before I Go to Sleep—in which a woman suffering from bipolar disorder cannot remember if she murdered her friend.

 

Finding Jake, by Bryan Reardon (Vine)

 

 

 

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A heart-wrenching yet ultimately uplifting story of psychological suspense in which a parent is forced to confront what he does—and does not—know about his teenage son, in the vein of Reconstructing Amelia, Defending Jacob, and We Need to Talk about Kevin.

 

The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah (Vine)

 

 

 

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II.

 

Another Night, Another Day, by Sarah Rayner (Vine)

 

 

 

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Three people, each crying out for help.There’s Karen, about to lose her father; Abby, whose son has autism and needs constant care, and Michael, a family man on the verge of bankruptcy. As each sinks under the strain, they’re brought together at Moreland’s Clinic.

 

Downloads:

 

The Woman Upstairs (e-book), by Claire Messud

 

 

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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor’s Children, a masterly new novel: the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed and betrayed by a desire for a world beyond her own.

 

All Good Deeds (e-book), by Stacy Green

 

 

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Lucy Kendall doesn’t believe she’s a serial killer. She simply eradicates the worst of society and brings justice to the innocent-the children she failed to protect during her decade in Child Protective Services.

A missing child sets off a chain of events linked to a suspect in a life-changing case in Lucy’s past. Her chosen path is terrifying-but the search for the missing child pulls her into web of evil and malice beyond her darkest imagination.

Lucy is jaded and desperate, but will her desperate race for justice prevent her from seeing the truth?

 

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (e-book), by Gabrielle Zevin

 

 

 

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A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years: his wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and his prized possession–a rare edition of Poe poems–has been stolen. Over time, he has given up on people, and even the books in his store, instead of offering solace, are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. Until a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew.

 

 

Under a Silent Moon (e-book), by Elizabeth Haynes

 

 

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P. D. James meets E. L. James in Under a Silent Moon, this first novel in an exciting British crime series—a blend of literary suspense and page-turning thriller that introduces formidable Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith—from suspense talent Elizabeth Haynes, author of the bestselling Into the Darkest Corner.

 

 

 

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

 

Currently Reading:  Nora Roberts Land (e-book), by Ava Miles

 

 

 

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The Twilight Hour, by Nicci Gerrard

 

 

 

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Leaving Time (e-book), by Jodi Picoult

 

 

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Florence Gordon (e-book), by Brian Morton

 

 

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That’s my week of books, blogging, and movies.  What did your week look like?  What’s up next for you?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: BOOKS, MOVIES, ETC.

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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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I just came from the movies and saw Before I Go to Sleep.  I enjoyed it, but some reviewers gave it “rotten tomatoes.”  Who are those critics?  LOL

 

 

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I read Before I Go to Sleep earlier this year….and while I only gave it four stars, I remember enjoying it.  And I thought the movie was actually better…so I guess I have poor taste!  LOL

And before I go to sleep and forget all about last week…here’s what happened:

 

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

From the Interior:  Intros/Teasers – “Saving Grace”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Autumn Leaves & Engaging Books

Hump Day Potpourri:  Waiting for “The Nightingale”

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts:  Mothers, Daughters, & Celebrating Our Differences

Friday Sparks:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Getting Even”

Saturday Potpourri:  A Birthday Celebration

October Reading Wrap-Up

Explorations – Maeve & Brody – An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

From the Interior:  Book to Movie – Looking Ahead

Review:  When We Fall, by Emily Liebert

Review:  The Oleander Sisters, by Elaine Hussey

Review:  Dark Witch (e-book), by Nora Roberts

Review:  The Children Act (e-book), by Ian McEwan

 

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

 

 

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I received ONE book in the mail from Amazon Vine; purchased one book at Barnes & Noble; and downloaded one book for Sparky.

 

Five Days Left, by Julie Lawson Timmer (Amazon Vine)

 

 

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Mara Nichols is a successful lawyer, devoted wife, and adoptive mother who has received a life-shattering diagnosis. Scott Coffman, a middle school teacher, has been fostering an eight-year-old boy while the boy’s mother serves a jail sentence. Scott and Mara both have five days left until they must say good-bye to the ones they love the most.

 

Winter Street, by Elin Hilderbrand (Purchased)

 

 

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In bestseller Elin Hilderbrand’s first Christmas novel, a family gathers on Nantucket for a holiday filled with surprises.

 

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One Moment, One Morning (e-book), by Sarah Rayner

 

 

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The Brighton to London line. The 7:44 am train. Cars packed with commuters. One woman occupies her time observing the people around her. Opposite, a girl puts on her make-up. Across the aisle, a husband strokes his wife’s hand. Further along, another woman flicks through a glossy magazine. Then, abruptly, everything changes: a man collapses, the train is stopped, and an ambulance is called.
For at least three passengers on the 7:44 on that particular morning, life will never be the same again. There’s Lou, in an adjacent seat, who witnesses events first hand. Anna, who’s sitting further up the train, impatient to get to work. And Karen, the man’s wife.

Telling the story of the week following that fateful train journey, One Moment, One Morning is a stunning novel about love and loss, about family and – above all– friendship. A stark reminder that, sometimes, one moment is all it takes to shatter everything. Yet it also reminds us that somehow, despite it all, life can and does go on.

 

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

 

Saving Grace, by Jane Green

 

 

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Getting Even, by Sarah Rayner

 

 

 

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The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion

 

 

 

 

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Now I’m off to resume reading…and perhaps watching something on my DVR.  What was your week like?  What lies ahead?

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Here is a cheerful flower brightening up my rainy day.

 

 

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