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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.


Another week of blogging and reading, and a lovely surprise came yesterday when I Skyped for an hour-and-a-half with my eldest son in Prague.  Usually we chat for an hour, at least, but this lengthy conversation was so much fun.  And he had the video on, so I could see the apartment he and Gabi have chosen.  They hope to eventually get a house as lovely as the cottage they had in Berlin, but in time.

You just can’t catch up in e-mails and text messages like you can with a real conversation.  Okay, it would be more fun in the same room, sitting around with drinks and food and watching Netflix…but it works!



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My reading went completely off track this week, but in a good way.  I grabbed only one of my listed books, but three more were added.  Books on my shelves that I had hoped to read next week, perhaps.  I have finished reading and reviewing three of them, and I’m now almost finished with the fourth one.  I now have completed 42 books for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge.

Today I am eagerly awaiting the mail for my new carpet cover…the one currently under my desk chair is falling apart!  However, the Post Office is only open until two…and I suspect that they won’t have it ready by the time they close.  But I’m still crossing my fingers.



Sunday Potpourri:  Unexpected Happenings

Monday Potpourri:  Musings

Tuesday Sparks:  Excerpting “The Melody Lingers On”

Let’s Curl up with My Book Buying/Reading

Hump Day Reading:  Current, Past, & Future Picks

Bookish Thursday #22:  Serendipitous Moments

My Interior World:  Checking My Balance

Bookish Friday:  “Mystic Summer”

Saturday Sparks:  My Family & My Nest

Review:  All Is Not Forgotten (e-book), by Wendy Walker (NG-7/12)

Review:  Dear Carolina (e-book), by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Review:  Paris Runaway (e-book), by Paulita Kincer (Author Review Request)

Review:  Death at Breakfast (e-book)by Beth Gutcheon




Check out Kimberly’s Caffeinated Confessions:  Why I Never Change My Original Rating of a Book.



INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One lovely review book came in the mailbox…from Vine.  Then I received a download from NetGalley.  Yay!  Then I got my Kindle First freebie from Prime…and could not stop there.  I purchased three downloads.


Falling, by Jane Green (Amazon Vine)






Leave Me (e-book), by Gayle Forman (NetGalley – 9/6)



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Kindle Prime:

Everything We Keep (e-book), by Kerry Lonsdale








The Girl You Lost (e-book), by Kathryn Croft






The Coincidence of Coconut Cake (e-book), by Amy E. Reichert






They May Not Mean To, But They Do (e-book), by Cathleen Schine







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


I still plan to read Flight Patterns...soon.  And I started My Husband’s Wives yesterday, only to set it aside for Death at Breakfast…

So, it will be another week dictated by my moods.



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Let’s grab some coffee and chat about books.  What did your week look like?


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