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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.

As you have probably noticed, I have brought the Weekly Updates over here to Curl up and Read.  I like to keep things in a state of flux.  LOL.

The week flew by, as usual.  One minute, it felt like Monday…and then, suddenly, it was Friday.  I did read and review four books this week, and have now read and reviewed 26 books for my Read the Books You Buy Challenge.

I spent some time bingeing on Netflix, with the new series The Ranch.  So far, it’s fun.  I also added a new show to my queue:  American Odyssey.

Midweek, I took a break for lunch with a friend at The Cheesecake Factory…delicious!  But it was a late lunch, so I didn’t feel much like having dinner later.  But that’s okay, too.



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(The cheesecake in the photo above was from The Elephant Bar, the week before.  I forgot to photograph mine from this week….but they looked the same).

Let’s revisit the rest of my week…


Dreaming…Excerpt from “Web of Tyranny”

Sunday Potpourri: A Day of Lazing About

Ignite Your Book Love: Musings

Serendipitous Tuesdays: “Friction”

Curl up and Wait For “It Ends with Us”

Interior Thoughts: Exploring the Past…and Reveling in the Present

Bookish Fridays:  “Dream of the Blue Room”

Review:  Most Wanted (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline (NetGalley – 4/12)

Review:  The Nest (e-book), by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Review:  Domestic Secrets (e-book), by Rosalind Noonan

Review:  The Price of Salt (e-book, Carol), by Patricia Highsmith


INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Two books came in my mailbox from Amazon Vine…and I downloaded three purchased books…plus, I got an Amazon Prime freebie.

Mother Knows Best, by Karen MacInerney (Amazon Vine)





June, by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (Amazon Vine)





Blood Defense (e-book), by Marcia Clark (From Amazon Prime)





First Frost (e-book), by Sarah Addison Allen (Purchased)





Lies & Other Acts of Love (e-book), by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Purchased)





River Road (e-book), by Carol Goodman (Purchased)





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

As usual, I have a few books on my stack that I plan to read…but in what order, or when, well, let’s just say that I’m trying for the whimsical.

North of Here (e-book), by Laurel Saville





Dream of the Blue Room (e-book), by Michelle Richmond





A Fatal Grace (e-book, Book 2), by Louise Penny





That’s my week….what did yours look like?  I hope you’ll stop by and leave your links to your posts.


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    1. I have been wanting First Frost for a long time, but knew I had to read Garden Spells first. I loved the characters, so I’m eager to revisit them. I also love the look of Lies and Other Acts of Love. Thanks for stopping by, Hayley. Enjoy your week!

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  1. I wish we had a Cheesecake Factory here. I wouldn’t feel like eating dinner after a meal there either! It always drives my husband crazy when I go out somewhere big for lunch because I have zero interest in cooking dinner and I’m the primary cook! Love the books you got. I read The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen last summer and absolutely loved it. I’ve been meaning to read Garden Spells ever since and I need to get on it so a full year doesn’t go by. First Frost will be next. Have a great week!


    1. Yes, the downside of eating a late lunch.

      I also loved The Peach Keeper and Lost Lake. So glad I finally got around to Garden Spells, so I can now read First Frost. Thanks for stopping by, Katherine…time flies so fast. When I look at the dates on my various purchases, I find it hard to believe that so many books have been waiting so long.


  2. This week didn’t go by as fast for me, but the weekend is here! 🙂 Netflix is always a good choice lol and Cheesecake looks fun… have never been but they have ’em in Chicago (a few hours away).

    The author of June jumped out at me, I remember the name because I was going to red Bittersweet… I never did. Hmm… bummer. North of Here has a nice cover too with the egg shells. Hope your reads are good and have another fantastic week!


    1. I did finally read Bittersweet…I also got that one from Vine. So I am excited about June.

      I, too, love the look of North of Here, and enjoyed a memoir by this author.

      I spent the afternoon watching Lie to Me and American Odyssey on Netflix; the latter is so good, I had a hard time stopping.

      Thanks for visiting, Greg, and I would be very sad if there was no Cheesecake Factory here…LOL. We don’t have a lot going on in this city, but we do have some good restaurants. Thanks for stopping by!


    1. Thanks, Laura, I loved the characters in Garden Spells, so First Frost is one I’m eager to read…and I love The Ranch. Also discovered and enjoyed American Odyssey on Netflix.

      Enjoy your week!


  3. I like the look of River Road!

    I tried to find your post earlier today and tried Serendipity and Rainy Days – and hadn’t checked the others!

    That cheesecake looks amazing!


    1. Sorry about the mix-up on the blogs, Deborah…in trying to change things up, I guess it can be a challenge for readers. The updates will be here for a while.

      I love the look of River Road, too, and thanks so much for persisting and finding me today! Enjoy your week.


    1. Thanks, Kimberly, and yes, sorry about the tag game!

      I was reminded of Marcia Clark’s books when I saw the OJ miniseries…and then, out of the blue, I got her book from Amazon Prime. I love Prime!

      Enjoy your week, and thanks for stopping by. And for hosting!


  4. I definitely get what you’re saying. Time really flew by this week. I hate when that happens, makes me feel all weird.
    I saw ‘The Ranch’ on my Netflix screen.. haven’t seen it yet though but it sounds interesting.

    Have a great week and happy reading 😉


    1. Thanks, Maureen, and every day when I woke up, I couldn’t believe we were another day closer to the weekend. I didn’t watch The Ranch yesterday after all, as I got caught up in American Odyssey…will probably watch today. It’s raining again! Enjoy your week.


  5. 26 books! Laurel that’s great 🙂 he Cheesecake Factory is one of my favorites place to meet friends for lunch. Love their salad and of course the cheesecakes. The one in your picture looks sinfully good 🙂 Love the header image! Did you change the background too? is it SO PRETTY 🙂


    1. Thanks, Daniela, I changed the header and background during Bloggiesta. I love makeovers anyway, and any excuse to do them.

      I don’t go to The Cheesecake Factory as often as I’d like…it involves a crosstown freeway, and mad parking. But…worth it.

      Enjoy your week…and I am pleased at how this one went.


  6. Hi, trying to visit those I don’t normally get around tot and I really like your blog. You seem to read some genres I love. 🙂 I know what you mean when it was Monday one moment and then the weekend the next! i had a busy week too.

    You got a lot of great looking books to read I hope you enjoy them all. 🙂

    Week In Review


    1. Thanks, Stormi, I so love getting new books, even though I know the ongoing challenge of getting to them all in a reasonable amount of time will continue….I’m glad you like this blog…it’s one of my first WP sites (after An Interior Journey and Potpourri!).

      Enjoy your week!


  7. Too many good books here to comment on 🙂 I’ve either read or want to read every single one! Except the Highsmith one, which I didn’t have on my radar, but was intrigued by the movie commercials. I hope to read The Most Wanted soon and I enjoyed Domestic Secrets but found it a bit like Peyton Place, lol. I also read Dream of the Blue Room and A Fatal Grace so enjoy them.


    1. Thanks, Rita, and I don’t know why I hadn’t read Dream of the Blue Room sooner…but I’m really enjoying it now. Maybe that’s the way it should be…right?

      I actually enjoyed Peyton Place, so there must be a part of me that loves lewd tabloid-style reading…LOL.

      I loved the first book in the Gamache series (The Crossing Places), so I’m eager to read more.

      Enjoy your week!


  8. fuonlyknew

    So many lovely new books for you! I see a couple I might have to grab. Yikes! Drooling over the cheesecake. One of favorites but off my radar. Got to get ready for a bathing suit. LOL

    My Sunday Post


    1. Thanks, Grace, and I am glad you enjoyed Lies and Other Acts of Love…now I want more cheesecake…and I wish they would deliver some here, as it’s raining again and I don’t want to leave my house! LOL.


  9. novelinkchristy

    Oh my gosh, that cheesecake looks SO GOOD!! I haven’t read any of the books that you got this week but I hope you enjoy them all 😀


    1. Thanks, Kathy, glad you like the blog….and I’m eager to read First Frost, too, knowing that it contains some Garden Spells characters.

      One thing I have discovered about The Cheesecake Factory: they do have a page in the menu of smaller portions…but even those are too large. Enjoy your week!


  10. Christy LoveOfBooks

    I watched a couple episodes of The Ranch and it’s pretty funny. Gotta love Sam Elliot. IOhhhh I love the Cheesecake Factory. Yum! Have a great week!


    1. Thanks, Christy, there is something very appealing about Sam Elliott…I saw him in a fairly recent movie (last year?) with Blythe Danner (I’ll See You In My Dreams).

      Yay for The Cheesecake Factory. Enjoy your week….


  11. Oh! I’ve only read one book by Sarah Addison Allen but I LOVED it. I really need to read more of her beautiful words, and I’ve always thought that cover is striking.
    Happy reading week to you! 🙂


  12. Last week did go by really fast and I have a feeling this week will as well.

    I loved First Frost though I thought Garden Spells was better. I really enjoy her writing style. I will have to check out the other books on your list. Dream of the Blue Room sounds pretty good.


    1. Thanks, Christina T…I don’t want this week to fly by…so many things to do! I am almost finished with Dream of the Blue Room…and it’s…dreamy. Lots of “mind travels” into the past. Enjoy your week!


    1. Thanks for visiting, Stacy Renee….and I didn’t get to The Ranch this weekend…I was too caught up in the intense thriller American Odyssey. Hope to return to The Ranch soon! Enjoy your week.


  13. It sounds like you’ve had a great reading week – and doing so good on the task of reading the books you’ve bought. All your incoming books for the week look interesting. I’ve had my eye on First Frost for a while now. I hope this new week is just as successful!


  14. Brandie

    The fact that you live close to a Cheesecake Factory to eat at often makes me really jealous!! I love that place – I got to eat there a few weeks ago and it was amazing. The lemon raspberry cheesecake is to die for!
    I’m excited to read Lies and other Acts of Love – I hope it’s good!
    Enjoy your week!


    1. Yes, it is pretty amazing…even though it’s not in my neighborhood, but a freeway drive away, it is still a good thing. Probably better that I have to stop and think before going….LOL.

      Thanks for stopping by, Brandie, and I can’t wait to read Lies and Other Acts of Love. Enjoy your week!

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  15. Ahh… I love the graphics on this site. You got some great book this week. I love Sarah Addison Allen, and I am currently devouring River Road, so good. It is a page turner.


  16. I love the Cheesecake Factory! I don’t eat there often, but there was a time when my husband and I went there just about every other week (before kiddo). I’ve tried just about all their cheesecakes (although maybe I shouldn’t admit to that). Someone else was recently telling me about The Ranch. I’ll have to check it out.

    I couldn’t resist the Marcia Clark book through the Amazon First program either. 🙂 I have June to read for an upcoming book tour and Mother Knows Best is on my to read pile. Hopefully we like them all. 🙂

    I hope you have a great week, Laurel-Rain!


    1. Thanks, Wendy, I hope we like them all, too…and there are many aspects to the Amazon Prime program that I really enjoy. It’s almost time to renew, and I definitely will.

      I don’t go to The Cheesecake Factory as often as I once did, although lately, I’ve gone a couple of times.

      Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting!


  17. I love your blog layout/graphics! 😀 Also, cheesecake hehe. We’ve recently moved across the country and are near a Cheesecake Factory for the first time ever and ohhhh I go there way too often lol!

    Great book haul, I haven’t heard of most of them so I’m going to check them out now…because my TBR shelf could totally do with a few more on there 😉 Happy reading!



    1. Thanks, Natalie, I’m glad you enjoy it here…I love creating and redesigning my blog looks; part of the fun of blogging. LOL.

      Enjoy your week and the books you add to those shelves…we all have way too many books there, don’t we?


  18. Hi there, Laurel. I should join the Read the Books You Buy challenge – I have bookshelves and bookshelves of books I bought that I haven’t read yet! I did set myself the challenge of reading 40 (or so books) that I already own before I turn 50. Let’s see if I make some headway with that one.


    1. Good luck, Myra….I always buy way more books than I can read in a reasonable amount of time, so curbing that impulse is probably the first step to controlling the TBR. And reading review copies of books I would otherwise buy…instead of weird review books from unknown authors that I don’t even like, once I get them. Enjoy your week.


  19. The Cue Card

    How scrumptious going to the Cheese Cake Factory! Where is your martini?! I just signed up for Amazon prime so now how do I get the freebie? hmm. I will have to investigate. You got a lot of good books for the week. Enjoy!


    1. They send me e-mails to announce when the picks are ready. You can also go to your Prime account on Amazon, and they show a few things there. Good luck and enjoy, Susan.

      I forgot to take a photo of my martini this time!


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