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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.


The week flew by, but I enjoyed my books; I also did some binge-watching of Happy Valley and The Newsroom on Netflix and Amazon Video.  I am also watching Grace and Frankie, now that Season II is out.

To celebrate my weekend, I’ve rearranged some things in my bedroom so I can watch there via my TV/Laptop hook-up (HDMI cable).  I watch via the Blu-Ray in my living room.

I only finished reading and reviewing two books, but they were both really good.  I’m halfway through the third book.

I got an early Mother’s Day delivery today…a balloon, a bear, and these gorgeous edible treats:



mother's day chocolates



Serendipitous Musings:  I Can’t Wait to Get a Copy!

Tuesday Potpourri:  Excerpting “The Excellent Lombards”

Serendipitous Wednesdays:  Waiting for “Siracusa”

Thoughts from the Interior:  Favorite Places

Hump Day Potpourri:  Welcome to My Interior World!

Interior World Shake-Ups:  When Will I Stop?

Bookish Thursdays # 12:  Serendipitous Moments

Bookish Fridays:  Excerpting “The Other Typist”

Rainy Day Reading:  Curling up with Books & Netflix

Saturday Sparks:  Spotlighting Interior & Exterior Moments

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

Review:  Don’t You Cry (e-book), by Mary Kubica –(NetGalley – 5/17)




From Kristilyn, at A Little Time to Read:  Bullet Journaling:  One Month In

From Lexxie, at Up Close & (un)Conventional – Memes


INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No books in the mailbox!  I did receive two review ARCs from NetGalley…and downloaded four purchased e-books.

Ink & Bone (e-book), by Lisa Unger  (NetGalley – 6/7)







All the Missing Girls (e-book), by Megan Miranda – (NetGalley – 6/28)






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






The Blue Bath (e-book), by Mary Waters-Sayer






Wilde Lake (e-book), by Laura Lippman







I Let You Go (e-book), by Claire Mackintosh





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

Currently Reading:  What We Find (e-book), by Robyn Carr







Next:  My Name Is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout






There will be others from my stacks, depending on my mood and available time….What did your week look like?  Come on by and chat, sharing your comments and links.


Coffee, Mimosa, & reading - 2




  1. Happy Mothers Day! Nice that you got your stuff early… enjoy! I liked your pictures, especially the one with the seal on the beach. I’ll bet the dog was having a blast! 🙂

    Nice review of Don’t You Cry, I didn’t realize a Michigan harbor town was part of the setting. I know some of those harbor towns on the west coast of Michigan fill up with Chicago area people every weekend during the summer- they’re very popular! So neat connection there! I always like it when a Michigan connection shows up. 🙂 Sounds like it has some creepy elements and a tense read. Glad it was good.

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    1. Thanks, Greg….before I realized just where in Michigan the other part of the story was set, I Googled a map and tried to sort it out. But then I saw in the blurb that it was a harbor town in Michigan, an hour from Chicago. Duh!

      I do love knowing where a book is set…and I love when I’m familiar with the setting.

      Enjoy your week!


    1. I’ve always enjoyed Lisa Unger’s books, Deborah, so I am excited about Ink and Bone…and I’ve been eyeing I Let You Go for a while, so it’s good news that you loved it. Thanks for stopping by!


    1. Thanks, Mary, and happy Mother’s Day to you, too. I have only had one of those strawberries so far…they are very rich. I will have to take them in small doses…lol.

      Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting.


  2. Literary Feline

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    We’ve enjoyed Newsroom. I think we may not be caught up, now that I think about it, but my husband and I liked what we did see of it. Those chocolate covered strawberries look yummy! Your new books sound like they will be good. I’m really curious about the new Lippman novel.

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

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    1. Thanks, Wendy, and Happy Mother’s Day to you, too.

      I’ve now finished three seasons on The Newsroom…I imagine there are more, but that’s all I found on Amazon Video. I guess I’ll search On Demand, to see if more are there…as I’m not satisfied with the ending!

      I had one strawberry so far…very rich! Maybe I can have one a day…lol.

      I love Lippman’s books…eager to read it. Enjoy your week!


    1. Thanks, JoAnn…I plan to eat only ONE of those strawberries per day. They are huge, so one should do the trick.

      I hope to read Lucy Barton next….thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your week.


  3. I have Ink and Bone, All the Missing Girls, and What We Find also and can’t wait to read them!
    I love your Mother’s Day presents, how thoughtful! Only my younger daughter has touched base with me because she lives with me and the other 2 live on their own, but I’m hoping for a call or email, or I will guilt them, lol! Mothers are good at that 🙂 My daughter is going to take me to Target to redo my new bathroom with new shower curtain, guest towels, soap dispenser, etc. Fun trip I look forward to.
    Have a wonderful day and from the looks of your books, you will be having a good reading week ahead.
    (I’m not yet in my new home, later this month, but I am in my new blog home now)

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    1. Oh, I am off to check out your new blog, Rita…and have fun in your new home. It’s fun to redo the rooms in a new place…enjoy! And I am really looking forward to my suspenseful thrillers from NetGalley.

      Three of my kids have touched base…the eldest, living in Europe, usually forgets our holidays, as he has been over there for so many years.


  4. I also did some reading and movie watching this week. It’s nice when you can fit in both in the same week.

    Those chocolate covered strawberries you got look really good! I hope they taste just as well as they look. I hope you’ll enjoy your new books and have a great week!

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  5. My son sent me strawberries like that last year. So much YUM! I need to do something with our bedroom, but I’m strapped by lack of cash. We want to build our bed and some shelves as well as paint, but it’ll have to wait. Once we finish our Exterior Library then we can do something with our bedroom. lol

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  6. Sounds like a good Mother’s Day there. How do you like The Newsroom show? I’ve been wanting to try that out. The Elizabeth Strout book is a bit different, a quiet read. Enjoy your week.

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  7. A really great book haul – am I right in thinking ‘Ink and Bone’ is a murder thriller with a paranormal thread running through it? I’ll be interested to see how creepy it is… Enjoy the rest of the chocolate covered strawberries and have a good week.

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  8. fuonlyknew

    Sometimes quality is better than quantity when reading books. I got caught up and a little ahead on reviews and now enjoying some books from my TBR. I binge watched the Captain America movies and the Avenger movies with my son this week. They are so much better than I was expecting. Especially the Captain America movies. Happy Mother’s Day!

    My Sunday Post

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    1. Oh, how sweet of you, Nise…there is nothing better, IMO, than binge-watching shows that go on and on…until they’re over.

      I haven’t yet watched Downton Abby…but what a great idea!

      I hope to read Lucy Barton next. Thanks for stopping by….and have a great week.


  9. Yummy mother’s day gift and looks gorgeous too. Hmm I have seen a few reviews that have made me interested in The Blue Bath. I so loved The Newsroom, I didn’t always pick up what they said because they spoke so fast to my ear!!

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    1. Oh, yes, they did speak very rapidly on The Newsroom…I put captions up to help with that…and with accents, too. LOL. But sometimes the captions go by pretty quickly, too.

      Thanks for visiting, Kathryn, and for hosting…I had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. Enjoy your week!


    1. Thanks, Anna, I love my little pink “Pippa,” which I have named her. It is hard to imagine that, in the beginning, I wasn’t that crazy about the Kindle reading experience. My Paperwhite is much more user-friendly than my original Kindle. Enjoy your week!


    1. Thanks, Majanka…I am always terrified while reading this author, LOL. I look forward to it, too. Thanks for visiting…and have a great week. The chocolate strawberries are delicious…I’ve had just one. I think I’ll have one more this afternoon.


  10. Lauren

    Those chocolate covered strawberries look delicious!
    I haven’t read any Lisa Unger before but I’ve heard her books are really good. Need to move her up.
    Enjoy your week!

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  11. Dani Chapman

    Chocolate covered strawberries… That was something I didn’t get but would have loved! I did get a plate of homemade fudge though! 🙂

    Hope you had a super awesome day!

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  12. gotmybook2

    Thanks for visiting my very first Sunday Summary and leaving a comment. I have to tell you that I love your graphic of the girl, sometimes pictures really can equal 1000 words.

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  13. It appears you had a pretty awesome week! Those strawberries look absolutely delicioooooous, hopefully they were as yummy as they look!

    Thanks so so much for stopping by my blog this week! Here’s hoping the week to come is awesome for you. Happy book-ing!

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  14. These strawberries look delicious!

    I’m currently listening to My Name Is Lucy Barton and so far I really like it. The narrator I’m listening to is very pleasant, which only makes it better! I also want to read I Let You Go, and I’m supposed to receive it this week.Happy reading to you!

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