After Thanksgiving, I traditionally begin adding Christmas trinkets to my space.  While this year is not like the past, I did find a couple of decorations that I once used.  Even last year, I brought out this little tree from my previous residence, above left…and even before the Pandemic, (below), I touched base with the past.

The miniature tree above spent the last twelve months in a storage bin under the bed, so it looks a little crooked today.

The wreath on the door adds a familiar touch to the season.


Finding familiar things to add a little celebration to the season should help me through the days ahead.

What are you discovering to bring comfort in the days ahead?



Another book release day!  I did not download any brand new book releases, but did find this one that came out on October 15:

The Girl in the Mirror, by Rose Carlyle

Written with the chilling, twisty suspense of The Wife Between Us and Something in the Water, a seductive debut thriller about greed, lust, secrets, and deadly lies involving identical twin sisters.


As I sort through the relatively new books on my stacks, I am also bringing forward some that I have had for a while (This one since June 16, 2020):

I Was Told It Would Get Easier, by Abbi Waxman, is a book I am currently reading.


I am also reading a recent download: I’ll Be Seeing You, by Elizabeth Berg, a wonderful memoir of aging and saying goodbye.


What, if any, book releases/current reads are keeping you distracted from the world around us?



Enjoy your Bookish Tuesday, celebrating new releases…and books that have found their way to your shelves at any time this year.

Today I downloaded a book that was released in October, but I am still celebrating its descent into Paige, my Kindle.

Goodnight Beautiful, by Aimee Molloy, sounds like one I want to dive into sooner rather than later.

From “master of clever misdirection” (Kirkus Reviews) Aimee Molloy, author of the New York Times bestseller The Perfect Mother, comes an irresistible psychological thriller featuring a newly married woman whose life is turned upside down when her husband goes missing.


Yesterday, a new print book arrived by mail:

Flying the Nest, by Rachael Johns

The first time Ashling Wood realises her marriage is on the rocks is when her husband, Adrian, suggests they try nest parenting. Heartbroken, Ash suddenly finds herself living a double life – one week with her children, the next cohabiting with her happily single sister-in-law. Her friends think the modern custody solution is an exciting opportunity for her to spread her wings, but all Ash wants is her family back together.


I read some great reviews for each of these books.  The second one was harder to get my hands on, but I finally found an Amazon page with links that I could click!   The blurb above came from a Goodreads page.  The book arrived in the mail yesterday.


What, if any, books are you anticipating?



Hello, Blog World!  It is Tuesday, another day of book releases!  And while I had none pre-ordered for today, I did find a new release from an author I have enjoyed.  T.R. Ragan’s Sawyer Brooks series has released Book 2!  But wait, I haven’t yet read Book 1, so I immediately went to Amazon to check it out.  And decided I must have them both.

Don’t Make a Sound is a book that takes the reader to some familiar places for me…Sacramento, for one, in which I first connected with another series by this author.

Her own past could be a reporter’s biggest story in this twisting thriller about murder and family secrets by the New York Times bestselling author T.R. Ragan.

And in Book Two:  Out of Her Mind, we follow as “a string of copycat crimes leads a reporter down a terrifying path in a heart-stopping thriller by New York Times bestselling author T.R. Ragan.”


I previously followed the Lizzy Gardner series by this author, and I think I still have one of those books on my Kindle!  Do you enjoy reconnecting with favorite authors from the past?


It has been a good week for me!  Some of the post-election relief has uplifted me…and now I can immerse myself happily in books!

How has your week unfolded?



Happy Book Release Day!  I did not receive any pre-ordered books today, but I downloaded one e-book:

The Next Wife, by Liz Lawler

‘Wow… I want more!!! Draws you in like no other. Best book I’ve read in a while. Psychological thriller at its best.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I should never have married him. I ignored the warnings. It’s what you do when you’re in love. Ignore what you don’t want to see.

I do love the look and sound of this one!


I ordered a print book that should arrive next week:

Flying the Nest, by Rachael Johns

The first time Ashling Wood realises her marriage is on the rocks is when her husband, Adrian, suggests they try nest parenting. Heartbroken, Ash suddenly finds herself living a double life – one week with her children, the next cohabiting with her happily single sister-in-law. Her friends think the modern custody solution is an exciting opportunity for her to spread her wings, but all Ash wants is her family back together.

An offer to renovate a seaside cottage seems like the perfect distraction for Ash while waiting for Adrian to come to his senses. She’s determined to fix her marriage as well as the cottage, but life gets even more complicated when she meets local fisherman Dan Emerson.


I am eager to get my hands on this one…and also to start reading the e-book.

What, if any, books are you eyeing today?



We are definitely enjoying autumn colors and scents…finally.  I searched through my Bitmoji images today to find something cute to share here…and also something to use as a centerpiece for my new blog header:

Tonight we are having a special autumn menu in the dining room, in honor of Halloween.  I will grab some photos of the meal…probably.

This season has not been like the kind and gentle ones we used to enjoy over the years, so I’ve had to find images that capture the feeling.

I am also viewing old shows on Netflix that conjure feelings of nostalgia.  Like the show Private Practice helps me grab the feelings.


Now I plan to curl up with my current read, The Silent Wife, by Karin Slaughter, and enjoy the thrills and chills.


What are you doing this Halloween season?



Welcome to another Hump Day!  I decided to stay in my apartment this morning, with a pot of my freshly ground coffee and the pleasure of  visiting blogs for the Wednesday Reading post.

Then I picked up the book I am currently reading:  The Undoing, by Jean Hanff Korelitz (previously entitled You Should Have Known).

This is a book I purchased in March 2014!  It stayed unread all this time, although I had tried to read it earlier.  For some reason, it did not grip me.  But then HBO came out with a miniseries, called The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant…and I couldn’t resist watching.  So far, only the first episode has been released, but I was hooked.

Funny how that happens sometimes, but now that I am reading the book again, I can’t stop turning the pages fast enough. I am on page 111, of 439 pages, and I had barely dug into the opening of it the first time.

Is it the passing of time, or is it the teaser of the miniseries?  I guess it doesn’t matter, since I am now loving it.


Now I am thoroughly ready for the day…so I will finally take my shower and get dressed!  I love a day that starts off like this one.

How is your day going?



Good morning on this great new Tuesday, a day to reflect on new releases!

I already received two new books that I had pre-ordered, and I am always so delighted to open my Kindle upon these “gifts.”

House of Correction, by Nicci French

“This house of correction is booby-trapped with twists, the floors paved with trapdoors, quicksand churning in the garden. Enter if you dare.” –A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window


Then I was delighted to find another book from a favorite author…and while it was not a surprise, since I had pre-ordered it, I had forgotten that it was arriving today!

I’ll Be Seeing You, by Elizabeth Berg

The beloved New York Times bestselling author tells the poignant love story of caring for her parents in their final years in this beautifully written memoir.


Then I discovered another new release that came out today, one I was not aware of, so I have bookmarked it on Amazon.  Should I download it now?  What do you think?

Love Your Life, by Sophie Kinsella

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Owe You One, an utterly delightful novel about a woman who ditches her dating app for a writer’s retreat in Italy—only to find that real love comes with its own filters


Then I downloaded an Amazon Prime freebie that looks really good:

Girls of Brackenhill, by Kate Moretti


I am still immersed in Invisible Girl, and almost finished.  A book I am loving!

What has your week/day been like so far?



As I sit at my desk on a Friday morning, I am savoring my coffee made from freshly ground beans…and feeling gratitude.

I didn’t sleep well last night, so the morning coffee was especially appreciated.

While enjoying my coffee, I placed my Instacart order, which I do weekly nowadays, usually on Friday or Saturday.    I like how I can watch the progress of their shopping on my phone.   Right now, they have found everything but two items, but I am pretty sure those will end up in my shopping cart as well.

Yesterday, I rearranged a few things in my entry way.  No big deal.  I love the little “When All Else Fails, Ask Nana” tidbit, which has been hanging in various places over the years.  In this vignette, you can see photos of some grandchildren in the bottom left, which seems to spotlight some of them.  And the Mary Engelbreit “chocolate” hanging is another favorite.  The little  “Squishy House,” dubbed so by my eldest son, is on the right hand side.

Here are a few more views of the slightly rearranged entry way.

What else am I doing today?  Well, I’m loving my read of The Lost for Words Bookshop, by Stephanie Butland.

“In The Lost for Words Bookshop, Stephanie Butland has created a bibliophile’s delight. Witty and irreverent, funny and sad, this is a charming tribute to stories on the page and in our lives–and the powers they can hold over us.”—Matthew Sullivan author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore


I should be wrapping this book up by the end of the day.  Meanwhile, I may have to grind some more coffee beans for another pot of coffee!

What does your day look like?



Welcome to another Book Release Tuesday!  Today I did not download any new releases, although my choices were recently published books.  Sometimes I bookmark those I want to add to my shelves…and then forget about them for a bit.

Like this one:

Sisters, by Daisy Johnson

From a Booker Prize finalist and international literary star: a blazing portrait of one darkly riveting sibling relationship, from the inside out.


Then I click on over to another recently bookmarked novel:

The Sunday Girl, by Pip Drysdale

The Sunday Girl is impossible to put down—fans of Liane Moriarty and Greer Hendricks will devour this twisty psychological thriller of love gone wrong…and revenge done right.


As I began my day, I was happy to bring out my newly delivered coffee grinder and create some freshly ground coffee.  I had to take the grinder to the bathroom to find an unused outlet, however.  We have very few here in this studio apartment.


Today I am reading Return to Virgin River, by Robyn Carr, and because I have taken the morning off from activities, including the dining room, I hope to make good progress on it.

How is your day shaping up?