Sunday Post 42 | It’s A Holiday Weekend

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It’s a three day weekend, so my girls came home. If you have followed me for any length of time, you know how happy it makes me when my girls are home from college. Well, the oldest just finished college, so she’s just home. 😉 We’ve just been hanging out, spending time together. We have fun badgering my youngest about her plans after graduation – with the emphasis on you need to be figuring out your options now, so you can apply to Master’s programs or just have a game plan for finding a job, etc…

We are supposed to go see a movie today. I will post more on that next week in the What I Watched section, but it’s always good to get out and to get out as a family is just an added bonus.

Our week did have a bit of sadness, though. We lost the oldest of our three cats – Peppermint.

We knew it was coming and had plenty of time to mentally prepare, but it’s always sad when a pet who has been a member of your family for 15 years is no longer there anymore.

We know he’s now enjoying all the crab meat his heart desires.

NetGalley Book Haul

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from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley

Every story has its secrets. Every mystery has its motives. “A long time ago, in another country, I nearly killed a woman. It’s a particular feeling, the urge to murder. It takes over your body so completely, it’s like a divine force, grabbing hold of your will, your limbs, your psyche. There’s a joy to it. In retrospect, it’s frightening, but I daresay in the moment it feels sweet. The way justice feels sweet.” The greatest mystery wasn’t Agatha Christie’s disappearance in those eleven infamous days, it’s what she discovered. London, 1925: In a world of townhomes and tennis matches, socialites and shooting parties, Miss Nan O’Dea became Archie Christie’s mistress, luring him away from his devoted and well-known wife, Agatha Christie. The question is, why? Why destroy another woman’s marriage, why hatch a plot years in the making, and why murder? How was Nan O’Dea so intricately tied to those eleven mysterious days that Agatha Christie went missing?
Sometimes tying the knot gets complicated. Whip-smart, heartfelt and joyful, Alison Rose Greenberg’s Bad Luck Bridesmaid is a celebration of complicated women and a power-anthem to live your truth. It’s official: Zoey Marks is the cursed bridesmaid that no engagement can survive. Ten years, three empire waist dresses, and ZERO brides have walked down the aisle. After strike three, Zoey is left wondering if her own ambivalence towards marriage has rubbed off on those she loves. And when her building distrust of matrimony culminates in turning down a proposal from her perfect All-American boyfriend, Rylan Harper III, she and Rylan are both left heartbroken, leaving Zoey to wonder: what is it exactly about tying the knot that makes her want to run in the opposite direction? Enter Hannah Green: Zoey’s best friend, who announces that she’s marrying a guy she just met (cue eye roll). At a castle. In gorgeous, romantic Ireland, where Rylan will be in attendance, and Zoey will be a bridesmaid. It’ll be fine. Okay, the woman definition of fine (NOT FINE). Determined to turn her luck around, Zoey accepts her role and vows to get Hannah down the aisle—all the while praying her best friend’s wedded bliss will allow her to embrace marriage and get Rylan back. But as the weekend goes on, Zoey is plagued with more questions than answers. Can you be a free spirit, yet still want a certain future? Can you have love and be loved on your terms? And how DO you wrangle a bossy falcon into doing your bidding?

from Simon & Schuster via NetGalley

A psychologically suspenseful, cunning love story following a young dancer unable to recall the last year of her life after suffering a head injury on her honeymoon, revealing an intimate portrait of love’s powers—as well as its dangers. The year is 1996—a time before cell phones, status updates, and location tags—when you could still travel to a remote corner of the world and disappear, if you chose to do so. This is where we meet Gina Reinhold and Duncan Lowy, a young artistic couple madly in love, traveling around Europe on a romantic adventure. It’s a time both thrilling and dizzying for Gina, whose memories are hazy following a head injury—and the growing sense that the man at her side, her one companion on this strange continent, is keeping secrets from her. Just what is Duncan hiding and how far will he go to keep their pasts at bay? As the pair hop borders across Europe, their former lives threatening to catch up with them while the truth grows more elusive, we witness how love can lead us astray, and what it means to lose oneself in love… The End of Getting Lost is “atmospheric, lyrical, and filled with layered insights into the complexities of marriage” (Susie Yang, New York Times bestselling author of White Ivy). “Kirman is wonderfully deft with suspense and plot” (Katie Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Girls in Trucks) in this “electric page-turner” (Courtney Maum, author of Costalegre and Touch), a novel that is both a tightrope act of deception as much as it is an elegant exploration of love and marriage, and our cherished illusions of both. With notes of Patricia Highsmith, Caroline Kepnes, and Lauren Groff, Robin Kirman has spun a delicious tale of deceit, redemption, and the fight to keep love alive—no matter the costs.

This week I decided to switch from Hulu Live TV to YouTube TV. I moved to a streaming service for my live television over 3 years ago after having rates raised yet again on our Satellite service. I noticed that the equipment fees were ridiculous and the streaming services don’t have equipment fees. I’ve enjoyed Hulu Live but they charge you extra for little things like DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials whereas that stuff is included in YouTube TV for a lower base price. After scouring reviews, I decided to try it and found it was significantly better and I’m saving over $50/month, so win-win.

One thing I have that I didn’t before is the Hallmark channel. So, of course. I had to watch a Hallmark movie. I chose The Winter Princess, and it is every inch a Hallmark movie. I also have BBC America now too, and have been watching Star Trek Deep Space Nine on there. It’s been so long since I watched Deep Space Nine. I know it came out before we had the girls.

Fingers-crossed that I continue to enjoy YouTube TV and they don’t go crazy raising rates.

  • Tuesday, August 30th: Book Review of Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche by Nancy Springer ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️☀️ (YA Mystery)
  • Wednesday, September 1st: WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday, September 2nd: Book Review of Mastermind by Andrew Mayne ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️☀️ (thriller)
  • Friday, September 3rd: Book Blogger Hop
  • Tuesday, September 7th: Book Review of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Alice Feeney ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️☀️ (Psychological Thriller)
  • Wednesday, September 8th: WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday, September 9th: Book Review of Lady’s Ransom by Jeff Wheeler ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️☀️ (epic fantasy)
  • Friday, September 10th: Book Blogger Hop
  • Saturday, September 11th: Book Review of The Dating Game by Sandy Barker ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ (romcom)

How was your week – bookish or otherwise?

36 Replies to “Sunday Post 42 | It’s A Holiday Weekend”

  1. Ooo how lovely to have all your girls home for a couple of days – I hope you enjoy your film trip out – but I am also sorry to hear of the passing of your eldest fur baby, Peppermint. ❤ My week has been a bit dull, as I returned to work on Wednesday with two full on training days, which has meant I haven’t been up to much else! 😏 Take care, happy reading and new viewing. 😃

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  2. I’m looking forward to you review of Rock, Paper, Scissors. I received this in the post on Saturday so I’m looking forward to reading it 💕

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  3. Sorry about Peppermint, animals are like one of the family. This week is going to be busy. On Monday I am going to our local theatre to talk about what I need to do next for our plays. My first paid commission, so I know there is a lot of revisions to go over, but I still can’t help get excited.

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  4. I’m glad both your daughters were home to say their goodbyes to Peppermint. 15 years was a good age to reach but makes it all the harder on the heart. Enjoy that extra “weekend day”

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  5. I’m glad you have the girls for the weekend, Tessa. Enjoy yourselves. My husband and I have been watching The Handmaid’s Tale on hulu. Its about women who are forced to bear children against their will in a place called Texas… I mean Gilead. It’s very disturbing (and I couldn’t resist). Anyway, have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to your reviews!

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    1. I’m always looking for deals, especially when it means I can consolidate some streaming apps into one. And thank you 🙏


  6. I’m so sorry about your cat. It’s so sad when one of our pets leave us. I know what you mean about your kids. My kids have both recently finished college, and both are floundering a bit trying to figure out what to do next. And with the pandemic, it’s extra hard to figure out.

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  7. ‘The Christie Affair’ looks great, I’ve always been intrigued by Agatha Christie’s life! That one is definitely going onto my TBR. And I’m sorry to hear about Peppermint 😦 it sounds like Peppermint had a great life with you and your family though! I hope you have a lovely week!
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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    1. I think so too! When I saw what The Christie Affair was about, I snatched it right up ❤️ and thank you 🙏❤️❤️❤️


  8. I’m glad you had your girls home, Tessa, but I’m so sorry for the loss of Peppermint. You gave her a wonderful life for 15 years. If you mention Hallmark movies, chances are my hubby has seen it, lol. He loves watching them.

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  9. You have three girls, and one lives at home because she already graduated, correct? I was wondering what brought the other two home. It’s too early for fall break. Do they go to school close to your house so it’s easy to pop in for a visit?

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    1. I have two girls – one at Chapel Hill and one who just graduated from Chapel Hill and has a job in commutable distance from the college – so, they live together and have for over a year. Me and my husband are technically empty nesters. They came home, which is a two hour drive, partly because they had a long weekend and mostly to celebrate my husbands birthday, which was the weekend before. They either come home or we go up about once per month. It works for us ❤️


      1. Awww, that’s so sweet that they live together, especially so they have each other during the pandemic. You raised good young women.

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