Sunday Post 43 | Is It Really Fall?

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We’ve had a break from the excessive southern heat this week. Instead of normal summer temps of 90+(F) / 32+(C) plus, it’s only been in the 80’s. This is always a welcome change. It has me thinking about varying up my VR workout (Supernatural) with some walking outside.

Theo (orange tabby) as a kitten, with my daughter’s cat Evie – enjoying the fresh air 😍😍😍

Of course, this is also the time of year when pollen gets worse, so my allergies are going crazy. That doesn’t make being outside such a great idea, but how do I resist the nicer weather. You would think taking three prescriptions for allergies all year would make them non-existent but somehow it doesn’t.

Even my youngest cat, Theo, can’t resist the fresh air and he gets stuffy from environmental allergens too. He has FIV and a chronic sinus infection, and I often wonder if that makes him more susceptible to allergens than other cats. I limit his exposure but it feels mean to not let him bask in the fresh air a little.

NetGalley Book Haul

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From Harper Collins imprints HQ and One More Chapter

Two strangers meet on the pierOnly one walks away… Screenwriter Caroline Byrne is desperate to know why her daughter Jessica died, murdered in Stratford when she was supposed to be at a friend’s in Somerset. When Caroline discovers the messages Jessica had been sending a boy named Michael, she realises it’s because of him. Because he failed to meet her that day. He’s the reason why her daughter is dead. And so she makes a choice. He’s the one who’s going to pay. That is her promise. Her price. Set between Essex, Kent, and Australia, The Woman on the Pier is a dark suspense thriller brimming with secrets and lies seeping across three generations – a must-read for fans of Lucy Foley and Rosamund Lupton.
Dear Santa, I wish I could believe in magic again. From, Sasha Hansley. Sasha Hansley hates Christmas. As a child, it was her favourite time of year, but ever since the tragic death of her mother, it has completely lost its magic. But when she gets an unexpected phone call from her eccentric estranged father, she’s forced to dust off her snow boots. He has been running a Lapland style Christmas village in Norway and after suffering a heart attack, he is on strict doctor’s orders to slow down. Eager to reconnect with her dad, Sasha books the next flight out there. Only she has never actually been on a plane before, let alone to the Arctic Circle. Met at the runway by drop-dead-gorgeous Taavi Salvesen, they sleigh ride through the snow with the Northern Lights guiding their way. When Sasha uncovers sacks of unopened Santa mail – letters that children and adults from all over the world write to Santa every year – she realises that she can send a little bit of magic out into the world by replying to some of them. With Taavi on hand to help, will Sasha rediscover her own excitement for Christmas and find love among the letters? The Post Box at the North Pole is like one big romantic mug of hot chocolate with extra whipped cream and a splash of Christmas magic! Fans of Holly Martin, Sarah Morgan and Heidi Swain will love this novel!
Tis the season for mulled wine, mince pies, and magic under the mistletoe… Flora loves Christmas more than anything else in the world, so she’s gutted when her Scrooge-alike boss fires her from Deck the Halls Christmas emporium. But now she finally has a chance to follow her dreams – and what better place to start than the home of Christmas? Before she can say ‘sleigh bells’, Flora’s on her way to Lapland in a campervan-cum-Christmas-shop. She can’t wait to spend her days drinking hot chocolate and taking reindeer-drawn carriage rides, but something Flora didn’t expect was meeting Connor, a Norse god of a man who makes her heart flutter and snowflakes swirl in her stomach. There’s just one problem: Connor hates Christmas. Can Flora convince Connor of the joys of Christmas – and will she find a festive romance along the way? The perfect Christmas romance for fans of Debbie Johnson, Holly Martin and Jenny Colgan.

From Random House /Ballantine

Three generations of abused women must navigate their chilling new reality as a mysterious epidemic of violence sweeps the nation in this compelling novel of self-discovery, legacy, and hope. When Chelsea Martin kisses her husband hello at the door of their perfect home, a chilled bottle of beer in hand and dinner on the table, she may look like the ideal wife, mother, and homemaker—but in fact she’s following an unwritten rulebook, carefully navigating David’s stormy moods in a desperate nightly bid to avoid catastrophe. If family time doesn’t go exactly the way David wants, bad things happen—to Chelsea, and to the couple’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Ella. Cut off from all support, controlled and manipulated for years, Chelsea has no resources and no one to turn to. Her wealthy, narcissistic mother, Patricia, would rather focus on the dust on her chandelier than acknowledge Chelsea’s bruises. After all, Patricia’s life looks perfect on the surface, too. But the façade crumbles when a mysterious condition overtakes the nation. Known as the Violence, it causes the infected to experience sudden, explosive bursts of animalistic rage and attack anyone in their path. The ensuing chaos brings opportunity for Chelsea—and inspires a plan to liberate herself and her family once and for all.

Last weekend, hubby, the girls and I went to the theater to see Shang-Chi, the newest Marvel superhero to hit the theater. I love Asian mysticism/magic and martial arts, so I enjoyed this movie a lot. AND, the last season of Lucifer came out on Netflix on Friday. I didn’t waste any time watching a few episodes.

  • 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)
  • Monday, September 13th: Book Review of Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ 1/2 (YA Thriller)
  • Tuesday, September 14th: Book Review of Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ (Psychological Thriller)
  • Wednesday, September 15th: WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday, September 16th: Book Review of The Necklace by Matt Witten ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️☀️ (Thriller)
  • Friday, September 17th: Book Blogger Hop

How was your week – bookish or otherwise?

37 Replies to “Sunday Post 43 | Is It Really Fall?”

  1. I’m on my weekend away, but I woke up early and laptop will travel. We are going to have a cooked breakfast in a bit, and take a walk along the prom. I’m enjoying the last few days. We really needed a holiday. Even a couple of days is worth it.

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  2. Those are beautiful kitties! 😻 My week was a busy, sweaty and fun one, as we returned to school and enjoyed a bit of an Indian summer here in the UK. ☀ When not too tired I was able to read Miracles by C.S. Lewis and finish watching Beecham House (2019). Take care and happy reading/viewing in the coming week. 🙂

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  3. Our weather broke this week as well with temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s. It is back up in the low 90s today, but only for a couple of days. It has been amazing to spend even more time outside and not come in the house soaked. I had a good reading/listening week and have almost caught up on my reviews. I just requested two more books, thanks very much for showcasing them. I want to watch Shang-Chi, but am not ready to venture out to the theatre, so will wait until it shows up on Netflix or Prime (hopefully). It sounds like you had a great week and so did I. Enjoy your upcoming week, Tessa. 😊🌞💖

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    1. We are supposed to be back in the 90s for Monday and Tuesday but hopefully 70s and 80s will be more of the norm until fall temps actually takes hold in Oct/Nov.
      I am so lucky that my town’s little theater has managed to stay open becuase it feels so safe. Not a whole lot of people go – instead preferring the big theaters – they do an excellent job of keeping it clean and disinfected, and the way it’s set up with high back office chairs and tables makes it so easy to keep your distance from others. There was maybe 20 people tops in the theater with us and noone except my family was closer than 6 feet. more like 12 feet or more.
      Have a great week Carla!

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    1. In the morning when I wake up it is in the high 60’s. Happy dance weather! Mon and Tuesday will be back in the 90s but then it goes back down to the 80s. I love when the heat breaks!


  4. I’m not very fluent in Fahrenheit but I do know that anything above 24C (75F) is just too hot for me! I also dislike the cold – I’m just hard to please!

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  5. Oof, allergies suck. Hope you get some relief soon!! I really wanna watch Lucifer but I haven’t seen the first couple seasons and Prime took them off their free with Prime service. *tight smile* One day.

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    1. It’s all on Netflix now. They took it over when the network cancelled it a few years ago. I just love all the snarkiness. 🙂


  6. Your new books look great. I can’t wait to read some more Christmas books myself.
    Have a great week and happy reading.

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    1. I jumped on the blog tours that offered these Christmas books. I love to read a few Hallmark worthy holiday novels❤️


  7. I’m glad your weather is cooling down, Tessa. Ours is too and it’s great for being outside. Sorry to hear about the allergies though. Your book haul made me smile… getting ready for Christmas! Yikes. Have a great week and Happy Reading.

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  8. I changed the temperature reading in our car to celsius and I have quickly learned that anything above 27C is too flipping hot! I have heard so many good things about Shang-Chi, I’m debating to wait til it’s on Disney + or to just mask up and go to the theater! Hope you have a great week!

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    1. I was going to wait the 45 days for Shang-Chi to be available on Disney+ but then my daughters came home and dragged us to the theater. I enjoyed it very much and was so glad they did ❤️


  9. We are barely into Spring but the weather is already heating up here, it was in the mid 80’s over the weekend, but it’s back to the more reasonable mid- upper 70’s for today.
    The premise of The Violence is interesting, I look forward to reading what you thought of it.

    Wishing you a great reading week

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  10. I got the widget for The Violence, but for some reason Harper Collins never approves my requests. I also watched the first episode of the new season of Lucifer – sad it’s ending, but I’m so excited to see what happens. Glad you got a break in the weather, Tessa – have a great week!

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  11. I hope your allergies get better soon. I don’t suffer from allergies, but my husband son, and two of my dogs do, and it’s just impossible to keep them under control when it’s bad like it is this year. I love the photo of the cats.. so adorable!!

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    1. So impossible and then when I take Sudafed it tends to keep me up even after it’s out of my system which is frustrating. But so does not being able to breathe through my nose. Lol. So, what a choice, right?

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