Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday, our special day for sharing upcoming book releases.  Hop on over to Breaking the Spine to find out what everyone else is excited about.

Today I’m excited about the newest release coming from Lisa Unger, Crazy Love You.  Release Date:  February 10, 2015.






Blurb:  No one writes “good scary fun” (The Washington Post) better than New York Times bestselling master of psychological suspense Lisa Unger. With more than 1.8 million books sold in more than thirty countries, it’s clear why USA TODAY declared that her thrillers “should be on everyone’s to-read list.”

Falling in love can feel like a dream…or a living nightmare.

Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him “loser” and “fatboy”…and from his family’s deadly secrets.

Now that they’ve both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss…Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex–Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he’s met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn’t like change. Change makes her angry. And when Priss is angry, terrible things begin to happen…


I have been a fan of this author ever since I read some of her previous books, like Beautiful Lies and Sliver of Truth.  It has been too long since I cracked open one of her books, so I am very excited about this one.

What are you waiting for?  Come on by and share, please!




Last night, I kept waking up so that I could read some more.  The book I am currently reading is one that took me a while to connect with, although I am quite fond of British mysteries.  A Question of Guilt, by Frances Fyfield, is quite different from the ones I’ve read before.




But I really like the MC Helen West.  The author describes her appearance, her settings, and her routines in such a way that I feel as though I know her.  And that I’d like to curl up on her sofa and chat.

Do you get that comfy feeling with favorite characters?  Does it make you want to enter the book and join them?

Unfortunately, when I read throughout the night, I often dream about the book afterwards…and in this case, I dreamed that I was writing the review, and trying to get the words just right.

Sometimes I have a really tough time capturing what I love about a book.

Next I hope to read Then and Always, by Dani Atkins, a Vine review. 




Speaking of Vine, I am totally miffed about the infamous queue…which never has any books on mine.  Yes, I can go to Vine for All, but I’m wondering why they thought this was a good idea?  And how the queue is supposed to work for us?

Anyway…rant over.  The member forums show others feeling frustrated, but some of them believe there is a system…

I may have to opt out of the program…although as long as I can get books on VFA, I probably shouldn’t.

This past week, I actually read two books from my Mt. TBR Stack (for the challenge).  Books purchased before 2014.

Here’s my Weekly Update.


PicMonkey Collage-fall serendipity


Today I want to hook up my laptop to the big TV and watch Netflix.  Lately I’ve been too lazy…and there is always the pull toward whatever book I’m reading.  Maybe I can do both.




On October 1st, Gilmore Girls is coming to Netflix!  All seven seasons, which I know I haven’t seen.  I never watched it until it came to ABC Family, where I started recording it.




Yes, sometimes they annoy me…LOL.  But they are kind of fun, too…and now they feel like friends.  What do you think of them?



4-30-curlupandread-001-framed-book-beginnings2friday 56

Welcome to some bookish fun today as we share Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and as we showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

If you have been wanting to participate, but haven’t yet tried, now is the time!

What better way to spend a Friday?

Today’s feature is a review book I just started reading, from the fabulous Melinda Leigh:  Midnight Betrayal.





Beginning:  (Two weeks ago)

She died faster than I’d expected.  In fact, the whole abduction and killing scheme was easier than I’d anticipated.  I’d allowed several hours for tonight’s task but finished well ahead of schedule.


56:  But the simultaneous disappearances of the replica knife and two young women tainted his pleasure.  There were too many twisted connections in the events with Louisa, her intern, and the museum for Conor’s comfort.  Something was brewing.


Blurb:  Curator Dr. Louisa Hancock left behind Maine and her troubled past for Philadelphia and a job at a prominent museum. Just when it seems that Louisa’s new life is safe from her dark secrets, the body of a museum intern is found—the victim of a brutal and baffling murder.

Louisa realizes this is no random crime. And when another intern goes missing, the abduction is linked to the only man who has ever tempted Louisa’s heart—Conor Sullivan, the sexy owner of a Philly sports bar. Louisa’s past has taught her to be wary, but her heart refuses to believe Conor is guilty.

Now Conor and Louisa must dodge a police investigation—and their growing desire—as they race to find the real killer before another girl turns up dead. But trusting Conor could be deadly, especially as the evidence against him mounts…and as a merciless killer targets Louisa as the next victim.


I love this series, and this newest book promises to be a wonderful addition.  What do you think?





Surrounded by my memorabilia and pondering the book stacks in my office, I realize that I have no room to complain.




I recently wrote about my obsession with completing my Mt. TBR Challenge for the year, with ten more books to go.

And I have been striving to request fewer review books, meaning Vine, since those are most often the books I select.

So why am I chomping at the bit when my Vine Queue has NO BOOKS IN IT?

Yes, they supposedly appear suddenly, with no apparent plan…or rhyme or reason.  Vine for All is still full of books, but I want some in my Queue!  Even though I don’t plan to request any more books.

Could the Book Gods be watching out for me?  Trying to help me curtail my requests?

I received two books from Vine yesterday, and now have a total of three Vine review books on my stacks.  That should be enough to satisfy me, especially since I have been on a downloading spree lately, requesting several last week and two this week already.

This week’s downloads:

 After I Do, by Taylor Jenkins Reid, is a love story about what happens when the love fades. It’s about staying in love, seizing love, forsaking love, and committing to love with everything you’ve got. And above all, After I Do is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever after.




And then, a book I’ve been ogling for a while:  The Children Act, by Ian McEwan:  spotlighting a judge with her own issues that may or may not affect some of her decisions.






Meanwhile, from the aforementioned TBR Stacks, I am reading Gringa in a Strange Land, by Linda Dahl.




I purchased this one after reading another book by the author:  Cleans Up Nicely.




I could relate to the times featured in both books…and after reading the second one (above), I wanted to know what happened before….Here are some conclusions in my review of the second book:

“The author has created very true-to-life characters that bring into focus the scenes in this story, reminding me of the times in which they are living. As if I were there with them. Sometimes I feel as though I am those characters, and the slide downward is mine. I almost inhabit their worlds. The bottoming out process is described with such accuracy, revealing much about the author’s ability to explore that universe. A compelling and captivating five star read.”


Now that I have ranted a bit, I am arriving at a point where I can see that my queue is what it is, and that I should accept it.  How zen of me!

What are your thoughts, if any, on the new Vine system?



cozy clutter


Okay…not to worry!  My stacks are not quite in this state of clutter!  But on this Hump Day, I am definitely pondering my plans for the rest of the year.

I have ten more books to read from my OLD TBR Stacks (pre-2014) to satisfy my Mt. TBR Challenge, and I am wondering about the likelihood of doing that.

Here are the print books I have selected to help complete this challenge:




The three books on the bottom were purchased before I created my Curl up and Read blog…and the others are from 2011 and 2012.

Dance the Eagle to Sleep, by Marge Piercy (Purchased in 2012)

The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson (Purchased in 2011)

The Corn Maiden, by Joyce Carol Oates (Purchased in 2011)

By Myself and Then Some, by Lauren Bacall (Purchased Before 2009)

Symptoms of Withdrawal, by Christopher Kennedy Lawford (Purchased Before 2009)

Tom Cruise:  An Unauthorized Biography, by Andrew Morton (Purchased Before 2009)


And on Sparky, here are the contenders from 2013:


Alterations, by Rita Plus ( a collection of short stories)





Gringa in a Strange Land, by Linda Dahl




A Question of Guilt, by Frances Fyfield






Quiet, by Susan Cain






Ten books don’t sound like many…and ever since I created Curl up and Read, my goal has always been to whittle down those stacks.

This is the closest I’ve been to actually doing that!

Well, except for the books I purchased this year, but let’s not go there!  LOL


Do you have end-of-the-year goals?  Are your stacks manageable?  Or, like me, are you still struggling?



PicMonkey Collage-cozy weekend moments


How did this past week speed by so quickly?  I’m not complaining, since I love cozy weekends…but I feel robbed.  Yes, my week was an unsettling one with the Jury Duty summons lurking overhead.

However, by Thursday at 11:30, I was released and happily free!

While awaiting my fate, however, I busily created new blog headers and explored new themes.  Yes, Bloggiesta is coming again…September 18-21, and since I have sooo many blogs, I typically choose one to renovate during this event.

Last time it was Serendipity.

This time…drum roll, please:  it will be Curl up and Read.

Yes, I constantly create new headers and try new themes…but this time, I plan to go outside my comfort zone…and try a theme that I have never used.  Yes, it does make me a little nervous.

Just for practice, I tried a theme like that over at Going out on a Limb.  Check it out!  That site seems to be a great place to risk things, doesn’t it?  Taking a risk is the URL…and the theme.(Okay, after writing this post, I went back and changed the theme to a familiar one again, as I didn’t like the commenting system on the new theme.  Alas!).

But we shall see.  I already have a folder of potential headers.


Meanwhile, this month I have been going out on a limb with my reading genres, with four YA books read and reviewed so far.  Don’t think for one minute, however, that I will be ignoring my favorite go-to reads.  Just to reassure you, my current read is a book in a series I have loved that features three unlikely friends.  The House on Mermaid Point, by Wendy Wax, is a new novel from the author of Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach, three unlikely friends who were thrown together by disaster get a do-over on life, love, and happiness . . .





Blurb:  Maddie, Avery, and Nikki first got to know one another—perhaps all too well—while desperately restoring a beachfront mansion to its former grandeur. Now they’re putting that experience to professional use. But their latest project has presented some challenges they couldn’t have dreamed up in their wildest fantasies—although the house does belong to a man who actually was Maddie’s wildest fantasy once . . .

Rock-and-roll legend “William the Wild” Hightower may be past his prime, estranged from his family, and creatively blocked, but he’s still worshiped by fans—which is why he guards his privacy on his own island in the Florida Keys. He’s not thrilled about letting this crew turn his piece of paradise into a bed-and-breakfast for a reality show . . . though he is intrigued by Maddie. Hard as that is for her to believe as a newly single woman who can barely manage a dog paddle in the dating pool.

But whether it’s an unexpected flirtation with a bona fide rock star, a strained mother-daughter relationship, or a sudden tragedy, these women are in it together. The only thing that might drive them apart is being trapped on a houseboat with one bathroom . . .


What I enjoy most about a series is the chance to reconnect with characters I love…and this series brings all of that out.  Especially if you read the first book and saw how none of them seemed likely to ever be friends.

What are you up to this weekend?  With Labor Day on the horizon, are there plans for a getaway?  Get-togethers?  Come on by and let’s chat.




Happily, I get to stay in my cozy home every day for the rest of this week, if I wish.  I did my final check-in at the Jury website, and I am “discharged.”  Released!  Yay!

I feel like those kids who get to go home from school early, or those who get a holiday from work.

All morning, I have been fiddling around, waiting for the time (11:30) when I had to check into the Jury website.  I did have to run out and do a couple of errands, and even had a cup of coffee at Barnes & Noble, with one eye on my watch the whole time.



Back home again, I’ve been plugging away on Pic Monkey, creating new headers for various blogs, and even my website.  My restless energy syndrome is alive and well….but now that I have been released, I can settle in and enjoy.

Do you hate having your routines in upheaval because of something hanging over your head?  How do you cope?

One thing I also did was go to Amazon Vine and order another book.  Yes, I had my review stack there pared down to two books, so I had to order another.

Then and Always, by Dani Atkins, is a debut novel that sounds so enticing.





Blurb:  For fans of One Day, What Alice Forgot, and the hit film Sliding Doors, comes an absorbing and surprising debut novel about a young woman who, after an accident, gets a second chance at life . . . just not in one she remembers.
Rachel Wiltshire has everything she’s ever wanted: a close group of friends, a handsome boyfriend, and acceptance to the journalism program at her top-choice college. But one fateful evening, tragedy tears her world apart.

Five years later, Rachel returns home for the first time to celebrate her best friend’s wedding. Still coping with her grief, she can’t stop thinking about the bright future she almost had, if only that one night had gone differently. But when a sudden fall lands her in the hospital, Rachel wakes to find that her life has completely changed. Now the people she loves most are not the way she remembers them. Unable to trust her own recollections, Rachel tries to piece together what really happened, and not even she can predict the astonishing truth.


I’ve also downloaded four e-books already this week…I’ll be sharing more about them on Saturday.