FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT IN PHOTOS….

Last night, after a day of errands, including a bit of pampering at the nail salon, I was ready for watching TV in my bedroom.

But TV watching at night usually means turning it on and muting it, so I can read, while keeping my eye on the images.

 

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This week, in addition to my usual reading, blogging, and TV watching, I’ve been collecting a few photos from the past.

I found these on Fiona’s FB page:

Back in middle school, Fiona in the middle, and on the right, in the background, her dad:

 

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She found this one of her dad when he was in his late teens…

 

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Fast forward a few years, Fiona is enjoying remembering her moments with her nephew Lane when he was a baby.  He is now three.

 

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Moving along, a more contemporary photo of Fiona (left), at dinner with a friend.

 

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I’m still reading these books:

 

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I should be finishing them both later today.

Do you enjoy searching through your photos for those that remind you of moments in the past? 

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: BOOK LOVE!

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

Good Me, Bad Me, by Ali Land, is dark, compelling, voice-driven psychological suspense by debut author Ali Land: “Could not be more unputdownable if it was slathered with superglue.” ―Sunday Express

 

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK:

(Click titles for my reviews)

The Beach Inn, by Joanne DeMaio

 

 

In The Beach Inn, the author brings the reader right into the story and shows how sorrow can turn to joy again with the magic of the shore. 5 stars.

 

The Red Hunter (e-book), by Lisa Unger

 

Strangers to each other, and walking very different paths in the wake of trauma, these two women are on a collision course—because Zoey’s past nightmare and Claudia’s dreams for her future take place in the very same house. As Zoey seeks justice, and Claudia seeks peace, both will confront the monsters at the door that are the most frightening of all.

 

You’ll Never Know, Dear (e-book), by Hallie Ephron

 

 

The characters drew me in, and I was captivated by the quest for answers. There were characters that seemed very suspicious to me. Why did they seem to be everywhere and always keeping Vanessa and Lis from the answers? I had my eye on one particular character, but the extent of the deception was so layered and seductive that I literally could not put the book down. Another brilliant read from Ephron. 5 stars.

 

Fairy Tale Interrupted, by RoseMarie Terenzio

 

 

 

Working Girl meets What Remains in this New York Times bestselling, behind-the-scenes story of an unlikely friendship between America’s favorite First Son, John F. Kennedy Jr. and his personal assistant, a blue-collar girl from the Bronx.

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Ever since I read this author’s previous book, I’ve been ogling The Child, by Fiona Barton.  Finally…it is being released June 27, and I have pre-ordered it!

 

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…

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What has your week been like?  What books are you loving?

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WEEKEND POTPOURRI: ALL THE USUAL ACTIVITIES & MORE….

Good morning!  My Saturday morning has started in my usual place…in the office, but with my breakfast tray on the trunk, facing the new little TV…I’m also watching an Aurora Teagarten Mystery Marathon while I eat and blog.

Yes, I am on the laptop, too…but when I’m there, I keep an eye on the shows, all of which I’ve already seen, of course.  If there was room on that trunk, I would set the laptop up there, too…but, no, it’s only steps away….here:

 

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I’m a bit behind on wrapping up my week, as I still want to finish this book first.  I’m almost there:

The Beach Inn, by Joanne DeMaio, a review book.

 

All the usual characters are enjoying fall in Stony Point, Connecticut, and everyone is trying to help Elsa, who is grieving the loss of her son Sal, encouraging her to keep going with the plans they had made.  Lovely plans to turn her cottage and adjacent hang-out…into an inn.  Previous books have brought stories about that unique hang-out, which has much sentimental value.

When I read one of these books, I feel as though I’m there with them.  They are so familiar to me, I don’t even need to take notes.  Although there are occasional “new” characters, the primary cast is in place, and we rejoin them in their usual struggles…and conflicts.

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So…I definitely want to finish this one before posting my updates for the week.  Of course, with the TV on, I could be tempted to just curl up and watch…and only occasionally read.  Hmm, pushing ahead here!

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Meanwhile, Heather and David are probably winging their way toward home.  In the past few days, they’ve been in Amsterdam, enjoying the beautiful art, the museums, etc.

 

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Quirky!  Perfect for this blog….

 

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This piece of art, with Heather and David looking grim, could represent a version of American Gothic….

 

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So….what does your weekend look like?  Happy Father’s Day to the fathers out there….and let’s all celebrate another June weekend, since Fourth of July is coming next!

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A POTPOURRI OF ADVENTURES…

All week, I’ve been following my daughter’s posts from her honeymoon in Europe.  Earlier in the week, the adventures took them to Prague, in our Adventures at Home & Abroad…

In the latter part of this week, we’re in Amsterdam.  Note the building above.  And a canal ride below.

 

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I especially love the cuteness of this building….

 

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I suspect that there will be more photos in the days ahead.  I’m loving this vicarious journey.

What are you sharing today?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: ADVENTURES AT HOME & ABROAD….

Beautiful sights are filling the days of my youngest, Heather, and her husband David.  On their European honeymoon, they are first enjoying Prague.  Later they will visit Amsterdam.  (Above, they are standing against the John Lennon Wall in Prague).

They flew in last week and were stuck in the Stockholm Airport before finally grabbing their connection to Prague.  Once they arrived, they enjoyed a view with my son Craig and DIL Gabi.  Great tour guides.

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Here they are sharing a beer or two…or more…with Craig.

 

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On their visit to a castle, they enjoyed this backdrop of a gorgeous gate.

 

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The castle…

 

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Every day Heather posts more photos…I have a folder with them, and more will be revealed as the days pass.

Meanwhile, I’m reading a couple of books…yes, at the same time:

 

The Beach Inn, by Joanne DeMaio

 

 

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The Red Hunter (e-book), by Lisa Unger

 

 

 

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The concurrent reading works when the books are in a different genre, and one is a thriller, while the other is a beach read with a different kind of drama.

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While I was sitting in my office (above), posting and visiting blogs, I got an e-mail that one of my NetGalley requests was approved.  I just requested it last week, but it is an 8/1 release Mrs. Fletcher, by Tom Perrotta, one of the most popular and bestselling authors of our time.  It is a penetrating and hilarious new novel about sex, love, and identity on the frontlines of America’s culture wars. (Other books:  Little Children, The Leftovers, and The Abstinence Teacher…my favorites).

 

 

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So much for cutting back on NetGalley requests!  I now have seven unread books on my shelf.  But…they all have July, August, and September release dates.  So I’m good!  Whew!

I just finished the last of the June releases:  Every Last Lie, by Mary Kubica.  Fabulous! (Click title for my review).

 

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What adventures are you enjoying today?  At home or farther afield?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: HOME & FAMILY….

After I did some rearranging of my stuff in my office, I brought some leftovers into my bedroom, like the quirky end table that once held the TV/DVD player.  The chair has been all through the house, but now sits next to the end table.  The stack of books are ones I have chosen for rereading…but haven’t gotten around to yet.

In case you haven’t seen my various photos of the office “redo,” here’s a peek after I stacked the unread books on a shelf by the wall, freeing up the trunk.  And, of course, there is the TV, by the window.  The little drop-leaf table underneath the larger “once-upon-a-time dining table” used to feel at home in the living room. (I’m a big fan of “re-purposing” furniture).

 

The white round mini-table that once resided in my bedroom…is now in the living room.

 

My daughter and her husband just took off for their honeymoon in Europe.  They are flying in to Stockholm first, then heading to Prague…and then to Amsterdam.  My eldest son lives in Prague.

The night before, they celebrated with Joe, a friend:  Heather, left, with David, my son-in-law, in the middle.  Joe, on the right, is like another of my sons:

 

Down south, my A-Team grandchildren at a Lakers Game with their dad, my son Brett (This game was actually in February, I think, but I love the photo):

 

Aubrey and friends…First, a friendly college girl tussle:

 

Then, celebrating a new iPhone:

 

My youngest grandson, Noah, is only fourteen…but he thinks he is ready to drive.  Or at least practice:

 

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Today I’m reading One Good Thing (e-book), by Wendy Wax, and loving the reunion of the friends who met (as strangers) years before after they lost almost everything to a Ponzi scheme. (I love the series…and the book covers!).

 

 

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What has your week brought you?  What can you share?  Today’s post is linked to West Metro Mommy Reads.

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: MY EVER-CHANGING STACKS….

Good morning!  Last night, I spent some time rearranging the piles of books that once “lived” on the trunk/coffee table.  Now that I have that slender little table against the wall (after my new TV rearrangement changed the look of the room), I had an opportunity.

Above, you can glimpse the room, from the new TV to my breakfast tray…and the stacks of books that aren’t out in my living room.   Now neatly arranged on the table…and on a little stack of boxes (for older TBR piles).

Out in the living room, I have a ridiculous stack of books that are theoretically “up next.”

Yesterday, I had an egg salad sandwich lunch while reading one of the books from the toppling stack you see:  The Swallow’s Nest, by Emilie Richards.

 

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A story about a woman, a lifestyle blogger, who is celebrating her husband’s recovery after a long struggle…only to open her front door to a woman, who hands her a baby:  her husband’s son.

What happens afterward is an intriguing look at family and what makes a parent.

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Today I was excited to finally download one of the books I’ve been awaiting so eagerly…just released.  You’ll Never Know, Dear, by Hallie Ephron, an addictive novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Night Night, Sleep Tight, about three generations of women haunted by a little girl’s disappearance, and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to the truth . . .

 

The creepy doll on the cover reeled me in.  Plus, Hallie Ephron!  Love her books.

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While surfing the web, I discovered another upcoming release that I can’t wait to get my hands on!  From Sue Grafton, who is almost at the end of the alphabet in her series, will be releasing Y is for Yesterday.  On August 22, 2017.

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack. 

 

Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…

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I predict many cozy days curled up on one of my sofas….or even on my bed.  Reading will take up more hours in the day and the night.

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What are you eagerly anticipating?  What new books have you burning the midnight oil?

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