WWW WEDNESDAYS: A GREAT WEEK SO FAR…

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:  Still reading a chapter or two a day of What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton

I just started reading Winter in Paradise, by Elin Hilderbrand

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BOOKS READ SINCE LAST WEEK- (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews):

In Her Bones (e-book), by Kate Moretti

Her Pretty Face (e-book), by Robyn Harding

Three Days Missing (e-book), by Kimberly Belle

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I just pre-ordered a hardcover book that I’m eager to read – it should arrive tomorrow:

Becoming , by Michelle Obama

Synopsis:  In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
 
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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Are you enjoying your books this week?  Are you feeling fully engaged?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: TREATS, READING, & SHOES…

So far, my Sunday has been delightful.  I slept until 7:15 a.m., which is late for me.  I had my coffee, visited some blogs, and then did a little housework.  Yeah, finally.

Then I rewarded myself with lunch at CPK…I had soup, followed by pumpkin cheesecake, while reading Her Pretty Face.

Afterwards, I headed to the DSW shoe store in the same mall, and came home with these boots:

I don’t buy shoes that often, but I’ve  been pleased by the choices at this store.  Now I’m ready for the winter!  I have other shoes, of course, but I like to add something new with each season.

Last night I started watching Season Six of House of Cards.  I only finished one episode.  I had already binge-watched Homecoming, with Julia Roberts.  I finished Season I, which is all that is available so far.

Now I feel like taking a nap, but I think I’ll read more for a while.

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How is your day shaping up?  What is ahead in your week?

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HUMP DAY READING: SLOGGING ALONG…

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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This week has been one in which I have picked up first one book, and then another, not settling on any one book for any length of time.  So…I am still reading a couple of books after setting aside some others.  What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton, is a book I grab for a few chapters and then set aside in favor of fiction, like In Her Bones, by Kate Moretti.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK-(Title/Cover Linked to My Review):

I finished only one book since last week:  A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult, a page turner that held me hostage throughout.

EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I pre-ordered Verity, by Colleen Hoover, which will be released on December 18, 2018.

Synopsis:  “Sublimely creepy with a true Hoover pulse. I’ve been waiting on a thriller like this for years.” Tarryn Fisher, NYT bestselling author.

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity likely didn’t intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night their family was forever altered. 

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

A standalone romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, releasing December 18th.

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How was your week?  Did you find books in which to immerse yourself, or did you go from book to book, trying to find the right one?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: ERRANDS, VOTING, & BOOKS TO LOVE…

Good morning!  Let’s all get out there and vote!

Meanwhile, I’m doing a little reading, and plan to check some errands off my list.

I’ve been picking up one book after another and not connecting to the plots or the characters.  Try Not To Breathe, by Holly Seddon, has been on my Kindle for a year…and I tried to love it.  It’s not happening.  Sigh.

Then I picked up In Her Bones, by Kate Moretti…and I’m finally feeling it.

New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti’s next “exceptional…emotionally astute, [and] deliciously sinister” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) thriller follows the daughter of a convicted serial killer who finds herself at the center of a murder investigation.

Now I’m curling up to read!

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I downloaded a new release (I had pre-ordered it):  Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty.  Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out…

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What is on your list for today?  What new books await you?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: GLITCHES, CHANGES, MOMENTS…

I woke up very early today…somehow the time change worked against gaining that extra hour of sleep.

Even though I have removed batteries from my collection of clocks that I am considering “purely decorative” (see below), there were still clocks to change.

Like this one, below:

And this one:

I also have a big Coca Cola clock in the dining area…and then there are the coffee maker and the microwave.  Let’s not forget the car clock…which I tend to ignore until I get ready to drive it.  See Coca Cola clock on the far right.

After yesterday’s security breach, I am not thinking much about these ordinary life glitches.  I am still reeling from what happened because of a seemingly incompatible system that came with the laptop!  I had felt a niggle of doubt, flowing like an undercurrent when I brought it home…without my familiar system.  Which apparently would have been a problem with the Windows 10, too.

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So…after the security issues were sorted, I had to go to the restaurant around the corner and enjoy some soup.  And a margarita.

I am reading Try Not To Breathe, by Holly Seddon, a book I purchased a year ago.

And I’m reading What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton…but I’ll be picking it up now and then to read a chapter or two.  I can’t bury myself in it.

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So…have we managed to get through life’s little glitches?  What has your week been like?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: A WEEK OF READING…

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:  A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult, a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis.

 

 

BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK – (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews):

Day of the Dead (e-book, Frieda Klein Novel), by Nicci French

Open Your Eyes, by Paula Daly

The Neighbors (e-book), by Hannah Mary McKinnon

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I love Sally Hepworth’s books, so I was thrilled to learn of her newest:  The Mother-in-Law, with a release date of April 23, 2019.

Synopsis:  A twisty, compelling new novel about one woman’s complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in death…

From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and properly friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice who helped female refugees assimilate to their new country. Diana was happily married to Tom, and lived in wedded bliss for decades. Lucy wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.

That was five years ago.

Now, Diana has been found dead, a suicide note near her body. Diana claims that she no longer wanted to live because of a battle with cancer.

But the autopsy finds no cancer.
The autopsy does find traces of poison and suffocation.
Who could possibly want Diana dead?
Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her adult children and their spouses?

With Lucy’s secrets getting deeper and her relationship with her mother-in-law growing more complex as the pages turn, this new novel from Sally Hepworth is sure to add to her growing legion of fans.

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That was my week so far.  What does yours look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: PHOTOS & BOOKS…

 

Good morning, and welcome to another Tuesday Book Release Day.  I grabbed some coffee and opened to Daphne’s desktop background above, with the photo I’m loving right now.  I tend to keep a favorite up for long periods.  This photo was taken a few years ago, probably right after my book Interior Designs was published (on the right).  Everything about my dining area was different then, with that cupboard on the left right next to the sofa.  Now it is on the opposite wall.

 

So…what new books await me today?  I found nothing I wanted to download, but I have pre-ordered this book that will release next Tuesday:

Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty

Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out…

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Now I’m heading back to my sofa to continue reading The Neighbors, by Hannah Mary McKinnon, a story about the past and dark secrets.  With  a strange twist of fate, Liam moves into a new neighborhood with his family, releasing a flood of memories that Abby has been trying to keep buried all these years. Abby and Liam, in a complicit agreement, pretend never to have met, yet cannot resist the pull of the past—nor the repercussions of the terrible secrets they’ve both been carrying…

 

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Is there anything better than a book with dark secrets?  What are you reading and enjoying today?

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THURSDAY POTPOURRI: CELEBRATING AUTUMN & BIRTHDAYS…

Enjoying a calm October morning, celebrating my birthday with coffee and books.  Later, I’ll join some daughters for lunch.  Yes, I have three daughters!  One bio daughter and two honorary ones.  I’ll publish photos later.

Another October birthday was celebrated by my niece Amy; hers was a couple of days ago, and her dad’s comes in two days (he is my brother, so we shared many birthday cakes over the years!).  Below, see Amy with her daughter America, who was born on 9/11/08.

Here is Amy with her hubby on their wedding day…years ago!

Her three kids, Luc, Gavin, and America, enjoying autumn:

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I am powering my way through the quirks of Daphne, my new laptop.  For some reason, the cursor leaps around when I try to start typing…I will hopefully learn to deal with her!  LOL

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Another October birthday:  my son Brett, below left, in a long-ago photo; on the right, see his eldest son Alec (and my first grandchild).  Note the resemblance:

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our birthday lunch, two of my “daughters” and I took some photos and enjoyed chatting about all kinds of things.

 

 

 

 

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Could there be a better way to celebrate?  Now I’m watching TV and reading.

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A WEEK OF ENGAGING BOOKS…

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:  Day of the Dead (e-book, Frieda Klein Novel), by Nicci French: the final book in this extraordinary series is here. And it’s an ending you’ll never forget.

BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST TIME (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews):

Since I was without my laptop last week, I’m sharing what I have read since the last time I posted.

The Book Club, by Mary Alice Monroe

First Flurries, by Joanne DeMaio (Author Review Request)

They All Fall Down (e-book), by Tammy Cohen

 

In Pieces, by Sally Field

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I have been waiting for quite a while for the newest Paula Daly book, Open Your Eyes, and now that it is on my coffee table, I can’t wait to read this surprising and gripping thriller of pride, ambition, and envy, an unsettling whodunit about the illusions of a perfect marriage that confirms Paula Daly as a writer at the forefront of domestic suspense.

Synopsis:  Jane Campbell avoids confrontation at any costs. Given the choice, she’ll always let her husband, Leon―a bestselling crime writer―take the lead, while she focuses on her two precious young children and her job as a creative writing teacher. After she receives another rejection for her novel, Leon urges Jane to put her hobby to rest. And why shouldn’t she, when through Jane’s rose-tinted glasses, they appear to have the perfect house and the perfect life?

But then Leon is brutally attacked in their driveway while their children wait quietly in the car, and suddenly, their perfect life becomes the stuff of nightmares. Who would commit such a hateful offense in broad daylight? With her husband in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, as well as the secrets that have been kept from her. Although she might not like what she sees, if she’s committed to discovering who hurt her husband―and why―Jane must take matters into her own hands.

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What bookish splendor has your week brought you?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, CHAOS, & RECOVERY

Good morning, and welcome to another Tuesday Potpourri.  As always, it is book release day, but I have no plans to download any today.

Above, note Paige, my Kindle, and a new hardcover book from a favorite author:  Open Your Eyes, by Paula Daly,  a bestselling crime novelist’s tragic turn from fictional perpetrator into real-life victim.

 

I’ve been a fan of this author since I read Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

Since then, I’ve read every one of her books.

Currently I am reading the final book in the Frieda Klein series, Day of the Dead.

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A week ago, my life was empty.  Barren.  My laptop had died (on Monday), and I purchased a new one, which I then left with the Geek Squad for setup and data transfer.  My timing was terrible, as the store was undergoing construction, and two days later, they hadn’t started on it.  Sigh.  I took my confrontational self down there and insisted on answers.  They started work on it, and I picked it up the next evening.

Meanwhile…on Wednesday, yes, my life was undergoing other chaos, I headed to the DMV, with no appointment.  I arrived early with high hopes.  For once, the universe was on my side.  Or I got lucky.  Within two hours, I had completed everything:  the test and the REAL ID application.

Later that day, my temporary bridge fell out, and I had to hustle on over to the dentist!

Yes, some of you have probably read my Tale of the Chaotic Week. 

This week is better.  I finished reading In Pieces, by Sally Field, on Sunday.  (Click title for my review).

Because my laptop is new, I’ve had to change passwords, set up the pages to my liking, and bookmark sites I’ve had to rediscover.

I like to name my devices.  Old Laptop was Louisa May (Alcott), in honor of an author I’ve enjoyed.  I’m still teetering between authors for this new one.  Should I create something from that same era?  I’m leaning towards DAPHNE (duMaurier).

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Now I’m going to read some more…and later check out new releases.  How are you spending your day?

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