TUESDAY POTPOURRI: HAPPY READING….

Welcome to Tuesday!  New Releases always grab my attention, and today I found a new one to download.

The Last Widow, by Karin Slaughter

New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter brings back Will Trent and Sara Linton in this superb and timely thriller full of devious twists, disturbing secrets, and shocking surprises you won’t see coming

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Then I got an e-mail offering a new NetGalley ARC that will be released on 1/28/20:

The Look-Alike, by Erica Spindler

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Other Girl and Justice for Sara comes a thrilling psychological drama about a woman who believes she escaped a brutal murder years ago—but does anyone else believe her?

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How is your week shaping up?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: NEW & EAGERLY ANTICIPATED BOOKS…

Yay!  Tuesday Book Release Day!  I have several new books on my radar, but the one I’m most eager to get isn’t actually available today…except as a pre-order.  Lisa Jewell’s books seem to take forever to be available, which makes them even more eagerly anticipated.

The Family Upstairs, by Lisa Jewell, is the can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.

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Never Have I Ever, by Joshilyn Jackson, is a must-download read available now.

A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson’s trademark humor, Never Have I Ever explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance.

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I’m currently reading My Ex-Life, by Stephen McCauley, a book that has been hanging around for a while (since May 2018).  I’m enjoying it.

In prose filled with hilarious and heartbreakingly accurate one-liners, Stephen McCauley has written a novel that examines how we define home, family, and love. Be prepared to laugh, shed a few tears, and have thoughts of your own ex-life triggered. (Throw pillows optional.)

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So far, the week has been a good one.  Only one actual appointment, but it’s not with a doctor, so that’s a plus…and then I have plans for Friday night dinner with two of my adult children.

Yesterday I had lunch with a friend…one of my oldest and dearest.  We went to the Olive Garden, and I had a nice half-serving to take home for dinner.

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How are you spending your day/week?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED…

It was three months ago today that I ended up in the hospital, and on this rather twisted journey.  After the passage of time and a few life changes, I am now (almost) back to my blogging/reading journey.

Yes, for those who have followed this blog, I love Book Release Tuesdays, and today I actually downloaded a pre-ordered new release, which I’m excited about.

Careful What You Wish For, by Hallie Ephron, is calling for me to start reading immediately.  But first I might have to read another new book on my shelves.

From the New York Times bestselling author of There Was an Old Woman comes a novel about a professional organizer with a deadly problem she may not be able to clean up.

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I just finished reading Dear Wife, by Kimberly Belle; click the title for my review.

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Next I plan to read Someone We Know, by Shari Lapena…another favorite author.

“No-one does suburban paranoia like Shari Lapena–this slowly unfurling nightmare will have you biting your nails until the end.”
–Ruth Ware, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10

The new domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, and An Unwanted Guest, Shari Lapena…

Maybe you don’t know your neighbors as well as you thought you did . . .

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I also bookmarked another new release…and hope to order it soon:

The Kennedy Heirs, by Randy Taraborrelli

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I want to order The Kennedy Heirs in hardcover, to add to my greatly diminished shelves of that format.

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How are you spending Book Release Day?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: CHANGES…

On Sunday, the Dylan doll in the top photo crashed to the floor when I tried to straighten the wobbly table.  I didn’t realize its shakiness until the housekeeper bumped into it.  Sigh.

Second Photo:  Moved the heavy Squishy house in their place…it now holds the table securely.

Here is the new home for Dylan and Harmony…and granddaughter Fiona plans to create a tattoo sticker to cover the hole in his cheek.

Yesterday was a disappointing one, as I came home from the hospital with the gall bladder still inside.  The laparoscope revealed severe infection and inflammation STILL.  Too risky for removal.  I still had surgery, in that I have a little incision and a sore throat from the breathing tube. 

More antibiotics ahead and a new plan for surgery.  Sigh.

Last night I had a long talk with the new nurse, who is great.  She will help with the bland diet that I should have been having, but didn’t because of poor choices available.  Some things were good (oatmeal at breakfast), but dinners…not so much.

I just got a big bundle of clean laundry last night, so now I can begin a new week.

BOOKS: 

I’m loving Things You Save in a Fire, by Katherine Center (NG-8/13).

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On Sunday night, I watched the Season II Finale of Big Little Lies.  It was great!

What new book will I download today?

Lady in the Lake (e-book), by Laura Lippman

The revered New York Times bestselling author returns with a novel set in 1960s Baltimore that combines modern psychological insights with elements of classic noir, about a middle-aged housewife turned aspiring reporter who pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman.

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How is your week shaping up so far?

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HUMP DAY READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words 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:  The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, by Abbi Waxman

The author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone’s radar.
 
Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own…shell.

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE JULY 2, 2019:

The Better Sister, by Alafair Burke

The Perfect Wife, by J P Delaney (NG-8/6)

The Friends We Keep, by Jane Green

Keeping Lucy, by T. Greenwood (NG-8/6)

Because You’re Mine, by Rea Frey (NG-8/6)

The Escape Room, by Megan Goldin (NG-8/6)

We Are All Good People Here, by Susan Rebecca White-(NG-8/6)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Our Little Lies, by Sue Watson –  a book I’ve had on my shelves since December 2018!

Synopsis:Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.

Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother, growing up in foster care. But her husband Simon is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France – nothing is too good for his family.

Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

In the old days, she’d have distracted herself at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career behind when she got married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.

It’s almost by accident that Marianne begins to learn more about Caroline. But once she starts, she can’t stop. Because what she finds makes her wonder whether the question she should be asking is not ‘should she be jealous’, but… ‘should she be scared’?

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Why has this book been hiding out on my Kindle?  I’m moving it forward!

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WWW: CURRENT, PAST, & UPCOMING READS

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words 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:  The Better Sister, by Alafair Burke

BOOKS FINISHED SINCE MY LAST POST: (JUNE 5, 2019) – (Click titles for reviews)

Emily, Gone, by Bette Lee Crosby

Little Beach Bungalow, by Joanne DeMaio

After the End, by Clare Mackintosh

Little Darlings, by Melanie Golding

I’ll Never Tell, by Catherine McKenzie

Stone Mothers, by Erin Kelly

Before She Was Found, by Heather Gudenkauf

Summer of ’69, by Elin Hilderbrand

A Good Enough Mother, by Bev Thomas

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  I love everything by Lisa Jewell, and this upcoming release will hit the shelves on October 29:  The Family Upstairs.

Synopsis:  Be careful who you let in.

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

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What a month!  I didn’t read as much as usual, but I think I’m finding my groove again.  What was your week (or month) like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: LOVELY BOOKS TUMBLING DOWN…

 

It’s Tuesday!  You know what that means, right?  New book releases.  I found several I want, but so far I’ve downloaded two.

The Mother-in-Law, by Sally Hepworth, is a book I’ve been ogling for a while.

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

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Then I clicked on over to this one:

I Know Who You Are, by Alice Feeney. ( I loved her book Sometimes I Lie).

 

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I will sit on my hands for a bit, to avoid adding even more to my TBR…especially since I got another NetGalley book this morning!

The Long Call, by Ann Cleeves – Release date:  9/3/19

From Ann Cleeves—bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—comes the first in a gripping new series.

I’ve never read any of the author’s other books, but I’m a fan of the Netflix series Vera and Shetland.

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Last night I started reading My Lovely Wife, by Samantha Downing…and I am glued to the pages.  Who knew?

Well, all of you out there who are writing rave reviews!

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How is your Tuesday so far?

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