HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS & WHIMSY….

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Good afternoon! (Or evening, depending on where you live).  It is late in the day for a Hump Day Potpourri, but I have been having such a good week.  And after my last week, I am basking in it.

I just finished reading and reviewing my first NetGalley e-ARC:  The Children’s Crusade, by Ann Packer.  (Click for my review on my blog).

 

 

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And I have already started another one from NetGalley:  Inside the O’Briens, by Lisa Genova.

 

 

 

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Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease.

Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. Does she want to know? What if she’s gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing?

As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.

 

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I’m trying not to go crazy with the requests….and so far, I have received only nine books from NetGalley since I got Pippa, my new Kindle.

 

 

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I’ve also had a little fun playing with blog design here….the new header appeals to that whimsical part of me.

 

 

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What do you enjoy doing to celebrate your whimsical or quirky side?  What kinds of books appeal to you?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: GIRL TALK & DECADENCE

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Happy Easter!  I have enjoyed the day by spending time with my daughter at The Cheesecake Factory.  We had lots of girl chatting to catch up on…and I enjoyed a few decadent things, like this martini:

 

 

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After healthy salads, we tucked into these desserts (cheesecakes and Irish Coffee, for me).

 

 

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My daughter was good and only had the cheesecake with an espresso.

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Now that I am home, I am loving my read of Blueprints, by Barbara Delinsky.  Definitely a page turner.

 

 

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Hope everyone is having a great day!

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: WAITING FOR “THE THIRD WIFE”

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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’s spotlighted book is coming on June 9, 2015:  The Third Wife, by Lisa Jewell.

 

 

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Blurb:  For fans of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes comes a riveting family drama with a dark mystery at its core, from the internationally bestselling author of The House We Grew Up In.

In the early hours of a summer morning, a young woman steps into the path of an oncoming bus. A tragic accident? Or suicide?

At the center of this puzzle is Adrian Wolfe, a successful architect and grief-stricken widower, who, a year after his third wife’s death, begins to investigate the cause. As Adrian looks back on their brief but seemingly happy marriage, disturbing secrets begin to surface. The divorces from his two previous wives had been amicable, or so it seemed; his children, all five of them, were resilient as ever, or so he thought. But something, or someone, must have pushed Maya over the edge…

With psychological nuance that gets into the heart of its characters, The Third Wife is a gripping story about a man seeking the truth behind his seemingly perfect marriage and the broken pieces left behind.

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Another book that I can’t wait to read, from an author I have read and enjoyed. (The House We Grew Up In).

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: WHAT I LOVE…AND WHAT I HATE!

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It is late in the day to create a Sunday Potpourri post, but it has been a busy one.

First, I was playing on my Curl up and Read site, getting ready for Bloggiesta that starts tomorrow…even though I have been doing a few things all week.

I could kick myself!  I read on someone’s list that they were going to purge their media files…and I think I misread that…because when I did that, the images I deleted were also deleted from the posts.

So I spent a good part of today going back in and inserting images….or deleting the “numbers” that appeared in place of the images.  And this was all done with the Old Editor, as the new one is too crazy for me…LOL.

If the Word Press gods are watching as I write this, let me tell you what I think of your “beep, beep, boop” system….GRRR!

I managed to get through half of the posts….more later.  I’m tired.

I also took a break to meet with my daughter at the Skyline Club….to hand over Noah’s project that I had printed out for him.  And I stayed for a drink…or two…or three.  LOL

 

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Now, after working some more on the images, I am going to read this book that I am loving so far.

 

 

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And tonight I am excited about my favorite shows:  Madame Secretary, Secrets & Lies, and The Good Wife.

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What do you love on a Sunday?  What frustrates you?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: MORE ABOUT THOSE OBSESSIONS….

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Most people who visit this blog, and read my Hump Day Potpourri posts know that I tend to obsess about things.  Yes, that’s what this blog is about, my obsessions, in addition to other tidbits.

Most of you know that Bloggiesta is coming next week, and for the first time, it will last for a week.  But we had our signups earlier this week.

So, of course, that action was a trigger for me.  And right away, I am creating new headers, blog buttons, and working on adding and combining pages at my various blogs.  Not to worry, I still have a lot to do next week, when the Real Bloggiesta begins.

Yes, Curl up and Read is the primary site I will be working on, but I have also taken this opportunity to work on several of my sites.  For the fun of it.

Was that statement an oxymoron?  Can work be fun?

Well, yes, ever since I retired from that “ball and chain” life, my new life as a free lancer has opened up a world of fun, and I could work all day, and not realize it.

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For example, I have been here at my computer since 7:00 a.m., and it is now 9:15.  I will probably take a break soon, not because I am no longer having fun, but I need to stretch my legs.

If only exercise was as much fun for me…sigh.

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I can’t even imagine doing that, although I did try…once.  It was a while ago…LOL

But reading is fun, and that’s what I will do next.  Sitting at my dining room table, sipping coffee, and with the breeze coming in through the patio door.  I also need to make another jug of iced tea…another obsession of mine through spring and summer.

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Today I’m reading The First Wife, by Erica Spindler….there are secrets, mysterious events, and a lovely setting in Louisiana.

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So…now that I have chatted about my obsessions, what are yours?  Come on, you can tell!

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: BOOK BEGINNINGS/FRIDAY 56 – “WHERE THEY FOUND HER”

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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?

Happy Friday!  Today I am spotlighting an ARC from Amazon Vine:  Where They Found Her, by Kimberly McCreight, the story of an idyllic suburban town, a mysterious find, and a free lance journalist determined to find the truth.

 

 

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Beginning:  (Prologue)

It isn’t until afterward that I think about the bag or the bloody towels stuffed inside.  They’re too big to bury, but I can’t just leave them behind.  Maybe I should have been better prepared.  Thought more about the details.  But it’s hard to be ready for something you never imagined you’d do.

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56:  (Ridgefield Reader – Comments)

(Anonymous) – Because they’re lazy a-holes, that’s why.  All they want is to sell ad space.  What the hell do they care what happens to the people who read their garbage?  And that’s what this is:  Total garbage.  The whole point is to freak us out.  So that we come back here and click, click, click away for more!

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Blurb:   An idyllic suburban town.

A devastating discovery.

Shocking revelations that will change three lives forever.

At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of a newborn is found in the woods fringing the campus of the town’s prestigious university. No one knows the identity of the baby, what ended her very short life, or how she came to be found among the fallen leaves. But for the residents of Ridgedale, there is no shortage of opinions.

When freelance journalist and recent Ridgedale transplant Molly Sanderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the disturbing news for the Ridgedale Reader—the town’s local paper—she has good reason to hesitate. A severe depression followed the loss of her own baby, and this assignment could unearth memories she has tried hard to bury. But the disturbing history Molly uncovers is not her own. Her investigation reveals a decades-old trail of dark secrets hiding behind Ridgedale’s white picket fences.

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This one is just the kind of read that keeps me glued to the pages.  What do you think?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: ANTICIPATION….

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Good morning!  As I was creating the new blog header for this site last night, I realized that it has been eons since I wrote a Hump Day Potpourri post.

 

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Let’s rectify that!  Since this blog is all about those tidbits, obsessions, etc., I should have plenty to talk about.  Right?

First of all, my bookish life seems to be the main course.  So let’s start there.  Today’s Waiting on Wednesday post featured A Week at the Lake, by Wendy Wax, one of my favorite authors.

 

 

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And while visiting other WOW posts, I discovered some anticipated releases that went on my list right away!

 

The Children’s Crusade, by Ann Packer, coming on April 7 was found on Catherine’s Book Club Librarian site.

 

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The story begins in the 1950s, in the area near San Francisco that became the Silicon Valley…and we follow the lives of the family over five decades.  What really captured my interest was the part that described the wife as “a mercurial housewife, at a time when women chafed at the conventions imposed on them. She finds salvation in art, but the cost is high.”

Now I lived in SF in the early 60s, and had my own “feminist” struggles…so I am eager to read more.

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Then, on Kay’s Reading Life, I found a book that is the sequel to the one I’m reading now:  Behind Closed Doors, by Elizabeth Haynes, (coming March 31), follows up the first book, Under a Silent Moon.

 

 

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DI Louisa Smith is working on a case that she had years before, and her inability to solve it has been one of the biggest regrets of her career….

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And finally!  After You, by JoJo Moyes, is coming September 29, and it is a follow up to Me Before You.  Excited much?

 

 

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Now you can see the obsessions coming out…right?  Authors and books that are soon coming…that is a compulsion that keeps me going.  I have my little notebook in which I write them down…and I might even save the covers to my files and bookmark the Amazon page.

You should see my picture folder with covers!  I do delete them after I’ve read and reviewed the book…but yes, it is so full that I have to search…and then search some more to find them.  Too bad they are not in alphabetical order.

If I could figure out how to put them in alphabetical order, I would be pretty happy!

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What obsessions (or let’s say interests) keep you going?  What are your Hump Day Thoughts?

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