A MIDWEEK BOOK BONANZA…

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 NetGalley suspense thriller that will be released on 5/15, Paper Ghosts, by Julia Heaberlin, is a gripping thriller about the ghosts that live in our minds—and the ones that stare back from photographs.

 

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

True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness (e-book), by Christine Lahti

The High Tide Club (e-book), by Mary Kay Andrews – NetGalley – 5/8/18

Let Me Lie (e-book), by Clare Mackintosh

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I am excited about a new Karin Slaughter book, coming on August 21, 2018:  Pieces of Her is a story even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she’s written before.

Synopsis:  What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?

Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She’s knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Gullaway Island; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one will ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

Twenty-four hours later Laura is in the hospital, shot by an intruder who’s spent thirty years trying to track her down and discover what she knows. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumbs of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . .

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That was my week.  A little slower than the week before, but each book was memorable and engaging.  What did your week look like?

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HUMP DAY 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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True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness:  A Feminist Coming of Age, by Christine Lahti

 

True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness is about the power of storytelling to affirm and reframe the bedrock of who we are, revealing that we’re all unreliable eyewitnesses when it comes to our deeply personal memories. Told in a wildly fresh, unique voice, and with the unshakable ability to laugh at herself time and again, this is Christine Lahti’s best performance yet.

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

Go Ask Fannie, by Elisabeth Hyde (Amazon Vine Review)

The Unexpected Mother, by Susan A. Ring

Paris Ever After, by K.S.R. Burns (NG – 5/1)

A Nantucket Wedding, by Nancy Thayer (Library Book)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I love Diane Chamberlain’s books,  so I was delighted to get a NetGalley ARC of The Dream Daughter, which will be released on October 2.

Synopsis:  When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before—and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back.

Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby’s heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline’s part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.

A rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother’s quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable. Diane Chamberlain pushes the boundaries of faith and science to deliver a novel that you will never forget.

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A treasure trove of books has joined me this week.  What did your week bring?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: ENJOYING COZY BOOKS & MOMENTS…

Welcome to my Sunday…a day to visit blogs, but also a wonderful day to watch the streaming show The Good Fight.  I love the characters, some of which were in another favorite show, The Good Wife.

 

We’re on Season II…and when I first started watching this new season, the audio was very poor, so I had to lean forward and add the closed captions.

But suddenly the sound is normal again!  So happy about that.

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When I opened my e-mails today, I saw another book from the library!  I love how this works…I put them on hold, and then they automatically appear.  Today’s “gift” was Sisters Like Us, by Susan Mallery.

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I have another recent book from the library to start reading:  A Nantucket Wedding, by Nancy Thayer…a favorite author that takes me right to the beach.

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I’m also reading Paris Ever After, by K.S.R. Burns, a NetGalley review book.

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I am looking forward to a cozy Sunday!  I also have some shows and movies waiting on my DVR.

What are you anticipating today?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: PAST & PRESENT…FAMILY & OBSESSIONS…

This week (and last) have brought a mix of new library books, recent downloads, and NetGalley and Vine Review reads.  (Above:  The New Neighbors, by Simon Lelic, purchased on April 10).

I like the feeling of making some progress toward acquiring books that I didn’t buy, while also enjoying the bliss of a new release book “whispering” toward Pippa, my Kindle.

So far I have borrowed five books from the library’s Overdrive System…and read four of them.  I just received A Nantucket Wedding, by Nancy Thayer.

Wedding bells are ringing, a family is reunited, and new love is blooming—for better or worse—in this captivating novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Island House and Secrets in Summer.

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This weekend, I plan to start reading some of my new and older downloads…and also spend some time with my granddaughter Fiona.  We have tentative plans for dinner and movie watching.   I love her new look (below); her hair is growing out, and it looks good on her, IMO.  I am even getting used to all the piercings.  LOL.  My daughter has a lot of tattoos, so these girls are definitely expressing themselves.

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Here is my daughter, some of her tattoos showing, with David, on their honeymoon trip to Europe.

 

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She has changed a lot since the days when she was a pre-teen.  Here is a shot of her in the townhouse, Circa 1980s.  Those were the days of flipped hair and jeans tucked into socks.  Back then, she was already preparing for her hair styling career.  (Note:  on the left, see my desk with a landline style that one doesn’t see anymore.  Nor do we usually see landlines).

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I still have a few landlines, though: Below, the Minnie Mouse phone is on display in my office.

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This designer pay phone (which works!) was one I purchased while living in that townhouse.   I also have a Winnie the Pooh designer phone that is resting on a shelf above my office nook…for the day I might want to bring him down.

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So now you know some of my secrets…I love designer phones; I enjoy photos from the past; and I am also in the moment with my family and love showing them off a bit.

What are you sharing today?

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A BOOKISH WEEK…

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:  Go Ask Fannie, by Elisabeth Hyde:  an Amazon Vine review book.

Everyone has baggage. The Blaire siblings are just taking theirs home for the long weekend.

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

Saints for All Occasions (e-book), by J. Courtney Sullivan

A Turn for the Bad (e-book, County Cork Mystery), by Sheila Connolly

The Darkness Gathers (e-book, Lydia Strong #2), by Lisa Unger

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

The Female Persuasion (e-book), by Meg Wolitzer

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book.  I did plan to borrow it from the library, but I couldn’t wait!  So I downloaded it.

Synopsis:  Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer- madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place- feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.

Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.

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What did your week look like?  What lies ahead?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: ADDING TO MY SHELVES…

New Book Release Day!  But it has also been a week of adding review books to my shelves:  Two for two.  Two review books, and two purchases.

My vow to cut down on purchases in favor of review books and library books has led to fewer purchases.  But since I couldn’t get either of my purchases this week from the library or from NetGalley, I feel justified in these purchases. 

The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer, is a library book that I could have if I wanted to wait weeks and weeks…and then wait some more.  I am not that patient when the book is one that is calling to me! 

A novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.

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Today I added The New Neighbors, by Simon Lelic to my purchases:  not even on my library’s shelves…so there!  LOL

 

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Two review books were approved and added to my shelves:

Not Her Daughter (e-book), by Rea Frey – (NG – 8/21)

Emotionally powerful and wire-taut, Not Her Daughter raises the question of what it means to be a mother—and how far someone will go to keep a child safe.

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Then...Shadow Dancing (e-book, Country Club Murders), by Julie Mulhern – (NG – 6/19)

I have loved every book in this series!

Synopsis:  Visiting a psychic is outside the norm for Ellison Russell. Finding bodies is not. Unfortunately, the psychic’s crystal ball says she’ll soon be surrounded by death. Again.

Drat.

Now there’s a corpse in the front drive, a witchy neighbor ready to turn Ellison and her (not so) little dog into toadstools, and a stripper named Starry Knight occupying the guest room.

How did 1975 go so wrong so quickly?

Ellison must handle Mother (who’s found a body of her own), make up with a certain handsome detective, and catch a killer, or the death surrounding her might be her own.

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So…my Tuesday has been productive so far.  I don’t plan to add any more purchases…but who knows what review books might land on my shelf?

What do you love about Tuesdays?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, MOVIES, & DREAMS…

Welcome to my cozy Sunday…a day of reading, watching movies, etc.

After visiting other bloggers for a while, I decided to watch The Good Fight, Season II, a show that is streaming on CBS-All Access.  The characters include several who were on The Good Wife, the now defunct show (sadly).

Last night I watched some movies rather late, one of which was on Lifetime: My Daughter Was Stolen.  I should know better than to watch that channel at night, as I then dreamed vivid moments from the movie throughout the night.  However, when I dream about a movie, my mind often changes things up, adding twists and turns.  So I woke up several times throughout the night, but when I went back to sleep, the movie continued via my dreams!  Exhausting!  LOL

I was quite happy to awaken early…and start visiting blogs.

Today I’m planning to start reading The Darkness Gathers, by Lisa Unger, a library e-book.

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I had also thought about going to see Chappaquiddick, at the neighborhood theater…still pondering that one.  If I don’t go today, I might head over mid-week.

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Tomorrow I’ll be meeting a friend for coffee and a chat over at Barnes & Noble.  I’m looking forward to it!

What are your plans for the day…and the upcoming week?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: CELEBRATING SPRING…AND FAMILY…

Good morning!  Welcome to another Friday with my obsessions and tidbits.  Today I’m celebrating Spring, since we finally have blossoms and sunshine (Ah-choo!). 

Yes, there is a downside to Spring…and despite the allergy meds and occasional use of my inhaler, I do celebrate it.

Today I will share some family photos.  Little Margaret is my sister’s one and only grandchild, so she gets lots of attention.

 

My niece Emily, with Margaret…who seems unsure of how to feel about that flower…

 

She is definitely not ambivalent about the beach…

 

And she looks truly content here…relaxed and comfy…

The family “dynasty” began for my sister and her husband 42 years ago.  My sister is the second from the right.  They have four grown daughters (L to R:  Emily, Beth, Katie, and far right, Dorothy).  They have one granddaughter, Margaret.  My brother-in-law seems truly proud to be surrounded by so many women…LOL

 

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What are you sharing today?  Come on by and let’s chat.

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A WEEK OF SAVORING MY 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:  Saints for All Occasions, by J. Courtney Sullivan, a sweeping, unforgettable novel from The New York Times best-selling author of Maine, about the hope, sacrifice, and love between two sisters and the secret that drives them apart.

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews):

Her Every Fear, by Peter Swanson

After Anna, by Lisa Scottoline (NG – 4/10)

 

Sometimes I Lie, by Alice Feeney

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: (A book I’ve requested from NetGalley, but haven’t yet received)

The Boy at the Door, by Alex Dahl (Release Date – July 24)

Synopsis:  Set against a stunning Scandinavian backdrop, a gritty novel of psychological suspense that asks the question how far would you go to hold onto what you have?

Cecilia Wilborg has it all–a loving husband, two beautiful daughters and a gorgeous home in the affluent Norwegian town of Sandefjord. And she works hard to keep it all together. Too hard. Because one mistake from her past could bring it all crashing down around her.

Annika Lucasson lives a dark life with her abusive, drug-dealing boyfriend. She’s lost everything one too many times and now she’s got one last chance to save herself, thanks to Cecilia. Annika knows her secret–and just how much she’s willing to do to make it all go away…

When someone forgets to pick up their little boy at the local pool, Cecilia agrees to take him home, only to find an abandoned, empty house. It’s the first step in the unraveling of her meticulously crafted life, as her and Annika’s worlds collide…

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That was my week.  How is yours going?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BORROW, BUY, & REQUEST…

Welcome to another New Release Tuesday.  My usual practice of downloading everything I see has ended.  Now I am more cautious…and after buying 13 books in February, my March purchases stopped with eight.

I started borrowing books from the library, via my Libby friend:

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So far this month, I’ve downloaded two purchases (I just couldn’t resist them!):

Before I Let You Go, by Kelly Rimmer, explores a hotly divisive topic and asks how far the ties of family love can be stretched before they finally break. (opioid addiction, child endangerment, etc.)

The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister’s voice in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar—and in trouble, again.

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And then, this memoir from a favorite actor:

True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness:  a Feminist Coming of Age, by Christine Lahti

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Next, I put these books on hold through Libby:

All the Beautiful Lies, by Peter Swanson

and…

The Family Gathering, by Robyn Carr

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And, lucky me, I found a Lisa Unger book from way back that I hadn’t read…and borrowed it!

The Darkness Gathers, by Lisa Unger (Lydia Strong #2)

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So…not perfect, but a work-in-progress.  I’ve borrowed four books so far, read two of them, and plan to start Saints for All Occasions later today.

Right now, I’m moving along with Sometimes I Lie, by Alice Feeney.

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Update on NetGalley ARCs:

All of my April books are read and reviewed, and my May books (five in all) start releasing on May 1, so I’ll dive into that batch…next week, I think.

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How is your reading?  Do you purchase, borrow, or request review books?  It seems that I do all three.

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