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:  Fear:  Trump in the White House, by Bob Woodward, the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president’s first years in office.

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

The Golden State (e-book), by Lydia Kiesling

Cross Her Heart (e-book), by Sarah Pinborough

The Lies We Told (e-book), by Camilla Way – (NetGalley – 10/9/18)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Tell Me Lies, by Carola Lovering, is a book I have been seeing around the blogs.  “Everyone remembers the one. No, not that one. The other one. The one you couldn’t let go of. The one you’ll never forget.

Synopsis:  Lucy Albright is far from her Long Island upbringing when she arrives on the campus of her small California college, and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer—new friends, wild parties, stimulating classes. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating.

Confident and cocksure, Stephen sees something in Lucy that no one else has, and she’s quickly seduced by this vision of herself, and the sense of possibility that his attention brings her. Meanwhile, Stephen is determined to forget an incident buried in his past that, if exposed, could ruin him, and his single-minded drive for success extends to winning, and keeping, Lucy’s heart.

Lucy knows there’s something about Stephen that isn’t to be trusted. Stephen knows Lucy can’t tear herself away. And their addicting entanglement will have consequences they never could have imagined.

Alternating between Lucy’s and Stephen’s voices, Tell Me Lies follows their connection through college and post-college life in New York City. With psychological insight and biting wit, this keenly intelligent and staggeringly resonant novel chronicles the yearning ambitions, desires, and dilemmas of young adulthood, and the difficulty of letting go, even when you know you should.

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My week has been interesting so far.  What does yours look like?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: RUMBLINGS & RAMBLINGS…

Hello, Friday!  As I look back at my week, I am stunned that I’ve only read two books so far!  But they were awesome books:  The Dream Daughter, by Diane Chamberlain; and Cross Her Heart, by Sarah Pinborough. (Click titles for my reviews).

In the photo above, I am relaxing on my office couch, and showing off my pedicure, which I didn’t display earlier…who shows their toes?  LOL.

Last night, I returned to reading The Golden State, by Lydia Kiesling, and while I still have issues with the writing style, the story has finally captured me.  Issues of immigration, secessionist groups, and how early motherhood changes a person.  Just watching our MC Daphne get through her days while she waits for her husband to finally get his green card again…a story that felt so timely.  How it was erroneously taken from him has a typical bureaucratic explanation, and since no efforts have been made to correct the wrong.  I sense some protesters forming on some government steps.

I do love a story that arouses my sense of injustice.  So I will keep reading.

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Speaking of injustice:  I went to grab my first cup of coffee this morning, and the pot had barely trickled any of my favorite morning liquid into the pot!  What happened?  I looked to see what could be wrong.  Had I not added enough water?  I added some more, and eventually it brought down half of a pot.

Time to get another!  I can’t believe how many coffee pots I’ve gone through over the years, but especially in the last two years.  Perhaps I need to go to one of the high end models.  Sigh.

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My granddaughter is coming on Sunday to tackle some dusting and vaccuming.  Yes, I can handle it, but I like the idea of kicking back while she works:  (No, that’s not her, but an image of a 1950s housewife always makes me smile).

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So…those are my Friday Rumblings…what is your day like so far?

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MY 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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Earlier today, I started reading one of my recent downloads, The Golden State, by Lydia Kiesling,  a gorgeous, raw debut novel about a young woman braving the ups and downs of motherhood in a fractured America, and as much as I think I’m going to enjoy it, I had to set it aside for a while.  I need something with a faster pace, and the writing style of Kiesling’s book had me going back to reread sections because her writing style is rambling, with long sentences and sparse on commas.  Confusing.  But with more time on it, I may manage.

Meanwhile, I started another book, Cross Her Heart, by Sarah Pinborough, which has me moving along quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

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

The Other Woman (e-book), by Sandie Jones

Lush (e-book), by Kerry Cohen

The Dream Daughter (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain – (NG – 10/2/18)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I am a fairly recent fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid, but I jumped right on this upcoming release and bookmarked it.  I have to have it!  Daisy Jones & the Six has ingredients I love:  the 1970s rock scene, an infamous breakup of the band, and the mystery behind it.  March 5, 2019 is the release date, so I’ll be anticipating it for a while.

Synopsis:  Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

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What has your week been like?  Please stop by and share.

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THURSDAY POTPOURRI: TRAIPSING DOWN MEMORY LANE…

Thursday is a day in the week that finds me chatting over coffee about bookish and not so bookish thoughts.  It is also a chance to ponder the weekend ahead, and plan for what to read next week.  My workstation includes a tiny little table on the right where I also stash notebooks that list upcoming review books, etc.  Minnie Mouse guards the potpourri of tidbits:

Now that I am down to two review ARCs (for October), I was actually pleased to get approval for a recent request:  a book being released on January 8, 2019:

An Anonymous Girl, by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen.  I loved their book The Wife Between Us.

From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.

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Left of my workstation is my bulletin board, where memorabilia spotlight the moments in my life.  Top Right:  the birthday sign that reads LORRE;  it was created by my younger brother, who has a sign painting business.  That sign was “painted” in 1985, when I went by the name “Lorre.”  For some reason, I liked the spelling and the way the name looked.  The fact that I’ve had the sign for all these years, and carried it with me to five different residences, tells you a little about my sentimental attachment to things.

On the left hand side, note the announcement for an event at Dukes, a coffee house in Sacramento where my eldest son, fresh back from his time in Ireland, was showing a series of photographs.  Many of them are on the walls of my bedroom, dubbed The Ireland Room.  He now lives in Prague, where he moved in 1997. 

 

 

Sometimes our sentimental journeys take us to far-flung places.

In 2008, my eldest moved to Berlin and photographed the “art gallery” of  murals on the Berlin Wall (in 2009).  This photo (below) is one of my favorites, depicting a leap over the wall.

Another photo (below) is a special shot I love…I have used it on my blogs over the years.  I like how it depicts an escape from chains.

I had that one made into a poster, which I have framed for my bedroom.

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Looking back at an array of photos that mean something to me…take a peek at one of my granddaughter Fiona (left) and two of her cousins…snapped way back in the day.  I think they were in middle school at the time.

And here is a recent photo of her:  how time flies!

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Now that I’ve rambled down Memory Lane…do any of you love looking at photos and sentimental objects?  Do they take you to those places in the past? 

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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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Currently Reading:  The Other Woman, by Sandie Jones,  will have you questioning her on every page, in Sandie Jones’ chilling psychological suspense about a man, his new girlfriend, and the mother who will not let him go.

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

Now That You Mention It (e-book), by Kristan Higgins

Pieces of Her (e-book), by  Karin Slaughter

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (e-book), by Gail Honeyman (Library Book)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I’m a big fan of Lisa Unger, and her October 2 upcoming release is stirring up my anticipation in a big way.  Under My Skin is an addictive psychological thriller about a woman on the hunt for her husband’s killer…

 

Synopsis:  What if the nightmares are actually memories?

It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognize. What happened to Poppy during those lost days? And more importantly, what happened to Jack?

The case was never solved, and Poppy has finally begun to move on. But those lost days have never stopped haunting her. Poppy starts having nightmares and blackouts—there are periods of time she can’t remember, and she’s unable to tell the difference between what is real and what she’s imagining. When she begins to sense that someone is following her, Poppy is plunged into a game of cat and mouse, determined to unravel the mystery around her husband’s death. But can she handle the truth about what really happened?

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This has been a delightful reading week so far.  What was yours like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: FINDING TREASURES…

Good morning, and welcome to some Tuesday Thoughts.  Book Release Day!  Yes, I have cut down on my buying…in August, I only purchased six books.  (July was scary, though, with 13 purchases).

I am currently reading a library book:  Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine...and loving it.  But when I saw some books I’ve been awaiting, I had to “click to buy.”  And Paige, my new Oasis, welcomed them.

The Golden State, by Lydia Kiesling

A gorgeous, raw debut novel about a young woman braving the ups and downs of motherhood in a fractured America

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Then, I couldn’t resist this one:

Cross Her Heart, by Sarah Pinborough

Lisa is living a lie and everyone is about to find out.

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My newest Kindle, an Oasis named Paige, came to my home on the weekend.  I’ve had fun arranging the books on my device, and as I scrolled through the content in the Cloud, I saw books I bought a while ago, just languishing there.  I had to bring some of them down!

One of those was my featured book today on Rainy Day Excerpts:  “Hungry Heart”, a collection of essays by Jennifer Weiner.  I bought the book in 2016!

What treasures one can find in the Cloud.

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What treasures, if any, have you found today?  Do you sometimes savor the books you already have, and just haven’t yet read?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: A NEW “TOY,” & SUNDAY TIDBITS…

Good morning!  It is Sunday, and after doing very little yesterday afternoon, once my new Oasis arrived, today is a bit busier.  Laundry, sweeping, mopping, etc.

Meet Paige!  I know, I probably mentioned I would be using an “O” name, but in honor of my Paperwhite (Pippa) and my iPhone (Phoebe), I’m sticking to the “P” monikers.

If you’ve had a new device, you know how they take up a lot of time with all the setting up, adding stuff, and just playing…so that was yesterday.  To make up for my slothful ways of Saturday, today was all about stripping the bed, doing laundry, sweeping, mopping, etc.

I decided not to add all the books I hope to read in the next several months onto my device.  It is too confusing.  I’m going to add the newest ones now…and go through my notebook regularly to see what to add next.

Now I am reading a Kristan Higgins book, which I’m loving.  I have been noticing her books all around, and bought her book Now That You Mention It back in December 2017.  Wow, how have I missed reading these books before now?

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Next, I think I’ll read my library book:  Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gayle Honeyman.

 

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How are you managing on this three-day weekend?  I know what I’ll be doing at least some of the time.  What about you?

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THURSDAY POTPOURRI: A PEEK AT SOME OBSESSIONS & TIDBITS

Good morning!  It has been another lovely week of books and my cozy surroundings.  I wrote a little about all of that over at my Coffee Chat:  Interior & Bookish Challenges.

The book above, (and below) Watching You, is on my “up next list”…and I can’t wait!

The instant New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the “riveting thriller” (PopSugar) Then She Was Gone delivers another suspenseful page-turner about a shocking murder in a picturesque and well-to-do English town, perfect “for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and Luckiest Girl Alive” (Library Journal).

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Now…back to my interiors  Since I posted my “peely white” nightstand in my Coffee Chat post, I started looking around, and noticed this little gem.  It has been all over my houses, my house before and this one.  It is one of those all purpose items.  I like the look of my Coca Cola tray on it.  The wicker loveseat has been everywhere, too, and now is my perfect little “window seat,” looking out at my patio.

Last week, we saw Fiona scrubbing away at my kitchen floor, and here she is, all glammed up for something…She has a way of showing many different versions of herself, which makes her interesting, in my book.

When I am not in my office visiting blogs and reviewing books, I am usually curled up in this corner, where I can see some of my favorite things around me.  I know I’ve shown different views of that ice cream table and the cookie jars, but here you catch another glimpse of the living room side.

Here is a peek at the loveseat…and the little bookcase on the back wall.  I have some Mary Engelbreit prints there, too.

Another view of the room, with still another Mary Engelbreit print:

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A few years ago, when my #2 son was working for Dick Clark Productions (late 1990s), he was on a business trip and wearing his Dick Clark Productions jacket.  He met up with two actors:  Michael Damian and Michelle Stafford (who were stars together on Y & R, playing Phyllis and Danny).  They were also headed off to do some business.  Long story short, he captured a photo of the two of them.  He also shared that his mom is a big fan.  LOL.  I’ve had the photo on my bulletin board for a while now.  You can see that photo in the center, and just above and to the right is my son with Michael Damian.  He and Michael chatted about Dick, and how Michael had been on one of his shows.

Here is a close-up of “Phyllis & Danny,” not as clear as I would like, but you get the idea.

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Last night, I headed over to the neighborhood Mimi’s and had one of my favorites:  French Pot Roast, with a margarita…

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So, as you can tell, I love sharing my books, my interior world, and a few of my obsessions and tidbits.

What has your week been like, and what are you eager to do next?

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BOOKS THAT RESONATE…

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:  I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, by Michelle McNamara, a library book:  The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018.

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

When the Lights Go Out (e-book), by Mary Kubica – (NG – 9/4)

November Road, by Lou Berney – (Amazon Vine Review)

Lies (e-book), by T. M. Logan – (NG – 9/11)

An Unwanted Guest (e-book), by Shari Lapena

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I love Heather Gudenkauf’s books, so when I learned of this upcoming release, I immediately bookmarked  Before She Was Found .

It will be out on April 16, 2019.

Synopsis:  For twelve-year-old Cora Landry and her friends Violet and Jordyn, it was supposed to be an ordinary sleepover—movies and Ouija and talking about boys. But when they decide to sneak out to go to the abandoned rail yard on the outskirts of town, little do they know that their innocent games will have dangerous consequences.

Later that night, Cora Landry is discovered on the tracks, bloody and clinging to life, her friends nowhere to be found. Soon their small rural town is thrust into a maelstrom. Who would want to hurt a young girl like Cora—and why? In an investigation that leaves no stone unturned, everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted—not even those closest to Cora.

Before She Was Found is a timely and gripping thriller about friendship and betrayal, about the power of social pressure and the price of needing to fit in. It is about the great lengths a parent will go to protect their child and keep them safe—even if that means burying the truth, no matter the cost.

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What did your week bring?  Did you find a favorite or two?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: COZY SPACES & NEW BOOKS…

Good morning!  It is Tuesday…and time to reflect on new releases…and/or ponder the state of our Review/TBR Shelves.

In the photo above, I am spotlighting a cozy space that I don’t use very much.  How is that possible, you ask?  Well, part of it is the kitchen, of course; I go there to prepare my meals/coffee, and then take a tray into one of my other rooms.  Usually.

I should use it more, though; I do enjoy that little dining table, and looking at the country cupboards.

Here is a close-up of that dining nook:

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I haven’t downloaded any new releases today…I checked some out, and considered adding this one:

Tear Me Apart, by J. T. Ellison (I’ve enjoyed this author)

The follow-up to her critically acclaimed Lie to Me, J.T. Ellison’s Tear Me Apart is the powerful story of a mother willing to do anything to protect her daughter even as their carefully constructed world unravels around them.

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I would have downloaded it today, but I received one of my library holds, a book I’ve been awaiting for a long while:

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

“Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!” —Reese Witherspoon

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Today I’m reading An Unwanted Guest, by Shari Lapena,

 

A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway. . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting away.

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After I finish this book, I may need to read something calm…but I still have last week’s library book to read:

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, by Michelle McNamara (not calm!)The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018.

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So…my week so far.  What does yours look like?

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