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:

I’m almost finished with this e-ARC.  I’m really enjoying it.

Watch Me (e-book), by Jody Gehrman, (NetGalley – 1/23):   For fans of dark and twisty psychological thrillers, Watch Me is a riveting novel of suspense about how far obsession can go.

 

I just picked up Best Day Ever, by Kaira Rouda, “a creepy, spine-tingling and utterly addictive tale of domestic suspense.”

 

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

Anatomy of a Scandal (e-book), by Sarah Vaughan (NetGalley – 1/23)

The Woman in the Window (e-book), by A. J. Finn

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Next, I plan to start another e-ARC from NetGalley:  The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah, Release Date – 2/6/18

Synopsis:  Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

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That’s my week so far…what did yours look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOK RELEASE DAY, PLANS, TIDBITS…

On Tuesdays, I always feel especially bookish.  Book Release Day!  I keep an eye on those dates for a couple of reasons:  1)New releases to buy; and 2)Time to post my NetGalley reviews on Amazon.

Today, I posted The Girls in the Picture, released today on Amazon.

And…I downloaded the new release Lie With Me, by Sabine Durant.

It starts with a lie. The kind we’ve all told – to a former acquaintance we can’t quite place but still, for some reason, feel the need to impress. The story of our life, embellished for the benefit of the happily married lawyer with the kids and the lovely home.

And the next thing you know, you’re having dinner at their house, and accepting an invitation to join them on holiday – swept up in their perfect life, the kind you always dreamed of…

Which turns out to be less than perfect. But by the time you’re trapped and sweating in the relentless Greek sun, burning to escape the tension all around you – by the time you start to realise that, however painful the truth might be, it’s the lies that cause the real damage…

… well, by then, it could just be too late.

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Sounds good, right?  I couldn’t find any other new releases today…but I’ll wait for the e-mail announcing them all before I give up.

Meanwhile, I’m reading and enjoying a NetGalley ARC called Watch Me, by Jody Gehrman, a gripping novel exploring intense obsession and illicit attraction, Jody Gehrman introduces a world where what you desire most may be the most dangerous thing of all.

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So…that’s my day so far.  What does yours look like?  I think I’ll actually go out today; I’ve been craving Mimi’s French Beef Pot Roast...and I usually eat half of it, and bring the rest home for the next day.

 

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THURSDAY POTPOURRI: A MIX OF YOUNG & OLD, HOME & FAMILY…

Morning ablutions set the stage for my days, beginning in my little en suite bathroom, which I’ve decorated with some favorite things.  The little pottery containers, the candle, and the photo of a lounging woman are a mix of old and newer things.

The candle is one I bought in 1968!  I had walked to the shop in my suburban Sacramento neighborhood, toddler and infant in tow. I picked up the candle from the home section, felt a connection to it, and dropped it into my basket.

Now, almost 50 years later, that candle has survived numerous house moves (more than 20 at last count!), and except for a small crack on the side, it is almost as good as new.  It reflects a time in my life when candles, incense, peace, and love were at the forefront.

Do you enjoy things that speak to you of your history?

Nowadays, my mornings begin with coffee at the computer.  Today’s morning shows something like this…books, a bulletin board with memorable photos, and the cute rag doll that reminds me of how dolls fit into a bookish life.

 

Here is a glimpse of the blog header at this site:

 

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Across town, Fiona has launched her independent life in her new apartment…here she is at work:  she doesn’t look that happy.  Maybe it is a boring day…

 

At home, these friends await her, and I know she is looking forward to joining them:

 

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Several states away, in North Dakota, my step-great granddaughters will soon be turning four:  Bella and Lilly, showing off their happy faces…

 

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Such a mix of young and old, home and family.  What does your world look like this January?

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MIDWEEK READING PICKS…

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:

Anatomy of a Scandal (e-book), by Sarah Vaughan (NetGalley – 1/23), an astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal amongst Britain’s privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.

 

Watch Me (e-book), by Jody Gehrman, (NetGalley – 1/23):   For fans of dark and twisty psychological thrillers, Watch Me is a riveting novel of suspense about how far obsession can go.

 

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

Eaves of Destruction (e-book, Fixer-Upper Mystery), by Kate Carlisle

I Am Watching You (e-book), by Teresa Driscoll

Jane Fonda:  The Private Life of a Public Woman, by Patricia Bosworth

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Three Things About Elsie (e-book), by Joanna Cannon – Release Date:  8/7/18

Synopsis:  There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she’s my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing…might take a bit more explaining.

Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she thinks about her friend Elsie and wonders if a terrible secret from their past is about to come to light. If the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago?

From the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Three Things About Elsie is a story about forever friends on the twisting path of life. As we uncover their buried secrets, we learn how the fine threads of humanity connect us all.

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First of all, I am loving stories with at least one elderly character.  Could it be my own “aging,” or am I recognizing that stories crossing generational and age lines are just more interesting?  At any rate, I am eager to get my hands on this one.

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, ATTITUDES, & ACCEPTANCE…

It is Time!  Time to enjoy Tuesday Book Releases.  I already discovered one to download at Mary’s Book Fan.  Thanks, Mary!

Just Between Us, by Rebecca Drake, is a book about friends…and what some might do to protect another.

Four suburban mothers conspire to cover up a deadly crime in Just Between Us, a heart-stopping novel of suspense by Rebecca Drake.

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Later today, I will get my lovely e-mail telling me about other books being released today.  It is something I always look forward to…and yes, I have enough books on my TBR to keep me busy until…the End of Time?

Meanwhile, I am loving my current read:  I’m almost finished with Jane Fonda:  The Private Life of a Public Woman, by Patricia Bosworth.  The book is long, and except for the beginning, with moments between Henry Fonda and his wives and Jane’s infancy and childhood, it has been unputdownable. 

I’ve read a couple of Jane’s memoirs, and learned a lot about her life back in the day…but in this book, there are events and moments that I hadn’t known.  I’ve also found myself renting Amazon Prime videos of Jane’s early movies, like Klute and Sunday in New York.  Next will be Barefoot in the Park, which I haven’t seen in a while.

What I enjoy most about Jane is how she has had several incarnations…which I can relate to.  When we’ve lived for many years, we can look back and see our lives in the past as separate, almost.  Like we were different people.  Different versions of ourselves. 

Currently, I love the version of Jane that brings us Grace and Frankie, on Netflix.  Or her movie with Robert Redford on Netflix, Our Souls at Night.

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On Facebook, I had posted a photo of my books, one of which was the Jane Fonda book, and someone commented that Jane (in her Tom Hayden years) had “ruined” Santa Monica.  I felt myself prickling, as this judgmental attitude made many of us, back in the day, feel misunderstood…and separate from those who did not share our views.

Sort of like we now feel from others if we are not fans of the guy in the White House. 

When that happens, I just shrug and remind myself that everyone has a different perspective, and we don’t need their approval and they do not need ours.  To feel supported, we gravitate toward others who share our views.

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So…what does your Tuesday look like?  Are you eager to download new books?  Do you find judgmental comments appalling?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: A YOUNG GIRL SAYS GOODBYE…

As Aubrey’s time in Prague comes to an end, she continues to explore the surrounding areas.  In the photo above, she is overlooking Zurich.

Below, she is standing tall in the center of Nuremberg.

Luxuriating in the twinkling city lights…

Exploring Salzburg, Austria…

The beauty of Hallstatt, Austria…

Another way to remember Zurich…

 

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As these bittersweet moments end too soon, Aubrey will never see the world the same way.  Can she ever enjoy San Diego, CA, again?

Being home with family should help with that.

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I have never explored these wonderful places IRL…but I’ve definitely loved seeing them from Aubrey’s perspective.

Meanwhile, I am enjoying my reading, and today’s delightful cozy mystery is Eaves of Destruction, by Kate Carlisle.

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Now that the holidays are behind us, I’m loving my normal routines.  What do yours look like?

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A NEW YEAR & A NEW WEEK: 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:

Eaves of Destruction (e-book, Fixer-Upper Mystery), by Kate Carlisle:  Murder is on the to-do list when construction contractor Shannon Hammer looks for a killer in the fifth Fixer-Upper Mystery…

 

I am also reading (more slowly) a nonfiction book called Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman, by Patricia Bosworth…I’m only on the second chapter so far, but I’m enjoying learning more about her early years.

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

The Girls in the Picture (e-book), by Melanie Benjamin (NetGalley – 1/16/18)

Lost & Found Sisters (e-book), by Jill Shalvis

Every Breath You Take (Under Suspicion Mystery), by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke (First Book of the Year)

Be Frank With Me (e-book), by Julia Claiborne Johnson

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Today I downloaded a book I’ve been eager to read:  The Woman in the Window, by A. J. Finn.  I hope to start reading it soon.

Synopsis:  It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

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I love books about reclusive and/or agoraphobic characters…and who doesn’t love a Rear Window vibe?

How are your week and New Year shaping up?  Are you enjoying your books?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: FIRST 2018 BOOK RELEASE DAY…

It is Time for Book Release Tuesday, and since today is our FIRST Tuesday in the New Year, I am doubly excited.

 

My only download so far (and it was a pre-order) is a book I’ve been eagerly anticipating:  The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn, a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.

 

Description:  Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

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I am a big fan of Hitchcockian thrillers…and I’m especially drawn to agoraphobic characters who find themselves in peril.  I suspect good reading ahead!

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Later today, I will receive my e-mail that announces other new releases.  Maybe I should hope that I won’t want to download any others.  I still have so many left over from previous years.

Yesterday was a good day.  I packed up my Christmas decorations and did some cleaning.  Now I feel ready to face the week!

I also have to go out and run a couple of errands, like picking up medications I ordered last week, and which I must get today or I will have to re-order them.  Sigh.

Maybe I’ll go to Barnes & Noble.  My One Word this year is CONNECT, so I should call a friend and have coffee…and browse books.  Yeah, I need more books.  LOL.

How is your New Year going so far?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: THE NEW YEAR…

As the New Year approaches, I find myself checking out my TBR…and also putting up new calendars, like this one in my office, below (Georgia O’Keeffe).  After I hung the calendar, I had to move the little figurine of “a circle of bears” that once sat atop that book…to the shelf above.

The Christmas decorations are still up…but I’m feeling restless.  I may end up taking them down BEFORE New Year’s.

New Year’s Eve:  what I love to do is watch movies, in between reading…and at midnight, I turn on Dick Clark’s show (even though he is no longer on it).  I might have some popcorn…and Champagne.

My First Book of the Year post will be up on January 1…at An Interior Journey.  Shhh…not revealing the title just yet, but I sent my photo of myself holding the book to Sheila, at Book Journey, since she is hosting our event.

Another tradition for the New Year:  our One Word.  For 2017, I chose HOPE.

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What word will suit me for 2018?  Still pondering…

Meanwhile, continuing to read the books on my TBR…and I have some NetGalley books to read before January is over:

The Girls in the Picture, by Melanie Benjamin -Currently Reading-1/16/18

Anatomy of a Scandal, by Sarah Vaughan (1/23/18)

Watch Me, by Jody Gehrman (1/23/18)

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On Netflix, I’ve been watching Fuller House. 

Years ago, I recall watching Full House, and now the “kids” are all grown up.  I see several of the actors in Hallmark events these days:  Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Lori Loughlin…

As much as I enjoy the Hallmark Channel, I must comment that so many of the same actors show up over and over…and the ones who have a certain “look” are always the bad guys.  When you see those actors, you know that they are up to “no good.”

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What events/books/movies are you looking forward to in 2018?

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MIDWEEK READING: ENJOY!

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’m reading my NetGalley eARC The Girls in the Picture, by Melanie Benjamin – Release Date – 1/16/18:   a fascinating novel of the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female legends—screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford…

 

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

Wonder Valley, by Ivy Pochoda

These Violent Delights, by Victoria Namkung

Dead of Winter (Lily Dale Mystery), by Wendy Corsi Staub

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: 

Only two more weeks until The Chalk Man, by C. J. Tudor, is released (1/9/18)   

Synopsis:  A riveting and relentlessly compelling psychological suspense debut that weaves a mystery about a childhood game gone dangerously awry, and will keep readers guessing right up to the shocking ending

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

     In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he’s put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead.

     That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

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Creepy/scary, right?  I am eager to find out more.

So…how has your week unfolded?  Great holiday?  Good books?  Come on by and share.

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