Tuesday Potpourri

TUESDAY POTPOURRI: A DAY OF ANTICIPATION…AND SOME RELIEF

It is Tuesday, and I’m back in my Office Nook, feeling more like blogging…with optimism about my slowly clearing skin condition, after three days of the medication.   Today I’ve written three posts:  Tuesday Sparks:  “Miss You”; Meet the Domestic Diva:  Excerpting “Interior Designs”; and Keeping Track:  An Update.

I have been doing some reading, especially late at night, since sleeping has been a challenge.  But last night I mostly slept through the night…but on the living room couch.  For some reason, I haven’t been able to sleep in my bed.  Maybe tonight?

My current read:  Into the Water (e-book), by Paula Hawkins, has finally captured me, after a slow start with the introduction of many characters.

 

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Since Tuesday is release day for many books, I am waiting for the e-mail that will tell me what’s available.  In some ways, I am almost hoping not to find anything, as my stacks (mostly e-books) are quite large.  But the anticipation is still there.

I can tell you some of the upcoming releases that I know about:

White Fur (e-book), by Jardine Libaire (May 30 Release):  A stunning star-crossed love story set against the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City….

 

 

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You’ll Never Know, Dear (e-book), by Hallie Ephron:  An addictive novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Night Night, Sleep Tight, about three generations of women haunted by a little girl’s disappearance, and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to the truth . . .(June 6 Release)

 

 

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What does your Tuesday look like?  Do you anticipate new releases?  What book(s) are keeping you up at night?

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Sunday Potpourri

SUNDAY POTPOURRI: CURLING UP ON MY COMFY COUCH…

I love my comfy office, even though I seldom curl up on this couch.  But tonight I plan to watch some movies from this sofa, and maybe even read.  Sometimes it is a good thing to change our perspective, whether it is our location or how we see the books in our collection.

See the stack of books on the coffee table trunk?  I need to start reading some of them!  Here is a close-up, below:

 

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From the bottom up, these are the older ones I should read first:

Mean Streak,by Sandra Brown

Home, by Harlan Coben

Love Letters,by Debbie Macomber

The Girl, by Samantha Geimer

Becoming Queen Victoria, by Kate Williams

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Today I am trying to distract myself from my burning/itching skin, the result of a hair dye allergy.  I went to urgent care this morning, since the cream I was using did nothing to improve the situation.  The doctor prescribed steroids, in pill form, for five days.  Of course I want to immediately feel better….the cold compresses applied to my neck are helping a little.

I took a nap earlier, which was a good thing, since I haven’t been sleeping.

Meanwhile, my daughter is feeling horrible, since I had suggested that the problem I had a month ago was from the hair dye.  I think she believes me, now.  LOL.

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At least reading and movies are also distracting me a little, which is more than I can say for yesterday or the day before.  I started Into the Water earlier, but haven’t gotten very far.

 

 

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What did your Sunday look like?  Reading, eating out, napping?

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weekend potpourri

A YEAR AGO: REVISITING MOTHER’S DAY 2016

A year ago, I celebrated Mother’s Day at a lovely restaurant overlooking the water.  And I luxuriated in family and unexpected gifts.  The photo above was a rustic frame carved by one of my daughter’s friends, and I found the perfect photos to celebrate being a mother.

Below…check out my post from a year ago, Hump Day Potpourri:  Luxuriating in the Goodies…excerpted in its entirety.

 

Coming out of the sweetest weekend in a while, I am still luxuriating in all the goodies.  Unexpected ones, like the brunch in the mountains overlooking a lake. (Below), Heather and Noah enjoying the view…and a chat.

 

 

Heather & Noah - Mother's Day Brunch - Bass Lake

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Coming home, I hung the sweet little “love art,” as I’ve dubbed the hanging above…and here’s the entire wall with the newest addition.  I need to spend more time in this room, facing these hangings…

 

 

Family Wall in Office - 2016

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Usually I am facing inward to my laptop, etc.  The sofa, which you can see a part of in both pictures, is actually very comfy.

 

 

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The problem is the TV.  Yes, it needs updating!  That could be my next project…right?

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Or I could satisfy my viewing urges in one of the two other rooms that have flat screen TVs.

 

 

May 7 breakfast in bed with Netflix

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I do love looking back at what I was doing a year ago…or even longer.  Now I will feast on the memories and the photos.

What do you like looking back to remember?

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Tuesday Potpourri

TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “NOT A SOUND”

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s feature is an e-ARC from NetGalley Not a Sound, by Heather Gudenkauf, in which a shocking discovery and chilling secrets converge.

 

 

 

Intro:  (Prologue)

I find her sitting all by herself in the emergency waiting room, her lovely features distorted from the swelling and bruising.  Only a few patients remain, unusual for a Friday night and a full moon.  Sitting across from her, an elderly woman coughs wetly into a handkerchief while her husband, arms folded across his chest and head tilted back, snores gently.  Another man with no discernible ailment stares blankly up at the television mounted on the wall.  Canned laughter fills the room.

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Teaser:  I frown and flip back through the pages.  Despite the comprehensive paperwork, I can’t seem to find the report that outlines the biopsy results.  I’m sure it’s simply misplaced and I jot a reminder on a sticky note and affix it to the front of the file and then scan and upload the files I do have (45%).

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Synopsis:  When a tragic accident leaves nurse Amelia Winn deaf, she spirals into a depression that ultimately causes her to lose everything that matters—her job, her husband, David, and her stepdaughter, Nora. Now, two years later and with the help of her hearing dog, Stitch, she is finally getting back on her feet. But when she discovers the body of a fellow nurse in the dense bush by the river, deep in the woods near her cabin, she is plunged into a disturbing mystery that could shatter the carefully reconstructed pieces of her life all over again.

As clues begin to surface, Amelia finds herself swept into an investigation that hits all too close to home. But how much is she willing to risk in order to uncover the truth and bring a killer to justice?

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What do you think?  Would you keep reading?  This book will be released on 5/30/17.

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WWW

HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: A WEEK OF 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:

Vivian in Red (e-book), by Kristina Riggle

 

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Hot Milk (e-book), by Deborah Levy

 

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK:

(Click titles for my reviews)

 

I Found You, by Lisa Jewell:  Two decades of secrets, a missing husband, and a man with no memory are at the heart of this brilliant new novel.

 

Wait for the Rain (e-book), by Maria Murnane:  With the help of her friends, Daphne rediscovers her enthusiasm for life, as well as her love for herself—and realizes that her best years are still ahead.

 

Sweet William (e-book), by Beryl Bainbridge, a story in which a young woman is swept up by the charms of a stranger…and lives to regret it.

 

The Roanoke Girls (e-book), by Amy Engel: “Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”

 

A Separation (e-book), by Katie Kitamura, a woman’s story. About the end of her marriage. About what happened when Christopher went missing and she went to find him. These are her secrets, this is what happened…

 

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WHAT’S NEXT?  I JUST DOWNLOADED A BOOK THAT I’VE BEEN EAGERLY AWAITING…

Into the Water (e-book), by Paula Hawkins

 

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Synopsis:  A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
 
Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.
 
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.
 
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

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What has your week been like so far?  Here is mine, and I’m having a good one.

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Tuesday Potpourri

TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “VIVIAN IN RED”

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s feature is from an author I enjoy:  Vivian in Red (e-book), by Kristina Riggle, a sweeping love story, family mystery and historical drama set eighty years apart, Vivian in Red will swell your heart like a favorite song while illuminating Broadway like you’ve never seen before.

 

 

 

 

 

Intro:  (Milo)

She called me a vine; said I twisted into all her spaces, wrapped around all her branches.  I remember she was missing one round-toe-shoe, which made her stand at an odd, broken angle.  Her hat was twisted into a ball of felt in her hand.  She’d torn the hat from her head, turning her neat curls into a spray of hair something like a halo.

She said that to me, then she was gone out of my life, and for half a century I’d forgotten her, same as I’d forgotten the name of my Hebrew school rabbi and the minute details of what my father had really looked like.

Until yesterday, my God.

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Teaser:  (Boston, 1935)

Milo tuned him out, trying to get back those last seconds when everything was sharp and bright like sun through crystal, and all his fear had fallen away, if only long enough to savor that, for the first time, everything made a kind of sense. (48%).

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Synopsis:  Famed Broadway producer Milo Short may be eighty-eight but that doesn’t stop him from going to the office every day. So when he steps out of his Upper West Side brownstone on one exceptionally hot morning, he’s not expecting to see the impossible: a woman from his life sixty years ago, cherry red lips, bright red hat, winking at him on a New York sidewalk, looking just as beautiful as she did back in 1934.

The sight causes him to suffer a stroke. And when he comes to, the renowned lyricist discovers he has lost the ability to communicate. Milo believes he must unravel his complicated history with Vivian Adair in order to win back his words. But he needs help—in the form of his granddaughter Eleanor—failed journalist and family misfit. Tapped to write her grandfather’s definitive biography, Eleanor must dig into Milo’s colorful past to discover the real story behind Milo’s greatest song Love Me, I Guess, and the mysterious woman who inspired an amazing life.

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Would you keep reading?  Do the excerpts grab you?

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Monday Potpourri

MONDAY POTPOURRI: DREAMING OF THE BEACH….

After my weekend at the beach for my daughter’s wedding, I started remembering other beach getaways, like this one (above) last summer.  My youngest son and his wife have been living there in the far north for almost three years, and now are on their third residence.  The most recent one is a cottage a block away from the beach.  Quaint, but cozy, I am feeling it, and planning my own trip up north. 

In this view, we can see a cozy living room, with a glimpse of the kitchen on the right.  They always seem to pick houses with nice big kitchens.

 

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Another view of the kitchen:

 

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Their guest room is now in use, but soon it will be available, I’m told.  I don’t think I want to go until summer, however, since then I will be eager to escape the burning hot Central Valley sun.

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Meanwhile, I am reading away, sometimes beach books, but today I’m just beginning A Separation (e-book), by Katie Kitamura.

 

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This is her story. About the end of her marriage. About what happened when Christopher went missing and she went to find him. These are her secrets, this is what happened…

A young woman has agreed with her faithless husband: it’s time for them to separate. For the moment it’s a private matter, a secret between the two of them. As she begins her new life, she gets word that Christopher has gone missing in a remote region in the rugged south of Greece; she reluctantly agrees to go look for him, still keeping their split to herself. In her heart, she’s not even sure if she wants to find him. As her search comes to a shocking breaking point, she discovers she understands less than she thought she did about her relationship and the man she used to love.

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The writing style of the author is a bit confusing, since she doesn’t seem to use quotation marks for dialogue.  But I’m getting used to it.

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What are planning/reading on this Monday?

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