WWW READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words.  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 World of Curiosities, by Louise Penny

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 11/30/22:

Are You Awake?, by Claire McGowan

The Personal Assistant, by Kimberly Belle

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: Ms. Demeanor, by Elinor Lipman:  Release Date – December 27, 2022

Synopsis: Jane Morgan is a valued member of her law firm—or was, until a prudish neighbor, binoculars poised, observes her having sex on the roof of her NYC apartment building.  Police are summoned, and a punishing judge sentences her to six months of home confinement. With Jane now jobless and rootless, trapped at home, life looks bleak. Yes, her twin sister provides support and advice, but mostly of the unwelcome kind. When a doorman lets slip that Jane isn’t the only resident wearing an ankle monitor, she strikes up a friendship with fellow white-collar felon Perry Salisbury. As she tries to adapt to life within her apartment walls, she discovers she hasn’t heard the end of that tattletale neighbor—whose past isn’t as decorous as her 9-1-1 snitching would suggest. Why are police knocking on Jane’s door again? Can her house arrest have a silver lining? Can two wrongs make a right? In the hands of “an inspired alchemist who converts serious subject into humor” (New York Times Book Review)—yes, delightfully.  

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That was my week.  What did you enjoy these past days?

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WWW READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words.  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:

Are You Awake?, by Claire McGowan

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 11/23/22:

The Rewind, by Allison Winn Scotch

The Couple at the Table, by Sophie Hannah

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  The Light We Carry, by Michelle Obama

Synopsis:  There may be no tidy solutions or pithy answers to life’s big challenges, but Michelle Obama believes that we can all locate and lean on a set of tools to help us better navigate change and remain steady within flux. In The Light We Carry, she opens a frank and honest dialogue with readers, considering the questions many of us wrestle with: How do we build enduring and honest relationships? How can we discover strength and community inside our differences? What tools do we use to address feelings of self-doubt or helplessness? What do we do when it all starts to feel like too much?
 
Michelle Obama offers readers a series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge, and power, including her belief that when we light up for others, we can illuminate the richness and potential of the world around us, discovering deeper truths and new pathways for progress. Drawing from her experiences as a mother, daughter, spouse, friend, and First Lady, she shares the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles—the earned wisdom that helps her continue to “become.” She details her most valuable practices, like “starting kind,” “going high,” and assembling a “kitchen table” of trusted friends and mentors. With trademark humor, candor, and compassion, she also explores issues connected to race, gender, and visibility, encouraging readers to work through fear, find strength in community, and live with boldness.
 
“When we are able to recognize our own light, we become empowered to use it,” writes Michelle Obama. A rewarding blend of powerful stories and profound advice that will ignite conversation, The Light We Carry inspires readers to examine their own lives, identify their sources of gladness, and connect meaningfully in a turbulent world.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

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WWW READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words.  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 Rewind, by Allison Winn Scotch

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BOOK READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 11/15/22:

Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six, by Lisa Unger

 

EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  Loyalty, by Lisa Scottoline, Release Date: March 28, 2023.

Synopsis:  Franco Fiorvanti is a handsome lemon grower toiling on the estate of a baron. He dreams of owning his own grove, but the rigid class system of Sicily thwarts his ambition. Determined to secure a better future, Franco will do anything to prove his loyalty to the baron. But when the baron asks him to kidnap a little boy named Dante, Franco makes a decision that will change his life—and even the history of Sicily—forever.
    Gaetano Catalano is an idealistic young lawyer whose devotion to justice is tantamount to a calling. He’s a member of the Beati Paoli, a real-life secret society of aristocrats who investigate crime in Palermo, a city riddled with graft. Gaetano sets out to find the boy and punish the kidnapper, but his mission leads him to a darker place than he had ever imagined.
    Meanwhile, Mafalda Pancari is a new mother rejoicing at the birth of her daughter, Lucia, when disaster strikes. And Alfredo D’Antonio is a reclusive goatherd under constant threat of being discovered as a Jew. How the lives of these unforgettable characters collide makes Loyalty an epic tale of good versus evil, as the story twists and turns to its monumental showdown.

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That was my week.  I am eager to read more in the coming days.

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WWW READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words.  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:

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Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six, by Lisa Unger

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BOOK READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 11/8/22:

She’s Gone, by David Bell

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: A World of Curiosities, by Louise Penny – Release Date:  11/29/22

Synopsis:  It’s spring and Three Pines is reemerging after the harsh winter. But not everything buried should come alive again. Not everything lying dormant should reemerge.

But something has.

As the villagers prepare for a special celebration, Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir find themselves increasingly worried. A young man and woman have reappeared in the Sûreté du Québec investigators’ lives after many years. The two were young children when their troubled mother was murdered, leaving them damaged, shattered. Now they’ve arrived in the village of Three Pines.

But to what end?

Gamache and Beauvoir’s memories of that tragic case, the one that first brought them together, come rushing back. Did their mother’s murder hurt them beyond repair? Have those terrible wounds, buried for decades, festered and are now about to erupt?

As Chief Inspector Gamache works to uncover answers, his alarm grows when a letter written by a long dead stone mason is discovered. In it the man describes his terror when bricking up an attic room somewhere in the village. Every word of the 160-year-old letter is filled with dread. When the room is found, the villagers decide to open it up.

As the bricks are removed, Gamache, Beauvoir and the villagers discover a world of curiosities. But the head of homicide soon realizes there’s more in that room than meets the eye. There are puzzles within puzzles, and hidden messages warning of mayhem and revenge.

In unsealing that room, an old enemy is released into their world. Into their lives. And into the very heart of Armand Gamache’s home.

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That was my week; not that productive, but enjoyable.  What was yours like?

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WWW READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words.  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:

She’s Gone, by David Bell

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 11.1.22:

The Girlfriend, by K. L. Slater

The Prisoner, by B. A. Paris

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  The Personal Assistant, by Kimberly Belle, releasing on November 29, 2022

Synopsis:  When Alex first began posting unscripted family moments and motivational messages online, she had no intention of becoming an influencer. Overnight it seemed she’d amassed a huge following, and her hobby became a full-time job—one that was impossible to manage without her sharp-as-a-tack personal assistant, AC.

But all the good-will of her followers turns toxic when one controversial post goes viral in the worst possible way. Alex reaches out to AC for damage control, but her assistant has gone silent. This young woman Alex trusted with all her secrets, who had access to her personal information and front row seats to the pressure points in her marriage and family life, is now missing and the police are looking to Alex and her husband for answers. As Alex digs into AC’s identity – and a woman is found murdered – she’ll find the greatest threat isn’t online, but in her own living room.

Written in alternating perspectives between Alex, her husband, and the mysterious AC, this juicy cat and mouse story will keep you guessing till the very end.

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Another great week.  What did yours look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKISH LOVE

Here we are enjoying a day of new book releases.  I have added two new books to my shelves:  one from a week or so ago, and one that is a release from today.

She’s Gone is a David Bell thriller.

I am a Lisa Unger fan, so it was an easy pick for today:  Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six.

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Today I am reading a book that has been on my Kindle for a little while.  I had started it, and then set it aside.  I’m going to try again for Blowback, by James Patterson, et. al.

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That’s my day.  And since today is election day in the US, I’ll be watching some coverage later.  I already voted by mail a few weeks ago.  I love that option!

Have a great day!

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: TIDBITS & TRINKETS…

Welcome to a Sunday in November, right after a night of changing up the clocks.  I decided to do some of it early in the evening, especially the battery operated clocks that hang on the wall.  Then I switched the time on my Kindle, as I often forget to do that.

I went to sleep and had very strange dreams all night, not related to time changing, but a little disturbing at times.  I should write them down,  but I think that might not be a good thing!

This morning, I checked around to see what I had overlooked…and saw, happily, that many clocks changed automatically, like my cell phone, the TV, and my computer.  I think they’re all changed now!

Yesterday was a day of cleaning up the apartment, and I now feel ready to sink into my coziness again.  I might have to take a nap today, as I stayed up late, hoping to finish the time changes…but as it turned out, the ones I hadn’t yet done were automatic.

I used to have a wall of decorative clocks above my mantle in my previous apartment, and I finally took all the batteries out so they were just for appearances…and took care of that annoying time changing aspect.

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I loved those clocks, though.  And in the photo above, you can see a wall of DVDs shelved in my hallway.  I only brought a few of them with me after I moved.

So…what’s on the agenda for today?  Well, I am reading The Prisoner, by B. A. Paris, and hope to make some progress on it.

What is on your list of things to do?

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WWW READING…

 Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words.  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 Girlfriend, by K. L. Slater

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 10/25/22:

Big Shot, by Julie Mulhern

Such a Pretty Girl, by T. Greenwood

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six, by Lisa Unger – Coming on November 8

Synopsis:  Three couples rent a luxury cabin in the woods for a weekend getaway to die for in this chilling locked-room thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger.

What could be more restful than a weekend getaway with family and friends? An isolated luxury cabin in the woods, spectacular views, a hot tub and a personal chef. Hannah’s generous brother found the listing online. The reviews are stellar. It’ll be three couples on this trip with good food, good company and lots of R & R.

But the dreamy weekend is about to turn into a nightmare. 

A deadly storm is brewing. The rental host seems just a little too present. The personal chef reveals that their beautiful house has a spine-tingling history. And the friends have their own complicated past, with secrets that run blood deep.

How well does Hannah know her brother, her own husband? Can she trust her best friend? Meanwhile, someone is determined to ruin the weekend, looking to exact a payback for deeds long buried. Who is the stranger among them?

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That was my week.  What was yours like?

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WWW READING…

 Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words.  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:  Big Shot, by Julie Mulhern

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 10/18/22:

Home Truths, by Tina Seskis

The Favor, by Nicci French

The Nursery, by Sue Watson

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: Such a Pretty Girl, by T. Greenwood – Arriving into my Kindle tomorrow.

Synopsis:  In 1970s New York, her innocence is seductive.
Four decades later, it’s a crime…

Living peacefully in Vermont, Ryan Flannigan is shocked when a text from her oldest friend alerts her to a devastating news item. A controversial photo of her as a pre-teen has been found in the possession of a wealthy investor recently revealed as a pedophile and a sex trafficker—with an inscription to him from Ryan’s mother on the back.

Memories crowd in, providing their own distinctive pictures of her mother Fiona, an aspiring actress, and their move to the West Village in 1976. Amid the city’s gritty kaleidoscope of wealth and poverty, high art, and sleazy strip clubs, Ryan is discovered and thrust into the spotlight as a promising young actress with a woman’s face and a child’s body. Suddenly, the safety and comfort Ryan longs for is replaced by auditions, paparazzi, and the hungry eyes of men of all ages.

Forced to reexamine her childhood, Ryan begins to untangle her young fears and her mother’s ambitions, and the role each played in the fraught blackout summer of 1977. Even with her movie career long behind her, Ryan and Fiona are suddenly the object of uncomfortable speculation—and Fiona demands Ryan’s support. To put the past to rest, Ryan will need to face the painful truth of their relationship, and the night when everything changed.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

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WWW READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words.  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: Home Truths, by Tina Seskis

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 10/11/22:

Mad Honey, by Jodi Picoult, et. al

The Neighbour Upstairs, by Kathryn Croft

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  The Favor, by Nicci French – Arrived on my Kindle today

Synopsis: In this twisty new stand-alone novel from internationally bestselling author Nicci French, a young woman agrees to do a favor for her first love—but when things go horribly wrong, one small task turns into a murder investigation that completely upends her life, ensnaring her in a deadly web of secrets and lies.

It’s a simple enough favor.

Jude hasn’t seen Liam in years, but when he shows up at her work asking for a favor, she finds she can’t refuse. All Jude has to do is pick Liam up at a country train station—without telling anyone. So what if she has to lie to her fiancé? Jude is still committed to him and their imminent wedding, even if she and Liam were in love once.

She owes him.

After the car crash that changed everything years ago, bright, ambitious Jude went to medical school, back on the path she had planned before meeting moody, artistic Liam. Meanwhile, he never fully recovered from the dark stain the accident left on his record.

Now he’s gone.

When the police show up at the station instead of Liam, Jude realizes that she knows nothing about the man he’s become. Now she’s tangled up in his life, the last person to have seen him, and maybe the only one who can uncover the truth about what went wrong—even if she destroys her own life in the process.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

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