TUESDAY POTPOURRI: RELEASES & HIT & MISS READING…

Another Tuesday has arrived!  No surprise there, they come every week.  But do I find new releases every time?  Most of the time, actually, although sometimes I just bookmark them for later.

Today I received a pre-ordered download: Never Tell, by Lisa Gardner, one of my favorite must-buy authors. brings an unpredictable thriller that puts fan favorites D.D. Warren and Flora Dane on a shocking new case that begins with a vicious murder and gets darker from there.

 

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I have another release from today that I just bookmarked.  Will I wait a while, or will I give in?

The Next to Die, by Sophie Hannah, another favorite mystery author: a disturbing tale of psychological suspense and obsession that hits at the heart of some of our most precious relationships.

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So far this week, my reading has been hit and miss.  I finished a book that I didn’t like (Late in the Day), and I’ll admit to a little skimming at the end since I really hated the story and the characters, some more than others.

Last night I started Come Find Me, by Megan Miranda…and I’m hopeful.  But it’s early days.

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This post has been a challenge!  The links are showing up in the wrong places…not usually a problem.  I’ll see what happens when I check them.  Okay, all checked and all good.  But how weird!

How has your week unfolded so far?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: RAINY DAYS, SKYLIGHTS, AND BIRTHDAYS…

What a rainy week we have had!  Every morning, I now look through the windows to see what is happening…slick sidewalks are the warning.  Although I often hear the sound of rain before I see it.

I really keep an eye on my skylight.  One year, it fell down three or four times, and on two occasions it actually broke.  The maintenance man (my favorite) applied some fix-it glue to the corners…and so far, so good.  But I still look up, checking,  whenever I enter the kitchen. 

When I first moved in, I kept looking for a switch to turn off the light…but it was the skylight, of course.  I don’t actually need light in this kitchen.   A very small galley, that door you see leads to the garage.  My favorite thing:  pulling into the garage and unloading my purchases into the kitchen, without any rain drowning me.

That floor was the bane of my existence, but nowadays, Fiona scrubs it occasionally, and I maintain it in between. 

My Fiona is the best.  And not to overlook my other granddaughter, Aubrey, I’m sure she would be, too.  But she lives in San Diego, where she is attending university. Afterwards, I am sure she will live in LA.

Nobody wants to live in Fresno.  LOL.

Wishing for great birthdays for those two girls.  I need to set up a birthday dinner for Fiona…and Aubrey, if she lived here…but she doesn’t.  We will enjoy a gathering in the summer.

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Last night, I watched an interesting Amazon Prime movie starring Melissa McCarthy.  It was different from her usual films, but really good.  Can You Ever Forgive Me is based on the true story of Lee Israel, a forger of literary treasures.  Something she fell into when she hadn’t published her own work in a while, and at a time when she was destitute.  But what kept her going was the high she got from the experience.

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Today I plan to stay in.  I’m reading Late in the Day, which hasn’t really grabbed me yet, but I’m hoping.

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What does your Sunday look like?  Going out, staying in?  Rain or shine?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: HABITS, OLD AND NEW…

It is time to ponder the Tuesday Book Releases!  I am definitely trying to curb those impulses, though, so today I’ve only downloaded ONE new e-book…so far.  And I’ve pre-ordered one for next Tuesday.

The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides

A shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive…

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And for next week, I just had to pre-order this one:

Never Tell, by Lisa Gardner

An unpredictable thriller that puts fan favorites D.D. Warren and Flora Dane on a shocking new case that begins with a vicious murder and gets darker from there.

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On the weekend, I received my RBG Mug and T-Shirt…I moved the mug around a bit before settling on this spot on my Baker’s Rack, my favorite dining room piece:

And here is a full-length view of the Baker’s Rack and the memorabilia that live there:

Note:  The Coca Cola clock in the upper right hand side is forever stuck at 12:00, to ease my time-changing day.  (All the clocks above my mantle are also Forever Stuck).

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Currently Reading:

Today’s feature is a review ARC from an author:  Not Here:  A Dina Ostica Novel, by Genevieve Noscovo: Would you surrender your free will to save your life?
A city in turmoil. A neighbor disappears. When her concerns are written off, Dina investigates on her own — and becomes a target, at the mercy of those in control…

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Last night I resumed an old habit, since none of my usual shows were on:  Murder, She Wrote.  I used to watch that show every Sunday night, when it regularly aired.  Nowadays, repeats are featured most nights on Hallmark.

What Tuesday events are you enjoying?  Do you have favorite shows you watch regularly?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOK RELEASES, ETC.

Welcome to another Book Release Tuesday.  I do love checking out the new releases, even though I am trying to cut back on my purchases.

Today I found this one from Sophie Kinsella, whom I haven’t read in a while.

I Owe You One, by Sophie Kinsella

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella comes an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything.

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Earlier today, I wrote a post over at Snow Sparks…check out the new look there:

She Lies in Wait, by Gytha Lodge

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Later today, I will check out other new releases…and maybe I will resist at least some of them.

I am off to the bank this morning to deal with some issues with my trust.  What does your day look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: ADDING TO MY SHELVES…

Tuesday is here again!  Books are piling up in my Kindle for the month of January, so today, I curbed my impulses just a bit:  only two downloads that I purchased and one review ARC.

Of course, I might add more later when the e-mail of “new books” arrives.  So far, I’ve added these e-books:

Come Find Me, by Megan Miranda

From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a captivating thriller about two teens who connect when each discovers a mysterious radio frequency, which suggests their family tragedies are mysteriously connected.

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The Woman Who Kept Everything, by Jane Gilley

The Lady in the Van meets The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry in this uplifting, funny and moving debut novel about a 79-year-old hoarder who is convinced the world is against her.

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A review ARC:  Not Here:  A Dina Ostica Novel, by Genevieve Nocovo

Would you surrender your free will to save your life?
A city in turmoil. A neighbor disappears. When her concerns are written off, Dina investigates on her own — and becomes a target, at the mercy of those in control…

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What does your Tuesday look like?  New books?  Old books that are captivating you this morning?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: A DILEMMA – GO OUT OR STAY IN…

Good morning, Blog World!  As I plan my day, I am clicking through blogs, commenting, and adding new titles to my list.

Outside it is 44 degrees, with a high of 65 expected.  So, not bad.  And no rain on the horizon.

Last week was awesome, in terms of books, which successfully distracted me from events unfolding around us.

When I was on FB yesterday, I found this photo of Fiona’s newest look.  She always tries different things. I like it.  She looks sweet…and reminds me of her younger years.  She will be 22 next month…along with her “twin cousin” Aubrey.

 

She is studying to be a massage therapist.  She has gone through so many programs, but this one seems to be clicking for her.  I put in my request for a test of her skills when she is finished.  Or sooner.

Someone gave her a massage bench, so she’s all set.

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Should I go out today?  I have been home all weekend so far, and I’m liking it.  If I go out, I have to do my hair. Sigh.  I had an appointment with my daughter on Thursday, but she “called in sick.”  Yeah.  So next week is the soonest she can do my hair.  This was supposed to be our new “weekly schedule,” and already she has flaked on me.  LOL.

But…since I’ve been doing my own hair for a while, and although it isn’t as good as hers, it will pass.  Am I in the mood, though?

Maybe I will just curl up and continue reading The Liar’s Room, by Simon Lelic.

A new spine-tingling thriller from the author of The New Neighbors that takes place over the course of a therapy session, in which neither patient nor therapist are who they claim to be.

Even though the story takes place primarily in the room, the characters’ thoughts and memories take us elsewhere, so it is not the confining tale I had imagined.  I’m loving it so far.

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Now to decide:  go out or stay in?  They are showing encore episodes of Hallmark Mysteries…that could work, along with my book.  Maybe…

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: ANNIVERSARY MEMORIES…

The other day, someone (Elizabeth @Silvers Reviews) posted a reminder on FB:  25 years ago, on the Martin Luther King holiday, the Northridge Earthquake hit the LA area.  The question:  where were you on that date?

Last week, I had just been thinking about the townhouse where I lived from 1988-1994…and that’s where I was.  It was a work holiday, so I slept late.  When I turned on the TV, the news was on, and I was suddenly frantic.  My No. 2 son was living near the epicenter!  It would be many hours later before we could communicate with him and find out that he and his family were okay.  Shaken, they had awakened to items falling off shelves and walls.

Meanwhile, I was cozy in my townhouse, but worried. 

Memorable moments in our lives are forever connected to who we were and what we were doing.  Like the question years before:  What were you doing when you heard that JFK was assassinated.  I was watching As the World Turns with my mom, when Walter Cronkite interrupted the show.

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What defining moments forever link you to certain, catastrophic events? 

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