MONDAY POTPOURRI: ANOTHER DAY OF MUSING…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s time to muse!  Join Jenn and the gang at Books and a Beat.

Here are some topics:

 

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What’s your most favorite “chunky” book? (over 500 pages)

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I finally started reading Flight Patterns, by Karen White, which I’ve had for a while…but for whatever reason, other books got ahead of it in the queue.

 

 

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Glass and coauthor of The Forgotten Room tells the story of a woman coming home to the family she left behind—and to the woman she always wanted to be…

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Sometimes going home is painful, but it can also be a healing time.  I have always enjoyed Karen White’s books, since the very first ones I read a few years ago, the Tradd Street books.

Have you read her?  What did you think?

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Liberty is standing guard over my bookshelves….she is my mascot.

 

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: THE EXTERMINATOR IS COMING!

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It’s Hump Day, and I’ve been visiting blogs and enjoying my coffee.  I’ll be vacating the premises soon, as the Exterminator is coming to spray.  Even though I only SAW two crickets in the past few weeks, I heard a chorus of them in the laundry room.  So…that’s it, guys!

He’ll arrive some time between 8:00-11:00 a.m., and then I will have to leave for a few hours.  Luckily, I have books to read….and an appointment with my stylist daughter, Heather.  The bear, below, sits at her station.  I haven’t named the bear, which I gave her for graduation….which is odd, right?  What does she look like to you?  Holly?

 

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On Monday, I got my carpet cover from Amazon.  It was delivered on Saturday, but since the post office closed at 2:00, I wasn’t able to retrieve it.  It was easy to move the stuff out of my nook and slide it in.  I am happily rolling around on the slick surface.

I’m reading One True Loves, by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and enjoying it.

 

 

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On Netflix, I am addicted to a series that is new to me:  The Last Tango in Halifax is a British show that I love.  The protagonist is played by Sarah Lancashire, who also starred in Happy Valley,  another engaging series.

I am on Season 3, with only four episodes left, and I’m already missing these characters!  Their lives are so messy, they are so flawed, but I love them all!  Except maybe the ex-husband to Caroline (below), who hangs around with hangdog eyes.

 

 

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This sweet couple (below) meet again after 60 years, and realize they never stopped loving each other.  But they also face many challenges.

 

 

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So now I must get ready to gather my things about me and vacate…once the exterminator arrives!

More later!

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: INTROS/TEASERS – “HERE’S TO US”

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Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Books & a Beat.

Today’s feature is the newest book from Elin Hilderbrand:  Here’s To Us.

 

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Intro:  (Prologue:  One Perfect Day)

Deacon Thorpe is thirteen years old and still more a boy than a man when his father, Jack, tells Deacon they’re taking a day trip out of the city, just the two of them.

Deacon is intrigued by the idea of a day trip out of the city.  They rarely have money for anything other than minute-to-minute survival.  Jack works as a line chef at Sardi’s in Times Square, and he gets only three days off per month.

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Teaser:  (Laurel) She wandered upstairs, taking it all in:  the nightstands topped with crocheted doilies, a vase holding a bouquet of dusty plastic daisies, the bookshelves crammed with paperback novels—Peter Benchley, Robert Ludlum, Judith Krantz.  The same faded watercolors hung on the walls alongside the amateurish oils done by Mrs. Innsley, the previous owner. (p. 66).

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Synopsis:  Three romantic rivals. One crowded house. Plenty of room for jealousy.

Laurel Thorpe, Belinda Rowe, and Scarlett Oliver share only two things; a love for the man they all married, Deacon Thorpe–a celebrity chef with an insatiable appetite for life–and a passionate dislike of one another. All three are remarkable, spirited women, but they couldn’t be more different. Laurel: Deacon’s high school sweetheart and an effortlessly beautiful social worker; Belinda: a high-maintenance Hollywood diva; and Scarlett: a sexy southern belle floating by on her family money and her fabulous looks. They’ve established a delicate understanding over the years–they avoid each other at all costs.

But their fragile detente threatens to come crashing down after Deacon’s tragic death on his favorite place on earth: a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage. Deacon’s final wish was for his makeshift family to assemble on his beloved Nantucket to say good-bye. Begrudgingly, Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett gather on the island as once again, as in each of their marriages, they’re left to pick up Deacon’s mess. Now they’re trapped in the crowded cottage where they all made their own memories–a house that they now share in more ways than one–along with the children they raised with Deacon, and his best friend. Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett each had an unbreakable bond with Deacon–and they all have secrets to hide.

Before the weekend is over, there are enough accusations, lies, tears, and drama to turn even the best of friends–let alone three women who married the same man–into adversaries. As his unlikely family says good-bye to the man who brought them together–for better or worse–will they be able to put aside their differences long enough to raise a glass in Deacon’s honor?

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What do you think?  Are you curious?  Do you want to read more?

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: MUSINGS…

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It’s time to muse!  Join me and others over at Jenn’s Books and a Beat, and check out these prompts:

 

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought (received) the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Finish the sentence: “If _____ and _____ were to get together and write a book…”

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I’m loving my current read, Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler.  I can’t think of any of her books I haven’t loved, but from the very first page, I felt connected to the MC Kate.

 

 

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Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies

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Last week, I received these books:

 

Falling, by Jane Green (Amazon Vine)

 

 

 

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Leave Me (e-book), by Gayle Forman (NetGalley – 9/6)

 

 

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Kindle Prime:

Everything We Keep (e-book), by Kerry Lonsdale

 

 

 

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Purchases:

 

The Girl You Lost (e-book), by Kathryn Croft

 

 

 

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The Coincidence of Coconut Cake (e-book), by Amy E. Reichert

 

 

 

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They May Not Mean To, But They Do (e-book), by Cathleen Schine

 

 

 

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What did your week look like?  Stop on by and let’s chat…My book mascot Liberty (below) will join in.

 

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: NEW THINGS, CREEPY VISITORS….

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My week went by fast, with four books read and reviewed….see my Weekly Updates.

My carpet cover (for my office chair) did not arrive on Saturday, probably because the post office closes at 2:00 and Amazon had until 8 p.m.to deliver it.  Sigh.

But I did take a trip to Target and bought a new kitchen rug.  The old one was so depressing…

 

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I wish I could cover up every one of those horrible white tiles!  How I long for the brick ones I’ve had in other places…or the hardwood.

Well, we deal with what we have, don’t we?  Here is another view of my kitchen, which I try to cheer up a bit with color…and coffee.  The Coca Cola ice bucket contains tea bags, Sweet ‘n’ Lo, and instant oatmeal packets.

 

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I like finding new uses for old things, since I never used the ice bucket until I found these new ways to spice it up.

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Last night I started reading Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler…and I’m enjoying it so far. 

 

 

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I’m still freaking out about the cricket that visited a week ago, followed by another a few days later.  Now I have a hard time falling asleep, because that’s when I hear them!  Although I have done away with those two, how do I know there won’t be more?

Everywhere I go, I see them.  There must be a pestilence of them this year.  In the supermarket, the clerks were talking about them.

But…it doesn’t help my sleeping to know that they are everywhere!

I try to read for a very long time, hoping to fall asleep immediately, but I know that if The Visitor arrives…I will not sleep again all night.

Any remedies?  I did spray around the windows and under the sinks where the water pipes reside….hopefully that helps.  I haven’t had a visitor since I did this.

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Now I plan to read some more, watch movies on my DVR, and maybe some Netflix.  The other night, I recorded an old movie from 1977, which I have on VHS, but don’t like watching movies on the VCR…LOL.  The movie: Looking for Mr. Goodbar, with Diane Keaton, Richard Gere, etc.

 

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I plan to save it on my DVR indefinitely…as DVD copies are currently unavailable.

What does your weekend look like?  What are you looking forward to?

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: MUSINGS

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Welcome to Monday, a new beginning, and a time to muse about books.  Join Jenn, at Books and a Beat, and check out these topics:

 

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Name a book that was turned into a movie, and completely desecrated (in your opinion).

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I am currently reading a NetGalley e-ARC that will be released tomorrow!  Usually, I am more ahead of the game, but I had written down the wrong release date.  At any rate, it is a quick read because I can’t seem to put it down.

All Is Not Forgotten, by Wendy Walker, is “a powerful novel that blends suspense and rich family drama…it is, in a word, unforgettable.” –William Landay, author of DEFENDING JACOB

 

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Blurb:  It begins in the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, where everything seems picture perfect.

Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, struggles to pretend this horrific event did not touch her carefully constructed world.

As Tom and Charlotte seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town – or perhaps lives among them – drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

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The story is told from an interesting perspective, an omniscient one, if you will.  It takes a while to get used to this, and the narrator is unknown to us for a good portion of the book.

Check it out!

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Here is Libby, My Book Mascot:

 

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: UNEXPECTED HAPPENINGS….

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Happy Sunday!  I was happily planning out my reading on Saturday, and then started a book that I bought in May (Dear Carolina, by Kristy Woodson Harvey). 

 

 

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I was congratulating myself on being on track with all my review books.  And then I noticed, accidentally, that a NetGalley review book, All Is Not Forgotten, by Wendy Walker, will be released on 7/12…and not the 22nd, which I had written down in my notebook!

 

 

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Luckily, I discovered it in time!  Now I will go back and forth between the two books, but giving priority to the NetGalley tome.

It is definitely a page turner so far….a violent rape, a loss of memory, and few or no clues.  A wonderful suburban town where nothing like this should have happened.

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Meanwhile, drama is stewing between my granddaughter Fiona and me…Color me stunned, since usually she is the reasonable girl.  LOL.  But my stubbornness is alive and well, apparently.  What is the conflict?  Well, she insists on taking her puppy on the road trip we were planning (10-11 hours one way), and I am appalled.  Not a dog fan, but I don’t think the puppy will enjoy the trip, either.

We are at an impasse, so I guess my trip is cancelled….or I will go on the train.  Sigh.

So I’ll be checking train schedules and trying to decide if it’s worth it.

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What is happening on your Sunday?  Planning, relaxing?

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