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Christmas is definitely showing its cheerful face; I am checking through the bins to find bits and pieces of Christmases past to enjoy again.

My little miniature tree above is one of three I used to have.  For my tiny space, I chose just one.  I like it, though, as it is quirky…with Betty Boop and Elvis among the ornaments.

In the entry way, here’s another view, in which you can see my other nods to Elvis and friends on my hall tree.


New Books:

I am eagerly awaiting a new release on Tuesday, December 10: Regretting You, by Colleen Hoover.



From #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us comes a poignant novel about family, first love, grief, and betrayal that will touch the hearts of both mothers and daughters.



Another new book has joined my stack of review ARCs:  You Are Not Alone, by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, with a release date of March 3, 2020.



The #1 Bestselling authors of THE WIFE BETWEEN US and
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL deliver a thriller about a circle of friends
with deadly intentions–where trust is their weapon and revenge is their



I have my eye out for more books in the months ahead.  What are you eagerly anticipating?



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On Book Release Tuesday, book hoarders click to buy…and then buy some more, sometimes.

Today a pre-ordered new release downloaded automatically to my Kindle.  The Confession Club, by Elizabeth Berg, is the third in a new series about friendship, surprising revelations, and a second chance at love, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Story of Arthur Truluv.




Next week, Unspoken, by Kelly Rimmer, will be released.


Sometimes it’s what you don’t say that can change everything…


Before I start ordering more books, though, I have this rather hefty stack of hardcovers to read:



What, if any, books will be joining your shelves this week?




As a new Saturday stretches ahead of me, I am feeling the peace that comes with moving past my surgery and moving forward with my new normal.

So far, I’m slowly learning to again eat the foods I became accustomed to before the surgery, and have actually tried a few things I hadn’t eaten in a long time. 

Tomorrow I’m planning my first outing since the surgery: Fiona is coming over and we will plan our day.


Even though I have lots of books to read, I find myself picking them up and then setting them aside.  I did finish one book this week…and I’m more than halfway through another.  But I’ve spent more time playing with blog headers and/or binge-watching shows on Netflix.  Unbelievable is the new one that has my attention this week.

How is your Saturday unfolding?  Do you sometimes find yourself distracted from your books?





When I created the new blog header above, I searched through some old photos and found this one I adore …my ubiquitous bench surrounded by Disney characters and books.  Things missing from my current home…except for the bench, of course.


The ubiquitous bench in its current iteration, at the foot of my bed:




I spent many happy years with books and Disney figurines…and I’m glad I took photos of them.  Now I am rebuilding my bookshelves, although I am pretty sure that I will never have as many hardcover books as I once did.  At one time, I had 1400 books, and before I moved, I had around 800…I think.

Here is the “embryonic stage” of my growing shelf:


There is something glorious about starting over from scratch…but I do miss what once was.  My photos will remind me, however, and will inspire me moving forward.


Today is Saturday, and I’ve been enjoying my reading and blogging, alone in my apartment.  Bliss!

What do you like to do on a Saturday?


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Good morning, and welcome to another chapter in my Book Hoarding Journey…otherwise known as Book Release Tuesday.

A new book is headed my way today:

The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off, by Gloria Steinem



A beautifully illustrated collection of Gloria Steinem’s most inspirational and outrageous quotes, with an introduction and essays by the feminist activist herself


I ordered the hardcover version, hoping to find photos along with the essays.



Currently I’m reading Ladies Who Punch:  The Explosive Inside Story of “The View,” by Ramin Setoodeh.




I have quite a stack of hardcover books on my nightstand, and I realize that many are nonfiction, which seems perfect for the upcoming Nonfiction November event.


In the meantime, as I get ready for my rescheduled surgery and fight the cold that seems to be creeping up on me, I am also binge watching the fifth season of The Affair, and just finished Season II of The Kominsky Method, with Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, etc.  Love that show!


What events/adventures/books are calling to you this week?


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Welcome to another Tuesday Book Release Day!  And, happily, I have a birthday gift card from Amazon, so I’m having so much fun.

Already I’ve purchased three books:  One Kindle download and two paperback versions that will arrive tomorrow (because of Prime!).


The Poison Garden, by A. J. Banner



“[A] sharply written and taut psychological thriller…” —Seattle Times

A woman’s idyllic life becomes a deceptive hall of mirrors in a thriller of exquisitely constructed psychological suspense by A. J. Banner, bestselling author of The Good Neighbor.


Then tomorrow’s package will bring:


The Family, by Louise Jensen


The latest psychological thriller from master story-teller, Louise Jensen, will leave you breathless.



All the Flowers in Paris, by Sarah Jio



“Sarah Jio weaves past and present in this eminently readable novel about love, gratitude, and forgiveness. I tore through the pages!”—New York Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline

Two women are connected across time by the city of Paris, a mysterious stack of love letters, and shocking secrets sweeping from World War II to the present—for readers of Sarah’s Key and The Nightingale.



Since many of my books were “lost” in my move (sold, given away, etc.), I am enjoying building my shelves up again.  I know that I’ll never have as many as I once had…not enough space.  But I do love the process.


Today I’m reading Queen Meryl, by Erin Carlson, which I ordered a few weeks ago.




What books are you ordering today, if any?

Has anyone else noticed something strange happening at Goodreads?  Whenever I buy a book from Amazon, it shows up there as “read.”  Not just occasionally: regularly.  I find it annoying!


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Welcome to another Book Release Tuesday. Check out my photo, above, in which I spotlight my new Tiny Madeline Doll, which arrived from Amazon yesterday.  I was disappointed, a little, as I expected her to be the size of my “formerly owned” Madeline, who got lost along the way in my move. (See below, Halloween creatures standing by).


Now I am trying to retrieve the doll above…but I suspect that she went the way of some of my other items…sold!

That’s what happens when others move you, especially when you are relocating to a smaller space.  LOL.

Meanwhile, I am loving new books today, and just downloaded this one from Elin HIlderbrand:

What Happens in Paradise

Secret lives and new loves emerge in the bright Caribbean sunlight, in the follow-up to national bestseller Winter in Paradise…

A year ago, Irene Steele had the shock of her life: her loving husband, father to their grown sons and successful businessman, was killed in a helicopter crash. But that wasn’t Irene’s only shattering news: he’d also been leading a double life on the island of St. John, where another woman loved him, too.


On the weekend, a new book came from Amazon…another to add to my “Kennedy Collection”:

The Life of John F. Kennedy, Jr.:  America’s Reluctant Prince, by Steven M. Gillion



A major new biography of John F. Kennedy Jr. from a leading historian who was also a close friend, America’s Reluctant Prince is a deeply researched, personal, surprising, and revealing portrait of the Kennedy heir the world lost too soon.


On my list is another book that I hope to add to my shelves soon:

The Book of Gutsy Women, by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them—women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done.


What books are you adding to your shelves?  Which ones are on your list?


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Welcome to my Sunday!  I do love relaxing in my apartment with coffee, oatmeal, and English muffins.  Reading is another great addition to my day, and I just finished the brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood.

Yesterday was another good day, as I watched Blonde, on Amazon Prime, the movie based on the book by Joyce Carol Oates.


Poppy Montgomery did a brilliant job in the role as Marilyn Monroe.


Today will bring more Amazon deliveries, including another Madeline Hatter doll to replace the one I didn’t bring from my other place.  Remember that I wasn’t in charge of the move! 




My previous doll was featured in a lot of vignettes, including logos like this one:


I’m ready to start a book that will be “lighter” than my previous read of the dystopian world of Gilead…The Grammarians, by Cathleen Schine.


I have a list of Prime movies to watch today, too.  Enjoy your day, whatever it might bring.



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Good morning, all!  It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means.  Yes, new book releases.

Of course I had to preorder one book…and then when I perused the list, I downloaded another.  What great reading lies ahead!

Here are my book gifts to myself today:

Takes One to Know One, by Susan Isaacs

Always sassy, smart, and wickedly witty, Susan Isaacs is at her formidable best in a novel that is both bitingly wry and ominously thrilling.


The Lying Room, by Nicci French

I was a big fan of the Nicci French series featuring Frieda Klein, so I’m excited about the possibilities in this new stand-alone book.

One little secret between a married woman, her lover, and a killer.

In this thrilling standalone from the internationally bestselling author of the Frieda Klein series, a married woman’s affair with her boss spirals into a dangerous game of chess with the police when she discovers he’s been murdered and she clears the crime scene of all evidence.


More preordered books will arrive in late October and early November…I will share them toward the end of the month.

Meanwhile, I have lovely books already on my shelves, and hope to finish The Murder List, by Hank Phillippi Ryan, later today.



What are you adding to your shelves today?  What books are you eagerly anticipating in the weeks ahead?


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Tuesday Book Release Day is a favorite of mine.  Not only do I keep an eye on the lists of newly released books, but I also preorder one or two. 

Today I downloaded The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett, for starters.

Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.


I ordered two nonfiction books in hardcover. They should arrive tomorrow.

Queen Meryl, by Erin Carlson


A captivating and inspiring portrait of legendary actress Meryl Streep and her work, Queen Meryl explores the fearless icon’s trailblazing roles in film, her feminist activism, and the indelible mark she’s left on pop culture.


Inside Out:  A Memoir, by Demi Moore

Famed American actress Demi Moore at last tells her own story in a surprisingly intimate and emotionally charged memoir.


I have preordered another book, coming late in October:

The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off:  Thoughts on Life, Love, & Rebellion, by Gloria Steinem

A beautifully illustrated collection of Gloria Steinem’s most inspirational and outrageous quotes, with an introduction and essays by the feminist activist herself.


What has your day brought you?  In addition to ordering and downloading books, I had a mani-pedi and lunch with my granddaughter.