BOOKS TO SAVOR…

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:  I am 50% through Tell Me Lies, by Carola Lovering, which I thought I would finish today.  But I have been distracted.  The book is interesting, but not a fast-paced thriller, so it is slower going than some books I’ve read.

I am also ready to begin reading this library book:  The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters, by Sam Kashner…

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK – (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews):

What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton

An Anonymous Girl (e-book), by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen – (NG-1/8/19)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Earlier today I downloaded an e-ARC that will be released on 8/6/19:  Keeping Lucy, by T. Greenwood:

Synopsis:  From the author of Rust & Stardust comes this heartbreaking story, inspired by true events, of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter.

Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson’s heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded.” Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on.

But two years later, when Ginny’s best friend, Marsha, shows her a series of articles exposing Willowridge as a hell-on-earth–its squalid hallways filled with neglected children–she knows she can’t leave her daughter there. With Ginny’s six-year-old son in tow, Ginny and Marsha drive to the school to see Lucy for themselves. What they find sets their course on a heart-racing journey across state lines—turning Ginny into a fugitive.

For the first time, Ginny must test her own strength and face the world head-on as she fights Ab and his domineering father for the right to keep Lucy. Racing from Massachusetts to the beaches of Atlantic City, through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to a roadside mermaid show in Florida, Keeping Lucy is a searing portrait of just how far a mother’s love can take her.

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This week has been less productive than the last one, but I’m enjoying the books even as I am distracted by the holidays, outside activities, and binge-watching.  How has your week unfolded?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: CHRISTMAS DECOR, NETFLIX VIEWING, ETC.

Today I woke up at 6:00 a.m, and then turned over to snooze a little.  The sound of two texts woke me up again…and it was 8:45!  How did that happen?  LOL

I guess I needed the extra sleep, and thinking back, I remembered that I was binge-watching on Netflix until midnight! Another season of The Ranch was on, and even though I say I’ll never watch it again, I found myself there.  Again.  I like some of the characters, like the ones portrayed by Debra Winger and Sam Elliott, even though the things that they say almost always annoy me.  LOL. I’m glad the Danny Masterson character is gone, although they spent several episodes “searching” for him.  But…they’ve added Dax Shepard, whom I loved in Parenthood.  I will never like the character played by Ashton Kutcher…he has to be the stupidest one on the show, now that Danny is gone.  Again, LOL.

Can we say sheer torture?  I tell myself that hanging in there while characters say and do irritating things is good practice for dealing with one or more of my adult children.

The current state of the world (and politics) brings out issues we didn’t know we had!

Meanwhile, the holiday season has grabbed me, and I did bring out some of my decorations.  Just a few.  I left my doll there on the pub table by my bookshelves, and added my miniature tree with the Coca Cola ornaments.  The bear in the music box is one I’ve had for a while, and my Christmas coffee mug seemed appropriate:

Then I added my Mr. and Mrs. Santa bears beside the hall tree with other dolls, hats, etc….and my fake poinsettia:

By the hearth, I added these nutcracker figures next to my birdhouses, some of my regular features here:

This miniature tree has wooden framed ornaments with my grandchildren in each of them…from back when they were younger.  A gingerbread bear hangs on the green cupboard that contains other trinkets…and favorite books.

 

So…what else?  Oh, here is another view of the miniature “grandchildren” tree, with a candy cane bear on another cupboard:

So…I have a lot more I could bring out, but I’m done for now.

Today I plan to start reading Tell Me Lies, by Carola Lovering:

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Yesterday, when I was out shopping…I had this Mini-Shepherd’s Pie for lunch:

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How is your weekend shaping up?  Do you binge-watch movies and shows, read books, or go out for fun and adventure?

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HUMP DAY 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:  Still reading a chapter or two a day of What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton

I just started reading one of my e-ARCs, An Anonymous Girl, by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (Release Date 1/8/19); a novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us.

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK – (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

The Liar’s Wife, by Samantha Hayes

After Nightfall, by A. J. Banner

I’ve Got My Eyes on You, by Mary Higgins Clark

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Summer of ’69, by Elin Hilderbrand (Coming on June 18, 2019)

When I first saw this book, I knew that I had to add it to my shelves.  So I’ll be watching for it!  I love remembering the 60s, and joining a family in a glorious setting is always my favorite thing.

Synopsis:  Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century! It’s 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother’s historic home in downtown Nantucket: but this year Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, a nursing student, is caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests, a passion which takes her to Martha’s Vineyard with her best friend, Mary Jo Kopechne. Only son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother who is hiding some secrets of her own. As the summer heats up, Teddy Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself, as she grows into her own body and mind.

In her first “historic novel,” rich with the details of an era that shaped both a country and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again proves her title as queen of the summer novel.

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This was my week.  What did yours look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, SHOPPING, & DECORATING PLANS…

Today feels like a good day to shop.  Or maybe I should just stay curled up in my cozy rooms, reading and watching movies.  I do like having the choice, though.

The tree (above) at one of the neighborhood malls reminds me of a few things I could do there.  I want to shop for 2019 calendars at Barnes & Noble; and I’d like to find some new decorative trays, since I always carry a tray of food into whatever room I’m inhabiting.  I seldom eat at the little tables I have here and there around the condo.  Except, of course, the coffee table.

My rooms are still not decorated for Christmas, but I suspect that I might tackle the chore this weekend.  Yes, it is a chore.  It used to be fun when the grandchildren were young and eager to help.

Meanwhile, I’m searching for new books for the week…and finding nothing so far.   I did get a library book on the weekend, and finished reading it last night:  I’ve Got My Eyes on You, by Mary Higgins Clark.  (Click title for my review).

I have one book on “hold” through the library app, and it looks like it will be available soon:

The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters, by Sam Kashner

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Soon I will have a copy of Colleen Hoover’s Verity, (Release Date – 12/18) which I pre-ordered a while ago:

“Sublimely creepy with a true Hoover pulse. I’ve been waiting on a thriller like this for years.” Tarryn Fisher, NYT bestselling author.               

Synopsis:  Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is a rough draft of an autobiography Verity likely didn’t intend for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night their family was forever altered.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

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So that’s my week so far.  What delights await you today and for the rest of the week?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS & UNEXPECTED DISCOVERIES

Waking up on a Sunday morning is delightful, especially when I have a list of fun things to do.  First, though I had to strip my bed and put everything in the washer.  Tonight will be more fun with a fresh bed.  Usually I do this on Saturday.

I visited some blogs…and created a new blog header here. 

I’m enjoying my third cup of coffee!  My Mary Engelbreit tray is one I’ve had for several years, and I’m just now realizing that there are Christmas images on the edges and in the background!  Plus, I am now seeing that the teapot has Christmas trees on it, etc., and there is a plate of Christmas cookies.  Duh!  But I use it all year long.  Just as my house is filled with the color red.

Now I think I need a new ME tray!  One that can fill in on the other months.

Today I’m continuing to read After Nightfall, by A.J. Banner.  I read it yesterday, too, while I was having this lunch:

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Next, I think I must start reading my library book:  I’ve Got My Eyes on You, by Mary Higgins Clark:

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Before the day is out, I hope to watch more from Amazon Prime.  I’m loving the Acorn TV selections.  What does your day look like?

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ENGAGING READS…

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:  Still reading a chapter or two a day of What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton

I’m also currently reading The Liar’s Wife, by Samantha Hayes, a  jaw-dropping novel about the dangerous secrets behind a perfect marriage.

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK – (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews):

The Other Wife, by Michael Robotham

Night of Miracles, by Elizabeth Berg

Under My Skin, by Lisa Unger

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Such a Perfect Wife, by Kate White, is the next installment of New York Times bestselling author Kate White’s Bailey Weggins series.  True crime writer Bailey is reporting on a seemingly straightforward missing-wife story when she realizes she might be covering the work of a diabolical serial killer—and that her own life could be in peril.

 

 

Synopsis:  Must be blonde, beautiful, and a good Catholic girl…

On a sunny fall morning, Shannon Blaine sets off on a jog along the rural roads near her home in Lake George, New York. It’s her usual routine after dropping the kids off at school…except on this day she never returns. The residents in the idyllic town are stunned. Could Shannon have just taken off, overwhelmed with the pressures of being the perfect wife and mother? Did a stranger snatch her? Or is her husband responsible?

The hot new online magazine Crime Beat calls Bailey Weggins to cover the case, and it doesn’t take long for her to see that it has far more suspects than she initially realized: a bitter sister, an unfaithful brother-in-law, an evasive deacon, and a creepy local motel owner. When an anonymous caller reaches out to Bailey with the cryptic clue that Shannon was a “good Catholic girl,” it leads Bailey to the grisly discovery of the missing woman’s body—but, stunningly, other bodies are there alongside hers.  

Everything about the case suddenly shifts as Shannon’s murder appears to be the work of a serial killer with a very specific calling card. As the killer continues to drop hints her way, Bailey sets out to expose his identity before another woman perishes . . . especially if that woman is Bailey herself.

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I’m really enjoying my reading week.  After a few weeks in which I slogged along, switching from one book to another, I’m liking how I now grab each book with eagerness.  What did your week look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: ADDING BOOKS TO MY SHELVES…

With November fading into the dim light, and December right around the corner, I am wondering what happened to this year?

It was not as loathsome as 2017, as I have adjusted (somewhat) to our New Normal around here.  But not so much.

Books remain my constant, my source of pleasure and contentment.  As I searched through the Goodreads list of New Releases, I sighed.  Nothing I wanted to download today!

But I did find a couple of books that are on my list.  Books that aren’t brand new, but recent:

Tear Me Apart (e-book), by J.T. Ellison (this one was on my library list, but I decided to go ahead and buy it).

The follow-up to her critically acclaimed Lie to Me, J.T. Ellison’s Tear Me Apart is the powerful story of a mother willing to do anything to protect her daughter even as their carefully constructed world unravels around them.

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Then I downloaded another book I’ve been noticing on blogs everywhere:

Sadie (e-book), by Courtney Summers

The author has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

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I’m currently reading The Liar’s Wife,  by Samantha Hayes

When Ella wakes up in hospital following a hit and run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon.

But Ella has never been married…

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Now I am getting ready to run some errands…mail some bills…and grab some tacos for lunch!  Now that I can chew…LOL.

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, PHOTOS, ETC.

Today I am reading this Lisa Unger book, Under My Skin…and so far, I’m really enjoying it: an addictive psychological thriller about a woman on the hunt for her husband’s killer.

Earlier this morning, I was playing around with my camera, and created a new profile photo at Facebook.  I have had to learn how to upload photos from my camera onto my new laptop.  I think I finally mastered it!  I took this one in my office, beneath a gallery wall of framed family pictures.

I don’t usually take profile photos when I have done my own hair…I am not that confident about my styling techniques…I usually rely on my daughter for creating my hairdos.  LOL.  But…not too bad, this one.

We’ll see what she says on my Facebook page.  LOL.

In a little while, I’m headed to California Pizza Kitchen to enjoy food that I can chew…since I got my permanent bridge on Monday.  Thanksgiving was so much more fun with my regained ability to masticate my food.  Doesn’t the word “masticate” sound gross?  I didn’t want to repeat the word “chew.”

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I’ve been leafing through my notebook in which I list the books I’ve acquired…and trying to decide what to read next.  Maybe this one:

The Liar’s Wife, by Samantha Hayes

When Ella wakes up in hospital following a hit and run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon.

But Ella has never been married…

Absolutely love twisty and unputdownable psychological thrillers like Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and Gone Girl? Then you will be totally hooked by this jaw-dropping novel about the dangerous secrets behind a perfect marriage.

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So…I am eagerly anticipating this one.  What does your day look like?

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WWW: A WEEK OF ENGAGING BOOKS…

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:  Still reading a chapter or two a day of What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton

I just started reading The Other Wife (e-book), by Michael Robotham, a mesmerising psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Michael Robotham, the international bestselling author of THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS.

 

BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK – (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews):

Winter in Paradise (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand

 

The Three Beths (e-book), by Jeff Abbott

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: (A Book That Will Resonate)

Don’t Wake Up (e-book), by Liz Lawler, a provocative, timely exploration of victimhood, abuse, and the discrediting of women in our culture. (Release Date – 2/5/19)

Synopsis:  When Dr. Alex Taylor opens her eyes, she is hooked up to an IV, is bound to an operating table, and her legs are raised in stirrups. Disoriented and alarmed, she assumes she’s been anesthetized and brought to surgery after being in an accident. But the man standing over her, with his face hidden behind a surgical mask and wielding instruments, is no doctor she recognizes at the hospital where she works as a successful and respected doctor. He’s a stranger—and he’s calmly and methodically telling her how he’s about to attack her. Before Alex can even scream for help, she succumbs to another dose of anesthesia, rendering her unable to defend herself….

When she comes to on a gurney, she finds herself surrounded by her colleagues and immediately reports the attack and rape. The police are skeptical of her bizarre story. And after a physical exam reveals no proof of any attack, even her boyfriend has doubts. Despite Alex’s adamant claims, no one believes her, leaving her to wonder if she has, in fact, lost her mind.

Until she meets the next victim…

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What are you reading and anticipating this week?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: GATHERING TOGETHER BOOKS, FAMILY, & FRIENDS

Welcome to another Tuesday Release Day!  I do love perusing the list of releases, and sometimes I even download a new book…or two.  My photo, above, features my new mani…and my Kindle, Paige, ready to enjoy my treasures.

But today I picked up some older books that I have bookmarked on Amazon:

Emily, Alone, by Stewart O’Nan, came out a few years ago, but someone mentioned it on a blog…and it piqued my interest.  It is actually a sequel to another book, Wish You Were Here, and although I was tempted to add that one, too, I stopped myself. 

Synopsis:  A sequel to the bestselling, much-beloved Wish You Were Here, Stewart O’Nan’s intimate new novel follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long moved away. She dreams of visits by her grandchildren while mourning the turnover of her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood, but when her sole companion and sister-in-law Arlene faints at their favorite breakfast buffet, Emily’s days change. As she grapples with her new independence, she discovers a hidden strength and realizes that life always offers new possibilities. Like most older women, Emily is a familiar yet invisible figure, one rarely portrayed so honestly. Her mingled feelings-of pride and regret, joy and sorrow- are gracefully rendered in wholly unexpected ways. Once again making the ordinary and overlooked not merely visible but vital to understanding our own lives, Emily, Alone confirms O’Nan as an American master.

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I do love older characters, probably because I am getting older, too, and can relate to some of the same experiences.

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I also enjoy A. J. Banner, so I downloaded After Nightfall, a book that has been out for a while:

 

 

Synopsis:  Imagine your closest friend utterly betraying you. Years later, when she seeks forgiveness, you invite her to your engagement party as a gesture of reconciliation. But seething hostilities rise to the surface, ruining everyone’s evening. After an awful night, your friend’s battered, lifeless body is found at the bottom of a rocky cliff.

Newly engaged Marissa Parlette is living this nightmare. She should be celebrating her upcoming wedding, but she can’t shake the image of her friend lying dead on the beach. Did she fall? Was she pushed? Or did she take a purposeful step into darkness? Desperate for answers, Marissa digs deep into the events of the party. But what she remembers happening after nightfall now carries sinister implications: the ugly sniping, the clandestine meetings, the drunken flirtations. The more she investigates, the more she questions everything she thought she knew about her friends, the man she once trusted, and even herself.

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I am currently reading The Three Beths, by Jeff Abbott, a compelling page turner.  I should be finished by day’s end.

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Tomorrow, some members of my family will meet at a neighborhood restaurant for a pre-Thanksgiving lunch…and to catch up.  Then I’ll be joining friends on Turkey Day.

How is your week unfolding so far?

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