Time for another Hump Day Potpourri!  Today I’m very excited about some of the upcoming releases I’m discovering at Waiting on Wednesday.

If you love discovering new books, hop on over and check it out.

The book I’m spotlighting today actually was released on May 1, 2012…but I just ordered it, so technically, I’m eagerly awaiting it.

Objects of My Affection, by Jill Smolinski, is the story of a personal organizer with a daunting task.

In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung on to for decades.

Lucy Bloom is broke, freshly dumped by her boyfriend, and forced to sell her house to send her nineteen-year-old son to drug rehab. Although she’s lost it all, she’s determined to start over. So when she’s offered a high-paying gig helping clear the clutter from the home of reclusive and eccentric painter Marva Meier Rios, Lucy grabs it. Armed with the organizing expertise she gained while writing her book, Things Are Not People, and fueled by a burning desire to get her life back on track, Lucy rolls up her sleeves to take on the mess that fills every room of Marva’s huge home. Lucy soon learns that the real challenge may be taking on Marva, who seems to love the objects in her home too much to let go of any of them.

While trying to stay on course toward a strict deadline—and with an ex-boyfriend back in the picture, a new romance on the scene, and her son’s rehab not going as planned—Lucy discovers that Marva isn’t just hoarding, she is also hiding a big secret. The two form an unlikely bond, as each learns from the other that there are those things in life we keep, those we need to let go—but it’s not always easy to know the difference.


It seems appropriate to showcase a book about collections and eccentricities on this, my blog that spotlights those very issues. 

Now…can you see why I’m so excited to read this one?  I hope you’ll come by and check it out…..


    1. I read another book by this author and loved it! (The Next Thing On My List); so when I saw this one, and realized it touches on “hoarding,” I had to have it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Patty.


      1. Patty

        I love stopping by!!!

        What was it about Gossip that was so good?

        I held on to it for awhile without feeling the need to read it!


      2. I haven’t really analyzed it, Patty…but maybe it’s the author’s style of telling the story. I know I’ve loved several of her books. She makes the characters come alive…and makes us care about them. Sounds cliche…but some do it better than others. I’ll ponder this some more.


    1. Oh, me too, Kim…but the subject matter reeled me in. Lately I’m drawn to books about “hoarding.” Maybe because my daughter told me I was turning into one! lol

      Seriously, though, thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your week.


  1. Cleaning up the house of an eccentric painter? That’s new! Hope you’ll enjoy this book when it arrives, have a great week ahead!

    Do drop by my WoW @ 🙂



  2. I was sold as soon as I saw a “personal organizer” was involved! I’m a bit of a hoarder myself. I need to read this book to see if it helps me with MY clutter problem! Lol…This is an awesome selection, Laurel-Rain!


    1. I think the Universe is trying to tell me something, June, as I’ve been presented with several books on this topic in just the past few months…lol

      Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your choice today.


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