Good morning!  Welcome to another Hump Day…and the new books now joining my growing TBR piles.

Of course, one of the new books joins the others on Sparky, where their presence is not the least bit messy or disruptive.

Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn, is one I have had my eye on for awhile; especially after reading Gone Girl.

WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

And Little Night, by Luanne Rice, was a contest win from Sharon’s Garden of Verses.

An emotionally gripping family drama from beloved New York Times bestseller Luanne Rice

Clare Burke’s life took a devastating turn when she tried to protect her sister, Anne, from an abusive and controlling husband and ended up serving prison time for assault. The verdict largely hinged on Anne’s defense of her spouse—all lies—and the sisters have been estranged ever since. Nearly twenty years later, Clare is living a quiet life in Manhattan as an urban birder and nature blogger, when her niece, Grit, turns up on her doorstep.

The two long for a relationship with each other, but they’ll have to dig deep into their family’s difficult past in order to build one. Together they face the wounds inflicted by Anne and find in their new connection a place of healing. When Clare begins to suspect her sister might be in New York, she and her niece hold out hope for a long-awaited reunion with her.

A riveting story about women and the primal, tangled family ties that bind them together, Little Night marks a milestone for Luanne Rice—the thirtieth novel from the author with a talent for creating stories that are “exciting, emotional, terrific” (The New York Times Book Review).


The rest of my week has been spent reading some great books from this week’s list.  Currently I’m engrossed in Sophie Hannah’s The Other Woman’s House; it is deliciously twisted and unputdownable.  So I should get back to it.

The “creative fun” alluded to in my title…well, check out some of my blogs for new headers created at PicMonkey.  I went a little crazy.  (all of my blogs are listed HERE).

Because I’ve also been engrossed in tending to sick grandson Noah, who has been staying with me nonstop since Sunday…I’m looking forward to some relief today, because he’s better, and will only be here during the day.

I am so glad he’s better….and I actually slept all night last night.  Except for the time when I woke up to read some more!

I was back in my own bedroom last night!  I’d been sleeping in the office so I could hear my grandson.






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