Hump Day Potpourri

I haven’t done a Hump Day Potpourri for awhile….

Perhaps it’s the silly little phrase that gets me, sometimes; but I adore my logo, which I created by photographing one of the little fairytale goodies on my mantle.


Each of the objects above is from a fairytale or a nursery rhyme.  I started collecting them after I moved into this condo—from a neighborhood shop I loved that is now gone!—and luckily I got just enough of them before the store closed.

My knickknacks on the bookshelves are also from the same “line,” which was Jim Shore—now called something else.  Enesco?


But I digress….

I really wanted to write about the books I’m anticipating, either by review requests or preorders.  There are some lovely ones, so to help assuage some of the anticipatory anxiety, I’ll share them.

First…here are some Vine books I’m expecting this week:

The View from Penthouse B, by Elinor Lipman….


Two sisters recover from widowhood, divorce, and Bernie Madoff as unexpected roommates in a Manhattan apartment…

Sounds like fun, right?

And then there’s The Tin Horse, by Janice Steinberg.


Isn’t that a great cover?

In the stunning tradition of Lisa See, Maeve Binchy, and Alice Hoffman, The Tin Horse is a rich multigenerational story about the intense, often fraught bond sisters share and the dreams and sorrows that lay at the heart of the immigrant experience.

It sounds as wonderful as it looks!  And it should be coming this week…maybe today!

Now for a slightly longer wait for these next books:

From one of my favorite authors, newly discovered in the last couple of years, Chevy Stevens is bringing this one in June:

Always Watching, a story about a psychiatrist and her daily life….

In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire—healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years.

When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her—and learns of some troubling parallels with her own life. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her traumatic childhood, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a remote commune on Vancouver Island.  What happened to Nadine?  Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name Aaron Quinn, the group’s leader, bring complex feelings of terror to Nadine even today?

And then, the unthinkable happens, and Nadine realizes that danger is closer to home than she ever imagined. She has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most…and fight back.

Sometimes you can leave the past, but you can never escape.



Finally, thanks to Patty, at Books, Thoughts, and a Few Adventures, I discovered another one from a favorite author, coming in July:

The Wednesday Daughters, by Meg Waite Clayton, the story continues (from The Wednesday Sisters):


I also ordered The Storyteller, by Jodi Picoult…and that one should come next week.


Some stories live forever . . . Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can’t, and they become companions.

Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret—one that nobody else in town would ever suspect—and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With her own identity suddenly challenged, and the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her life and her family. When does a moral choice become a moral imperative? And where does one draw the line between punishment and justice, forgiveness and mercy?

In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths we will go in order to protect our families and to keep the past from dictating the future.

Oh…what happened to my vow not to add too many more books to my shelves?  Oh, that….Well, I guess it boils down to:  “what is too many?”  lol

What delicious books are you anticipating today?  If you’d like to see what a lot of other bloggers are adding, check in at Breaking the Spine for the Waiting on Wednesday event.

Now I’m off to finish watching Castle…it’s the second part of a suspenseful story about the kidnapping of Castle’s daughter Alexis….



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