Good afternoon! (Or evening, depending on where you live).  It is late in the day for a Hump Day Potpourri, but I have been having such a good week.  And after my last week, I am basking in it.

I just finished reading and reviewing my first NetGalley e-ARC:  The Children’s Crusade, by Ann Packer.  (Click for my review on my blog).





And I have already started another one from NetGalley:  Inside the O’Briens, by Lisa Genova.







Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease.

Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. Does she want to know? What if she’s gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing?

As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.



I’m trying not to go crazy with the requests….and so far, I have received only nine books from NetGalley since I got Pippa, my new Kindle.





I’ve also had a little fun playing with blog design here….the new header appeals to that whimsical part of me.



PicMonkey Collage-april potpourri



What do you enjoy doing to celebrate your whimsical or quirky side?  What kinds of books appeal to you?




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