TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS & BOOKISH THINGS…

As I add more books to my shelves, I snap a photo and celebrate with coffee.  Especially on a Tuesday, when more new books are released.

Yesterday I received another mug.  It is on the second shelf above, but here is a closeup:

Yes, I do have another mug with the same message…on my desk (below).  You just can’t reiterate that message too many times!  (I have been accused of being a hoarder because of my book collections, lol). 

Now…on to new book releases!  I downloaded two new books today.

The Request, by David Bell

When a man agrees to do a favor for a friend, he gets more than he bargained for as he becomes embroiled in a woman’s murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of Layover.

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Friends & Strangers, by J. Courtney Sullivan

An insightful, hilarious, and compulsively readable novel about a complicated friendship between two women who are at two very different stages in life, from the best-selling author of Maine and Saints for All Occasions (named one of the Washington Post‘s Ten Best Books of the Year and a New York Times Critics’ Pick).

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Today I am continuing to read my ARC The Golden Cage, by Camilla Lackberg.  It is more intense and gritty than I would have imagined from the title.  It keeps me turning the pages!  The book will be released on July 7.

An exhilarating new novel from a global superstar–a sexy, over-the-top psychological thriller that tells the story of the scorned wife of a billionaire and her delicious plot to get her revenge and bring him to his knees.

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And while I was ordering bookish things, I just had to buy this tray.  To add to my reading pleasure…and for snacks.

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What does your Tuesday look like?  New books?  Great reading?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: A BOOKISH JOURNEY

It is Tuesday, another book release day!  As we wander along on life’s journey, we revel in the publication of new books.  As if we don’t have enough on our shelves.  But bookworms don’t think like the rest of the universe.

So…I wake up every Tuesday and eagerly check out what has seen the light of day.

Today I downloaded two books:

The Girl from Widow Hills, by Megan Miranda

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest—a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick—comes a riveting new novel of psychological suspense about a young woman plagued by night terrors after a childhood trauma who wakes one evening to find a corpse at her feet.

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And then…

The Swap, by Robyn Harding

“No list of thrillers is complete without Robyn Harding,” proclaims Real Simple. Now the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Party delivers a riveting tale about the toxic relationship between two couples after a night of sexual shenanigans, and the manipulative teenager with an explosive secret at the center of it all.

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And today I will start reading a recent download: The Guest List, by Lucy Foley

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How are you spending your Book Release Day?  What books are keeping you glued to the pages?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: A BOOKISH DAY…

It is that time again!  Yes, Tuesday Book Release Day!

No books have arrived in my physical mailbox this week, and no pre-ordered books showed up on Paige, my Kindle.  But I found some to download; one that was released today.

The Half Sister, by Sandie Jones

 A compelling new domestic suspense novel about a family who is forever changed when a stranger arrives at their door.

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And then I downloaded a book that came out last week from an author I enjoy:

Always the Last To Know, by Kristan Higgins

A new novel examining a family at the breaking point in all its messy, difficult, wonderful complexity.

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Now I will curl up with another fairly new book that I started reading this week:

Pretty Things, by Janelle Brown

Two wildly different women—one a grifter, the other an heiress—are brought together by the scam of a lifetime in a page-turner from the New York Times bestselling author of Watch Me Disappear.

I recently read Watch Me Disappear, by this author.  I had the book for almost three years!  I am so glad I read it. Click title for my review.

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What are you eagerly reading/buying today?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: REINVENTING MY SPACE…

Every morning, and several times a day, I must enter this small space known as my bathroom.  For a studio apartment, it actually is pretty roomy.  It does lack proper cabinets, however, so I have improvised. The little wicker bins beneath the sink are working so far. The cabinet stuffed with towels once lived in my dining room at my previous home, along with several others. 

When I see my familiar items in a different setting…a much smaller one, I do enjoy how versatile special items can be.

I also miss them in their previous incarnations.

The Baker’s Rack on the far right above was a favorite, and obviously too big for my small space.  I do long for it, however.

And that little red cupboard.  I think I could have placed it in my entry way, in a corner.  Like instead of this shelf, below:

But my daughter decided it belonged in her entry way and that my place was too small, lol.

Funny how that works, right?

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If you have downsized at some point, how did you create your new space with familiar items?  Did you enjoy the process?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS & MOMENTS…

Good morning, and it’s time to pull up to my desk (above) and chat about the book releases I have added to my shelves.

But as I notice the date—I have this quirky ability to remember dates—I recall that fifty years ago today, I went to an end-of-semester university party and met the man who would become Husband #2 and the father of my two youngest children.

Yes, definitely significant.  Even though we are no longer together, there were good years…and those kids, of course.  And because I enjoyed remembering what I wore that night and it was sentimental to me, this beaded necklace has followed me everywhere, through various moves, since that night.  (See the necklace hanging across the banner on the cupboard door below).

 

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Now…on to my Tuesday release books:

You Can’t Catch Me, by Catherine McKenzie, is a book I pre-ordered, and it showed up on my Kindle this morning.

When the game is deception, nothing is as it seems in this novel of cunning psychological suspense by the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of I’ll Never Tell.

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Then I downloaded this one, which I had bookmarked on Amazon:

Stranger in the Lake, by Kimberly Belle

Charlotte didn’t know her greatest risk was saying, “I do.”

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Earlier today, I finished reading The Flatshare, by Beth O’Leary, a hard cover book that now is on my bookshelf!  Click title for my review.

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What does your Tuesday look like?  Books you added?  Memories to share?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKISH TUESDAY

Welcome to another Book Release Tuesday!  In the photo above, you can see some of my print volumes of TBR books that I have ordered on previous Tuesdays…and other days of the week, too.

Today I’ve downloaded two e-books, and they are nicely tucked away on Paige, my Kindle.

Books I Gave to Paige, My Kindle:

Girls of Summer, by Nancy Thayer

One life-changing summer on Nantucket brings about exhilarating revelations for a single mother and her two grown children in this sensational novel from New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer.

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Brave Girl, Quiet Girl, by Catherine Ryan Hyde

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a gripping and emotional novel about friendship, motherhood, and the journey toward finding a place to call home.

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This week, I am also reading from my backlog:

After Anna, by Alex Lake

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What is happening on your Bookish Tuesday?

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SATURDAY POTPOURRI: SPRUCING UP MY WORLD…

Here we are, another week behind us, with the future looking grim, even as we somehow manage to get through one day at a time.

When I feel like everything is out of my control, with the walls closing in on me, I turn to the online world.  Movies, blog visiting, and when I get to that point, I start renovating my blogs. I found a new Bitmoji centerpiece for this site, one that makes me think of carefree spring days.  Yes, we sort of missed spring, and summer is heading our way with triple digits predicted for next week.  But I will look at the playful Bitmoji Me among the flowers and the butterflies, and I will smile.

I am also searching for ways to change up my tiny space…again.

Not drastic changes.  But I am thinking of ways to fix one corner of my entry way…so I ordered a shelf from Amazon.  It will take up little space, and I’ll be able to show off a few more photos, dolls, and trinkets.

 

The best part…it folds up, and no assembly is required!  When we cannot go into shops to buy things and have to rely on Amazon shipping, simple things are best. 

Since I have been here, I have ordered chairs; a step stool; a shelf for my TBR books (below), tucked under my entry table; and a few other assorted items.

Every day offers opportunities to play around with the surroundings, read our books, and try not to think about the uncertain future.

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How are you dealing with Pandemic times?  Do the books help?  Do you have hobbies that take you out of the worries?  Hang in there!

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOK RELEASE DAY!

Another Tuesday brings more book releases…and two of my recent ARCs were released today.  So I went to Amazon to post my reviews on the product pages:

The New Girl, by Harriet Walker, and On Ocean Boulevard, by Mary Alice Monroe.

Then I checked out the available new releases and chose this one:

A Week at the Shore, by Barbara Delinsky

One phone call is all it takes to lure Mallory Aldiss back to her family’s Rhode Island beach home. It’s been twenty years since she’s been gone—running from the scandal that destroyed her parents’ marriage, drove her and her two sisters apart, and crushed her relationship with the love of her life, Jack Sabathian. Twenty years during which she lived in New York, building her career as a photographer and raising her now teenage daughter Joy.

But that phone call makes it clear that something has brought the past forward again—something involving Mallory’s father. Compelled by concern for her family and by Joy’s wish to visit her mother’s childhood home, Mallory returns to Bay Bluff, where conflicting loyalties will be faced and painful truths revealed.

In just seven watershed days at the Rhode Island shore, she will test the bonds of friendship and family—and discover the role that love plays in defining their lives.

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I have read and loved Delinsky’s books for many years, so I can’t wait to immerse myself in this one.

As for more releases for today…I may stop downloading for now.  Unless some other book calls out to me.  Meanwhile, I have been adding new books over the past few months, so I could be locked down indefinitely and not run out of reading material.

How do your TBR Stacks look these days?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: ADDING TO MY SHELVES…

Happy Tuesday!  I thought that I had pre-ordered a new release for today…my little Post-It note said so!  LOL.  But…I must have written it down, planned to do it, and then got distracted before I did.

This morning I downloaded it:

This Is How I Lied, by Heather Gudenkauf

Gudenkauf proves herself the master of the smart, suspenseful small-town thriller that gets right under your skin.” —Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of The Nanny

Everyone has a secret they’ll do anything to hide…

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Yesterday I received two books in my physical mailbox:  Amazon treats!

One is a book I used to own, so I got a replacement copy of it:

The Clock Dance, by Anne Tyler

NATIONAL BEST SELLER • TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR USA TODAY • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: O Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Times (London)

A charming new novel of self-discovery and second chances from the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread.

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And then I received a book from an author I enjoy which actually released a little earlier (April 7):

A Heart in a Body in the World, by Deb Caletti

Each step in Annabelle’s 2,700-mile cross-country run brings her closer to facing a trauma from her past in National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti’s novel about the heart, all the ways it breaks, and its journey to healing. Because sometimes against our will, against all odds, we go forward.

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So…I may end up adding more books today, and as I scrolled through other new titles, I bookmarked a few.  Most are coming later in the month, though.

What, if any, books are you adding today?  Which ones that are coming soon are exciting enough to buy?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: EXPECTED & UNEXPECTED TREASURES…

Another Book Release Day!  I woke up to a book I had pre-ordered:

A Good Marriage, by Kimberly McCreight

It arrived safely on Paige, my Kindle, tucked away and waiting for my bliss.

A Good Marriage is a smart, provocative, insightful page-turner. I couldn’t put it down.”  —Harlan Coben, author of The Boy from the Woods

Big Little Lies meets Presumed Innocent in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, in which a woman’s brutal murder reveals the perilous compromises some couples make—and the secrets they keep—in order to stay together.

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As I do every Tuesday, I then went to the Goodreads New Release page…and found nothing else to buy today.  But…I saw that the release date had been moved up for Big Summer, by Jennifer Weiner, and I have the ARC.  Original date:  5/19.  So I guess I will start reading it today!

That doesn’t usually happen.  Oh, well.

Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time—she doesn’t even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media—so when Drue asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is rightfully speechless.

Drue was always the one who had everything—except the ability to hold onto friends. Meanwhile, Daphne’s no longer the same self-effacing sidekick she was back in high school. She’s built a life that she loves, including a growing career as a plus-size Instagram influencer. Letting glamorous, seductive Drue back into her life is risky, but it comes with an invitation to spend a weekend in a waterfront Cape Cod mansion. When Drue begs and pleads and dangles the prospect of cute single guys, Daphne finds herself powerless as ever to resist her friend’s siren song.

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So…my day is lined up with an unexpected read, but as I skimmed through the synopsis, I got excited about it.

What is happening in your Book Universe?

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