WWW READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words.  Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

CURRENTLY READING: The Last Night in London, by Karen White

New York Times bestselling author Karen White weaves a captivating story of friendship, love, and betrayal that moves between war-torn London during the Blitz and the present day.

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE 10/5/21:

Peril, by Bob Woodward & Robert Costa

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Always the Last to Know, by Kristan Higgins

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: Crossroads, by Jonathan Franzen – a book that is now available, from an author I haven’t read in a while. It is a lengthy one, so I will need to be ready for it.

Synopsis:  It’s December 23, 1971, and heavy weather is forecast for Chicago. Russ Hildebrandt, the associate pastor of a liberal suburban church, is on the brink of breaking free of a marriage he finds joyless—unless his wife, Marion, who has her own secret life, beats him to it. Their eldest child, Clem, is coming home from college on fire with moral absolutism, having taken an action that will shatter his father. Clem’s sister, Becky, long the social queen of her high-school class, has sharply veered into the counterculture, while their brilliant younger brother Perry, who’s been selling drugs to seventh graders, has resolved to be a better person. Each of the Hildebrandts seeks a freedom that each of the others threatens to complicate.

Jonathan Franzen’s novels are celebrated for their unforgettably vivid characters and for their keen-eyed take on contemporary America. Now, in Crossroads, Franzen ventures back into the past and explores the history of two generations. With characteristic humor and complexity, and with even greater warmth, he conjures a world that resonates powerfully with our own.

A tour de force of interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense, its action largely unfolding on a single winter day, Crossroads is the story of a Midwestern family at a pivotal moment of moral crisis. Jonathan Franzen’s gift for melding the small picture and the big picture has never been more dazzlingly evident.

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This has been a good week.  What did yours look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKISH TREASURES…

Welcome to another bookish Tuesday, when new books land on my shelves.  Today I am expecting my new release in hardcover, delivered to my door by Amazon.

State of Terror, by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny

Named one of the most anticipated novels of the season by People, Associated Press, Time, Los Angeles Times, Parade, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and more.

From the #1 bestselling authors Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny comes a novel of unsurpassed thrills and incomparable insider expertise—State of Terror.

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I had no downloads today. I scrolled through all the bookmarks I had saved and found nothing to add at this time. Could this be a new moment in my bookish life?

Meanwhile, I am reading one of my downloads from April: The Last Night in London, by Karen White. I’m enjoying it!

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What are you eyeing/buying/reading today?

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WWW READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words.  Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

CURRENTLY READING:  Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

The transition from President Donald J. Trump to President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stands as one of the most dangerous periods in American history.

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 9/21/21:

The Other Side of the Door, by Nicci French

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Apples Never Fall, by Liane Moriarty

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The Night She Disappeared, by Lisa Jewell

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The Stranger Behind Me, by Carol Goodman

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: Do I Know You, by Sarah Strohmeyer – Release date:  11/30/21

Jane Ellison is a “super recognizer” able to identify strangers by the slightest facial details—the curve of a head, the arch of an eyebrow. When she spies human rights activist and heiress Bella Valencia in a crowded Boston airport, Jane’s convinced she’s found the person responsible for her sister Kit’s disappearance and presumed death eleven years earlier. But her attempt to detain the suspect ends with Jane herself fired and humiliated. 

As Bella prepares to marry Will Pease, scion of the uber-wealthy, influential, and ruthless Pease family, famous for their wholesome wellness and lifestyle brand, on their private Cape Cod island, she grows increasingly anxious that her dire secret will be revealed and used against her by—of all people—the man she loves.

She has reason to fear: Jane is ready to risk everything for the chance to publicly expose Bella’s crimes at her upcoming celebrity wedding. But the more she digs into what happened that night, the more she questions her own assumptions. 

Combining magnetic, wise-cracking narration and a skillfully layered plot, Do I Know You? is a gripping psychological thriller and tale of redemption that reveals the power of a sister’s love.

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These were my books from the last two weeks.  What did yours look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS!

Welcome to another Tuesday Book Release Day!  I pre-ordered a book, and loved when it dropped into my Kindle.  Now I have two devices, but I let this one go into my Oasis, Paige.

Last Girl Ghosted, by Lisa Unger

Secrets, obsession and vengeance converge in this riveting thriller about an online dating match turned deadly cat-and-mouse game, from the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions on the 7:45

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Then I downloaded a book onto Phoebe, my Paperwhite Kindle:  it will be a reread from years ago.

Jo’s Boys, by Louisa May Alcott

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I am loving my two Kindles! Now I go back and forth between them, and I’m adjusting to the smaller, slimmer Paperwhite I have named Phoebe.

What are you eyeing/buying/reading today?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: FILLING THE SHELVES…

It’s Tuesday, and it is book release day.  This book was actually released in July, but I came across it today and added it to Paige, my Kindle.

The Stranger Behind Me, by Carol Goodman, has been on my radar.

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Today I am still reading Apples Never Fall, by Liane Moriarty, and I’m enjoying it.

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Yesterday I went to lunch with a friend, so I didn’t read much.  Today will be a stay-at-home day.  Reading and figuring out the budget.  I’ve been spending so much lately on goodies for my space, so I need to get a handle on it all.  LOL.

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What does your day look like?  Oh, no, I am hearing the grinding noise outdoors and I remember that it is gardening day!  I hate that sound!!

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WWW READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words.  Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

CURRENTLY READING: The Other Side of the Door, by Nicci French

From the internationally bestselling author of The Lying Room, a sexy, intricate thriller about the temptation of secrets, the weight of lies, and the price of betrayal and suspicion.

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST ON 9/14/21:

Rock Paper Scissors, by Alice Feeney

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56 Days, by Catherine Ryan Howard

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Her Perfect Life, by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: The Unheard, by Nicci French – Release Date: October 26, 2021

Maybe Tess is overprotective, but passing her daughter off to her ex and his new young wife fills her with a sense of dread. It’s not that Jason is a bad father—it just hurts to see him enjoying married life with someone else. Still, she owes it to her daughter Poppy to make this arrangement work.

But Poppy returns from the weekend tired and withdrawn. And when she shows Tess a crayon drawing—an image so simple and violent that Tess can hardly make sense of it——Poppy can only explain with the words, “He did kill her.”

Something is horribly wrong. Tess is certain Poppy saw something—or something happened to her—that she’s too young to understand. Jason insists the weekend went off without a hitch. Doctors advise that Poppy may be reacting to her parents’ separation. And as the days go on, even Poppy’s disturbing memory seems to fade. But a mother knows her daughter, and Tess is determined to discover the truth. Her search will set off an explosive tempest of dark secrets and buried crimes—and more than one life may be at stake.

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That was my week, another one filled with great books.  What did your week look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOK RELEASES…

Welcome to another Book Release Tuesday.  Recently, I pre-ordered a new book that dropped onto my Kindle today:  Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.

The transition from President Donald J. Trump to President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stands as one of the most dangerous periods in American history.

But as # 1 internationally bestselling author Bob Woodward and acclaimed reporter Robert Costa reveal for the first time, it was far more than just a domestic political crisis.

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Every time a new book about the previous president comes out, I vow to ignore it.  But I can’t seem to ignore Bob Woodward’s books, so I downloaded this one.

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Today I’m reading another new release (from last week): Her Perfect Life, by Hank Phillippi Ryan.

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What are you eyeing/buying/reading today?

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WWW READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words.  Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

CURRENTLY READING:  Rock Paper Scissors, by Alice Feeney

“Feeney lives up to her reputation as the “queen of the twist”…This page-turner will keep you guessing.” —Real Simple
Think you know the person you married? Think again…

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE MY LAST POST OF 9/7/21:

The Downstairs Neighbor, by Helen Cooper

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28 Summers, by Elin Hilderbrand

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATED: The Night She Disappeared, by Lisa Jewell – A recent download.

Synopsis:

On a beautiful summer night in a charming English suburb, a young woman and her boyfriend disappear after partying at the massive country estate of a new college friend.

One year later, a writer moves into a cottage on the edge of the woods that border the same estate. Known locally as the Dark Place, the dense forest is the writer’s favorite area for long walks and it’s on one such walk that she stumbles upon a mysterious note that simply reads, “DIG HERE.”

Could this be a clue towards what has happened to the missing young couple? And what exactly is buried in this haunted ground?

With her signature “rich, dark, and intricately twisted” (Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author) prose, Lisa Jewell has crafted a dazzling work of suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: FILLING MY SHELVES…

In my efforts to fill my bookshelves, including the half-filled one above, I happily download new books almost every week. Today I added two new books to my shelves:

Apples Never Fall, by Liane Moriarty

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers comes a novel that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the people we love the most can hurt us the deepest

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And then I downloaded Her Perfect Life, by Hank Phillippi Ryan

“Shocking, suspenseful, with clever twists and an abundance of secrets. Her Perfect Life kept me guessing until the end. I loved it!” ―B. A. Paris, internationally bestselling author of The Therapist and Behind Closed Doors

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Today I am reading Rock Paper Scissors, by Alice Feeney, another recent acquisition:

“Feeney lives up to her reputation as the “queen of the twist”…This page-turner will keep you guessing.” —Real Simple
Think you know the person you married? Think again…

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What are you eyeing/buying/reading today?

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WWW READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words.  Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

CURRENTLY READING: The Downstairs Neighbor, by Helen Cooper

An addicting and twisty debut about an apartment building devastated by the disappearance of a teenage girl–and by the secrets that won’t be kept behind each closed door–that will thrill fans of Lisa Jewell and Shari Lapena.

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST ON 8/31/21:

Surfside Sisters, by Nancy Thayer

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Maid, by Stephanie Land

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The Good Son, by Christopher Andersen

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A Slow Fire Burning, by Paula Hawkins

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: Her Perfect Life, by Hank Phillippi Ryan – Release Date: 9/14/21

Everyone knows Lily Atwood—and that may be her biggest problem. The beloved television reporter has it all—fame, fortune, Emmys, an adorable seven-year-old daughter, and the hashtag her loving fans created: #PerfectLily. To keep it, all she has to do is protect one life-changing secret.

Her own.

Lily has an anonymous source who feeds her story tips—but suddenly, the source begins telling Lily inside information about her own life. How does he—or she—know the truth?

Lily understands that no one reveals a secret unless they have a reason. Now she’s terrified someone is determined to destroy her world—and with it, everyone and everything she holds dear.

How much will she risk to keep her perfect life?

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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That was my week, one I am pleased with so far…what was yours like?

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