TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOK RELEASES, ETC.

Good morning!  It’s Tuesday, and it’s Book Release Day; I’m having coffee in my office (above), and reading The Perfect Mother, by Aimee Molly. 

I’ve been holding off on my “click to buy” impulses this month…so far.  But today I had to download a book I’ve been anticipating…forever!  It’s only my fourth purchase of the month, though.

Best Beach Ever, by Wendy Wax, is from the Ten Beach Road series, which I’ve followed religiously.  I stumbled upon it accidentally, even though I’ve been keeping an eye on release dates.  But when Mary, at Book Fan, wrote a review this morning, I thought to check the release date.  Yay!  Today was release day.

 

Synopsis:  Forced to rent out or lose their beloved Bella Flora after the loss of their renovation-turned-reality-TV show Do Over, Maddie, Nikki, Avery, Kyra, and Bitsy move into cottages at the Sunshine Hotel and Beach Club believing the worst is over. Only to discover just how uncertain their futures really are.

Maddie struggles with the challenges of dating a rock star whose career has come roaring back to life while Nikki faces the daunting realities of mothering twins at forty-seven. Avery buries herself in a tiny home build in an attempt to dodge commitment issues, and Kyra battles to protect her son from the Hollywood world she once dreamed of joining. And Bitsy is about to find out whether the rewards of seeking revenge will outweigh the risks.

Luckily, when the going gets tough, the ladies of Ten Beach Road know that their friendship–tried and tested–can chase away the darkest clouds and let the sun shine in…

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So…what else is coming today?  I’ll find out more this afternoon with the e-mail for new releases that shows up in my inbox.  Maybe I will resist buying more.

Meanwhile, I’m off to do my bicycling…and then to the pharmacy to pick up meds.  What does your day look like?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: TIDBITS ON MY DAY…

What a blissful Friday!  After doing a little blogging, TV watching, and my now routine bicycling while movie watching…

I settled in for a little afternoon nap.  And had such vivid dreams that I thought I must have slept the whole night!

When I woke up, I picked up Beach Bliss and started reading again…I love how the familiar characters settle into their summer at Stony Point Beach.  Elsa, the “matriarchal” character, is renovating her cottage into a beach inn, with the help of Jason Barlow, the local architect.  Kyle, the diner owner, is moving into his own beach cottage nearby…finally, with the help of several locals.

Right away I was swept up into their beach lifestyle, enjoying their decor and tasting the delicious meals, especially the Sunday breakfast Elsa has prepared for Cliff,  her “gentleman friend,” to whom she offers samples of her Opening Day treats for her new inn.  I could almost taste the blueberry and/or chocolate chip pancakes!

After Cliff leaves that morning, one of the younger guys calls out to him about his “walk of shame.”  Stunned, Cliff goes home to  Google the phrase.  I had to giggle a little at his next actions.  He goes online to order a duffel…so he can discreetly carry a change of clothes for his next get-together with Elsa.

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I haven’t bought any books this week!  I did download two NetGalley review ARCs…

 

 

 

 

 

and another library book:

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Tomorrow I want to go to the movies:  Book Club is playing!

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So…now for an evening of more reading…and some Netflix.  Maybe.  What did your Friday look like?

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MY WEEK SO FAR…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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?

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Currently Reading:  Every Note Played, by Lisa Genova, a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.  (A book I borrowed from the library via Overdrive).

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews):

The Female Persuasion (e-book), by Meg Wolitzer

Before I Let You Go (e-book), by Kelly Rimmer

The Garden of Small Beginnings (e-book), by Abbi Waxman

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Lying in Wait (e-book), by Liz Nugent, is a book I just got from NetGalley this week.  Release Date – 6/12/18

Synopsis:  My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.

For fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn, this novel is a “seductively sinister story. The twists come together in a superbly scary denouement, which delivers a final sting in the tail. Brilliantly macabre” (Sunday Mirror).

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My week so far has kept me thoroughly engaged.  What does your week look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, OUTINGS, ETC.

Good morning!  It is Tuesday, but I haven’t downloaded any new releases.  Yet.

I do hope to start my most recent library book:  Every Note Played, by Lisa Genova, a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness..

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Last night I finished The Garden of Small Beginnings, by Abbi Waxman, which I loved! (Click title for my review).

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Tuesdays are also the time to post our review ARCs on Amazon…on release day!  Today I posted Paper Ghosts and How to Walk Away.

 

 

 

 

 

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This week I also want to read Beach Bliss, by Joanne DeMaio…and The Perfect Mother, by Aimee Molloy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When I’m not reading today, I’ll be having lunch with my daughter at a nearby restaurant.  I told her to pick something different.  She picked Westwoods, around the corner, and not my usual fare.  I asked for it!  LOL.  So we’ll see how it goes.

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On other fronts, Son #2 (Brett) texted some photos from his Jazz Night at the W Hotel in Hollywood…with his girlfriend Madeline.  I love enjoying the glitz vicariously through my son.

 

 

 

 

 

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So…that’s my day so far.  Now I must try to pull myself together for the lunch.  Usually my mornings are laid back…but outings require a little more than my usual attire. (PJ’s?).

How is your day shaping up?

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THURSDAY POTPOURRI: MY LIFE TOLD IN ASSORTED PHOTOS…

Good morning on a May Thursday morning!  This week, I spent some time changing up my rooms.  I get that restless feeling now and then.  Above, I’ve returned the wicker loveseat to its former place in front of the living room bookshelves.

And in the bedroom, I placed the bench that previously lived in front of the bookshelf to the foot of my bed..and I switched some chairs around, too.

So…the energy I acquired from these changes took me back to the distant past…to a folder in my Dropbox.  One that has images from the 1970s forward.  Here’s one that hasn’t seen the light of day in a while.  Left, moi, with Hub # 2, in 1977.  Getting ready to drive the VW bus back to Central California…from Auburn, CA.

 

A few years later, I was doing my solo act again, and meeting up with members of my family of origin in a local park:  Circa 1982.  Little Heather in the forefront, her back to the camera, is not showing off her very short hairdo (she hated it!); niece Amy, to the left;  I am on the far right; and my “kid brother” with his infant son Brian, in the center.  Behind me, on the far right, one of my nieces:  Beth, I think.

Moving along.  My four offspring at the Family Sculpture, CSUF – 1991. (No, it doesn’t belong to us; we have simply claimed it as our own).

Traditions live on in this family.  In 2007, Fiona and Dominic take up their positions on the Family Sculpture.

Back-tracking a bit:  Here’s Noah in 2004, when we were still living in the foothills.

A few years later, in LA:  the A-Tots, asleep in the minivan.

On the pier in Santa Monica (2007):  A-Tots and their dad, my son Brett…

In 2007:  Fiona is celebrating Halloween:

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So…the past lives on in our memories and in our photos.  What do your photos tell you about your life so far?

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A WEEK OF READING…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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?

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Currently Reading:  The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer, is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews):

How to Walk Away, by Katherine Center (NetGalley – Released 5/8)

The Other Mother, by Carol Goodman – (A Library Book)

The New Neighbors, by Simon Lelic

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I just discovered an upcoming release that I must have!   A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult, will be released on 10/2/18.

Synopsis:  The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

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I can never resist Picoult’s books, as they take us into situations that are suspenseful and even terrifying, while also shining a light on controversial issues.

What was your week like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: ENJOYING MY RETREAT…

Good morning!  It’s Tuesday…and I’m staying away from the New Releases.  But maybe just for now.

After rearranging a few things in my bedroom “retreat,” which I now call it, I’m discovering other ways to spend time there.  Like bicycling on that ill-used exercise device while watching movies from my DVR.  Yes, watching a movie while I work out somehow keeps me going for a while.  Before I know it, 30 minutes have gone by!

I also enjoy looking around the room and reminding myself of other activities I can do here.  I can view movies or shows from the BluRay player attached to my TV.  Or read from the stack of books on the aqua-colored table.  Those books are ones I’ve collected for the purpose of re-reading.  Not something I do much anymore, but I like knowing they are there.

At night, I curl up on this bed and read or watch something.

Currently I’m reading The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer.  I’m thoroughly immersed in this fictionalized account of feminist issues that have arisen out of latter-day moments that seem really timely.  “A novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.”

I will savor this book!  I am loving the character of Faith Frank, who seems like a slightly younger version of Gloria Steinem, and who has been a central pillar of the movement for decades.  Someone who leads the way and is a mentor for younger women, like Greer Kadetsky, whose shy voice grows stronger with the help of the older woman’s encouragement.

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Now I’m going back into my living room to curl up with this book…and maybe watch a little TV. 

Tomorrow I’m having coffee with an old friend who is a former colleague.  We meet at least once a month, sometimes for lunch.

What does your week look like so far?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: A NEW PERSPECTIVE, ETC.

Good morning!  It is Sunday, and I’m loving the blog visiting…and also enjoyed streaming The Good Fight again. 

Yesterday was routine errands, including bloodwork, followed by a delicious breakfast.  Then…last night as I watched Collateral on Netflix, I got that restless feeling.  You know the one!  Looking around, I could see how my room could be rearranged.

I am limited to what I can move:  the bed stays put, of course, and so do the bookshelves because of all the books!  But I did move a bench from the living room (it was in front of the bookshelves there), and now it is at the foot of the bed.  A chair is in the spot where the loveseat once lived.

And then I moved odds and ends from other parts of the room, like little shelves (above), and tweaked one of my shelves, below:

And when I watch TV/BluRay, I see these changes:

When you enter the room, you’ll see more space by the exercise bicycle:

 

And here is the loveseat from the bedroom in its new/old home:

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Then I moved two chairs around…again.  A switcheroo between office and bedroom chairs.

 

 

 

 

 

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I am reading The New Neighbors now…almost finished!

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And I just got an e-mail saying I have a new library book!  One that has been on hold:

Every Note Played, by Lisa Genova

From neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice comes a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.

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I’m loving how regularly these “holds” appear!  Almost no waiting on some, and the others will soon follow, like a well-oiled machine.

What does your weekend look like?

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HUMP DAY READING…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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?

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Currently Reading:  How To Walk Away, by Katherine Center,  an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances.  ( A NetGalley ARC with a May 15 Release Date)

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click on Titles/Covers for my reviews)

Paper Ghosts (e-book), by Julia Heaberlin (NetGalley – 5/15/18)

 

Sisters Like Us (e-book), by Susan Mallery (A library book)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I just downloaded The Perfect Mother, by Aimee Molloy, which I hope to start reading soon…

Synopsis:  THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF THE SUMMER—SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING SCANDAL’S KERRY WASHINGTON

An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

A night out. A few hours of fun. That’s all it was meant to be.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month. Twice a week, they get together in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for some much-needed adult time.

When the women go out for drinks at the hip neighborhood bar, they want a fun break from their daily routine. But on this hot Fourth of July night, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but her fellow May Mothers insisted everything would be fine. Now he is missing. What follows is a heart-pounding race to find Midas, during which secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are destroyed. 

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My week has been a slow reading one, but I’m loving the books I have finished…as well as which ones lie ahead.  What does your week look like?

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A MIDWEEK BOOK BONANZA…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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?

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Currently Reading:  A NetGalley suspense thriller that will be released on 5/15, Paper Ghosts, by Julia Heaberlin, is a gripping thriller about the ghosts that live in our minds—and the ones that stare back from photographs.

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness (e-book), by Christine Lahti

The High Tide Club (e-book), by Mary Kay Andrews – NetGalley – 5/8/18

Let Me Lie (e-book), by Clare Mackintosh

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I am excited about a new Karin Slaughter book, coming on August 21, 2018:  Pieces of Her is a story even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she’s written before.

Synopsis:  What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?

Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She’s knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Gullaway Island; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one will ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

Twenty-four hours later Laura is in the hospital, shot by an intruder who’s spent thirty years trying to track her down and discover what she knows. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumbs of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . .

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That was my week.  A little slower than the week before, but each book was memorable and engaging.  What did your week look like?

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