Welcome to another Tuesday Book Release Day!  Above, I am featuring a favorite doll and mug.

So far, I haven’t downloaded any new books.  There are some I have bookmarked for later in the month, like When You See Me, by Lisa Gardner. (1/28/20 Release Date).

And today, I’m pondering one that is available now:

A Longer Fall, by Charlaine Harris

#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris returns with the second of the Gunnie Rose series, in which Lizbeth is hired onto a new crew, transporting a crate into Dixie, the self-exiled southeast territory of the former United States. What the crate contains is something so powerful, that forces from across three territories want to possess it.


I’ve read some of this author’s books, (the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries), but now I’m intrigued with the sound of this one.  Should I try it?


What are your bookish plans for the day?



Happy Friday!  Yesterday I decided to have an adventure…the kind of activity that I am enjoying more and more.

I grabbed Lyft and headed to the nail salon in my old neighborhood, where I relaxed into the mani you see above.

Then I took another Lyft to California Pizza Kitchen and enjoyed soup and a margarita, while reading my Kindle version of The Playground.

These were activities I took for granted in my “old life,” before I got sick, needed surgery, and settled into my studio apartment in a residential facility.  Luckily, I am considered “independent” and have a lot of freedoms.  I will not take them for granted, though.

My ordinary daily activities, fortunately, include reading, watching movies, and blogging.  I have my laptop, of course.  I send off to Amazon for things that I would usually buy while running errands in my car.  My car, of course, is no longer with me.  Discovering Lyft has been another delightful experience.

My Amazon packages appear regularly, and include clothing, household things, and BOOKS.  Yesterday, I received this poncho…

And a book by the author of the one I’m reading (above):Daughter, by Jane Shemilt.


Tomorrow will bring another outing.  My granddaughter Fiona and I have arranged to enjoy breakfast, with mimosas.  Can anything be better than the week I have had?  What makes your week special?



Here we are again…Book Release Day!  And even though I am trying to curb my book buying passion, I have already purchased TWO books in 2020.

But I’ve read three books so far toward my Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge!

Yeah, one thing has nothing to do with the other, right?  If I were reading from my 2020 book purchases, it would be meaningful. Sort of.

I did a count last week, looking at my 2019 Book Purchases, and patted myself on the back for reading 75 of my 101 purchases for that year.  But one of those 101 books was a DNF…and that means I still have 25 of them to go.

But…let’s look at today’s purchases.


The Country Guesthouse, by Robyn Carr

#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr delivers an emotional and triumphant novel about the fierce power of a mother’s love.

A summer rental, a new beginning…


Then I bought The Vanishing, Fogg Lake #1, by Jayne Ann Krentz

From New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz comes a gripping new romantic suspense trilogy fraught with danger and enigma.

Decades ago in the small town of Fogg Lake, The Incident occurred: an explosion in the cave system that released unknown gases. The residents slept for two days. When they woke up they discovered that things had changed—they had changed. Some started having visions. Others heard ominous voices. And then, scientists from a mysterious government agency arrived…


So…2020 promises to be another year when books seemingly fall out of the sky and onto my Kindle.

But I also have a stack of nonfiction and fiction hardcover books to read that I purchased in 2019.  It should be an interesting New Year, curling up with all of these tomes.

How is your year shaping up so far?




Seven months ago, my life changed dramatically, and now I am finding lots of uses for my favorite furnishings.  Above, you can see the little green cupboard that was in my dining room in my triplex, stuffed with books and trinkets.

Now that same cupboard (below), is in my bathroom filled with towels and bedding.



Then there were other cupboards I loved; see the Jelly Cupboard on the right side and far right of these photos:

I brought that cupboard to my new space (below), and it serves as a place to contain trinkets and books…and clothes.  These cupboards have been favorites of mine…even the ones left behind.  Sigh.



My life is full of little trinkets, quirky things, and special tidbits.  Even when I have to change everything about my surroundings, I find a way to fit my favorite things into my new space.

What do you do to make your world cozy when everything changes?



Happy Monday!  Now that the year is drawing to a close, with the holidays just ahead, I am eager to see what 2020 will bring to us bookworms.

After arranging my NetGalley review ARCs so that they would be grouped just so near the end of the year, with all of them finished in October, I am happily perusing my list for January and forward.

They are perfectly arranged right now, with two books being released in January; one in March; one in May…and today I received one that will come out on June 30.

Five review books so far.  Now I can sit back, relax, and pick and choose what comes next.

Here are my upcoming ARCs so far:


Big Lies in a Small Town, by Diane Chamberlain – 1/14/20 (read and reviewed)


Upcoming Reads:

The Look-Alike, by Erica Spindler – Release Date: 1/28/20



You Are Not Alone, by Greer Hendricks/Sarah Pekkanen (3/3/20)



The New Girl, by Harriet Walker – (5/19/20)




The Dilemma, by B. A. Paris (6/30/20)



I like the reading landscape so far.  What review books are you anticipating in the New Year?



Christmas is definitely showing its cheerful face; I am checking through the bins to find bits and pieces of Christmases past to enjoy again.

My little miniature tree above is one of three I used to have.  For my tiny space, I chose just one.  I like it, though, as it is quirky…with Betty Boop and Elvis among the ornaments.

In the entry way, here’s another view, in which you can see my other nods to Elvis and friends on my hall tree.


New Books:

I am eagerly awaiting a new release on Tuesday, December 10: Regretting You, by Colleen Hoover.



From #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us comes a poignant novel about family, first love, grief, and betrayal that will touch the hearts of both mothers and daughters.



Another new book has joined my stack of review ARCs:  You Are Not Alone, by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, with a release date of March 3, 2020.



The #1 Bestselling authors of THE WIFE BETWEEN US and
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL deliver a thriller about a circle of friends
with deadly intentions–where trust is their weapon and revenge is their



I have my eye out for more books in the months ahead.  What are you eagerly anticipating?




On Book Release Tuesday, book hoarders click to buy…and then buy some more, sometimes.

Today a pre-ordered new release downloaded automatically to my Kindle.  The Confession Club, by Elizabeth Berg, is the third in a new series about friendship, surprising revelations, and a second chance at love, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Story of Arthur Truluv.




Next week, Unspoken, by Kelly Rimmer, will be released.


Sometimes it’s what you don’t say that can change everything…


Before I start ordering more books, though, I have this rather hefty stack of hardcovers to read:



What, if any, books will be joining your shelves this week?