TUESDAY POTPOURRI: NEW BOOKS, REVIEW BOOKS, ETC.

Good morning, Blog World.  It is Book Release Day…and while I haven’t been buying as many new books lately due to the review ARCs and library books filling my shelves, I did give in…today.

But first, I went to Amazon to post two NetGalley review books that I had read and reviewed earlier…and which were released today.

Shadow Dancing, by Julie Mulhern

Bring Me Back, by B. A. Paris

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I received another library book this week, bringing the total to four:

The Family Gathering, by Robyn Carr

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Today’s Downloaded Purchases:

The Perfect Couple, by Elin Hilderbrand

A novel about the many ways family can fill our lives with love…if they don’t kill us first.

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The Lost for Words Bookshop, by Stephanie Butland

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look carefully, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are some things Loveday will never, ever show you.

Into her hiding place – the bookstore where she works – come a poet, a lover, and three suspicious deliveries.

Someone has found out about her mysterious past. Will Loveday survive her own heartbreaking secrets?

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Today I’m reading a library book:  Educated, by Tara Westover

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What is keeping you captivated on this Tuesday?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, CONNECTIONS, ETC.

Good morning, and welcome to bookish things.  Above, note some of my books and Disney characters…I moved a few things around, just so I could see some favorite characters from a new perspective.

Since it’s Book Release Tuesday, I posted a review of one of my NetGalley books online.  Here is my Amazon review.  I read it on May 26, and here’s my blog post:  Lying in Wait. 

I’ve been purchasing fewer books, since I’ve started borrowing from the library, but today I did download this one:  The Ever After, by Sarah Pekkanen.  I love this cover!

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When I woke up this morning and headed immediately for my computer, I was eager to begin the Tuesday tasks.  Sadly, no Internet connection!  I rebooted the modem…nothing.  I called ATT, and they had me turn off the computer and try again.  It worked!  But now I am not feeling all that secure in my connections.  All it takes is one event to change how we feel.

I will try not to think about that for now, since all seems to be moving along.  But I am also thinking about when I might have to upgrade some things.  Sigh.

Meanwhile, I started reading The House Swap, by Rebecca Fleet.

Yesterday I finished reading and reviewing Nothing Forgotten, by Jessica Levine, in which we visit 1970s Italy with our characters.

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Are you having a great Tuesday?  What, if any books, have you added?

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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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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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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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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: ADDING TO MY SHELVES…

New Book Release Day!  But it has also been a week of adding review books to my shelves:  Two for two.  Two review books, and two purchases.

My vow to cut down on purchases in favor of review books and library books has led to fewer purchases.  But since I couldn’t get either of my purchases this week from the library or from NetGalley, I feel justified in these purchases. 

The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer, is a library book that I could have if I wanted to wait weeks and weeks…and then wait some more.  I am not that patient when the book is one that is calling to me! 

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.

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Today I added The New Neighbors, by Simon Lelic to my purchases:  not even on my library’s shelves…so there!  LOL

 

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Two review books were approved and added to my shelves:

Not Her Daughter (e-book), by Rea Frey – (NG – 8/21)

Emotionally powerful and wire-taut, Not Her Daughter raises the question of what it means to be a mother—and how far someone will go to keep a child safe.

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Then...Shadow Dancing (e-book, Country Club Murders), by Julie Mulhern – (NG – 6/19)

I have loved every book in this series!

Synopsis:  Visiting a psychic is outside the norm for Ellison Russell. Finding bodies is not. Unfortunately, the psychic’s crystal ball says she’ll soon be surrounded by death. Again.

Drat.

Now there’s a corpse in the front drive, a witchy neighbor ready to turn Ellison and her (not so) little dog into toadstools, and a stripper named Starry Knight occupying the guest room.

How did 1975 go so wrong so quickly?

Ellison must handle Mother (who’s found a body of her own), make up with a certain handsome detective, and catch a killer, or the death surrounding her might be her own.

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So…my Tuesday has been productive so far.  I don’t plan to add any more purchases…but who knows what review books might land on my shelf?

What do you love about Tuesdays?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BORROW, BUY, & REQUEST…

Welcome to another New Release Tuesday.  My usual practice of downloading everything I see has ended.  Now I am more cautious…and after buying 13 books in February, my March purchases stopped with eight.

I started borrowing books from the library, via my Libby friend:

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So far this month, I’ve downloaded two purchases (I just couldn’t resist them!):

Before I Let You Go, by Kelly Rimmer, explores a hotly divisive topic and asks how far the ties of family love can be stretched before they finally break. (opioid addiction, child endangerment, etc.)

The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister’s voice in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar—and in trouble, again.

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And then, this memoir from a favorite actor:

True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness:  a Feminist Coming of Age, by Christine Lahti

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Next, I put these books on hold through Libby:

All the Beautiful Lies, by Peter Swanson

and…

The Family Gathering, by Robyn Carr

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And, lucky me, I found a Lisa Unger book from way back that I hadn’t read…and borrowed it!

The Darkness Gathers, by Lisa Unger (Lydia Strong #2)

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So…not perfect, but a work-in-progress.  I’ve borrowed four books so far, read two of them, and plan to start Saints for All Occasions later today.

Right now, I’m moving along with Sometimes I Lie, by Alice Feeney.

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Update on NetGalley ARCs:

All of my April books are read and reviewed, and my May books (five in all) start releasing on May 1, so I’ll dive into that batch…next week, I think.

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How is your reading?  Do you purchase, borrow, or request review books?  It seems that I do all three.

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: CURTAILING SOME IMPULSES…

Even though it is New Release Tuesday, I have restrained myself instead of “clicking to buy.”  My new Best Friend is Libby, Overdrive…and I borrowed another library e-book this week.

Saints for All Occasions, by J. Courtney Sullivan, actually came out almost a year ago, but I had been eyeing the book.  Now I have it!

A sweeping, unforgettable novel from The New York Times best-selling author of Maine, about the hope, sacrifice, and love between two sisters and the secret that drives them apart.

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I am loving this new trend of mine to borrow library e-books.   I will also occasionally buy books…but if I cut down on the sheer number of them, I can have other treats in my life.

Like…travel?  Who knows how abstaining from some of my book buying can turn into other adventures?

I have been longing to spend a week at the beach.  If I stay at my youngest son’s house, it won’t even cost that much.  LOL.

Last time I visited was TWO years ago!  How time flies.

What would you do with a few extra dollars…especially if you gave up something else you loved to accumulate them?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: NEW RELEASES & NEW WAYS TO ENJOY THEM…

Time for new book release Tuesday!  But instead of immediately downloading a new book today, I’ve requested one through Libby, the Overdrive App.

Every Note Played, by Lisa Genova, is a must-read.  But not necessarily one to buy, since Pippa is overflowing with books.  It is a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.

 

 

An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago.

Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce—his divorce.

He knows his left arm will go next.

Three years ago, Karina removed their framed wedding picture from the living room wall and hung a mirror there instead. But she still hasn’t moved on. Karina is paralyzed by excuses and fear, stuck in an unfulfilling life as a piano teacher, afraid to pursue the path she abandoned as a young woman, blaming Richard and their failed marriage for all of it.

When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard’s muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it’s too late.

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Today I am reading a book I purchased last month, and already I’m loving it.  The Bad Daughter, by Joy Fielding, is a gripping edge-of-your-seat thriller of family intrigue and dark secrets. The Bad Daughter explores the deadly differences between the lies we want to believe and the truths we wish not to know.

 

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I am loving my new explorations, my ways to find books to read and love…without buying.  Not that I will stop adding new books to my shelves, but this week I’m showing that I can survive without hitting “click to buy” on all the books that tempt me.

What are your book discoveries, and how do you satisfy your book love?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: A NEW RELEASE FROM AN OLD FAVORITE…

Tick Tock!  It’s time to check those new releases!  Another reason to love Tuesdays, a day when a lot of new books are released.

So far, I’ve downloaded one new book, but it is one I’ve been eagerly awaiting.  The Bad Daughter, by Joy Fielding, reminds me that having favorite authors for many years can be like finding a treasure with each new release.  A gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller of family intrigue and dark secrets, from the author of Someone Is Watching and See Jane Run, (probably the first book I read by the author).

 

Synopsis:  There was no shortage of words she could use to describe her father, almost none of them complimentary. Serves you damn right, she thought.
 
A voice mail from her estranged sister, Melanie, sends Robin’s heart racing and her mind spiraling in a full-blown panic attack. Melanie’s message is dire: Their father, his second wife, and his twelve-year-old stepdaughter have been shot—likely in a home invasion—and lie in the hospital in critical condition.
           
It’s been more than five years since Robin turned her back on her father when he married her best friend. Five years since she said goodbye to her hometown of Red Bluff, California, and became a therapist. More than two years since Robin and Melanie have spoken. Yet even with all that distance and time and acrimony, the past is always with Robin.

Now she must return to the family she left behind. As she attempts to mend fences while her father clings to life, Robin begins to wonder if there is more to the tragedy than a botched burglary attempt. It seems that everyone—Robin’s mercurial sister, her less-than-communicative nephew, her absent brother, and even Tara, her father’s wife—has something to hide. And someone may have put them all in grave danger.

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Definitely another book to enjoy!  What, if any, new releases are you eager to start reading?

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