TUESDAY POTPOURRI: NEW BOOKS, RISKS, & A BIRTHDAY GIRL…

It is New Book Release Time!

Yesterday I downloaded a book released last week…one I had forgotten about:

An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones (An Oprah 2018 Selection)

“A tense and timely love story . . . Packed with brave questions about race and class.”— People

“Compelling.”— The Washington Post

“Epic . . . Transcendent . . . Triumphant.”—Elle

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Then…today I downloaded this new thriller from Jonathan Kellerman:  Night Moves.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of the psychological thriller makes all the right moves in this new novel of spellbinding suspense.

I am a big fan of this author…but I still have another of his books on Pippa…unread:  Crime Scene, a collaboration between Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman.  I must admit that the collaboration gave me pause…although I’ve read books by Jesse, too. 

I do prefer the Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis books by Jonathan, however.  But…I’ll bring this one forward, since I’ve had it since last summer.

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Last night I finished reading another book that I downloaded recently (in January):  Lie With Me, by Sabine Durrant – (click for my review).

Since I stayed up late reading it, I was surprised to wake up early today, so I quickly wrote the review.  I had planned to sleep in, but my body and mind had other ideas.

Next I’ll be reading Two Girls Down, by Louisa Luna:

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Today is my oldest granddaughter Aubrey’s 21st birthday (she’s older than my other granddaughter, Fiona, by eight days!).  She has had an interesting year, attending a university semester in Prague during the Fall.  Check out this frightening move:  playing with her phone…on a ledge?  Perhaps it is not as risky as it looks…

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What bookish or not-so-bookish risks are you taking these days?  Are you looking forward to any new releases?  What are you reading?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: TIME FOR BOOK RELEASES!

It is TIME to check out the new book releases that come on Tuesdays.

Today I downloaded two new ones…and maybe there will be more.

 

Look for Me (e-book, D.D. Warren), by Lisa Gardner:  In #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner’s latest twisty thrill ride, Detective D. D. Warren and Find Her‘s Flora Dane return in a race against the clock to either save a young girl’s life…or bring her to justice.

 

And then…

By the Book (e-book), by Julia Sonneborn

An English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fiancé has just become the president of her college—and her new boss—in this whip-smart modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Persuasion.

 

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Until I can begin these newer books, I am reading The Wife, by Alafair Burke.  Loving it!

His Scandal
Her Secret

From New York Times bestselling author Alafair Burke, a stunning domestic thriller in the vein of Behind Closed Doors and The Woman in Cabin 10—in which a woman must make the impossible choice between defending her husband and saving herself.

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Early Monday, I started reading Fates & Furies, by Lauren Groff…and I had really wanted to read it, too….sigh.  But I abandoned it at 40%.  Why?  I’m not quite sure.  It is, after all, a prize-winning book with more than 1800 reviews.  But they weren’t all rave reviews.  They range from 5 star to 1 star…with 35% on the high range.    Some said “pretentious” while another one entitled her review “tedious.”  I found my thoughts leaning toward the tedious side….but I may pick it up again later, if I’m in the mood.  Meanwhile, I realized that I didn’t care about any of the characters…caring about them is key to my enjoyment.

 

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The lesson here is that we all have our favorite styles and genres…and even books that get a lot of buzz might not be our cup of tea.  I need to pay more attention to those instincts about what I will love.

How do you pick your books?  Does the buzz compel you, or do you stick to what you know and love? What draws you out of your comfort zone?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: NEW BOOK RELEASES, OLD FAVORITES, SAVORING…

It is time!  Time for new Book Releases.  So far, I’ve downloaded one, a book I actually pre-ordered:

Here We Lie, by Paula Treick DeBoard, “A complex look at the long-standing consequences of privilege and toxic masculinity…. Compulsively readable!” —Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year

“This story particularly resonates now, in the throes of the #MeToo movement.”—Booklist

 

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Even as I eagerly anticipate more releases today, I can’t help but think of books I’ve loved in the past, books that will remain memorable…forever.  Sheila, at Book Journey, has asked bloggers to list all-time favorites, and she will compile a list.  I chose these books:

White Oleander, by Janet Fitch

House of Sand and Fog, by Andre DuBus III

Open House, by Elizabeth Berg

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There are more, of course, but one thing all three have in common:  I read them pre-blogging, during a time when I savored my books.  Nowadays, I seem to quickly move on, so I can read as many new books as possible.

One of my vows for this year is to savor more of my books.

Speaking of which, I finished a lovely book last night, one that might be savor-worthy:

The Almost Sisters, by Joshilyn Jackson (click title/cover for review)

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Currently Reading:  Promise Not to Tell, by Jayne Ann Krentz

A broken promise reveals a terrifying legacy in this electrifying novel from the New York Times bestselling author of When All the Girls Have Gone.

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What books, old and new, are capturing your bookish love today?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: NEW BOOK RELEASE TUESDAY!

It is time!  For New Tuesday Book Releases.  Yes, I am a bit obsessed with discovering what new releases I can add to my shelves.

So far today, I’ve added one.

The Wife, by Alafair Burke,  a stunning domestic thriller in the vein of Behind Closed Doors and The Woman in Cabin 10—in which a woman must make the impossible choice between defending her husband and saving herself.

 

This one definitely caught my eye, plus I’ve read other books by the author, including some which she co-wrote with Mary Higgins Clark (The Under Suspicion Series).

Synopsis:  When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother’s home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

Six years later, thanks to a bestselling book and a growing media career, Jason has become a cultural lightning rod, placing Angela near the spotlight she worked so carefully to avoid. When a college intern makes an accusation against Jason, and another woman, Kerry Lynch, comes forward with an even more troubling allegation, their perfect life begins to unravel. Jason insists he is innocent, and Angela believes him. But when Kerry disappears, Angela is forced to take a closer look—at both the man she married and the women she chose not to believe.

This much-anticipated follow-up to Burke’s Edgar-nominated The Ex asks how far a wife will go to protect the man she loves: Will she stand by his side, even if he drags her down with him?

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Maybe I should hope that there will be no more releases today, as I have a LOT of books calling to me.

What books are you eagerly anticipating?  Do you watch for their releases?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOK RELEASE DAY, PLANS, TIDBITS…

On Tuesdays, I always feel especially bookish.  Book Release Day!  I keep an eye on those dates for a couple of reasons:  1)New releases to buy; and 2)Time to post my NetGalley reviews on Amazon.

Today, I posted The Girls in the Picture, released today on Amazon.

And…I downloaded the new release Lie With Me, by Sabine Durant.

It starts with a lie. The kind we’ve all told – to a former acquaintance we can’t quite place but still, for some reason, feel the need to impress. The story of our life, embellished for the benefit of the happily married lawyer with the kids and the lovely home.

And the next thing you know, you’re having dinner at their house, and accepting an invitation to join them on holiday – swept up in their perfect life, the kind you always dreamed of…

Which turns out to be less than perfect. But by the time you’re trapped and sweating in the relentless Greek sun, burning to escape the tension all around you – by the time you start to realise that, however painful the truth might be, it’s the lies that cause the real damage…

… well, by then, it could just be too late.

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Sounds good, right?  I couldn’t find any other new releases today…but I’ll wait for the e-mail announcing them all before I give up.

Meanwhile, I’m reading and enjoying a NetGalley ARC called Watch Me, by Jody Gehrman, a gripping novel exploring intense obsession and illicit attraction, Jody Gehrman introduces a world where what you desire most may be the most dangerous thing of all.

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So…that’s my day so far.  What does yours look like?  I think I’ll actually go out today; I’ve been craving Mimi’s French Beef Pot Roast...and I usually eat half of it, and bring the rest home for the next day.

 

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, ATTITUDES, & ACCEPTANCE…

It is Time!  Time to enjoy Tuesday Book Releases.  I already discovered one to download at Mary’s Book Fan.  Thanks, Mary!

Just Between Us, by Rebecca Drake, is a book about friends…and what some might do to protect another.

Four suburban mothers conspire to cover up a deadly crime in Just Between Us, a heart-stopping novel of suspense by Rebecca Drake.

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Later today, I will get my lovely e-mail telling me about other books being released today.  It is something I always look forward to…and yes, I have enough books on my TBR to keep me busy until…the End of Time?

Meanwhile, I am loving my current read:  I’m almost finished with Jane Fonda:  The Private Life of a Public Woman, by Patricia Bosworth.  The book is long, and except for the beginning, with moments between Henry Fonda and his wives and Jane’s infancy and childhood, it has been unputdownable. 

I’ve read a couple of Jane’s memoirs, and learned a lot about her life back in the day…but in this book, there are events and moments that I hadn’t known.  I’ve also found myself renting Amazon Prime videos of Jane’s early movies, like Klute and Sunday in New York.  Next will be Barefoot in the Park, which I haven’t seen in a while.

What I enjoy most about Jane is how she has had several incarnations…which I can relate to.  When we’ve lived for many years, we can look back and see our lives in the past as separate, almost.  Like we were different people.  Different versions of ourselves. 

Currently, I love the version of Jane that brings us Grace and Frankie, on Netflix.  Or her movie with Robert Redford on Netflix, Our Souls at Night.

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On Facebook, I had posted a photo of my books, one of which was the Jane Fonda book, and someone commented that Jane (in her Tom Hayden years) had “ruined” Santa Monica.  I felt myself prickling, as this judgmental attitude made many of us, back in the day, feel misunderstood…and separate from those who did not share our views.

Sort of like we now feel from others if we are not fans of the guy in the White House. 

When that happens, I just shrug and remind myself that everyone has a different perspective, and we don’t need their approval and they do not need ours.  To feel supported, we gravitate toward others who share our views.

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So…what does your Tuesday look like?  Are you eager to download new books?  Do you find judgmental comments appalling?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: FIRST 2018 BOOK RELEASE DAY…

It is Time for Book Release Tuesday, and since today is our FIRST Tuesday in the New Year, I am doubly excited.

 

My only download so far (and it was a pre-order) is a book I’ve been eagerly anticipating:  The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn, a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.

 

Description:  Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

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I am a big fan of Hitchcockian thrillers…and I’m especially drawn to agoraphobic characters who find themselves in peril.  I suspect good reading ahead!

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Later today, I will receive my e-mail that announces other new releases.  Maybe I should hope that I won’t want to download any others.  I still have so many left over from previous years.

Yesterday was a good day.  I packed up my Christmas decorations and did some cleaning.  Now I feel ready to face the week!

I also have to go out and run a couple of errands, like picking up medications I ordered last week, and which I must get today or I will have to re-order them.  Sigh.

Maybe I’ll go to Barnes & Noble.  My One Word this year is CONNECT, so I should call a friend and have coffee…and browse books.  Yeah, I need more books.  LOL.

How is your New Year going so far?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN…

Yay!  We made it through Christmas….and now we can count down to the New Year.  But before then, today is another Tuesday Book Release Day.

 

So far, I’ve only found one to download:

Now That You Mention It, by Kristan Higgins…

One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.

Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There’s only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn’t necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments.

With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant, a wild-child sister in jail and a withdrawn teenage niece as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was, Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family. Balancing loss and opportunity, dark events from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise…and the chance to begin again.

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I’ll be waiting to see what other new releases pop up this afternoon.

Meanwhile, I am struggling when typing on my laptop!  I think I need a new keyboard.  Some of the letters and numbers are almost impossible to type:  I push down hard to get them to cooperate.  Then…the whole second row letters are no longer visible.

I don’t want to get a whole new laptop yet…does anyone have experience with this issue?

Is Louisa May (my laptop) trying to tell me that I’m doing too much blogging?

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Happy holidays, everyone!  I had a lovely brunch with my daughter and her little family…then came home to watch more Christmas movies from my DVR.

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOK RELEASE DAY, TIDBITS, & OBSESSIONS…

Good morning from my Potpourri Blog, where I enjoy changing things up…and specialize in quirky, whimsical, and obsessive topics.

 

As you may know by now, it is Tuesday Book Release Day…but I have yet to download a new book.  I know that one I have bookmarked has been released…but I think I’ll wait to see what the afternoon e-mail will bring.  I am trying to cut back, just a little.  For me, cutting back means:  Buying five books (so far) in December, compared to twelve in November.  A start, right?

But…here’s the one book I am pondering so far:

Cruel Winter (e-book, County Cork #4), by Sheila Connolly

Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan’s small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn’t sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan’s pub. But now she’s stranded in a bar full of patrons–and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder….

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Last week, I downloaded Book 3:

An Early Wake (e-book, County Cork #3), by Sheila Connolly

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Currently I am turning the pages of A Season to Lie, by Emily Littlejohn.  I was clipping along…and then I resumed my binge-watching of The Crown’s Season II...and finished the rest of the ten episodes last night.

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The Crown, Season 3, may begin production soon…there are varying rumors about major cast changes.

 

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Today will also be a day of running errands.  I’ve been procrastinating about completing some documents and getting them notarized.  I have to put one foot in front of the other…and proceed.

What is the hold-up?  I have to go to the copy store to have them copied before I complete them and get them notarized.  Go to the Notary…and then back to copy and Fed Ex the final docs.  Sigh. 

I am transferring title of my Time Share back to the company.  After ten years, I am tired of it…in fact, I haven’t used it since 2009…which did involve a lovely week in a Napa resort, with lots of wine tasting.

Since then, my second son has been using it every year.  He is tired of it, too.  So…the time has come for us to part company with Diamond Resorts.

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What lies ahead in your day?  Do you have fun things to enjoy?  Or annoying chores?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKISH ANTICIPATION…

As I rushed to my laptop this morning, I had two thoughts on my mind:  participating in Tuesday Intros/Excerpts...and checking out the new Book Releases. 

 

I’ve done the first…and then when I went to the second item on my list…sigh.  Nothing I wanted to buy!  Unless more tempting titles show up on this afternoon’s e-mail.

But…next week, there will be at least one I want.  Book Four in the County Cork Cozy Mystery Series is coming:

Cruel Winter:  A County Cork Mystery, by Sheila Connolly

Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan’s small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn’t sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan’s pub. But now she’s stranded in a bar full of patrons–and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder.

Maura’s been in Ireland less than a year and hasn’t heard about the decades-old unsolved crime that took place nearby, let alone the infamous suspect, Diane Caldwell. But the locals have, and they’re not happy to be trapped with her. Diane, meanwhile, seeks to set the record straight, asserting her innocence after all this time. And since no one is going anywhere in the storm, Maura encourages Diane to share her side of the story, which she’d never had a chance to do in court.

Over the next few hours, the informal court in Sullivan’s reviews the facts and theories about the case–and comes to some surprising conclusions. But is it enough to convince the police to take a new look at an old case? A clever spin on the classic locked room mystery, Cruel Winter, the fifth in New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly’s series, will delight fans of the Emerald Isle.

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Of course, I probably should read Book Three first:

An Early Wake, by Sheila Connolly

Pub owner Maura Donovan may have Irish kin, but she doesn’t seem to have the luck of the Irish. Who could have foreseen that bringing live music back to Sullivan’s Pub would lead to a dead musician?

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I do love immersing myself in the Irish countryside in this series. 

Meanwhile, today I am starting to read Fragments of the Lost, by  Megan Miranda, a suspenseful psychological mystery about one girl’s search to uncover the truth behind her ex-boyfriend’s death. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars and 13 Reasons Why.

 

I have loved two other books by this author (All the Missing Girls, The Perfect Stranger), so I plan to lose myself in the book.  Psychological thriller?  Twisty, with dark secrets?  These are my kryptonite.

What is your book love?  Do you like variety, or is there a special niche you enjoy?

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