TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKISH TUESDAY

Welcome to another Book Release Tuesday!  In the photo above, you can see some of my print volumes of TBR books that I have ordered on previous Tuesdays…and other days of the week, too.

Today I’ve downloaded two e-books, and they are nicely tucked away on Paige, my Kindle.

Books I Gave to Paige, My Kindle:

Girls of Summer, by Nancy Thayer

One life-changing summer on Nantucket brings about exhilarating revelations for a single mother and her two grown children in this sensational novel from New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer.

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Brave Girl, Quiet Girl, by Catherine Ryan Hyde

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a gripping and emotional novel about friendship, motherhood, and the journey toward finding a place to call home.

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This week, I am also reading from my backlog:

After Anna, by Alex Lake

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What is happening on your Bookish Tuesday?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOK RELEASE DAY!

Another Tuesday brings more book releases…and two of my recent ARCs were released today.  So I went to Amazon to post my reviews on the product pages:

The New Girl, by Harriet Walker, and On Ocean Boulevard, by Mary Alice Monroe.

Then I checked out the available new releases and chose this one:

A Week at the Shore, by Barbara Delinsky

One phone call is all it takes to lure Mallory Aldiss back to her family’s Rhode Island beach home. It’s been twenty years since she’s been gone—running from the scandal that destroyed her parents’ marriage, drove her and her two sisters apart, and crushed her relationship with the love of her life, Jack Sabathian. Twenty years during which she lived in New York, building her career as a photographer and raising her now teenage daughter Joy.

But that phone call makes it clear that something has brought the past forward again—something involving Mallory’s father. Compelled by concern for her family and by Joy’s wish to visit her mother’s childhood home, Mallory returns to Bay Bluff, where conflicting loyalties will be faced and painful truths revealed.

In just seven watershed days at the Rhode Island shore, she will test the bonds of friendship and family—and discover the role that love plays in defining their lives.

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I have read and loved Delinsky’s books for many years, so I can’t wait to immerse myself in this one.

As for more releases for today…I may stop downloading for now.  Unless some other book calls out to me.  Meanwhile, I have been adding new books over the past few months, so I could be locked down indefinitely and not run out of reading material.

How do your TBR Stacks look these days?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: ADDING TO MY SHELVES…

Happy Tuesday!  I thought that I had pre-ordered a new release for today…my little Post-It note said so!  LOL.  But…I must have written it down, planned to do it, and then got distracted before I did.

This morning I downloaded it:

This Is How I Lied, by Heather Gudenkauf

Gudenkauf proves herself the master of the smart, suspenseful small-town thriller that gets right under your skin.” —Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of The Nanny

Everyone has a secret they’ll do anything to hide…

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Yesterday I received two books in my physical mailbox:  Amazon treats!

One is a book I used to own, so I got a replacement copy of it:

The Clock Dance, by Anne Tyler

NATIONAL BEST SELLER • TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR USA TODAY • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: O Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Times (London)

A charming new novel of self-discovery and second chances from the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread.

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And then I received a book from an author I enjoy which actually released a little earlier (April 7):

A Heart in a Body in the World, by Deb Caletti

Each step in Annabelle’s 2,700-mile cross-country run brings her closer to facing a trauma from her past in National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti’s novel about the heart, all the ways it breaks, and its journey to healing. Because sometimes against our will, against all odds, we go forward.

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So…I may end up adding more books today, and as I scrolled through other new titles, I bookmarked a few.  Most are coming later in the month, though.

What, if any, books are you adding today?  Which ones that are coming soon are exciting enough to buy?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: EXPECTED & UNEXPECTED TREASURES…

Another Book Release Day!  I woke up to a book I had pre-ordered:

A Good Marriage, by Kimberly McCreight

It arrived safely on Paige, my Kindle, tucked away and waiting for my bliss.

A Good Marriage is a smart, provocative, insightful page-turner. I couldn’t put it down.”  —Harlan Coben, author of The Boy from the Woods

Big Little Lies meets Presumed Innocent in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, in which a woman’s brutal murder reveals the perilous compromises some couples make—and the secrets they keep—in order to stay together.

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As I do every Tuesday, I then went to the Goodreads New Release page…and found nothing else to buy today.  But…I saw that the release date had been moved up for Big Summer, by Jennifer Weiner, and I have the ARC.  Original date:  5/19.  So I guess I will start reading it today!

That doesn’t usually happen.  Oh, well.

Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time—she doesn’t even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media—so when Drue asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is rightfully speechless.

Drue was always the one who had everything—except the ability to hold onto friends. Meanwhile, Daphne’s no longer the same self-effacing sidekick she was back in high school. She’s built a life that she loves, including a growing career as a plus-size Instagram influencer. Letting glamorous, seductive Drue back into her life is risky, but it comes with an invitation to spend a weekend in a waterfront Cape Cod mansion. When Drue begs and pleads and dangles the prospect of cute single guys, Daphne finds herself powerless as ever to resist her friend’s siren song.

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So…my day is lined up with an unexpected read, but as I skimmed through the synopsis, I got excited about it.

What is happening in your Book Universe?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: TREASURING THE BOUNTY…

Another fabulous Tuesday has arrived!  Today I am receiving two downloaded new releases to add to my already very full Kindle.  Paige, my Kindle, does not complain, however.  She is just doing her job as the receptacle for the bounty.

Books Received:

Have You Seen Me?, by Kate White – By the way, I love this cover!

The key to her missing memories could bring relief—or unlock her worst nightmares.

On a cold, rainy morning, finance journalist Ally Linden arrives soaked to the bone at her Manhattan office, only to find that she’s forgotten her keycard. When her boss shows, he’s shocked to see her—because, he explains, she hasn’t worked there in five years.

Ally knows her name, but is having trouble coming up with much beyond that, though after a trip to the psychiatric ER, she begins to piece together important facts: she lives on the Upper West Side; she’s now a freelance journalist; she’s married to a terrific man named Hugh. More memories materialize and yet she still can’t recall anything about the previous two days. Diagnosed as having experienced a dissociative state, she starts to wonder if it may have been triggered by something she saw. Could she have witnessed an accident—or worse—had something happened to her?

Desperate for answers, Ally tries to track where she spent the missing days, but every detail she unearths points to an explanation that’s increasingly ominous, and it’s clear someone wants to prevent her from learning where those forty-eight hours went. In order to uncover the truth, Ally must dig deep into the secrets of her past—and outsmart the person who seems determined to silence her.

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The Sweeney Sisters, by Lian Dolan

 

Maggie, Eliza, and Tricia Sweeney grew up as a happy threesome in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut. But their mother’s death from cancer fifteen years ago tarnished their golden-hued memories, and the sisters drifted apart. Their one touchstone is their father, Bill Sweeney, an internationally famous literary lion and college professor universally adored by critics, publishers, and book lovers. When Bill dies unexpectedly one cool June night, his shell-shocked daughters return to their childhood home. They aren’t quite sure what the future holds without their larger-than-life father, but they do know how to throw an Irish wake to honor a man of his stature.

But as guests pay their respects and reminisce, one stranger, emboldened by whiskey, has crashed the party. It turns out that she too is a Sweeney sister.

When Washington, DC based journalist Serena Tucker had her DNA tested on a whim a few weeks earlier, she learned she had a 50% genetic match with a childhood neighbor—Maggie Sweeney of Southport, Connecticut. It seems Serena’s chilly WASP mother, Birdie, had a history with Bill Sweeney—one that has remained totally secret until now.

Once the shock wears off, questions abound. What does this mean for William’s literary legacy? Where is the unfinished memoir he’s stashed away, and what will it reveal? And how will a fourth Sweeney sister—a blond among redheads—fit into their story?

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A little tidbit:  How do I keep track of my pre-ordered books?  Well, I have this little basket on my desk, with my post-it notes clipped to it.  I also keep other important notes/tidbits in it.  This is, after all, the blog about Tidbits, Obsessions, Etc.

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What are you eagerly awaiting?  Or do you sensibly stick to the TBR that you already possess, realizing that now is a great time to put a dent in that pile?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: TREASURES FOR THE SHELVES…

Yay, it’s Tuesday Book Release Day again!  The number of books was small, for some reason, but I did find two books to download.

Little Secrets, by Jennifer Hillier

From the author of Jar of Hearts, a mother driven to the edge by the disappearance of her son learns her husband is having an affair with the woman who might have kidnapped him.

Wow!

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Then I added this new Kelly Rimmer book to my stack:

Truths I Never Told You

With her father recently moved to a care facility, Beth Walsh volunteers to clear out the family home and is surprised to discover the door to her childhood playroom padlocked. She’s even more shocked at what’s behind it—a hoarder’s mess of her father’s paintings, mounds of discarded papers and miscellaneous junk in the otherwise fastidiously tidy house.

Already I am intrigued!

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Now I am eager to start reading this week’s stack of books…and I think I will begin with:

Something She’s Not Telling Us, by Darcey Bell

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What does your Tuesday look like?  I am also participating in Tuesday Excerpts here.

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: SURPRISES ALL AROUND…

Welcome to Tuesday Book Release Day!  I love this day, not only because of the new releases, but because it symbolizes how anything is possible.  Anything can happen.

The good stuff started happening yesterday. Not only did I get one of my new books in the mailbox, but early this morning, a pre-ordered book dropped onto Paige, my Kindle.

Yesterday, I got The Love Story of Missy Carmichael, by Beth Morrey

For readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and A Man Called Ove, a life-affirming, deeply moving “coming-of-old” story, a celebration of how ordinary days are made extraordinary through friendship, family, and the power of forgiving yourself–at any age.

“Here is a love story of the most important kind: that of coming to love oneself through accepting and returning the love of others–be it people or dogs.” –Elizabeth Berg, author of Night of Miracles

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My Pre-Ordered Book:

The New Husband, by D.J. Palmer

What makes Simon Fitch so perfect?

-He knows all her favorite foods, music, and movies.
-Her son adores him. He was there when she needed him most.
-He anticipates her every need.
-He would never betray her like her first husband.

The perfect husband. He checks all the boxes.

The question is, why?

Nina Garrity learned the hard way that her missing husband, Glen, had been leading a double life with another woman. But with Glen gone—presumably drowned while fishing on his boat—she couldn’t confront him about the affair or find closure to the life he blew apart.

My kind of story!

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Now, speaking of delightful events, and not only new books, but yesterday was one of those days. 

It started out with a plan.  My daughter would stop by with goodies to leave with staff, and I could glimpse her through the window as I took my scheduled walk.

Well, it didn’t go according to plan…she overslept.  But we did a Face Time phone call and the goodies arrived in early afternoon.

Then my granddaughter went shopping for me, and dropped them off…including a surprise bottle of wine!  I talked to her on the phone as the staff collected them from her.

And, of course, the aforementioned Amazon packages, so all in all, it felt almost like Christmas yesterday (and today so far).

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Could the rest of today go any better?  Who knows?  What do you enjoy about Tuesdays?

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