FRIDAY POTPOURRI: THE QUEENS OF TIDBITS & OBSESSIONS…

As those who read this blog know, I tend to gravitate toward the quirky.  These images in my latest header are an example of that.  The doll on the left is one I actually own:  Madeleine Hatter.  Notice that she shows up in my blog button and several other images I display at times.

The lady on the right…well, I’m not sure who or what she is, but she is definitely quirky.  If you look closely, those are books surrounding her head a la her hairstyle.

I have decided to dub these two The Queens of Tidbits & Obsessions.

Now that we’ve settled that issue, I am looking forward to a day of reading, movie watching, and a few TV shows.  As for movies at the theater, I don’t see anything that is pulling me there this weekend.  But next weekend, I am eager to see The Glass Castle, starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, and Woody Harrelson.  And, of course, it is based on the book by Jeannette Walls.  I read the book a few years ago.

On TV, I am excited about the return of Chesapeake Shores on the Hallmark Channel.  I remember when this channel was not available from my provider…and I complained about it.  Not long afterwards, there they were, both versions of the channel.  Could my complaint have helped?  Or was it coincidence?

Probably the latter.  But I realized that complaining made me feel better, and how magical I felt when my wish came true.  LOL.

Right now, I’m reading two books, a print version and a hardcover:

The Other Girl (e-book), by Erica Spindler (NetGalley – 8/22)

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, by Chris Bohjalian

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Yesterday, I got a new mani….and tried a kind of glittery blue color.

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I have to find my fun with my mani/pedis these days, since hair dye is a thing of my past.  Sigh.

I am also curious, however, as to what my natural hair color is these days.  I haven’t seen it in many years.  LOL.

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What do your weekend plans look like?  Adventure?  Cozy moments?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: LET’S ENGAGE IN 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:

As usual, I have two books on the go:  one is an e-book, and the other is a hardcover print book.

The Bookshop on the Corner (e-book), by Jenny Colgan.  Nina is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

 

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, by Chris Bohjalian, a story of loss, adventure, and the search for friendship in the wake of catastrophe, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is one of Chris Bohjalian’s finest novels to date—breathtaking, wise, and utterly transporting.

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click titles/covers to link to reviews).

Bad Housekeeping (e-book), by Maia Chance

Emma in the Night (e-book), by Wendy Walker (NetGalley – 8/8/17)

Sunday Morning Coming Down, by Nicci French

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I discovered an upcoming release from Colleen Hoover, so I have bookmarked it on Amazon, waiting for its publication on 10/3/17.

Without Merit (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

Synopsis:  “Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.

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It has been another great reading week.  What did yours look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN”

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s feature is my current read, the seventh book in the Frieda Klein series:  Sunday Morning Coming Down, by Nicci French.

 

Intro:  All at once the flat was full of noises.  The phone rang, stopped, then rang again.  The mobile rattled on the table.  The doorbell sounded once, twice, and at the same time there was a thumping sound on the door itself.  Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson lifted himself from his chair on to his crutches, moved to the door and opened it.

A very short, very thin woman was looking at him with a frown.  Her gingery-brown hair was cut almost to a bristle at the back, but with a long fringe that fell over one eye.  She had a narrow, pale face, slightly asymmetrical, with colourless brows and eyes the brown of cinnamon.  She was dressed in a black anorak, baggy grey jumper, dark trousers and orange trainers.  Behind her the rain was falling.  Her face was wet with it.  The branches of a plane tree creaked above her.

‘I’m Chief Inspector Petra Burge.’

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Teaser:  And then it was the easiest thing in the world.  Easier than the first time.  Easier than the niece.  Easier than Reuben McGill.  It was what he’d been telling himself:  you have to learn to improvise, be in a state of readiness and wait for the perfect moment. (p. 203).

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):  Psychotherapist Dr Frieda Klein once again finds herself in the midst of a criminal investigation when the rotting body of an ex-policeman is found beneath the floorboards of her house.

The corpse is only months old but the main suspect, murderer Dean Reeve, died over seven years ago.

As the killer picks off his next victims and her home is turned into a crime scene, Frieda’s old life seems like a hazy dream.

With eyes of the world upon her and no answers from the police, Frieda realises that she will have to track this killer before he tracks down those she loves.

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I love this series.  There are recurring characters and a thread that weaves its way through all of the books, from the beginning.  Will this be the book that snips that thread?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: STAYING COOL WITH FAMILY….

July is a great month for family get-togethers, and the pool above is filled with family members who have gathered for the first time in a while.  They come from all parts of California…and as far away as North Dakota.  This is Fiona’s family, the maternal side, and there she is on the left…after a summer of work in Yosemite.

From North Dakota came Fiona’s brother Spencer and his family.  See his three delightful kids:  Bella, Lilly, & Maddix:

 

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Fiona loved spending time with two of her nephews:  Maddix, left, and Logan, right:

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Bella and Lilly, relaxing….

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And…just for fun, I’m showing last night’s dinner and reading:

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What are you enjoying this July season?  Is it hot where you are?  It certainly is very hot here, so we do whatever we have to in order to stay cool.

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MY HUMP DAY READING…ENGAGING!

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:

I’ve been tackling my NetGalley ARCs this week, so one of my current reads is Emma in the Night, by Wendy Walker, to be released on 8/8/17.  “Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” –Booklist, Starred Review

 

Bad Housekeeping, by Maia Chance is a book I purchased in June  (I am still whittling away at my Read the Books You Buy Challenge).  It is the first novel in the Agnes & Effie cozy mystery series by Maia Chance.   Danger mounts, deadlines loom, ancient knob-and-tube wiring is explored, and the ladies learn a thing or two about the awful, wonderful mistake that is going back home.

 

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

Every Wild Heart, by Meg Donohue

Mrs. Fletcher, by Tom Perrotta (NetGalley – 8/1)

Girl in Snow, by Danya Kukafta (NetGalley – 8/1)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I have several NetGalley review books ahead of me in August and September.  It is very tempting to list them all…but instead, I’m going to list a book I’m wishing for:

Promise Not to Tell, by Jayne Ann Krentz (1/2/18)

Synopsis:  Seattle gallery owner Virginia Troy has spent years battling the demons that stem from her childhood time in a cult and the night a fire burned through the compound, killing her mother. And now one of her artists has taken her own life, but not before sending Virginia a last picture: a painting that makes Virginia doubt everything about the so-called suicide—and her own past.

Like Virginia, private investigator Cabot Sutter was one of the children in the cult who survived that fire…and only he can help her now. As they struggle to unravel the clues in the painting, it becomes clear that someone thinks Virginia knows more than she does and that she must be stopped. Thrown into an inferno of desire and deception, Virginia and Cabot draw ever closer to the mystery of their shared memories—and the shocking fate of the one man who still wields the power to destroy everything they hold dear.

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I love romantic suspense, and I especially love a Seattle setting.

That’s my week so far…what does yours look like?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: 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:

After finishing three deeply moving books so far since Sunday, I am ready for something lighter.

I don’t know if Every Wild Heart, by Meg Donohue fills that need, but I like the sound of it:  a mystery, a love story, and a mother-daughter tale about two women on a precarious journey to uncover their true selves.

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

The Comfort of Others, by Kay Langdale

The Child, by Fiona Barton

My Life to Live, by Agnes Nixon

The Marriage Pact, by Michelle Richmond (NG – 7/25)

The Best of Us, by Joyce Maynard – (NG-9/5)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I just discovered this upcoming release from one of my favorite legal thriller authors:  Lisa Scottoline.  Exposed (A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel)

Blurb: (Coming August 15, 2017) A BATTLE FOR JUSTICE PITS PARTNER AGAINST PARTNER…

Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner Bennie Rosato represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal strategy between the two ensues—ripping the law firm apart, forcing everyone to take sides and turning friend against friend.

SOMETIMES LOYALTY CAN BE LETHAL.

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This was my week so far.  What does yours look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS”

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s featured book is a recent download:  The Secrets She Keeps, by Michael Robotham, a riveting suspense novel about the unlikely friendship between two pregnant women that asks: how far would you go to create the perfect family?

 

Intro:  (Agatha)

I am not the most important person in this story.  That honor belongs to Meg, who is married to Jack, and they are the perfect parents of two perfect children, a boy and a girl, blond and blue-eyed and sweeter than honey cakes.  Meg is pregnant again and I couldn’t be more excited because I’m having a baby too.

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Teaser:  (Agatha)

After the introductions, I’m shown into the room they call “the parlor,” where I perch on the edge of the sofa, knees together.  Everything in the room seems to match, with the same floral pattern on the curtains, the cushions, and the wastepaper basket.  Tea and cake are served.  I’m starving, but I’m on crumb watch. (p. 56).

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Synopsis:  Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog—posts that Agatha reads with devotion each night as she waits for her absent boyfriend, the father of her baby, to maybe return her calls.

When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again, and that their due dates fall within the same month, she finally musters up the courage to speak to her, thrilled that they now have the ordeal of childbearing in common. Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not-so-perfect life forever…

With its brilliant rendering of the secrets some women hold close and a shocking act that cannot be undone, The Secrets She Keeps delivers a dark and twisted page-turner that is absolutely impossible to put down.

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What do you think?  Do the excerpts grab you?  Would you keep reading?

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