TUESDAY POTPOURRI: FILLING MY SHELVES…

It is another great Book Release Day! 

I went a little nuts in January, purchasing a total of eleven books.  Some were print books to grow my shelves, while others were e-books.  Today I am approaching the month with more solemnity…although I have downloaded two e-books already and a print book is arriving later today!

Here we go!

Blind Spot:  They Didn’t See It Coming, by Sue Miller – a paperback that arrives today.  I thought this book was from the Sue Miller whose other books I have read and loved…but apparently it is not!  I just discovered this error today.  But there are good reviews and it sounds good…so let’s see how it plays.

Who should we save? Our family? Our friends? 2045 and the world is in chaos. Climate change, shortages of food and falling fertility are turning nations and communities into fortresses. Hope Grigori and Jude Goodman are cousins. She wants to save their whole community, he’s prepared to choose the strongest and leave the rest behind. But how do you decide who’s going to live? And who has the right to say one individual matters more than another? What’s fair? Who’s in charge? Determined to find a way through the challenges Hope sets off on a quest to find fairness for the many, not just the few. A book for anyone who’s ever asked if their life was meant to turn out the way it has. Blind Spot is a prequel to 20/20 Vision: They didn’t see it coming…

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I downloaded these two:

Perfect Little Children, by Sophie Hannah

The New York Times bestselling author of The Monogram Murders and Woman with a Secret returns with a sharp, captivating, and expertly plotted tale of psychological suspense.

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The Janes, by Louisa Luna

The electric follow-up to Louisa Luna’s acclaimed thriller Two Girls Down, featuring private investigators Alice Vega and Max Caplan.

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Meanwhile…I am finishing up The Country Guesthouse, by Robyn Carr…a recent purchase.

The fifth book in the Sullivan’s Crossing series…I am enjoying it!

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How are you spending your Tuesday? Are books flying down into your Kindles…or onto your shelves?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: A DAY TO CELEBRATE…

 

Tuesday Book Release Day is a favorite of mine.  Not only do I keep an eye on the lists of newly released books, but I also preorder one or two. 

Today I downloaded The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett, for starters.

Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.

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I ordered two nonfiction books in hardcover. They should arrive tomorrow.

Queen Meryl, by Erin Carlson

 

A captivating and inspiring portrait of legendary actress Meryl Streep and her work, Queen Meryl explores the fearless icon’s trailblazing roles in film, her feminist activism, and the indelible mark she’s left on pop culture.

 

Inside Out:  A Memoir, by Demi Moore

Famed American actress Demi Moore at last tells her own story in a surprisingly intimate and emotionally charged memoir.

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I have preordered another book, coming late in October:

The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off:  Thoughts on Life, Love, & Rebellion, by Gloria Steinem

A beautifully illustrated collection of Gloria Steinem’s most inspirational and outrageous quotes, with an introduction and essays by the feminist activist herself.

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What has your day brought you?  In addition to ordering and downloading books, I had a mani-pedi and lunch with my granddaughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED…

It was three months ago today that I ended up in the hospital, and on this rather twisted journey.  After the passage of time and a few life changes, I am now (almost) back to my blogging/reading journey.

Yes, for those who have followed this blog, I love Book Release Tuesdays, and today I actually downloaded a pre-ordered new release, which I’m excited about.

Careful What You Wish For, by Hallie Ephron, is calling for me to start reading immediately.  But first I might have to read another new book on my shelves.

From the New York Times bestselling author of There Was an Old Woman comes a novel about a professional organizer with a deadly problem she may not be able to clean up.

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I just finished reading Dear Wife, by Kimberly Belle; click the title for my review.

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Next I plan to read Someone We Know, by Shari Lapena…another favorite author.

“No-one does suburban paranoia like Shari Lapena–this slowly unfurling nightmare will have you biting your nails until the end.”
–Ruth Ware, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10

The new domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, and An Unwanted Guest, Shari Lapena…

Maybe you don’t know your neighbors as well as you thought you did . . .

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I also bookmarked another new release…and hope to order it soon:

The Kennedy Heirs, by Randy Taraborrelli

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I want to order The Kennedy Heirs in hardcover, to add to my greatly diminished shelves of that format.

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How are you spending Book Release Day?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: A SURREAL WEEK SO FAR…

Wow!  This week has been surreal so far.  It began on Sunday with garage door issues…the door kept going up and down and wouldn’t stop, as if possessed.  Yikes!  Help came from a neighbor to manually close it…and then maintenance staff fixed it yesterday.

But today was supposed to be a good one.  It’s Tuesday, after all.  Book releases!

But when I went to comment on Blogger sites, I was unable to do so.  (Unless they had the User/URL option).  I have a Blogger profile, maintained since I last blogged there, and that usually carried me through.  But things are different now, apparently.  Probably a feature set in place just to annoy us, right?  Any thoughts?

I even created a little mini-blog site, hoping that would do it.  Not so far.  Sigh.

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Moving on.  I have downloaded two new books, both released today.

Before She Was Found, by Heather Gudenkauf

A gripping thriller about three young girlfriends, a dark obsession and a chilling crime that shakes up a quiet Iowa town, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence.

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The Better Sister, by Alafair Burke

Keep your enemies close and your sister closer.

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I’m currently reading and loving Never Tell.  Lisa Gardner is one of my favorite thriller authors.

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Let’s hope that the rest of the week will calm down!  Please!!

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: PHOTOS & BOOKS…

 

Good morning, and welcome to another Tuesday Book Release Day.  I grabbed some coffee and opened to Daphne’s desktop background above, with the photo I’m loving right now.  I tend to keep a favorite up for long periods.  This photo was taken a few years ago, probably right after my book Interior Designs was published (on the right).  Everything about my dining area was different then, with that cupboard on the left right next to the sofa.  Now it is on the opposite wall.

 

So…what new books await me today?  I found nothing I wanted to download, but I have pre-ordered this book that will release next Tuesday:

Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty

Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out…

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Now I’m heading back to my sofa to continue reading The Neighbors, by Hannah Mary McKinnon, a story about the past and dark secrets.  With  a strange twist of fate, Liam moves into a new neighborhood with his family, releasing a flood of memories that Abby has been trying to keep buried all these years. Abby and Liam, in a complicit agreement, pretend never to have met, yet cannot resist the pull of the past—nor the repercussions of the terrible secrets they’ve both been carrying…

 

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Is there anything better than a book with dark secrets?  What are you reading and enjoying today?

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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: 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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