TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS…

I am loving Tuesdays! New books show up on my Kindle, since I tend to pre-order them, and today I received TWO!

Cul-de-Sac, by Joy Fielding

A shooting lays bare the secrets harbored by five families in a sleepy suburban cul-de-sac in this riveting psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of All the Wrong Places.

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And then…

The Perfect Family, by Robyn Harding

Now…let’s get back to the books I am reading this week.  I started out with My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, by Fredrik Backman…and sadly, that one is a DNF for me!  I am not sure why.  But I was bored.

So now I have started reading The Affair, by Amanda Brooke, which I purchased in 2017!  A book I rediscovered during the Backlog event.

A shocking story about a fifteen-year-old girl and the man who took advantage of her

I hope to enjoy this one…and keep reading, at least.

What does your Tuesday look like?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI…

As I turn the pages of my current read, Life and Other Inconveniences, I am thoroughly enjoying the characters without the kinds of twists and turns I usually savor. The book is not a thriller, but it does show us the dynamics of characters and the interactions I enjoy.

In addition to reading, I am also relishing my usual snapping of photos that remind me that my interiors are another part of my life that I enjoy.  Since I am mostly still isolated.

On my nightstand, I have collected a few print volumes to pick up soon, in addition to my current read.  To the left is my chest of drawers with a favorite decorative box atop it…next to my calculator.  I also love the hippie dolls on the nearby filing cabinet. Below, note a close-up of favorite photos.  An Ireland photo on the right, and an “I Love You” creation from my daughter on the left.

So…as I read and write posts and practice the Block Editor, I plan to somehow succeed at dealing with isolation and challenges.

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How are you spending your Hump Day?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI…A GREAT START TO THE DAY

Welcome to another Hump Day!  I decided to stay in my apartment this morning, with a pot of my freshly ground coffee and the pleasure of  visiting blogs for the Wednesday Reading post.

Then I picked up the book I am currently reading:  The Undoing, by Jean Hanff Korelitz (previously entitled You Should Have Known).

This is a book I purchased in March 2014!  It stayed unread all this time, although I had tried to read it earlier.  For some reason, it did not grip me.  But then HBO came out with a miniseries, called The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant…and I couldn’t resist watching.  So far, only the first episode has been released, but I was hooked.

Funny how that happens sometimes, but now that I am reading the book again, I can’t stop turning the pages fast enough. I am on page 111, of 439 pages, and I had barely dug into the opening of it the first time.

Is it the passing of time, or is it the teaser of the miniseries?  I guess it doesn’t matter, since I am now loving it.

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Now I am thoroughly ready for the day…so I will finally take my shower and get dressed!  I love a day that starts off like this one.

How is your day going?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: TIDBITS…

Yesterday I did a lengthy search among my photos, reminding myself as I trudged along that organization would be a good idea! 

But finally I found this favorite snap (above) from my previous residence:  a peek into my dining room, with the Baker’s Rack on the left and the Engelbreit cookie jars on the right.  And in the middle, my pottery bowl where I tossed my odds and ends.  Tidbits.  Like the stuff I bring to this blog.

Why did I take this journey right now?  Well, I needed a new bowl for mail and stuff…and I based my search on this particular bowl and came up with this one:

Now I am in the process of training staff to put mail and other tidbits in this lovely bowl.  It should be obvious, right?  It is right there, as you enter the apartment, inviting and accepting.  It is amazing how many people still want to throw everything on the kitchen counter.  That space that is often damp, at the very least.  So my voice shouting out “not there” will still get a work-out as the learning curve develops.  Sigh.

I know that they all think I am a “crotchety old woman,” and if that works in my favor, so be it.

Now…back to our usual Tuesday goodies.  Book releases!

I downloaded one book today, and I hope to love it.

My Lies, Your Lies, by Susan Lewis

For readers of Lisa Jewell and Diane Chamberlain comes another gripping novel from internationally bestselling author Susan Lewis, about an eccentric old woman, the ghostwriter helping write her memoirs, and the destructive secrets binding them together.

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I am now reading an acquisition from a couple of weeks ago:

The End of Her, by Shari Lapena

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What are you reading, wishing for, or adding to your shelves?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: FINDING JOY…

Welcome to another Tuesday of books and bookish things.  As I look around me at my special books and items that remind me of happy times, I continue to reach out for more of the same.

Today’s downloads:

28 Summers, by Elin Hilderbrand

A “captivating and bittersweet” novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Summer of ’69: Their secret love affair has lasted for decades — but this could be the summer that changes everything (People).

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Home Before Dark, by Riley Sager

In the latest thriller from New York Times bestseller Riley Sager, a woman returns to the house made famous by her father’s bestselling horror memoir. Is the place really haunted by evil forces, as her father claimed? Or are there more earthbound—and dangerous—secrets hidden within its walls?

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Today I am reading my NetGalley ARC that will be released 7/14/20:  What You Wish For, by Katherine Center.

“The story’s message, that people should choose joy even (and especially) in difficult and painful times, seems tailor-made for this moment. A timely, uplifting read about finding joy in the midst of tragedy, filled with quirky characters and comforting warmth.”—Kirkus (starred review)

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I keep finding so many good books to read, some of which seem “tailor-made for this moment,” as noted above.

I can’t get enough of the message of finding and choosing joy.  But I still love thrillers, too, so it’s a nice mix for me.

What are your favorite books these days?  What are you reading and buying now?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: ADDING BOOKS & RANTING A LITTLE…

Good morning, and welcome to another Book Release Day!  Above, note that my bookshelves are expanding…again.  As I read each of the hardcover/paperback books I’ve bought in the past ten months, the shelf grows.  Yesterday I added my read/reviewed The Watergate Girl.  Loved it!  It was my fourth completed book for the Nonfiction Reading Challenge.

Have I downloaded any new books? Well, yes, I did add Redhead by the Side of the Road, by Anne Tyler.  This one will be a quick read, with only 192 pages, but each beautiful page will spotlight unique and quirky characters..

Micah Mortimer is a creature of habit. A self-employed tech expert, superintendent of his Baltimore apartment building, cautious to a fault behind the steering wheel, he seems content leading a steady, circumscribed life. But one day his routines are blown apart when his woman friend (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a “girlfriend”) tells him she’s facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah’s door claiming to be his son. These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah’s meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever. An intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who finds those around him just out of reach, and a funny, joyful, deeply compassionate story about seeing the world through new eyes, Redhead by the Side of the Road is a triumph, filled with Anne Tyler’s signature wit and gimlet-eyed observation.

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I received a book in the mail that I ordered a while ago from Amazon.  It is not a new release, but it’s from a new favorite author, Kristan Higgins, On Second Thought.

“A captivating read about two sisters dealing with love, loss and new beginnings. What sets this book apart is how one event changes both women’s lives. Kate is refreshingly frank in her inner monologue, and Ainsley is charmingly self-aware and wry.”—RT Book Reviews, *5 STARS* Top Pick!

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Now…I have a bone to pick with Goodreads!  One of the reasons I stopped joining their challenges in the past few years had to do with this very thing, but I gave it another try this year.  Sigh.

Here’s what is happening. Every time I buy a new book from Amazon, they list it as “currently reading,” or recently, “read.”  First of all, I like entering my own books on Goodreads as I acquire them…and I like to designate their status:  “want to read, currently reading, or read.”

Can you see how this messes up the stats?  Any thoughts?

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COMMEMORATING BOOKISH COLLECTIONS…

The photo above spotlights a very old book written by Johanna Spyri (on the left), Cornelli, that belonged to my mother. (The author also wrote Heidi, which I do not own). She received it in 1924 from her aunt.  She then gave it to me when I was very young, and I read it over and over. I even repaired the binding when I was a young adult and working in a library. 

It rested in my Baker’s Rack above, next to Engelbreit objects and books that I had written.  After I moved to my studio apartment, I brought it with me here, where it reposes in my little wooden cupboard, next to another collectible book, Elsie Dinsmore, (left) also available on Kindle.

Today I discovered both of my collectible books on Amazon in a Kindle format, so I am reading them again…on my Kindle.

I  am enjoying the re-reads already. 

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: COFFEE, BOOKS, & MOVIES…

Welcome to my Sunday!  I do love relaxing in my apartment with coffee, oatmeal, and English muffins.  Reading is another great addition to my day, and I just finished the brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood.

Yesterday was another good day, as I watched Blonde, on Amazon Prime, the movie based on the book by Joyce Carol Oates.

 

Poppy Montgomery did a brilliant job in the role as Marilyn Monroe.

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Today will bring more Amazon deliveries, including another Madeline Hatter doll to replace the one I didn’t bring from my other place.  Remember that I wasn’t in charge of the move! 

 

 

 

My previous doll was featured in a lot of vignettes, including logos like this one:

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I’m ready to start a book that will be “lighter” than my previous read of the dystopian world of Gilead…The Grammarians, by Cathleen Schine.

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I have a list of Prime movies to watch today, too.  Enjoy your day, whatever it might bring.

 

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: CHANGES…

On Sunday, the Dylan doll in the top photo crashed to the floor when I tried to straighten the wobbly table.  I didn’t realize its shakiness until the housekeeper bumped into it.  Sigh.

Second Photo:  Moved the heavy Squishy house in their place…it now holds the table securely.

Here is the new home for Dylan and Harmony…and granddaughter Fiona plans to create a tattoo sticker to cover the hole in his cheek.

Yesterday was a disappointing one, as I came home from the hospital with the gall bladder still inside.  The laparoscope revealed severe infection and inflammation STILL.  Too risky for removal.  I still had surgery, in that I have a little incision and a sore throat from the breathing tube. 

More antibiotics ahead and a new plan for surgery.  Sigh.

Last night I had a long talk with the new nurse, who is great.  She will help with the bland diet that I should have been having, but didn’t because of poor choices available.  Some things were good (oatmeal at breakfast), but dinners…not so much.

I just got a big bundle of clean laundry last night, so now I can begin a new week.

BOOKS: 

I’m loving Things You Save in a Fire, by Katherine Center (NG-8/13).

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On Sunday night, I watched the Season II Finale of Big Little Lies.  It was great!

What new book will I download today?

Lady in the Lake (e-book), by Laura Lippman

The revered New York Times bestselling author returns with a novel set in 1960s Baltimore that combines modern psychological insights with elements of classic noir, about a middle-aged housewife turned aspiring reporter who pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman.

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How is your week shaping up so far?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: NETGALLEY ARC BONANZA…

Oh, no!  I had a handle on my NetGalley ARCs…and then some unexpected downloads and requests arrived, all in a closely staggered bunch.  I have TWELVE now!  And SIX of them will be released in August.  I guess I should start reading those books right away, and then avoid posting the reviews for a bit.

First, though, I’ll be reading Sunset Beach, a May 7 release by Mary Kay Andrews.  Then will come three June releases.

 

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Today I’m reading Stillhouse Lake, a free Prime book that’s been resting on my Kindle for a while. (For two years!).

I’m loving it, so I wonder why it took so long.  Ah, yes, I tend to save the freebies until I’ve read most of the ones I purchased.  Hmm.

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How is it Friday already?  What are you reading or thinking about today?

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