HUMP DAY READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words 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:  The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, by Abbi Waxman

The author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone’s radar.
 
Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own…shell.

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE JULY 2, 2019:

The Better Sister, by Alafair Burke

The Perfect Wife, by J P Delaney (NG-8/6)

The Friends We Keep, by Jane Green

Keeping Lucy, by T. Greenwood (NG-8/6)

Because You’re Mine, by Rea Frey (NG-8/6)

The Escape Room, by Megan Goldin (NG-8/6)

We Are All Good People Here, by Susan Rebecca White-(NG-8/6)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Our Little Lies, by Sue Watson –  a book I’ve had on my shelves since December 2018!

Synopsis:Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.

Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother, growing up in foster care. But her husband Simon is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France – nothing is too good for his family.

Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

In the old days, she’d have distracted herself at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career behind when she got married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.

It’s almost by accident that Marianne begins to learn more about Caroline. But once she starts, she can’t stop. Because what she finds makes her wonder whether the question she should be asking is not ‘should she be jealous’, but… ‘should she be scared’?

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Why has this book been hiding out on my Kindle?  I’m moving it forward!

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WWW: CURRENT, PAST, & UPCOMING READS

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words 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:  The Better Sister, by Alafair Burke

BOOKS FINISHED SINCE MY LAST POST: (JUNE 5, 2019) – (Click titles for reviews)

Emily, Gone, by Bette Lee Crosby

Little Beach Bungalow, by Joanne DeMaio

After the End, by Clare Mackintosh

Little Darlings, by Melanie Golding

I’ll Never Tell, by Catherine McKenzie

Stone Mothers, by Erin Kelly

Before She Was Found, by Heather Gudenkauf

Summer of ’69, by Elin Hilderbrand

A Good Enough Mother, by Bev Thomas

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  I love everything by Lisa Jewell, and this upcoming release will hit the shelves on October 29:  The Family Upstairs.

Synopsis:  Be careful who you let in.

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

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What a month!  I didn’t read as much as usual, but I think I’m finding my groove again.  What was your week (or month) like?

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HUMP DAY READING…THE FIRST OF 2019

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:  Just as I expected, I already finished my First Book of the Year, so it will be listed below in the “finished books” section. Next I will read Sadie, by Courtney Summers,”an electrifying, high-stakes road trip. Clear your schedule. You’re not going anywhere until you’ve reached the end.” —Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of There’s Someone Inside Your House and Anna and the French Kiss

 

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

You Don’t Own Me (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark/Alafair Burke (My First Book of the Year)

Sophie Last Seen (e-book), by Marlene Adelstein – (Author Review Request)

The Affliction (e-book), by Beth Gutcheon

Emily, Alone (e-book), by Stewart O’Nan

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I love Catherine McKenzie’s books, so when I saw her next one listed on Goodreads, I had to pre-order it:  I’ll Never Tell will be released on June 1, 2019.

Synopsis:  What happened to Amanda Holmes?

Twenty years ago, she was found bludgeoned in a rowboat at the MacAllister family’s Camp Macaw. No one was ever charged with the crime.

Now, after their parents’ sudden deaths, the MacAllister siblings return to camp to read the will and decide what to do with the prime real estate the camp occupies. Ryan needs to sell. Margaux hasn’t made up her mind. Mary believes in leaving well enough alone. Kate and Liddie—the twins—have opposing views. And Sean Booth, the groundskeeper, just hopes he still has a home when all is said and done.

But it’s more complicated than a simple vote. The will stipulates that until they unravel the mystery of what happened to Amanda, they can’t settle the estate. Any one of them could have done it, and each one is holding a piece of the puzzle. Will they work together to finally discover the truth, or will their secrets finally tear the family apart?

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I am looking forward to many enticing books this year. What are you eager to read and/or add to your shelves?

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ENJOYING MY BOOK TREASURES…

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:  The Affliction (e-book), by Beth Gutcheon:  The New York Times bestselling author of More Than You Know, Leeway Cottage, and Death at Breakfast delivers the second installment in her clever romp of a mystery series combining social comedy and dark-hearted murder—a novel set at a girls’ boarding school in a picturesque Hudson River town with more than its share of secrets.

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK – (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews):

Gone So Long (e-book), by Andre Dubus III

The Adults (e-book), by Caroline Hulse

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

One of my upcoming e-ARCs will be released for purchase on August 13, 2019, but luckily I have my copy now.  Things You Save in a Fire, by Katherine Center, is a book I can’t wait to read.

Synopsis:  Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of them, and she’s a total pro at other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to give up her whole life and move to Boston, Cassie suddenly has an emergency of her own.

The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie’s old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren’t exactly thrilled to have a “lady” on the crew—even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the infatuation-inspiring rookie, who doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can’t think about that. Because love is girly, and it’s not her thing. And don’t forget the advice her old captain gave her: Never date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping…and it means risking it all—the only job she’s ever loved, and the hero she’s worked like hell to become.

Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt and healing tour-de-force about the strength of vulnerability, the nourishing magic of forgiveness, and the life-changing power of defining courage, at last, for yourself.

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This was my week.  It was  a great holiday, with family and friends, and the enjoyment of books made it all perfect.  How was your week?

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BOOKISH THOUGHTS: BOOKS, AUDIOBOOKS, ETC.

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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I am currently reading Gone So Long, by Andre Dubus III; his first novel in a decade is a masterpiece of thrilling tension and heartrending empathy.

 

And I started listening to an audiobook, my first time ever:  Victoria, by Daisy Goodwin.  I downloaded it from Libby, the Library App.

I have a feeling I won’t be finishing it as a “listen,” since I will only be on it while I’m on my exercise bike.  So…a half hour a day?

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK – (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews):

Tell Me Lies (e-book), by Carola Lovering

The Perfect Liar (e-book), by Thomas Christopher Greene

The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters (e-book), by Kashner & Schoenberger

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

This morning I requested a NetGalley ARC of Me for You, by Lolly Winston.  I received an e-mail notification to request it, which is an unusual happening these days. Usually the books show up without being requested.  It will be released on March 12, 2019.

Synopsis:From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Grief comes a richly poignant and stirring story that asks: How soon is too soon to fall in love again?

The last thing Rudy expected was to wake up one Saturday morning, a widow at fifty-four years old. Now, ten months after the untimely death of his beloved wife, he’s still not sure how to move on from the defining tragedy of his life—but his new job is helping. After being downsized from his finance position, Rudy turned to his first love: the piano. Some people might be embarrassed to work as the piano player at Nordstrom, but for Rudy, there’s joy in bringing a little music into the world. And it doesn’t hurt that Sasha, the Hungarian men’s watch clerk who is finally divorcing her no-good husband, finds time to join him at the bench every now and then.

Just when Rudy and Sasha’s relationship begins to deepen, the police come to the store with an update about Rudy’s wife’s untimely death—a coworker has confessed to her murder—but Rudy’s actions are suspicious enough to warrant a second look at him, too. With Sasha’s husband suddenly reappearing, and Rudy’s daughter confronting her own marital problems, suddenly life becomes more complicated than Rudy and Sasha could have imagined.

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My week has been a bit slow, in terms of reading, which is probably why I decided to download an audiobook.  It’s on my iPhone, so if I want to listen elsewhere, I’m going to need earbuds.  I never thought that issue would come up for me.  LOL

How has your week been unfolding? 

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BOOKS TO SAVOR…

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 am 50% through Tell Me Lies, by Carola Lovering, which I thought I would finish today.  But I have been distracted.  The book is interesting, but not a fast-paced thriller, so it is slower going than some books I’ve read.

I am also ready to begin reading this library book:  The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters, by Sam Kashner…

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK – (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews):

What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton

An Anonymous Girl (e-book), by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen – (NG-1/8/19)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Earlier today I downloaded an e-ARC that will be released on 8/6/19:  Keeping Lucy, by T. Greenwood:

Synopsis:  From the author of Rust & Stardust comes this heartbreaking story, inspired by true events, of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter.

Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson’s heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded.” Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on.

But two years later, when Ginny’s best friend, Marsha, shows her a series of articles exposing Willowridge as a hell-on-earth–its squalid hallways filled with neglected children–she knows she can’t leave her daughter there. With Ginny’s six-year-old son in tow, Ginny and Marsha drive to the school to see Lucy for themselves. What they find sets their course on a heart-racing journey across state lines—turning Ginny into a fugitive.

For the first time, Ginny must test her own strength and face the world head-on as she fights Ab and his domineering father for the right to keep Lucy. Racing from Massachusetts to the beaches of Atlantic City, through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to a roadside mermaid show in Florida, Keeping Lucy is a searing portrait of just how far a mother’s love can take her.

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This week has been less productive than the last one, but I’m enjoying the books even as I am distracted by the holidays, outside activities, and binge-watching.  How has your week unfolded?

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HUMP DAY 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:  Still reading a chapter or two a day of What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton

I just started reading one of my e-ARCs, An Anonymous Girl, by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (Release Date 1/8/19); a novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us.

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

The Liar’s Wife, by Samantha Hayes

After Nightfall, by A. J. Banner

I’ve Got My Eyes on You, by Mary Higgins Clark

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Summer of ’69, by Elin Hilderbrand (Coming on June 18, 2019)

When I first saw this book, I knew that I had to add it to my shelves.  So I’ll be watching for it!  I love remembering the 60s, and joining a family in a glorious setting is always my favorite thing.

Synopsis:  Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century! It’s 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother’s historic home in downtown Nantucket: but this year Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, a nursing student, is caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests, a passion which takes her to Martha’s Vineyard with her best friend, Mary Jo Kopechne. Only son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother who is hiding some secrets of her own. As the summer heats up, Teddy Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself, as she grows into her own body and mind.

In her first “historic novel,” rich with the details of an era that shaped both a country and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again proves her title as queen of the summer novel.

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This was my week.  What did yours look like?

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