Good morning!  It is Tuesday…and time to reflect on new releases…and/or ponder the state of our Review/TBR Shelves.

In the photo above, I am spotlighting a cozy space that I don’t use very much.  How is that possible, you ask?  Well, part of it is the kitchen, of course; I go there to prepare my meals/coffee, and then take a tray into one of my other rooms.  Usually.

I should use it more, though; I do enjoy that little dining table, and looking at the country cupboards.

Here is a close-up of that dining nook:


I haven’t downloaded any new releases today…I checked some out, and considered adding this one:

Tear Me Apart, by J. T. Ellison (I’ve enjoyed this author)

The follow-up to her critically acclaimed Lie to Me, J.T. Ellison’s Tear Me Apart is the powerful story of a mother willing to do anything to protect her daughter even as their carefully constructed world unravels around them.


I would have downloaded it today, but I received one of my library holds, a book I’ve been awaiting for a long while:

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

“Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!” —Reese Witherspoon


Today I’m reading An Unwanted Guest, by Shari Lapena,


A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway. . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting away.


After I finish this book, I may need to read something calm…but I still have last week’s library book to read:

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, by Michelle McNamara (not calm!)The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018.


So…my week so far.  What does yours look like?



Good morning, all…I am so glad it’s Tuesday!  Throughout the weekend and all day yesterday, I was running errands while only occasionally reading.  I did manage to finish Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella…and returned it to the library. 

Today I want to hang out in this cozy office…see the corner of my sofa above, with family photos surrounding me.  Below, see the part of the room where I get my work done.  Today I posted my Amazon review of Before & Again...and visited some blogs:

For the past two (or three?) months, I’ve been cutting down on my New Book Purchases…and borrowing from the library.  As a result, my purchases went down from thirteen and fourteen at the beginning of the year to six and seven in April, May, and June.

Currently I’m reading my last library book on hand:  The Family Gathering, by Robyn Carr, the third book in the Sullivan’s Crossing series.  I love revisiting the setting and the familiar characters.


I have two library books on “hold,” and I am going to take a break for a minute or two…the books I put on hold seem to come so fast and furious that I feel the pressure!  LOL.

Today I did buy two new e-books:

All We Ever Wanted (e-book), by Emily Giffin

“This thought-provoking novel follows two Nashville families as they struggle with the fallout from a horrible incident. Their wealthy community quickly becomes divided, with people eager to assign blame and take sides as the families struggle with loyalty and staying true to their values. It’s one of Giffin’s most topical, gripping books yet.”—Good Housekeeping


The Other Wife (e-book), by Michael Robotham

A mesmerising psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Michael Robotham, the international bestselling author of THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS.


How is your Tuesday unfolding?  Do you eagerly anticipate new books, or are you all set with what you have on your TBR?



Even though it is New Release Tuesday, I have restrained myself instead of “clicking to buy.”  My new Best Friend is Libby, Overdrive…and I borrowed another library e-book this week.

Saints for All Occasions, by J. Courtney Sullivan, actually came out almost a year ago, but I had been eyeing the book.  Now I have it!

A sweeping, unforgettable novel from The New York Times best-selling author of Maine, about the hope, sacrifice, and love between two sisters and the secret that drives them apart.


I am loving this new trend of mine to borrow library e-books.   I will also occasionally buy books…but if I cut down on the sheer number of them, I can have other treats in my life.

Like…travel?  Who knows how abstaining from some of my book buying can turn into other adventures?

I have been longing to spend a week at the beach.  If I stay at my youngest son’s house, it won’t even cost that much.  LOL.

Last time I visited was TWO years ago!  How time flies.

What would you do with a few extra dollars…especially if you gave up something else you loved to accumulate them?




Welcome to a rather late Sunday Potpourri.  To check out more of my updates, click over to Sunday Updates/Mailbox Monday.

After nice chats with two of my sons, one in person and one by phone, I took off to the library, where I found two books I’ve been wanting to read.

I read an Andre Dubus III book this past week, and years ago, I read House of Sand and Fog.  Now I have The Garden of Last Days.


“So good, so damn compulsively readable, that I can hardly believe it.” —Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

In his stunning follow-up to the #1 best-selling House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus draws us into the lives of three deeply flawed, driven people whose paths intersect on a September night in Florida. April, a stripper, has brought her daughter to work at the Puma Club for Men. There she encounters Bassam, a foreign client both remote and too personal, and free with his money. Meanwhile, another man, AJ, has been thrown out of the club, and he’s drunk and angry and lonely. From these explosive elements comes a relentless, raw, and page-turning narrative that seizes the reader by the throat with psychological tension, depth, and realism.


I love that blurb by Stephen King!


And Revenge Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger, is one I’ve been wanting to read.


Almost a decade has passed since Andy Sachs quit the job “a million girls would die for” working for Miranda Priestly at Runway magazine—a dream that turned out to be a nightmare. Andy and Emily, her former nemesis and co-assistant, have since joined forces to start a high-end bridal magazine. The Plunge has quickly become required reading for the young and stylish. Now they get to call all the shots: Andy writes and travels to her heart’s content; Emily plans parties and secures advertising like a seasoned pro. Even better, Andy has met the love of her life. Max Harrison, scion of a storied media family, is confident, successful, and drop-dead gorgeous. Their wedding will be splashed across all the society pages as their friends and family gather to toast the glowing couple. Andy Sachs is on top of the world. But karma’s a bitch. The morning of her wedding, Andy can’t shake the past. And when she discovers a secret letter with crushing implications, her wedding-day jitters turn to cold dread. Andy realizes that nothing—not her husband, nor her beloved career—is as it seems. She never suspected that her efforts to build a bright new life would lead her back to the darkness she barely escaped ten years ago—and directly into the path of the devil herself…


So…what delightful reads are you pondering today?  Do you sometimes grab books from the library rather than add them to your shelves?

I think I’m going to curl up in my slightly rearranged boudoir now.

boudoir in late august