New Book Release Day!  But it has also been a week of adding review books to my shelves:  Two for two.  Two review books, and two purchases.

My vow to cut down on purchases in favor of review books and library books has led to fewer purchases.  But since I couldn’t get either of my purchases this week from the library or from NetGalley, I feel justified in these purchases. 

The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer, is a library book that I could have if I wanted to wait weeks and weeks…and then wait some more.  I am not that patient when the book is one that is calling to me! 

A novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.


Today I added The New Neighbors, by Simon Lelic to my purchases:  not even on my library’s shelves…so there!  LOL



Two review books were approved and added to my shelves:

Not Her Daughter (e-book), by Rea Frey – (NG – 8/21)

Emotionally powerful and wire-taut, Not Her Daughter raises the question of what it means to be a mother—and how far someone will go to keep a child safe.


Then...Shadow Dancing (e-book, Country Club Murders), by Julie Mulhern – (NG – 6/19)

I have loved every book in this series!

Synopsis:  Visiting a psychic is outside the norm for Ellison Russell. Finding bodies is not. Unfortunately, the psychic’s crystal ball says she’ll soon be surrounded by death. Again.


Now there’s a corpse in the front drive, a witchy neighbor ready to turn Ellison and her (not so) little dog into toadstools, and a stripper named Starry Knight occupying the guest room.

How did 1975 go so wrong so quickly?

Ellison must handle Mother (who’s found a body of her own), make up with a certain handsome detective, and catch a killer, or the death surrounding her might be her own.


So…my Tuesday has been productive so far.  I don’t plan to add any more purchases…but who knows what review books might land on my shelf?

What do you love about Tuesdays?




Time for new book release Tuesday!  But instead of immediately downloading a new book today, I’ve requested one through Libby, the Overdrive App.

Every Note Played, by Lisa Genova, is a must-read.  But not necessarily one to buy, since Pippa is overflowing with books.  It is a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.



An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago.

Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce—his divorce.

He knows his left arm will go next.

Three years ago, Karina removed their framed wedding picture from the living room wall and hung a mirror there instead. But she still hasn’t moved on. Karina is paralyzed by excuses and fear, stuck in an unfulfilling life as a piano teacher, afraid to pursue the path she abandoned as a young woman, blaming Richard and their failed marriage for all of it.

When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard’s muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it’s too late.


Today I am reading a book I purchased last month, and already I’m loving it.  The Bad Daughter, by Joy Fielding, is a gripping edge-of-your-seat thriller of family intrigue and dark secrets. The Bad Daughter explores the deadly differences between the lies we want to believe and the truths we wish not to know.



I am loving my new explorations, my ways to find books to read and love…without buying.  Not that I will stop adding new books to my shelves, but this week I’m showing that I can survive without hitting “click to buy” on all the books that tempt me.

What are your book discoveries, and how do you satisfy your book love?



It’s time to talk about obsessions…again.  My Tuesday Book Release Day is one of them. (Above) you’ll notice more of them:  fairytale images, books, quirky things, and my trusty little clock.

So far I’ve only downloaded two newly released books, and one was actually released a week ago.

A Bella Flora Christmas (e-book, novella), by Wendy Wax, was released last week, and is a tempting little novella to keep us satisfied until the next new book in May.

Then…Fragments of the Lost, by Megan Miranda, released today.  I loved this author’s previous books…so I am eager to curl up with this book.  I love the cover, too.

From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a suspenseful psychological mystery about one girl’s search to uncover the truth behind her ex-boyfriend’s death. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars and 13 Reasons Why.


Here’s one coming next Tuesday…I can’t wait!  I may have to pre-order it, just so I won’t forget to download it.  As if.

Little Broken Things, by Nicole Baart

“If you liked Big Little Lies, you’ll want to crack open this new novel by Nicole Baart.” —Southern Living

An engrossing and suspenseful novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Amy Hatvany about an affluent suburban family whose carefully constructed facade starts to come apart with the unexpected arrival of an endangered young girl.


Today I am reading Poison, by Galt Niederhoffer…a NetGalley ARC to be released next Tuesday.  Chop, chop!

With life-or-death stakes and irreversible consequences, Poison is a chilling and irresistible reminder that the closest bond designed to protect and provide for each other and for children can change in a minute.


So…quite a week, right?  Yesterday I had lunch with my old friend/colleague…and we saw Murder on the Orient Express.  I may have to see it again when it comes to Amazon Prime…or Netflix, as I was so full of lunch and my drinks that I nodded off a couple of times.  LOL.


So…now what?  This afternoon, I’ll be watching for the newsletter e-mail with all the releases (in my genre) for today.  It’s like waiting for a Christmas present.

What are you waiting for?  What are you reading?



It is Tuesday again!  I love Tuesdays…although my plans to cut back on book buying are forgotten…for that one day, anyway.

Today I downloaded two books (so far), and both begin with the letter “Y.”  Here they are:

Y is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack.  Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.
Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…


Young Jane Young, by Gabrielle Zevin

Aviva Grossman, an ambitious congressional intern in Florida, makes the mistake of having an affair with her boss–and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the beloved congressman doesn’t take the fall. But Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins: slut-shamed, she becomes a late-night talk show punch line, anathema to politics.

She sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. This time, she tries to be smarter about her life and strives to raise her daughter, Ruby, to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, Aviva decides to run for public office herself, that long-ago mistake trails her via the Internet and catches up–an inescapable scarlet A. In the digital age, the past is never, ever, truly past. And it’s only a matter of time until Ruby finds out who her mother was and is forced to reconcile that person with the one she knows.


Each promises hours of wonderful reading.  What are you adding to your shelves today/this week?



It is time for new releases…again!  Don’t you love Tuesday Release Day?

One new release that I had pre-ordered came to Pippa, my Kindle, late last night, even though today is technically the release date.  But I am not complaining.

A Stranger in the House, by Shari Lapena, is one I’ve been ogling for a while.  I loved the author’s previous book, The Couple Next Door, so it was a no-brainer to add this one to my list.


In this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A domestic thriller packed full of secrets, and a twisty story that never stops—from the bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

He looks at her, concerned. “How do you feel?” She wants to say,
Terrified. Instead, she says, with a faint smile, “Glad to be home.


And then I downloaded Seeing Red, by Sandra Brown, another new release.


#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown delivers nonstop suspense and supercharged sexual tension in a thriller about tainted heroism and vengeance without mercy.


That’s all I have so far, but by this afternoon, there might be more.  I subscribe to a service that e-mails new release titles in my favorite genres.  I always feel as if I’m opening a Christmas package when I get the notice.

I am trying to cut down just a bit on my purchased books…in the last two months, my numbers are lower than they were in the earlier months of the year.

In the months from January through June, the numbers were in the double digits…yikes!  But in July, I purchased seven books…and so far in August, nine.


Do you eagerly await new releases? Do you buy more books, or borrow them?  Do you add more review books than purchased ones?



Good morning!  It’s Tuesday, which means…New Book Releases Day!

Last week, I only downloaded ONE book…but this week, I hit the bonanza.  Yes, I keep a list of books I want and their release dates.

Here’s what I downloaded today:

The Almost Sisters, by Joshilyn Jackson


Bring Her Home, by David Bell


Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate


The Secrets She Keeps, by Michael Robotham


Yesterday,  I downloaded a NetGalley review book from one of my all-time favorite authors, Joyce Maynard.  It is a memoir, and for those who don’t enjoy that genre, let me tell you that Joyce does them better than anyone else I know.  I’ve read a couple of her memoirs.

This one:  The Best of Us, brings us many of the ingredients we enjoy in a novel.


Synopsis:  In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn’t mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of.

Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple–to be a true partner and to have one.

This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and Joyce’s return to singleness on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss.


I am looking forward to this one, to be released on September 5.  I will be reading it this month, though.


What books are you celebrating this week.  This month?



Good morning!  It’s Tuesday, which means….Book Release Day!  How many years did it take for me to learn this fact?  I started noticing that my e-ARCs were all released on a Tuesday.  Then I signed up for a site that e-mails the new releases on each Tuesday.  Duh…I think I’ve got it now!

Today’s new release, and one which I pre-ordered, because I didn’t want to take the chance of FORGETTING about it:  The Child, by Fiona Barton.


As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…


I loved her previous book, The Widow.  (Click title for my review).


Here’s another book released today, which I have not yet downloaded…Hmm.  How long before I do?  Best guess?

The Cafe by the Sea, by Jenny Colgan….



Years ago, Flora fled the quiet Scottish island where she grew up — and she hasn’t looked back. What would she have done on Mure? It’s a place where everyone has known her all her life, where no one will let her forget the past. In bright, bustling London, she can be anonymous, ambitious… and hopelessly in love with her boss.

But when fate brings Flora back to the island, she’s suddenly swept once more into life with her brothers — all strapping, loud, and seemingly incapable of basic housework — and her father. Yet even amid the chaos of their reunion, Flora discovers a passion for cooking — and find herself restoring dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour: a café by the sea.

But with the seasons changing, Flora must come to terms with past mistakes — and work out exactly where her future lies…


Her previous book, The Bookshop on the Corner, is calling to me, too.  Should I read this one first?  What do you think?



Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect book for her readers. But can she write her own happy-ever-after? In this valentine to readers, librarians, and book-lovers the world over, the New York Times-bestselling author of Little Beach Street Bakery returns with a funny, moving new novel for fans of Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop.


What a dilemma!  So many lovely books, and what’s even worse:  I already have many, many books on Pippa…and on my stacks that I really should read first.  Sigh.  Check out my stack of more recent “up next” books, which doesn’t even count all those on the shelves in my office.



Some older TBR print books below, in my office:



But adding books to my stacks and my Kindle is an obsession…which is what this blog is all about. 

Do you have obsessions about books?  Other things?



Good morning!  Last night, I spent some time rearranging the piles of books that once “lived” on the trunk/coffee table.  Now that I have that slender little table against the wall (after my new TV rearrangement changed the look of the room), I had an opportunity.

Above, you can glimpse the room, from the new TV to my breakfast tray…and the stacks of books that aren’t out in my living room.   Now neatly arranged on the table…and on a little stack of boxes (for older TBR piles).

Out in the living room, I have a ridiculous stack of books that are theoretically “up next.”

Yesterday, I had an egg salad sandwich lunch while reading one of the books from the toppling stack you see:  The Swallow’s Nest, by Emilie Richards.



A story about a woman, a lifestyle blogger, who is celebrating her husband’s recovery after a long struggle…only to open her front door to a woman, who hands her a baby:  her husband’s son.

What happens afterward is an intriguing look at family and what makes a parent.


Today I was excited to finally download one of the books I’ve been awaiting so eagerly…just released.  You’ll Never Know, Dear, by Hallie Ephron, an addictive novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Night Night, Sleep Tight, about three generations of women haunted by a little girl’s disappearance, and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to the truth . . .


The creepy doll on the cover reeled me in.  Plus, Hallie Ephron!  Love her books.


While surfing the web, I discovered another upcoming release that I can’t wait to get my hands on!  From Sue Grafton, who is almost at the end of the alphabet in her series, will be releasing Y is for Yesterday.  On August 22, 2017.

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack. 


Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…


I predict many cozy days curled up on one of my sofas….or even on my bed.  Reading will take up more hours in the day and the night.


What are you eagerly anticipating?  What new books have you burning the midnight oil?



It is Tuesday, and I’m back in my Office Nook, feeling more like blogging…with optimism about my slowly clearing skin condition, after three days of the medication.   Today I’ve written three posts:  Tuesday Sparks:  “Miss You”; Meet the Domestic Diva:  Excerpting “Interior Designs”; and Keeping Track:  An Update.

I have been doing some reading, especially late at night, since sleeping has been a challenge.  But last night I mostly slept through the night…but on the living room couch.  For some reason, I haven’t been able to sleep in my bed.  Maybe tonight?

My current read:  Into the Water (e-book), by Paula Hawkins, has finally captured me, after a slow start with the introduction of many characters.



Since Tuesday is release day for many books, I am waiting for the e-mail that will tell me what’s available.  In some ways, I am almost hoping not to find anything, as my stacks (mostly e-books) are quite large.  But the anticipation is still there.

I can tell you some of the upcoming releases that I know about:

White Fur (e-book), by Jardine Libaire (May 30 Release):  A stunning star-crossed love story set against the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City….




You’ll Never Know, Dear (e-book), by Hallie Ephron:  An addictive novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Night Night, Sleep Tight, about three generations of women haunted by a little girl’s disappearance, and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to the truth . . .(June 6 Release)




What does your Tuesday look like?  Do you anticipate new releases?  What book(s) are keeping you up at night?




Tuesday is one of my favorite days of the week!  Why?  It’s NEW RELEASES DAY!

This fact was not known to me for a long while, and then I caught on.  There was a pattern in the release dates for books I was eagerly awaiting.

I have a little notebook in which I list the upcoming releases…and their dates.  I also bookmark them on Amazon, but sometimes they disappear off of my list…so I have to go searching.  That’s where the notebook comes in handy.



Today’s releases, which I promptly downloaded (I know, curb the impulse!) are:

The Night the Lights Went Out, by Karen White…


From the New York Times bestselling author of the Tradd Street series comes a stunning new novel about a young single mother who discovers that the nature of friendship is never what it seems….

Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It’s not her first time starting over, but her efforts at a new beginning aren’t helped by an anonymous local blog that dishes about the scandalous events that caused her marriage to fail….

…In a town like Sweet Apple, where sins and secrets are as likely to be found behind the walls of gated mansions as in the dark woods surrounding Merilee’s house, appearance is everything. But just how dangerous that deception can be will shock all three women….


My other pick today:

The Widow of Wall Street, by Randy Susan Meyers…



A provocative new novel by bestselling author Randy Susan Meyers about the seemingly blind love of a wife for her husband as he conquers Wall Street, and her extraordinary, perhaps foolish, loyalty during his precipitous fall.


Next Tuesday, I’m waiting for this one:

Any Day Now, by Robyn Carr….



The highly anticipated sequel to #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr’s What We Find transports readers back to Sullivan’s Crossing. The rustic campground at the crossroads of the Colorado and Continental Divide trails welcomes everyone—whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway or a whole new lease on life. It’s a wonderful place where good people face their challenges with humor, strength and love. 

And, over at Bookfan, enjoy this great review…


Every day of the week has something special to anticipate in my blogging/reading life.  What do you love about Tuesdays?  Or any of the other days?