TUESDAY POTPOURRI: OGLING NEW RELEASE BOOKS….

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: A BONANZA OF BOOKS….

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

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Bring Her Home, by David Bell

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Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate

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The Secrets She Keeps, by Michael Robotham

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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.

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

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What books are you celebrating this week.  This month?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “NEW RELEASE” OBSESSION….

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…

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

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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….

 

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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…

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

 

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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.

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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.

 

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Some older TBR print books below, in my office:

 

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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?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: MY EVER-CHANGING STACKS….

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: A DAY OF ANTICIPATION…AND SOME RELIEF

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.

 

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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….

 

 

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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)

 

 

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

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT TUESDAYS?

 

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.

 

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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….

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My other pick today:

The Widow of Wall Street, by Randy Susan Meyers…

 

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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.

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Next Tuesday, I’m waiting for this one:

Any Day Now, by Robyn Carr….

 

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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…

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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?

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