Welcome to our first “non-holiday” Tuesday in 2019.  I do love the holidays, but, for some reason, they lingered too long this year.  Probably because Hallmark started showing Christmas movies in July…and most of them I’d already seen.  Sigh.

So now I’m ready for new things, fresh things…and new books!  Yes, I had vowed to cut down a bit on the “click to buy” behavior, but some books have been on my wish list for so long that I couldn’t resist.

Today I bought these:

The Best of Us, by Robyn Carr

In Sullivan’s Crossing, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr has created a place where good people, powerful emotions, great humor and a healthy dose of common sense are the key ingredients to a happy life. Sullivan’s Crossing brings out the best in people. It’s a place you’ll want to visit again and again.

I love this series, so I’m eager to pick up where I left off in this delightful place.


Then I downloaded Untouchable, by Jayne Ann Krentz

A man’s quest to find answers for those who are haunted by the past leads him deeper into the shadows in this electrifying novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Promise Not to Tell.


Now I am reading my February e-ARCs, and today I started The Winter Sister, by Megan Collins. 

In this spellbinding and suspenseful debut, a young woman haunted by the past returns home to care for her ailing mother and begins to dig deeper into her sister’s unsolved murder.


How are you enjoying the New Year?  What, if anything, is keeping you busy and happy?  I am trying to distract myself from the chaos created by the WH.



It is time to bring back normalcy!  That is my mantra for this day in January 2019.  The pub table above showcased some of my Christmas items…and as I put everything away this morning, I realized that my plan to follow the “less is more” rule in my home worked out great.  Everything is back to normal!

The room is now cleared of all December items.  (Above) See that pub table without all the Christmas stuff?  And in between, the usual items.  (Below), the dining area is cleared as well.  The Coca Cola table is devoid of the miniature tree, and the candy cane and gingerbread bears are tucked away in their bins.

I woke up at 4:30 this morning!  I didn’t plan to do that…but not being able to go back to sleep afterwards meant I had things to do.

I posted my Weekly Updates…and just now I cleared away the Christmas stuff.

Am I sad?  No, I had enough of the holidays, and now I’m ready to read my February NetGalley ARCs.  I started Forget You Know Me, by Jessica Strawser, last night.  Loving it so far.

I might need a nap later…but I do have to collect my birthday boy grandson, who is 16 today.  Dinner at their home this evening.


How are you spending the first weekend of the New Year?



It is Time for Book Release Tuesday, and since today is our FIRST Tuesday in the New Year, I am doubly excited.


My only download so far (and it was a pre-order) is a book I’ve been eagerly anticipating:  The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn, a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.


Description:  Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.


I am a big fan of Hitchcockian thrillers…and I’m especially drawn to agoraphobic characters who find themselves in peril.  I suspect good reading ahead!


Later today, I will receive my e-mail that announces other new releases.  Maybe I should hope that I won’t want to download any others.  I still have so many left over from previous years.

Yesterday was a good day.  I packed up my Christmas decorations and did some cleaning.  Now I feel ready to face the week!

I also have to go out and run a couple of errands, like picking up medications I ordered last week, and which I must get today or I will have to re-order them.  Sigh.

Maybe I’ll go to Barnes & Noble.  My One Word this year is CONNECT, so I should call a friend and have coffee…and browse books.  Yeah, I need more books.  LOL.

How is your New Year going so far?



As the New Year approaches, I find myself checking out my TBR…and also putting up new calendars, like this one in my office, below (Georgia O’Keeffe).  After I hung the calendar, I had to move the little figurine of “a circle of bears” that once sat atop that book…to the shelf above.

The Christmas decorations are still up…but I’m feeling restless.  I may end up taking them down BEFORE New Year’s.

New Year’s Eve:  what I love to do is watch movies, in between reading…and at midnight, I turn on Dick Clark’s show (even though he is no longer on it).  I might have some popcorn…and Champagne.

My First Book of the Year post will be up on January 1…at An Interior Journey.  Shhh…not revealing the title just yet, but I sent my photo of myself holding the book to Sheila, at Book Journey, since she is hosting our event.

Another tradition for the New Year:  our One Word.  For 2017, I chose HOPE.


What word will suit me for 2018?  Still pondering…

Meanwhile, continuing to read the books on my TBR…and I have some NetGalley books to read before January is over:

The Girls in the Picture, by Melanie Benjamin -Currently Reading-1/16/18

Anatomy of a Scandal, by Sarah Vaughan (1/23/18)

Watch Me, by Jody Gehrman (1/23/18)


On Netflix, I’ve been watching Fuller House. 

Years ago, I recall watching Full House, and now the “kids” are all grown up.  I see several of the actors in Hallmark events these days:  Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Lori Loughlin…

As much as I enjoy the Hallmark Channel, I must comment that so many of the same actors show up over and over…and the ones who have a certain “look” are always the bad guys.  When you see those actors, you know that they are up to “no good.”


What events/books/movies are you looking forward to in 2018?