TUESDAY POTPOURRI: NEW RELEASES & NEW WAYS TO ENJOY THEM…

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.

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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.

 

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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?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: TIME FOR NEW BOOKS!

The clock has struck!  It is Tuesday, New Book Release Day, and I’ve downloaded one of the books I’ve been eagerly awaiting.

 

Sunburn, by Laura Lippman:  Inspired by James M. Cain’s masterpieces The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, and Mildred Pierce, Sunburn is a tantalizing modern noir from the incomparable Laura Lippman.

 

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman returns with a superb novel of psychological suspense about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals—and cold-blooded murder.

One is playing a long game. But which one?

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Sounds delicious, right?  So far, I haven’t discovered any other new releases for today, but I’m loving Look for Me, by Lisa Gardner, which I downloaded last week; a book with multiple POVs, including the voice of D. D. Warren and Flora Dane (who was a missing girl in a previous book).

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Next I plan to start reading Blood Sisters, by Jane Corry.

From the bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife (click for my review),  a new thriller featuring three girls, one accident, and a lifetime of lies.

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Today will be a bookish one…I may not even go out at all.  Unless the mood takes me.  What do you plan for today?  Reading?  Adventures?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOK RELEASE DAY, PLANS, TIDBITS…

On Tuesdays, I always feel especially bookish.  Book Release Day!  I keep an eye on those dates for a couple of reasons:  1)New releases to buy; and 2)Time to post my NetGalley reviews on Amazon.

Today, I posted The Girls in the Picture, released today on Amazon.

And…I downloaded the new release Lie With Me, by Sabine Durant.

It starts with a lie. The kind we’ve all told – to a former acquaintance we can’t quite place but still, for some reason, feel the need to impress. The story of our life, embellished for the benefit of the happily married lawyer with the kids and the lovely home.

And the next thing you know, you’re having dinner at their house, and accepting an invitation to join them on holiday – swept up in their perfect life, the kind you always dreamed of…

Which turns out to be less than perfect. But by the time you’re trapped and sweating in the relentless Greek sun, burning to escape the tension all around you – by the time you start to realise that, however painful the truth might be, it’s the lies that cause the real damage…

… well, by then, it could just be too late.

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Sounds good, right?  I couldn’t find any other new releases today…but I’ll wait for the e-mail announcing them all before I give up.

Meanwhile, I’m reading and enjoying a NetGalley ARC called Watch Me, by Jody Gehrman, a gripping novel exploring intense obsession and illicit attraction, Jody Gehrman introduces a world where what you desire most may be the most dangerous thing of all.

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So…that’s my day so far.  What does yours look like?  I think I’ll actually go out today; I’ve been craving Mimi’s French Beef Pot Roast...and I usually eat half of it, and bring the rest home for the next day.

 

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: A BOOKISH DAY…

When I am not in my office hunkered down over my laptop (Louisa May), I am curled up on the sofa (above).  Recently I rearranged the sofa table decor…and switched out a miniature horse for the Swan-with-Boyd’s Bear in the center.

The horse ended up on the hall tree (below) with some dolls….I like photographing the hall tree with its mirror images of the bookshelf and entertainment center…

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Since today is Tuesday, I am eager to find out what new books have been released.  I’ve already discovered one, which I downloaded earlier:

 

 

Even If It Kills Her, by Kate White (A Bailey Weggins Mystery)

Description:  Bailey Weggins’ great new friend in college, Jillian Lowe, had everything going for her. Pretty, popular, and whip-smart, she lit up any room that she walked into. All of that dramatically changed during her sophomore year, when a neighbor became unhinged and murdered her family. Jillian immediately left school, and ever since, Bailey has felt guilty for not staying in closer contact and being a greater support to her friend.

Now, sixteen years later, Bailey is shocked to see Jillian at her book event, and even more stunned when her still-gorgeous friend approaches her with a case. The man accused of murdering her family is on the brink of being cleared of the crime through new DNA evidence. With the real killer walking free, Jillian is desperate for Bailey’s help to identify him and allow her the closure she yearns for.

As the two women return to Jillian’s childhood town to investigate, it doesn’t take long for their sleuthing to cause shock waves. Someone starts watching their every move. As they uncover deeply-guarded secrets, so shocking that they make Jillian rethink her entire relationship to her family, Bailey and Jillian find themselves in great peril. They must decide just how much they’re willing to risk to finally discover the truth about the Lowe family’s murder.

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While waiting to discover what other books have been released, I am enjoying Y is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton.

Our sleuthing MC, Kinsey Millhone, is investigating a sex tape that was part of a murder from 1979.  The perpetrator has just been released from prison (in 1989) and the family has received a copy of the disturbing tape…and a ransom demand.

The story goes back and forth in time…and like most of Kinsey’s investigations, she is also tracking other perpetrators, like the man who tried to kill her the year before.

I am savoring this story, because I like how we get to follow Kinsey in her pursuits, and enjoy little tidbits she drops about her daily life and activities…like her fondness for peanut butter and pickle sandwiches and the strange menu she likes to avoid at Rosie’s diner down the street.

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What does your Tuesday look like?  Come on by and share.

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: FROM NESTING TO VICARIOUS TRAVELING…

Today I threw open the door of one of my country cupboards for this photo op.  This one houses some of my colorful and fun pieces, ranging from the Jamestown Fostoria crystal to the vintage tumblers and the “Cornflakes” mugs and dishes.  In other words, a “potpourri” of collections.

Since I am home, nesting, while others in the family are gallivanting around, in Europe, etc., I have to find ways to cheer up my day.

But I do love the photos which have been appearing regularly via text from my son Brett, who started out in Spain, then went to Ibiza…and finally Prague.  Now he has branched out to Budapest.  But first…

He stayed in The Jim Morrison suite at this hotel in Ibiza…

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After arriving in Prague, Brett and his daughter Aubrey, who will be attending a college semester in Prague, had dinner with my eldest son Craig, his wife Gabi, and Aubrey’s roommate.

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A view from the hotel in Budapest…

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This morning I got this photo of the thermal baths in Budapest.

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My vicarious travels are fun.  Right?  I don’t have to pack, unpack, or fly.  Am I kidding myself, though?

Do you love to travel, or would you rather nest at home, reading books about travel.  I am currently reading Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a story about a widow who moves from Paris, where she owns a bookstore/cafe, to Ireland.  She hopes to escape the pain of the past.

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Vicarious traveling through reading and movies reminds me of the Anne Tyler book, The Accidental Tourist.  I also have the movie with William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, and Geena Davis.

Enjoy your travels…vicarious or actual.

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: A DAY AT THE MOVIES…AND BINGE-WATCHING LATER….

Another day in the office.  My nook (to the right and not in the photo) is where I spend a lot of time, but I can turn and see the room (above), including the TV playing.

I just got an e-mail reporting that Offspring has a new season…No. Six, available on Netflix.  I loved that Australian show about an OB/Gyn and her various family/love interests.  She and her sister have issues, her family is dysfunctional, her love interests cause problems…and, in general, it kept me watching through the previous 5 seasons.

 

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Last night I started a new Netflix show, Gypsy, with Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup.  I’m enjoying it so far.  It is about a therapist who develops dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives.

 

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Before I start binge-watching, though, I must remember my earlier plan to see The Hero at the theater, even though I’m making excuses not to go, since it is not at my neighborhood theater.

 

The other theater is not that far away, but there is no restaurant nearby, and that is part of my movie-going experience:  appetizers, drink, and movie.

But if I wait, it may not come to my neighborhood, and then I’ll miss it.  Sigh.

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Meanwhile, I’m reading The Bookshop at Water’s End, my e-ARC from NetGalley.  I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far.

 

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Now…all I have to do is finish up a few things, get ready to go, and forget about my movie-going obsession that requires a certain pattern to the event.   Let’s go!

What is your day bringing you?

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: MUSINGS….

Visit The Purple Booker to participate in this fun event.

 

 

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: What is your favorite spot to read during the summer?

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I was scrolling through Amazon titles earlier and stumbled upon the newest book coming from Chris Bohjalian:  The Flight Attendant, to be released on March 18, 2018.  Yes, a long wait!  But well worth it, I think.

 

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, already counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police – she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home – Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

Set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at forty thousand feet, The Flight Attendant unveils a spellbinding story of memory, of the giddy pleasures of alcohol and the devastating consequences of addiction, and of murder far from home.

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Summer reading is best accomplished indoors, with the AC on, since it’s very hot here.  Here’s a place I’ve enjoyed reading lately:  in my office, curled up, with the TV on in the background (muted).

 

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What are you musing about today?

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WEEKEND POTPOURRI: ALL THE USUAL ACTIVITIES & MORE….

Good morning!  My Saturday morning has started in my usual place…in the office, but with my breakfast tray on the trunk, facing the new little TV…I’m also watching an Aurora Teagarten Mystery Marathon while I eat and blog.

Yes, I am on the laptop, too…but when I’m there, I keep an eye on the shows, all of which I’ve already seen, of course.  If there was room on that trunk, I would set the laptop up there, too…but, no, it’s only steps away….here:

 

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I’m a bit behind on wrapping up my week, as I still want to finish this book first.  I’m almost there:

The Beach Inn, by Joanne DeMaio, a review book.

 

All the usual characters are enjoying fall in Stony Point, Connecticut, and everyone is trying to help Elsa, who is grieving the loss of her son Sal, encouraging her to keep going with the plans they had made.  Lovely plans to turn her cottage and adjacent hang-out…into an inn.  Previous books have brought stories about that unique hang-out, which has much sentimental value.

When I read one of these books, I feel as though I’m there with them.  They are so familiar to me, I don’t even need to take notes.  Although there are occasional “new” characters, the primary cast is in place, and we rejoin them in their usual struggles…and conflicts.

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So…I definitely want to finish this one before posting my updates for the week.  Of course, with the TV on, I could be tempted to just curl up and watch…and only occasionally read.  Hmm, pushing ahead here!

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Meanwhile, Heather and David are probably winging their way toward home.  In the past few days, they’ve been in Amsterdam, enjoying the beautiful art, the museums, etc.

 

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Quirky!  Perfect for this blog….

 

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This piece of art, with Heather and David looking grim, could represent a version of American Gothic….

 

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So….what does your weekend look like?  Happy Father’s Day to the fathers out there….and let’s all celebrate another June weekend, since Fourth of July is coming next!

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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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MONDAY POTPOURRI: DREAMING OF THE BEACH….

After my weekend at the beach for my daughter’s wedding, I started remembering other beach getaways, like this one (above) last summer.  My youngest son and his wife have been living there in the far north for almost three years, and now are on their third residence.  The most recent one is a cottage a block away from the beach.  Quaint, but cozy, I am feeling it, and planning my own trip up north. 

In this view, we can see a cozy living room, with a glimpse of the kitchen on the right.  They always seem to pick houses with nice big kitchens.

 

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Another view of the kitchen:

 

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Their guest room is now in use, but soon it will be available, I’m told.  I don’t think I want to go until summer, however, since then I will be eager to escape the burning hot Central Valley sun.

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Meanwhile, I am reading away, sometimes beach books, but today I’m just beginning A Separation (e-book), by Katie Kitamura.

 

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This is her story. About the end of her marriage. About what happened when Christopher went missing and she went to find him. These are her secrets, this is what happened…

A young woman has agreed with her faithless husband: it’s time for them to separate. For the moment it’s a private matter, a secret between the two of them. As she begins her new life, she gets word that Christopher has gone missing in a remote region in the rugged south of Greece; she reluctantly agrees to go look for him, still keeping their split to herself. In her heart, she’s not even sure if she wants to find him. As her search comes to a shocking breaking point, she discovers she understands less than she thought she did about her relationship and the man she used to love.

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The writing style of the author is a bit confusing, since she doesn’t seem to use quotation marks for dialogue.  But I’m getting used to it.

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What are planning/reading on this Monday?

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