READING: FOR RAINY DAYS, MONDAYS, & HUMP DAYS…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING: 

I am halfway finished with The Grammarians, by Cathleen Schine.

 

BOOKS I’VE READ SINCE MY LAST POST ON SEPTEMBER 17: (Click Titles for My Reviews)

Seven Letters, by J. P. Monninger – (NG 10/8 Release Date)

Without a Doubt, by Marcia Clark

 

The Stranger Inside, by Lisa Unger

The Murder List, by Hank Phillippi Ryan

The Testaments, (Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale), by Margaret Atwood

Twenty-One Truths About Love, by Matthew Dicks (NG-10/15)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off, by Gloria Steinem (10-29 Release Date)

Synopsis:  For decades—and especially now, in these times of crisis—people around the world have found guidance, humor, and unity in Gloria Steinem’s gift for creating quotes that offer hope and inspire action. From her early days as a journalist and feminist activist, Steinem’s words have helped generations to empower themselves and work together.

Covering topics from relationships (“Many are looking for the right person. Too few are trying to be the right person.”) to the patriarchy (“Men are liked better when they win. Women are liked better when they lose. This is how the patriarchy is enforced every day.”) and activism (“Revolutions, like trees, grow from the bottom up.”), this is the definitive collection of Steinem’s words on what matters most. Steinem sees quotes as “the poetry of everyday life,” so she also has included a few favorites from friends, including bell hooks, Flo Kennedy, and Michelle Obama, in this book that will make you want to laugh, march, and create some quotes of your own. In fact, at the end of the book, there’s a special space for readers to add their own quotes and others they’ve found inspiring.

I am a fan of this journalist/feminist/matriarch of change, so I had to pre-order the book.

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These are my books from the past month.  What has your reading been like for you?

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A HUMP DAY LOST IN BOOKS…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:  Dreams of Falling, by Karen White, a book that has been patiently waiting to be read for almost a year. It is a contemporary women’s fiction novel, set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, about lifelong friends who share a devastating secret.

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK-(Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews):

My Lovely Wife, by Samantha Downing

The Girl He Used to Know, by Tracey Garvis Graves

Someone Knows, by Lisa Scottoline

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  Such a Perfect Wife, by Kate White:  Release Date: May 7.  Not long to wait!

Synopsis:  Blonde. Beautiful. A loving mother.

And missing since Monday.

On a sunny morning in late September, Shannon Blaine sets off for a jog along the rural roads near her home in Lake George, New York.  It’s her usual a.m. routine, her “me time” after dropping the kids off at school…except on this day she never returns.

Is her husband lying when he says he has no clue where she is? Could Shannon have split on her own, overwhelmed by the pressures of her life? Or is she the victim of a sexual predator who had been prowling the area and snatched her before she knew what was happening.

True crime writer Bailey Weggins, on assignment for the website Crime Beat, heads north from New York City to report on the mysterious disappearance. An anonymous tip soon leads Bailey to a grisly, bone-chilling discovery. Every town has its secrets, Bailey reminds herself, and nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. She keeps digging for answers until—when it’s almost too late—she unearths the terrifying truth.

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This was my week so far.  What did yours look like?

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HUMP DAY IMMERSION IN BOOKS…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:  My Lovely Wife, by Samantha Downing, a wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK-(Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews):

Never Tell, by Lisa Gardner

Stillhouse Lake, by Rachel Caine

Sunset Beach, by Mary Kay Andrews (NG-5/7/19)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  Big Sky, by Kate Atkinson, releasing on June 25. 

Iconoclastic detective Jackson Brodie returns in a triumphant new novel about secrets, sex, and lies…

I love Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie series more than any of her others, so I’m excited about this one.

Synopsis:  Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an aging Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It’s picturesque, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes.

Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard-issue, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network-and back across the path of his old friend Reggie. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking novel by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.

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It has been a good reading week so far.  What does yours look like?

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A HUMP DAY WITH BOOKS…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING: Never Tell, by Lisa Gardner, an unpredictable thriller that puts fan favorites D.D. Warren and Flora Dane on a shocking new case that begins with a vicious murder and gets darker from there.

 

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BOOKS READ SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

The Editor, by Steven Rowley

The Perfect Girlfriend, by Karen Hamilton

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: 

Lisa Jewell’s The Family Upstairs, is coming on October 29, 2019, and is a “bone-chilling suspense” (People) …another page-turning look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.

Synopsis:  Gifted musician Clemency Thompson is playing for tourists on the streets of southern France when she receives an urgent text message. Her childhood friend, Lucy, is demanding her immediate return to London.

It’s happening, says the message. The baby is back.

Libby Jones was only six months old when she became an orphan. Now twenty-five, she’s astounded to learn of an inheritance that will change her life. A gorgeous, dilapidated townhouse in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods has been held in a trust for her all these years. Now it’s hers.

As Libby investigates the story of her birth parents and the dark legacy of her new home, Clemency and Lucy are headed her way to uncover, and possibly protect, secrets of their own. What really happened in that rambling Chelsea mansion when they were children? And are they still at risk?

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My week was full of ups and downs, but the books, while not plentiful, were engaging.  What did your week look like?

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MY WWW POST…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:  The Editor, by Steven Rowley,a novel about a struggling writer who gets his big break, with a little help from the most famous woman in America.

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

Before She Knew Him, by Peter Swanson

All the Wrong Places, by Joy Fielding

The Night Visitors, by Carol Goodman

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  I’m eager to get my hands on I Know Who You Are, by Alice Feeney,a brand new, highly anticipated, dark and twisted thriller: (Release Date – 4/23).

Synopsis:  Meet Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from.

Except one person.

Someone knows Aimee very well.

They know who she is and they know what she did.

When Aimee comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn’t seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she’s hiding something and they’re right, she is—but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she’s never shared, and yet, she suspects that someone knows. As she struggles to keep her career and sanity intact, her past comes back to haunt her in ways more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.

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This was my week.  What did yours look like?

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HUMP DAY READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:  All the Wrong Places, by Joy Fielding: Four women—friends, family, rivals—turn to online dating for companionship, only to find themselves in the crosshairs of a tech-savvy killer using an app to target his victims in this harrowing thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of See Jane Run and The Bad Daughter

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

The Ash Family, by Molly Dektar – (NG – 4/9)

Back Stabbers, by Julie Mulhern (Country Club Murders #8)

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Eagerly Anticipating:  Mrs. Everything, by Jennifer Weiner (June 11 Release Date):

Synopsis:  From Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history—and herstory—as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives.

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My week has been a busy one, and I’m enjoying my books. What did your week look like?

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LET’S SHARE OUR BOOKISH DELIGHTS…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:  The Ash Family (e-book), by Molly Dektar – (NG ARC – 4/9/19):  When a young woman leaves her family—and the civilized world—to join an off-the-grid community headed by an enigmatic leader, she discovers that belonging comes with a deadly cost, in this lush and searing debut novel.

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK- (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews):

The Liar’s Child (e-book), by Carla Buckley

Her One Mistake (e-book), by Heidi Perks

I Invited Her In (e-book), by Adele Parks

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  I have bookmarked The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, by Abbi Waxman, with a release date of July 9, 2019.  I love Waxman’s books.  And this one sounds perfect for bookworms.

Synopsis:  The author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone’s radar.
 
Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own…shell.

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.
 
When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?
 
Nina considers her options.
1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)
 
It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

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My week so far.  What did yours look like?

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HUMP DAY READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:  The Liar’s Child, by Carla Buckley: In this intense and intimate family portrait that moves at a thriller’s pace, a troubled woman faces a gripping moral dilemma after rescuing two abandoned children from a hurricane.

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

The Next to Die, by Sophie Hannah

Night Beach, by Joanne DeMaio

I Owe You One, by Sophie Kinsella

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

The Editor, by Steven Rowley – Release Date:  4/2/19

Synopsis:  From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a novel about a struggling writer who gets his big break, with a little help from the most famous woman in America.

After years of trying to make it as a writer in 1990s New York City, James Smale finally sells his novel to an editor at a major publishing house: none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Jackie–or Mrs. Onassis, as she’s known in the office–has fallen in love with James’s candidly autobiographical novel, one that exposes his own dysfunctional family. But when the book’s forthcoming publication threatens to unravel already fragile relationships, both within his family and with his partner, James finds that he can’t bring himself to finish the manuscript.

Jackie and James develop an unexpected friendship, and she pushes him to write an authentic ending, encouraging him to head home to confront the truth about his relationship with his mother. Then a long-held family secret is revealed, and he realizes his editor may have had a larger plan that goes beyond the page…

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That was my week so far…what did yours look like?

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WWW READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:  The Next to Die, by Sophie Hannah: a disturbing tale of psychological suspense and obsession that hits at the heart of some of our most precious relationships.

 

 

BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

Me For You, by Lolly Winston

In the Blink of an Eye, by Jesse Blackadder

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Emily, Gone, by Bette Lee Crosby, is headed my way soon.  The release date is April 30, 2019.

Synopsis:  A missing child sets the lives of three women on a collision course in this powerful and compelling novel by USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby.

1971.

When a music festival rolls through the sleepy town of Hesterville, Georgia, the Dixon family’s lives are forever changed. On the final night, a storm muffles the sound of the blaring music, and Rachel tucks her baby into bed before falling into a deep sleep. So deep, she doesn’t hear the kitchen door opening. When she and her husband wake up in the morning, the crib is empty. Emily is gone.

Vicki Robart is one of the thousands at the festival, but she’s not feeling the music. She’s feeling the emptiness over the loss of her own baby several months before. When she leaves the festival and is faced with an opportunity to fill that void, she is driven to an act of desperation that will forever bind the lives of three women.

When the truth of what actually happened that fateful night is finally exposed, shattering the lives they’ve built, will they be able to pick up the pieces to put their families back together again?

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What did your week look like?

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HUMP DAY READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:   Me for You (e-book), by Lolly Winston, a NetGalley ARC that will be released on March 12: a richly poignant and stirring story that asks: How soon is too soon to fall in love again?

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews)

On Turpentine Lane, by Elinor Lipman

The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

After the End, by Clare Mackintosh (Release Date –  6/25/19)

(Description from Goodreads): From New York Times bestselling author Clare Mackintosh, a deeply moving and page-turning novel about an impossible choice—and the two paths fate could take.

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They’re best friends, lovers, unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can’t agree. They each want a different future for their son.

What if they could have both?

A gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken, After the End brings one unforgettable family from unimaginable loss to a surprising, satisfying, and redemptive ending and the life they are fated to find. With the emotional power of Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, Mackintosh helps us to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

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