RAINY DAY READING….

Good morning!  It is raining here…and it rained all day yesterday, too.  According to the weather report, it will be rainy today, tomorrow, and…sunshine on Sunday!  Yay!

After having lovely weather last week and on the weekend at the beach, I was disappointed by the return of rain.  But now I’m thinking that it’s a sign that I should stay indoors…and read!

My reading was pretty good last week, but so far this week, I’m only on my second book.  Sigh.

My stack of review books includes six from NetGalley, ranging from 5/6 review date to 7/25.  Two in May, two in June, and another two in July.  So…not bad.

But I also have another one to read this month (from an author), and a Vine book that I have to read sometime soon.

So…here are the books up next:

Reading:

Beach Breeze, by Joanne DeMaio

 

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Slightly South of Simple, by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Book One in a new series)

 

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The Perfect Stranger (e-book), by Megan Miranda, from NetGalley…and I had written down a 5/6 release, but it will be released on 4/11, according to Amazon!  So this one will be next!

 

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Definitely I must focus on these three for now.

How do you organize your review books?  What keeps you requesting books, even when you have a few already?  For me, I find that the books I have been ogling for a while are a definite “must request,” so that’s how I got into this tangle.

Enjoy!

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WEEKLY UPDATES: BACK FROM THE SHORE….

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

An hour ago, I just walked in from the beach getaway.  We headed down on Friday afternoon, and came back home on Sunday.  Friday’s drive was exhausting.  There was a two-hour traffic jam due to a horrible accident with two cars crushed and a truck on its side.  We were so grateful to arrive in Cayucos without any mishap.

Saturday was a gorgeous day for the wedding.  Sunshine and only a slight breeze.  Check out the bride and groom.  The guests on chairs (to the right) are not visible in this photo.

 

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I got a lot of reading in the early morning, before the wedding, sitting on the terrace and overlooking the beach…

 

My total reads for the week:  THREE, and they were all review books from Amazon Vine.

Let’s take a look at my week:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Spring Bloggiesta:  Finish Line Post…

Tuesday Sparks:  “The Cutaway”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Let’s Look at Our Reading…

Off To the Shore:  The Books Are Coming, Too…

Curl up and Read:  Monthly Wrap-Up

Review:  Persons Unknown, by Susie Steiner (Amazon Vine)Review:  The Cutaway, by Christina Kovac (Amazon Vine)Review:  Small Hours, by Jennifer Kitses (Amazon Vine)

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received one Amazon Vine review book in my mailbox…and two NetGalley review books.  I downloaded two purchased e-books.

Woman No. 17, by Edan Lepucki – (Amazon Vine)

 

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Downloads:

Not a Sound (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf (NetGalley – 5/30)

 

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The Breakdown (e-book), by B. A. Paris (NetGalley – 6/20)

 

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All Grown Up (e-book), by Jami Attenberg (Purchased)

 

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The Arrangement (e-book), by Sarah Dunn (Purchased)

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Currently Reading:  One Perfect Lie (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline-(NetGalley- 4/11)

 

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That’s my rather rushed week….and now I’m off to the reception.  Yesterday, I had this seafood lunch after the wedding (fish and chips).  The bride, across the table from me, appears to be studying her husband’s lunch.

 

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REVIEW: THE CUTAWAY, BY CHRISTINA KOVAC

 

The Cutaway draws you into the tangled world of corruption and cover-up as a young television producer investigates the disappearance of a beautiful Georgetown lawyer in this stunning psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn.

When brilliant TV news producer Virginia Knightly receives a disturbing “MISSING” notice on her desk related to the disappearance of a beautiful young attorney, she can’t seem to shake the image from her head. Despite skepticism from her colleagues, Knightly suspects this ambitious young lawyer may be at the heart of something far more sinister, especially since she was last seen leaving an upscale restaurant after a domestic dispute. Yet, as the only woman of power at her station, Knightly quickly finds herself investigating on her own.

Risking her career, her life, and perhaps even her own sanity, Knightly dives deep into the dark underbelly of Washington, DC business and politics in an investigation that will drag her mercilessly through the inextricable webs of corruption that bind the press, the police, and politics in our nation’s capital.

My Thoughts: The Cutaway was a gripping story that kept me fascinated throughout, beginning with the up close and personal look at how television news stories are developed, including the live shots and the video clips that bring a finished product to the viewers. The danger, the intensity, and the insider politics make the story even more compelling. Set in Washington, D.C., we also get an insider view of how corruption breeds within a system, including how funding PACs can be made up of “dark” money.

The characters were especially captivating, beginning with Virginia, whose skill kept me going. I also enjoyed her close familial-like ties with her staff, like Ben, the evening news anchor, who might have turned into a romantic connection. Then there were those like Isaiah, who had been around a long time, and who were loyal…but who could also be tempted to stray when their own careers seemed to be threatened.

Nick Mellay, the news director, was a weasel, IMO. Quick to think of his own needs above others, he turned Virginia’s job upside down, demoting her for his own reasons…carrying out his own selfish plan. Seeing him get a comeuppance was worth the read.

How will Virginia connect the dots when some of her sources have their own dark agendas? What will happen when she comes face-to-face with the killer? Will the story be worth all the drama? Many odd twists and turns finally bring a solution, but I didn’t guess the identity of the killer until she was right in front of me.

Definitely a 5 star read for me.

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SPRING BLOGGIESTA: FINISH LINE POST….

 

It’s a wrap!  Our Spring Bloggiesta brought us to this place…and we’ve accomplished a lot.

Here are the items I completed:

 

❏  do two mini challenges  – DONE! 1) What Should Be On Your Sidebar, by Chelsea @ Books for Thought;   2) Revamp Your Blog Content – From Pamela, at Reverie Society.
 change or fix one thing on your sidebar Removed 3 items from sidebar
❏  add a page (about me, contact, policy, etc) Added a My Creations page
❏  change one thing on your layout and/or look – New header & background; new blog button
❏  comment on other Bloggiesta partipants blogs – Commented on 10 blogs, and will continue to comment throughout the event – DONE!
❏  participate in at least one Twitter chat

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WEEKLY UPDATES: MORE RAINY DAYS….

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

We are in the final days of Bloggiesta, and I am almost finished.  Click the link to see what I’ve done so far.

Today we saw rain here, although there are signs that it is clearing up.  I hope we have sunshine before next weekend, when I take my beach (wedding) trip.  I am packing, a little bit each day, and checking things off of my list.

Meanwhile, the reading this week has been good.  Three books read and reviewed, and two were review books from NetGalley.  Now I have three more on the NetGalley stack, and two author review books, all spread out over April, May…and July.  I only finished one additional book for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge, bringing the total to 28.

I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix this week, and I’m halfway through Season IV of Scandal.  In my queue is Season III of Grace and Frankie, which I hope to start watching this weekend, too.

On Sunday, I will be eager to see what is happening on Big Little Lies and The Good Fight…also Feud:  Bette and Joan.

Let’s grab some coffee, and maybe a mimosa, and chat about our weeks.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Potpourri:  “Bridges:  A Daphne White Novel”

My TBR Report for 2017:  So Far….

Hump Day Potpourri:  Captivating Books….

Coffee Morning:  Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts…

Bookish Friday:  “Persons Unknown”

Weekend Potpourri:  Relishing the Moments…

Review:  Never Change (e-book), by Elizabeth BergReview:  The Idea of You (e-book), by Amanda Prowse – (NetGalley – 3/21/17)Review:  Bridges:  A Daphne White Novel (e-book), by Maria Murnane – (NetGalley- 4/4/17)

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INCOMING BOOKS (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One review book came in my mailbox…and I downloaded two (purchased) e-books.

Beach Breeze, by Joanne DeMaio – (Author Review Request)

 

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Downloads:

The Secrets You Keep (e-book), by Kate White

 

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The Housekeeper (e-book), by Suellen Dainty

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Persons Unknown, by Susie Steiner (Amazon Vine Review)

 

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And then…

One Perfect Lie (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – (NetGalley – 4/11/17)

 

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Slightly South of Simple, by Kristy Woodson Harvey (Author Review Request)

 

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That’s my week…what did yours look like?  I plan to curl up here and watch some Netflix…and read.

 

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REVIEW: THE IDEA OF YOU, BY AMANDA PROWSE

With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter thinks she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.

But becoming parents proves much harder to achieve than Lucy and Jonah imagined, and when Jonah’s teenage daughter Camille comes to stay with them, she becomes a constant reminder of what Lucy doesn’t have. Jonah’s love and support are unquestioning, but Lucy’s struggles with work and her own failing dreams begin to take their toll. With Camille’s presence straining the bonds of Lucy’s marriage even further, Lucy suddenly feels herself close to losing everything…

This heart-wrenchingly poignant family drama from bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: in today’s hectic world, what does it mean to be a mother?

My Thoughts: In an opening prologue, we are swept back to Lucy’s past and an event that will hover over everything that happens to her afterwards. The event is somewhat ambiguous, and we don’t learn all the details until later.

I felt such sadness for all of Lucy’s dreams that are lost, one by one, and also for the unfortunate timing of her stepdaughter Camille’s arrival. Camille is often rude and volatile, but then, just as we decide to hate her, she turns on a dime and becomes appealing and vulnerable.

What will happen when Camille faces her own troublesome crossroads, needing support from parental figures, and Lucy is in a position to offer a unique brand of assistance? How will Lucy’s revelations impact her own marriage? Will Lucy’s secret past open up the lines of communication with her mother?

Set in and near London, The Idea of You gripped my emotions from the beginning, as I rooted for Lucy and Jonah, and then for Camille, as they each hoped and dreamed for a cozy and happy life.

The characters felt like real people, all of whom I wanted to know. A 5 star read, and recommended for those who enjoy family drama, with plenty of issues to address.

***My e-ARC came from the publisher via NetGalley.

 

WEEKLY UPDATES: BLOGGIESTA IS COMING!

 

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

Ooh, yummy cup of coffee!  My coffee pot died yesterday (it was too soon, I thought!), but sadly, I had to go get a new one.  However, there is nothing better tasting than a fresh pot from a brand new machine.  After buying it, and a few other things I will need for my beach weekend, I had lots of coffee (and mimosas) at Mimi’s.  Just to assuage my caffeine withdrawal until I could get home and make a pot.

 

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A week of mostly sunshine…again.  I even had to turn the air conditioner on for a little bit.  But…I am not certain that we are done with the rain.

Busy days, errands, appointments, including my annual physical exam..and THREE books read and reviewed.  My total at Read the Books You Buy:  27.

Guess what is coming this week!  Spring Bloggiesta, from March 20-26.  I’ve already started, as you can probably tell.  I will be working primarily on this blog, but the other five will get a tweak or two.

I am looking forward to more Big Little Lies on Sunday…and The Good Fight.  I am also hooked on Scandal again, on Netflix.

I had a nice long phone chat with my second son, the one from LA…he is the only one of my grown kids who actually enjoys talking on the phone instead of primarily texting. 

I’ve been missing my Skype calls from my eldest; the nine hour time difference and busy schedules can be such a barrier.  He and his wife did a recent photo shoot at the Prague Hilton.  Here they are, ready to go.

 

 

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Let’s take a peek at last week’s blog posts…and have another cup of coffee:

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

A Sunday Coffee Chat:  Planning My Day…

My Journey:  Book Musings…

Curl up with “The Futures”

A Journey through My Shelves….

Hump Day Sparks:  A Reading Journey

Spring Bloggiesta:  Sign-Up Post….

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts…

Bookish Friday:  “Never Change”

Interior Thoughts:  A Prague Photo Shoot….

Review:  The Mother’s Promise (e-book), by Sally HepworthReview:  The Futures (e-book), by Anna PitoniakReview:  Idaho (e-book), by Emily Ruskovich

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One Vine Review book came in my mailbox…and I also received a purchased book.  Two NetGalley Review books came to my Kindle…and I purchased three downloads.

Small Hours, by Jennifer Kitses (Amazon Vine)

 

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California Dreamin’, Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas, by Penelope Bagieu (Purchased)

 

 

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Downloads:

Bridges:  A Daphne White Novel (e-book), by Maria Murnane (NetGalley – 4/4/17)

 

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The Idea of You (e-book), by Amanda Prowse – (NetGalley – 3/21/17)

 

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Every Wild Heart (e-book), by Meg Donohue – (Purchased)

 

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The Widower’s Wife (e-book), by Cate Holahan – (Purchased)

 

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Swimming Lessons (e-book), by Claire Fuller – (Purchased)

 

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Never Change (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg

 

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Then….some review books, etc., like these:

 

The Idea of You (e-book), by Amanda Prowse (NetGalley – 3/21-17)

 

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Bridges:  A Daphne White Novel (e-book), by Maria Murnane – (NetGalley – 4/4/17)

 

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One Perfect Lie (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – (NetGalley – 4/11/17)

 

 

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That was my week!  What did yours look like?  Grab some coffee, a mimosa, and let’s chat:

 

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