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Grab some coffee (or a pot of tea!), and let’s talk about our weeks.
I had a nice quiet New Year’s, and today went shopping with Fiona, my granddaughter, to get a new iPhone. I have moved on up technologically…LOL
Here’s what is happening in my Blog World:
LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:
A Quiet New Year’s Eve: Another Way to Chase Away the Blues
Creative Tuesday: Intros – “One Step Too Far”
Monthly Wrap-Up: Goodbye to 2014
New Year’s Eve Thoughts: On Book Buying, Purging, & a Clean Slate
My First Book of the Year: 2015
I Couldn’t Help Myself: Book Buying Already!
Friday Potpourri: Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “The Cinderella Murder”
Come Monday, I’ll Be Ready for a New Week
Bookish Saturdays: Planning My Reads
Review: The Matchmaker (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand
Review: Lillian on Life, by Alison Jean Lester
Review: Everything I Never Told You (e-book), by Celeste Ng
Review: The Cinderella Murder, by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke (First Book of the Year)
Review: One Step Too Far, by Tina Seskis
INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)
There were no books in my mailbox!
But I downloaded three e-books for Sparky.
Watermelon (e-book), by Marian Keyes
February the fifteenth is a very special day for me. It is the day I gave birth to my first child. It is also the day my husband left me…I can only assume the two events weren’t entirely unrelated.
Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to their first baby, James informs her that he’s leaving her. Claire is left with a newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a postpartum body that she can hardly bear to look at.
She decides to go home to Dublin. And there, sheltered by the love of a quirky family, she gets better. So much so, in fact, that when James slithers back into her life, he’s in for a bit of a surprise.
Garden Spells (e-book), by Sarah Addison Allen
In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this luminous debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it.…
The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.
A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her mystical plants—from the nasturtiums that aid in keeping secrets and the pansies that make children thoughtful, to the snapdragons intended to discourage the attentions of her amorous neighbor. Meanwhile, her elderly cousin, Evanelle, is known for distributing unexpected gifts whose uses become uncannily clear. They are the last of the Waverleys—except for Claire’s rebellious sister, Sydney, who fled Bascom the moment she could, abandoning Claire, as their own mother had years before.
When Sydney suddenly returns home with a young daughter of her own, Claire’s quiet life is turned upside down—along with the protective boundary she has so carefully constructed around her heart. Together again in the house they grew up in, Sydney takes stock of all she left behind, as Claire struggles to heal the wounds of the past. And soon the sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy—if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom—or with each other.
Enchanting and heartfelt, this captivating novel is sure to cast a spell with a style all its own….
Last Night at the Viper Room (e-book), by Gavin Edwards
Acclaimed author and journalist Gavin Edwards vividly recounts the life and tragic death of acclaimed actor River Phoenix—a teen idol on the fast track to Hollywood royalty who died of a drug overdose in front of West Hollywood’s storied club, the Viper Room, at the age of 23.
Last Night at the Viper Room explores the young star’s life, including his childhood in Venezuela growing up under the aegis of the cultish Children of God. Putting him at the center of a new generation of leading men emerging in the early 1990s— including Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves, Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage, and Leonardo DiCaprio—Gavin Edwards traces the Academy Award nominee’s meteoric rise, couches him in an examination of the 1990s, and illuminates his lasting legacy on Hollywood and popular culture itself.
WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)
Currently Reading: I Love You More (e-book), by Jennifer Murphy
A Small Indiscretion, by Jan Ellison (Vine review)
And that’s my week…and what my new week will look like. I decided not to join any challenges this year, except for the Goodreads Challenge, and I lowered my books to 100. Last year was 150, and the previous one, 200. I exceeded the goals, but I am wanting to lower the pressure.What challenges, if any, are you doing? What does the New Year look like for you?