ANOTHER BOOKISH HUMP DAY…

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?

CURRENTLY READING: 

Hungry Heart, by Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner is many things: a bestselling author, a Twitter phenomenon, and an “unlikely feminist enforcer” (The New Yorker). She’s also a mom, a daughter, and a sister, a clumsy yogini, and a reality-TV devotee. In this “unflinching look at her own experiences” (Entertainment Weekly), Jennifer fashions tales of modern-day womanhood as uproariously funny and moving as the best of Nora Ephron and Tina Fey.

No subject is off-limits in these intimate and honest essays: sex, weight, envy, money, her mother’s coming out of the closet, her estranged father’s death. From lonely adolescence to hearing her six-year-old daughter say the F word—fat—for the first time, Jen dives into the heart of female experience, with the wit and candor that have endeared her to readers all over the world.

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE 4/29/20:

The New Husband, by D.J. Palmer

On Ocean Boulevard, by Mary Alice Monroe (NG-5/19/20)

Big Summer, by Jennifer Weiner – (NG-5/5/20)

Have You Seen Me?, by Kate White

The Girl in White Gloves, by Kerri Maher

Little Secrets, by Jennifer Hillier

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

The Guest List, by Lucy Foley, will be released on June 2, and I can’t wait to get it!  Not long to wait, though, which is a good thing.

Synopsis:  A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the author of The Hunting Party.

The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner  – The bridesmaid – The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?

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That was my past two weeks.  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 New Husband, by D.J. Palmer

I am enjoying this one, but I haven’t been won over by this “perfect guy.”  I am definitely seeing red flags.

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BOOKS READ SINCE LAST WEEK:

Something She’s Not Telling Us, by Darcey Bell

Redhead by the Side of the Road, by Anne Tyler – I LOVED this one!

The New Girl, by Harriet Walker – (NetGalley – 5/19/20)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  I have pre-ordered a book that will arrive on July 28, from an author I love.

The Silent Wife, by Karin Slaughter

Synopsis:  Atlanta, Georgia. Present day. A young woman is brutally attacked and left for dead. The police investigate but the trail goes cold. Until a chance assignment takes GBI investigator Will Trent to the state penitentiary, and to a prisoner who says he recognizes the MO. The attack looks identical to the one he was accused of eight years earlier. The prisoner’s always insisted that he was innocent, and now he’s sure he has proof. The killer is still out there.  

As Will digs into both crimes it becomes clear that he must solve the original case in order to reach the truth. Yet nearly a decade has passed—time for memories to fade, witnesses to vanish, evidence to disappear. And now he needs medical examiner Sara Linton to help him hunt down a ruthless murderer. But when the past and present collide, everything Will values is at stake…

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Come on by and share!

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IT’S HUMP DAY! WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN 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:

  Something She’s Not Telling Us, by Darcey Bell

Named most anticipated book of 2020 by Cosmopolitan, Women’s Wear DailyWoman’s Day, She Reads, The Nerd Daily, and Sassy Sarah Reads.

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Simple Favor comes an electrifying domestic thriller of how one woman’s life is turned upside down when her brother brings his new girlfriend to visit—and no one is telling the truth about who they really are.

She’s on the verge of having it all…

But one woman stands in her way.

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BOOKS READ SINCE MY LAST POST OF 4/7/20:

Cross Her Heart, by Melinda Leigh

 

The Sea Glass Cottage, by RaeAnne Thayne

 

Elsie Dinsmore, by Martha Finley

 

Separation Anxiety, by Laura Zigman

 

Safe House, by Jo Jakeman

 

Mrs., by Caitlin Macy

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: 

Confessions on the 7:45, by Lisa Unger, is a book coming on October 6, 2020…from a much-loved author.  Of course I have pre-ordered it.

Synopsis:  Be careful to whom you tell your darkest secrets…

Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job in the city when the train stalls out on the tracks. She strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat, and their connection is fast and easy. The woman introduces herself as Martha and confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. When the train arrives at Selena’s station, the two women part ways, presumably never to meet again.

But days later, Selena’s nanny disappears.

Soon Selena finds her once-perfect life upended. As she is pulled into the mystery of the missing nanny, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, Selena begins to wonder, who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she’ll discover.

Expertly plotted and reminiscent of the timeless classic Strangers on a Train, Confessions on the 7:45 is a gripping thriller about the delicate facades we create around our lives.

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These are my WWW selections this week.  What does your post tell us about your reading/reviewing?

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MY 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:  Cross Her Heart, by Melinda Leigh, a book I am loving so far.

A homicide detective’s violent family history repeats itself in #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s novel of murder, secrets, and retribution.

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BOOKS READ SINCE MY MARCH 24 POST:

And They Called It Camelot, by Stephanie Marie Thornton

Wallis in Love, by Andrew Morton (Read for Nonfiction Reading Challenge)

Heaven Adjacent, by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Follow Me, by Kathleen Barber

The Operator, by Gretchen Berg

Cornelli, by Johanna Spyri

The Watergate Girl, by Jill Wine-Banks (Read for Nonfiction Reading Challenge)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I am a fan of Heather Gudenkauf, so her upcoming release of May 12, 2020, is bookmarked on Amazon…This Is How I Lied will drop automatically onto my Kindle named Paige.

Synopsis:  Everyone has a secret they’ll do anything to hide…

Twenty-five years ago, the body of sixteen-year-old Eve Knox was found in the caves near her home in small-town Grotto, Iowa—discovered by her best friend, Maggie, and her sister, Nola. There were a handful of suspects, including her boyfriend, Nick, but without sufficient evidence the case ultimately went cold.

For decades Maggie was haunted by Eve’s death and that horrible night. Now a detective in Grotto, and seven months pregnant, she is thrust back into the past when a new piece of evidence surfaces and the case is reopened. As Maggie investigates and reexamines the clues, secrets about what really happened begin to emerge. But someone in town knows more than they’re letting on, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth buried deep.

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These were the books I read in the last two weeks.  What did your fortnight look like?

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HUMP DAY READING: 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:  And They Called It Camelot, by Stephanie Marie Thornton, a book I am savoring.

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BOOKS READ SINCE MY LAST POST ON MARCH 10:

Coconut Layer Cake Murder, by Joanne Fluke

Pretty As a Picture, by Elizabeth Little

The Other Mrs., by Mary Kubica

Eight Perfect Murders, by Peter Swanson

The Missing Sister, by Elle Marr

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: 

I have The Operator, by Gretchen Berg, on my nightstand and I’m excited to start reading it.

Synopsis:  A clever, surprising, and ultimately moving debut novel, set in a small Midwestern town in the early 1950s, about a nosy switchboard operator who overhears gossip involving her own family, and the unraveling that discovery sets into motion.

In a small town, everyone knows everyone else’s business . . .

Nobody knows the people of Wooster, Ohio, better than switchboard operator Vivian Dalton, and she’d be the first to tell you that. She calls it intuition. Her teenage daughter, Charlotte, calls it eavesdropping.

Vivian and the other women who work at Bell on East Liberty Street connect lines and lives. They aren’t supposed to listen in on conversations, but they do, and they all have opinions on what they hear—especially Vivian. She knows that Mrs. Butler’s ungrateful daughter, Maxine, still hasn’t thanked her mother for the quilt she made, and that Ginny Frazier turned down yet another invitation to go to the A&W with Clyde Walsh.

Then, one cold December night, Vivian listens in on a call between that snob Betty Miller and someone whose voice she can’t quite place and hears something shocking. Betty Miller’s mystery friend has news that, if true, will shatter Vivian’s tidy life in Wooster, humiliating her and making her the laughingstock of the town.

Vivian may be mortified, but she isn’t going to take this lying down. She’s going to get to the bottom of that rumor—get into it, get under it, poke around in the corners. Find every last bit. Vivian wants the truth, no matter how painful it may be.

But as Vivian is about to be reminded, in a small town like Wooster, one secret usually leads to another. . . .

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These were my books read in the past two weeks. What did your reading look like?

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A BOOKISH HUMP DAY…

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:  Coconut Layer Cake Murder, by Joanne Fluke

I am enjoying this one; I have been a fan of the Hallmark Murders & Mysteries series starring Alison Sweeney as Hannah Swensen.

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BOOKS READ SINCE MY LAST WWW POST ON 2/25/20:

Dead To Her, by Sarah Pinborough

 

When You See Me, by Lisa Gardner

The Red Lotus, by Chris Bohjalian – (NetGalley – 3/17/20)

The Housekeeper, by Natalie Barelli

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Today I received a print version of a newly released book that I have been eyeing:  My Dark Vanessa, by Kate Elizabeth Russell…

Synopsis:  Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, a brilliant, all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer.

2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher.

2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life? Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager—and who professed to worship only her—may be far different from what she has always believed?

Alternating between Vanessa’s present and her past, My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield. Thought-provoking and impossible to put down, this is a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions that raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood. Written with the haunting intimacy of The Girls and the creeping intensity of Room, My Dark Vanessa is an era-defining novel that brilliantly captures and reflects the shifting cultural mores transforming our relationships and society itself.

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These were the books I read and enjoyed in the past two weeks.  What did you savor?

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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:  Dead to Her, by Sarah Pinborough

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BOOKS READ SINCE LAST WEEK:

Perfect Little Children, by Sophie Hannah

The Wives, by Tarryn Fisher

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: I stumbled upon this book, and I’ve added it to my list:  Pretty as a Picture, by Elizabeth Little

Synopsis:  An egomaniacal movie director, an isolated island, and a decades-old murder–the addictive new novel from the bestselling author of Dear Daughter.

Marissa Dahl, a shy but successful film editor, travels to a small island off the coast of Delaware to work with the legendary–and legendarily demanding–director Tony Rees on a feature film with a familiar logline.

Some girl dies.

It’s not much to go on, but the specifics don’t concern Marissa. Whatever the script is, her job is the same. She’ll spend her days in the editing room, doing what she does best: turning pictures into stories.

But she soon discovers that on this set, nothing is as it’s supposed to be–or as it seems. There are rumors of accidents and indiscretions, of burgeoning scandals and perilous schemes. Half the crew has been fired. The other half wants to quit. Even the actors have figured out something is wrong. And no one seems to know what happened to the editor she was hired to replace.

Then she meets the intrepid and incorrigible teenage girls who are determined to solve the real-life murder that is the movie’s central subject, and before long, Marissa is drawn into the investigation herself.

The only problem is, the killer may still be on the loose. And he might not be finished.

A wickedly funny exploration of our cultural addiction to tales of murder and mayhem and a thrilling, behind-the-scenes whodunit, Pretty as a Picture is a captivating page-turner from one of the most distinctive voices in crime fiction.

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That was my week.  What did yours 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:  I am thoroughly enjoying Perfect Little Children, by Sophie Hannah.

The New York Times bestselling author of The Monogram Murders and Woman with a Secret returns with a sharp, captivating, and expertly plotted tale of psychological suspense.

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BOOKS READ SINCE LAST WEEK:

American Dirt, by Jeanine Cummins

Becoming, by Michelle Obama

You Are Not Alone, by Greer Hendricks/Sarah Pekkanen

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  I have several ARCs that are waiting for me…it will be hard to pick the one I am most excited about…but here goes:  The Dilemma, by B. A. Paris.

Synopsis:  It’s Livia’s 40th birthday, and her husband Adam is throwing her the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding they never had. Everyone she loves will be there, except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad.

But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be there. Livia has recently uncovered a secret about their daughter which, if revealed, will shake the foundation of their family to its core. She needs to tell Adam, but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.

Adam, meanwhile, has his own surprise for his wife: he’s arranged for Marnie to secretly fly back for the family celebration. But during the day, he hears some terrible news and he too is faced with a dilemma.

How far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness?

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I love the sound of this one.  I plan to enjoy it, as well as all the other upcoming reads.  What was your week like?

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CURLED UP WITH BOOKS ON A HUMP DAY…

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?

CURRENTLY READING:  American Dirt, by Jeanine Cummins

Already being hailed as “a Grapes of Wrath for our times” and “a new American classic,” Jeanine Cummins’s American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.

I’m enjoying it!  I’m also moving along on Becoming, by Michelle Obama…

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BOOKS READ SINCE LAST WEEK:

Deep State, by Chris Hauty

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Losing You, by Nicci French

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:  I am eager to read my newest ARC, a book that will be released on 9/15/20:

Don’t Look for Me, by Wendy Walker

Synopsis:  The greatest risk isn’t running away.
It’s running out of time.

The car abandoned miles from home.

The note found at a nearby hotel.

The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together.

They called it a “walk away.”

It happens all the time.

Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over.

But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?

Don’t Look For Me is:

“GRIPPING…WITH UNEXPECTED TWISTS…
You’ve got a cracking mystery on your hands.”

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That was my week…I only finished two books, but the ones I am reading are really good.  What did your week look like?

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HUMP DAY READING/WWW

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?

CURRENTLY READING:  The Vanishing, by Jayne Ann Krentz

I have also returned to a book I started a few months ago, planning to finish it this time:  Becoming, by Michelle Obama.

BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK:

Shelter Mountain, by Robyn Carr

When I Was You, by Minka Kent

America’s Reluctant Prince, by Steven M. Gillon

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: The Other Mrs., by Mary Kubica, will be released on February 18.  I always enjoy this author, co I can’t wait to grab this one.

Synopsis:  Propulsive and addictive, and perfect for fans of “You,” The Other Mrs. is the twisty new psychological thriller from Mary Kubica, the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl

She tried to run, but she can’t escape the other Mrs.

Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor Morgan Baines is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that dark and deadly night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

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