HUMP DAY THOUGHTS: RAINY DAY READING

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In the middle of a week, I like to contemplate what lies ahead…and these days, I hope for a rainy day.  Yes, we are in the midst of a drought…and it feels like it’s been going on forever.  But occasionally, it does rain.  And when it does, I love reading in it.

Yesterday, Sheila at Book Journey posted about listening to the rain on her deck while she read.

I love the sound of rain, especially the soft raindrops…and I curl up on this sofa and grab Pippa or the next print book on my stack.

 

 

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I am still on the second book of the week….the first one, Broken Homes & Gardens (click for review), flew by quickly…and this new one, The Perfect Son, has been holding my interest, too.  But I am distracted.

 

 

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Maybe I just need some rain falling on my patio so that I can fully engage….or perhaps I need to learn how to shut out the distractions tugging at me.  Like new shows on TV at night, or Netflix…yes, I confess to watching way too much!  The West Wing has pulled me in.

 

 

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I now have FIVE NetGalley books to read.  All will be released after the first of the year:  four in January, and one in March.

I downloaded one yesterday that will be released on January 5.  Chris Bohjalian’s The Guest Room.  I haven’t read anything by this author since Midwives, which I loved. (Click for my review).

 

 

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes the spellbinding tale of a party gone horribly wrong: two men lie dead in a suburban living room, two women are on the run from police, and a marriage is ripping apart at the seams.

When Kristin Chapman agrees to let her husband, Richard, host his brother’s bachelor party, she expects a certain amount of debauchery. She brings their young daughter to Manhattan for the evening, leaving her Westchester home to the men and their hired entertainment. What she does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, her husband sharing a dangerously intimate moment in the guest room, and two women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night.

In the aftermath, Kristin and Richard’s life rapidly spirals into nightmare. The police throw them out of their home, now a crime scene, Richard’s investment banking firm puts him on indefinite leave, and Kristin is unsure if she can forgive her husband for the moment he shared with a dark-haired girl in the guest room. But the dark-haired girl, Alexandra, faces a much graver danger. In one breathless, violent night, she is free, running to escape the police who will arrest her and the gangsters who will kill her in a heartbeat. A captivating, chilling story about shame and scandal, The Guest Room is a riveting novel from one of our greatest storytellers.

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Doesn’t this sound like a wonderful page turner?  A good one for a rainy day, I think.  I am eager to begin…but I don’t want to read it too soon, due to the release date.

What do you do about books that won’t be released for a while?

What are your favorite rainy day reads?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: DISTRACTIONS….

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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 new leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at The Book Date.

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This past week was a good one for blogging, but I only finished reading and reviewing TWO books.  I am halfway through the third one, but I’ve been so distracted by various things, in life and on Netflix…LOL.  Last night I took Pippa with me to have a light dinner in the neighborhood: Shepherd’s Pie, Caesar Salad, and a glass of wine.

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Falling Back – Time Changes & Thoughts of the Past

Monday Ramblings: Past, Present, Etc.

At Home with Family: Excerpted from “Interior Designs”

Waiting on “The Passenger”

Hump Day Potpourri: A Sentimental Journey

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts: All Is Not Glamour in Tinsel Town

Bookish Friday:  Excerpting “The Accident Season”

Interior Thoughts: Changes & Looking Back

Saturday Sparks:  Versions of Halloween

Review: Maybe in Another Life (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Review: Ice Cold (e-book), by Tess Gerritsen

 

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AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE:

Trish @ Between My Lines writes “Why You Should Plan for a Successful Blog! Like a Blogging Ninja!

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One book I purchased came in my mailbox…and I received an e-ARC from NetGalley.

The Passenger (e-book), by Lisa Lutz (NetGalley – Release Date – March 1, 2016)

 

 

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Wildflower, by Drew Barrymore

 

 

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WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Currently Reading:  Three Story House (e-book), by Courtney Miller Santo

 

 

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As for the rest of my planned reads, it’s all up in the air.  Maybe these:

 

All the Houses, by Karen Olsson (Vine)

 

 

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After I Do (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid

 

 

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The Accident Season (e-book), by Moira Fowley-Doyle

 

 

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  Let’s toast to the upcoming week!

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: FALL DISTRACTIONS & CHANGES

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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 welcome Kathryn, our new leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at The Book Date.

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My week was spent mostly reading ONE book, although I then went on to finish another.  The book I spent so much time on was more than 500 pages and awesome, but I was distracted by other things.  Like prepping for carpet cleaning next week.  Who knew prepping could be so time-consuming?  Here is the preliminary Graveyard of my Stuff in the garage (below)….there will be more.

I also caught up on some TV shows returning from hiatus:  The Leftovers, The Affair, and How to Get Away with Murder.  (Did anyone read Tom Perrotta’s book The Leftovers?)  I loved it!

 

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It rained this week, and while I usually love reading in the rain, I was annoyed…because of the thunder.  I was worried about a power outage.  But it didn’t happen!  Yay!

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

A Serendipitous Mood:  Musings

Sparks Fly in “Smoke”

Enter My Interior World: My Office

Curl up with a Page Turner: “Missing Pieces”

Hump Day Potpourri: A Pivotal Day

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts:  Angry Eating

Bookish Friday: Excerpting “Who Do You Love?”

My Interiors: Getting Ready!

Let’s Spark Some Family Moments

Review: The Lake House (e-book), by Kate Morton (NetGalley – Release Date 10-20-15)

Review: Catching Air, by Sarah Pekkanen

 

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No review books in the mailbox!  One book I purchased arrived, however, and I downloaded TWO books.

Cherry, by Mary Karr (Last week, I bought The Liars’ Club by this author).

 

 

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Downloads:

Truth Be Told (e-book), by Hank Phillippi Ryan

 

 

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The Girl with No Past (e-book), by Kathryn Croft

 

 

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AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE:

Sheila, at Book Journey on “Passing the Baton”

Trish, at Between My Lines: Updates & How to Prepare Like a Boss for a Readathon

Kathryn, at The Book Date: Accepting the Baton from Sheila at Book Journey

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WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Currently Reading:  Snow Deer & Cocoa Cheer, by Joanne DeMaio (Review Book)

 

 

 

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Smoke (e-book), by Catherine McKenzie (NetGalley – 10/20/15 Release Date)

 

 

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Corrupted (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline (NetGalley – 10/27/15 Release Date)

 

 

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Who Do You Love (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner

 

 

 

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That’s what my week looked like…what about yours?  Picture me here (below) in my newly reconfigured Office Space.

 

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