Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.
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With the holiday, the week seemed to fly by. Hot weather kept me indoors, doing more rearranging and purging of the shelves. I emptied another bookshelf in my bedroom. Here’s what it looks like now, with one shelf where once there were two. Now there are a total of three shelves in the room; a couple of months ago, there were five.
I also managed to get some reading and blogging done….
LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:
Weekend Interiors & Thoughts
Serendipitous Tuesdays: Intros/Teasers – “Apron Strings”
Tuesday Potpourri: My Quirky Office, Etc.
I’m Not Blue! I’m Waiting for “Corrupted”
My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts: Saying Goodbye!
Serendipitous Fridays: Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Crash & Burn”
Review: The Liar (e-book), by Nora Roberts
Review: The Lake Season (e-book), by Hannah McKinnon (NetGalley)
Review: The Hypnotist’s Love Story (e-book), by Liane Moriarty
Review: Daughters-in-Law, by Joanna Trollope
INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)
Three review books came in my mailbox! Two from Amazon Vine, and one from the publicist.
The Rocks, by Peter Nichols (Vine)
“Irresistibly sunny… Set in the brightly lit Mediterranean amid old olive trees and sexual intrigue, music and wine and beautiful women… Propulsive.” –The New York Times Book Review
“The perfect book for pretending it’s already beach season.” –O, The Oprah Magazine
A romantic page-turner propelled by the sixty-year secret that has shaped two families, four lovers, and one seaside resort community.
Eight Hundred Grapes, by Laura Dave (Vine)
A breakout novel from an author who “positively shines with wisdom and intelligence” (Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I leave You). “Laura Dave writes with humor and insight about relationships in all their complexity, whether she’s describing siblings or fiancés or a couple long-married. Eight Hundred Grapes is a captivating story about the power of family, the limitations of love, and what becomes of a life’s work” (J. Courtney Sullivan, Maine).
A Week at the Lake, by Wendy Wax (Publicist)
Twenty years ago, Emma Michaels, Mackenzie Hayes, and Serena Stockton bonded over their New York City dreams. Then, each summer, they solidified their friendship by spending one week at the lake together, solving their problems over bottles of wine and gallons of ice cream. They kept the tradition for years, until jealousy, lies, and life’s disappointments made them drift apart.
It’s been five years since Emma has seen her friends, an absence designed to keep them from discovering a long-ago betrayal. Now she’s in desperate need of their support. The time has come to reveal her secrets—and hopefully rekindle their connection.
But when a terrible accident keeps Emma from saying her piece, Serena and Mackenzie begin to learn about the past on their own. Now, to heal their friendship and their broken lives, the three women will have to return to the lake that once united them, and discover which relationships are worth holding on to…
The Seven Sisters (e-book), by Margaret Drabble (Bought for reread)
Candida Wilton–a woman recently betrayed, rejected, divorced, and alienated from her three grown daughters–moves from a beautiful Georgian house in lovely Suffolk to a two-room walk-up flat in a run-down building in central London. Candida is not exactly destitute. So, is the move perversity, she wonders, a survival test, or is she punishing herself? How will she adjust to this shabby, menacing, but curiously appealing city? What can happen, at her age, to change her life? And yet, as she climbs the dingy communal staircase with her suitcases, she feels both nervous and exhilarated.
There is a relationship with a computer to which she now confides her past and her present. And friendships of sorts with other women–widows, divorced, never married, women straddled between generations. And then Candida’s surprise inheritance . . .
A beautifully rendered story, this is Margaret Drabble at her novelistic best.
WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)
Currently Reading: The Woman Upstairs (e-book), by Claire Messud
My Sunshine Away (e-book), by M. O. Walsh
Crash & Burn (e-book), by Lisa Gardner
The Rocks, by Peter Nichols (Vine)
That’s what my week looked like…and what’s coming next. What about yours?