HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: WAITING FOR “YOU”

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Welcome to our weekly bookish event that showcases upcoming releases.  Hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine, anyone can join in, sharing their own enthusiasm and adding the eagerly anticipated books of others to their own lists.

I discovered my selection today fairly recently, and luckily, I don’t have long to wait.  You, by Caroline Kepnes, will be released on September 30, 2014.

 

 

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Amazon Description:  Love hurts…

When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: She’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams.

Beck doesn’t know it yet, but she’s perfect for him, and soon she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realizes, and much more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences . . .

A chilling account of unrelenting passion, Caroline Kepnes’s You is a perversely romantic thriller that’s more dangerously clever than any you’ve read before.

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What drew me to this book?  Let’s just say that I’m obsessed with thrillers, and when the characters in that thriller are obsessed with each other…that’s a combination I cannot resist.

What are you waiting for today?  What drew you to your choice?

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WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: A WEEK OF SERENDIPITOUS MOMENTS!

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for  Weekly Updates.

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

Good morning, Bloggers!  Grab some coffee (or a mimosa), and let’s talk about our weeks.

 

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I had a great week!  The books I chose kept me totally engaged…although there was one book that I decided not to read this week.  I went on a whim to another one. 

I am hoping to see a movie Sunday afternoon:  And So It Goes, with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.  Favorite actors of mine.

 

 

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Annoyances, Great Books, & Bloggiesta

Monday Potpourri:  Revisiting the Past & Then Moving On

Tuesday Sparks:  Intros/Teasers – “Katwalk”

My Interior World of Bookish Surprises

A Serendipitous Evening:  Celebrating the Moments

My Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts:  Rambling

Friday Sparks:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Everywhere That Mary Went”

Creative Saturday:  Sharing Family Moments

The Magic of Napa Valley:  An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

Review:  The Unwitting (e-book), by Ellen Feldman

Review:  Katwalk, by Maria Murnane

Review:  Real Murder (A Lovers in Crime Mystery), by Lauren Carr

Review;  Everywhere That Mary Went (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline

 

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Four review books came in my mailbox!  And then I downloaded two e-books to feed Sparky.

 

Evergreen, by Rebecca Rasmussen (Amazon Vine)

 

 

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We Are Not Ourselves, by Matthew Thomas (Amazon Vine)

 

 

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Belzhar, by Meg Wolitzer (Amazon Vine)

 

 

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The Furies, by Natalie Haynes (Amazon Vine)

 

 

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Downloads:

 

Flying Shoes (e-book), by Lisa Howorth

 

 

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House of Glass (e-book), by Sophie Littlefield

 

 

 

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

 

Final Sentence (e-book), by Daryl Wood Gerber (For Mt. TBR Challenge)

 

 

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All Fall Down (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner

 

 

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Evergreen, by Rebecca Rasmussen (Vine)

 

 

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And that’s all, folks!  I might add or change the books from the list, if the mood strikes.  What did your week look like?  I’ll be consuming many glasses of iced tea today!

 

 

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A SERENDIPITOUS EVENING: CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS

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Monday night was a series of serendipitous moments, brought about by an invitation to dinner at the home of Heather and Steven, my daughter and her fiance.

Friends and family gathered together to celebrate food and connections.  And the delightful eggplant lasagna (above) was the centerpiece.

We always have such wonderful conversations, too, about what’s happening in our lives; and about the assorted topics of books, movies, and TV shows.

Noah, who will be twelve in a few months, is an animated conversationalist as well, joining in like the adults.  He has always been that way, probably because he is my daughter’s only child and has been surrounded by adults all of his life.  He has charted his own course, too, enjoying life’s discoveries.

In this photo (below), he is toddling along near the house in the foothills where he lived for the first three years of his life.

 

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The guesthouse just down the sloping lawn from the main house was his first home.

 

 

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Here is where the family gathered back then, going back and forth between the two houses; and (below), he is pictured (left) with his Uncle Chris and cousin Aiden (on the right)

 

 

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I miss those curls…but his more grown-up look is also awesome.  Here he is with his mom:  Heather.

 

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Serendipitous family moments;  the stuff of contentment.

What has your week been like?  Any accidental/serendipitous moments?

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I also had to change the header here…just for fun!

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REVIEW: THE UNWITTING, BY ELLEN FELDMAN

91wYirk+gzL._SL1500_Our story begins on November 22, 1963, when we meet Charlie and Nell Benjamin, poised for an ordinary day, living the writer’s life in Manhattan. But nothing about this day would be ordinary. Grief, both the country’s grief and her own, would overwhelm Nell for the foreseeable future.

We are then swept back in time, to college years, and to how Charlie and Nell first met. We are exposed to what happened to them during the McCarthy years, and how that era felt to writers and intellectuals with liberal leanings, and we can experience the dark and malevolent shadow of evil that lingered for years.

They were a couple for whom writing was a way of life and even though their choices tested the conventional roles of their time, the two of them, even after the birth of their daughter Abby, seemed to be coping. Their idealism kept them going, even when life was difficult.

But in the pivotal moments after Charlie’s mysterious death, bits and pieces of who he really was began to come to Nell from various sources, including a televised piece that suggested some unethical funding for the literary magazine they both loved. How did the secrets and lies change who they were and what they contributed? Did the secrets change who they had been, or is there another way to see it?

When Nell writes a piece about what she has learned, readers react in interesting ways. Some applaud her, while others suggest that Charlie was just doing right by his country. “Others railed against him for undermining the American system and warned that the road to tyranny was paved with means justified by ends.”

In the end, Nell comes to her own conclusions that allow for the imperfections in others, the ambiguity of ideals, and holding onto what remains. A person could focus on the transgressions and misdemeanors or zero in on the “glue that held you, no matter what.” The Unwitting: A Novel was a thoughtful journey through a time in our country and in the life of one family. Memorable. 4.5 stars.

WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: BLOGGIESTA – OLE!

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for  Weekly Updates.

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

Good morning, Bloggers!  Grab some coffee (or a mimosa), and let’s talk about our weeks.

 

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So far this weekend, I’ve been enjoying spiffing up this blog for Mini-Bloggiesta.    Are any of you participating?

 

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

A Guilty Pleasures Day:  Netflix & Chocolate Ice Cream

Curl up with Intros/Teasers – “Big Little Lies”

Tuesday Potpourri:  An Obsessive/Compulsive Week

Going out on a Limb for “Some Luck”

My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts – Waiting

Friday Sparks:  Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Pain, Parties, Work”

Mini-Bloggiesta – Launched!

Family Values:  A Dysfunctional Family Holiday

Review:  Small Blessings, by Martha Woodroof

Review:  Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty

Review:  Pain, Parties, Work (e-book), by Elizabeth Winder (Mt. TBR Challenge)

 

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

No books came in the mailbox!  But I purchased one book at Barnes & Noble and downloaded two for Sparky.

 

What Remains (Memoir), by Carole Radziwill

 

 

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Downloads:

 

After the Party (e-book), by Lisa Jewell

 

 

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The Bell Jar (e-book), by Sylvia Plath

 

 

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UP NEXT WEEK: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

 

The Unwitting (e-book), by Ellen Feldman

 

 

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Katwalk, by Maria Murnane (Amazon Vine)

 

 

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Waiting for the Moon, by Kristin Hannah (Mt. TBR Challenge)

 

 

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That’s my week!  What did yours look like?

 

 

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MINI-BLOGGIESTA: LAUNCHED!

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Since I did not see a Starting Gate for this Mini-Bloggiesta, I have brought my To-Do list forward, and will be tracking my progress here.

What are you doing for this event?

Here is my To-Do List, crossed out as I finish things:

 

To-Do List:

  1.  do two mini challenges - 1)  Decluttering Sidebar, Debz Bookshelf; Digital Decluttering, Books a True Story
  2.  change or fix one thing on your sidebar  Removed three outdated elements
  3.  add a page (about me, contact, policy, etc) Added page on favorite reads; updated Favorite Blogs page
  4.  change one thing on your layout and/or look (Changed header, background, and tagline)
  5.  comment on other Bloggiesta partipants blogs
  6.  participate in at least one Twitter chat

 

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WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: THE LONG HOT SUMMER CONTINUES….

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  and Book Journey, for  Weekly Updates.

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

Good morning, Bloggers!  Grab some coffee (or a mimosa), and let’s talk about our weeks.

 

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Are you enjoying your summer?  Or the opposite season for those living down under?  I can’t believe that July is almost half over, but when I got my utility bill with the air conditioning charges, I totally believed we are in the midst of a “long hot summer.”

Here’s what my week looked like…

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Sparks:  Intros/Teasers – “Little Mercies”

From the Interior:  Eagerly Anticipating “The Children Act”

My Favorite Places to Curl up and Read:  My Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts

The First Day of the Rest of Her Life:  An Excerpt

Curl up with Book Beginnings/Friday 56 – “Small Blessings”

Creative Saturday:  Spotlight on Street Art

Blindsided by a Phone Call:  An Excerpt from “Interior Designs”

Mini-Bloggiesta is Coming – July 19-20

Review:  Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, by Susan Elia MacNeal (Mt. TBR Challenge)

Review:  Little Mercies (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf

Review:  The Silver Boat, by Luanne Rice – Mt. TBR Challenge

Review:  The From-Aways, by C. J. Hauser (Vine Review)

 

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

 

I received one book in my mailbox that I purchased, and I downloaded one purchased e-book.  A nice quiet week for new books.

 

Thursday’s Children (Frieda Klein Series), by Nicci French

 

 

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The Escape Artist (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain

 

 

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I am a big fan of both authors.  Thursday’s Children is the fourth book in the Frieda Klein series; and the Diane Chamberlain book is one I hadn’t yet read or seen around the blogosphere.

 

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

 

Small Blessings, by Martha Woodroof (Vine Review)

 

 

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Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty (Vine Review)

 

 

 

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Pain, Parties, Work:  Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953  (e-book), by Elizabeth Winder

 

 

 

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And that’s it, folks!  On to another week in this long, hot summer!  What did your week look like?  All week long, I have spent my afternoons with tall glasses of iced tea.  What do you do to beat the heat?

 

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