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Good morning, Bloggers! Grab some coffee (or a pot of tea!), and let’s talk about our weeks.
I had a very productive week. Not so much with the reading, but with the blogging. Somehow I was distracted by moving my Rainy Days and Mondays blog to Word Press...(click the link to find it), especially with all the preparation that entailed. And I didn’t even post everything on the new site; but correcting the links on my book reviews at the book pages on Curl up and Read, the links that went to any reviews on the old site, took HOURS. But I am now happy that I did it.
Here’s the blog header:
And then I have been watching movies, especially those that make me cry. The happy crying, of course, like the DVD that I just got today of Chapter Two, the Neil Simon production with Marsha Mason, Valerie Harper, and James Caan. I had the VHS version, but lately I’ve been thinking of the movies I loved from way back in the day (1979, for this one); I love Neil Simon’s dialogue, and the schmaltzy music during and after doesn’t hurt either.
And then, there was the family lunch last Saturday, with my second son and four of my grandchildren. The teenage boys are very tall, with the tallest being Aaron, on the right, at 6’6″.
So these were the events and people that distracted me…but I did a fair amount of blog posts, too:
LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:
Review: The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
Review: Finding Jake, by Bryan Reardon
INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)
One book came in the mailbox from Amazon Vine; and the other I purchased at Barnes & Noble.
Unbecoming, by Rebecca Scherm (Vine)
A major debut novel of psychological suspense about a daring art heist, a cat-and-mouse waiting game, and a small-town girl’s mesmerizing transformation
On the grubby outskirts of Paris, Grace restores bric-a-brac, mends teapots, re-sets gems. She calls herself Julie, says she’s from California, and slips back to a rented room at night. Regularly, furtively, she checks the hometown paper on the Internet. Home is Garland, Tennessee, and there, two young men have just been paroled. One, she married; the other, she’s in love with. Both were jailed for a crime that Grace herself planned in exacting detail. The heist went bad—but not before she was on a plane to Prague with a stolen canvas rolled in her bag. And so, in Paris, begins a cat-and-mouse waiting game as Grace’s web of deception and lies unravels—and she becomes another young woman entirely.
The Cinderella Murder, by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program—a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected—is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode.
Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church that was active on campus? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered?
WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)
Currently Reading: the book that precedes The Cinderella Murder – I’ve Got You Under My Skin, by Mary Higgins Clark
Cancel the Wedding, by Carolyn Dingman (Vine)
The Secrets of Midwives, by Sally Hepworth
That was my week…and I plan to have a more productive reading week in the next few days. What did your week look like? What are you planning?
Here are some Christmases Past….