HUMP DAY READING: WHAT DOES YOUR WEEK LOOK LIKE?

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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’m enjoying a book that has been on my stacks for a little while…since June.  Confess, by Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

 

 

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At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

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This will be my fourth book from this author.  I am enjoying it so far.

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JUST FINISHED:

Today I finished a fabulous book that I will be thinking about for a while.  Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett (click for my review), is a fascinating story of dysfunctional families that carries the reader from the 1960s to the present. We don’t follow the characters in a linear style, but move back and forth. Sometimes we are swept backward by a character’s memory that takes us there. And sometimes we are catapulted back by events.

 

 

 

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ANTICIPATION:

So many lovely books are on the horizon.    Lisa Gardner is one of my favorite writer of thrillers.  Right Behind You is coming in January…so I’ve bookmarked it on Amazon.

 

 

 

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Synopsis:  Is he a hero?

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.

Is he a killer?

Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.

All she knows for sure: He’s back.

As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

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I love this kind of book, and with this author, I can count on the unexpected.

What are you reading and anticipating this week?

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HUMP DAY READING: CURRENT, PAST, & FUTURE READING

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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 immersed in Karin Slaughter’s The Kept Woman, “a thriller that’s part True Detective, part The Girl On The Train. All parts gripping.”

 

 

 

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Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.

Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.

The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges its fascinating protagonist into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him.

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I haven’t read any of the previous Will Trent books, but so far, I’m finding myself caught up in the action, and the author gives us just enough back story to stay connected.

 

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JUST FINISHED:

So far this week, I’ve read and reviewed two books: 

Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, by Diane Keaton (click title for review)

 

 

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Spelling It Like It Is, by Tori Spelling (click for my review)

 

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I discovered an upcoming release that I must get my hands on…so, of course, I requested it from NetGalley.  Release Date:  1/10/17.

The Sleepwalker, by Chris Bohjalian, the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room; here comes a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire—the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night.

 

 

 

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When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge. The morning of Annalee’s disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee’s husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric, a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but Gavin Rikert, the hazel-eyed detective, continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs’ Victorian home. As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee’s disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where was the body?
Conjuring the strange and mysterious world of parasomnia, a place somewhere between dreaming and wakefulness, The Sleepwalker is a masterful novel from one of our most treasured storytellers.

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What is your week like so far?  What books are keeping you engaged, and which ones are calling out to you?

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HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: READING…

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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 reading two books right now, as I have that restless feeling.  One of the books is part of a series, so I can jump over to another book when I’m feeling the mood change.

 

Sunshine Beach, by Wendy Wax, is another chapter in the series about the women who lost their money to a Ponzi scheme, and then started recovering by renovating the house they each had a part ownership in.  What started as a plan to flip that house turned into a career and then a TV show called Do Over.

 

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If I Forget You, by Thomas Christopher Greene, is about two former lovers that reconnect in this beautiful and haunting tale of great lost love from the critically acclaimed author of The Headmaster’s Wife.

 

 

 

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So far so good!

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JUST FINISHED:

Untethered, by Julie Lawson Timmer (click for my review), is a story rich with themes of blended families, the broken foster care system, and abandonment.

 

 

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

This book, from an author I love, is not coming until March 2017….but I have already requested it from NetGalley (fingers crossed), and I am longing to get my hands on it.

The Trophy Child, by Paula Daly, digs beneath the serene surface of the idyllic suburban Lake District community where families strive for perfection, delivering a suspenseful, surprising story of motherhood and fallibility.

 

 

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Blurb:  Karen Bloom is not the coddling mother type. She believes in raising her children for success. Some in the neighborhood call her assertive, others say she’s driven, but in gossiping circles she’s known as: the tiger mother. Karen believes that tough discipline is the true art of parenting and that achievement leads to ultimate happiness. She expects her husband and her children to perform at 200 percent—no matter the cost. But in an unending quest for excellence, her seemingly flawless family start to rebel against her.

Her husband Noel is a handsome doctor with a proclivity for alcohol and women. Their prodigy daughter, Bronte, is excelling at school, music lessons, dance classes, and yet she longs to run away. Verity, Noel’s teenage daughter from his first marriage, is starting to display aggressive behavior. And Karen’s son from a previous relationship falls deeper into drug use. When tragedy strikes the Blooms, Karen’s carefully constructed facade begins to fall apart—and once the deadly cracks appear, they are impossible to stop.

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So…these are my books for today.  Current, past, and future reading.  What are you sharing today?

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HUMP DAY READING: CURRENT, PAST, & FUTURE READING

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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:

My reading has been a bit haphazard this week, between watching Netflix and the shows on my DVR (because of last week’s vacation, I’m behind).  But I’m loving Blood Defense, by Marcia Clark, the first in a new series about a defense attorney, Samantha Brinkman, who is representing a cop accused of murder.  The unexpected events that unfold are keeping her on her toes.

 

 

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Just Finished:

Even though I was away last week, I managed to read and review two books.  My last one was The Girl You Lost, by Kathryn Croft. (Click title for my review).

 

 

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An intense and engaging story, I was totally immersed in it as I read.

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What I’m Eagerly Anticipating:

I saw this book on another blog, and since I’ve read the author, I had to bookmark it on Amazon.  The Lullaby Sky, by Carolyn Brown, a story about second chances, and freedom from the abuse of the past.

 

 

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After seven years of misery and abuse, it’s all over—Hannah O’Malley is officially divorced. Hallelujah. It’s like every Christmas in her life all rolled up into one glorious day. Not only does Hannah get to keep her grandmother’s spacious old house, but she has full custody of her sparky five-year-old daughter. All Hannah has to do now is put the past behind her.

And now that she’s free, she wants to make a difference. With the help of her warm, close-knit circle of friends—including her high school crush, Travis Wilson—Hannah begins turning her home into a safe house for other women who’ve endured the pain she’s known. But even as life and laughter return to Hannah’s home, she’s haunted by the memory of her dangerously unstable ex. With a second chance at love on the horizon, Hannah must face down her past in order to let the sunshine back into her life.

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What are you reading and waiting for this week?  Join in and let’s chat.

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HUMP DAY READING: PRESENT, PAST, & FUTURE READING

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays 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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Current Read:

I am reading Flight Patterns, by Karen White, after putting it off for a couple of months.  Now I wonder why I waited.  I am enjoying it, as the underlying dysfunction and secrets are very slowly meted out, and while I might guess, I am sure I’ll be surprised.

 

 

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Glass and coauthor of The Forgotten Room tells the story of a woman coming home to the family she left behind—and to the woman she always wanted to be…

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JUST FINISHED:

The Orphan Choir, by Sophie Hannah, (click for my review), is a disturbing story of what happens when one woman desperately misses her seven-year-old son, Joseph, who is a boarder at Saviour College, run by a Dr. Freeman. The story is a mix of madness, despair, and ghostly warnings. Even as I kept imagining one scenario, another would appear. I thought I would discover that the husband and Dr. Freeman were playing cruel tricks on Louise. But I was wrong.

 

 

 

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

As a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz, I was excited to learn of her upcoming release, When All the Girls Have Gone, coming on November 29, 2016.  I requested it from NetGalley, and fingers crossed, I should receive it in the near future.

 

 

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When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her step-sister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished. 
 
Beautiful, brilliant—and reckless—Jocelyn has gone off the grid before, but never like this. In a desperate effort to find her, Charlotte joins forces with Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames—literally. Burned out, divorced and almost broke, Max needs the job.  
 
After surviving a near-fatal attack, Charlotte and Max turn to Jocelyn’s closest friends, women in a Seattle-based online investment club, for answers. But what they find is chilling…
 
When her uneasy alliance with Max turns into a full-blown affair, Charlotte has no choice but to trust him with her life. For the shadows of Jocelyn’s past are threatening to consume her—and anyone else who gets in their way…

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What are you reading and anticipating?  Come on by and let’s chat.

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