Wednesday, November 14, 2018

WWW Wednesday: November 14

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The Three Ws are:

What did you recently finish reading?
 
What are you currently reading?  
 
What do you think you’ll read next?
 
 
Recently Finished 
 
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 Both of these books were excellent! I did NOT see the twist coming at the end of The Other Woman! Great Reese Witherspoon book club pick! A Thousand Doors was so unique and a great read!


Currently Reading
 
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 Just started this series--my library had all four books! Anyone read them? What did you think?
 
Up Next

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 I've seen mixed reviews...thoughts?



What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

TLC Book Tours: I Invited Her In (excerpt)

About I Invited Her In

Hardcover: 432 Pages
Publisher: MIRA; Original edition (February 5, 2019)
Imagine the worst thing a friend could ever do.
This is worse.
When Mel receives an unexpected email from her oldest friend Abi, it brings back memories she thought she had buried forever. Their friendship belonged in the past. To those carefree days at university.
But Abi is in trouble and needs Mel’s help, and she wants a place to stay. Just for a few days, while she sorts things out. It’s the least Mel can do.
After all, friends look out for each other, don’t they?

I Invited Her In is a blistering tale of wanting what you can’t have, jealousy and revenge from Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks.

Purchase Links

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Excerpt

People were forever saying, “I know you from somewhere. No, don’t tell me.” She’d smile, wait a beat and then she would tell them because it got awkward if they really couldn’t place her or worse still, mistook her for someone who worked in their hair salon or whatever. That had happened once or twice. So, she’d smartly say, “Oh, you’ve probably seen me on TV.” Although she’d say it in a way that suggested nonchalance, as though she couldn’t think of anything more obvious, more dull, than the fact she worked in TV. Then they’d whoop or hug her squirm, self-conscious about their own ordinariness and her extraordi­nariness. They’d invariably ask for a selfie.
People would kill for a job as a chat-show host, a TV pre­senter. Admittedly, it was only state-wide TV, not nationwide. Abigail’s show ran in the afternoons, rather than at prime time—breakfast or evenings—but still, people would do anything for that job.
You had to, in fact. Do anything.
And she had. Anything and everything Rob had asked of her.
When Abi arrived in the US, she was seen as nothing more than Rob’s wife: a young, extremely attractive, clever-enough wife. Even if she’d had the combined IQs of all the CEOs of the FTSE 100, she probably wouldn’t have been noticed for any­thing other than her looks—Rob and Abigail didn’t mix with the sort of people who wanted anything more from women than beauty. They thought she was charming. That’s what they said, often: “she’s so cute,” “so charming,” “so sweet.” It was a good thing that the Americans had always loved British accents. It gave her an edge. Stopped her falling into obscurity. Rob’s col­leagues and their wives lapped it up. “Say vite-a-min,” they’d demand. “Say sked-ual—no, say tuh-maytoe.” And she would. She was doing her job. Cute, charming, sweet corporate wife. Even though it wasn’t the 1950s.
“Vitamin, schedule, tomato.”
“Isn’t she just adorable? She should be on TV. Rob, put her on TV,” they’d say.
They never asked Rob to perform like that, yet they hung on his every word. So, he wrote the scripts, she read them. She didn’t resent that. She loved it. She was grateful when he did as they suggested, when he put her on TV. The higher he rose, the higher she did. It was a mutually beneficial relationship. She was always telling herself as much.
He wrote the script for their private lives with the same au­tocratic approach, and she regurgitated it. Now, with hind­sight, as she scrabbled around his desk drawer to retrieve her passport, she wondered whether she was overly willing to be repressed. It worked, for quite some time. But then it stopped working because her time ran out. To have had a chance at lon­gevity, she would have had to secure an anchor job with one of the five major US broadcast television networks by the time she was thirty.
She didn’t manage that. There were younger, thinner, leg­gier, keener women waiting in the wings. Always.
She couldn’t resent it; it was a system she’d played. She’d given it her best shot. It hadn’t panned out. Suck it up.
Rob was doing very well for himself. He was not subject to a time limit; men could get old and stay successful, interesting.
At that point, he was concentrating on syndicating out his shows, although her particular show was never picked up. On occasion, she privately wondered how much effort he put into selling it. He often reminded her that it didn’t really matter whether her show got picked up or not—they didn’t need the money and he did need her at home.
Or at least, she liked to think he did.
She’d have had to have been way bigger for the chance to grow old gracefully in front of a TV audience. Katie Couric, Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer had been allowed. That was about it.
It was her own fault. Sometimes she’d lie awake at night, alone, even though he was sleeping next to her, and she’d admit that she’d never had the necessary commitment to her career. Not one hundred per cent. She’d drawn lines. She had principles.
She wouldn’t, for example, appear on TV shows that were solely designed to humiliate people. She hadn’t gone to univer­sity to rip the shit out of those with less education, money or fewer chances than she had. She played fairer than that. And al­though she did watch her weight (that was just common sense, right?), she wasn’t prepared to starve herself. Eating tissues was not her idea of fun, and while she’d had Botox, that was to help with her migraines (mostly). She’d resisted plastic surgery (at least on her face) and had only had a little augmentation to her breasts. She was not prepared to sleep with anyone other than Rob, because she loved him and respected herself.
But it limited her career options in a business where the cast­ing couch was still being bounced upon. In the past couple of years, she’d found she was not even willing to go to absolutely every party she was invited to, to make small talk with strang­ers, on the off-chance one of them (out of, say, fifty thousand) might offer her an opportunity. It was exhausting. Soul destroy­ing. She found that neither the canap├ęs nor the conversation ever quite filled her up.

About Adele Parks

Adele Parks one of the most-loved and biggest-selling women’s fiction writers in the UK. She has sold over 3 million books and her work has been translated into 25 different languages.
1500+ 5 star reviews have kindly been written by her fans on Amazon.co.uk
She has published 15 novels in the past 15 years, all of which have been London Times Top Ten Bestsellers.
Adele was born in the North East of England, in 1969. She enjoyed a traditional 1970’s childhood, watching too much TV and eating convenience food because nobody minded if kids did that in those days. Since graduating from university, where she studied English Language and Literature, she worked in advertising and as a management consultant. In 2010 Adele was proud to be awarded an honorary doctorate of Letters from Teesside University.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

High Five for Friday: November 9

 

Inspired by Brandie at Running on Words and Wine and Kim at Kimberlyfaye Reads,I've created my own Friday post!
 
1. New Books this Week
 
 
 Just got approved on NetGalley for both of these! Pretty excited about it!


2. Books I've Been Loving this Week

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A Thousand Doors is fantastic. I'm halfway through and loving it. I'm normally not into short stories but this collection is amazing! So many fantastic authors collaborating around the same story.  I just started The Other Woman last night--it's the November Reese Witherspoon pick. Good so far!

3. When I Wasn't Reading 

I've been so busy at work lately that I've needed all the yoga!  Luckily there was a Yoga + Beer (actually, yoga and wine) class on Monday! I've convinced my husband to start coming with me too, and it's pretty rad.


4. So Random

This recipe for stuffed acorn squash looks DELICIOUS. I need to make it soon!!

 
5. Weekend Plans  

Tomorrow we are having some friends over for Friendsgiving! We are doing an Italian theme and I am making lasagna. It's  going to be so fun!  A day of food, friends and wine!!

Happy Friday! Hope you have a good weekend! Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Top Ten Backlist Books I Want to Read

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This Week's Topic:

Backlist Books I Want to Read 

Periodically I clean out my "to read" shelf on Goodreads. There are a few books that have been on there for quite awhile that I can't seem to remove from the list--here are the top ten!

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Which one should bump to the top of my TBR?

Happy Reading!

Monday, November 5, 2018

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.
 
Apologies for the lack of posting lately! This time of year is always so busy for me. I have been reading though--and doing a lot of yoga.
 
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 I loved The Immortalists--such a unique and interesting book!! I unfortunately did not love The Art of Inheriting Secrets. I normally love her books, but this one was just OK for me.

Currently Reading

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 Happy Book Birthday to A Thousand Doors!! I'm halfway through it and LOVING it so far!!! Such a fantastic list of contributing authors that offer their own unique voice to each chapter!

Up Next 

Not sure yet...I'll see what I feel like!

Happy Reading! Hope you all have a good week! 

Monday, October 29, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.
 
Oh hello, Monday! We meet again. I've been posting what I'm reading on Wednesdays lately and thought I would switch it up this week and participate in the Monday post! I have been crazy busy lately (Fall is a super busy time for me at work) but I have been getting a lot of reading done! Here's what I've been reading lately!

Recently Finished


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I absolutely loved all three of these books. This Is How It Always Is was the October book pick for Reese Witherspoon's book club, and it was so, so good. Great perspective and really made you think. Same with The Hate U Give--I just finished listening to it on audio. Such an emotional, but sadly relevant and important in today's society. I want to see the movie but am afraid I'll just be sobbing the entire time.  

I loved Winter in Paradise!! It's my favorite Elin Hilderbrand in recent memory for sure, though The Perfect Couple was also excellent. I'm so excited this is a series!! Sad I have to wait until NEXT OCTOBER for the second book!

Currently Reading

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I'm really enjoying this one so far! So unique and different from what I've been reading lately. Anyone else read it? What did you think?

Up Next 

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I haven't decided which one yet...

What are you reading this week? 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

TLC Book Tours: Under My Skin

About Under My Skin

Pages: 368 Pages
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition (October 1, 2018)
From New York Times bestselling author and master of suspense Lisa Unger comes an addictive psychological thriller about a woman on the hunt for her husband’s killer 
What if the nightmares are actually memories?
It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognize. What happened to Poppy during those lost days? And more importantly, what happened to Jack?
The case was never solved, and Poppy has finally begun to move on. But those lost days have never stopped haunting her. Poppy starts having nightmares and blackouts—there are periods of time she can’t remember, and she’s unable to tell the difference between what is real and what she’s imagining. When she begins to sense that someone is following her, Poppy is plunged into a game of cat and mouse, determined to unravel the mystery around her husband’s death. But can she handle the truth about what really happened?

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  This was my first Lisa Unger read and wow, what a book! I spent a lot of time being confused and finding it challenging to keep things straight in the book--what was real for Poppy, and what was a dream,  However, it worked  well because I could NOT stop reading the book because I HAD to know what happened! The hard thing about reviewing thrillers is that you don't want to say too much about the plot or give anything away--but know this is a fast paced crazy thriller that is perfect for fall!

About Lisa Unger 

Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author of sixteen novels, including the new psychological thriller UNDER MY SKIN (coming Oct 2!)
Her books are published in twenty-six languages worldwide, have sold millions of copies and have been named “Best of the Year” or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, Indie Booksellers, Goodreads, and Sun-Sentinel to name a few.
Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and Travel+Leisure Magazine. Lisa Unger lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with her husband, daughter and labradoodle.

Connect with Lisa

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Review: The Man She Married

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Author: Cathy Lamb
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Kensington Publishing Corporation

Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

When Natalie Shelton thinks back to how things were before the car accident, she remembers a great marriage. She and her husband, Zack, seem as strong and dependable together as the houses he builds. They live in Portland, Oregon, and Natalie is co-owner of a successful accounting firm. They're happy, she's almost sure of it.

Yet as Natalie lies trapped in a coma, unable to communicate though aware of everything around her, she realizes that her husband is hiding something. Zack has always been reticent about his past, which she attributed to an unhappy childhood. Now the strange calls he's receiving, the apologies when he thinks she can't hear him, and her fragmented memories from the morning of the accident suggest a deeper secret.

When she finally awakens, Natalie is determined to find out the truth. Sorting through clues as her brain heals, she realizes she has a rare opportunity--to reexamine the life she's made and the man she's made it with. But as answers come to light, she faces surprising, heartrending decisions, as well as a danger that could upend her world once again, as Zack's past finally catches up with them . . .


 
I've been a fan of Cathy Lamb for a long time--I first found her because she is a fellow Oregonian! I've read the majority of her books and what I love about them is her witty writing style--no matter the subject matter in her book, you will always read parts that make you literally laugh out loud. This book is no exception! The main character Natalie, is in a coma for much of the first part of the book--she calls it her "coma coffin" and yet  Cathy Lamb still makes the book funny, relatable, and entertaining.

This book gives a great perspective on traumatic brain injuries and the time it takes to heal and recover, as well as dealing with the reality that things will be different. Before the accident, Natalie was an accomplished accountant. After the accident, she couldn't focus on numbers.  This book really makes you think about how you would deal with the same situation, in addition to trying to solve the mystery about what is really going on with Zack and why her accident happened. 

This book is absolutely fantastic, and I do believe it's my favorite by this author (which is hard to say because they are all amazing!). If you haven't read Cathy's books before, now is the time!! And if you already love her books--you won't be disappointed with this one!

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

WWW Wednesday: October 17

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?  
What did you recently finish reading?  
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished
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I loved both of these books!! My review of You Were Always Mine was on the blog yesterday, and my review ofThe Man She Married will be on the blog next Monday. Cathy Lamb, a fellow Oregonian, is one of my favorite authors--and this one is her best yet. Pre-order worthy!!!

Currently Reading

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I'm listening to The Hate U Give on audio right now and it's so, so good. Just started This Is How It Always Is (the Reese Witherspoon October book club pick!)  and Under My Skin in the last couple days. My review of Under My Skin will be on the blog next Wednesday for TLC Book Tours!
  
Up Next 

I honestly have no idea....I just started these two so I haven't gotten that far yet! Possibilities include Winter in Paradise, Cross Her Heart, or The Immortalists. 

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!