Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Blatherings and New Books

Can't believe how beautiful this weather has been so far this summer. With July almost over we've been thrilled that we've had very few hot hot humid days thus far. Perfect weather for the beach (Portland, ME - above photo), long walks, gardening, or relaxing on the deck with a good book. DH is anxious for fall and football season, but I'll take this weather and summer for as long as possible.

I've got a few books to review that were really good -
I just started Mr. Mercedes; Stephen King and am really enjoying it. As well as, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing; Mira Jacob/

Here are my new book arrivals over the last 2 weeks.

Enjoy your Day!

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  1. Elizabeth is missing is the one I really want to get hold of. It sounded very intense.

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  2. Beautiful photo! I'm glad you are enjoying the summer. You have so many books! I hope you enjoy them.

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  3. We love the little one on the beach! We love all that sand too!

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  4. I didn't think I would say this but the weather HAS been beautiful this summer. Not too hot thus far, except occasionally. Today it has rained here and it is so beautiful to stare outside!

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    1. The weather seems to change in the blink of an eye sometimes.

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  5. Just love your photo - a perfect summertime scene! Fall is my favorite season, but I'm in no hurry for this summer to end.

    Enjoy your books. I've seem some great reviews for Euphoria.

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    1. Agreed JoAnn -- I do like nesting and fall cooking and baking.

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  6. I've got Elizabeth is Missing on my TBR list and I also just requested The Children Act on Netgalley! Looks like a good haul for you!

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    1. I can't believe I forgot to mention the McEwan book :( fixed it.

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  7. Gorgeous picture - makes me want to be there!

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  8. As much as I love football season, I love summer even more.

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    1. I am not a football fan, but like football season, because my DH is entertained while I get more reading, cooking and nesting time.

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  9. Beautiful beach (and baby!). Enjoy....and I LOVED Elizabeth is Missing.

    I am also curious about Mr. Mercedes...some of King's later books are more to my liking than his horror ones.

    Have a great week, and here's MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES POST

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    1. Thanks Laurel. Yes, I prefer the more recent SK books as well.

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  10. We are having great summer weather too! Lovely photo, looks like a great place to relax and read.

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    1. Yes, thanks -- beach is so nice when you catch it at the right time (without crowds).

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  11. It has been an inordinately beautiful summer. I found myself whining to my aunt that it hadn't been a little hotter this summer so I could enjoy more swimming, but then I realized that I must be insane to think so, and it's been great getting to spend more time outside without roasting!

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  12. Ahhh, you failed to list in your listings the very one I would be most interested in reading, in the picture.
    The Ian McEwan one.

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    1. I KNOW! Yikes -- shame on me; I fixed it. thanks

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  13. What a great photo! Our weather has been on and off, but I much prefer this to winter.

    The Stephen King book looks so good.

    I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Yvonne -- The S KING book is really good. I like the older SK's writing.

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  14. I only have Mr. Mercedes and Breakwater Bay of the above-mentioned and haven't read them yet. I'm glad you're enjoying summer and vacation time. I complain about the hot weather, but when it was winter up north I complained about snow, so I guess I'll take moderate temps whenever I can get 'em! Enjoy!

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    1. I do the the same thing about New England weather -- complain about too hot or too cold, but I know I would HATE living in FL or anywhere South permanently. I do enjoy snow.

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  15. I'm really enjoying Dear Daughter, hoping to finish it tonight. Happy reading!!

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  16. We've had a mild summer so I love that but I'm a bit afraid that winter will be as cold as last year (yikes!). Enjoy your new books, Diane!

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    1. Weather worries are a reality these days -- one day at a time:)

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  17. I still haven't finished Mr. Mercedes, but I hope to get to it on my coming vacation. Happy reading

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    1. It's very good Serena, but taking it slow as I am reading another chunkster as well.

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  18. The weather here has been odd but I guess I missed it since I was buried backstage all weekend.

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  19. I miss the ocean so much. Great mailbox this week. Enjoy!

    2 Kids and Tired Books MM

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  20. We still haven't made it to the ocean this summer--you think we would given how close it is. It's just been such a crazy summer though. Of course, after yesterday, I am not sure I am so eager to go to the beach--14 people struck by lightening! Crazy!

    You've got some great books there that look like they will be good. Silkworms, of course. And Connelly's new book (I'm so behind in that series!). I hope you enjoy them all!

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    1. I read that Wendy, how awful. Imagine being at the beach (or anywhere really) and having that happen.

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  21. Darling picture! Enjoy your new books, Diane.

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  22. Nice week, we have a few of the same books. I haven't read a Peter Lovesey book in ages. Maybe it's time to take another peek.

    We've had mostly perfect weather here too, for me anyway. Football weather can stay in the distant future. I just finished Mr. Mercedes. I liked it but it wasn't what I was expecting - and the mommy creep factor was a bit unnerving. But then again, we are talking about the mind of Stephen King!

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    1. Mommy Creep factor ===??===not there yet, but anxious to learn more.

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  23. We have been having great weather here too - though I would love to go to the beach too! That's such a cute picture!

    I heard great things of Elizabeth is Missing, it's definitely one I want to read too - I'm glad to read you enjoyed it. Your new selection looks great! I received Dear Daughter too and can't wait to get to it!

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    1. Thanks Kay - Eliz is Missing is very good -- on audio her voice really pulls you in.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and have a great week as well.

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  25. Great collection of books...and only 2 weeks worth! :)

    I want to read Mr. Mercedes--I'm going from someone who boasted she never read Stephen King to being a real fan girl.

    Happy reading.

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    1. Me too Jane, I went SK free for over 15 years and then 11/22/63 brought me back -- I like the older, gentler SK.

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  26. City of Bones and The Stone Wife are catching my eye.

    You had a wonderful mailbox. ENJOY all your books and your reading week.

    Elizabeth
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    My Mailbox Monday

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  27. Wow! That is one happy mailbox :)

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  28. What a sweet picture of the little one. Our summer has been really nice as well--a few days over 100 but at noon today it was 75. Unheard of for Texas! Hope you continue to enjoy the pleasant summer with the little ones!

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  29. I'm excited about The Silkworm. I hope it's good!

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  30. Echoing everyone's comments, our weather has been so wonderful this summer! We've enjoyed several evenings outside on the deck and porch with the absence of humidity and bugs. Love it!! I'd be happy if it stayed like this year-round!

    I'm eager for the new McEwan book, although I still have Sweet Tooth (??) in my stacks. Also curious about the Annie Dillard book. I've never read her, but I always glance at her collection of essays when I see them on the shelves.

    Adorable scene of the beach baby!

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