I now have THIRTEEN unread NetGalley ARCs…most of which have tumbled down onto my shelves in recent weeks.

Three of them came in 2018…but their release dates are in August (along with three others that arrived this year).

FOUR are releasing in June, so they will be up next.

After I read the August books, I’ll tackle the two releasing in September and one in October.  But I’ m sure there will be more!  I’m loving them, but I am also a little nervous about how they are showing up at unexpected times.

I used to get only books I requested.  I had some control that way.  But surprise offerings are delightful, too, and it feels good to be selected.  Yes, that’s what I feel when I first see a new one already approved in my inbox.  Sigh.

I enter each book on my review pages here, and then add the links once I’ve read and reviewed them.  I also have a trusty little notebook, but I have had to redo it when the new additions fill up the page.

If I had all of these books in a pile instead of on my Kindle, they might look like this…sort of:

That image reminds me of how my book stacks looked when I started this blog.  I had boxes of unread books when I moved (see below), and decided creating a blog to address the issue was a great idea.  All these years later, I don’t regret that action…since it worked.  But I keep adding to my TBR.  The books I receive for review now are mostly e-books.


How do you manage your unread books?  Do you curtail the number of review books that come your way?




Halfway through May, I am amazed at the books I am reading.  I usually read thrillers, but last month, I mixed things up a bit.  I’m loving the variety!

I also started borrowing books from the library, which cut down on my “click to buy” activity.

Here is what my book “purchases” pages looked like in April and May (so far):

APRIL 2018:

1.Before I Let You Go (e-book), by Kelly Rimmer

2.Book Club, The (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe

3.Female Persuasion, The (e-book), by Meg Wolitzer

4.New Neighbors, The (e-book), by Simon Lelic

5.Tangerine (e-book), by Christine Mangan

6.True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness:  A Feminist Coming of Age (e-book), by Christine Lahti


MAY 2018:

1.My Ex-Life (e-book), by Stephen McCauley

2.Perfect Mother, The (e-book), by Aimee Molloy

3.Smell of Other People’s Houses, The (e-book), by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock


In previous months, I purchased 14 books in January; 13 books in February; and 9 books in March.  My dip in purchases has a lot to do with my library borrowing.  I also relied some on review ARCs:

I received 8 review books in April and 3 in May so far.


At my other blogs: I am sharing bookish and not so bookish thoughts at my An Interior Journey site.  Today I wrote my post for tomorrow…and saved the draft.  Now I won’t have to struggle to come up with my activities for the week when it is time to post it.

Sometimes Wednesday nights find me scratching my head, wondering what, if anything, I had done that I could turn into a post! 

I’ve done this before:  written a post and saved the draft, so I’m ready to go when the post is due.  I don’t schedule my posts, though, as I don’t really trust the system (LOL), plus I might want to add something on the actual day of the post.


What books are you curling up with this week?  Are you struggling with the acquisition of your reading material?



My Bookish World consists of books I purchase, borrow from the library (recently), and ARCs provided by Amazon Vine, Authors, and NetGalley.

Below, note the review books on my stacks for 2018, with links to the reviews of those I’ve read.  (I still have one left over from 2017, Paper Ghosts, by Julia Heaberlin,  which will be released on May 15, 2018).  I’ll be reading it soon!


1.After Anna (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – (NG-4/10)

2.Alternate Side (e-book), by Anna Quindlen (NG-3/20)

3.Family Next Door, The (e-book), by Sally Hepworth (NG-3/6)

4.Flight Attendant, The (e-book), by Chris Bohjalian (NG – 3/13)

5.Not That I Could Tell (e-book), by Jessica Strawser – (NG-3/27)

6.Other People’s Houses (e-book), by Abbi Waxman (NG-4/3)



1.Before and Again (e-book), by Barbara Delinsky (NG- 6/26)

2.High Tide Club, The (e-book), by Mary Kay Andrews – (NG-5/8/18)

3.Paris Ever After (e-book), KSR Burns (NG – 5/1/18)


MARCH 2018:

1.How to Walk Away (e-book), by Katherine Center – (NG-5/15/18)

2.Our House (e-book), by Louise Candlish (NG -8/7/18)


APRIL 2018:

1.Bring Me Back (e-book), by B. A. Paris – (NG – 6/19/18)

2.Dream Daughter (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain – (NG-10-2-18)

3.Go Ask Fannie, by Elisabeth Hyde – (Vine Review)

4.Lies (e-book), by T. M. Logan – (NG – 9/11/18)

5.Not Her Daughter (e-book), by Rea Frey (NG – 8/21/18)

6.Shadow Dancing (e-book, Country Club Murders), by Julie Mulhern – (NG – 6/19)


Loving my Bookworm Journey!  What does yours look like?



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Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

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

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.


It has been a very HOT week, with triple digits.  Any plans I had to go to the nearby Craft Beer Crawl (seriously, I wouldn’t do that anyway), are now on the back burner…way back.  I spent some time rearranging my stuff last night, and I went to bed very early.  See what I did in this post about More Furniture Shuffling.

I planned to finish reading my current book before posting this, but I am tired…and might spend some more time today watching movies and Netflix.  Especially since I now have straightened out my bank for the mistakes they made in my account!  But before that happened, I was stressing out in a major way.

I have read and reviewed THREE books this week, all review books, so I’m right on track.



Monday Morning Coffee:  My Interior World

Tuesday Sparks:  Excerpting “Two If By Sea”

Monthly Wrap-Up:  Goodbye to May!

Bookish Wednesday:  Waiting for “Intrusion”

Bookish Thursday #16:  Serendipitous Moments

Bookish Friday:  Excerpting “Wilde Lake”

Weekend Coffee Morning:  Kids & Grandkids…

Review:  The Girls in the Garden (e-book), by Lisa Jewell (NetGalley – 6/7)

Review:  Ink and Bone (e-book), by Lisa Unger – (NetGalley – 6/7)

Review:  I Almost Forgot About You, by Terry McMillan (Amazon Vine)



Check out Lexxie’s Post:  Up Close and (un)Conventional – Let’s Talk About Sex


INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received TWO review books in my mailbox and one e-ARC download for review from NetGalley.  Plus…I went a little crazy with e-book purchases…and like a gift from the Amazon gods, received TWO Amazon Kindle freebies.

Here we go!

Beach Blues, by Joanne DeMaio (Author Review Request)





Tuesday Nights in 1980, by Molly Prentiss (Amazon Vine)






All Is Not Forgotten (e-book), by Wendy Walker (NetGalley – 7/12)






Amazon Prime Freebies:


We’re All Damaged (e-book), by Matthew Norman





Intrusion (e-book), by Mary McCluskey






The Island House (e-book), by Nancy Thayer






Flight Patterns (e-book), by Karen White






Deep Dark (e-book), by Laura Griffin






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

Currently Reading:  Wilde Lake (e-book), by Laura Lippman







Perhaps I’ll get around to these….


The Girls (e-book), by Emma Cline (NetGalley – 6/14)



the girls by emma cline


All the Missing Girls (e-book), by Megan Miranda (NetGalley – 6/28)






Now that’s my week, and those are my plans, subject to my whimsical feelings.  What did your week look like?  Enjoy!  I might have to have another of these Pomegranate Martinis!



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