Can’t Wait Wednesday

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released.

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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens Hardcover – June 13, 2017

Spring into Horror Readathon

Seasons of Reading

It is that time again, Michelle’s Spring into Horror Readathon starts today and I can’t wait to begin. The readathon runs from today, April 17th through the 30th. There is only one requirement which is to read one scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart). The rest of the week…anything goes! Read more horror, or go in for less heart jolting fare.

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The Marriage Pact: A Novel Hardcover– July 25, 2017

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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Missing, Presumed: A Novel Hardcover– June 28, 2016

From the Publisher.
At thirty-nine, Manon Bradshaw is a devoted and respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, and though she loves her job, what she longs for is a personal life. Single and distant from her family, she wants a husband and children of her own. One night, after yet another disastrous Internet date, she turns on her police radio to help herself fall asleep—and receives an alert that sends her to a puzzling crime scene.

Edith Hind—a beautiful graduate student at Cambridge University and daughter of the surgeon to the Royal Family—has been missing for nearly twenty-four hours. Her home offers few clues: a smattering of blood in the kitchen, her keys and phone left behind, the front door ajar but showing no signs of forced entry. Manon instantly knows that this case will be big—and that every second is crucial to finding Edith alive.

The investigation starts with Edith’s loved ones: her attentive boyfriend, her reserved best friend, her patrician parents. As the search widens and press coverage reaches a frenzied pitch, secrets begin to emerge about Edith’s tangled love life and her erratic behavior leading up to her disappearance. With no clear leads, Manon summons every last bit of her skill and intuition to close the case, and what she discovers will have shocking consequences not just for Edith’s family but for Manon herself.

Suspenseful and keenly observed, Missing, Presumed is a brilliantly twisting novel of how we seek connection, grant forgiveness, and reveal the truth about who we are.

What did you recently finish rest?
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by [Winterson, Jeanette]
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What do you think you’ll read next?
A Fatal Grace: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Book 2) by [Penny, Louise]
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From the Publisher. Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder.
No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter—and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death.
When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, is called to investigate, he quickly realizes he’s dealing with someone quite extraordinary. CC de Poitiers was electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake, in front of the entire village, as she watched the annual curling tournament. And yet no one saw anything. Who could have been insane enough to try such a macabre method of murder—or brilliant enough to succeed?
With his trademark compassion and courage, Gamache digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life to find the dangerous secrets long buried there. For a Quebec winter is not only staggeringly beautiful but deadly, and the people of Three Pines know better than to reveal too much of themselves. But other dangers are becoming clear to Gamache. As a bitter wind blows into the village, something even more chilling is coming for Gamache himself.

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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by [Winterson, Jeanette]
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Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes.

This was a real treat to listen to the author read her work. Winterson narrates with such expression that I hated for the memoir to end but wanted her to keep telling me about her life. She brings her mother, Mrs. Winterson to life as well as her biological mother. Winterson’s background and the light she sheds on her upbringing add insight to her fiction. This is a great read/listen not only for fans of Winterson, but also for those readers who are interested in women writers. Highly recommended.

K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain by [Viesturs, Ed, Roberts, David]

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It’s Monday, What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.
Last week, I read

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The Breakdown: The 2017 Gripping Thriller from the Bestselling Author of Behind Closed Doors Hardcover – July 18, 2017

From the Publisher. If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes.

This was a predictable yet enjoyable read. The author missed an opportunity to educate the reader about early onset dementia, as a possible diagnosis for the main character, Cass. The characters were well drawn, just too tidy to wrap up. Reminds me of a lifetime movie that is a few hours of guilty pleasure.

Copy provided by NetGalley.

 

 

Sisters Hardcover – September 5, 2017

Lily Tuck’s critically-lauded, bestselling I Married You for Happiness was hailed by the Boston Globe as “an artfully crafted still life of one couple’s marriage.” In her singular new novel Sisters, Tuck gives a very different portrait of marital life, exposing the intricacies and scandals of a new marriage sprung from betrayal.

Tuck’s unnamed narrator lives with her new husband, his two teenagers, and the unbanishable presence of his first wife―known only as she. Obsessed with her, our narrator moves through her days presided over by the all-too-real ghost of the first marriage, fantasizing about how the first wife lives her life. Will the narrator ever equal she intellectually, or ever forget the betrayal that lies between them? And what of the secrets between her husband and she, from which the narrator is excluded? The daring and precise build up to an eerily wonderful denouement is a triumph of subtlety and surprise.

With Sisters, Lily Tuck delivers riveting psychological portrait of marriage, infidelity, and obsession; charting with elegance and insight love in all its phases.

 

Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes. I am a Lily Tuck fan and Sisters does not disappoint. Tuck captures the awkwardness of being the second wife through literary and musical references. A read between the lines story, I enjoyed this slim novel immensely.

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This week, I’m reading

Prussian Blue (A Bernie Gunther Novel) by [Kerr, Philip]
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The French Riviera, 1956: The invitation to dinner was not unexpected, though neither was it welcome. Erich Mielke, deputy head of the East German Stasi, has turned up in Nice, and he’s not on holiday. An old and dangerous adversary, Mielke is calling in a debt. He intends that Bernie go to London and, with the vial of Thallium he now pushes across the table, poison a female agent they both have had dealings with.

But chance intervenes in the form of Friedrich Korsch, an old Kripo comrade now working for Stasi and probably there to make sure Bernie gets the job done. Bernie bolts for the German border. Traveling by night, holed up during the day, Bernie has plenty of down time to recall the last time Korsch and he worked together.

It was the summer of 1939: At Hitler’s mountaintop retreat in Obersalzberg, the body of a low-level bureaucrat has been found murdered. Bernie and Korsch are selected to run the case. They have one week to solve the murder—Hitler is due back then to celebrate his fiftieth birthday. Lucky Bernie: it’s his reward for being Kripo’s best homicide detective. He knows what a box he’s in: millions have been spent to secure Obersalzberg. It would be a disaster if Hitler were to discover a shocking murder had been committed on the terrace of his own home. But the mountaintop is home to an elite Nazi community. It would be an even bigger disaster for Bernie if one of them was the murderer.

1939 and 1956: two different eras, seventeen years apart. And yet, not really apart, as the stunning climax will show when the two converge explosively.

 

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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by [Winterson, Jeanette]
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Jeanette Winterson’s novels have establishing her as a major figure in world literature. She has written some of the most admired books of the past few decades, including her internationally bestselling first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents that is now often required reading in contemporary fiction.

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a memoir about a life’s work to find happiness. It’s a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in an north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the Universe as Cosmic Dustbin.

It is the story of how a painful past that Jeanette thought she’d written over and repainted rose to haunt her, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother.

Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a tough-minded search for belonging—for love, identity, home, and a mother.

It’s Monday, What are you reading?

Eileen: A Novel Tuesday intro

First Chapter
Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

Eileen: A Novel by [Moshfegh, Ottessa]
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Ilooked like a girl you’d expect to see on a city bus, reading some clothbound book from the library about plants or geography, perhaps wearing a net over my light brown hair. You might take me for a nursing student or a typist, note the nervous hands, a foot tapping, bitten lip. I looked like nothing special. It’s easy for me to imagine this girl, a strange, young and mousy version of me, carrying an anonymous leather purse or eating from a small package of peanuts, rolling each one between her gloved fingers, sucking in her cheeks, staring anxiously out the window. The sunlight in the morning illuminated the thin down on my face, which I tried to cover with pressed powder, a shade too pink for my wan complexion. I was thin, my figure was jagged, my movements pointy and hesitant, my posture stiff. The terrain of my face was heavy with soft, rumbling acne scars blurring whatever delight or madness lay beneath that cold and deadly New England exterior. If I’d worn glasses I could have passed for smart, but I was too impatient to be truly smart. You’d have expected me to enjoy the stillness of closed rooms, take comfort in dull silence, my gaze moving slowly across paper, walls, heavy curtains, thoughts never shifting from what my eyes identified—book, desk, tree, person. But I deplored silence. I deplored stillness. I hated almost everything. I was very unhappy and angry all the time. I tried to control myself, and that only made me more awkward, unhappier, and angrier. I was like Joan of Arc, or Hamlet, but born into the wrong life—the life of a nobody, a waif, invisible. There’s no better way to say it: I was not myself back then. I was someone else. I was Eileen.

 

 

I just picked this up on kindle for $1.99. Would you keep reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.
Missing, Presumed: A Novel by [Steiner, Susie]
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Things That Happened Before the Earthquake

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Things That Happened Before the Earthquake: A Novel Hardcover – August 15, 2017

Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes.
This is really all about seeking a safe place and not finding it in Los Angeles or an Italian island. The main character makes some cringe inducing decisions while she searches for her safeplace in the wrong places. Yet the main character is likable in her vulnerability and you can’t help but root for those in her mad cap family circle. Sad and scary, a good coming of age story while mirroring the history of LA from Rodney King to O.J. Simpson.

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The Lucky Ones

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The Lucky Ones: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 7, 2017

Lincoln in the Bardo

 

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Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Hardcover– Deckle Edge, February 14, 2017

Worth Getting in Bed for? Yes.

I just finished listening to this today and am going back to read it as I don’t want to miss a thing. the audio is unlike anything I’ve heard, with a cast of 166 led by the author, David Sedaris, appearances by Susan Sarandon. I will listen to it again. magical and melancholy, the story of young Willie Lincoln’s death and his stopping place captures the imagination and is a literary and audio achievement. the historical references make up a record that is much like the telephone game where the shape of the moon or the color of Abe’s eyes come into play. I enjoyed recognizing some of the books on Lincoln and guessing which were Saunder’s creation. clever and entertaining, this is not one you want to miss. I highly recommend the audio, although I usually listen to nonfiction. throw in the text version so you don’t miss anything!