Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To participate, just answer the following three questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m currently reading…
House of Gold, by Natasha Solomons
This one was released yesterday and I’m a little ashamed of myself that I didn’t get to in in time to post a release-day review. Oops. I received this as an ARC from NetGalley and then got distracted with library books and beta reading. But I’m finally getting into it and enjoying it so far. This is a historical fiction novel which takes place during World War I.
The Broken Girls, by Simone St. James
I can’t even tell you how many mystery/thriller novels have totally disappointed me lately, so I was hesitant to pick this up, but I’m so glad I did. The story takes place partly in the modern day following the story of a journalist, Fiona, whose sister was murdered when she was young; her body was found on the grounds of an old abandoned boarding school for young girls, Idlewild Hall. The other half of the story is told in flashbacks to the 1950’s when the boarding school was open. There are so many varied and interesting female characters and a ridiculously intriguing mystery. I can’t wait to review this one!
I recently finished reading…
The Sisters Hemingway, by Annie England Noblin
This was an ARC I received through the blogging I do for The Girly Book Club, and it was super enjoyable. I will have a full review up closer to the release date this coming February, but for now I’ll say this might be a great selection if you like character-driven novels with a bit of mystery.
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal
This was October’s Girly Book Club selection, and such a pleasant surprise; it’s not something I would have chosen for myself and I ended up really loving it. Read my review here.
You can also watch the Girly Book Club’s author talk with Balli Kaur Jaswal on Youtube!
Girl, Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis
I don’t think I’ll be reviewing this one because it feels a bit unfair. I read it after a friend was raving about it, but I was just 100% not the right audience for it. Big chunks of it had to do with the author’s experience as a mother; I wish I’d known how prominent the topic of parenting would be before I picked it up, or I wouldn’t have bothered. No kids here. Can’t relate.
I’m not 100% sure this will actually be next; I have a few ARCs laying around teh house and I need to dig through them to prioritize, but this is the last thing left on my NetGalley at the moment.
The Girls at 17 Swann Street, by Yara Zgeib
The chocolate went first, then the cheese, the fries, the ice cream. The bread was more difficult, but if she could just lose a little more weight, perhaps she would make the soloists’ list. Perhaps if she were lighter, danced better, tried harder, she would be good enough. Perhaps if she just ran for one more mile, lost just one more pound.
Anna Roux was a professional dancer who followed the man of her dreams from Paris to Missouri. There, alone with her biggest fears – imperfection, failure, loneliness – she spirals down anorexia and depression till she weighs a mere eighty-eight pounds. Forced to seek treatment, she is admitted as a patient at 17 Swann Street, a peach pink house where pale, fragile women with life-threatening eating disorders live. Women like Emm, the veteran; quiet Valerie; Julia, always hungry. Together, they must fight their diseases and face six meals a day.
Yara Zgheib’s poetic and poignant debut novel is a haunting, intimate journey of a young woman’s struggle to reclaim her life. Every bite causes anxiety. Every flavor induces guilt. And every step Anna takes toward recovery will require strength, endurance, and the support of the girls at 17 Swann Street.