Happy Halloween, book nerds! Are you dressing up tonight?
Let me know your all-time favorite Halloween costume in the comments! Reading any spooky books to set the mood? Let’s chat!
It’s time for 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…
I’m super behind on House of Gold, by Natasha Solomons. I got approved for this ARC just shortly before it came out on October 23, and now I’m struggling to finish it and get a review up in a reasonable time frame. This is a historical fiction novel that takes place during WWI.
Dear Mrs. Bird, by A.J. Pearce is another historical fiction novel. This one set during WWII. As you can see, I’m not exactly far enough into it to have formed an opinion yet.
I recently finished reading…
The Silence of the Girls, by Pat Barker (full review here)
This is a retelling of The Iliad told from the perspective of Briseis, who is taken as the unwilling concubine of Achilles after her city falls to his army. This one seems to have kind of mixed reviews (current GoodReads average is 3.9) but I really enjoyed it.
My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (full review here)
An “alternate history” of England, My Lady Jane casts actual historical figures as shape-shifters. It’s 100% ridiculous, but a lot of fun.
The Broken Girls, by Simone St. James (full review here)
This is part contemporary, part historical fiction, part mystery… and a spooky ghost story. I definitely recommend checking this one out. It was the perfect read to set the mood for Halloween!
Before We Were Strangers, by Brenda Novak
I received an ARC of this through my book club.
“Something happened to her mother that night. Something no one wants to talk about. But she’s determined to uncover her family’s dark secrets, even if they bury her.
Five-year-old Sloane McBride couldn’t sleep that night. Her parents were arguing again, their harsh words heating the cool autumn air. And then there was that other sound–the ominous thump before all went quiet.
In the morning, her mother was gone. The official story was that she left. Her loving, devoted mother! That hadn’t sat any better at the time than it did when Sloane moved out at eighteen, anxious to leave her small Texas hometown in search of anywhere else. But not even a fresh start working as a model in New York could keep the nightmares at bay. Or her fears that the domineering father she grew up with wasn’t just difficult–he was deadly.
Now another traumatic loss forces Sloane to realize she owes it to her mother to find out the truth, even if it means returning to a small town full of secrets and lies, a jilted ex-boyfriend and a father and brother who’d rather see her silenced. But as Sloane starts digging into the past, the question isn’t whether she can uncover what really happened that night…it’s what will remain of her family if she does?”