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…The Girls at 17 Swann Street, by Yara Zgheib This novel opens with the protagonist, Anna, entering a treatment facility for anorexia. As you can see, I’m not very far into it yet, but it’s already a bit of an intense read.
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, by Fredrik Backman I was first introduced to Fredrik Backman through A Man Called Ove, which I absolutely loved. I then realized that my book club had read this book before I joined, and I had to see what I missed. This novel follows the story of seven year old Elsa following the death of her grandmother, who happened to be her very best (and only) friend. It also features the titular character of Britt-Marie Was Here and takes place before that novel. This is super sweet and funny so far, and it’s Fredrik Backman, so I know it’s going to make me cry.
Before We Were Strangers, by Brenda Novak I received an ARC of this courtesy of The Girly Book Club and Booktrib. This is a mystery/thriller novel coming December 4th which follows the story of a young woman Sloane McBride as she tries to investigate the disappearance of her mother… twenty years after the fact.
I recently finished reading…When the Lights Go Out, by Mary Kubica (review) I was not a fan of this mystery/thriller; your mileage may vary. It has plenty of five star reviews absolutely raving about it, but it’s also currently holding a 3.26 average on Goodreads, so I definitely wasn’t the only one who wasn’t impressed. If you liked Mary Kubica’s other books, you’ll probably enjoy this one as well, but it almost certainly won’t be your favorite. The storytelling itself was mostly okay (with occasional instances of bafflingly clunky prose) but the conclusion absolutely killed it for me.
Daisy Jones and The Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid (review to come) This is an ARC and the book release is scheduled for March 2019. A review will be scheduled for around that time. Daisy Jones and The Six is the story of a fictional rock band from the 1970’s, told in documentary style. I enjoyed this a lot, but I think I may have enjoyed it more had it not been for the format. Seriously, the whole book is told as if it’s an interview, and it got stale for me after a while. I was invested enough in the story itself that I’d still probably rate this four stars, but I think it would have been an easy five stars for me had the interview portions been broken up with a more traditional narrative format rather than… the whole book.
Her Pretty Face, by Robyn Harding (review to come) I’m struggling to come up with a rating for this one; I liked the reading experience well enough because I found the characters interesting, but it’s meant to be a mystery and I saw most of the major plot points coming a mile away. Harding makes attempts at misdirection, but they are so heavy-handed that the deception is obvious. You can’t spend chapters at a time telling me someone is a killer early in the novel without it becoming apparent that I need to look elsewhere or else the book would be a lot shorter.
Our House, by Louise Candlish This one (another mystery/thriller novel, by the way; I didn’t plan to be reading this many at once but library holds come in when they want to and not when I’m in the mood for a certain type of book) had a fun concept. Fiona Lawson comes home from a business trip to find that the house she has been sharing with her ex husband has apparently been sold. And the ex husband is nowhere to be found. It transitions between Fiona and her ex, Bram, and the mystery slowly unfolds. I do mean slowly. Our House had a really fun concept but it definitely suffered from some pacing issues.
Up next…The Only Woman in the Room, by Marie Benedict This is another ARC I received from The Girly Book Club and Booktrib. This historical fiction novel should be a nice change of pace for me after the mystery/thriller overload this past week. Here’s the book blurb:
She was beautiful. She was a genius. Could the world handle both? A powerful, illuminating novel about Hedy Lamarr. Hedy Kiesler is lucky. Her beauty leads to a starring role in a controversial film and marriage to a powerful Austrian arms dealer, allowing her to evade Nazi persecution despite her Jewish heritage. But Hedy is also intelligent. At lavish Vienna dinner parties, she overhears the Third Reich’s plans. One night in 1937, desperate to escape her controlling husband and the rise of the Nazis, she disguises herself and flees her husband’s castle. She lands in Hollywood, where she becomes Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But Hedy is keeping a secret even more shocking than her Jewish heritage: she is a scientist. She has an idea that might help the country and that might ease her guilt for escaping alone — if anyone will listen to her. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece.