WWW Wednesday 10/17/2018

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?

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The Sisters Hemmingway, by Annie England Noblin
This is an ARC I’m reading for the blogging I do for The Girly Book Club. It’s the story of three sisters who are going back to their hometown for the first time in years for the funeral of the aunt who raised them. I’m enjoying this one so far. I will have a review posted here when the book comes out in February.

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be, by Rachel Hollis
Self help type books aren’t really my thing, but a few girls from my book club were raving about this one, so I decided to give it a chance. It’s not really doing much for me, honestly, although to be fair, that may be because large chunks of it are related to parenting and I’m sitting here happily childless like, “…can’t relate.”

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Britt-Marie Was Here, by Fredrik Backman
This was my second book by Backman, the first being A Man Called Ove. I really enjoyed this novel, although perhaps not as much as A Man Called Ove. Both books have a lot of similarities; a curmudgeonly older protagonist who is lonely and finds love and meaning in an unexpected place. I will have a full review up soon.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, by Hank Green
I’ve always found John Green’s work to be overrated (sorry if you love his books, but they’re just not for me), but I was a bit curious about what Hank would produce. I was seriously pleasantly surprised by this one. What a fun, weird novel! This is categorized on GoodReads as YA, but I’d consider it more New Adult, and I think it can be enjoyable for a wide age range. Read my review here.

Salt for Air, by M. C. Frank
The author sent me a copy of this for her upcoming release. I haven’t written a review yet because I’m still kind of gathering my thoughts. It’s a YA novel about a lonely teenage girl who finds herself face to face with the subject of her fanfiction. This wasn’t really for me, but I can see it appealing to Twilight‘s fanbase. Review to come soon.

Muse of Nightmares, by Laini Taylor
This was the sequel to Strange The Dreamer and definitely a worthy follow-up in my opinion. Excellent character development, immersive world building, and the answers to many questions left from the first book make this a page-turner. If you’re new to the series, read my review for Strange the Dreamer here. My review for Muse of Nightmares is here.

The Dreamers, by Karen Thompson Walker
This was an ARC for a book coming in January. I had really mixed feelings about it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, but when I got to the end and looked back, the story felt really thin and lacking in resolution. The novel is about a mysterious sleeping sickness that breaks out in a college town. It was lovely with dreamy, lyrical writing, but I wanted answers at the end that I never got. Nevertheless, it felt worth reading.

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House of Gold, by Natasha Solomons

This is a title coming later this month which I received through NetGalley. (This is a repeat from last week’s WWW Wednesday, because I’m terrible at TBRs. But I totally mean it this time.)

“From the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford, an epic family saga about a headstrong Austrian heiress who will be forced to choose between the family she’s made and the family that made her at the outbreak of World War I.

Vienna, 1911. Twenty-one-year-old Greta Goldbaum has always hungered after what’s forbidden: secret university lectures, unseemly trumpet lessons, and most of all, the freedom to choose her life’s path.

The Goldbaum family has different expectations. United across Europe by unsurpassed wealth and power, Goldbaum men are bankers, while Goldbaum women marry Goldbaum men to produce Goldbaum children. Greta will do her part.

So Greta moves to England to wed Albert, a distant cousin. The marriage is not a success. Yet, when Albert’s mother gives Greta a garden, things at Temple Court begin to change. First Greta falls in love with her garden, then with England, and finally with her husband. But when World War I sends both Albert and Greta’s beloved brother, Otto, to the front lines–one to fight for the Allies, one to fight for the Central Powers–the House of Gold is left vulnerable as never before, and Greta must choose: the family she’s created or the one she was forced to leave behind.

Set against a nuanced portrait of World War I, this is a sweeping family saga rich in historical atmosphere and heartbreakingly human characters. House of Gold is Natasha Solomons’s most dazzling and moving novel yet.”

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WWW Wednesday 10/10/2018

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Muse of Nightmares, by Laini Taylor
The sequel to Strange the Dreamer is finally here! If you haven’t started reading this series, I can’t recommend it strongly enough. Laini Taylor has such a magical voice and a beautiful gift for storytelling. This is a YA fantasy series, but definitely translates well to an adult audience.

Salt for Air, by M. C. Frank
This is an ARC which I received from the author; the book is set to be released October 23. Seventeen year old Ellie is shocked to find herself face to face with the subject of her fanfiction; no, not the actor from the TV show… an actual merman. So far, this book feels like a good fit for fans of Eliza and her Monsters. 

The Dreamers, by Karen Thompson Walker
This is an ARC of a January release which I received from NetGalley. The novel has (fittingly enough) a really dreamy feel to it. A mysterious sleeping sickness breaks out on a college campus which causes the sufferers to fall into what seems to be a normal sleep… except for the fact that they cannot be woken.

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Dead Ringer, by Kate Kessler
In case you missed it, here is my review. This is a mystery/thriller novel about a serial killer that targets twins. The concept seemed to have a lot of potential for a really creepy book, but this one fell flat for me.

The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah
I also have a review up for this one. The Great Alone follows the story of a young girl named Leni as she moves to the Alaskan wilderness with her parents. Her father is is Vietnam veteran with severe PTSD, exacerbating his violent temper. Leni is coming of age in an environment where she feels little safety inside or outside her home.

Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik
I haven’t posted a review for this one yet because I’m still kind of mulling it over. I had seen this book hyped up all over the book blogging community, but I didn’t like it as much as I’d hoped. The story itself was enjoyable, but I had a hard time connecting with Novik’s writing style and I felt like there were too many POV characters.

Up next…

House of Gold, by Natasha Solomons

This is a title coming later this month which I received through NetGalley.

“From the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford, an epic family saga about a headstrong Austrian heiress who will be forced to choose between the family she’s made and the family that made her at the outbreak of World War I.

Vienna, 1911. Twenty-one-year-old Greta Goldbaum has always hungered after what’s forbidden: secret university lectures, unseemly trumpet lessons, and most of all, the freedom to choose her life’s path.

The Goldbaum family has different expectations. United across Europe by unsurpassed wealth and power, Goldbaum men are bankers, while Goldbaum women marry Goldbaum men to produce Goldbaum children. Greta will do her part.

So Greta moves to England to wed Albert, a distant cousin. The marriage is not a success. Yet, when Albert’s mother gives Greta a garden, things at Temple Court begin to change. First Greta falls in love with her garden, then with England, and finally with her husband. But when World War I sends both Albert and Greta’s beloved brother, Otto, to the front lines–one to fight for the Allies, one to fight for the Central Powers–the House of Gold is left vulnerable as never before, and Greta must choose: the family she’s created or the one she was forced to leave behind.

Set against a nuanced portrait of World War I, this is a sweeping family saga rich in historical atmosphere and heartbreakingly human characters. House of Gold is Natasha Solomons’s most dazzling and moving novel yet.”

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WWW Wednesday 10/03/18

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Well, I clearly have zero attention span right now.

The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah
This seems like a kind of coming of age story so far. Leni, the protagonist, is a 13 year old girl who has recently moved to Alaska. Her father is a traumatized former POW from Vietnam and thinks living off the grid in Alaska is the answer to all of his problems.

Dead Ringer, by Kate Kessler
I won this ARC in a GoodReads giveaway; the book will be released 10/23/18. The protagonist, Rachel, is an FBI agent working to catch a serial killer who targets twins. “Gemini” kidnaps one twin and tortures the other by sending them photos of the captive sibling. Rachel’s own sister was taken by Gemini years earlier and she is determined to be the one to stop him.

The Dreamers, by Karen Thompson Walker
This is a NetGalley ARC of a book coming in January 2019. A mysterious sleeping sickness breaks out at a college. Sufferers appear to be healthy and in a normal sleeping state in every way except for the fact that they cannot be woken. I’m relatively early in this book so I can’t speak much to the quality of the plot yet, but I’m loving Walker’s style so far.

Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik
This is a gorgeous re-imagining of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale. I’ve been reading this for going on two weeks now, and I honestly don’t know why it’s such slow going for me. I’m enjoying the story and normally I’d devour a book like this pretty quickly. Oh, well. Let’s say I’m savoring it.

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I skipped my WWW Wedensday post last week, so this is quite the list.

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The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern (review)
This was a super atmospheric novel about a circus, magic, and love. To be honest, I didn’t buy in to the love story at all, but I loved the other bits of the novel enough that I didn’t really care.

Evidence of the Affair, by Taylor Jenkins Reid (review)
A new short story by Taylor Jenkins Reid was just what I needed to tide me over until Daisy Jones and the Six comes out. (I’ve been dying to get my hands on an ARC, but no such luck so far. I contacted the publisher and put a request in through NetGalley to no avail. ARC gods, are you listening?)

Tilda’s Promise, by Jean P. Moore (review)
I received this book through BookSparks. It was a bit outside of my normal reading habits, but I definitely thought it was worth checking out. It follows the story of an older woman dealing with the recent death of her husbands. Themes of family and culture were strong throughout.

Fellside, by M. R. Carey (review to come)
I loved The Girl With All the Gifts, so I was a bit disappointed to end up just liking this one. There was a really interesting story, but it was buried under a lot of other stuff I just didn’t find engaging at all.

Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture, Roxane Gay (review to come)
This is a collection of essays by various authors, edited and introduced by Roxane Gay. All of them (obviously) deal with rape culture in one way or another. A common thread seems to be that, as long as a woman survives an instance of assault or harassment, she minimizes her experience. We as women tend to be hesitant to make waves when there is always someone who has it worse. Our pain has become normalized to the point where victims often find themselves unable to assert that their treatment was unacceptable.

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale, by Jane Yolen (review to come)
This is an anthology of fractured fairy tales. The style and tone widely various throughout. These were a bit hit and miss for me.

The Secret History, by Donna Tartt (review to come)
I’ve heard so much about this book that I feel like the last person on earth to get around to reading it. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a book this much while hating the majority of the characters.

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Salt for Air, by M. C.  Frank
The author was kind enough to provide an ARC of this 10/23/18 release. This is next up on the agenda! 🙂

Greek mythology meets The Little Mermaid in this delicious fantasy novel about a quiet, nerdy girl who meets a mer prince in her bathroom. Perfect for fans of The Heroes of Olympus and the Lux series. Seventeen-year-old Ellie dreams of mermen. She writes fanfiction about them and spends time in underwater kingdoms in her imagination, trying to escape the sad reality: she is an orphan. And not only that, but she’s bullied every day at school -she’s a nerd, she hates sports, she loves books and she used to be overweight. What’s not to bully? One day, the bullies go too far. They try to drown her, but at the last minute an otherworldly creature shows up in the water. He keeps her breathing and tells her to live: “How will you be able to save anyone if you can’t even save yourself?” She thinks it was a dream, but the emerald-eyed merman boy who rescued her appears in her school the next day. Is he really the exiled prince of an ancient kingdom that’s on the brink of utter destruction? And is he asking her to save him? Or is something far more sinister and deadly lurking in the water that surrounds her little Greek town? When myth and reality collide, can love save their lives?

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WWW Wednesday 09/19/2018

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The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
This book is totally enchanting. I’ve had a copy lying around the house for almost a year and finally got around to picking it up. I’m regretting not reading it sooner, although autumn does feel like the perfect time of year for this story.

Tilda’s Promise, by Jean P. Moore
I received a review copy of this courtesy of BookSparks. The main character is an older woman dealing with the recent death of her husband.

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale, by Jane Yolen
I’m still slowly working my way through this NetGalley ARC. I love fractured fairy tales but so far these just aren’t grabbing me. The changes just don’t feel particularly imaginative or interesting. I’m only about 20% of the way through, though, so hopefully it gets better.

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The Rule of One, by Ashley and Leslie Saunders
I received an ARC of this through the blogging I do for The Girly Book Club. This is a fast-paced young adult dystopian novel following the story of twin sisters living in secret in a near-future America where a one child law is strictly enforced. Review to come soon! The book will be released 10/01/18, although it’s available now through Amazon’s Kindle First Reads for September.

Where the Line Bleeds, by Jesmyn Ward
I picked up a copy of this after reading Sing, Unburied, Sing for my book club. It was well-written, but definitely fell a little flat about Sing, Unburied, Sing. I’ll try to get a full review up soon.

Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff
This was the story of a marriage, told in two parts. The fist half focused on the husband’s perspective, and the second half focused on the wife’s. The second half felt a lot stronger than the first, but perhaps that was just because I found the husband unbearably arrogant and obnoxious. A full review is scheduled for tomorrow!

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Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik

Oops. This is a repeat from last week’s post. I still haven’t managed to start it. I really mean it this time, though.

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand. ”

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WWW Wednesday 09/12/2018

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Where the Line Bleeds by Jesmyn Ward and The Rule of One, by Ashley & Leslie Saunders, both feature sets of twins for main characters, so I’m suffering from twin overload right now.

I picked up Where the Line Bleeds recently after finishing Sing, Unburied, Sing for my book club. I’m liking this one well enough, but I do think Sing, Unburied, Sing is the stronger novel. It felt very atmospheric and lyrical, whereas Where the Line Bleeds just feels… overly descriptive at times.

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale is one of my latest NetGalley ARCs. I adore fairy tales, especially fractured fairy tales, but this one isn’t grabbing me as much as I’d hoped. Hopefully it gets better as I get further into it.

The Rule of One was originally on my August TBR when I got an email back in July that I was on its way to me. Then it finally arrived in the mail two days ago. I’m already about halfway through this. It’s a young adult sci-fi/dystopian novel, and it’s super fast-paced and fun.

I recently finished reading…

Force of Nature by Jane Harper is a continuation of Harper’s first novel, The Dry, but also works as a standalone book. When a woman goes missing in the Australian wilderness during a work retreat, Detective Aaron Falk is desperate to solve the case. Did her position as an informant regarding her employer’s shady business dealings put her in danger, or is there another suspect?

VOX, by Christina Dalcher is a sci-fi/dystopian novel in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale. I have a review for this scheduled to go up on Friday.

Silent All These Years is T. A. Massa’s debut novel, and was just released yesterday. The protagonist, Melanie, learns that she has inherited a large sum of money… from her deceased mother’s former employer. Her mother died under mysterious circumstances while under his employment, and Melanie worries that guilt is the motivation for the bequeathment. Can she accept the money without knowing the truth? Will searching for the truth put her in danger? Look for my review tomorrow!

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36896898I am forever trying to catch up on my Book of the Month selections. Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik is up next!

“Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.”

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WWW Wednesday 09/05/2018

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I’m still working on my mission to catch up on all of my Book of the Month books, and Ghostedby Rosie Walsh is the current installment of that never-ending adventure. I’m about 150 pages into this one and enjoying it well enough so far. It’s basically half love story, half mystery, and the mystery is definitely more engaging than the love story.

I read The Dry, by Jane Harper with my book club a little while back and loved it, so I thought I’d give Force of Nature a try. Both books are about a detective named Aaron Falk, and while Force of Nature is billed as a sequel, it seems like it could be read as a standalone book. There are passing references to events of The Dry that might make it more enjoyable if you’ve read both books, but you won’t be lost without The Dry as a reference.

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Rust & Stardust, by T. Greenwood (reviewed here) is a novelization of the true crime that inspired Nabokov’s Lolita. The subject matter made me incredibly hesitant to pick up this book, but I’m glad I gave it a chance. Greenwood handled the topic with utmost sensitivity and respect for the victim.

The Woman in the Window, by A. J. Finn (review to come soon) was my last book in the effort to catch up on Book of the Month. This was a mystery/thriller told from the perspective of Anna Fox, an agoraphobic woman who witnesses a crime while spying through her neighbor’s window. I really loved Anna and this was a fun book, but I feel like it was maybe a little over-hyped.

Liane Moriarty has a new book coming out in November (Nine Perfect Strangers) and seeing it everywhere online got me in the mood to read another one of her books. Truly Madly Guilty (review to come soon) was my second Moriarty book. It had excellent character development and really dug into the psychology of all of the major characters (this seems to be her trademark) but I do think I preferred Big Little Lies to this one. If you haven’t read any Moriarty, I wouldn’t start with this one.

The Things We Learn When We’re Dead (reviewed here) was kindly sent to me by the author, Charlie Laidlaw. This was kind of a fun, science fiction retelling of the Wizard of Oz. Lorna Love wakes up in what she believes to be a hospital, only to find that she was hit by a car and is actually in the afterlife.

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How to Fracture a Fairy Tale, by Jane Yolen, was a NetGalley request that just came through. I love fractured fairy tales and that cover is beyond gorgeous, so I couldn’t resist.

Silent All These Years, by T. A. Massa is a repeat from last week. The author sent me an ARC of this thriller which is coming out September 13th. I should have a review up for release day!

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WWW Wednesday 08/29/2018

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The Things We Learn When We’re Deadby Charlie Laidlaw
This one is a sci-fi story about life after death. I’m still pretty early in the book, but I’m loving the concept.

The Woman in the Windowby A. J. Finn
Anna Fox is an agoraphobic woman who has witnessed a crime while spying through her neighbor’s window. The problem is no one believes her. I’m a little over halfway through this one and it’s ridiculously compelling.

Rust & Stardustby T. Greenwood
I was very hesitant to pick this one up because of the subject matter (the real-life abduction of a little girl, Sally Horner, by a child predator who held her captive for nearly two years) but after seeing nothing but glowing reviews, I figured I’d swallow my discomfort and give it a chance. Greenwood handles the topic with appropriate sensitivity in my opinion, and the writing is lyrical and lovely.

I recently finished reading…

Sometimes I Lieby Alice Feeney
This is a fun thriller where the protagonist is in a coma. She finds herself in the hospital able to hear everything around her but struggling to remember what put her there. Read my review here.

Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward
A lyrical, dreamy novel with a hefty dose of magical realism, I highly recommend checking this one out. Read my review here.

The Witch of Willow Hall, by Hester Fox
This was an ARC I received through NetGalley and is Fox’s debut novel. Look for my review when the book is released on October 2nd!

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The author, T. A. Massa, was kind enough to send me an ARC of Silent All These Years. I should have a review up on the release date, September 13th.

Synopsis:

“A broken daughter’s search for the truth unwinds a spiraling journey of panic, lust, and murder in this manipulative thriller from debut author T. A. Massa.

Melanie Stewart has just been left ten million dollars by a man she never knew. Should she accept the money? What if it means her mother, Marilyn, who died when she was only three years old, was murdered by the man who left it to her?

Melanie is trapped with crippling anxiety after the loss of her mother at a young age and the fatal stabbing of her fiancé on the night of their engagement.

When she discovers she has been written into the will of Roger Andrews, a name linked to the mysterious death of her mother, Melanie must trudge down a path of buried memories, reliving painful heartache, all while attempting to restart her life and trust a new admirer.

Told from the alternating perspectives of Melanie’s investigation and Marilyn’s last weeks leading up to her death, the clues unravel one by one, leaving you guessing until the final climax. Who should Melanie trust? What happened to Marilyn all those years ago?”
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