Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wishing for Wednesday: Secrets & Betrayal

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to 
spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. 

This week two thrillers have caught my attention . . . 

The Wife by Alafair Burke (352 pgs)
Release Date: January 23, 2018 by Harper
When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother’s home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past. 
Six years later, thanks to a bestselling book and a growing media career, Jason has become a cultural lightning rod, placing Angela near the spotlight she worked so carefully to avoid. When a college intern makes an accusation against Jason, and another woman, Kerry Lynch, comes forward with an even more troubling allegation, their perfect life begins to unravel. Jason insists he is innocent, and Angela believes him. But when Kerry disappears, Angela is forced to take a closer look at the man she married. And when she is asked to defend Jason in court, she realizes that her loyalty to her husband could unearth old secrets. 
This much-anticipated follow-up to Burke’s Edgar-nominated The Ex asks how far a wife will go to protect the man she loves: Will she stand by his side, even if he drags her down with him?  [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read it: Alfair Burke's name is enough to make me want to read this one. While the premise doesn't sound entirely new, I know to expect a great story and lots of suspense when reading something by Burke.


The Burial Society by Nina Sadowsky (352 pgs)
Release Date: January 30, 2018 by Ballantine

A woman running from a dark past stumbles upon a tangled nest of seductions and family secrets in this psychological thriller of obsession and betrayal. 
When Natalie discovers her father dead in a luxury hotel room in Paris, she's terrified that his death--or is it a murder?--will open up a history she'd rather forget. Years before, her mother went missing from their home in a wealthy Connecticut suburb, triggering a chain of violence that echoed through the years. Now Natalie is set on a collision course with her brother, who has secrets of his own. And watching from the shadows is a mysterious and alluring woman with a talent for making people in trouble disappear, who holds more answers than anyone would guess. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read it: I admit the cover of this one caught my eye, and I cannot resist a story involving secrets.

Do either of these sound like something you would like to read too?

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10 Bookish Goals for 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely Jana at The Artsy Reader Girl.

I tend to be loose with any bookish goals I set because I do not want my reading or blogging to become too much of a chore. It is something I do for myself. Still, there is something to be said for taking on challenges and setting goals even in the lighter sense. I talked about some of my bookish goals in my 2017: A Year in Review post, including a few of the reading challenges I am taking part in this year. You may recognize some in today's Top Ten Tuesday: my Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2018. As it is early in the year still, I am feeling rather optimistic. Check back with me at the end of the year to see how I did!

1. Read more Classics ~ I joined the  the Classics Club last year and have barely made a dent in the 50 Classics I committed to read over the next five years. 

2. Read Les Misérables by Victor Hugo ~ Along with my goal to read more Classics, I am hoping to knock out this one before the end of the year. I am taking part in a year long Les Misérables Read-Along, reading a chapter a day. 

3. Read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy ~ I am also working my way through War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy this year along with the Goodreads group, The Lit Collective. This will be my third or fourth attempt; so fingers crossed!

4. Catch up with my NetGalley/Edelweiss reading ~ Seriously. This should be my number one goal. 

5. Read more of my older TBR books ~ In direct competition with #4, I would like to work my way through some of my existing TBR books. 

6. Catch up on at least two favorite series ~ I'm leaving it open, but Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone series is at the top of my list.

7. Increase the number of audio books I listen to ~ I got to eight this past year. I think I can improve on that, don't you? 

8. Read more chapter books with my daughter ~ I also want to explore with her different genres to find out which ones she likes best.

9. Read more poetry ~ I would like to not only read more poetry this year, but also have a monthly or bi-monthly feature in which I either review a poetry collection I have read, share a poem, a guest post or an interview.  (If you are interested in writing a guest post, please let me know!)

10. Reading Challenges ~ I want to complete the reading challenges I signed up for to my satisfaction.

Do you have any reading goals for this year? What are they?

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bookish Thoughts: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (Audio)

You do not enter a race to lose. ~ Opening of Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo, narrated by Mozhan Marno
Random House, 2017
Fantasy (YA); 376 pgs (12hrs)
Source: I purchased a copy for my listening pleasure.

High on the thrill of the recent Wonder Woman movie, I was interested in giving Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer a try. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, although I knew Bardugo was an author I had been wanting to read for a while. Wonder Woman and I go way back to the days of Linda Carter, when she magically changed into her blue, red and white costume as she twirled around to sound effects and music. In the TV series set during World War II, she battled Nazis and other especially evil bad guys. I had been skeptical about the 2017 movie, but I ended up loving it. Gal Gadot was perfect as Wonder Woman. Would Bardugo’s version of Wonder Woman and her backstory measure up? I had to find out.

Mozhan Marno, an actress on the Blacklist television show, narrates the audio version of Wonder Woman: Warbringer. I thought she did a good job of pulling me into the story and making me feel like I was a part of the characters’ lives.

I liked that Bardugo is able to get across just how different Diana is not only from mortals but also from the Amazons. She did not come to the island the same way as the other women did, dying a heroic death. Diana, a teenager, longs to prove to the Amazons she belongs and to find her place among them. When a ship wreck leads to her saving a teenage girl, Diana risks exile if she’s discovered. It soon becomes clear that the mortal girl’s presence on the island is detrimental to the Amazons, and Diana must make a choice.

Bardugo takes an iconic character and creates her own Wonder Woman story tied to legends and myths of old. Alia, the mortal girl, is being hunted by those who think she is a catalyst of war. I especially liked Alia’s backstory—or the backstory of who and what she is, to be more exact. I found it all very intriguing.

I found the book slow in spots, particularly when Diana first sets foot in New York. Her fascination with everything and everyone she encounters is interesting enough, but it dragged on a bit too long. Once Diana, Alia and friends are at the ball, however, the book picked back up for me. There was a definite YA feel to the novel (which, it is—so no surprise there), and the expected action sequences, shows of strength, a hint of romance and coming into one’s own for both Alia and Diana. There were expected and unexpected twists. Overall I enjoyed Women Woman: Warbringer, although it didn’t quite live up the hype surrounding it.

To learn more about author Leigh Bardugo and her work, please visit the author's website

To learn more about narrator Mozhan Marno and her work, please visit her on Twitter

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Weekly Mews: January TBR Winner!

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by the wonderful Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about.

What I Am Reading: Today was the start of the second phase of the #COYER Winter Switch Challenge and for me that means that List portion of the challenge. I am really excited about my reading options. I plan to start my TBR List winner this weekend, which just so happens to be on the list. I finished a couple of crime fiction novels in the nick of time for the first phase of the challenge: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn and Claws for Concern by Miranda James. At the moment though, I am playing catch up for my year long read-along of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables. I am not too far behind, but got side tracked this week and skipped a few of my daily readings.

What I Am Watching: I watched the latest episode of The Brave this past week and am catching up on season 12 of Supernatural. We did get to see Coco last weekend as planned, and we all loved it. Have you seen it? It's a sweet movie--a bit sad. Mouse is already talking about wanting to get it on Blu-Ray when it comes out.

Off the Blog: Life is beginning to return to normal now that the holidays are finally behind us and the last of our company has returned home. This weekend we hope to finally get the Christmas decorations put away.

We got a good amount of rain the first of the week. I can see snow on some of mountains in the distance finally. Unfortunately for some, the recent storms proved fatal in recent fire zones due to mudslides. My area only got very wet, with some minor street flooding.

Mouse has two loose teeth, and she's quite thrilled about it--her first two. We were talking about the tooth fairy the other night, and she told me she wants to keep the first tooth she loses even if it means the tooth fairy does not leave her behind anything. She said the tooth fairy can have the second tooth.

My mother's second surgery went well, thankfully. Hopefully her recovery will be as quick and smooth as it was this past December. Thank you for all your prayers and good thoughts!

What I Am Grateful For:  Tea parties with my daughter, quiet reading lunches, and hugs from my family.

Our recent indulgence from Great Shakes

Tell me about what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? How was your week? Do you have anything planned for this coming week?

Thank you for helping me decide what book from my TBR collection I should read next:

My TBR List is a meme hosted by the awesome Michelle at Because Reading. It’s a fun way to choose a book from your TBR pile to read. The 1st Saturday of every month, I will list 3 books I am considering reading and take a poll as to which you think I should read. I will read the winner that month, and my review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 

Thank you to all who voted in this month's TBR List poll. The results come in at the perfect time too, on the heels of my finishing two crime fiction novels I had been reading. The winner was pretty clear from the beginning if the comments were to be believed, and it held true right to the end. His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik received 3 votes (10.3%) and Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews got 10 votes (34.5%). The winner, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, won with 16 votes (55.2%). Wicked Lovely has been on my TBR shelf for quite a while now, and I am looking forward to reading it!

Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1) by Melissa Marr
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries. Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens. 
Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries. Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer. 
Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention. But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires. 
Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything. 
Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale. [Goodreads Summary]

Thank you for voting! I hope you all have a wonderful week and Happy Reading!

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Where Is Your Bookmark? (The Woman in the Window and Best & Worst of 2017)

I am in the middle of reading The Woman in the Window, as I race to finish it for the final day of the Strict portion of the COYER Winter Switch challenge. I think I will make it. It seems to have a lot of positive buzz around it, and I have to admit I am enjoying it quite a bit. It has  Girl on the Train sort of feel, but is different enough to make it something else entirely.

What did she see? It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself? [Goodreads Summary]

A weekly meme where readers share the first sentence of the book they are reading and say what they think. Hosted by the wonderful Gillion Dumas of Rose City Reader.

Her husband's almost home. He'll catch her this time.

My thoughts: What will he catch her doing? Who is he? Who is she? All of these questions came to mind when I read the opening paragraph. I was hooked immediately.

A weekly meme in which readers share a random sentence or two from page 56 or 56% of the book they are reading. Hosted by the wonderful Freda of Freda's Voice.

I too am a PhD. I too can be ruthlessly logical. 
Next move.  [56%]

My thoughts: Sounds like the ante has just been upped. Game on.

What do you think? Does this sound like something you would be interested in reading? 


Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Each week, Carrie at The Butterfly Reads and Laura from Blue Eye Books ask participants to list what they like and don't like about that week's topic.

This week's topic is Best/Worst Book Read in 2017

Five books earned my top rating last year and to choose a favorite of those five would be torture impossible. How do I choose between them?! I was able to narrow it down to three, which was tough enough, but I just cannot bare to pick one top favorite. All three of these books moved me immensely when I read them. You can read my reasons why in my 2017: Year in Review post.

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Of all the books I read last year, my least favorite was A Brave New World. I even rated the David Sedaris book, Holidays on Ice,  half a point higher, and I did not care for that one either. I listened to the audio version of Aldous Huxley's novel, narrated by Michael York, after being unable to read a print copy despite multiple efforts. At least this time I finished it.

What was your best and worst book read in 2017?

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