Saturday, October 09, 2021

Weekly Mews: An Ordinary Week But With Good Books

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer and The Sunday Salon (TSS) hosted by Deb Nance of Readerbuzz  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. I am also linking It's Monday! What Are you Reading? hosted by Kathryn of Book Date where readers talk about what they have been, are and will be reading.






In reading . . . 
Then

I slipped A Spindle Splintered (Fractured Fables #1) by Alix E. Harrow in early in the week and just finished reading Erin Sterling's The Ex Hex, both of which I enjoyed. 


Now

I wish I could tell you I made a lot of progress in Nancy Marie Brown's The Real Valkyrie: The Hidden History of Viking Warrior Women, but the truth is I barely picked it up this past week. I was more in the mood for escape and something light. To be honest, I find myself going back and forth about whether I will finish this one.


Next

I am looking forward to reading this month's TBR List winner (thank you to all who voted!).  Three other of my books also vying for my attention right now are Mango, Mambo, and Murder (A Caribbean Kitchen Mystery #1) by Raquel V. Reyes, The Outlaw Demon Wails (The Hollows #6), and The Keeper of Night (#1) by Kylie Lee Baker. I am having a hard time deciding which direction to go. They all sound good! 



What I Have Been Watching

My husband and I decided to check out The Morning Show starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. We have only seen the first three episodes but are enjoying it so far. There's so much talent in the show! We watched the season finale of Ted Lasso.  I talked my family into watching the first couple episodes of The Wonder Years reboot. Reboots do not always work, but I highly recommend this one. 


Off the Blog

I wish I had something exciting to share, but the week was fairly normal. The new supervisor was out all week and I found myself working quite a bit of overtime as a result. There was also the usual shuttling of Mouse to her various extracurricular activities. My husband, daughter and I had a little music party last night, joining our Spotify lists and taking turns playing songs. It made for a fun family night--even if we stayed up much later than we should have. 


Sleepyhead


Catching the morning breeze

Tell me what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? How was your week?


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

My TBR List is 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. My review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 


This week's poll was very close between two of the contenders. The cozy mystery In the Company of Witches by Auralee Wallace came in third place with three votes. C.J. Cooke's The Lighthouse Witches, with its historical Gothic themes, came in second with eight votes. The leaves Cackle by Rachel Harrison, which won this month's poll with 9 votes! I hear the spiders will give me nightmares. I can't wait to see for myself!




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

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Saturday, October 02, 2021

Weekly Mews: Is It October Already? (Please Vote in October's TBR List Poll!)

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer and The Sunday Salon (TSS) hosted by Deb Nance of Readerbuzz  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. I am also linking It's Monday! What Are you Reading? hosted by Kathryn of Book Date where readers talk about what they have been, are and will be reading.

As part of my monthly wrap up, I am linking up to Nicole of Feed Your Addiction's Monthly Wrap-Up Post and Stacking the Shelves hosted by and Marlene of Reading Reality a meme in which participants share what new books came their way recently. 


In reading . . . 
Then

I recently finished reading The Rose Code by Kate Quinn, about three women working at Bletchley Park during World War II, which was really good. I found myself doing a little research as I was reading, matching truth with fiction--out of pure curiosity (and not for spoilers as my husband claims).


Now

I have made more headway with Nancy Marie Brown's The Real Valkyrie: The Hidden History of Viking Warrior Women. It has been slow going, but I am finding it interesting. I just started reading The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling, which I have heard is laugh out loud funny. I could use that right about now! 


Next

I am really looking forward to reading Alix E. Harrow's The Spindle Splintered, the first in her Fractured Fables series, and think I will be picking that up next. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by the same author is one of my favorite books. 



What I Have Been Watching

More Grimm. I am in the middle of season 4 now. I was not sure I liked the direction the show has taken early in the season, but it's growing on me. Rosalee remains my favorite character. New Amsterdam and The Masked Singer are both back and so my family and I have been keeping up with those shows via Hulu. Just one more episode of Ted Lasso to go this season. It's such a good show. 


Off the Blog

I still cannot quite believe it is October already. I think my brain is still back in September. My family and I seem to have found our fall rhythm more or less. Mouse and I both had dentist appointments recently and I am in the process of having a crown replaced. My TMJ Syndrome has flared up again and that on top of a 10 year old crown did not go together well, I guess. Mouse got to train under a visiting master ballet instructor this past week at her studio, and he gave them quite the workout. Nutcracker rehearsals are going well. My work is as busy as ever--even busier, really. We have had quite a few people absent due to illness, which has only increased everyone else's workload. The weather has been up and down. We had a really pleasant week and now the heat is back. I am already seeing Halloween decorations going up in the neighborhood. I do love the autumn season. 


 Surprise flowers from my husband celebrating the 
30th anniversary of when we became a couple. 

Tell me what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? How was your week?

New to the Shelves

Recent e-book purchase with reward points: 


The Last Graduate (The Scolomance #2) by Naomi Novik

Recent bookstore purchases (thanks, Mom, for the gift card!): 


The Orphan Witch by Paige Crutcher
Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Have you read any of these books? What books did you add to your TBR this past month? 


Monthly Wrap Up

Here is what I finished reading in September:
  • For a Few Demons More (The Hollows #5) by Kim Harrison
  • Witches Get Stitches (Stay a Spell #3) by Juliette Cross
  • The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
After my blogging break in August, I have been easing back in. My new work schedule does not allow for much time for myself, which means my blogging time has been impacted. It is a work in progress. My reading suffered this month too. I have not had the best of luck focusing long on a book.

How did your September shape up? Do you have a favorite among the books you read?


Challenge Progress:
The Summer COYER Challenge is where everything goes, with no limits and no conditions. I did not set a numeric goal, although I did hope to read more nonfiction during that time, as well as continue to try to catch up on some of my series and ARC reading. While I did not read nearly as much as I would have liked, I did not fare too badly. I just wish I had done better with the nonfiction part.
  • Witches Get Stitches by Juliette Cross
  • The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
  • Death at the Crystal Palance (Kat Holloway Below Stairs #5) by Jennifer Ashley
  • I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel
  • The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine
  • Vanessa's Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop by Rosselle Lim
  • A Fist Full of Charms (The Hollows #4 by Kim Harrison
  • Strange Beasts in China by Yan Ge
  • Be My Ghost (A Haunted Haven Mystery #1) by Carol J. Perry
  • For a Few Demons More (The Hollows #5 by Kim Harrison
With October comes the start of the Fall COYER Challenge (October through December). In this challenge, the rules are tightening back up a bit. Format and price do not matter but the books have to meet one of the Scavenger Hunt List categories (unlimited books per category). My goal is to read five books that met the scavenger hunt list requirements. Looking over the categories, I do not think that will be too hard. The goal, as always, is to have fun with my reading. 

For those participating in reading challenges this year, how you are doing? Are there any challenges you are struggling with? Which ones are you doing well in?


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

My TBR List is 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. My review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 

October always puts me in the mood for witchy reads (okay, so I am always in the mood for witchy reads) and these three are on my immediate TBR pile. Help me choose, please! They all sound so good! 


The Lighthouse Witches
by C.J. Cooke
Two sisters go missing on a remote Scottish island. Twenty years later, one is found--but she's still the same age as when she disappeared. The secrets of witches have reached across the centuries in this chilling Gothic thriller from the author of the acclaimed The Nesting.

When single mother Liv is commissioned to paint a mural in a 100-year-old lighthouse on a remote Scottish island, it's an opportunity to start over with her three daughters--Luna, Sapphire, and Clover. When two of her daughters go missing, she's frantic. She learns that the cave beneath the lighthouse was once a prison for women accused of witchcraft. The locals warn her about wildlings, supernatural beings who mimic human children, created by witches for revenge. Liv is told wildlings are dangerous and must be killed.

Twenty-two years later, Luna has been searching for her missing sisters and mother. When she receives a call about her youngest sister, Clover, she's initially ecstatic. Clover is the sister she remembers--except she's still seven years old, the age she was when she vanished. Luna is worried Clover is a wildling. Luna has few memories of her time on the island, but she'll have to return to find the truth of what happened to her family. But she doesn't realize just how much the truth will change her. [Goodreads Summary]


In the Company of Witches
(Evenfall Witches B&B #1) by Auralee Wallace
When a guest dies in the B&B she helps her aunts run, a young witch must rely on some good old-fashioned investigating to clear her aunt's name in this magical and charming new cozy mystery.

For four hundred years, the Warren witches have used their magic to quietly help the citizens of the sleepy New England town of Evenfall thrive. There's never been a problem they couldn't handle. But then Constance Graves--a local known for being argumentative and demanding--dies while staying at the bed and breakfast Brynn Warren maintains with her aunts. At first, it seems like an accident...but it soon becomes clear that there's something more sinister at work, and Aunt Nora is shaping up to be the prime suspect.

There's nothing Brynn wants more than to prove Nora's innocence, and it hurts her to know that even two years ago that might have been easier. Brynn, after all, is a witch of the dead--a witch who can commune with ghosts. Ghosts never remember much about their deaths, but Constance might remember something about her life that would help crack the case. But Brynn hasn't used her powers since her husband died, and isn't even sure she still can. Brynn will just have to hope that her aunts' magic and her own investigative skills will lead her to answers--and maybe back to the gift she once thought herself ready to give up forever.
[Goodreads Summary]

Cackle
by Rachel Harrison
All her life, Annie has played it nice and safe. After being unceremoniously dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Annie seeks a fresh start. She accepts a teaching position that moves her from Manhattan to a small village upstate. She’s stunned by how perfect and picturesque the town is. The people are all friendly and warm. Her new apartment is dreamy too, minus the oddly persistent spider infestation.

Then Annie meets Sophie. Beautiful, charming, magnetic Sophie, who takes a special interest in Annie, who wants to be her friend. More importantly, she wants Annie to stop apologizing and start living for herself. That’s how Sophie lives. Annie can’t help but gravitate toward the self-possessed Sophie, wanting to spend more and more time with her, despite the fact that the rest of the townsfolk seem…a little afraid of her. And like, okay. There are some things. Sophie’s appearance is uncanny and ageless, her mansion in the middle of the woods feels a little unearthly, and she does seem to wield a certain power…but she couldn’t be…could she?[Goodreads Summary]



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

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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Weekly Mews: Soon to be Fall

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer and The Sunday Salon (TSS) hosted by Deb Nance of Readerbuzz  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. I am also linking It's Monday! What Are you Reading? hosted by Kathryn of Book Date where readers talk about what they have been, are and will be reading.

I am linking up to Stacking the Shelves hosted by Marlene of Reading Reality a meme in which participants share what new books came their way recently. 



In reading . . . 
Then & Now

Not much has changed from last week. I am spreading out the reading of Juliette Cross's Stay a Spell holiday themed short story anthology, Walking in a Witchy Wonderland in between the time I spend on Nancy Marie Brown's The Real Valkyrie: The Hidden History of Viking Warrior Women and The Rose Code by Kate Quinn. Those of you who recommended The Rose Code weren't kidding about it being good! Thank you.


Next

I have a feeling I will be reading my current reads for awhile yet and so am not sure what I will pick up next. I have The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison queued up ready to go when I want to dive into the 6th book of the Hollows series. Shirley Jackson's short story The Lottery is also on my must read soon radar.



What I Have Been Watching


I have been binging on Grimm when I get a chance. My family and I are still watching the newer version of Charmed. I am not sure how I feel about this second season yet. It took a big turn from the first season. We have also been keeping up with Ted Lasso

 
New to the Shelves

My husband gifted me with a copy of European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #2) by Theodora Goss and my daughter made me a lovely bookmark to go with it. Many thanks and much love to both! 


Two new e-books were added to my e-reader which I couldn't resist because of the discount offered (I'm a sucker for a deal, what can I say? To be fair, they were on my wish list.):


Dear Justyce  (Dear Martin #2) by Nic Stone & The Women of Troy (#2) by Pat Barker


Off the Blog

I have much catching up to do from last week, including blog visits which are long overdue. I do my best to reciprocate blog visits, but sometimes I am unable to manage it in a timely manner, especially when my free time isn't my own. 

The Nutcracker audition went well last weekend and rehearsals started today. Mouse was not feeling well and so ended up coming home early from the studio and rehearsed via Zoom (she is feeling much better now).  I already have the Nutcracker ballet music stuck in my head and know from experience that it will be there through December! The cast list came out a couple days ago and Mouse was pleased with the parts she's been given. One of her best dance buddies is playing the lead which made her extra happy. 

During my mom's whirlwind visit she was able to find a house she liked and will soon be moving this way. She will be living less than 4 miles away instead of the 430 or so miles away we've been the past 25+ years. My husband, daughter and I are looking forward to having her closer. 

I worked in the office this past week and was able to see my staff in person along with my boss. I also met the new supervisor in person (for those who visited last weekend, not the one who interviewed--it's a long story). It was the kind of week in which I had to put in more overtime than I usually do. I have to admit I am glad I will be working from home this upcoming week.

You may notice the new blog design. I loved my old one quite a bit and stuck with it longer than I have any other design. Early in the year I decided to treat myself to a new design for my 15th blog anniversary (which came and went in July) and reached out to Michelle who had also done my previous one. Only a couple months later, I am finally putting it to use. Many thanks to Michelle at Limabean Designs for this wonderful and fun design! 

I am loving the cooler temperatures in the mornings and evenings! Does this mean fall is officially on its way in? I do not doubt summer will put up a fight. She always does. 


Tell me what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? What new books have you added to your bookshelves? How did your week shape up? 

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Weekly Mews: Interviews, Nutcracker Audition & a Too Short Holiday Weekend

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer and The Sunday Salon (TSS) hosted by Deb Nance of Readerbuzz  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. I am also linking It's Monday! What Are you Reading? hosted by Kathryn of Book Date where readers talk about what they have been, are and will be reading.






In reading . . . 
Then

I finished reading Witches Get Stitches by Juliette Cross this week. It is the third book in the author's Stay a Spell romance series featuring a family of witches. This one focused on Violet and the werewolf she keeps trying to resist. It was a steamy and fun read.


Now

I was not ready to leave New Orleans and the Savoie sisters just yet and so dived in the first story in Juliette Cross's Stay a Spell anthology, Walking in a Witchy Wonderland. I also have started reading a nonfiction book, The Real Valkyrie: The Hidden History of Viking Warrior Women by Nancy Marie Brown.

Mouse and I are still reading and enjoying Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James. Mouse recently also picked up The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge and has been reading it to me off and on.


Next

Next up will likely be my September TBR List winner.  I can't wait to read it! Chapter and Curse, the first in a new cozy mystery series by Elizabeth Penney, is also calling my name and I may not be able to resist it much longer. 



What I Have Been Watching

I have been watching more of the same. I am on the second seasons of Grimm and Charmed. My family and I checked out the first episode of Doogie Kamealoha, M.D., reboot of the 1990's Doogie Howser television show. I think we are going to like this show. It has some similarities to the original but is very much it's own, featuring a 16 year old doctor trying to balance life as a teenager and that of a doctor with a full time job. 


Off the Blog

It was a busy week but with the perk of an extra weekend day due to the Labor Day Holiday. At work, I sat in on interviews for a new supervisor early in the week. The candidates all seemed promising. The catch for my office is always the hours--the available shift is not a preferred one and tends to scare prospects away more often than not. Most of the people interviewed seemed okay with the hours/days though, and my manager made a selection Friday afternoon. The new supervisor will start the middle of October.

Mouse met with her Girl Scout troop this past week for their first meeting of the season. The weather was perfect for the outdoor meeting, held at a park. All their meetings last season were via Zoom and so it was nice to see everyone in person again. The girls have grown so much this past year.

It is a busy weekend for us. My mom is in town and Mouse had her usual dance classes on top of a Nutcracker audition (it went well) Saturday. Tomorrow she is attending a double birthday party for two of her friends. They are going mini golfing and then will have doughnuts in a nearby park. 

This next week is my week in the office. I will miss my furry work buddies.

Sleeping on the job
 
Tell me what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? How was your week?


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

My TBR List is 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. My review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 


I seem to be collecting Kate Quinn's novels and am grateful for your help in deciding which of her books to read first. It was really close with The Huntress coming in with 4 votes, The Alice Network with 5, and the winner, The Rose Code with 6 votes.


The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

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

© 2021, Musings of a Bookish Kitty. All Rights Reserved. If you're reading this on a site other than Musings of a Bookish Kitty or Wendy's feed, be aware that this post has been stolen and is used without permission.

Saturday, September 04, 2021

Weekly Mews: Binging on Witch Reads and Looking Back on August (Vote in September's TBR List Poll!)

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer and The Sunday Salon (TSS) hosted by Deb Nance of Readerbuzz  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. I am also linking It's Monday! What Are you Reading? hosted by Kathryn of Book Date where readers talk about what they have been, are and will be reading. I am linking up to Stacking the Shelves hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews and Marlene of Reading Reality a meme in which participants share what new books came their way recently. 



In reading . . . 
Then

As I slowly continue to make my way through Kim Harrison's Hollows series, I most recently finished reading For A Few Demons More (#5). It is an addicting urban fantasy series with a great cast of characters. 

My daughter was shocked when I told her I had never tried Manga before and insisted I read the first three volumes of Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama. She loves the series which features a young apprentice witch--and, of course, I am smitten with it too. 


Now

I seem to be in a witchy sort of mood because I am now reading Witches Get Stitches (Stay a Spell #3) by Juliette Cross. I am excited to finally be reading Violet and Nico's story. 

Mouse and I took a detour for a short while but are back to reading Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co #1) by Anna James together. We are enjoying it.

 
Next

Will the witch mood continue, I wonder? Witch Please (Fix-It Witch #1) by Ann Aguirre is sounding good. There is also the next book in the Kim Harrison Hollows series, The Outlaw Demon Wails (#6) that I am looking forward to diving into.  My eye keeps coming back to The Real Valkyerie: The Hidden History of Viking Warrior Women by Nancy Marie Brown though so that might be the way to go. It would be perfect if I want to reach my nonfiction challenge goal by the end of the year.



What I Have Been Watching

We continue to enjoy Ted Lasso. My favorite episode so far is one called "Rainbow" which was like an ode to all things rom-com. It was such a fun episode. 

This past month my daughter and I got into AJ and the Queen, starring RuPaul Charles and Izzy G, which we both are enjoying. We only have a couple episodes left. The show, about a drag queen and a young stowaway who are traveling cross country on tour, takes on some serious issues while at the same time being sweet and funny. I was sad to hear there will not be a second season. 

We also have been watching Charmed, the reboot version, about three sister witches. I really liked the original version, and, while there are some definite similarities (I can't help but make comparisions), and so was leery going into this new show, but I do like it so far.

As a musical loving family, we could not resist watching Schmigadoon, in which a couple having relationship trouble cross a bridge and find themselves in a musical. It was silly and over the top, sure, but that was expected. 

I am slowly making my way through the first season of the television series Grim, which is giving me my supernatural fix (along with Charmed, of course!). 

 
New to the Shelves


I was at my local independent bookstore picking up an order for my daughter and came across this one which had been recommended by a friend as well as the bookseller who had read and loved it. It is a historical fiction novel set during the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake: Vera by Carol Edgarian.


Although we were at the bookstore to pick up Witch Hat Atelier Volume 4 and 5 by Kamome Shirahama, I caved and also got Mouse What the Hex?! (Witches of Brooklyn #2) by Sophie Escabasse, Lola: A Ghost Story by J. Torres and illustrated by Elbert Or, and Back to the Drawing Board (Making Friends #2) by Kristen Gudsnuk.


Off the Blog

There is so much turmoil out there right now. It is hard not to be affected by it, even if not directly. My heart aches for those impacted by the fires in my own state and the hurricane and storms in the South and on the East Coast. The photos and news footage of the damage . . . so devastating. Add in what is happening in places like Afghanistan, not to mention other parts of the world and within my own country. Of course we can't forget COVID either, can we? The pandemic rages on.

In my own personal life: with August came the start of school for Mouse and a new work schedule for me. Mouse is happy to be back in the classroom again. Her dad and I have been keeping close watch on the virus numbers at her school, which fortunately remain low. I am still working a hybrid schedule (part working from home and part in the office) but there was a shift in my hours which is taking some getting used to. I kind of like it and hope it sticks. Early in August my car died and the cost was steep to get fixed. It could have been a lot worse though, so for that I am grateful. My mother-in-law was rushed to the hospital after a fall and it was discovered she had had a heart attack. She seems to be doing okay now and is taking it easy. Towards the end of the month, a long-time colleague of mine lost his battle with brain cancer.

A few other highlights:


My work buddy often comes and sits with me while I am working at home. She especially likes the heat coming off my monitor and laptop. 


Sometimes she sneaks onto my keyboard when I'm on the phone. 


 The Annie Musical turned out really well with only a few tech issues. The kids did an amazing job. Mouse also performed in two Showcase dances, showing off what she's learned in a couple of her dance classes. 


My mom drove into town for a visit and to see Mouse perform. We had an early birthday celebration for her before she had to head back home. 


My grandmother also had a birthday celebration in August, turning 104 years old. I was unable to attend, but I was with her in spirit. 


Mouse earned her much coveted pointe letter recently, having worked very hard over the past few years in her ballet classes. While ballet is not her first or even her second love, dancing en pointe has been a dream of hers. We are so proud of her! The studio owners/directors have a tradition of taking the new pointe students for their first pointe shoe fitting making it an even more special event for the girls.

And that just about sums up my August. 

Tell me what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? What new books have you added to your bookshelves? How did your August shape up? What did I miss while I was on my break? 


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

My TBR List is 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. My review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 

There is a saturation of World War novels in the market (not that I am complaining) and these three have garnered a lot of buzz since they came out. Featuring clever and resourceful women, each of these books made their way onto my Mount TBR, and I could use your help deciding which one to read first. 


The Alice Network 
by Kate Quinn
In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, code name Alice, the "queen of spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads. [Goodreads Summary]

The Huntress by Kate Quinn
From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Alice Network, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…

Bold, reckless Nina Markova grows up on the icy edge of Soviet Russia, dreaming of flight and fearing nothing. When the tide of war sweeps over her homeland, she gambles everything to join the infamous Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on Hitler’s eastern front. But when she is downed behind enemy lines and thrown across the path of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, Nina must use all her wits to survive.

British war correspondent Ian Graham has witnessed the horrors of war from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials. He abandons journalism after the war to become a Nazi hunter, yet one target eludes him: the Huntress. Fierce, disciplined Ian must join forces with brazen, cocksure Nina, the only witness to escape the Huntress alive. But a shared secret could derail their mission, unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.

Seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride grows up in post WWII Boston, determined despite family opposition to become a photographer. At first delighted when her long-widowed father brings home a fiancĂ©e, Jordan grows increasingly disquieted by the soft-spoken German widow who seems to be hiding something. Armed only with her camera and her wits, Jordan delves into her new stepmother’s past and slowly realizes there are mysteries buried deep in her family. But Jordan’s search for the truth may threaten all she holds dear. [Goodreads Summary]

The Rose Code
 by Kate Quinn
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.

1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything—beauty, wealth, and the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses—but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, and puts her fluent German to use as a translator of decoded enemy secrets. Imperious self-made Mab, product of east-end London poverty, works the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and looks for a socially advantageous husband. Both Osla and Mab are quick to see the potential in local village spinster Beth, whose shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles, and soon Beth spreads her wings as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts. But war, loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy will tear the three apart.

1947. As the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip whips post-war Britain into a fever, three friends-turned-enemies are reunited by a mysterious encrypted letter--the key to which lies buried in the long-ago betrayal that destroyed their friendship and left one of them confined to an asylum. A mysterious traitor has emerged from the shadows of their Bletchley Park past, and now Osla, Mab, and Beth must resurrect their old alliance and crack one last code together. But each petal they remove from the rose code brings danger--and their true enemy--closer...
 [Goodreads Summary]



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