Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Waiting to Read Wednesday (#27)

The Old(er) 
I have an embarrassing number of unread books sitting on the shelves in my personal library. Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight and discuss those neglected books in her Books from the Backlog feature. After all, even those older books need a bit of love! Not to mention it is reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!

Like Clockwork (#1) by Margie Orford (2006, Witness Impulse)
When a beautiful young woman is found murdered on Cape Town's Seapoint promenade, journalist and part-time police profiler Dr. Clare Hart is drawn into the web of a brutal serial killer. As more bodies are discovered, Clare is forced to re-visit memories of the brutal rape of her twin sister and the gang ties that bind Cape Town's crime rings. Is her investigation into human trafficking linked to the murders or is the killer just playing a sick game with her? [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this one: I had actually forgotten I had this one on my TBR shelf, but found it when I was looking through it. I tend to shy away from serial killer mysteries these days, although the human trafficking aspect is sure to still interest me. 


The New
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss upcoming release we are excited about that we have yet to read.

Miraculum by Steph Post
Release Date: January 22, 2019 by Polis Books

The year is 1922. The carnival is Pontilliar’s Spectactular Star Light Miraculum, set up on the Texas-Louisiana border. One blazing summer night, a mysterious stranger steps out onto the midway, lights a cigarette and forever changes the world around him. Tattooed snake charmer Ruby has traveled with her father’s carnival for most of her life and, jaded though she is, can’t help but be drawn to the tall man in the immaculate black suit who has joined the carnival as a geek, a man who bites the heads off live chickens. Mercurial and charismatic, Daniel charms everyone he encounters but his manipulation of Ruby becomes complicated when it no longer becomes clear who is holding all the cards. For all of Daniel’s secrets, Ruby has a few of her own. When one tragedy after another strikes the carnival, and it becomes clear that Daniel is somehow at the center of calamity, Ruby takes it upon herself to discover the mystery of the shadowy man pulling all the strings. Joined by Hayden, a roughneck-turned-mural-painter who has recently reentered her life, Ruby enters into a dangerous, eye-opening game with Daniel in which nothing and no one is as it seems and yet everything is at stake. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: The carnival aspect has me intrigued as do the comparisons I have seen being made to The Night Circus, Something Wicked This Way Comes and Water for Elephants.  Not that comparisons can be completely trusted . . . Still, I know I want to give this one a try!

The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loignman
Release Date: January 22, 2019 by St. Martin's Press

Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a “soldier of production.” Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: One of my favorite historical time periods to read about in fiction is around and about the World Wars. This particular novel about two sisters has caught my attention as a result. A big dark secret may have something to do with it too.

Do any of these books appeal to you? Have you read them?

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  1. Miraculum definitely sounds interesting! I like the carnival angle too, that definitely got my attention in the blurb. Sounds like it might ooze atmosphere. :)

  2. I have Miraculum in my NetGalley que. I do like novels set in either of the World Wars.

  3. I've seen the Wartime sisters on a lot of blogs recently but for me it is Miraculum that really stands out. I love the cover and it being set in a carnival really appeals to me.

  4. I cannot wait for Wartime Sisters! I hope we both love it! My favorite time period to read about.

    Jennifer Tar Heel Reader

  5. I can't Wait to read Miraculum. Great books this week.

  6. I'm very intrigued by Miraculum. I have a weakness for carnival settings.

  7. The book that caught my eye RIGHT AWAY is "Miraculum"!! Books with carnival plots invariably turn out to be FASCINATING. And there's a mural painter involved in this one, too, which adds to the fascination for me!! <3 <3

    Last but most definitely NOT least, THAT COVER!!!! LOVE IT!! ornate covers ALWAYS catch my eye!!

    Thanks for sharing, Wendy!! Hope you and your family had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving, and are enjoying the holiday season! HUGS TO YOU AND MOUSE!!! <3 <3 <3 :_) :) :)

  8. I really like the sound of Miraculum, too. Must be that carnival setting. :D

  9. I have quite a few unread books on my shelves as well. The Wartime Sisters really sounds like a fantastic novel. I love the cover because it reminds me of stories my grandma used to tell of drawing those stocking lines right on their legs. ;)

  10. Of the two, I am more drawn to Miraculum. I like reading books set in the 1920s plus the carnival aspect is interesting. Hope you enjoy your picks! And thanks for sharing them.

  11. Oooh! Such gorgeous covers on all of these books! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  12. The Wartilme Sisters sounds really good. I find so many good books when I look back on my kindle. I’ll never read them in a lifetime. Lol.

  13. Ooh, Orford has been on my TBR Too! TY for the reminder!

  14. All the books sound so good, especially Miraculum! Hope you get to read them soon - would love to know what you think of it.

  15. I posted a book this week that I didn't know I had too. It is amazing how a book can be forgotten on your shelves. Like Clockwork sounds like one that I would really like. I hope you enjoy all of these!

  16. All the books sound interesting, in particularly Miraculum. Hope you'll enjoy them all, Wendy.

  17. As soon as I started reading the description of Miraculum, I thought of The Night Circus which I LOVE. That's the one I'd choose of all of them :)

  18. The Wartime Sisters is one I really want to read as well. I love WWII books and books that feature siblings so it just feels like a great fit for me. Great pick!

  19. Wartime sisters sounds more intriguing just because I am biased towards historical fictions

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes


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