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!
It's New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany's. And nice girls don't, except, of course, Holly Golightly. Pursued by Mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires, Holly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned-up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller, a tease. She is irrepressibly 'top banana in the shock department', and one of the shining flowers of American fiction.This edition also contains three stories: 'House of Flowers', 'A Diamond Guitar' and 'A Christmas Memory'.
Why I want to read this: I loved true crime book, In Cold Blood. I have never seen the movie version of Breakfast at Tiffany's because I have always intended to read the short story it is based on first. I picked up this collection in 2007 with every intention of reading it then, but, well, like so many other books, it continues to sit on my shelf waiting to be read.
Have you read "Breakfast at Tiffany's" or one of the other short stories in this collection? If so, what did you think? Does this sound like something you would enjoy?
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.
Goldilocks by Laura Lam
Release Date: May 5, 2020 by Orbit
The Earth is in environmental collapse. The future of humanity hangs in the balance. But a team of women are preparing to save it. Even if they’ll need to steal a spaceship to do it.
Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone, where conditions are just right for human habitation.
The team is humanity's last hope for survival, and Valerie has gathered the best women for the mission: an ace pilot who is one of the only astronauts ever to have gone to Mars; a brilliant engineer tasked with keeping the ship fully operational; and an experienced doctor to keep the crew alive. And then there's Naomi Lovelace, Valerie's surrogate daughter and the ship's botanist, who has been waiting her whole life for an opportunity to step out of Valerie's shadow and make a difference.
The problem is that they’re not the authorized crew, even if Valerie was the one to fully plan the voyage. When their mission is stolen from them, they steal the ship bound for the new planet.
But when things start going wrong on board, Naomi begins to suspect that someone is concealing a terrible secret -- and realizes time for life on Earth may be running out faster than they feared . . . [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: Ooo! An all female mission! Not to mention they have to steal a ship to stick to their mission. Add in a secret? I am really curious about where this science fiction novel will take me!
The Second Chance Boutique by Louisa Leaman
Release Date: May 5, 2020 by Sourcebooks Landmark
Francesca Delaney's wedding gown shop has two necessary rules to guarantee success:
1. Never covet a dress
2. Never sell a dress that led to a doomed marriage
These two rules have helped Francesca build her reputation as a woman with a knack for matching a bride-to-be with the perfect gown.
At Fran's shop every gown has its history, and the dresses seem to whisper their secrets to Fran, telling her the perfect match.
But Francesca breaks both these rules the day she finds a beautiful 1950s couture floor-length gown. In her desperation to know the dress's background, she inadvertently becomes entangled with the original owner's son who would like the dark history of the dress to remain hidden forever. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I love a little history dressed in intrigue, and this sounds like it will be an interesting read!
The Brideship Wife by Leslie Howard
Release Date: May 5, 2020 by Simon & Schuster
Inspired by the history of the British “brideships,” this captivating historical debut tells the story of one woman’s coming of age and search for independence—for readers of Pam Jenoff's The Orphan's Tale and Armando Lucas Correa’s The German Girl.
Tomorrow we would dock in Victoria on the northwest coast of North America, about as far away from my home as I could imagine. Like pebbles tossed upon the beach, we would scatter, trying to make our way as best as we could. Most of us would marry; some would not.England, 1862. Charlotte is somewhat of a wallflower. Shy and bookish, she knows her duty is to marry, but with no dowry, she has little choice in the matter. She can’t continue to live off the generosity of her sister Harriet and her wealthy brother-in-law, Charles, whose political aspirations dictate that she make an advantageous match.
When Harriet hosts a grand party, Charlotte is charged with winning the affections of one of Charles’s colleagues, but before the night is over, her reputation—her one thing of value—is at risk. In the days that follow, rumours begin to swirl. Soon Charles’s standing in society is threatened and all that Charlotte has held dear is jeopardized, even Harriet, and Charlotte is forced to leave everything she has ever known in England and embark on a treacherous voyage to the New World.
From the rigid social circles of Victorian England to the lawless lands bursting with gold in British Columbia’s Cariboo, The Brideship Wife takes readers on a mesmerizing journey through a time of great change. Based on a forgotten chapter in history, this is a sparkling debut about the pricelessness of freedom and the courage it takes to follow your heart. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: This is not a piece I of history I am very familiar with. I am curious to know more, however. I want to know Charlotte a bit better and find out just what the future holds for her.
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I just finished a book set in 1897 England. It is a difficult time (for women!) Just glad I am born here and now!ReplyDelete
Mystica - I am glad I was born when I was too! I can't imagine having to live like they did.Delete
capote has long been on my tbr list too.ReplyDelete
Neeru - In Cold Blood was really good. I look forward to reading more by him one of these days.Delete
The last two of these books sound really good!ReplyDelete
Marg - I hope they will be. I'm looking forward to reading them someday.Delete
I love the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, but now that I think about it, I don't think I've ever read the original story! I should remedy that soon tooReplyDelete
Eustacia - It will be interesting to compare the two. I'll be curious to know what you think. I have a feeling you'll get to it sooner than I will.Delete
I'm intrigued by all of the books but The Second Chance Boutique really stands out to me.ReplyDelete
Kathy - Doesn't it sound good? I hope it will be.Delete
Goldilocks sounds awesome. And The Brideship Wife is already on my TBR list...I really want to read that one, too. :)ReplyDelete
Lark - I'm looking forward to both too!Delete
I think Goldilocks looks very interesting indeed. Hadn't heard about that one and will mark it on my list. Thanks for featuring it!ReplyDelete
Kay - I hope you like Goldilocks if you do give it a try!Delete
I haven't read any of these books. They sound interesting though.ReplyDelete
Mary - I hope they will be good!Delete
These are some great sounding books!ReplyDelete
Jenea - Thank you!Delete
All of these look good but I really want to read The Second Chance Boutique. It looks like a book I would love.ReplyDelete
Katherine - It does sound like a great book--especially right now.Delete
Oooh! These sound like interesting reads! Great picks!ReplyDelete
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Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog
Ronyell - Thank you!Delete
I really like the sound of Goldilocks. Hope you enjoy all these!ReplyDelete
Alicia - Thank you! I hope I will too.Delete
I've tried to organize my books by read and not read on my shelves, and I always feel guilty when I walk past the unread sections. There are also so many that I want to re-read! Will I ever get through them all???ReplyDelete
Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 😷💬
Lindsi - I don't separate my unread books from my read books (except for my ARCs), so they are all mixed together. I catalog all my books though and so know which ones I've read and haven't read. I am not much a re-reader, but I keep my favorites of my read books around--or the books I might someday like to re-read should I ever feel the urge.Delete
I'm going to be reading Goldilocks very soon😁 And I have not read Breakfast at Tiffany's but I feel like I should!ReplyDelete
Tammy - I hope you enjoy Goldilocks! I look forward to reading your thoughts on it.Delete
Oh, the second chance boutique! what a lovely and interesting concept!ReplyDelete
Verushka - Doesn't it sound good? I can't wait to read it.Delete
I didn't know Breakfast at Tiffany's was a book... Or that it was written by Truman Capote. Huh. Thanks for sharing and for visiting Shell's Stories!ReplyDelete
Shell - Thank you for visiting!Delete
Goldilocks sounds so good! I've been in the mood for books like this one, so it's definitely going on my wishlist. Thanks for sharing! Hope you're well! :)ReplyDelete
Ashley - I hope you enjoy it when you read it!Delete
Some great looking books here! I want to read Breakfast at Tiffany's!ReplyDelete
Christine - Hopefully we will both enjoy it when we read it.Delete
I'm part of a blog tour for Goldilocks so I'll be starting it soon. You're right, it does sound awesome!ReplyDelete
Barb - I look forward to reading your thoughts on Goldilocks. It sounds like it will be really good.Delete
I don't usually read classics but I think I would love Breakfast at Tiffany's. I should really read it.ReplyDelete
Yvonne - It helps that it is a short one. :-)Delete
These all sound good! I actually was not aware Breakfast at Tiffany's was based off of a short story. Goldilocks sticks out the most in terms of cover and synopsis to me. I hope you enjoy them all~ReplyDelete
Jae - Thank you! I hope I will get a chance to read them all.Delete
I would love to read Breakfast at Tiffany's. I want to see the movie too.ReplyDelete
Greg - It'd be interesting to do a comparison post!Delete
That's a great variety of books! Hope you enjoy these books when you get to them, Wendy.ReplyDelete
Melody - Thank you! I hope I will too. :-)Delete
I find The Second Chance Boutique intriguing also. I haven't read Breakfast at Tiffany's, but I am interested. Hope you enjoy all of your picks!ReplyDelete
Laura - I think it has such an interesting premise. I'm looking forward to it.Delete
All these books sound interesting! I really would like to read Truman Capote's books this year, I own the two you mentioned but I have yet to read them.ReplyDelete
I hope you'll enjoy these books! Have a wonderful week!
Lynn - I hope you do get a chance to read Capote's books and enjoy them.Delete
I have not read Capote but would like to at some point. I haven't watched the movie of Breakfast at Tiffany's either. I really like the sound of The Brideship Wife.ReplyDelete
Carole - In Cold Blood is really good. I recommend it if you get a chance. I am looking forward to The Brideship Wife.Delete
I thought In Cold Blood was a great read. I have Breakfast at Tiffany's sitting on my shelf but honestly can't remember if I read it or not since I've seen the movie so many times and know the story so well.ReplyDelete
Suzanne - I really liked In Cold Blood too. I'm pretty sure I haven't read Breakfast at Tiffany's and I don't think I have seen the movie--although I know I've seen parts of it.Delete