Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday: The Uncommon Reader/Recipe for Persuasion/Where Dreams Descend/Lady Rights a Wrong



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!


The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (Picador, 2007)
From one of England's most celebrated writers, a funny and superbly observed novella about the Queen of England and the subversive power of reading.

When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Compton-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. Abetted in her newfound obsession by Norman, a young man from the royal kitchens, the Queen comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with the routines of her role as monarch. Her new passion for reading initially alarms the palace staff and soon leads to surprising and very funny consequences for the country at large.

With the poignant and mischievous wit of The History Boys, England's best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader's life. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: This delightful sounding novella landed on my TBR pile in 2009. I remember hearing great things about it, and being about reading, well, of course I wanted to read it too! 

Have you read The Uncommon Reader? Does it sounds like something you would enjoy? 


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.


Recipe for Persuasion (The Rajes #2) by Sonali Dev
Release Date: May 26, 2020 by William Morrow
From the author of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors comes another, clever, deeply layered, and heartwarming romantic comedy that follows in the Jane Austen tradition—this time, with a twist on Persuasion.

Chef Ashna Raje desperately needs a new strategy. How else can she save her beloved restaurant and prove to her estranged, overachieving mother that she isn’t a complete screw up? When she’s asked to join the cast of Cooking with the Stars, the latest hit reality show teaming chefs with celebrities, it seems like just the leap of faith she needs to put her restaurant back on the map. She’s a chef, what’s the worst that could happen?

Rico Silva, that’s what.

Being paired with a celebrity who was her first love, the man who ghosted her at the worst possible time in her life, only proves what Ashna has always believed: leaps of faith are a recipe for disaster.

FIFA winning soccer star Rico Silva isn't too happy to be paired up with Ashna either. Losing Ashna years ago almost destroyed him. The only silver lining to this bizarre situation is that he can finally prove to Ashna that he's definitely over her.

But when their catastrophic first meeting goes viral, social media becomes obsessed with their chemistry. The competition on the show is fierce…and so is the simmering desire between Ashna and Rico. Every minute they spend together rekindles feelings that pull them toward their disastrous past. Will letting go again be another recipe for heartbreak—or a recipe for persuasion…?

In Recipe for Persuasion, Sonali Dev once again takes readers on an unforgettable adventure in this fresh, fun, and enchanting romantic comedy. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: I haven't yet read Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors admittedly, but how I can resist another Jane Austen influenced novel? I cannot. So this one goes on my wish list too.



Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles
Release Date: June 2, 2020 by Wednesday Books
In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: Magic and mystery all rolled into one! This one sounds fascinating.


Lady Rights a Wrong (Manor Cat Mystery #2) by Eliza Casey
Release Date: June 2, 2020 by Berkley
As the suffragette movement sweeps England in 1912, Lady Cecilia Bates wants to march but ends up trailing a killer instead in the latest entry to the Manor Cat Mysteries.

Lady Cecilia of Danby Hall feels adrift. She couldn’t be less interested in helping to plan her brother’s upcoming wedding, nor finding a husband herself. Instead, what excites her most is the Woman’s Suffrage Union meeting she has just attended.

Inspired by the famous and charismatic leader of the group, Mrs. Amelia Price, Cecilia is eager to join the Union—if she can hide it from her parents, that is. But when Mrs. Price is found dead at the foot of the stairs of her home, her Votes for Women sash torn away, Cecilia knows she must attend to a more urgent matter: finding the killer. With the help of her lady’s maid Jane and intelligent cat Jack, she hopes to play her part in earning women’s equality by stopping the Union’s dangerous foe. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this:  I haven't yet read the first book in the series, although it is on my TBR. This second one caught my attention as well. I cannot resist a historical cozy mystery, and the setting really appeals to me. 


Do any of these books interest you? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading?


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50 comments:

  1. I like the sound of all of them - but the last two particularly caught my eye - the cover of Where Dreams Descend is scrumptious and the premise of the last one, set during the Women's Sufferage protests, sounds really interesting:)). Happy reading, Wendy - whichever you get to!

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    1. Sarah - I really like the cover of Where Dreams Descend too--all that deep red. I am eager to read Eliza Casey's series. It sounds like fun and such an interesting time period. Thank you for stopping by, Sarah.

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  2. The Uncommon Reader sounds really fun! I hope you get to read it soon!

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    1. Eustacia - Doesn't it sound fun? I don't know why I haven't read it yet. It's not even that long. Thank you for visiting!

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  3. Where Dreams Descend sounds really interesting! Gonna keep my eye out on it too when it's released��

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    1. Katrin - I think so too! I look forward to reading it at some point. Thank you for stopping by!

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  4. I like they sounds of all of these. I’m really drawn to Where Dreams Descend!

    My CWW

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    1. Jenea - Doesn't it sound good?! I can't wait! Thank you for visiting!

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  5. I read The Uncommon Reader several years ago--it was delightful!

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    1. Jenclair - I am sure I will love it. :-) Thank you for stopping by!

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  6. The Uncommon Reader is a quick read that's so good!

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    1. Kathy - I am not sure why I haven't gotten to it yet, especially since it is so short! Thank you for visiting!

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  7. I love The Uncommon Reader! It's such a quick, funny read. And so good. And I love the sound of Where Dreams Descend. I'll have to add that one to my TBR list. :)

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    1. Lark - So many have enjoyed The Uncommon Reader. I really have no excuse for not yet having read it. Thank you for stopping by!

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  8. I am really excited for Where Dreams Descend as well. I love the cover and it sounds really good. Hope you get to enjoy all of these!

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    1. Barb - It does have a great cover and I really like the sound of it. I hope we both enjoy Where Dreams Descend when we read it! Thank you for visiting!

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  9. Where Dreams Descend sounds awesome! Magicians, a circus, and mystery? Yes, please! I'm adding this to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Ashley - I think it sounds good too! It's got so many great elements, doesn't it? Thank you for stopping by!

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  10. some great covers and i hope they all turn out to be great books
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Sherry - Thank you! I hope I will enjoy them too. Thank you for visiting!

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  11. I really, really want to read Recipe for Persuasion! It sounds so good!

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    1. Christine - I am really looking forward to reading it! I hope you will enjoy it if you read it. Thank you for stopping by!

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  12. Oooh! All of these sound like interesting reads! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Ronyell - I hope they will be as good as they sound! Thank you for visiting!

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  13. I enjoyed the first book in Lady Rights a Wrong and am looking forward to book 2. And The Uncommon Reader looks amazing! I've had that on my TBR but have somehow never picked it up.

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    1. Katherine - I still need to read the first book, but I am looking forward to it. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it. :-) Thank you for stopping by!

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  14. You will love The Uncommon Reader, it's charming and a fast read. Interesting new books. I think the one I'd choose first is the Jane Austen inspired one because why not. Sounds really cute!

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    1. Iliana - I think I will too. :-) Thank you for visiting!

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    1. Mary - I think it sounds fun too. Thank you for stopping by!

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  16. I hope you enjoy these! I love the cover of Lady Rights A Wrong. It’s adorable.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. AJ - Thank you, I hope I will too! Thank you for visiting!

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  17. Oh, The Uncommon Reader sounds delightful, Wendy! I have kind of been on the fence about whether I want to read Where Dreams Descend but I do love that cover. I hope you enjoy all of these!

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    1. Carole - Doesn't it sound like fun? I don't know why I haven't gotten to it yet. Thank you for stopping by!

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    1. Jen - Yes! I can't resist that combination. Thank you for visiting!

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  19. Great choices this week. I really enjoyed Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors so I'm with you on being excited for the next book.

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    1. Suzanne - Thank you! I am glad to hear you enjoyed Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors. I really need to move that up on my TBR stack. Thank you for stopping by!

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  20. Recipe for Persuasion sounds wonderful! I love Jane Austin, as well as multicultural literature. What a great pick! U can see why you're excited for this one :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. Lindy - I really like Jane Austen too--and multicultural literature, so I think I will like Recipe for Persuasion! Thank you for visiting!

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  21. I loved The Uncommon Reader and I think you'll love it, Wendy. Will have to check out the other books you mentioned.

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    1. Melody - I am looking forward to reading The Uncommon Reader. :-) Thank you for stopping by!

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  22. The books all look good especially Lady Rights a Wrong and Recipe for Persuasion. Enjoy them when you get to them!

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    1. Naida - Thank you! I hope I will enjoy them too. :-) Thank you for visiting!

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  23. A historical cozy mystery sounds fun and I like the cover! :)

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    1. Rachel - I am eager to give the series a try! Thank you for stopping by!

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  24. Recipe for Persuasion is not a book I'd usually pick but I'm leaning heavily towards this one and would like to try it. The other books are new to me but also sound very good.

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    1. Athira - I hope it will be as good as it sounds! Thank you for visiting!

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  25. I love discovering (or rediscovering) older books. The Uncommon Reader looks very good...and so does the cozy mystery. Enjoy!

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    1. Laurel-Rain - Me too! I have so many treasures on my shelves I've forgotten about . . . Thank you for stopping by!

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