With the fall season approaching, it seems like a good time to escape into a paranormal cozy mystery. In My Attic (A Magical Misfits Mystery, #1) by Lina Hansen fits the bill perfectly. I mean, witches!
Aunt Eve is dead - murdered - and Myrtle has inherited the Witch’s Retreat, a Bed and Breakfast in the idyllic British village of Avebury. As Myrtle bumbles along in search of a murderer, she uncovers secrets more shocking than death: a hidden magical relic, a coven of amateur witches, and modern witch hunters on the prowl.
In My Attic is a new take on the cozy mystery. Think trainee Miss Marple channelling the twenty-first century - with a paranormal twist. [Goodreads Summary]
A weekly meme where readers share the first sentence (or paragraph) of the book they are reading and say what they think. Hosted by the amazing Gillion Dumas of Rose City Reader.
My aunt lay dead and I was lost in her life. It came complete with auntie's beloved bed and breakfast fully booked and brimming with guests. Too bad, since I slung a mean tea bag but was a hopeless cook. Instead, I was a murderess. Well, okay, call it guilty of failing to render assistance, but it felt worse. [opening of In My Attic]
My thoughts: This opening paragraph definitely caught my attention. I like the narrative voice, and already have plenty of questions, including: How did her aunt die? Why does Myrtle feel responsible? What guilt does she carry?
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.
The answer lay at my feet, so to speak. One of the paper piles protruded farther into the room than the others, as if something behind it was pushing it out. [excerpt from 56% of In My Attic]
My thoughts: A promising lead if there ever was one! I wonder what Myrtle has found?
Have you read In My Attic? If so, what did you think? What are you reading right now?
A weekly meme in which readers look at what they were reading
last year at this time and compare it to what they are reading now.
Hosted by the great Maria from ReadingMaria.
I am trying something new this week by joining Maria over at ReadingMaria in looking back at what I was reading at this time last year. It is always fun to look back at my reading over the years and compare it to where I am today. I am doing it a bit differently than instructed in that I feature my current read above, and will share more about my past read here.
My reading has definitely been more escapist recently--anything to combat the depression and anxiety that is always hovering around these days. Paranormal cozy mysteries like Lina Hansen's In My Attic seem to be the perfect escape. I am finding In My Attic to be quirky and fun.
One book I do not think I could have taken had I read it now as opposed to then is the book I finished around this time last year, Kassandra Montag's After the Flood. In my review of the book, I referred to an article I had read around the time I read the book about the rising water levels, including an increase in flooding, in relation to climate change. I had this to say about it:
It makes novels like After the Flood all the more frightening. Such a seemingly worst case scenario and impossible idea does not seem all that far-fetched after all.
From where I sit in September 2020, I have to say there is not much I would find far-fetched now when it comes to these dystopian worlds we find in novels.
I really liked After the Flood, but it was a difficult and emotional read, the mother and daughter being in a seemingly hopeless situation. You can find my bookish thoughts here.
What was the last book you read this past year around this time? How does it compare to what you are reading today?
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A glimpse into what I was reading 5 years ago:
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading!
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