Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Can't Wait to Read Wednesday: Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries / Loathe to Love You / The Hunting Party

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

This is one of the books at the top of my wish list. How could I not want to read this one?! This sounds right up my alley.

Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries
by Heather Fawcett
(Del Rey Books; January 10, 2023)
A curmudgeonly professor journeys to a small town in the far north to study faerie folklore and discovers dark fae magic, friendship, and love, in this heartwarming and enchanting fantasy.

Cambridge professor Emily Wilde is good at many things: She is the foremost expert on the study of faeries. She is a genius scholar and a meticulous researcher who is writing the world's first encyclopaedia of faerie lore. But Emily Wilde is not good at people. She could never make small talk at a party--or even get invited to one. And she prefers the company of her books, her dog, Shadow, and the Fair Folk to other people.

So when she arrives in the hardscrabble village of Hrafnsvik, Emily has no intention of befriending the gruff townsfolk. Nor does she care to spend time with another new arrival: her dashing and insufferably handsome academic rival Wendell Bambleby, who manages to charm the townsfolk, get in the middle of Emily's research, and utterly confound and frustrate her.

But as Emily gets closer and closer to uncovering the secrets of the Hidden Ones--the most elusive of all faeries--lurking in the shadowy forest outside the town, she also finds herself on the trail of another mystery: Who is Wendell Bambleby, and what does he really want? To find the answer, she'll have to unlock the greatest mystery of all--her own heart. [Goodreads Summary]

Ali Hazelwood and her books pop up on just about every must read romance list and this collection of novellas caught my eye. 

Loathe to Love You
by Ali Hazelwood 
(Berkley; January 3, 2023)
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis comes a collection of steamy, STEMinist novellas featuring a trio of engineers and their loves in loathing—with a special bonus chapter!

Under One Roof
 - An environmental engineer discovers that scientists should never cohabitate when she finds herself stuck with the roommate from hell—a detestable big-oil lawyer who won't leave the thermostat alone.
Stuck with You - A civil engineer and her nemesis take their rivalry—and love—to the next level when they get stuck in a New York elevator.

Below Zero - A NASA aerospace engineer's frozen heart melts as she lies injured and stranded at a remote Arctic research station and the only person willing to undertake the dangerous rescue mission is her longtime rival. 
[Goodreads Summary]

Does either of these books interest you? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading?

The Old(er) 
Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight those unread books on my TBR in her Books from the Backlog feature, reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!

I added this one to my TBR shelves at a time when thrillers especially appealed to me about three years ago. It seems a fitting time to read it now--set around the Christmas and New Year holidays. I could use an intense twisty thriller right about now.

The Hunting Party
by Lucy Foley
(William Morrow, 2019)
Everyone's invited...everyone's a suspect...

For fans of Ruth Ware and Tana French, a shivery, atmospheric, page-turning novel of psychological suspense in the tradition of Agatha Christie, in which a group of old college friends are snowed in at a hunting lodge . . . and murder and mayhem ensue.

All of them are friends. One of them is a killer.

During the languid days of the Christmas break, a group of thirtysomething friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together, a tradition they began as students ten years ago. For this vacation, they’ve chosen an idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands—the perfect place to get away and unwind by themselves.

They arrive on December 30th, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge off from the outside world.

Two days later, on New Year’s Day, one of them is dead.

The trip began innocently enough: admiring the stunning if foreboding scenery, champagne in front of a crackling fire, and reminiscences about the past. But after a decade, the weight of secret resentments has grown too heavy for the group’s tenuous nostalgia to bear. Amid the boisterous revelry of New Year’s Eve, the cord holding them together snaps.

Now one of them is dead . . . and another of them did it.

Keep your friends close, the old adage goes. But just how close is too close? [Goodreads Summary]

Have you read The Hunting Party?  Does this book sound like something you would like to read? 

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  1. Ok, I'm not a romance fan but I love folklore and Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries sounds amazing to me!

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

  2. I do hope you will read Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries soon. I'm very curious about it.

  3. I like the look of Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries too! I hope you enjoy it!

  4. I'm really excited for Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries. I can't seem to resist a good book about the Fae, and this one sounds awesome! :)

  5. I had The Hunting Party on my TBR but now I really really need to add Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries. That sounds wonderful!

  6. Oh, that's cool that they've put all of Hazelwood's Novellas in one anthology. I'd like to read them. :D I hope you enjoy all of these when you read them.

    1. Jenni Elyse - I haven't yet tried her books so this might be a good way to sample her writing. Thank you for stopping by!

  7. I just love the cat theme you have going on your blog! I have three cats of my own so we relate :) super cute name for your blog too. It looks like you have been doing this for a long time and have amassed an amazing list of reviews! I will be looking through them for sure.

    1. Shellie - Thank you! I can be a bit cat crazy sometimes. :-) I think I've been blogging almost 16 1/2 years now. That seems like forever when I think about it. The blogging community has changed a lot over the years--but then, so have I. It's nice to meet you and thank you for visiting!

  8. The Hunting Party looks perfect for the season. I want to read those Ali Hazelwoods, too.

    1. Sophia Rose - It's been awhile since I read a thriller. I may have to pick that one up to read soon!

  9. I think that all of these sound really good. The Hunting Party does sound like the perfect book to pick up during this time of year.

    1. Carole - I am hoping I can fit it in. It's been so long since I read a book like that.


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