Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday

This meme was hosted by Breaking the Spine and is meant to highlight some great pre-publication books we all can't wait to get our grubby little mitts on. I'm choosing to continue the tradition even though she has stopped.

Creatures by Crissy Van Meter.

The book is being released by Algonquin Books on January 7, 2020.

The book's jacket copy says: On the eve of Evangeline’s wedding, on the shore of Winter Island, a dead whale is trapped in the harbor, the groom may be lost at sea, and Evie’s mostly absent mother has shown up out of the blue. From there, in this mesmerizing, provocative debut, the narrative flows back and forth through time as Evie reckons with her complicated upbringing in this lush, wild land off the coast of Southern California.

Evie grew up with her well-meaning but negligent father, surviving on the money he made dealing the island’s world-famous strain of weed, Winter Wonderland. Although her father raised her with a deep respect for the elements, the sea, and the creatures living within it, he also left her to parent herself. With wit, love, and bracing flashes of anger, Creatures probes the complexities of love and abandonment, guilt and forgiveness, betrayal and grief—and the ways in which our childhoods can threaten our ability to love if we are not brave enough to conquer the past.

Lyrical, darkly funny, and ultimately cathartic, Creatures exerts a pull as strong as the tides.

Monday, December 2, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It was a slow reading and reviewing week for sure. And with Thanksgiving coming up this week doesn't look to be any better. Ah well! I'll enjoy my family time and worry about book stuff another week. This meme is hosted by Kathryn at Reading Date.

Books I completed over the past week are:

A Beginner's Guide to Japan by Pico Iyer
The Ventriloquists by E.R. Ramzipoor
The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking by Leigh Perry

Bookmarks are still living in the middle of:

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
Pretty Bitches edited by Lizzie Skurnick

Reviews posted this week:

In Other Words by Christopher J. Moore

Books still needing to have reviews written (as opposed to the ones that are simply awaiting posting):

Here I Am! by Pauline Holdstock
All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar by Olga Wojtas
Ways to Hide in Winter by Sarah St. Vincent
The Book of Delights by Ross Gay
Granny’s Got a Gun by Harper Lin
White Elephant by Julie Langsdorf
At Briarwood School for Girls by Michael Knight
The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel
All Ships Follow Me by Mieke Eerkens
Like This Afternoon Forever by Jaime Manrique
Gravity Well by Melanie Joosten
Motherhood So White by Nefertiti Austin
America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Dear Baba by Maryam Rafiee
Saint Everywhere by Mary Lea Carroll
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Tonic and Balm by Stephanie Allen
Black Light by Kimberly King Parsons
In the Shadow of Wolves by Alvydas Slepikas
The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
CinderGirl by Christina Meredith
The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones
The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis
Autopsy of a Boring Wife by Marie-Renee Lavoie
The Fragments by Toni Jordan
The Question Authority by Rachel Cline
The Plaza by Julie Satow
The Lonely Bodybuilder by Yukiko Motoya
To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari
Haben by Haben Girma
The Paris Orphan by Natasha Lester
Educated by Tara Westover
State of the Union by Nick Hornby
Turbulence by David Szalay
What a Body Remembers by Karen Stefano
The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar
Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
Vintage 1954 by Antoine Laurain
Peculiar Questions and Practical Answers by the New York Public Library
The Honey Bus by Meredith May
The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett
The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib
Church of the Graveyard Saints by C. Joseph Greaves
Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery by John Gregory Brown
Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
Advanced Physical Chemistry by Susannah Nix
Death of a Rainmaker by Laurie Lowenstein
No Good Asking by Fran Kimmel
Laurentian Divide by Sarah Stonich
The Abolitionist's Daughter by Diane C. McPhail
A London Country Diary by Tim Bradford
Crazy Cupid Love by Amanda Heger
A Moveable Feast edited by Don George
Tiny Hot Dogs by Mary Giuliani
Tomorrow's Bread by Anna Jean Mayhew
Love You Hard by Abby Maslin
Unfurled by Michelle Bailat-Jones
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
Hungry Monkey by Matthew Amster-Burton
Retablos by Octavio Solis
The Tubman Command by Elizabeth Cobbs
The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner
All the Wild Hungers by Karen Babine
Vacationland by Sarah Stonich
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Smoke by Dan Vyleta
The Last Ocean by Nicci Gerrard
Something Like Breathing by Angela Readman
Nothing to Report by Carola Oman
Dog Songs by Mary Oliver
The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George
The Signal Flame by Andrew Krivak
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
The Garden of Eden by Eve Adams
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de le Cruz
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler
Breaking the Ocean by Annahid Dashtgard
A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
A Stranger at My Table by Ivo de Figueiredo
Breaking Away by Anna Gavalda
Eat Joy edited by Natalie Eve Garrett
The Peacock Summer by Hannah Richell
Hotbox by Matt Lee and Ted Lee
Speaking of Summer by Kalisha Buckhannon
Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald
The Bottom of the Sky by Rodrigo Fresan
Open Mic Night in Moscow by Audrey Murray
A Beginner's Guide to Japan by Pico Iyer
The Ventriloquists by E.R. Ramzipoor
The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking by Leigh Perry

Monday Mailbox

During Thanksgiving week, I received a wonderful looking bunch of books for which I am truly thankful. This past week's mailbox arrivals:

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner came from St. Martin's Press.

I am a huge Jane Austen fan so this novel about the people of Chawton coming together no matter what their life looks like to create the Jane Austen Society is absolutely right up my alley.

The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow came from Henry Holt.

Another Jane Austen inspired novel, be still my heart! I can't wait to see where Hadlow imagines that Mary Bennet, the plain and bookish Bennet daughter in Pride and Prejudice, ends up once she's the heroine in her own life and novel.

The Address Book by Deirdre Mask came from St. Martin's Press.

I've had a lot of addresses over the years so I am curious about how they come to be named and numbered and what other information they reveal about the people who live at them.   Doesn't this one look really fascinating?

Four Weddings and a Festival by Annie Robertson came from me for myself.

A novel about four rom-com loving friends who all plan to get married in the same summer until one of them turns down her boyfriend's proposal, this looks fun and flirty.

The Keeper of Secrets by Julie Thomas came from me for myself.

A letter on the cover? I'm in! About a priceless violin over the generations, from Nazi Germany to Stalinist Russia to the present day, I am looking forward to this one.

Family Planning by Karan Mahajan came from me for myself.

I do like Indian set novels so this one about a Government Minister whose wife is expecting their 13th child and his son who has definite ideas about family planning should be perfect for me.

White Trash in a Trailer Park by Randal Patrick came from me for myself.

Although this is out of print, I couldn't resist this Southern novel featuring a pregnant 16 year old and the other inhabitants of a trailer park.

A Hundred Suns by Karin Tanabe came from St. Martin's Press.

A historical fiction set in Indochine (Vietnam), this novel of colonialism, glamour, and wealth promises to be a lush and sprawling read.

If you want to see the marvelous goodies in other people's mailboxes, make sure to visit Mailbox Monday and have fun seeing how we are all doing our part to keep the USPS and delivery services viable.

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