Hi, bookish friends! Do you ever go through stages where you have all the books in the world to read, but just don’t get around to much reading time? There’s been a lot going on here, plus I’ve been spending more time building up some of my social media accounts! This is how most evenings go:
Me: I really want to finish this great book, and I have three more I want to start, and I have a good chunk of free time tonight!
Also me: Gets on Twitter or Bookstagram for “just a few minutes” and surfaces three hours later. Oops.
Even so, I do have a few reading updates… so let’s do a WWW Wednesday!
It’s a fun way to keep up with what everyone is reading. To join me, read my answers, then answer the same questions about your reading in the comments below, and if you like, in the comments on Sam’s WWW Wednesday post! Simply use these three questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you plan to read next?
And now… onward to WWW Wednesday!
What are you currently reading?
Flower Power Trip by James J. Cudney: You may remember that a couple months ago, I did a cover reveal and preview of this book! At the time I was just starting book one of the series, Academic Curveball. The first two books were so much fun! Cozy mysteries overwhelmingly have female protagonists, so it was a fun twist to be inside the mind of Kellan, the main character of the Braxton Campus Mysteries. Here’s the description:
At a masquerade ball to raise money for renovations to Memorial Library, Kellan finds a dead body dressed in a Dr. Evil costume.
Did one of Maggie’s sisters kill the annoying guest who’d been staying at the Roarke and Daughters Inn, or does the victim have a closer connection to someone else at Braxton College?
As Kellan helps school president Ursula bury a secret from her past and discover the identity of her stalker, he unexpectedly encounters a missing member of his family. Everything seems to trace back to the Stoddards: a new family who recently moved in.
Between the murder, a special flower exhibit and strange postcards arriving each week, Kellan can’t decide which mystery in his life should take priority. But unfortunately, the biggest one of all has yet to be exposed – and when it is, Kellan won’t know what hit him.
With his zany family, his colorful coworkers, and a sheriff he can’t quite figure out, Kellan has his hands full! I’m planning a review of this that will cover the series as a whole. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Academic Curveball, start there.
What did you recently finish reading?
One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan: This was a delightful women’s fiction read featuring Grace and Audrey, two women from different backgrounds and life stages. After a chance meeting in Paris, a friendship forms as they help one another navigate growth and some big decisions. It’s a beautifully written tale of broken hearts, fresh beginnings, and fierce female friendship. You can see my full review here!
What do you plan to read next?
The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth: Looking for a thriller that’s going to be popular this spring? This fits the bill! And, I’ve heard a lot of good things from advance readers! This novel releases next week, but I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy as well and I’m planning a review. Here’s more about it:
From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, she knew she wasn’t the wife Diana had envisioned for her perfect son. Exquisitely polite, friendly, and always generous, Diana nonetheless kept Lucy at arm’s length despite her desperate attempts to win her over. And as a pillar in the community, an advocate for female refugees, and a woman happily married for decades, no one had a bad word to say about Diana…except Lucy.
That was five years ago.
Now, Diana is dead, a suicide note found near her body claiming that she longer wanted to live because of the cancer wreaking havoc inside her body.
But the autopsy finds no cancer.
It does find traces of poison, and evidence of suffocation.
Who could possibly want Diana dead? Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her children, and their spouses? And what does it mean that Lucy isn’t exactly sad she’s gone?
Fractured relationships and deep family secrets grow more compelling with every page in this twisty, captivating new novel from Sally Hepworth.
Talk about dysfunctional family relationships! Twisty and captivating sound just about right, and I’m really looking forward to picking this one up!
So what’s on your reading list lately? Hopefully you’re finding some good opportunities to curl up with a good book… keep up on those TBR piles, because there are boatloads of great new titles coming out this spring and summer. Check back and I’ll tell you more about some of them! In the meantime… happy reading!
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My thanks to Net Galley, along with Harlequin (One Summer in Paris) and St. Martin’s Press (The Mother-in-Law), for providing complimentary digital review copies. All opinions are my own.