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WWW Wednesday (4/17/2019)

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!

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WWW Wednesday (3/20/2019)

Hello, readers!  And, I’m so excited to be able to say this… HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!

I’ve been on a little hiatus the last week or so, keeping a busy family schedule and trying to catch up on my reading a bit.  So let’s jump back in with a look at what books have kept me occupied.  That’s right… time for WWW Wednesday!

 

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words!  This is always a good mid-week status check of my reading list.  (You can see my last WWW Wednesday post here.)

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:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you plan to read next?

And now… onward to WWW Wednesday!


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What are you currently reading?

The Winter Sister by Megan Collins:  I discovered this debut novel through my friends on #Bookstagram, and ordered it in my first Book of the Month shipment.  Collins spins a tale of suspense, secrets and family bonds.  I’m just starting this book and anxious to come back and tell you more once I’ve finished it!  Here’s a summary:

Sixteen years ago, Sylvie’s sister Persephone never came home. Out too late with the boyfriend she was forbidden to see, Persephone was missing for three days before her body was found—and years later, her murder remains unsolved.

In the present day, Sylvie returns home to care for her estranged mother, Annie, as she undergoes treatment for cancer. Prone to unexplained “Dark Days” even before Persephone’s death, Annie’s once-close bond with Sylvie dissolved in the weeks after their loss, making for an uncomfortable reunion all these years later. Worse, Persephone’s former boyfriend, Ben, is now a nurse at the cancer center where Annie is being treated. Sylvie’s always believed Ben was responsible for the murder—but she carries her own guilt about that night, guilt that traps her in the past while the world goes on around her.

As she navigates the complicated relationship with her mother, Sylvie begins to uncover the secrets that fill their house—and what really happened the night Persephone died. As it turns out, the truth will set you free, once you can bear to look at it.

The Winter Sister is a mesmerizing portrayal of the complex bond between sisters, between mothers and daughters alike, and forces us to ask ourselves—how well do we know the people we love most?

I’ve been reading quite a bit in the suspense/domestic thriller genre this year, and wondering why I didn’t read more of these sooner!  This title is available now.

 

Find The Winter Sister at:

Barnes & Noble      Amazon

 


 

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What did you recently finish reading?

The Hidden Corpse by Debra Sennefelder:  This is a cozy mystery series from a new-to-me author.  The Food Blogger Mystery Series follows Hope, a food blogger who has recently returned to her hometown.  I received this second book through Net Galley, and naturally, I had to go back and also read the first book, The Uninvited Corpse… but I think it would work fine to read it as a standalone.

In The Hidden Corpse, Hope’s elderly neighbor is lost in a suspicious fire, but when the body of a missing local woman is also found in the ruins of the home, Hope is determined to find out what really happened.

I was intrigued at the idea of a series that featured a blogger as the main character, and it’s interesting to see many blogging tasks and challenges woven into Hope’s daily life. The story has a lot going on and many questions to be answered, like: What’s with this secret day spa in the next town? How is the ambitious new reporter in town getting her info and scooping Hope’s friend Drew? Does the murder tie back to town politics? And last but not least…. *is* Hope’s dinner invitation a date??  (Hint: Maybe!)

This second book in the series releases March 26th… while you’re waiting, give the first book a try!

 

Find The Hidden Corpse at:

Barnes & Noble      Amazon

 


 

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What do you plan to read next?

The Farm by Joanne Ramos:  Calling it now… this will be one of the most talked-about books of the spring.  Another find through #Bookstagram, this wildly intriguing title is set around a baby farm.  Yep, you read that right.  Here’s a preview:

Nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, personal fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you’re paid big money to stay here—more than you’ve ever dreamed of. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds, your movements are monitored, and you are cut off from your former life while you dedicate yourself to the task of producing the perfect baby. For someone else.

Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, is in desperate search of a better future when she commits to being a “Host” at Golden Oaks—or the Farm, as residents call it. But now pregnant, fragile, consumed with worry for her family, Jane is determined to reconnect with her life outside. Yet she cannot leave the Farm or she will lose the life-changing fee she’ll receive on the delivery of her child.

Gripping, provocative, heartbreaking, The Farm pushes to the extremes our thinking on motherhood, money, and merit and raises crucial questions about the trade-offs women will make to fortify their futures and the futures of those they love.

Both unbelievable and not as far-fetched as we’d like to think, this novel seems slightly dystopian and incredibly thought provoking.  It releases May 7th and you can pre-order your copy now!

 

Find The Farm at:

Barnes & Noble      Amazon

 


 

That sums up my reading this week.  How about you… any intriguing reads on your list right now?  Let me know in the comments.  Enjoy your (hopefully spring-like) week… and happy reading!

 

This post contains affiliate links, which allow me the opportunity to earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you.  Please see my policies for further information.

My thanks to Net Galley, along with Kensington (The Hidden Corpse) and Random House (The Farm), for providing complimentary digital review copies of some titles.  All opinions are my own.

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WWW Wednesday (2/20/2019)

Hello, and Happy Wednesday bookish friends!

Nothing different to report here… it’s been snowing.  It’s still snowing.  It may snow forever.  So… I will just keep reading!!  Let’s see what books I have in hand… time for WWW Wednesday!

 

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words!  This is always a good mid-week status check of my reading list.  (You can see my last WWW Wednesday post here.)

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:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you plan to read next?

And now… onward to WWW Wednesday!

 


 

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What are you currently reading?

My goal is to read one non-fiction book a month in 2019… there’s so much out there I’d like to explore, and I think this broadens perspectives.  To that end, my selection this month is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.  This book is all about exploring creativity: why it’s important, how to overcome fear and embrace your creative side, and the attitudes and habits that help you reach your aspirations.  I’ve just started it, but I’m looking forward to gaining some inspiration for my writing, photography, and more!

 

Find Big Magic at:

Barnes & Noble    ~    Amazon

 


 

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What did you recently finish reading?

A couple of days ago, I sat down to read Animal Farm by the great George Orwell… and I finished it all in one sitting.  It’s a short book, to be fair, but it’s just that good.  I’m going to share my review from Goodreads:

“All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.”

I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book. I’m a big fan of Orwell and liked 1984, but this one was an incredibly short and fast read, and somehow more accessible. A timeless allegorical classic. While this is a commentary on Stalinist Russia and a cautionary tale about power, propaganda, and freedom…. its nearly chilling how one can still see these themes mirrored in modern times. If you haven’t read this, add it to your list.

Seriously, if you somehow missed this one in high school… go pick it up!

 

Find Animal Farm at:

Barnes & Noble    ~    Amazon

 


 

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What do you plan to read next?

I have Criminally Cocoa, the next book in Amanda Flower’s Amish Candy Shop Mysteries, waiting for me on Net Galley!  This novella is an Easter-themed addition to this series centered around a chocolate making family of Amish heritage.  This time, Bailey and her cousin Charlotte are hitting New York City to film Bailey’s new TV show… but have to discover who seems to be sabotaging things!

This is a really fun series that I’ve featured before (see my review of Premeditated Peppermint).  I also just reviewed the latest in the Magical Bookshop series, also by Amanda Flower; check out my review and author chat here!

 

Find Criminally Cocoa (e-book only) at:

Barnes & Noble    ~    Amazon

 


 

That’s my list this week!!  I have a lot of great reading ahead of me… in addition to a full Net Galley shelf, I recently won a couple of paperback ARCs.

I hope today finds you curled up with a great book!  As always… happy reading!!

 


 

This post contains affiliate links, which allow me the opportunity to earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you.  Please see my policies for further information.

My thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for a complimentary digital review copy of Criminally Cocoa.  All opinions are my own.

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WWW Wednesday (2/13/2019)

I’m so thankful to be a reader!  I’m particularly thankful during this long, cold, and snowy winter that I love books, because it has been such a delight to curl up with great titles.

Time for WWW Wednesday to check out some of those wonderful books!

 

 

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words!  This is always a good mid-week status check of my reading list.  (You can see my last WWW Wednesday post here.)

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:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you plan to read next?

And now… onward to WWW Wednesday!

 

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What are you currently reading?

Today I’m finishing up the first two books in the Braxton Campus Mysteries by James J. Cudney.  (I’m cheating just a little and wrapping these up in a package!)  I’ve “met” James through the book blogging and social media world… he’s a great guy who is not only an author, but also an avid reader and reviewer.  I recently did a cover reveal for the third book in this series… it’s releasing at the end of March so naturally, I wanted to get these two read so I could enjoy the new release when it comes out!

In Academic Curveball, we meet Kellan Ayrwick, who comes home to attend a retirement party for his father… and gets more than he bargained for when a murder occurs on the otherwise idyllic Braxton College campus!  In Broken Heart Attack, Kellan is getting to know his hometown all over again, and is becoming acquainted with one of the community’s more prominent families, when one of them suddenly dies under mysterious circumstances.  And the third book, Flower Power Trip, releases on March 30th.  Great recommended reads if you’re a cozy mystery fan!

 

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What did you recently finish reading?

Last week, I read and reviewed The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald.  This domestic suspense novel was a quick read, but a profound tale of a devastating loss, family secrets, and a mother’s fierce love and determination.

You can read my review here!

 

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What do you plan to read next?

I’m getting ready to pick up Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella.  This isn’t her newest title, but one that I bought months ago and haven’t made the time for just yet.  Kinsella writes great romantic comedy stories, so I thought the week of Valentine’s Day would be just right to dive into this book!  Here’s a little about it:

After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years . . . and panic sets in. 
           
They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me—from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to sexy photo shoots—mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all.
           
With a colorful cast of eccentric characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.

I think it sounds fantastic, and I’m looking forward to reading about a more established romance with a couple knee-deep in family life.

 

And that caps off my reading for the week!!  What about you, friends?  Any great titles you’d love to tell us about?  Drop your recommendations (or link to your own WWW Wednesday post) in the comments.  Happy reading… oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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This post contains affiliate links, which allow me the opportunity to earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you.  Please see my policies for further information.

My thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for a complimentary digital review copy of The Night Olivia Fell.  All opinions are my own.

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WWW Wednesday (1/23/2019)

Friends, we are knee deep in winter here!  And by knee deep, I’m referring to the amount of snow now on the ground.  We got six inches of the fluffy stuff last night in addition to what was already here.

 

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The only thing growing right now? My impatience with the cold weather!

 

And while I like a good winter wonderland as well as anyone… I’m ready for spring!  In the meantime, I’m thankful for good books to get lost in.

Let’s see which of those good books I’m reading lately… it’s time for another WWW Wednesday!

 

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words!  This is always a good mid-week status check of my reading list.  (You can see my last WWW Wednesday post here.)

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:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you plan to read next?

And now… onward to WWW Wednesday!

 

 

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What are you currently reading?

I’m starting a new series by one of my favorite cozy mystery authors, Amanda Flower.  Crime and Poetry is the first in the Magical Bookshop series!  I’ll be reading all three titles (the 3rd releases in February) and reviewing the series.  Here’s a peek:

Rushing home to sit by her ailing grandmother’s bedside, Violet Waverly is shocked to find Grandma Daisy the picture of perfect health. Violet doesn’t need to read between the lines: her grandma wants Violet back home and working in her magical store, Charming Books. It’s where the perfect book tends to fly off the shelf and pick you…

Violet has every intention to hightail it back to Chicago, but then a dead man is discovered clutching a volume of Emily Dickinson’s poems from Grandma Daisy’s shop. The victim is Benedict Raisin, who recently put Grandma Daisy in his will, making her a prime suspect. Now, with the help of a tuxedo cat named Emerson, Violet will have to find a killer to keep Grandma from getting booked for good…

 

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What did you recently finish reading?

I just got my hands on the upcoming release of the newest in the Hannah Swensen series!  (Thanks, Net Galley!!)  Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke releases in February, but I’ve already reviewed it… check it out here!

 

 

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What do you plan to read next?

As I mentioned above, I’m going to finish the Magical Bookshop series.  But I’m also going to read Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden.  I’ve really enjoyed the other titles I’ve read by this author, and this one has been on my list for quite a while.  Then some blogging friends of mine, the Pingel Sisters, decided to choose this book for their inaugural Book Club pick.  If you’re interested in participating, find out more here!  The book sounds fantastic:

A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book—a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, “Nell” sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go.

 

So that’s the feast currently on my reading plate!  How about you… any fantastic books in your immediate future?  I hope winter is treating you well… happy reading!

 

 

This post contains affiliate links, which allow me the opportunity to earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you.  Please see my policies for further information.

My thanks to Net Galley and the publishers for a complimentary digital review copy of some of the books mentioned here.  All opinions are my own.