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Desk Stack

I have lots and lots of books on my desk right now. So I thought I’d share a few. Mind you, I’ve started none of these books. I’m on page 0 with every single one. So if you’ve read them or have heard things let me know and help me make my stack smaller by process of elimination.

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Kindred : the graphic novel adaptation by Octavia Butler. Ok so I lied. I’m on page 31 with this one. So far so good.

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The Snowman by Jo Nesbø. I saw the movie trailer for this one when I went to go see Atomic Blonde last month and it looked equally parts scary and suspenseful. I typically hate scary movies but I think this one might be similar to Taking Lives. By that I mean it’s more about the detective and his relationship with people than about the serial killer. More suspenseful than horror-like. I’ll try the book first. See if I make it.

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Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan. I saw this one on the Book Riot newsletter. It reminded me of A Discovery of Witches, with which I am obsessed. Speaking of, if you love the All Souls trilogy get ready to squeal. It’s being filmed for TV AS.WE.SPEAK!

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Tales of Falling and Flying by Ben Loory. A short story collection that I may or may not open.

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I am Pilgrim

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I downloaded I am Pilgrim with my Audible subscription on the recommendation of Jessica Turner. She suggested it to people who like Homeland or Alias and I love Alias. If you’ve never seen it go watch it, it used to be on Netflix. I also love intricate plots. This one has lots of characters and story lines and they all come together at the end, which I love. It is a very long audiobook but I’ve officially come around to the 1.25x speed so it goes by faster. I have no idea how much time that actually shaves off, but it makes me feel better. The actual plot about the small pox disease is terrifying. I hope to God none of that could really happen, but I’m sure it could and we all just go on blissfully living our lives *shiver*. Goodreads summary below.

A breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy. An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity. One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey.

My only complaint is that it takes awhile to connect the stories together. Which could be annoying to some if they don’t want to keep going until everything makes sense. I am usually one of those people. Push on, friends!

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How to Find Love in a Bookshop

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This book is a gem. It may be my last summer reading tagged book and I wanted a fluffy one. It was published last year in the UK, it had a fair amount of idiocentric phrases that we Americans don’t use. Julian is a new dad to a tiny baby when the book starts out and he uses all his savings to open a bookshop. Fast foward 25ish years and his daughter Emilia is all grown up and now taking car of the bookshop herself after Julian’s death. There’s some flash backs and lots of characters, so be aware that you’ll have to keep track of multiple stories. However, I loved all of the characters and how they all came together. At first I kept getting them confused because each chapter would start with a new person, but once I got them all straight I loved learning about how their lives intersected in the small town of Peasebrook and the influence an adorable bookshop.

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 : read a book about books

Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : read a book about books or reading

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Still Life : Inspector Gamache

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This author amazes me. Still Life is the first book in a Canadian mystery series. It was published in 2005 and she now has 13 in the series. That means she basically pumps out a book a year. Which is awesome. She’s like a female James Patterson but without as much notoriety.

I found this to be a great mystery. Not quite a cozy, but definitely not as edgy as the Tana French series (review of book one in that series here). I like the characters. I definitely won’t read all 13 of them. The only thing I don’t like is that Three Pines is supposedly such a small town it wasn’t on the map and yet there’s 13 books about murders there. How many people can really be murderers in a small town? Quick summary below. Also, I watched the movie and it wasn’t half bad. Worth the view if you liked the book.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.”

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book set around a holiday other than Christmas (the murder was set the day before Thanksgiving)

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Winter Solstice

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And so it ends. I received the last book in the Winter series as a digital advanced reader copy from Netgalley. I adore this series (reviews for book 1-3 are below). I heard this is the last one, and she all but confirmed it in an author’s note at the end, which makes me sad. Kelly does die (I was worried he would in my review for book 3) but the family soldiers on, the characters continue and everything is moving forward. They’re all fleshed out and wonderful. There are resolutions but also loose ends. The story could easily continue and I hope it does. Yay for Christmas in August! This book will be released on October 3.

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book with one of the four seasons in the title

Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet (I love this series!)

Winter Street (book one)

Winter Stroll (book two)

Winter Storms (book three)

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The Almost Sisters

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I haven’t read anything by Joshilynn Jackson, but she’s very popular. I don’t know why I picked up Almost Sisters instead of any of her others but I liked it. I thought it was going to be a fluffy beach read like Elin Hilderbrand or Jane Green and it sort of was but it also had twists I wasn’t expecting. There are some references to race in this one, I think she was trying to make it timely to what’s happening in the news and peoples lives. I think she did a good job with expressing the south – the two kinds of south. I also really liked Leia as a character, she seemed very real. There was a bit too much repetition for my liking in the plot but otherwise it sped right along. Quick summary

Leia gets impregnated during a one night stand with Batman at a ComiCon. Her grandmother starts losing her marbles. Instead of telling any of her family members about her pregnancy she goes down to Alabama to help her grandmother and hides her secret for as long as she can. Secrets come out eventually, and not just the one about the baby. All the characters in this book have secrets. Some expected and some not.

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book with a family member term in the title

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Gauntlet

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I read The Gauntlet because I read Amina’s Voice and they’re both published by the Salaam Reads imprint from S&S. This is their vision.

“Salaam Reads is an imprint that aims to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works. The imprint, which takes its name from the Arabic word for “peace,” plans to publish books for young readers of all ages, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.”

I liked this book, it was essentially a chapter book version of Jumanji. I quick skimmed some of it, and it’s very game heavy. I’m not sure kids even know what mancala is anymore let alone how to play. I like that it wasn’t all about technology but kids these days might not like that or understand the games they’re referring to. It was worth the read and did have a lot of references to other cultures and food, which I liked. Now I’m going to read Saints & Misfits.

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book by a person of color

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