Wednesday, January 22, 2020

On My Wishlist {27}

On My Wishlist is where I share a few books that have recently made it onto my wishlist. These are the books that have recently caught my eye:

The Long Home by William Gay
Published November 1st 1999 by MacMurray & Beck

The Long Home by William Gay

In a literary voice that is both original and powerfully unsettling, William Gay tells the story of Nathan Winer, a young and headstrong Tennessee carpenter who lost his father years ago to a human evil that is greater and closer at hand than any the boy can imagine - until he learns of it first-hand. Gay's remarkable debut novel, The Long Home, is also the story of Amber Rose, a beautiful young woman forced to live beneath that evil who recognizes even as a child that Nathan is her first and last chance at escape. And it is the story of William Tell Oliver, a solitary old man who watches the growing evil from the dark woods and adds to his own weathered guilt by failing to do anything about it. Set in rural Tennessee in the 1940s, The Long Home will bring to mind once again the greatest Southern novelists and will haunt the reader with its sense of solitude , longing, and the deliverance that is always just out of reach.

It was this tweet from Andy Davidson that put The Long Home on my radar:





Girls Save the World in This One by Ash Parsons
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Philomel Books

Girls Save the World in This One by Ash Parsons

Shaun of the Dead meets Clueless in this hilarious YA horror comedy set at a local zombie convention—featuring a teenage girl gang that has to save the world from a horde of actual zombies. Perfect for fans of Geekerella, Undead Girl Gang, and Anna and the Apocalypse.

June’s whole life has been leading up to this: ZombieCon, the fan convention celebrating all things zombies. She and her two best friends plan on hitting all the panels, photo ops, and meeting the heartthrob lead of their favorite zombie apocalypse show Human Wasteland.

And when they arrive everything seems perfect, though June has to shrug off some weirdness from other fans—people shambling a little too much, and someone actually biting a cast member. Then all hell breaks loose and June and her friends discover the truth: real zombies are taking over the con. Now June must do whatever it takes to survive a horde of actual brain-eating zombies—and save the world. This is a hilarious and heartfelt horror comedy, an ode to zombies, friendship, and girl power that readers are going to love.

This YA horror comedy is 100% what I need this year!



Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life after Which Everything Was Different by Chuck Palahniuk
Published January 7th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life after Which Everything Was Different by Chuck Palahniuk

Renowned, bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk takes us behind the scenes of the writing life, with postcards from decades on the road and incredible examination of the power of fiction and the art of storytelling.

In this spellbinding blend of memoir and insight, bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk shares stories and generous advice on what makes writing powerful and what makes for powerful writing.

With advice grounded in years of careful study and a keenly observed life, Palahniuk combines practical advice and concrete examples from beloved classics, his own books, and a"kitchen-table MFA" culled from an evolving circle of beloved authors and artists, with anecdotes, postcards from the road, and much more.

Clear-eyed, sensitive, illuminating, and knowledgeable, Consider This is Palahniuk's love letter to stories and storytellers, booksellers and books themselves. Consider it a classic in the making.

I love reading about writing, and this sounds like a book I need in a life.



Have you read or are you planning to read any of these? What books have recently made it onto your wishlist?

Jennifer

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | January 19

Are you joining in Women in Horror Month next month? If you are, the Ladies of Horror Fiction team is hosting several activities if you want to join in.

We are hosting a readathon, and you are welcome to pick a book(s) from one, more, or all prompts next month to celebrate WiHM.

Women in Horror Month Readathon

We are also hosting an Instagram challenge if you'd like to join in.


Posted Last Week


On Monday I posted my ⭐⭐⭐★★ review of Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire.

Wednesday I shared a few books that have recently made it onto my wishlist.

Finished Reading


Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire ⭐⭐⭐★★ - I was a little bit disappointed, and you can check out my review here.

Currently Reading


The Tenant by Katrine Engberg Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine

I'm currently in the middle of both The Tenant by Katrine Engberg and Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine, and I'm loving them both. I hope to get some quality reading time with one of them today.

Recent Acquisitions


The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley Long Bright River by Liz Moore Watership Down (Watership Down #1) by Richard Adams

The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley - Toni from The Misadventures of a Reader persuaded me to change my mind (again) about wanting to read The Beauty. I decided to order a copy, and I'm excited about it.

Long Bright River by Liz Moore - This is one of my most anticipated books of January. It's solely off of the description and the marketing buzz, but I just have a feeling about it and I really want to read it. Unfortunately, I probably won't get to it until after Women in Horror Month next month.

Watership Down (Watership Down #1) by Richard Adams - I bought Watership Down as part of Audibles member sale they are having right now. I can't believe I've never read it.

So what about you? Let me know what you're reading this week or leave me some links!


This post is being shared as part of Book Date's It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Caffeinated Book Reviewer's The Sunday Post.

Jennifer

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

On My Wishlist {26}

On My Wishlist is where I share a few books that have recently made it onto my wishlist. These are the books that have recently caught my eye:

Violet by S.J.I. Holliday
Published November 14th 2019 by Orenda Books

Violet by S.J.I. Holliday

When two strangers end up sharing a cabin on the Trans-Siberian Express, an intense friendship develops, one that can only have one ending … a nerve-shattering psychological thriller from bestselling author SJI Holliday

Carrie's best friend has an accident and can no longer make the round-the-world trip they'd planned together, so Carrie decides to go it alone.

Violet is also travelling alone, after splitting up with her boyfriend in Thailand. She is also desperate for a ticket on the Trans-Siberian Express, but there is nothing available.

When the two women meet in a Beijing Hotel, Carrie makes the impulsive decision to invite Violet to take her best friend's place.

Thrown together in a strange country, and the cramped cabin of the train, the women soon form a bond. But as the journey continues, through Mongolia and into Russia, things start to unravel – because one of these women is not who she claims to be…

A tense and twisted psychological thriller about obsession, manipulation and toxic friendships, Violet also reminds us that there's a reason why mother told us not to talk to strangers...

I put Violet on my wishlist after seeing it on Barb's 2019 Favorite Reads post. ("Hands down one of the best thrillers I've read all year.")



Of Sea and Shadow by Will Wight
Published December 30th 2014 by Hidden Gnome Publishing

Of Sea and Shadow by Will Wight

The Guild of Navigators has ruled the Aion Sea for centuries, using their fleet of mystical ships to collect trade for the Aurelian Empire.

Now the Emperor is dead.

For Calder Marten, Captain of The Testament, the Emperor’s death is not an end, but an opportunity. He and his crew seek the legendary Heart of Nakothi, an artifact that could raise a second Emperor…and earn Calder a fortune.

But they’re not the only ones who want the Heart.

The Consultant’s Guild, an ancient order of spies and assassins, will stop at nothing to keep the world in chaos. They seek to destroy the Heart, and prevent the world from uniting under a single Emperor ever again.

On the seas, a man works to restore the dying Empire.

In the shadows, a woman seeks to destroy it.

Will you explore the seas here with Calder? Or will you walk the shadows with Shera, in the parallel novel "Of Shadow and Sea"?
Of Shadow and Sea by Will Wight
Published December 30th 2014 by Hidden Gnome Publishing
Of Shadow and Sea by Will Wight

The Consultant’s Guild has served the Aurelian Empire for over a thousand years, working in the darkness to hunt dissension and eliminate traitors.

Now the Emperor is dead.

For Shera, an assassin in the employ of the Consultants, the Emperor’s death is the beginning of a nightmare. Powerful forces hunt the Heart of Nakothi, a cursed artifact that can raise a second Emperor…and corrupt him in the process.

But some desire power at any cost.

The Guild of Navigators, an infamous collection of swindlers and pirates, has been paid a fortune to secure the Heart. Their only lord is greed, their only loyalty to gold, and they would sell the Empire’s freedom for the promise of a quick coin.

In the shadows, a woman works to set the world free.

On the seas, a man seeks to raise a lunatic to lord over mankind.

Will you walk the shadows here with Shera? Or will you explore the seas with Calder, in the parallel novel "Of Sea and Shadow"?

I'm really interested in these books, and I'm having trouble wrapping my head around them well enough to explain. Both of these novels make up the first book in a series. The protagonists in each novel are the antagonists in the other novel. Anyhow, they sound really great, and I want to read them!



Over the Woodward Wall (Untitled #1) by A. Deborah Baker (Seanan McGuire)
Expected publication: October 6th 2020 by Tor.com

Over the Woodward Wall (Untitled #1) by A. Deborah Baker (Seanan McGuire)

If you trust her you’ll never get home…

Avery is an exceptional child. Everything he does is precise, from the way he washes his face in the morning, to the way he completes his homework – without complaint, without fuss, without prompt.

Zib is also an exceptional child, because all children are, in their own way. But where everything Avery does and is can be measured, nothing Zib does can possibly be predicted, except for the fact that she can always be relied upon to be unpredictable.

They live on the same street.

They live in different worlds.

On an unplanned detour from home to school one morning, Avery and Zib find themselves climbing over a low stone wall into the Up and Under – an impossible land filled with mystery, adventure and the strangest creatures. And they must find themselves and each other if they are to also find their way out and back to their own lives.

There are quotes from this book in Middlegame. Seanan McGuire is just way too fun, and I need this!



Are you planning to read any of these upcoming releases? What books have recently made it onto your wishlist?

Jennifer

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Book Review | Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

Come Tumbling Down is the fifth book in Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series.

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

The fifth installment in Seanan McGuire's award-winning, bestselling Wayward Children series, Come Tumbling Down picks up the threads left dangling by Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones

When Jack left Eleanor West's School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister--whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice--back to their home on the Moors.

But death in their adopted world isn't always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome.

Eleanor West's "No Quests" rule is about to be broken.

Again.

It's not that I didn't like Come Tumbling Down, I just didn't particularly care for it, either.

Come Tumbling Down can't stand on its own the way the other books in the series can, yet half of the book is spent explaining the characters and the worlds.

I still wholeheartedly recommend this series and I'm anxiously awaiting the next installment... I just don't feel like Come Tumbling Down really added anything new.

⭐⭐⭐★★

Jennifer

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | January 12

This week was my first week back to work since before the holidays, and it was also birthday week for my oldest. He turned 13 this week! I officially have a teenager in the house. It was a super busy week for me. I'm hoping to take it easy and do some much needed blog hopping today.

Posted Last Week


On Monday I posted all of the January 2020 Book Releases in Fantasy, Horror, and Thrillers I'm most excited about.

On Tuesday I posted my ⭐⭐⭐★★ review of Middlegame by Seanan McGuire.

Wednesday I shared a few books that have recently made it onto my wishlist.

And then Friday I posted my ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review of A Lush and Seething Hell by John Hornor Jacobs.

Finished Reading


Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky Middlegame by Seanan McGuire Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - This book had the perfect balance of world building and humor.

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire ⭐⭐⭐★★ - I've already posted my review of this one.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - So good. Stay tuned for a review!

Currently Reading


Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

Yay! The new Wayward Children book released this week! I started reading it this weekend because I just couldn't wait any longer.

Recent Acquisitions


The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu Truth Be Told by Kathleen Barber The Tenant by Katrine Engberg
The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons You Die When You Die by Angus Watson

Tor.com kindly granted me ecopies of The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo and Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings. I am highly anticipating both of these reads.

I gave into temptation and also grabbed copies of The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones and The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu since these are highly anticipated reads as well.

Many thanks to Gallery Books for sending me copies of Truth Be Told by Kathleen Barber and The Tenant by Katrine Engberg.

I bought a copy of The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher for the January group read in the Ladies of Horror Fiction goodreads group.

I also bought a couple of fantasy back titles that I'm in the mood to read this year: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons and You Die When You Die by Angus Watson.

So what about you? Let me know what you're reading this week or leave me some links!


This post is being shared as part of Book Date's It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Caffeinated Book Reviewer's The Sunday Post.

Jennifer

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