WWW Wednesday: Oct 6, 2021

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.


Current Reads

  • Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie: That’s right, I’m finally reading the Poirot book I was supposed to read last month 😂 Our boy Hastings is in this one and I always tend to enjoy Poirot books more when he’s around. There were two different racial slurs on page 20, so that was a yikes, but I’m still having a good time. Will I guess whodunit? Probably not but I’m gonna enjoy the ride!
  • The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah: I remember when this book came out and was floating around in my periphery. I was intrigued, but ended up never picking it up. Now I’ve signed up for a blog tour for the second book, so I figured it was about time I read this one, right? I’m currently listening to the audiobook and loving it! The descriptions of this underwater London are otherworldly and so vivid, I can picture myself there. I’m eager to finish this one and move on to the next.
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Down the TBR Hole #11

It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.


Hello, reader!

It’s time for another round of Down the TBR Hole! I ended last week at a total of 660 books and, somehow, will be starting this round at… 658 books 🤔 I know one of the missing books is because I started reading A Deadly Education, but I have no idea where the other one disappeared, lol. Still, I’m already starting out lower than last week, so this round is off to a good start!

That being said, let’s get to round eleven!


All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

We’re entering thriller territory! Which, though it is the perfect season for some thriller reads, I’m not sure I’ll be keeping this one on the TBR. The premise just isn’t my jam. A girl who has been sexually assaulted is given a drug so that she’ll forget everything. Like… what? No thank you.

Verdict: Remove


Hospital Hill by Katherine Anderson

This thriller, however, definitely has me intrigued! It’s a historical fiction and mystery all rolled up into one. A nurse at an asylum who is weeks away from retirement starts to believe that some of the female patients are being murdered. It sounds like it would be dark with lots of twists. I’m certainly still interested!

Verdict: Keep


Girl in the Red Hood by Brittany Fichter

Though this isn’t a thriller, we’re sticking with the darker vibes. It’s a fairytale retelling of Little Red Riding Hood that seems like it would have a touch of the creepy. Though it sounds interesting, I’ve just learned that it’s the fourth book in a series! So, perhaps if I read the other books, this one will find it’s way back on the list, but… for now…

Verdict: Remove

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Down the TBR Hole #9

Hello, reader!

It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.


It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a Down the TBR Hole post, hasn’t it? And you know what that means. My Goodreads Want to Read shelf has gotten quite a few additions 😅 I ended my last post with 625 books on the TBR. Where am I currently sitting? *cough668bookscough* I mean… I’m proud of myself for not breaking into the 700s! There’s that 😂 But I’m still in the part of my Want to Read shelf that I added when I first joined Goodreads, so there’s a fair chance I’ll be able to pare this down a bit this round.

With that being said, let’s jump in to round nine!


Woman with a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine

Starting off with a tricky one! The premise of this one sounds intriguing, if potentially confusing. We are following a Japanese character who has been written out of a story but is still trying to finish it! We also get snippets of the editor’s letters to the author, who is a Japanese-American imprisoned at an internment camp during WWII, urging him to make his story more “patriotic”. And that’s where my hesitation lies because this was written by a white, contemporary author. I’m not saying he can’t do a wonderful, nuanced job of capturing the emotions surrounding the circumstances. But it’s just not the same as someone of actual Japanese or Japanese-American descent telling this story, in my opinion. Perhaps future-me will change her mind, but, for now, it’s off the TBR.

Verdict: Remove


Hellraisers by Alexander Gordon Smith

This is a YA paranormal dystopian/horror and I haven’t been a fan of YA dystopian books in ages. Not saying that this couldn’t pull me back into the fray, but it was published around the time when I fell out of love with dystopian novels in general. Beyond that, the premise doesn’t sound like anything spectacular. It’s about a teen gaining massive demonic powers to help save the world at great peril to himself and probably those closest to him. It just doesn’t capture my interest anymore, so off it goes!

Verdict: Remove


Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

For someone who claims that her favorite bookish trope is “books about books”. this one has been on my TBR for an embarrassingly long amount of time 😅 I mean, it’s set in a potentially magical bookstore! It sounds like something I would genuinely love, so of course it gets to stay. Now I just need to make time to read it!

Verdict: Keep

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Blog Tour Spotlight: A Sparrow Alone by Mim Eichmann

Hello, reader!

Today on the blog, I’m doing something a little different. I’m doing a spotlight for a book on a #TheWriteReads tour! I’m excited to be able to share some information about a beautiful looking book called A Sparrow Alone by Mimi Eichmann. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, stick around for more details.

Thank you, as always, to Dave @ The Write Reads for letting me participate!


Synopsis


“1890’s Colorado. Desperate following her mother’s sudden death, thirteen-year-old Hannah Owens apprentices as domestic help with a wealthy doctor’s family in Colorado Springs. When the doctor declares bankruptcy and abandons his family to finance his mistress Pearl DeVere’s brothel, however, Hannah is thrown into a vortex of gold mining bonanzas and busts, rampant prostitution, and the economic, political and cultural upheavals of the era. Two of Cripple Creek’s most colorful historic characters, Winfield Scott Stratton, eccentric owner of the richest gold mine in Cripple Creek, and Pearl DeVere, the beautiful madam of The Old Homestead, come to life as this old-fashioned, coming-of-age saga unfolds, the first of two historical fiction novels by debut author Mim Eichmann — a tribute to the women who set the stage for women’s rights.”

Book Details


  • Author: Mim Eichmann
  • Publisher: Living Springs Publisher
  • Publication date: April 15th, 2020
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Age group: Adult

Book Links

Bookshop::Indiebound::TBD::B&N::Amazon:: Goodreads

Author Details


A graduate from the Jordan College of Music at Butler University, in Indianapolis, IN, Chicago-based author Mim Eichmann has found that her creative journey has taken her down many exciting, interwoven pathways as an award-winning published lyricist and songwriter, professional folk musician, ballet choreographer and now, historical fiction author. Her debut historical fiction novel, “A Sparrow Alone”, published by Living Springs Publishers on April 15, 2020, has met with extremely enthusiastic reviews and “Muskrat Ramble” which will be published on March 23, 2021, is its much-anticipated sequel.

Author Links

Website::Twitter


If the synopsis intrigues you, definitely consider checking this book out! It sounds like it could be an interesting read!

#5OnMyTBR – Historical

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!


Hello, reader!

We’ve once again arrived at a fresh, new Monday and that means it’s time for another 5 On My TBR! Today we’ll be talking about a type of book that I honestly need to read more of: historical books. Which I’m choosing to interpret as historical fiction. I honestly don’t know why I don’t read more of this genre as the books I have read, I tend to enjoy. It’s one of those genres that I’m interested in but just don’t gravitate towards as much.

Still, there are quite a few books on my TBR that could be classified as historical, so picking my top five was a struggle! After perusing my Goodreads Want To Read shelf for what feels like far too long, I’ve finally narrowed it down to the five that I want to read the most. So let’s dive in!


#1. The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Off-topic moment: Whoever designs the covers for Alix E. Harrow’s books is an artistic genius. Just… *chef’s kiss*

Okay! Now, this book is something that I’ve been anticipating ever since it was announced. It’s about witches and suffragettes! What’s not to love? This is the type of historical fiction that I tend to enjoy… something with a little bit of the fantastic thrown in! I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

#2. The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey

This is another historical fiction that has a bit of the weird included in the story. It seems like there’s a possibility of ghosts, so you know I’m interested! I also think the whole premise just sounds incredible. We’re following a museum curator protecting exhibits that were spirited out of London during WWII. I think it will be an interesting story to follow and I’m excited for the gothic vibe.

Also, a lot of my bookish friends have loved this book, so that makes me even more excited to read it 😁

#3. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Imma be honest. I know next to nothing about what this book actually entails, lol. All I know is that it was written by Diane Setterfield, who wrote The Thirteenth Tale, which is one of my faves. For that reason alone, I want to read this book!

According to the synopsis, though, it’s about a girl who dies and mysteriously comes back to life. Now there are three families fighting to claim her and I’m sure it’s going to be a fantastical, emotional time. Will it make me cry? Probably! But I’m v. ready.

#4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Another confession: the hype train got me when it comes to this book. It was freakin’ everywhere this past year and I got curious. Why was everyone salivating over this book? I was lucky enough to receive this book in a gift exchange, so I’m ready to find out what the hype is all about!

That being said, the synopsis probably would have made me want to pick this up even without all the hype. A girl that has survived in the marsh for years on her own emerges because she longs for human contact. But then there’s murder and secrets. It sounds like it’s going to be completely engrossing!

#5. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

We couldn’t have a post about historical fiction and not talk about one of my most anticipated reads of 2020! I’ve been waiting for this book for what seems like ages! V.E. Schwab is definitely one of my favorite authors and she has been working on this story for years. And the premise just sounds so intriguing. A girl that sells her soul for immortality and freedom but is doomed to be forgotten by everyone she meets? I’m completely in!

Also, the cover just makes me drool a wee bit. I ordered the OwlCrate special edition and I can’t wait to see what they do with this already stunning cover!


What are some historical books that you have on your TBR? Are you planning on reading any of the ones I chose? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Blog Tour: Loretta Little Looks Back by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pickney

Hello, reader!

I’m on a roll with these blog tours, aren’t I? Look, a lot of great opportunities caught my attention at the same time and I couldn’t say no! In this case, I’m particularly glad that I didn’t because this book… y’all, this book made me feel some kind of way. We’ll be talking about my favorite quotes and my own voices reflections in a moment, but I just want to a second right now to say this was I N C R E D I B L E!

I would also like to take a moment to thank Hear Our Voices Book Tours for letting me participate in yet another one of their amazing book promotions! And, of course, a huge thank you to not only HOV, but the publisher, Little, Brown for Young Readers, for sending me a finished copy in exchange for my participation and honest review. And, of course, please check out the other amazing content creators on this tour by clicking HERE!

Alright, let’s get to it!


Synopsis


From a bestselling and award-winning husband and wife team comes an innovative, beautifully illustrated novel that delivers a front-row seat to the groundbreaking moments in history that led to African Americans earning the right to vote.

“Right here, I’m sharing the honest-to-goodness.” — Loretta

“I’m gon’ reach back, and tell how it all went. I’m gon’ speak on it. My way.” — Roly

“I got more nerve than a bad tooth. But there’s nothing bad about being bold.” — Aggie B.

Loretta, Roly, and Aggie B., members of the Little family, each present the vivid story of their young lives, spanning three generations. Their separate stories — beginning in a cotton field in 1927 and ending at the presidential election of 1968 — come together to create one unforgettable journey.

Through an evocative mix of fictional first-person narratives, spoken-word poems, folk myths, gospel rhythms and blues influences, Loretta Little Looks Back weaves an immersive tapestry that illuminates the dignity of sharecroppers in the rural South. Inspired by storytelling’s oral tradition, stirring vignettes are presented in a series of theatrical monologues that paint a gripping, multidimensional portrait of America’s struggle for civil rights as seen through the eyes of the children who lived it. The novel’s unique format invites us to walk in their shoes. Each encounters an unexpected mystical gift, passed down from one family member to the next, that ignites their experience what it means to reach for freedom.”

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ARC Review: Crossings by Alex Landragin

Title: Crossings

Author: Alex Landragin

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: July 28th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links: Bookshop::Indiebound::TBD::B&N::Amazon::Goodreads

One Sentence Synopsis

A twisting tale that follows three seemingly very different people through seven generations and strange circumstances.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“Perhaps there is a natural limit to remembering, beyond which it is simply impossible to bear the weight of all that remembrance.”


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ARC Review: The Kingdom of Back

Title: The Kingdom of Back

Author: Marie Lu

Publication date: March 3rd, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction

Source: ARC (BookishFirst)

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links:

Amazon::B&N::TBD::Indiebound::Goodreads

One Sentence Synopsis

When Nannerl Mozart makes a wish to not be forgotten, her wish is heard by a being from a faerie land who promises to fulfill her wish as long as she helps him in return.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“Speak for those less fortunate than yourself, who will need your help. Speak for the ones who will come after you, looking to you for guidance.”

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