Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Wicked Redhead

Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and helps us spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!

The Wicked Redhead (The Wicked City #2)
Beatriz Williams
Expected publication date: December 10, 2019
In this follow-up to The Wicked City, New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams combines past and present in this delicious Jazz Age adventure featuring a saucy redheaded flapper, the square-jawed Prohibition agent who loves her, and a beautiful divorcee trying to remake her life in contemporary New York.

New York City, 1998: When Ella Gilbert discovers her banker husband is cheating on her, she loses both her marriage and the life she knew. In her new apartment in an old Greenwich Village building, she's found unexpected second love with Hector, a musician who lives upstairs. And she's discovered something else, just as surprising—a connection to the mesmerizing woman scandalously posed in a vintage photograph titled Redhead Beside Herself.

Florida, 1924: Geneva "Gin" Kelly, a smart-mouthed flapper from Appalachia, barely survived a run-in with her notorious bootlegger stepfather. She and Oliver Anson, a Prohibition agent she has inconveniently fallen in love with, take shelter in Cocoa Beach, a rum-running haven. But the turmoil she tried to leave behind won't be so easily outrun. Anson's mother, the formidable Mrs. Marshall, descends on Florida with a proposition that propels Gin back to the family's opulent New York home, and into a reluctant alliance. Then Anson disappears during an investigation, and Gin must use all her guile and courage to find him.

Two very different women, separated by decades. Yet as Ella tries to free herself from her ex, she is also hunting down the truth about the captivating, wicked Redhead in her photograph—a woman who loved and lived fearlessly. And as their link grows, she feels Gin urging her on, daring her to forge her own path, wherever it leads. - from Goodreads
I will read ANYTHING that Beatriz Williams writes; her books always have amazing female characters, and I'm excited to see where Gin Kelly heads next!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Nonfiction November: Be The Expert - The Nature Edition

Week 3 of Nonfiction November is hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey, and this week's theme is Be the Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert.  In the past, I've mostly asked for recommendations during this week of #NonficNov - this year, I'm going to try being the expert! 

If you peruse my blog a little, you can see that I love the outdoors, so that's where I'm going to take inspiration from.  Nature can be a wonderful, beautiful thing - but it can also be terrifying and dangerous.  This collection of books touches on the dual nature of... well, nature!


The Ledge: Two friends are climbing Mount Rainier when they fall into a crevasse, leaving one fatally injured and one struggling to survive.

Dead Mountain: The author tries to piece together what happened to a group of hikers who mysteriously died in the Ural Mountains.

The Perfect Storm: A nor'easter tears through the Atlantic, leaving death and destruction in its wake.

Into Thin Air: A journalist describes his first-hand account of a devastating climbing expedition on Mt. Everest.


Braving It: A father guides his daughter through the Alaskan wilderness.

Isaac's Storm: The author pieces together a deadly hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas in 1900.

In Harm's Way: A story of survival after the USS Indianapolis is torpedoed in the South Pacific during WWII.

Have you read any of these?

Friday, November 8, 2019

Try It, You Might Like It #10: Space Opera

"Try it, you might like it" - it's what someone says when they present you with some food you've never had before or your mom wants you to try on some clothes she picked out for you.  I'm using it here on the blog as inspiration to choose books in genres I don't normally read; to branch out from my reading comfort zones; and to maybe find some new favorites!  One of my goals this year was to bring this feature back, so here we go!

I read a lot of books set in space, but I've never read a space opera, so I thought it would be a great genre to try.  So, what is a space opera?  According to Wikipedia, a space opera "is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking. Set mainly or entirely in outer space, it usually involves conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, futuristic weapons, and other sophisticated technology."  A classic example of a space opera movie would be Star Wars.

The first book that came to mind was The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (2014).  I have Greg at Book Haven to thank for this because he has mentioned this book several times!  I'm so glad I finally listened to him, because I really enjoyed this book!

Most of the books I read about space are pretty limited to humans doing exploration of some kind or maybe starting a new civilization on a distant planet because Earth is no longer inhabitable.  This book, however, is set on a bigger scale - in the future, humans have colonized Mars and Earth is a distant memory.  Humans aren't the only beings in the universe, either - there are countless races of aliens, and by this point, many have learned to co-exist.  That brings us to the crew of the Wayfarer - a motley mix of humans and aliens who live and work together.  It was so interesting to learn about the different alien cultures and backstories for all the crew members.  Becky Chambers is so creative and inventive - each character felt well-rounded and fleshed out.

The main storyline deals with the crew being hired for a tunneling job out in deep space, potentially dangerous but very lucrative.  We follow the crew as they get ready for the job; at some points the story felt a little slow, but it was also a good chance to introduce us to the characters and be immersed in the world-building.  The action starts building up near the end, and the story has a bit of an open ending that makes me want to continue the series and learn more about this world!

What's your favorite space opera?

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Clergyman's Wife

Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and helps us spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!

The Clergyman's Wife
Molly Greeley
Expected publication date: December 3, 2019
For everyone who loved Pride and Prejudice—and legions of historical fiction lovers—an inspired debut novel set in Austen’s world.
Charlotte Collins, nee Lucas, is the respectable wife of Hunsford’s vicar, and sees to her duties by rote: keeping house, caring for their adorable daughter, visiting parishioners, and patiently tolerating the lectures of her awkward husband and his condescending patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Intelligent, pragmatic, and anxious to escape the shame of spinsterhood, Charlotte chose this life, an inevitable one so socially acceptable that its quietness threatens to overwhelm her. Then she makes the acquaintance of Mr. Travis, a local farmer and tenant of Lady Catherine..

In Mr. Travis’ company, Charlotte feels appreciated, heard, and seen. For the first time in her life, Charlotte begins to understand emotional intimacy and its effect on the heart—and how breakable that heart can be. With her sensible nature confronted, and her own future about to take a turn, Charlotte must now question the role of love and passion in a woman’s life, and whether they truly matter for a clergyman’s wife. - from Goodreads
I love Pride & Prejudice retellings, and the fact that this one is about Charlotte Lucas, one of the smaller characters in the original, makes me want to read it even more!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Nonfiction November 2019: Fiction/Nonfiction Pairings

It's Week 2 of Nonfiction November and this week's topic is hosted by Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves!  I think this week is my favorite of all the themes of Nonfiction November - fiction/nonfiction book pairings!  I was so inspired by this topic during my first time doing #NonficNov that I now regularly try to incorporate it into my blogging and book reviews during the rest of the year.  So, here are the pairings I came up with!

Have you read any of these?

Friday, November 1, 2019

Month in Review: October 2019

October is one of my favorite months, and this one did not disappoint!  While it was a little quieter than past months, we still had a lot of fun.

To celebrate our 6th anniversary, we spent a weekend in Connecticut, hiking and taking in all the fall foliage!  I also stopped in a cute bookstore and couldn't resist buying some new reads!

My husband has been looking forward to a second Zombieland movie since the first came out years ago, so of course we had to go see Zombieland: Double Tap when it came out.  It was good, but I definitely prefer the first one!  Also, except for Abigail Breslin, it seemed like none of the cast had aged a bit!

I don't know how, but Team Outlaw is still #1 in fantasy football!  We are 8-0!  I'm pretty shocked, but I don't expect this run of good luck to last.

While we had perfect weather in Connecticut, a good portion of the month was rainy, and that included Halloween.  The rain and wind really cut down on the number of trick-or-treaters we got - but that means more candy for me!

The Books

The Lantern's Ember // Fall of Poppies // My Lovely Wife (audio) // Maybe in Another Life (#ReadForGrace, reread)

The Turn of the Key //  The Babysitter's Coven (review to come) // The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (review to come) // Vox (audio)

House of Salt and Sorrows (review to come) // American Duchess (review to come) // The Husband Hunters (review to come)

The Posts and Reviews

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Book Haul #5

I've been pretty good about not buying too many books this year, but I went a little crazy recently!  I blame most of it on coming across a library book sale while we were in Connecticut a couple weeks ago!




Have you read any of these?