FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:
Stephanie Garber’s novel is getting a ton of attention right now and for good reason. Her story about a magical game is highly addictive. It is not a perfect novel – the characters are weak, the plot moves at a ridiculous pace, and there are more questions than answers – but I honestly did not care one bit and devoured it in one sitting. I even read this one while the Packers were playing, something that never, ever happens.
Some would call the J. P. Delaney novel a cat-and-mouse thriller. I am calling it the best kind of mindfuck. Two very different women, one exacting house, and one even more autocratic landlord – what unfolds is not something you can predict, nor would you want to do so. Watching the story unfold is half the fun in this new psychological thriller. I found myself wishing my lunch breaks were just a wee bit longer so I could squeeze in a few more pages.
Anna Mazzola’s debut novel is a fascinating glimpse into the unfairness of the criminal justice system of the pre-Victorian era. Based on a very real crime involving James Greenacre and Sarah Gale, Ms. Mazzola blends fiction with fact to bring the reader back to this dirty and harsh world.
I’m making progress. More than halfway now!
So, what are you reading?
I have Caraval preordered. I should have it next week, I think! (Man, where did January go…)
I’m SO disappointed in the players for this year’s Super Bowl, which has been a pretty consistent response for the last several Super Bowls. Ugh. Whatever. I’ll still watch it I GUESS and root for the team whose owner, coach, and quarterback don’t love Orange Hitler.
Which team owner, coach, and quarterback loves Orange Hitler? Please tell me it is not Atlanta. I cannot cheer for the Patriots. I just cannot cheer for Brady and Belichick.
I keep going back and forth on The Girl Before. I tried reading it a few times but didn’t get far. It keeps being compared to Fifty Shades in parts and I’m not sure what to think. If you liked it, I’m thinking it’s worth trying again.
I can’t wait for Caraval! And I want to read The Edge of Everything. Enjoy!
Since I have never read a single word of the Fifty Shades trilogy, I cannot make any sort of comparison. However, I think The Girl Before is twisted and all sorts of awesome. It definitely leaves you guessing.
I’m wondering if the Faber book might be too religious for me? Is it hardcore in that respect? I guess I don’t know too much about it. I’m reading The Girl in Green at the moment. Enjoy your week. & Sorry about the Packers, just a weird day for them.
It is pretty pontifical in some regards. The main character is tolerant but definitely looks at people as those he could bring into the church. The aliens are all named Jesus Lover. I struggle with the scenes that are nothing but musings on his beliefs and those of his flock. It reminds me of the few books of Christian fiction I have read. I didn’t particularly enjoy those either for similar reasons.
I keep seeing other reading The Girl Before so I look forward to your thoughts. I do not need to add more books to my TBR list…ha ha.
It is a crazy novel, and I loved it! I have a feeling you will be adding at least one more book to your TBR list!
I really liked The Book of Strange New Things. I read it in print though so I hope it plays out well on audio.
It is a little too religious for me, but I keep plugging away!
That was a tough one for the Packers. Rodgers just did not look like himself. Sorry for you 🙁
I’ve been seeing The Girl Before around a ton lately – glad to hear you liked it…I think? I’m trying to decide whether to dip my toe back into thrillers after getting pretty burned out on them a few years ago.
I did love it! It was completely unexpected and kept me on my toes the entire time. I love books that mess with my mind like that!