Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Wrap-up

Good morning, fellow readers!

Here's what I've been up to on the blog . . . Last week I posted Fall New Releases I Can't Wait to Read. Are you looking forward to any new releases in particular this fall?

I also posted reviews of these books:

Juliet's Nurse is new historical fiction by Lois Leveen, a re-imagining of the story of Romeo and Juliet from the perspective of Juliet's wet-nurse. Sarah Water's newest novel The Paying Guests, also released this month, is a story of love and longing set in 1922 London.

Here's what I've been reading in the past week:

I read the spooky classic The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson for the RIP IX Readalong, which will behosted by the Estella Society on October 1. I have been wanting to read Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves since it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Review to come later, but I will just say for now that it was an intense and astonishing read!

And this is the book that's up next for me . . .

I will be reading Thomas McNeely's Ghost Horse for an upcoming tour on TLC Book Tours towards the end of October. This novel tells the story of a boy from a deeply troubled family in 1970s Houston, who dreams of creating a movie about a horse with supernatural powers. I took a quick peak at the opening chapter, and I have high hopes!

What's on your reading agenda this week?

12 comments:

  1. I enjoyed your posts last week and look forward to your thoughts on We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. I have The Haunting of Hill House on my Classics List and having read The Lottery and having watched the Hill House movie on tv long ago, I know I will enjoy this story.

    Have a good week enjoying your reading!

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    1. Thanks, Rita! I never watched the Hill House movie. I did read The Lottery long ago, but I haven't read much more Jackson--so the RIP Readalong was a good excuse, I figured. I'll be interested in what others say about the book . . . .I was kind of iffy on it, honestly, but I don't read a lot of horror or gothic suspense stuff.

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  2. Your comment has me very curious about We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves... can't wait for your review. I'm considering adding it to my reading list.

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    1. I left that as a kind of a teaser, huh? I didn't know what to expect, because I had read mixed reviews, and I know some people were quite surprised it made the Booker shortlist. Now I hope Fowler has a shot at winning!

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  3. Great book selections, Leila. Fowler's book is on my wish list.

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    1. Thanks! I am really glad I read the Fowler--I wish I could say I've read more of the Booker shortlist, but I have not. If you read it, hope it's a good one for you.

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  4. First Impressions and US from your Fall TBR post both look good (I like that cover of First Impressions a lot). Juliet's Nurse looks like it could be interesting too...

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    1. Heh heh, love your WWI flying ace pic! I didn't love Juliet's Nurse, but it did have some very interesting period detail. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I have ran into a few people lately that are reading the haunting of hill house. Methinks I am missing something...

    Guy Vestal @ Counter Culture Critic

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  6. I think I'm going to have to give in and read We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves. It seems like readers are really loving it!

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  7. I love the title and the cover of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves...will look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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