Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: To Capture What we cannot keep

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To Capture what we cannot keep 


Written by: Beatrice Colin
Publisher: Flatiron Books
ISBN: 1250071445
Release Date: November 29th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Historical Fiction, France, European fiction, European literature, French literature, 19th century literature, romance
Pages: 304 (Hardcover)
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Summary:

"In February 1887, Caitriona wallace and émile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris, France - a moment of pure possibility. But back on firm ground, their vastly different social strata become clear. Cait is a window who because of her precarious financial situation is forced to chaperone two wealthy Scottish charges. Smiles expected to take on the bourgeois stability of his family's business and choose a suitable wife. As the Eiffel Tower rises, a marvel of steel and air and light, the subject of extreme controversy and a symbol of the future, Cait and Emile must decide what their love is worth."




Why i am waiting.... 


This book is set during the time the Eiffel Tower is constructed. And who doesn't love reading about such an interesting historical time?

And as you guys might have noticed i am a sucker for any kind of Historical Fiction especially those set in Europe and not during World War 2! Not that i really say no to anything set during World War 2, but i do love European historical fiction that is NOT set during that time. 

I also love the cover, so there is that!



What are you guys waiting on this Wednesday?

Have you heard about this book?


Let me know in the comments, lets chat!


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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Beautiful Dead

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The Beautiful Dead



Written by: Belinda Bauer
Publisher: Bantam Press
ISBN: 0593075528
Release Date: November 17th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, mystery, crime, 
Pages: 343 (Hardcover)
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Summary:

"There's no safety in numbers....Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she'll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience. 
The killer needs death too. He even advertises his macabre public performances, where he hopes to show the whole world the beauty of dying. 
When he contacts Eve, she welcomes the chance to be first with the news from every gory scene. Until she realizes that the killer has two obsessions. 
One is public murder. And the other one is her...." 




Why i am waiting.... 


I love a good thriller and i am always on the search for a new thriller writer that i might love. 

I also love the idea of a crime reporter being the person that the murderer is fixated on, because i always asked myself if people like that get targeted by dangerous people simply because of their jobs!

So i am very excited and interested to see where the author takes this story and how she will tell it!





What are you guys waiting on this Wednesday?

Have you heard about this book?

Any one has any wonderful heartracing thrillers to recommend?

Let me know in the comments, lets chat!


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: From Sand and Ash

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From Sand and Ash


Written by: Amy Harmon
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
ISBN: 1503939324
Release Date: December 1st, 2016 
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, World war 2, Italian literature, Italy, European setting
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Summary:

"Italy, 1943 - Germany occupies much of the country, placing the Jewish population in grave danger during World War II. As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood. 
Now, more then a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent, where Eva discovers she is just one of many Jews being sheltered by the Catholic Church. 
But Eva can't quietly hide, waiting for deliverance, while Angelo risks everything to keep her safe. With her world at war and so many in need, Angelo and Eva face trail after trail, choice after agonizing choice, until fate and fortune finally collide, leaving them with the most difficult decision of all."




Why i am waiting.... 


I really enjoy different aspects of a World War 2 stories, that are not the typical front line or solider stories. But rather a "background" story, talking about the normal lives of people that had nothing to do with anything of the political sides that caused the wars.

I also think this books sounds interesting with the jews and catholic church aspects, and seeing how the author combines the two different religions, if she will try to make the catholic church the "big saver" (as i sadly read about way to often) or just be a helpful hand. 

And you can never read enough historical fictions in my opinion! 



What are you guys waiting on this Wednesday?

Have you heard about this book?

Have a great Historical fiction to recommend? 


Let me know in the comments, lets chat!


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top 10 Tuesday: Scary Books in my future!


I have read a lot of books that people say are scary and i read them and didn't see it.... 

But here is to hoping for a better track record in the future!



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Brokeandbookish.com, so clearly not my idea!

This weeks TTT is all about scary books -or prep for Halloween actually but i picked scary books. Because i am certainly not going to talk about costumes or anything like that!

I also as i already said, don't really have any good recommendations since most "scary" books i read were mostly just boring to me and not scary at all! So instead i am showing my scary book TBR. 


It is kind of funny that books and movies really don't scare me anymore. 

Because in real life?

I jump so easily my mother and i joked that i could easily be on one of those funny home videos!

I mean i don't scream, but i jump or punch or kick out like a crazy person when a get scared by something. 

And let me tell you something, suddenly having a very loud barking dog appear basically next to you in something that i swear to you is dog magic! while you are minding your own business on a walk with your own dog? That would scare you too. 

I am sure. I hope so. Or maybe i am just very easily frightened in real life. 


Anyways... not the topic of this post. 


I am not easily spooked with books. So I have a really hard time finding good scary or horror books. 

But i do have list. 

that i hope to get too very soon. 


Hopefully. 

Also if you read any of those and have recommendations or ideas based on them or just in general have a good scary/horror book to recommend?

There is a comment section on this post for a reason ;)




1. It by Stephen King


I can not believe that i still have not read this yet. 

I really can't. 

Not only is he one of my all time favorites, he is also the author i am reading the longest and most books from. 

But i have read this very well talked about book yet!

I don't understand it. 
I am not going to read it for the rest of this month either. Or next month. Because i have different books planned. And this one just keeps slipping father and father down on my TBR pile. 

I will get to it. In the future, i know i will. 

There might also be the thing that i actually do hate clowns. I don't fear them. I just find it slightly creepy that people find it funny that an adult persons puts on a strange costume and behaves that strongly and overly friendly with strange children and see it as completely okay. Thats just creepy! 

Anyways! If you have read this and love it? Please let me know! Maybe i will decide to pick it up very soon if i get lots of "you have to read it right now!" comments. 



2. Dracula by Bram Stoker


This one is actually on my TBR for October. And i will get to it since i just got it last week and now i am going to read it. I will!

And i can not wait!

I love vampire books. 

I love dracula. NO matter how cheese or stupid he is in any way i ever heard or seen him mentioned or appear in. And so i can not wait to see how this original book is shaping up to what i know of him so far. 

By the way since i am sure you all are dying to know: my favorite Dracula moment was in Buffy Season 5 episode 1. I always love it when Xander gets turned into a mindless minion! And i just thought that the entire episode was just brilliant and very typical Buffy and if you have not seen it yet? Why the heck not? What are you waiting for? Go watch Buffy!

And i am going to be reading Dracula during this week. And quite possible re-watch the Buffy episode after. Just for fun and giggles. 



3. Cujo by Stephen King


Okay for this one i have a very specific reason why i have not yet read this specific King book yet!

I wanted to read this shortly before we got our first dog. 

And then i thought -you know what? Maybe not the best idea to read a book all about a monster dog when you are about to get your first real -not bird- animal experience in your life. Maybe you should wait a while to read that particular book. 

Made sense to me. 

I mean the dog was the cutest, nicest and best dog ever! (was because he died almost three years ago)

But then i kind of forgot about the book?

And only remembered it for this list?

I mean i didn't forget, forget, i just got distracted by all the other shiny-shiny books and ... well forgot about this one. who can blame me right?

Anyways.... i will read this soon. 

Since i am currently in the possession of a dog that might as well be called cujo since he has the same expecion that is features on the book cover at least three times a day. 

He is just a joy.... (Sadly i am not kidding about showing of the teeth, by the way)




4. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin

I first heard about this book through Gilmore Girls. 

But when i wanted to see what it was all about? I could not find it anywhere. I mean really, i tried but this was nowhere to be found in a language i could actually read at the time. 

And when i was able to read it in english?

I forgot about it. 

You might see a trend in this TBR list. And my might i mean you can even if you don't look for it!

I do want to still read this and see if it is a horror classic for a reason or not. I do hope i get to it someday. Maybe. 




5. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


Or any Shirley Jackson book really, since it seems like a lot of her books are seen as horror/scary reads. And i never picked up anything by her so far. 

I do have a reason for not having read this yet as well. 

I have a horrible track record for "Haunted House" books. Or movies. Anything that has to do with haunted and houses really just ends very badly for me. 

And by that i mean that i find the books either horrendously boring, just stupid in general or not scary at all. Or a combination -which is the worse!

So i have not yet gathered up my nerves and be brave enough to actually give this book a try because of my really scary track record with this books topic. And yes thanks i worked hard to include this specific pun in into this post. Thanks for noticing!



6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

I am still not completely sure if this is really a horror book or not. If you know please let me know. 

But i want to read something by du Maurier so why not start with the one that i think might be the best known by her.... i could be wrong. don't quote me on that!

But i do think that the plot sounds interesting with a wife dying under mysterious circumstances and being a story that apparently makes even the reader paranoid. Who doesn't have lot?

I sure do. 

I will get to this. 

Soon. Someday. 






7. Something wicked this way comes by Ray Bradbury

I don't hear that many people talk about this book - or actually anyone. I never heard anyone talk about this aside from those lists that you see all over the internet with books that everyone should read for some reason or another. 

This book is always on every list if i am looking at anything horror, scary or sinister related. 

Which should mean something, right?

Also carnivals? Those do actually freak me out and i am not a fan of those kinds of festival things so this might actually be scary to me. Can't wait!








8. Heart-Shaped box by Joe Hill

Or really anything by this guy. 

And i did hear really good things about his book. 

Not necessary that this is one of those books that you read and then can't go to sleep without the light on for months after, but of the kind that it is a fantastic book and should be read even if you don't find it particularly scary. 

(if you read this and feel differently, please let me know!)

And sinde i want to start with Joe Hill, why not start with this one right?









9. The Ritual by Adam Nevill

Another book i hear very little about but somehow i keep running across anyways. 

And i do love books that take place in Sweden so why not read a book all about friends that get trapped a Swedish forest?

That certainly sounds like something scary if it is done right. 

And i never know if it is done right in my option if i don't read it. So i should just do that. 












10. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

This is a relatively new release, that came out in 2014. 
And i wanted to read it since than. 

And guess what?
still haven't!

The only think i know about this is that it is about a monster that leaves strange crime scenes such as a human body fused together with that of a deer. And that is really all i know to want to read it. 

Because it sounds supernatural -clearly!- and strange and different and just horrendously enough that i might get a good chill out of it. 




Alright.... 

This is it. 

My list of hopefully nice and scary books that i hope to get to in the next few years. 


As i said, please let me know if you have any books to recommend, i would love to have  a nice big list instead of just those ten!

Let me know, lets chat in the comments!


Thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings. 


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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: A Study in Scarlet Women

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A Study in Scarlet Women



Written by: Sherry Thomas
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 042528140
Release Date: October 18th, 2016 (Or maybe its already out? Because i saw that some people are already reading it? But i looked it up where i live and there the release date above)
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Retelling, Sherlock Holmes Retelling, Historical, Mystery, Historical Mystery, thriller, crime
Pages: 336 (Paperback)
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Summary:

"With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of their fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She'll have help from friends new and old - a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector and a man who has long loved her. 
But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Homes, to challenge society's expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind." 




Why i am waiting.... 


I LOVE Sherlock Holmes retellings, no matter which form they come in -movies, TV shows books? I don't care! I will read/watch that and have a great time -at least most of the time!

I love seeing if they keep very similar to the original, or if they make it a modern retelling, make it older, newer, include the actual sherlock or not... i just love those kinds of crime stories and can't wait to read another!

But can i just say that i do not understand why so many female Sherlocks are named Charlotte? Is there something i missed?
Is Charlotte the female from of Sherlock? Because i don't see it?

Doesn't really matter.... 

But you know just something i noticed.... 

I also don't have any more reasons for why i am waiting!



What are you guys waiting on this Wednesday?

Have you heard about this book?
Any of you have any good re-tellings of the Holmes stories to recommend?


Let me know in the comments, lets chat!


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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Other Einstein





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The Other Einstein

Written by: Marie Benedict
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 1492637254
Release Date: October 18th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Historical, Scientific history, Einstein History, woman in science
Pages: 304 (Hardcover)
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Summary:

"What secrets may have lurked in the shadows of Albert Einstein's fame? His first wife, Mileva ""Mitza" Maric was more than the devoted mother of their three children - she was also a brilliant physicist in her own right, and her contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated for more then a century. In 1896, the extraordinarily gifted Mileva is the only woman studying physics at an elite school in Zürich. There, she falls for charismatic fellow student Albert Einstein, who promises to treat her as an equal in both love and science. But as Albert's fame grows, so too does Mileva's worry that her light will be lost in her husband's shadow forever."



Way i am waiting.... 

I really enjoy historical fictions like this, where you can never be really sure how much is true and how much is completely fictional. 

I know that that is a very debatable and specific thing for a book, and many people hate if it authors are not very specific in keeping it real or making everything fictional, but i personally really enjoy books such as this. 

It really reminds me from the sound of the synopthis of "the paris Wife" which is a book about the first wife of Ernest Hemingway and i really, really enjoyed that book. Mostly because i had no idea how much of the story was real or not, but the writing was beautiful and the story told was very interesting and fantastic to read. 

So high hopes that this one will enchant me similarly. 

Also i have never read a book about Einstein. Which is a shame, because i do think he was a brilliant person and i think i remember that he was another dyslexic person which is always great to learn more about, being a dyslexic myself. 

I am also curious to see how the woman's perspective and struggles are being portrayed in this book.



What are you guys waiting on this Wednesday?

Have you heard about this book?
Any Einstein books to recommend?

Where do you stand on the Hstiroical fiction books that include real historical figures and their family lives? Love them? hate them? Have to know what is actually real and what is completely fictional? Or do you just care about the story and the writing and nothing else?


Let me know in the comments, lets chat!


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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: News of the World

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News of the World



Written by: Paulette Jiles
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: 0062409204
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Historical, Military History, Western, Civil War, kidnapping, orphaned child
Pages: 224 (Hardcover)
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""In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. 
An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence. 

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to developer a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently reduced by the US army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. 


Their 400-mile journey south thought unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized". Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. 


Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember - strangers who regard her as unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become - in the eyes of the law - a kidnapper himself."





Way i am waiting.... 



I was drawn in by the cover. It just had something that looked very interesting to me. Its so simple and looks like those older books that have been published 30 or 40 years or so ago. It reminded me A LOT of the Winnetou books my mother used to own from when she was a child. Which fits seeing that those were "westerns" and this is marked as one as well. 

And then i read the synopsis. And who doesn't love a story with a moral dilemma of doing the "right thing" in the eyes of everyone or actually doing the right thing and maybe actually helping. 

There is also the fact that i have read very little books that handle the topic of the American Civil war and i am interested to see how that is worked into the story. 

Also since this book is marked as "western" in the genres i am very interested to see how that fits into the story since it has been decades since i read my last western! I am not even embellishing the number of years. it really has been at least a decade because the last western i can remember was a children's book so it has to have been at least 15 years!

But honestly, i just want to read a story about a girl and a man that bond together because of their very hard and horrible pasts and find a way to live again together. That just sounds fantastic! And maybe exactly what i need to remind myself that sometimes you just have to keep on fighting even if life is hard. 

Not to end on a downer or anything... 


What are you guys waiting on this Wednesday?

Have you heard about this book?
Does it sound like something you would read?


Any of you have any great recommendations for western?
Any wonderful Historical Fictions that you recently read and can share?
And good "i am doing the right thing, even if it is not the legal thing" books to recommend?


Let me know in the comments, lets chat!


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