What We’re Reading Wednesday– Fall Is Here Edition

Posted September 24, 2020 by stuckint in Features, What We're Reading Wednesday / 0 Comments

its finally feeling like Fall in my neck of the woods. I even saw some trees that have started to turn orange which makes it official right? Well we are excited to talk about the books we are reading to get us in the mood for the time of year.

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The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

What We’re Reading Wednesday– Fall Is Here EditionThe Night Swim by Megan Goldin
on August 4, 2020
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After the first season of her true crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall is now a household name―and the last hope for thousands of people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.
The small town of Neapolis is being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. The town’s golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping a high school student, the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season Three a success, Rachel throws herself into interviewing and investigating―but the mysterious letters keep showing up in unexpected places. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insists she was murdered―and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody seems to want to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.
Electrifying and propulsive, The Night Swim asks: What is the price of a reputation? Can a small town ever right the wrongs of its past? And what really happened to Jenny?

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book last week and it pleasantly surprised me. I adored Goldin’s debut The Escape Room and it’s commentary on the corruption of the corporate elite. The Night Swim took a similar, poignant look at sexual assault and the consequences of trauma even decades later. Its an important, tragically relevant read and is definitely worth picking up.

The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani

What We’re Reading Wednesday– Fall Is Here EditionThe Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Badani
Published by Lake Union Publishing on September 1, 2018
Pages: 390
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From the bestselling author of Trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream.

Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past.
Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.

This novel reminded me a bit of A Woman Is No Man, which I LOVED, and I loved this one just as much. It’s another generational drama that explores motherhood, the mother-daughter relationship, and how trauma trickles down through the years when it remains unspoken. Its beautifully written and I adored it. Highly recommended!

Currently Reading

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

What We’re Reading Wednesday– Fall Is Here EditionThe House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
Published by Tor Books on March 17, 2020
Pages: 398
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A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.
Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.
When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.
But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.
An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

This book is positively delightful. It’s just laugh out loud funny and so heartwarming. Believe all the positive things you have been hearing about this beautiful book because they’re all true!

Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker

What We’re Reading Wednesday– Fall Is Here EditionOver the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker
Published by Tordotcom on October 6, 2020
Pages: 208
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"Writing as A. Deborah Baker, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of talking trees and sarcastic owls, of dangerous mermaids and captivating queens in Over the Woodward Wall, an exceptional tale for readers who are young at heart.

If you trust her you’ll never make it home…

Avery is an exceptional child. Everything he does is precise, from the way he washes his face in the morning, to the way he completes his homework – without complaint, without fuss, without prompt.
Zib is also an exceptional child, because all children are, in their own way. But where everything Avery does and is can be measured, nothing Zib does can possibly be predicted, except for the fact that she can always be relied upon to be unpredictable.
They live on the same street.They live in different worlds.
On an unplanned detour from home to school one morning, Avery and Zib find themselves climbing over a stone wall into the Up and Under – an impossible land filled with mystery, adventure and the strangest creatures.
And they must find themselves and each other if they are to also find their way out and back to their own lives."

This is an open penname for one of my all-time favorites Seanan McGuire so I was excited to pick it up already. But then its also middle grade fantasy with a SARCASTIC OWL. I’m all the way in. Plus, the author will be doing a Q&A with us in October.

Reading Next

Horrid by Katrina Leno

What We’re Reading Wednesday– Fall Is Here EditionHorrid by Katrina Leno
on September 15, 2020
Pages: 336
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From the author of You Must Not Miss comes a haunting contemporary horror novel that explores themes of mental illness, rage, and grief, twisted with spine-chilling elements of Stephen King and Agatha Christie.
Following her father's death, Jane North-Robinson and her mom move from sunny California to the dreary, dilapidated old house in Maine where her mother grew up. All they want is a fresh start, but behind North Manor's doors lurks a history that leaves them feeling more alone...and more tormented.
As the cold New England autumn arrives, and Jane settles in to her new home, she finds solace in old books and memories of her dad. She steadily begins making new friends, but also faces bullying from the resident "bad seed," struggling to tamp down her own worst nature in response. Jane's mom also seems to be spiraling with the return of her childhood home, but she won't reveal why. Then Jane discovers that the "storage room" her mom has kept locked isn't for storage at all--it's a little girl's bedroom, left untouched for years and not quite as empty of inhabitants as it appears....
Is it grief? Mental illness? Or something more...horrid?

This contemporary horror novel sounds perfect for Fall and Halloween reading and it will definitely be what I pick up after I get through other blog-related reading.

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

What We’re Reading Wednesday– Fall Is Here EditionTranscendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Published by Knopf on September 1, 2020
Pages: 264
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Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.
Gifty is a fifth-year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her.
But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanain immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief--a novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut.

Everyone I know LOVES this book and says such amazing things. I really cannot wait to pick it up!

What About You?

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