#WWWWednesday – June 23rd | What Are You Reading This Week?

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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Shoulder Season

  • Genre: Chick Lit
  • Print Length: 336 pgs
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Publication Date: July 6, 2021
The small town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is an unlikely location for a Playboy Resort, and nineteen-year old Sherri Taylor is an unlikely bunny. Growing up in neighboring East Troy, Sherri plays the organ at the local church and has never felt comfortable in her own skin. But when her parents die in quick succession, she leaves the only home she’s ever known for the chance to be part of a glamorous slice of history. In the winter of 1981, in a costume two sizes too small, her toes pinched by towering stilettos, Sherri joins the daughters of dairy farmers and factory workers for the defining experience of her life. Living in the “bunny hutch”—Playboy’s version of a college dorm, surrounded by a twelve-foot high barbed-wire fence (to keep the men out, and the girls in)—Sherri gets her education in the joys of sisterhood, the thrill of financial independence, the magic of first love, and the heady effects of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But as spring gives way to summer, Sherri finds herself caught up in a romantic triangle––and the tragedy that ensues will haunt her for the next forty years of her life. Shoulder Season follows Sherri from her fledgling days as a bunny, when she tries to reinvent herself before she even knows who she is, to the woman she becomes years later. From the Midwestern prairie to the California desert, from Wisconsin lakes to the Pacific Ocean, this is a story of what happens when small town life is sprinkled with stardust, and what we lose—and gain—when we leave home. It’s about the brief but intoxicating experiences of our youth, and how they have the power to shape the rest of our lives. With a heroine to root for and a narrative to get lost in, Shoulder Season is a sexy, evocative tale, drenched in longing and desire, that captures a fleeting moment in American history with nostalgia and heart.

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Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

  • Genre: YA Fantasy
  • Print Length: 464 pgs
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • Publication: July 6, 2021
Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother. Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die. Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.

Where It All Lands by Jennie Wexler

  • Genre: YA Contemporary
  • Print Length: 352 pgs
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press / Wednesday Books
  • Publication: July 6, 2021
Stevie Rosenstein has never made a true friend. Never fallen in love. Moved from city to city by her father’s unrelenting job, it’s too hard to care for someone. Trust in anything. The pain of leaving always hurts too much. But she’ll soon learn to trust, to love. Twice. Drew and Shane have been best friends through everything. The painful death of Shane’s dad. The bitter separation of Drew’s parents. Through sleepaway camps and family heartache, basketball games and immeasurable loss, they’ve always been there for each other. When Stevie meets Drew and Shane, life should go on as normal. But a simple coin toss alters the course of their year in profound and unexpected ways. Told in dual timelines, debut author Jennie Wexler delivers a heartbreaking and hopeful novel about missed opportunities, second chances, and all the paths that lead us to where we are.

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The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives by Kristin Miller

  • Genre: Psychological Thriller
  • Print Length: 288 pgs
  • Publisher: Ballantine
  • Publication Date: July 20, 2021
Meet the trophy wives of Presidio Terrace, San Francisco’s most exclusive–and most deadly–neighborhood in this shrewd, darkly compelling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of In Her Shadow. Mystery writer Brooke Davies is the new wife on the block. Her tech-billionaire husband, Jack, twenty-two years her senior, whisked her to the Bay Area via private jet and purchased a modest mansion on the same day. He demands perfection, and before now, Brooke has had no problem playing the role of a doting housewife. But as she befriends other wives on the street and spends considerable time away from Jack, he worries if he doesn’t control Brooke’s every move, she will reveal the truth behind their “perfect” marriage. Erin King, famed news anchor and chair of the community board, is no stranger to maintaining an image–though being married to a plastic surgeon helps. But the skyrocketing success of her career has worn her love life thin, and her professional ambitions have pushed Mason away. Quitting her job is a Hail Mary attempt at keeping him interested, to steer him away from finding a young trophy wife. But is it enough, and is Mason truly the man she thought he was? Georgia St. Claire allegedly cashed in on the deaths of her first two husbands, earning her the nickname “Black Widow”–and the stares and whispers of her curious neighbors. Rumored to have murdered both men for their fortunes, she claims to have found true love in her third marriage, yet her mysterious, captivating allure keeps everyone guessing. Then a tragic accident forces the residents of Presidio Terrace to ask: Has Georgia struck again? And what is she really capable of doing to protect her secrets?

What are you reading this week? Anything that you’re particularly excited about?

20 Replies to “#WWWWednesday – June 23rd | What Are You Reading This Week?”

  1. Wasn’t Bones a super long and successful show? I’ve never watched it, but I remember seeing the advertisements for it and I believe my husband used to watch it too. It’ll be interesting to see how feel about the book. The House Guests sounds like it was pretty good. Enjoy your upcoming reads, Tessa. 🧡

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    1. Bones was a series with David Boreanaz (Angel) and Emily Deschanel. It lasted a long long time. And The House Guests was different than I expected but still quite good.

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  2. I never saw the TV show Bones, but I know it was very popular. I didn’t realize it was based on a series of books.

    The House Guests sounds like an interesting one, but I’m not a huge fan of a ton of exposition.
    I just finished Survive the Night by Riley Sager, which was incredible, and just started Home Before Dark, also by Sager.

    Happy reading, Tessa!

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    1. Oh. I’m attending a virtual event with Riley Sager and Taylor Adams (Hairpin Bridge) in a few weeks. I posted it in my Sunday Post but here it is again:

      Free to the Public – Virtual Event ▪️ July 6, 2021 7pm-8pm EST on Zoom
      Sponsored by my local indie bookstore – Main Street Books, Davidson, NC
      Summer Thriller Series – Riley Sager with Taylor Adams
      https://www.mainstreetbooksdavidson.com/?q=h.calevent&eid=12499

      Sounds like something you’d enjoy too if you have time ❤️

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  3. You know, I loved that show, too, but I never read one of the books. I’m looking forward to your review to know whether I should start reading them or if I should let the show stay in my heart as my only experience with her work (because I really LOVED that show).

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  4. I’ve only read the first book in Kathy Reichs series and though I enjoyed it I still haven’t got around to reading anymore. I hope you enjoy this latest one, I’m definitely going to get on with reading the second book soon. Happy reading! 🙂

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  5. Loved the Bone series!! I was working my way through the books but then got distracted by other books😅. Must get back into them as I really enjoyed them when I read the others. Can’t wait to find out your thoughts on The Bone Code. Happy Reading!! ❤❤

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    1. They are and they have weirdly a very similar theme in regards to family. But handled very differently of course ☺️. Hope you enjoy them!

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  6. Your blog is very interesting. Honest writing. Although I generally read different genres, but I think I will try out your recommendations. Since you write so well.
    A pleasure to read your posts

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