What Am I Reading This Week While Cooking A Thanksgiving Feast? #WWWWednesday #CurrentlyReading

I’m reading A History of Wild Places in between cooking different dishes for Thanksgiving and am totally looking forward to it. I think it sounds so intriguing. I hope I’m not so riveted, though, that I burn something 😳

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Pages: 368 pgs.
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Publication Date: December 7, 2021
“What a wonderful rabbit hole to fall down.” —Erika Swyler, author of Light from Other Stars and The Book of Speculation. “A terrifying and timely book.” —Erica Ferencik, bestselling author of The River at Night and Into the Jungle. “As spine-chilling as it is beautifully crafted.” —Ruth Emmie Lang, author of Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance. The New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep weaves a richly atmospheric adult debut following three residents of a secluded, seemingly peaceful commune as they investigate the disappearances of two outsiders. Travis Wren has an unusual talent for locating missing people. Hired by families as a last resort, he requires only a single object to find the person who has vanished. When he takes on the case of Maggie St. James—a well-known author of dark, macabre children’s books—he’s led to a place many believed to be only a legend. Called Pastoral, this reclusive community was founded in the 1970s by like-minded people searching for a simpler way of life. By all accounts, the commune shouldn’t exist anymore and soon after Travis stumbles upon it…he disappears. Just like Maggie St. James. Years later, Theo, a lifelong member of Pastoral, discovers Travis’s abandoned truck beyond the border of the community. No one is allowed in or out, not when there’s a risk of bringing a disease—rot—into Pastoral. Unraveling the mystery of what happened reveals secrets that Theo, his wife, Calla, and her sister, Bee, keep from one another. Secrets that prove their perfect, isolated world isn’t as safe as they believed—and that darkness takes many forms. Hauntingly beautiful, hypnotic, and bewitching, A History of Wild Places is a story about fairy tales, our fear of the dark, and losing yourself within the wilderness of your mind.

What a compelling story. It’s an unusual look into the minds of professional dancers with a surprising thriller twist at the end. I was completely riveted.

  • Genre: Psychological Thriller/ Women’s Fiction
  • Pages: 304 pgs
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Publication Date: December 7, 2021
Dare Me meets Black Swan and Luckiest Girl Alive in a captivating, voice-driven debut novel about a trio of ballerinas who meet as students at the Paris Opera Ballet School. Thirteen years ago, Delphine abandoned her prestigious soloist spot at the Paris Opera Ballet for a new life in St. Petersburg––taking with her a secret that could upend the lives of her best friends, fellow dancers Lindsay and Margaux. Now 36 years old, Delphine has returned to her former home and to the legendary Palais Garnier Opera House, to choreograph the ballet that will kickstart the next phase of her career––and, she hopes, finally make things right with her former friends. But Delphine quickly discovers that things have changed while she’s been away…and some secrets can’t stay buried forever. Moving between the trio’s adolescent years and the present day, Rachel Kapelke-Dale’s The Ballerinas explores the complexities of female friendship, the dark drive towards physical perfection in the name of artistic expression, the double-edged sword of ambition and passion, and the sublimated rage that so many women hold inside––all culminating in a twist you won’t see coming, with magnetic characters you won’t soon forget.

I recently read Book 1 – The Awakening – and am looking forward to seeing where Book 2 takes the story.

  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Pages: 448 pgs
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Publication Date: November 23, 2021
A new epic of love and war among gods and humans, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Awakening. The world of magick and the world of man have long been estranged from one another. But some can walk between the two―including Breen Siobhan Kelly. She has just returned to Talamh, with her friend, Marco, who’s dazzled and disoriented by this realm―a place filled with dragons and faeries and mermaids (but no WiFi, to his chagrin). In Talamh, Breen is not the ordinary young schoolteacher he knew her as. Here she is learning to embrace the powers of her true identity. Marco is welcomed kindly by her people―and by Keegan, leader of the Fey. Keegan has trained Breen as a warrior, and his yearning for her has grown along with his admiration of her strength and skills. But one member of Breen’s bloodline is not there to embrace her. Her grandfather, the outcast god Odran, plots to destroy Talamh―and now all must unite to defeat his dark forces. There will be losses and sorrows, betrayal and bloodshed. But through it, Breen Siobhan Kelly will take the next step on the journey to becoming all that she was born to be.?

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14 Replies to “What Am I Reading This Week While Cooking A Thanksgiving Feast? #WWWWednesday #CurrentlyReading”

  1. I just got The Becoming yesterday and can’t wait to start it! So glad to see you ended up being riveted by The Ballerinas and can’t wait to read your review. Still trying to decide on that one.

    I’m sure you won’t burn a thing tomorrow😏 Hubby and I just finished the plan for our dinner tomorrow and it’s pretty simple. Wishing you the best day tomorrow💜

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    1. I would say it’s a very slow burn psychological thriller or a Women’s Fiction story with a bit of thriller elements. Basically, it’s the story of the inner workings of three professional ballet dancers’ minds told from the perspective of one of the three. And it is really spot on from the prof. dancers that I know. It’s a very different world and its always intrigued me.

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    1. The lives and minds of dancers is always very intriguing to me and this one was pretty spot on. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  2. The Ballerinas sounds interesting but I never know quiet what to think when it’s compared to a movie I absolutely loved and a book I loathed?? I guess it’s a roll of the dice!

    Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!

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    1. I didn’t know either reference, so I’m not sure which I’d compare it to. It’s about the inner workings of the dancers mind with some thriller elements thrown in towards the end.


  3. I need to read The Awakening and The Becoming. I’ve read The Ballerinas and really enjoyed it. I liked reading about the behind-the-scenes of professional ballerinas.

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