Books I Am Reading This Week – 26 October 2022 | #wwwwednesday #readerscommunity #booktwitter

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I’m going to start Jasmine Zumideh Needs A Win by Susan Azim Boyer later today. Early reviews have been wonderful and I think the story sounds humorous yet insightful, which is a combination I love.

Genre: YA Fiction (Historical, Comedy, Coming of Age, and Prejudice/Racism)

Pages: 336 pages

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication Date: November 1, 2022

Most Anticipated YA by Buzzfeed A fresh spin on the cult-classic Election meets Darius the Great Is Not Okay in Jasmine Zumideh Needs a Win when an international incident crashes into a high school election, and Jasmine is caught between doing the right thing and chasing her dream. It’s 1979, and Jasmine Zumideh is ready to get the heck out of her stale, Southern California suburb and into her dream school, NYU, where she’ll major in journalism and cover New York City’s exploding music scene. There’s just one teeny problem: Due to a deadline snafu, she maaaaaaybe said she was Senior Class President-Elect on her application―before the election takes place. But honestly, she’s running against Gerald Thomas, a rigid rule-follower whose platform includes reinstating a dress code―there’s no way she can lose. And she better not, or she’ll never get into NYU. But then, a real-life international incident turns the election upside down. Iran suddenly dominates the nightly news, and her opponent seizes the opportunity to stir up anti-Iranian hysteria at school and turn the electorate against her. Her brother, Ali, is no help. He’s become an outspoken advocate for Iran just as she’s trying to downplay her heritage. Now, as the white lie she told snowballs into an avalanche, Jasmine is stuck between claiming her heritage or hiding it, standing by her outspoken brother or turning her back on him, winning the election or abandoning her dreams for good. Told with biting insight and fierce humor, Susan Azim Boyer’s Jasmine Zumideh Needs a Win is a fresh, unforgettable story of one Iranian-American young woman’s experience navigating her identity, friendship, family, her future, and a budding romance, all set against life-changing historical events with present-day relevance.

This is a fun new cozy series. It’s set around a book store, has a cat named Agatha Christie, and a family of sleuths – what more can a person want?

  • Genre: Cozy Mystery
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2022
In this series debut, a mysterious bookshop visitor dies under murderous circumstances, compelling the Christie sisters and their cat, Agatha, to call on all they’ve learned about solving mysteries from their favorite novelist. “A fair-play plot, vivid characters, fascinating facts about Dame Agatha, and an intelligent and appealing protagonist make this a winner.”—Publishers Weekly. Ellie Christie is thrilled to begin a new chapter. She’s recently returned to her tiny Colorado hometown to run her family’s historic bookshop with her elder sister, Meg, and their beloved cat, Agatha. Perched in a Swiss-style hamlet accessible by ski gondola and a twisty mountain road, the Book Chalet is a famed bibliophile destination known for its maze of shelves and relaxing reading lounge. At least, until trouble blows in with a wintry whiteout. A man is found dead on the gondola, and a rockslide throws the town into lockdown—no one in, no one out. The victim was a mysterious stranger who’d visited the bookshop. At the time, his only blunders had been disrupting a book club and leaving behind a first-edition Agatha Christie novel, written under a pseudonym. However, once revealed, the man’s identity shocks the town. Motives and secrets swirl like the snow, but when the police narrow in on the sisters’ close friends, the Christies have to act. Although the only Agatha in their family tree is their cat, Ellie and Meg know a lot about mysteries and realize they must summon their inner Miss Marple to trek through a blizzard of clues before the killer turns the page to their final chapter.

It looks like Before You Knew My Name was self-published last year and Atria is rereleasing it in November. I would imagine it’s gone through their editors, so I’m curious if it’s any different than the originally published book. Still, it’s a psychological thriller and I do love my thrillers.

  • Genre: Psychological Thriller
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2022
Winner of Crime Debut and Readers’ Choice Awards—Sisters in Crime. “A brave and timely novel.” —Clare Mackintosh, internationally bestselling author of Hostage. This is not just another novel about a dead girl. Two women—one alive, one dead—are brought together in the dark underbelly of New York City to solve a tragic murder. When she arrived in New York on her eighteenth birthday carrying nothing but $600 cash and a stolen camera, Alice Lee was looking for a fresh start. Now, just one month later, she is the city’s latest Jane Doe. She may be dead but that doesn’t mean her story is over. Meanwhile, Ruby Jones is also trying to reinvent herself. After travelling halfway around the world, she’s lonelier than ever in the Big Apple. Until she stumbles upon a woman’s body by the Hudson River, and suddenly finds herself unbreakably tied to the unknown dead woman. Alice is sure Ruby is the key to solving the mystery of her short life and tragic death. Ruby just wants to forget what she saw…but she can’t seem to stop thinking about the young woman she found. If she keeps looking, can she give this unidentified Jane Doe the ending and closure she deserves? A “heartbreaking, beautiful, and hugely important novel” (Rosie Walsh, New York Times bestselling author), Before You Knew My Name doesn’t just wonder whodunnit—it also asks who was she? And what did she leave behind?

What are you reading? Do you love it?

24 Replies to “Books I Am Reading This Week – 26 October 2022 | #wwwwednesday #readerscommunity #booktwitter”

  1. I like the look of Jasmine Zumideh Needs A Win. I’m reading A Wish for Winter by Viola Shipman.

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    1. I can’t wait to start it later today. It looks like a YA book that’s easily enjoyed by the adult reader.


    1. It is a lot of fun. Every little detail is so purposefully chosen and delightful. It’s going to be a wonderful new cozy series.


      1. It’s interesting how little touches can add so much magic and interest to a story. Something to tuck into our back pockets for our own projects.

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  2. Dead and Gondola sounds fun and I have it on my tablet to read. Yay! I hope you enjoy Jasmine Zumideh Needs A Win as much as you are anticipating, Tessa.


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