Books I Am Reading This Week – 9 November 2022 | #wwwwednesday #ReadersCommunity #BookTwitter #BookLover

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I am so glad Murder at Black Oaks by Phillip Margolin is only 253 pages because almost all of my awake time has been spent working this week and because my next book is almost 800 pages 😲. This book is so engaging so far, which took my by surprise a bit, but I’m very glad it is.

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 253 pages

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Publication Date: November 8, 2022

In Phillip Margolin’s Murder at Black Oaks, Attorney Robin Lockwood finds herself at an isolated retreat in the Oregon mountains, one with a tragic past and a legendary curse, and surrounded by many suspects and confronted with an impossible crime. Defense Attorney Robin Lockwood is summoned by retired District Attorney Francis Melville to meet with him at Black Oaks, the manor he owns up in the Oregon mountains. The manor has an interesting history – originally built in 1628 in England, there’s a murderous legend and curse attached to the mansion. Melville, however, wants Lockwood’s help in a legal matter – righting a wrongful conviction from his days as a DA. A young man, Jose Alvarez, was convicted of murdering his girlfriend only for Melville, years later when in private practice, to have a client of his admit to the murder and to framing the man Melville convicted. Unable to reveal what he knew due to attorney client confidence, Melville now wants Lockwood’s help in getting that conviction overturned. Successful in their efforts, Melville invites Lockwood up to Black Oaks for a celebration. Lockwood finds herself among an odd group of invitees – including the bitter, newly released, Alvarez. When Melville is found murdered, with a knife connected to the original curse, Lockwood finds herself faced with a conundrum – who is the murder among them and how to stop them before there’s another victim.

I thought Children of Ragnarok by Cinda Williams Chima was really good. It ended with a cliff hanger, which annoyed me to no end, but then I really do not like cliffhangers. I can totally get on a soap box about why too. Hopefully I will be posting the review tomorrow. Work has been crazy this week which has put me behind on so much. I haven’t even written the rough draft, yet.😓

  • Genre: Epic Fantasy
  • Pages: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer and Bray
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2022
Sweeping adventure, breathtaking twists of fate, and immersive worlds based in Norse mythology are woven into this first volume of the Runestone Saga, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Seven Realms and Shattered Realms series. Since Ragnarok—the great war between the gods and the forces of chaos—the human realm of the Midlands has become a desperate and dangerous place, bereft of magic. Sixteen-year-old Eiric Halvorsen is among the luckier ones—his family has remained prosperous. But he stands to lose everything when he’s wrongly convicted by a rigged jury of murdering his modir and stepfadir. Also at risk is Eiric’s half-systir, Liv, who’s under suspicion for her interest in seidr, or magic. Then a powerful jarl steps in: He will pay the blood price if Eiric will lead a mission to the fabled Temple at the Grove—the rich stronghold of the wyrdspinners, the last practitioners of sorcery. Spellsinger, musician, and runecaster Reginn Eiklund has spent her life performing at alehouses for the benefit of her master, Asger, a fire demon she is desperate to escape. After one performance that amazes even herself, two wyrdspinners in the audience make Reginn an irresistible offer: return with them to the Temple to be trained in seidr, forever free of Asger. Eiric’s, Liv’s, and Reginn’s journeys converge in New Jotunheim, a paradise fueled by magic and the site of the Temple. They soon realize that a great evil lurks beneath the dazzling surface and that old betrayals and long-held grudges may fuel another cataclysmic war. It will require every gift and weapon at their command to prevent it.

Almost 800 pages!!!! But so was the first book in this duology – The Wanderers. Page number aside, I’m really looking forward to reading Wayward by Chuck Wendig. He is an extraordinary writer and his books always read so fast, which is perfect for me. And look at that cover. Isn’t it striking? I love it!

  • Genre: SciFy/Action Thriller
  • Pages: 795 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2022
Five years ago, ordinary Americans fell under the grip of a strange new malady that caused them to sleepwalk across the country to a destination only they knew. They were followed on their quest by the shepherds: friends and family who gave up everything to protect them. Their secret destination: Ouray, a small town in Colorado that would become one of the last outposts of civilization. Because the sleepwalking epidemic was only the first in a chain of events that led to the end of the world—and the birth of a new one. The survivors, sleepwalkers and shepherds alike, have a dream of rebuilding human society. Among them are Benji, the scientist struggling through grief to lead the town; Marcy, the former police officer who wants only to look after the people she loves; and Shana, the teenage girl who became the first shepherd—and an unlikely hero whose courage will be needed again. Because the people of Ouray are not the only survivors, and the world they are building is fragile. The forces of cruelty and brutality are amassing under the leadership of self-proclaimed president Ed Creel. And in the very heart of Ouray, the most powerful survivor of all is plotting its own vision for the new world: Black Swan, the AI who imagined the apocalypse. Against these threats, Benji, Marcy, Shana, and the rest have only one hope: one another. Because the only way to survive the end of the world is together.

What are you reading? Do you love it?

23 Replies to “Books I Am Reading This Week – 9 November 2022 | #wwwwednesday #ReadersCommunity #BookTwitter #BookLover”

  1. Woo, 800 pages! That’s quite the chonkster. I’m quite curious about the first book in that duo though because I’ve heard great things. I hope you enjoy this one as well. 😃 Happy reading!

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    1. I enjoyed the first book a lot. Wendig is such a creative and imaginative storyteller. He never disappoints me.


  2. I’d hoped to get an ARC of Children of Ragnarok, but it didn’t happen. 800 pages! That’s one I’d need to prepare myself for, but Chuck Wendig has never disappointed me.

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    1. I’ve enjoyed his books so far, so I’ve got faith. I had to schedule in extra days for this one. No way I’m finishing it in two days. 🤣😂

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  3. I hope things settle down soon for you at work. And I hope you enjoy Wayward by Chuck Wendig… All 800 pages!

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    1. So do I. The beginning of the month lately has been crazy full of things like events, meeting, plus I have monthly reports to do. At least today was the end of my week, so I can breathe now and catch up.


    1. I have no idea but, yeah, I would put it on a wish list or something and wait til the next one comes out. Cliffhangers…ugh!!!

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  4. I’ll be curious to see what you think of Murder at Black Oaks. I read that one (from NG) several months back.

    I just started The Past is Never. Good start so I have hope I will be engrossed!

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    1. So far I like it. I almost done. I haven’t read Agatha Christie in a very long time but the writing seems to remind me of her books. Hope you enjoy The Past is Never!

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  5. Huh! I am reading Great Expectations (550 pages), which is bad enough, although I am enjoying it. 800 pages is excessive, I really hope it turns out to be a great book!

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    1. Luckily, Chuck Wendig reads significantly faster than Charles Dickens. Great Expectations can be a tough read. Hope your enjoying it!

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  6. I used to love a long book but these days I find I struggle with anything over 500 pages. I don’t mind a cliffhanger if it’s not too long until the next book is out but if there’s a year or more between books then I dislike them. I also think that if the writing & plot are good enough you shouldn’t need a cliffhanger to keep people interested.


  7. I can’t wait to get to the Philip Margolin book. I have not read anything by Chuck Wendig, so will be interested in what you thought.

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