Books I Am Reading This Week and Weekly Book Haul- April 5, 2023 #wwwwednesday #ReadersCommunity #BookTwitter #BookLover

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

  • What am I currently reading?
  • What did I just finish?
  • What am I reading next?

I just started The Only Survivors yesterday. I love the setting, and I find it very compelling so far. I’ve got two books still to read from the end of March and three that came out yesterday, but I’m trying not to let me get completely behind, so I’m making sure The Only Survivors gets read by the 11th, and I will go back and fill in with the late ones. That’s my plan anyway. 🤣

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (Simon & Schuster/Marysue Rucci Books)
  • Publication Date: April 11, 2023
From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and “master of suspense, Megan Miranda” (Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl), a thrilling mystery about a group of former classmates who reunite to mark the tenth anniversary of a tragic accident—only to have one of the survivors disappear, casting fear and suspicion on the original tragedy. Seven hours in the past. Seven days in the present. Seven survivors remaining. Who would you save? A decade ago, two vans filled with high school seniors on a school service trip crashed into a Tennessee ravine—a tragedy that claimed the lives of multiple classmates and teachers. The nine students who managed to escape the river that night were irrevocably changed. A year later, after one of the survivors dies by suicide on the anniversary of the crash, the rest of them make a pact: to come together each year to commemorate that terrible night. To keep one another safe. To hold one another accountable. Or both. Their annual meeting place, a house on the Outer Banks, has long been a refuge. But by the tenth anniversary, Cassidy Bent has worked to distance herself from the tragedy, and from the other survivors. She’s changed her mobile number. She’s blocked the others’ email addresses. This year, she is determined to finally break ties once and for all. But on the day of the reunion, she receives a text with an obituary attached: another survivor is gone. Now they are seven—and Cassidy finds herself hurling back toward the group, wild with grief—and suspicion. Almost immediately, something feels off this year. Cassidy is the first to notice when Amaya, annual organizer, slips away, overwhelmed. This wouldn’t raise alarm except for the impending storm. Suddenly, they’re facing the threat of closed roads and surging waters…again. Then Amaya stops responding to her phone. After all they’ve been through, she wouldn’t willfully make them worry. Would she? And—as they promised long ago—each survivor will do whatever he or she can do to save one another. Won’t they? A propulsive and chilling locked-box mystery filled with the dazzling hairpin twists that are the author’s signature, The Only Survivors is New York Times-bestselling author Megan Miranda’s best novel yet.

The Way Home by Peter S. Beagle was much more poignant than I ever would have expected, and there’s a pet that plays a big part in both novellas, which is always a challenge for me since I’m so easily upset by pets in stories. But I made it through! The Last Unicorn came out so long ago, but I do remember that it also was unexpectedly poignant to me. Animals, even mythical ones, make me such a mess.🤫 It’s a pretty remarkable pair of novellas, though. They read easily like a full-length novel.

  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (Ace)
  • Publication Date: April 4, 2023
Renowned author Peter S. Beagle returns to the world of The Last Unicorn in this resonant and moving two-novella collection, featuring the award-winning “Two Hearts” and the brand-new “Sooz.” The Last Unicorn is one of fantasy’s most revered classics, beloved by generations of readers and with millions of copies in print. Revisiting the world of that novel, Beagle’s long-awaited Hugo and Nebula-Awards-winning “Two Hearts” introduced the irrepressible Sooz on a quest to save her village from a griffin, and explored the bonds she formed with unforgettable characters like the wise and wonderful Molly Grue and Schmendrick the Magician. In the never-before-published “Sooz,” the events of “Two Hearts” are years behind its narrator, but a perilous journey lies ahead of her, in a story that is at once a tender meditation on love and loss, and a lesson in finding your true self. The Way Home is suffused with Beagle’s wisdom, profound lyricism, and sly wit; and collects two timeless works of fantasy.

Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross might be hard for me to read, which is another reason that I moved to after The Only Survivors. But I’ve also heard the most wonderful things about it. I’m willing to risk it for a potential book that I will love. I just needed a break between The Way Home and Divine Rivals, and what better way than to read a thriller. Well, a rom-com would have probably been better, but I don’t have any coming up until the 18th.🤣

  • Genre: Historical Fantasy
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (Wednesday Books)
  • Publication Date: April 4, 2023
When two young rival journalists find love through a magical connection, they must face the depths of hell, in a war among gods, to seal their fate forever. After centuries of sleep, the gods are warring again. But eighteen-year-old Iris Winnow just wants to hold her family together. Her mother is suffering from addiction and her brother is missing from the front lines. Her best bet is to win the columnist promotion at the Oath Gazette. To combat her worries, Iris writes letters to her brother and slips them beneath her wardrobe door, where they vanish—into the hands of Roman Kitt, her cold and handsome rival at the paper. When he anonymously writes Iris back, the two of them forge a connection that will follow Iris all the way to the front lines of battle: for her brother, the fate of mankind, and love. Shadow and Bone meets Lore in Rebecca Ross’s Divine Rivals, an epic enemies-to-lovers fantasy novel filled with hope and heartbreak, and the unparalleled power of love.

There are a lot of books again this week. I don’t know how or why, but they all looked really good, so of course, I took them 🤷🏻‍♀️ They all can be found on NetGalley if you use it. The publication dates range from July through December. Again I did it gallery style though I couldn’t access the details like I did last week. I think the covers/titles speak to the genre accurately, except maybe Yours for the Taking – it’s a dystopian story.

What are you reading? Do you love it?

33 Replies to “Books I Am Reading This Week and Weekly Book Haul- April 5, 2023 #wwwwednesday #ReadersCommunity #BookTwitter #BookLover”

  1. Wow, what a haul!

    And here I was excited to read my new purchase — a book published in originally in 1968. It’s called “The Double Helix”. Nonfiction, I’m afraid. 😁

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    1. I can only read nonfiction when I’m researching something. I’d be curious to see how far genetics knowledge has come since 1968. Enjoy!

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      1. Definitely a long way, especially with the advancements in tech 😁 when they sequenced the human genome for instance, it took 13 years and billions of dollars.. nowadays, it could take less than a day and for less than £1K. Still a lot to learn, more data are emerging that we are learning for the first time.

        The one I got is a personal account of Dr Watson about what they went through around that time. And I suppose acknowledging the great contribution of one female scientist 🥼

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  2. You are certainly giving yourself a hard time emotionally with these books at the moment. I love the NG haul. Definitely some interesting looking books on there

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  3. I have Megan Miranda’s book pre-ordered, so I’m looking forward to your thoughts on that. I hope you love Divine Rivals, I sure did, so I can’t wait for your review on that too!

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  4. Thats quite a haul, Tessa. I have a big haul already this week too and I’ve passed by so many great books.

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  5. The Only Survivors is definitely on my reading radar. That one sounds sooo good!
    And the entire top row of your recent haul appeals to me based on covers alone.

    Right now I’m reading the first companion novel to the series The Chosen. It’s so good, I already bought book No. 2 (and am binge-watching the series!).

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    1. I should watch that. I bet it’s very inspirational and poignant. In this crazy, crazy world, it’s sometimes hard to stop and remember what’s important and I bet that series brings it into focus. Enjoy!

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  6. I got three of the same widgets you did, but I haven’t decided on one of them yet. I’m still trying to get caught up on my March books. Once I get through April, I should be caught up. Happy Reading, Tessa!

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  7. Nice list of books coming up, Tessa. I need to read The Only Survivors, I do enjoy Megan Miranda’s books. I also have the Alice Blanchard one coming up. Enjoy all these stories. BTW, I love your new gravitar pic.

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