Friday Reads: December 6

Here is what I’m currently reading:

Crier’s War by Nina Varela

I’m currently 52% through Crier’s War. So far this is such a well written story, with politics and race relations being a huge factor within the pacing of this tale. I also love the fact that there are same sex relationships described! It’s a story arc that’s not typically seen in stories. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Friday Reads: November 29

I’m reading two books at the moment: The Moments Between by Natalie Banks, and Knot on Your Life by Betty Hechtman.

The Moments Between by Natalie Banks

I received a complimentary copy of The Moments Between as part of the author’s launch team for this novel. I’m about halfway through The Moments Between, and I’m enjoying it. There’s a thorough dive into the circumstances in the days leading up to the moment in question. It’s very gripping!

Knot on Your Life by Betty Hechtman

I received a complimentary copy of Knot on Your Life through Netgalley. I’m currently 25% through the novel. From what I gathered from this novel thus far, it’s a comfy mystery revolving around a young woman’s yarn crafting club. The premise of the mystery seems to focus on a family with a shocking revelation revealed at the beginning of the book. I’m very intrigued as to what will appear next!

Friday Reads: November 22

Friday Reads bring me to finally starting a new book! I completed Becoming last night. It was such an informative memoir about Michelle Obama and her life, from her childhood years to her present life, post-White House. I will post my full review this weekend!

My Friday Reads now have me going back to A Dog’s Purpose. I enjoyed the bit I read thus far. The story paused at an emotional moment, so I can’t wait to see what happens to the lovable canine characters in The Yard!

I also have a NetGalley read: Knot on Your Life by Betty Hechtman. It’s a Yarn Retreat mystery, and it seems like you don’t have to read the previous installments in order to enjoy this one. I can’t wait to dive into the world of drama and yarn crafting!

Friday Reads: November 15

For Friday Reads, I’m currently loving ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama. I’m about 35% through the story, and it’s so good. I really apreciate the life journey style this book takes, documemting Michelle’s triumphs and struggles with each step. I can’t wait to find out how the other book club members at my library feels about the book!

My Friday Reads also include ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ by W. Bruce Cameron. I began reading this story the other day, and so far it’s so adorable. It’s a story documenting life from a canine’s perspective. It’s emotional, and I’m only through the first 50 pages! Such a touching read.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Friday Reads: November 8

Happy Friday!

I had such a productive reading week! Since I’m at home due to a NJ teacher’s convention, I aim to get some more reading done. I hope everyone is having a good day as they wrap up their work week (or preparing to begin your work week…I was once in that position a while back while working retail!).

Here are my current reads:

‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama
This is Michelle Obama’s autobiographical account of her life. From the streets of Chicago to her college life, Michelle shares life lessons learned while growing up with her loving family. I’m at Michelle’s high school years. She has quite a voice!

Deadly Deceit’ by Natalie Waters
Yes, I finally began reading ‘Deadly Deceit’! Since this is Book 2 in a series, I’m very intrigued if I need to read the first book before absorbing this one. So far I don’t feel completely lost!

I hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Friday Reads: November 1

I hope everyone had a fun Halloween!

Today I’m sharing what I’m reading this week. I’m currently reading two books: one Book of the Month purchase, and one Netgalley eARC. One is a Thriller, while the other is a YA Fantasy.

I pulled all the Synopsis sections from Goodreads!

Ruthless Gods (Something Dark and Holy #2) by Emily A. Duncan
Synopsis:
Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who–and what–he’s become.
As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet—those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.
In her dramatic follow-up to Wicked Saints, the first book in her Something Dark and Holy trilogy, Emily A. Duncan paints a Gothic, icy world where shadows whisper, and no one is who they seem, with a shocking ending that will leave you breathless.

Ruthless Gods is the second book in Emily A. Duncan’s Something Dark and Holy trilogy. I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
So far I’m enjoying the direction this book has taken. The first book was wrapped up into the romantic dynamic between two of the main characters, and while there’s still romance this installment, the story has taken a devious, darker turn that involve the gods’ role. I’m hopeful to finish reading the book this weekend.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Synopsis:
No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.
As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.
Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

I purchased Lock Every Door through Book of the Month back in July. I’m about a third of the way into the novel, and the momentum is beginning to kick in. The first few chapters were a bit slow, but I guess it was needed to introduce Jules’s situation and her awe at the splendor of the building she’s living in, the Bartholomew.
This story also alternates between Jules’s present time, and the days leading up to her predicament. Which, now that the tension is building, is pretty absorbing!
The the NYC references also pull at my heart. I love a story that reminds me of my old home!

I hope you all are reading some great titles! Feel free to share the stories you’re tackling today.