Another week is over and with it some of the books I posted in my previous lineup. Here is what I am starting the coming week off with!
All the Devils are Here // by Louise Penny // narrated by Robert Bathurst
On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man’s life.
When a strange key is found in Stephen’s possession it sends Armand, his wife Reine-Marie, and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, from the top of the Tour d’Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives, from luxury hotels to odd, coded, works of art.
It sends them deep into the secrets Armand’s godfather has kept for decades.
A gruesome discovery in Stephen’s Paris apartment makes it clear the secrets are more rancid, the danger far greater and more imminent, than they realized.
Soon the whole family is caught up in a web of lies and deceit. In order to find the truth, Gamache will have to decide whether he can trust his friends, his colleagues, his instincts, his own past. His own family.
For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide.
Why did I choose this:
A few months ago, I decided that I should try a couple of cozy mysteries. I’m not super into mysteries but people just kept talking about so I thought why not. When I googled popular cozy mystery authors, Louise Penny was right at the top. I read the first book in this series, Still Life, and while it still isn’t a genre I want to read all of the time, I did enjoy it. So when this one popped up as an audiobook on NetGalley, I thought sure!
I’m about 19% in and while there are some things I don’t like about the narrator, he still seems to be a good fit for the story and I find myself wondering what will come next.
The Bone Shard Daughter // by Andrea Stewart
The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.
Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognize her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.
Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people.
Why did I choose this:
I saw it on NetGalley but since I’ve been trying not to request a ton of books lately, I did not look closer. But after seeing SO MUCH praise about this book on Twitter, I just could not stay away. I’m so happy I received the ARC for it almost immediately after requesting it.
I’m fairly sure that this is a debut novel and while I think it can be felt here and there, overall I am really enjoying this book so far! I’m halfway through and am chomping at the bit to get back to it. I hadn’t planned on reading this until next weekend but am so glad I went ahead already.
Basic Bitchen // by Joey Skladany
I have to be honest, I hardly looked at this one this week. We’ve been so busy with our floors and work, that I spent most of my time with some other books that I wanted to finish. I do want to read a couple of recipes every day this week though.
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed The World // by Elena Favilli
Much like Basic Bitchen, I did not really get to spend any time with this one either. Hopefully I can remedy that in the coming week.
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The Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Creatures // by Stephen Krensky
I read a couple of pages of this one and am loving the illustrations and learning about the believes of different cultures.
While this is what I’m starting the week with, there are several other titles I am hoping to start in the coming days as well. I’m really looking forward to the books I am planning to read in the next few weeks. There is a lot of praise for some of them.
What will you be reading this week? Are you familiar with any of these?