Monday Musings: February 18, 2019

Dear Bookworms,

Happy Family Day to those who are in Canada and have the day off today. Hope you all have a lovely day with your family. And Happy Presidents Day to everyone in the U.S.A. For those of you who don’t have today off I hope you have a happy Monday as well.

Over the weekend I found out some exciting bookish news that I am can’t wait to share with you all. But first I will share my reading progress.

Reading Progress

I’m currently listening to The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth about Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker. I am a health nut and love reading books about food and the impact it has on us and the earth. I am almost done this one and it has introduced me to some interesting facts about food flavour that I didn’t know before.

I’m currently reading Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and only have 40 pages to go. I like the  dystopian world that Scott created the technology they have and the sustainable living. I want a hoverboard to fly around on. I’m glad I ended up picking this one up and look forward to continuing on with the series.

I finished reading Shadow and Bone and really enjoyed it. I am interested to know what the Darkling’s deal is. Is he good or bad? Alina was slightly annoying with her immature behaviour but overall enjoyed it. I haven’t started Siege and Storm yet but plan to today.

I also finished reading Beast of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala. This was a short book with only 142 pages and I don’t think I would have wanted to read 300 pages of this topic. It is about a child solider and is very difficult to read at times. So sad that this happens in the world.

Book Releases 

There are only a couple of books that sound interesting to me that come out this week.

The Care and Feed of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray 

  • The Butler family has had their share of trials—as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest—but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives.Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband Proctor are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened.

    As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister’s teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is important.

    (from Goodreads)

  • This book is right up my alley I love a good family drama and books about sisterly relationships.

Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

  • Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise–she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems…Just one more night. Then I’ll end it. 
    Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.

    I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up.

    Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.

    I’m watching you. I know what you’re doing.

    But someone knows Alison’s secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done, and who won’t stop until she’s lost everything….  (from Goodreads)
  • I’m not over the unreliable narrator trope yet so am interested in reading this.

TV Series Adaptations

I just found out this weekend that there are a few adaptations happening by some of my favourite authors of mine. They are just in early stages and don’t have any casting details or release dates yet.

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter will have an eight episode series and will air on Netflix. I am a huge fan of Karin Slaughter and have read Pieces of Her twice (once as an audiobook) Made up Stories is the production company with founder Bruna Papandrea (Big Little Lies & Gone Girl) being the executive producer. I can’t wait for this to come out. Also, her books The Good Daughter and Cop Town are in-development as well. So excited!

Another show to be released by Netflix is Shadow and Bone this was announced last month but just found out about it. As mentioned earlier I just finished this book and surprisingly liked it more than I thought so am excited that this is also going to be a TV series. Production company is 21 Laps Entertainment (Stranger Things) I think Shawn Levy and team will do a great job with Shadow and Bone.

Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl has been optioned by Grey Matter Productions and Topic Studios (Spotlight). This is my favourite book by Mary Kubica and can’t wait till it comes out. It probably won’t be for awhile though.

Book Deals

Editorial director of Scholastic, David Levithan, has bought the rights to Maggie Stievaters new series The Dreamer Trilogy. The series is about a young man who can manifest objects from his dreams. I never read the Raven Cycle but I did read The Wolves of Mercy Falls and loved that series. I have been meaning to read the Raven Cycle for sometime just haven’t got around to it.

Mary Kubica’s sixth book will be released in early 2020. So far no title has been released. I hope this book will make me fall back in love with her books.

Share with me in the comments below what book news your most excited about.

Bookish Matters

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