June 20th, 2018 by Pingwing
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Today my pick is Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer, by Julie McElwain, out September 4 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far.
But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again.
Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.
This book sounds so good! I love the supernatural element, and I’ve seen some good early reviews.
What are you waiting on this week?
June 18th, 2018 by Pingwing
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Published by Vintage
Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:
What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us what, exactly, Ishmael looked like?
The collection of fragmented images on a page – a graceful ear there, a stray curl, a hat positioned just so – and other clues and signifiers helps us to create an image of a character. But in fact our sense that we know a character intimately has little to do with our ability to concretely picture our beloved – or reviled – literary figures.
In this remarkable work of nonfiction, Knopf’s Associate Art Director Peter Mendelsund combines his profession, as an award-winning designer; his first career, as a classically trained pianist; and his first love, literature – he thinks of himself first, and foremost, as a reader – into what is sure to be one of the most provocative and unusual investigations into how we understand the act of reading.
I first heard about this book on the Book Riot ‘Reading Lives’ podcast. It’s such a fascinating idea. It was so interesting, to me, to really pay attention to and think about what’s going on in my mind’s eye when I’m reading.
I liked the graphics/images used throughout. This was actually a faster read than I thought it would be because of all of the graphics – I think I read this in two or three sittings.
I do wish it had delved deeper into the subject – more of a ‘why do we see what we see when we read’ – but perhaps that was outside the book’s scope. But as a result, it’s got me interested enough to seek out some further reading on this subject.
I don’t read much nonfiction but I really enjoyed this book. Recommended!
June 17th, 2018 by Pingwing
June 11 – 17
Happy Sunday and happy Father’s Day!
This week I’ve been doing some reading, playing lots of Pokemon, and catching up on all of Nintendo’s E3 coverage! I am saving up to buy a Nintendo Switch and I can’t wait to play the games that will be coming out this fall!
Also I caught up on this week’s Coronation Street and it was WILD! I loved it!
I bought one book for my Kobo this week: Outline by Rachel Cusk.
I read two books this week: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty, and Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama.
I haven’t picked up The Amateurs by Liz Harmer in a while, so I’m going to try and read a bit more today. I’m also going to try and decide which book to start next.
This week I posted two of my sister’s Cozy Corner reviews: Death and a Pot of Chowder by Cornelia Kidd, and Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower.
I also posted my review of the Jem and the Holograms: Outrageous Edition graphic novel, and a Waiting on Wednesday post about Kara Thomas’ upcoming The Cheerleaders.
I need more coffee! And then it’s time to read and perhaps throw on some Gilmore Girls on Netflix and enjoy the rest of my Sunday.
June 15th, 2018 by Pingwing
Series: Jem and the Holograms #1
Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Published by IDW Publishing
Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:
IT’S SHOWTIME, SYNERGY! JERRICA BENTON and her sisters KIMBER, AJA, and SHANA are trying to make it as a band… but JERRICA’s stage fright is holding them back. But when they make a shocking discovery in their father’s secret laboratory, the mysterious SYNERGY changes everything, and JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS are born… just wait till PIZZAZZ and the MISFITS find out they have competition! This beautiful oversized hardcover collects the first 10 issues of the critically acclaimed series, plus the double-length Annual, the Holiday Special, and the Valentine Special!
I loved the show Jem as a kid, and I knew there were recent comics, but I didn’t get around to reading any until recently.
This hardcover has volumes 1-10 and some specials. I really need to buy the rest of this series, because I loved this!
The art was my favourite part: the colours, the hairstyles, the clothes, the makeup – it was all so cute and colourful and fun! I also really liked the storylines, rotating between the rivalry between Jem and the Holograms and the Misfits, and some romantic storylines.
I’ve been looking to buy the next hardcover collection, but I can’t actually find them available anywhere.
I think I’ll have to buy the separate volumes, because I need to know what happens next!
June 14th, 2018 by Lil Pingwing
Series: A Magic Garden Mystery #1
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Published by Crooked Lane Books
Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:
Florist Fiona Knox’s life isn’t smelling so sweet these days. Her fiancé left her for their cake decorator. Then, her flower shop wilted after a chain florist opened next door. So when her godfather, Ian MacCallister, leaves her a cottage in the Scottish Highlands, Fiona jumps on the next plane to Edinburgh. Ian, after all, is the one who taught her to love flowers. But when Ian’s elderly caretaker Hamish MacGregor shows her to the cottage upon her arrival, she finds the once resplendent grounds of Duncreigan in a dreadful shambles—with a dead body in the garden.
Minutes into her arrival, Fiona is already being questioned by the handsome Chief Inspector Neil Craig and getting her passport seized. But it’s Craig’s fixation on Uncle Ian’s loyal caretaker, Hamish, as a prime suspect, that really makes her worried. As Fiona strolls the town, she quickly realizes there are a whole bouquet of suspects much more likely to have killed Alastair Croft, the dead lawyer who seems to have had more enemies than friends.
Now it’s up to Fiona to clear Hamish’s name before it’s too late in Flowers and Foul Play, national bestselling author Amanda Flower’s enchanting first Magic Garden mystery.
I will admit that I didn’t know if I wanted to finish this book after reading the first few chapters. I wasn’t certain if I would enjoy a book about a magical garden. I was terribly wrong — this book was such a page-turner that I ended up staying up too late trying to finish it.
Fiona Knox has come to the Scottish Highlands in order to visit the cottage that was left to her by her recently deceased godfather. Having just been left by her fiancé, and having lost her flower shop, Fiona quickly makes the trip to Scotland. However, soon after arriving Fiona finds the body of her godfather’s lawyer in her garden. When she arrives the garden looks dead, but she is told by the cottage’s caretaker, Hamish, that her presence will make the garden bloom again.
When Hamish becomes a suspect in the lawyer’s murder, Fiona works to solve the case and take suspicion off her friend.
I will admit that the idea of a magic garden turned me off initially. I didn’t really know what to make of it, but I am so happy I kept reading the book. I was excited to read a book set in the Scottish Highlands (I have been watching a lot of “Escape to the Country”, a BBC show that takes homeowners from big cities and helps them purchase homes in the countryside. My favourite ones are the episodes that take place in Scotland). Fiona’s new home is called Duncreigan, a small cottage outside of a village just south of Aberdeen. I loved the descriptions of the area, from the vegetation to the stone houses in the middle of the village.
Fiona quickly runs into some small-town politics when she starts exploring the village — it seems that she is viewed as an outsider, or is painted with the same brush as her godfather. From some of the locals at the pub, to the town minister, not everyone is happy to have a new American in town. But she does make friends with Presha, who owns a tea shop, and her twin brother Raj, who owns the laundromat. And she spends a lot of time with Hamish, who always has his red squirrel Duncan hanging around.
There was some romantic tension with Chief Inspector Neil Craig, but the relationship didn’t progress too far. Fiona seems to still be too upset after her breakup with her fiancé. I’m hoping that Fiona and Craig do start to date in the next book! He’s a great character.
I was sad when discovering who the murderer was, only because I really liked them. It was a bit of a twist for the author to choose a likeable character as the murderer, as I definitely wasn’t expecting it.
So while I initially was hesitant about reading a book with a magical theme, I realized very quickly how wrong I was. This book had a great setting, a great cast of characters and a mystery that was hard to solve. I highly recommend this series for anyone wanting to read a book that has gardens, Scotland, and a cozy small-town (or village) setting.