Once Upon a River, Diane Setterfield
I'm gonna go ahead and add this to my hold list at the library. A young girl, who is seemingly dead, is found by a man who carries her body to the local pub. Instead of calling the police. I don't know much, but I do know you one hundred percent shouldn't move bodies if and when you find them. Anyway, the girl comes back to life. Is it magic? Is it science? Is it that strange place where magic and science meet? What we do know is, the girl is mute and unable to tell her tale. Three families step forward to claim her, convinced she is their missing daughter/granddaughter/younger sister.
Madeline Miller, author of Circe, and M.L. Stedman, author of The Light Between Oceans, gave Once Upon a River glowing reviews; that's all the convincing I need.
You Are a Badass Every Day, Jen Sincero
I'm not one for motivational books. I have no explanation for it, but I find them embarrassing. Like I said, I can't explain why. I know many, many people who have read You Are a Badass and they are, in fact, badasses. I just haven't read it myself. Because embarrassment. I'm working on it, guys. This follow-up is full of exercises, strategies, and motivational tidbits to keep you on track to owning your badassery.
It's pocket-sized, making it PERFECT for a stocking stuffer, a fun little Christmas gift for the badasses in your life.
What's James Patterson up to?:
He released a new Alex Cross a few weeks ago and I fully expect him to hit us with a few more releases by Christmas. Because it's JP. The guy has no chill and takes almost no time off. Plus, money. I don't know his net worth and I don't care enough to look it up, but I assume it is substantial.
My pick of the week:
Winter: An Ermahgerd Merstery, Lynx & LeRoux
Of course this is my pick of the week. I co-wrote the dang thing. Kimmy and her crew are back, back, back again. Winter, like Fall, is chock full of humor, weird food, outlandish predictions, and murder. All your old favorites, Jake and Carl, Sally, Gio, Becky, and Dan are back; along with a few new characters I'm pretty stoked about. And, no worries, Uncle Bobo's Hot Pretzels & Dippin' Sauce are still in the mix. Fingers crossed we find out if they're temperature hot or spicy hot. Because we really want to know.
Set in the early '90s, this book is PERFECT if you're looking for a little nostalgia. Read the dang thing. Here's the link.