I have a lot of RFR books to do this month, and there are quite a few bookshots. I am really excited though!
- The Twilight Wife, A.J. Banner. *Thank you Netgalley*. A diving accident leaves Kyra Winthrop with a complex form of memory loss. With only flashes of memory from the last few years, her life revolves around a few close friends and her devoted husband. But things- memories, maybe?- are coming to her, telling a different story then the one that has been painted for her. What is real?
- The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden. *Thank you Netgalley.* Vasalisa has spent her life with her sibling and her nurse, getting through Russian winters listening to stories of the winter demon Frost. Wise Russians fear him and honor the spirits of the house and land that protect their homes from evil. When Vasalisa’s mother dies and her father remarries they are no longer allowed to honor the spirits. Crops begin to fail and evil creeps ever closer. It sounds like a really neat take on Cinderella maybe?
- Lotus, Lijia Zhang. *Thank you Netgalley.* Surviving by her wits alone, Lotus charges headlong into the neon lights of Shenzhen, determined to pull herself out of the gutter and decide her own path. She’s different than the other streetwalkers—reserved, even defiant, Lotus holds her secrets behind her red smile. (Blurb from the Netgalley page)
- The Most Dangerous Place on Earth, Lindsey Lee Johnson. *Thank you First to Read* The wealthy enclaves north of San Francisco are not the paradise they appear to be, and nobody knows this better than the students of a local high school. Despite being raised with all the opportunities money can buy, these vulnerable kids are navigating a treacherous adolescence in which every action, every rumor, every feeling, is potentially postable, shareable, viral.(Blurb from the First to Read page).
- World Chase Me Down, Andrew Hilleman. *Thank you First to Read* Pat Crow, once one of the most wanted men in America is now considered a long forgotten folk hero. This book brings him to life.
- Disaster Falls, Stephane Gerson. *Thank you First to Read*.
On a day like any other, on a rafting trip down Utah’s Green River, Stéphane Gerson’s eight-year-old son, Owen, drowned in a spot known as Disaster Falls. That same night, as darkness fell, Stéphane huddled in a tent with his wife, Alison, and their older son, Julian, trying to understand what seemed inconceivable. “It’s just the three of us now,” Alison said over the sounds of a light rain and, nearby, the rushing river. “We cannot do it alone. We have to stick together.”
Disaster Falls chronicles the aftermath of that day and their shared determination to stay true to Alison’s resolution. At the heart of the book is Stéphane’s portrait of a marriage critically tested. Husband and wife grieve in radically different ways that threaten to isolate each of them in their post-Owen worlds. (He feels so far,” Stéphane says, when Alison shows him a selfie Owen had taken. “He feels so close,” she says.) With beautiful specificity, Stephane shows how they resist that isolation and reconfigure their marriage from within. (Blurb from the First to Read website).
- The Good Daughter, Alexandra Burt. *Thank you First to Read.* What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed? Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions. (Blub from the First to Read website.)
- Library of Souls, Ransom Riggs. I am currently reading Hollow City and, while I don’t know if I will finish it in the next few days, I am definitely reading the conclusion in December. I am so excited!!!
- The Royals, James Patterson. Someone is threatening to kill a member of the royal family in front of the queen. Private has 24 hours… this sounds like an intense bookshot.
There will be other bookshots, and possible other books but these are the ones I know.
What are you reading in December?