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Wednesday Book Memes - Join in!



These mid-week memes suit me well because they provide me a quick reminder to check my own shelves and see what interesting books are lingering there. How about you? Why don't you feature one of your shelf books (or e-reader) and see if that helps you decide to read it or toss it. Since this is a split focus post, I'll share a book from my bookshelf or Kindle first and then a newer release (often an ARC I've received) that I'm eager to read.


Book I Own and Still Want to Read

I absolutely LOVED the Red Rising series and voraciously read all the first 4 books. I even paid full price and pre-ordered this book. And now it's been sitting on my shelf so long and I've forgotten the zillion characters in the story that I'm reluctant to pick up this 750 page doorstopper of a book. In 2023? Maybe.


Dark Age #5 Red Rising by Pierce Brown


Goodreads Blurb:

For a decade Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt color-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo. But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will another legend rise to take his place?


Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile, has returned to the Core. Determined to bring peace back to mankind at the edge of his sword, he must overcome or unite the treacherous Gold families of the Core and face down Darrow over the skies of war-torn Mercury.


But theirs are not the only fates hanging in the balance.


On Luna, Mustang, Sovereign of the Republic, campaigns to unite the Republic behind her husband. Beset by political and criminal enemies, can she outwit her opponents in time to save him?

Once a Red refugee, young Lyria now stands accused of treason, and her only hope is a desperate escape with unlikely new allies. Abducted by a new threat to the Republic, Pax and Electra, the children of Darrow and Sevro, must trust in Ephraim, a thief, for their salvation—and Ephraim must look to them for his chance at redemption.


As alliances shift, break, and re-form—and power is seized, lost, and reclaimed—every player is at risk in a game of conquest that could turn the Rising into a new Dark Age.


I'm linking to:

Shelf Control is hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies every Wednesday. Details here.

Books From the Backlog is hosted by Carole's Random Life. posted weekly on Thursdays.





New Release Book I Want to Read

I received an advance copy from #Netgalley and the publisher #StMartinsPress.



Weyward by Emilia Hart

Publish Date March 7, 2023


Goodreads Blurb:


Three women. Five centuries. One secret.


‘I had nature in my heart, she said. Like she did, and her mother before her. There was something about us – the Weyward women – that bonded us more tightly with the natural world.

We can feel it, she said, the same way we feel rage, sorrow or joy.’


In 2019, Kate flees an abusive relationship in London for Crows Beck, a remote Cumbrian village. Her destination is Weyward Cottage, inherited from her great Aunt Violet, an eccentric entomologist.


As Kate struggles with the trauma of her past, she uncovers a secret about the women in her family. A secret dating back to 1619, when her ancestor Altha Weyward was put on trial for witchcraft…


Weyward is a stunning debut novel about gender and control – about the long echoes of male violence through the centuries. But more than that, it is a celebration of nature, female power and breaking free.


Doesn't this one sound intriguing? And that cover!


I'm linking to Can't Wait Wednesday hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight the upcoming books I'm excited about.


Have you read either of these? What did you think - worth having on my shelves? Hope you join the fun and share what's been lingering a LONG time on your shelves OR a new release that you're excited to read. Happy Reading.




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