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Shelf Control; Books from the Backlog; Can't Wait Wednesday



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've read several books by Jane Harper and love her descriptions of Australia, plus they've been good mysteries. I bought this a year ago from the online discount Book Outlet because I was excited there was a new Harper. Since then I've seen a few mixed reviews, so my enthusiasm has waned a bit. BUT, I'm a fan and still want to read it for myself. This year? We'll see - I do have that Cloak and Dagger challenge to fill in........



The Survivors by Jane Harper


Goodreads Blurb:

Coming home dredges up deeply buried secrets...


Kieran Elliott's life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences.


The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home.


Kieran's parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn.


When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away...



I'm linking to:

Shelf Control that used to be hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies is now hosted by Literary Potpourri every Wednesday.

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




New Release Book I Want to Read

This sounds like a great mystery with maybe a touch of horror AND a book about books - a winning combo in my book (ha - see what I did there?) I have an ARC and will be reading it soon - can't wait to get started!


The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz

Publish Date 2/21/23


Goodreads Blurb:

The Plot meets Please Join Us in this psychological suspense debut about a young author at an exclusive writer’s retreat that descends into a nightmare.


Alex has all but given up on her dreams of becoming a published author when she receives a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: attend an exclusive, month-long writing retreat at the estate of feminist horror writer Roza Vallo. Even the knowledge that Wren, her former best friend and current rival, is attending doesn’t dampen her excitement.


But when the attendees arrive, Roza drops a bombshell—they must all complete an entire novel from scratch during the next month, and the author of the best one will receive a life-changing seven-figure publishing deal. Determined to win this seemingly impossible contest, Alex buckles down and tries to ignore the strange happenings at the estate, including Roza’s erratic behavior, Wren’s cruel mind games, and the alleged haunting of the mansion itself. But when one of the writers vanishes during a snowstorm, Alex realizes that something very sinister is afoot. With the clock running out, she’s desperate to discover the truth and save herself.


A claustrophobic and propulsive thriller exploring the dark side of friendships and fame, The Writing Retreat is the unputdownable debut novel from a compelling new talent.



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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