Hey mama, look at me, I’m on the way to the promise land --or at least, I’m on a very lucky streak 😀 last month Edelweiss gave me The Wasteland and now Netgalley is trying to one-up on it with The Champagne Widow by H. Fripp.
I was waiting for something like this, folks. Netgalley is becoming my favorite ARC supplier - good variety, good quality and a cool graphic do things to a girl - and Edelweiss has a hugeass catalog to peruse at will, albeit a bit chaotic.
Listen, I'll give you the long version in about a moment here, but hear me out: all this could be condensed in a tiny little statement: drop everything you're doing and start flipping pages right now. ...Yes, it's that good.
As I was saying on Twitter a few days ago, my reading pile is growing! 😀 In theory, it's a bad thing - books are piling up! Oh noes! I can't see the ceiling anymore! (metaphorically speaking) - but truth be told, the more I store away, the happier I am. I tend to think of myself as a nerdy version of Smaug: all snuggled up in my cave, billion words tucked under my wings and looking for more.
I really, really like stories that take place during the 18th/19th centuries - Europe, America, Asia, it doen't matter, any location will do - and it's obvious that Judy put a lot of thought behind her characters. CWL is the third installment of A Plains Life series, but there's plenty of reference or explanations throughout the book that following along is quite easy. To be honest, I'm sorry I coulnd't read the other two before starting this one.
It’s an odd one out, this book. It met my expectations to a T and at the same time, it didn’t. I’m still puzzled and wondering about the hows and whys, which is not bad thing - I mean, writing a story that stays with the reader is maybe one of the greatest accomplishments for an author.
Book & writing challenges, that's what!
I love me some historical lit, hm? ('nooo, really?' Yeah, really :P) So, when I saw how Taking on a World of Words was hosting a 2021 challenge called When are you reading? my brain went yay.gif in zero point three.
I'm really grateful for ARC sites, you know? They offer me a wide range of books tailored to my tastes - sometimes the algorithm goes boom, but we'll talk about that on a different post, yeah? - and they give me the opportunity to unheart little gems here and there. Plastic bead, plastic bead, shiny but still plastic bead-- oh hey, a pearl! Meet one of the aforementioned pearls, please.
As general rule, I don't reread books. I have this mental shelf, every story has its own place, its own label and synopsys, and that's pretty much it. Maybe I'd grab an old one if I needed a direct quote, or if New Book X was part of a series and the last installment dropped, uh, 84 years ago or something. But! Rules, exceptions, etc. I saw this book tag and it got me thinking. What wouldn't I mind picking up again, given the chance?