When I first saw the cover of Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin, I was mesmerized by it. The fragility and almost translucence of the woman’s body, clearly naked and immersed in a patch of wild flowers, was both disturbing and at the same time beautiful. In the image, the woman covers her eyes with her arm, indicating either despair or that she’s blind to her circumstances.
I was looking for a creepy thriller read for Halloween, and Black-Eyed Susans’ plot of a victim trying to unmask her attacker seemed the perfect choice. There definitely were some disturbing aspects to the novel, including some visually raw language about crime scenes and victims’ bodies and obviously the terrifying character of a killer potentially hidden in plain sight.
I don’t scare easily, though, so I would say if you’re the same you won’t find Black-Eyed Susans to be the kind of book that’s hard to read before bed. It was creepy and titillating, but aside from a few moments in the novel, not turn-on-all-the-lights scary. A little late for Halloween, but here is my review!
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I first featured Spaceman by Mike Massimino in my post on October 2016 Book Releases. When I received a copy of the book I decided to read and review it right away. I had been badly disappointed by a prior astronaut’s memoir – An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth by Chris Hadfield – which turned out to be more of a trite self help book than a book about the science and excitement behind space travel.
From the description of Spaceman I was hoping for a lot less overdone life advice and a lot more marvels of science and space – and that’s exactly what I got. Read my review of this engaging memoir about a truly remarkable man below.
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My plan was to publish this post on Monday, but as for most plans, life had a different idea. I’ve been under the weather since this weekend and I’ve had to concentrate all my remaining energy on my daytime job due to a big project that I’m luckily almost done with.
I’m just starting out blogging but I hope that in the future I’ll have posts pre-written so that when situations like this arise, I’m able to still publish on schedule. In the meantime, thank you for your patience 🙂
I’m definitely very excited for these November 2016 releases and I’m lucky to have received access to two of them already via Net Galley (both the fiction and nonfiction titles on Queen Victoria). But I’ve added all of them to my TBR and hope to get to them sooner or later. Read on to see my November 2016 picks!
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I had never read a book by Anne Brontë before and considering how much the Brontë sisters novels I have read (Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë) I definitely thought I should read one by Anne as well. I had been looking to buy my first book in the beautiful clothbound Penguin Hardcover Classics versions, and I decided to pick The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall as that title.
Before reading the novel, I was aware that The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall is viewed as one of the first feminist novels and that back when it was published, it was considered extremely scandalous for its times. I’m a staunch feminist myself and I was intrigued by the idea that the novel had a female protagonist who made life choices that would have been seen as unseemly to read about in her era. Ultimately, I was not disappointed by the novel, though I didn’t like it as much as the other two I’ve read by Emily and Charlotte Brontë.
Read my review of The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall below and don’t forget to let me know what you thought of it if you’ve read it yourself.
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