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Guest Post and Review: Home Before Dark

Home Before Dark
By Riley Sager
409 pages
Published June 30, 2020
Dutton Books
Source: Book of the Month purchase

About the Book:

Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.

Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of…

WWW Wednesday: August 26

W Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam over at Taking On A World of Words

The Three W's are:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you'll read next?

Recently Finished

I enjoyed all three of these books! I listened to both Same Beach, Next Year and So You Want to Talk About Race on audio, which both were excellent in that format. Home Before Dark was fantastic. Creepy, suspenseful, unputdownable--full review soon! Currently Reading
I'm LOVING The Lions of Fifth Avenue so far! I'm halfway through and hoping to finish it in the next day or two. Obviously still working my way through Hamilton--about 65% of the way trough.  I've also seen a lot of bookstagrammers talking about 11/22/63 by Stephen King--so I thought, why not? and requested it on audio from the library. I've never read a Stephen King book, and I don't normally go for horror but I love the historical fiction/time travel element of this book. I'…

Bout of Books 29 Wrap Up

Another Bout of Books is (I can't help it) in the books!! :)

I had a pretty fun and successful reading week! Here are the updates:

*Finished two books (Same Beach, Next Year by Dorthea Benton Frank on audio and Home Before Dark by Riley Sager. This met my goal of finishing at least one book!

*Made progress in Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (about 65% through at this point)

*Started on audio, So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (narrated by the fabulous Bahni Turpin!!)

*Started The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

I wasn't able to make the twitter chats due to other committments but I had a great time participating in a few of the "reading in place" challenges and connecting with others on Instagram and Twitter.

Bout of Books 30 starts January 4, 2021--you know I'll be there!

How did your reading go last week? Happy Reading!

Bout of Books 29: Goals, TBR, Updates

Bout of Books 29 starts Monday! Just like back in May...since I'm home a lot, it's the perfect time to read!  If you're new to Bout of Books or want more details, my sign up post is a great place to look.
In the past I've set page goals, book goals, and other types of goals. In the more recent Bout of Books, I've set super relaxed goals--finish one book, have fun, and connect with others! These are definitely still my goals for Bout of Books 29. The main goal of Bout of Books is to read an have fun, so I don't want to stress myself out by counting pages. But--if that's what makes YOU happy and have fun, go for it! It's just not what works for me. So as far as stats go, I will only be reporting number of books read.

Also, the Bout of Books team named me a Bout of Books Expert, which basically means I've participated in A LOT of these great readathons! Feel free to ask questions or connect! 

The Books

So clearly I will not be able to get through all these…

Blog Tour: The Day Lincoln Lost (excerpt)

The Day Lincoln Lost Charles Rosenberg On Sale Date: August 4, 2020 9781335145222, 1335145222 Hardcover $27.99 USD, $34.99 CAD Fiction / Alternative History / Thrillers / Historical 432 pages
Buy Links:
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound
Books A Million
Apple Books 

About the Book: An inventive historical thriller that reimagines the tumultuous presidential election of 1860, 
capturing the people desperately trying to hold the nation together – and those trying to crack
 it apart. Abby Kelley Foster arrived in Springfield, Illinois with the fate of the nation on her mind. Her fame as an
abolitionist speaker had spread west and she knew that her first speech in the city would make headlines.
 One of the residents reading those headlines would be none other than the likely next President of the 
United States. Abraham Lincoln, lawyer and presidential candidate, knew his chances of winning were good. All he 
had to do was stay above the fray of the slavery debate and appear the voice of compromise…

Blog Tour: Paris Never Leaves You (Exerpt)

Paris Never Leaves You
By Ellen Feldman 
368 pages
Published August 4, 2020 by St. Martin's

Purchase Links:
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound
Books A Million
Apple Books

About the Book:
Living through WWII working in a Paris bookstore with her young daughter, Vivi, and fighting for her life, Charlotte is no victim, she is a survivor. But can she survive the next chapter of her life?

Alternating between wartime Paris and 1950s New York publishing, Paris Never Leaves You is an extraordinary story of resilience, love, and impossible choices, exploring how survival never comes without a cost.

The war is over, but the past is never past.

Excerpt: Chapter 1

New York, 1954 Charlotte spotted the letter as soon as she stepped into her office. There was no reason it should have caught her eye. The desk was littered with papers and envelopes. Stacks of manuscripts and books filled the shelves of the small cubicle and spilled over onto the two chairs. Certainly the airmail envelope didn’t m…

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at The Book Date.
Since I'm still staying home pretty much all the time, I've been flying through books! It's one bright spot about 2020 (in addition to Hamilton on Disney + and Taylor Swift's Folklore, of course). 
I finished the audio of The Switch over the weekend. I twas super cute--I liked it but didn't love it. But definitely a light, entertaining read that's perfect for summer.

I made some solid progress in Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow this weekend--it's a loooonggg book but it's absolutely fantastic. I'm about halfway through. Once I finish it, it wil…

Blog Tour: The Friendship List

The Friendship List
By Susan Mallery
Published August 4, 2020 by HQN Books
9781335136961, 1335136967 Hardcover $26.99 USD, $33.50 CAD Fiction / Romance / Contemporary  384 pages

Note:  I received this book directly from the publisher via Net Galley to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and I received no other compensation.
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