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WWW Wednesdays 2020-10-14

It’s Wednesday again and I haven’t reached my “this is too overwhelming” limit of 3 tour posts, so let’s go ahead and do a WWW Wednesdays post this week! This book blogger meme is hosted by Taking On a World of Words.

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What are you currently reading?

With the Fire on High
by Elizabeth Acevedo

Published 7 May 2019
Quill Tree Books

Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Page Count: 400
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With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.

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With the crazy book tour schedule I got myself into for October, I didn’t intend to read any library books this week, but how could I not when this one came in? I’m 78% through as I write this post on Tuesday night, and I don’t want it to end. Elizabeth Acevedo brings her characters to life like so few other authors I’ve ever read. When Emoni talks to her friends, I feel like I’m having a conversation with my best friend. When Emoni talks to her toddler daughter, I feel like I’m talking to mine. This is a great and important mixed race BIPOC coming of age story, and I’ll tell you all about it in my review when I get a chance, but first and foremost the best part about this book for me is the interaction between characters.

The Starless Sea
by Erin Morgenstern

Published 5 November 2019
Doubleday Books

Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism
Page Count: 498
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Far beneath the surface of the earth, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories. The entryways that lead to this sanctuary are often hidden, sometimes on forest floors, sometimes in private homes, sometimes in plain sight. But those who seek will find. Their doors have been waiting for them.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is searching for his door, though he does not know it. He follows a silent siren song, an inexplicable knowledge that he is meant for another place. When he discovers a mysterious book in the stacks of his campus library he begins to read, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities, and nameless acolytes. Suddenly a turn of the page brings Zachary to a story from his own childhood impossibly written in this book that is older than he is.

A bee, a key, and a sword emblazoned on the book lead Zachary to two people who will change the course of his life: Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired painter, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances. These strangers guide Zachary through masquerade party dances and whispered back room stories to the headquarters of a secret society where doorknobs hang from ribbons, and finally through a door conjured from paint to the place he has always yearned for. Amid twisting tunnels filled with books, gilded ballrooms, and wine-dark shores Zachary falls into an intoxicating world soaked in romance and mystery. But a battle is raging over the fate of this place and though there are those who would willingly sacrifice everything to protect it, there are just as many intent on its destruction. As Zachary, Mirabel, and Dorian venture deeper into the space and its histories and myths, searching for answers and each other, a timeless love story unspools, casting a spell of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a Starless Sea.

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Another library book I shouldn’t be reading while I’ve got so many commitment reads on the list, but how on Earth have I let almost a year go by without reading the second novel by the author of my all-time favourite book, The Night Circus? I have to remedy that. It’s an audiobook, so I can “read” while I’m getting other things done. I only just got it started before With the Fire on High showed up, but I can already hear Morgenstern’s distinct authorly voice in this. I’ve heard mixed opinions on whether or not this one’s good, but I’m hopeful.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson (review coming!)

Alex McKenna & The Geranium Deaths by Vicki-Ann Bush (post goes live 1 hour after this one, may not work if you’re early.)

Cracked: An Anthology of Eggsellent Chicken Stories (Various Authors)

Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All) by Lori Orlinsky

Georgian Romance Revolt by Lucinda Elliot

Dark by Paul L. Arvidson

What do you think you’ll read next?

Time is a Fine White Lie by William Steffey (Audiobook tour, Oct 18)

Wolf Born by J. N. Moon (The Blood Moon series Book One, tour date Oct 21)

She’s the One Who Thinks Too Much by Sherrie R. Cronin (tour date Oct 22)

Race to the Finish Line by Aisha Yusuf (ARC publishing Oct 23)


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Jenna is the artist/illustrator and author behind Westveil Publishing and its sub-banner platforms Jenna Gets Creative and The Westveil Archives. She live in Newfoundland, Canada with her husband, daughter, and feline overlords.

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