Today at the store, a customer asked me if we had a certain book in stock – a fantasy book by Robin Hobb called Assassin’s Fate: Book 3 of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy. I checked the computer to find it was just released May 9th and we had 10 copies. I showed her to the section and she was so excited to see it, she picked up the book and hugged it. We chatted briefly before she left. I mentioned I had never really read much fantasy or sci-fi before – she looked at me in shock – I explained it was because I just didn’t know where to start and didn’t know what was good. She nodded solemnly, saying there can be a lot of crap to get through, but it’s so worth it because eventually you’ll find gold. Continue reading
I found this book whilst re-shelving books at my place of work and was immediately intrigued by the premise – Leonora, our protagonist, attends a cozy, bachelorette party for her ex-best friend Clare, but the weekend takes a dark turn when two days later Leonora wakes up in the hospital with the knowledge that someone is dead, and she can’t be sure she’s not responsible. The events of the weekend are foggy and in order to find out what has happened, Leonora must “re-visit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.” The book was written by UK author Ruth Ware in 2015, and because of her latest novel, The Woman in Cabin 10, which was being promoted throughout my workplace, I thought I would read her debut novel In a Dark, Dark Wood and then move on to The Woman in Cabin 10, especially since I thought the premise of Dark Wood actually sounded more intriguing than Cabin 10.
My mom gave me this book to read, knowing I have an interest in all things vintage and anything to do with mysteries and secrets from the past. The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro has all of these things and more.
The story centres on newlywed Grace Munroe in 1955 London, England when she receives a letter saying she is the recipient of a large inheritance from the recently deceased Eva d’Orsey in Paris, France. The only problem is, Grace does not know Eva d’Orsey and has never heard of her before. Grace embarks on a journey to discover who this woman is and why Grace is the sole recipient of her will. Along the way she also discovers what it means to be true to herself versus what is expected of her in society. Continue reading
I’ve heard about this one on the radio a few times and constantly see it at the book store where I work, staring at me from the bestsellers shelf. Finally, I picked it up to see what all the hype was about, and I can kind of see why it’s been popular, but it also has many flaws.
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is a mystery thriller about a baby who goes missing from her house while her parents visit next door at the neighbours. The parents, Marco and Anne, take turns every half hour checking on the baby, but when Anne checks on her at 1 am, she discovers her child is gone.
The war between literary fiction and genre fiction is something I became aware of about two years ago when I joined Booktube: a community of people on YouTube who make videos about everything to do with books. From what I’ve garnered about the situation, it appears genre is ‘the bad guy’ or ‘the fun dumb one,’ and literary is ‘the good guy’ or ‘the boring smart one,’ and to be associated with one or the other apparently says a lot about what kind of person you are. Continue reading