I have fallen down the rabbit hole, y’all.
The digital ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) rabbit hole, wherein I can download digital copies of certain titles from publishers to rate and review before they’re released.
This is just like going to our annual library conference every year for free ARCs, but digital. From home. All the time.
This could be dangerous. 😉
So, let’s see… what have I read…
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (released October 10th) take us back, back… to the story she began with Practical Magic in 1995, only this time, the story features the eccentric aunts of Gilly and Sally, Jet and Franny, and their turbulent years growing up with their gifts, falling in love, and finding themselves. Very much character driven and beautiful written, as expected. Another Hoffman winner!
Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak feels like a call-back to Jonathan Tropper’s excellent This is Where I Leave You, wherein a family that doesn’t exactly gel is confined to quarters together for a week – and naturally, deception, hilarity, love, anger and family squabbles ensue. I could not put this book down – I love a good character-driven, told-from-alternating-voices story where you know things are going to go down, and not all of them pleasant. Lots of buzz already for this book, due out October 17th.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng was just unputdownable…and hard to summarize. In an idyllic neighborhood, the picture-perfect family is shaken when an enigmatic mother and daughter come into their lives… and close family friends attempt to adopt a baby. Weird summary? Yes. Amazing book? Yes. So much character development, intricacies, secrets, and reveals throughout – I just loved it! Perfect for fans of women’s fiction, literary fiction, or even for older teen readers. Recommended! This one is released September 12th…
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin has been getting all sort of advanced buzz, and I enjoyed it! A young intern, a politician, an affair… but what happens twenty years later when that girl is STILL dogged by the past? Recommended! I also read It’s Not Yet Dark by Simon Fitzmaurice, which was a short and lovely memoir of his struggle with ALS, and how he overcame medical odds to remains with his family and pursue his passion as a filmmaker. Inspiring!