Wishlist Wednesday | Canada Reads 2016 Shortlist

This morning, the 15th annual Canada Reads shortlist was announced! If you’re unfamiliar with Canada Reads, it’s basically a “battle of the books” competition. Over the course of 4 days, 5 panelists, moderated by host Wab Kinew, will come together to champion the book that they believe represents this year’s theme — starting over — the most. It’s always fun to watch, and even more fun when you’ve read all of the books!

So, this week, here are the books that I’m adding to my wish list:

  • Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
  • Bone and Bread Saleema Nawaz
  • The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
  • The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami
  • Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter

Do you watch Canada Reads? Have you read any of the books on the shortlist?

Wishlist Wednesday | The Widow by Fiona Barton

The Widow Fiona Barton Evidence Bag

Okay, okay, so I’m technically cheating as I was a lucky recipient of an advanced copy of this week’s Wishlist Wednesday pick and have already read it, but I’m so excited for you all to read it that I wanted to highlight it in this post!

The book was sent in a really intriguing evidence bag with some case details and a pack of Skittles. Little did I know that I wouldn’t be able to eat the Skittles after reading the book. If you haven’t guessed by now, Fiona Barton’s The Widow is a crime novel — a new-to-me genre that I’m loving immensely.

The book follows a few different characters, but in the center of it all is Jean. For years Jean has been living her life as “the wife of a suspected criminal,” but now, her husband is dead. Will the truth of his crimes finally come out now that he isn’t around to control her? Or is there more to the story than everyone thinks…?

This book was so entertaining and took me no time to read at all. I can’t wait for it to come out!

Are you a fan of crime fiction? Are you interested in The Widow?

Wishlist Wednesday | Conversion by Katherine Howe

Conversion by Katherine Howe Book Cover

Source: Goodreads

When I found out that Katherine Howe’s new book Conversion alludes to or is a loose retelling of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, I was sold. The Crucible has a special place in my heart not only because I loved it so much when I read it a few years ago but because I saw the opera version of it on my first date with my boyfriend (my roommate at the time was performing in the opera too, which made it extra special!).

Conversion is set in a high school in Danvers, Massachusetts where some senior girls have suddenly fallen ill. No one knows what is happening and some even suspect that the girls are faking it. But then one girl, who is reading The Crucible for extra credit starts putting the pieces together…

I am always curious to read retellings and adaptations because I’m always interested to see how the author spins the story in a new way and whether he or she can keep the essence of the source material. That curiosity paired with my love for The Crucible puts Conversion right at the top of my to-be-read list! If this book is anywhere as suspenseful and interesting as The Crucible I think it will be a great read. I can’t wait to see what it’s all about!

Have you read The Crucible? Will you be checking out Conversion?

Wishlist Wednesday | Landline By Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Source: Goodreads

I’m sure Rainbow Rowell needs no introduction as she is definitely one of the most buzzed about authors on the internet (in my corner, at least)! She is known for her young adult novels Eleanor and Park and Fangirl as well as her adult novel Attachments. I’ve only read Fangirl so far but I recently purchased a copy of Attachments and I can’t wait to read her new adult novel Landline.

As far as I know, Landline is about a couple who is trying desperately to hang onto their marriage. Things are not going so well and Georgie, the main character, wonders if this is it. Until, that is, she finds a way to “communicate with [her husband] in the past.” (Goodreads description) Can this new form of communication help fix this marriage?

Even though I’m not married (or ready to be married any time soon), the idea of falling out of love intrigues me and frightens me, if I’m being honest. I am totally the type who over-analyzes and thinks back to whether I could have done things differently when a relationship ends (or is about to end), so I’m really interested to see how Georgie communicates with her husband in the past as she tries to figure everything out for them. Is the relationship still worth holding on to? Can this give them a second chance? I can’t wait to find out how it all ends!

Are you looking forward to reading Landline? Are you an over-analyzer like me?

Wishlist Wednesday | The Word Exchange

The Word Exchange

Source: Google

[Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop hosted by Pen to Paper]

This week I’m so excited to add The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon to my wishlist! I’m actually cheating a little because I have it ordered and am just waiting for it to arrive, but I just had to profess my preemptive love for this dystopian novel! According to Goodreads:

In the not-so-distant future, the forecasted “death of print” has become a reality. Bookstores, libraries, newspapers, and magazines are things of the past, and we spend our time glued to handheld devices called Memes that not only keep us in constant communication but also have become so intuitive that they hail us cabs before we leave our offices, order takeout at the first growl of a hungry stomach, and even create and sell language itself in a marketplace called the Word Exchange.

As a book lover, you can see why I would be interested in this book. With all of these bookstores closing (6 closed/announced closure in 6 weeks, in fact) losing the printed word is a legitimate worry. I don’t know what it is about dystopian fiction that is so thrilling, but I really enjoy it as a genre. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive!

Have you read The Word Exchange? Did you add anything to your wishlist this week?