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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 1/16/23 Edition

Updated: Feb 23, 2023

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm reading Swift the Storm, Fierce the Flame, Meg Long's upcoming (to be published tomorrow!) novel; I'm listening to the memoir The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man by Paul Newman; and I'm reading Jess Kidd's novel The Night Ship.

What are you reading these days, bookworms?


01 Swift the Storm, Fierce the Flame by Meg Long

Meg Long's first novel was Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves, a science fiction novel about a tough young female protagonist and her desperate journey across the ice.

Just listen to this premise for book two: After a mission gone awry two years ago, Remy Castell has been desperately searching across worlds to find the friend she failed to save--the friend who changed her life by helping her overcome the brainwashing she was subjected to as a genetically engineered corporate agent.

Swift the Storm, Fierce the Flame promises more high-stakes action, intrigue, shifting alliances, emotional angst, and more.

I received a prepublication edition of this book courtesy of St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books, and NetGalley.


02 The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir by Paul Newman

I recently started watching "The Last Movie Stars," a six-part documentary about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Although it's well done, I'm not sure I'm up for finishing that amount of digging into their lives.

But a memoir, read by the author? As usual, I'm in!

The project includes asides from family and friends in order to add context to Newman's recollections and reflections.

I'm eager to get into the Hollywood era of his story, then his altruism as part of the development of the Newman's Own brand.


03 The Night Ship by Jess Kidd

Jess Kidd is the author of Things in Jars, a mystery I gave four Bossy stars--and listed in two Greedy Reading Lists, Six Spooky, Gothic Tales and Six Historical Fiction Mysteries Sure to Intrigue You.

The Night Ship is based upon a true story and centers around two characters separated by three centuries: a girl shipwrecked off the coast of Australia and a boy three hundred years later on the same island, making a home with his grandfather.

I'm hoping for more twists and turns, irresistible protagonists, and vivid setting detail as in Things in Jars. Kidd is also the author of Himself and Mr. Flood's Last Resort.


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