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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 12/5/22 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm reading The Light Pirate, Lily Brooks-Dalton's upcoming novel (to be published tomorrow!) about natural disaster and new beginnings; I'm reading Twice in a Lifetime, Melissa Baron's romantic time-travel story, also to be published tomorrow; and I'm listening to 32 hours and 42 minutes of The Ink Black Heart, the newest installment in the Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) Cormoran Strike series.

What are you reading these days, bookworms?


01 The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton

In Lily Brooks-Dalton's upcoming (to be published December 6) novel The Light Pirate, pregnant Frida and her husband and kids prepare for a catastrophic hurricane bearing down on Florida.

Her husband disappears to locate their children, and meanwhile Frida gives birth to an unusual child, Wanda, named after the storm.

Experts have long offered warnings about global weather changes and the potential destruction possible, but Frida couldn't have imagined the unraveling of society that takes place after the wind and water's devastation.

I received a prepublication edition of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing.


02 Twice in a Lifetime by Melissa Baron

I love a time-travel book!

Isla has enough to worry about. She's in rural Missouri instead of the city, in an effort to better cope with her significant anxiety.

But Isla begins receiving persistent wrong-number texts from a stranger named Ewan, who says he's her husband (she's single), followed by photos of their wedding day (but...she's never been married). This is definitely a hoax...isn't it?

Whoever he is, the man seems very clearly to know Isla well--and he says he's messaging her from the future in order to save her life.

Isla must decide whether to believe Ewan but stay away from him in order to live, or to lose a chance at love with someone who just might be her soulmate.

If you like books that play with time, you might also like the books on my Greedy Reading Lists Six Riveting Time-Travel Stories to Explore and Six Second-Chance, Do-Over, Reliving-Life Stories--or you can search this site for other Bossy reviews of books that involve time travel.

I received a prepublication edition of this book courtesy of Alcove Press and NetGalley.


03 The Ink Black Heart (Cormoran Strike #6)

I'm listening to the sixth installment in the Robert Gabraith (J.K. Rowling) Cormoran Strike series. Even listening at 1.75x speed is going to make this 32-hour, 42-minute audiobook a big commitment. So this had better be GOOD.

When The Ink Black Heart begins, Robin and Corm's agency is approached by Edie Sitwell, a frantic potential client and the cocreator of a popular cartoon. She's looking to uncover the identity of an online figure who's harassing her horribly. They don't take the case, but when Edie turns up dead, they can't resist diving in.

So far the book centers around accounts of extensive online messaging, which is feeling somewhat tedious.

The Cormoran-Robin romantic tension without culmination is in full force. (This extended will-they, won't-they push and pull is beginning to rival the epic Moonlighting Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd inconvenient-attraction, opposites-attract, workplace-romance saga that I loved!)

Click here for my reviews of books one through four of the Cormoran Strike series; and check out my Bossy review of Troubled Blood, book five.


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