Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Characters That Remind Me of Myself

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Ten Characters That Remind Me of Myself.  At first I thought this topic was going to be easy, but then the more I thought about it, the harder it got.  Even with the ten characters I finally settled on, I couldn’t decide with most of them if they were really like me or if they are more who I hope I’m like or who I aspire to be like.  I clearly don’t know myself as well as I thought I did, haha.

 

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10 Characters That Remind Me of Myself

 

 

  • MOLLY WEASLEY (Harry Potter series).  I picked Mrs. Weasley because she is such a Mama Bear.  You mess with her kids and you will face her full wrath.  I know I feel the same way when someone messes with my child, so I’d like to think I’ve got some of that Weasley Mama Bear instinct in me.

 

  • HERMIONE GRANGER (also Harry Potter series).  In many ways, I’m not at all like Hermione because she’s a total badass and I’m the exact opposite. But where she does remind me of myself is with her love of learning and her love of reading and of course, the library.

 

  • CATH AVERY (Fangirl) I fell in love with Fangirl specifically because I saw myself in Cath so much.  That whole socially awkward, introverted writer-type is so me.

 

  • FITZWILLIAM DARCY (Pride and Prejudice).  I definitely see myself in Mr. Darcy.  I can be painfully shy around new people, which people tend to mistake for me being aloof and therefore unlikable.  Like Mr. Darcy though, once you get to know me, you’ll realize I’m not so awful after all (well, hopefully anyway, lol).

 

  • ELIZABETH BENNETT (also Pride and Prejudice).  Is it weird to see myself in both of the main characters from the same book?  I don’t know.  Regardless though, I also see myself in Elizabeth Bennett with that stubborn streak she exhibits when it comes to Mr. Darcy, whom she thinks is looking down on her and her family.  I can be stubborn as a mule as well.

 

  • SCOUT FINCH (To Kill a Mockingbird) Scout is probably one of those characters that I wish I was more like than I really am, but her sense of curiosity and her intense desire to make sense of the things she sees happening around her has always reminded me of myself.

 

  • FELICITY MONTAGUE (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue) Like Hermione, Felicity is way more of a badass than I could ever hope to be, but her passion to pursue what matters to her at all costs and her belief that her gender should in no way hold her back, reminds me a bit of myself and my path to college and beyond.

 

  • JANE EYRE (from Jane Eyre) I selected Jane because she’s stubborn and independent, and because she was a teacher, all things that remind me of myself.

 

  • JO MARCH (Little Women).  I think Jo is another of those characters that I’m somewhat similar to but wish I was more like.  I selected Jo because she’s so devoted to her family and would do absolutely anything for them.  Plus, she’s a writer.

 

  • EEYORE (from Winnie the Pooh) Eeyore was always my childhood favorite and I’m sure it’s because he reminded me of myself.  I can definitely be gloomy and pessimistic at times.

 

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Who are some fictional characters that remind you of yourself?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.  From the moment I read the Six of Crows duology, I fell in love with Bardugo’s storytelling.  My love for her writing only grew as I then went back and read the Grishaverse trilogy.  She’s now an auto-buy author for me and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us with her first adult series.  It sounds amazing!

 

NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo

Publication Date:  October 1, 2019

 

 

From Goodreads:

The mesmerizing adult debut from #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Book Quotes That Resonate

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes.  It was hard to pick just ten since so many quotes from books resonate with me, but I was eventually able to narrow down to a few from some of my favorite reads that I’ve found especially thought provoking over the years.

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10 Book Quotes That Resonate

 

1. “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.”  This quote is one I remember reading when I was a kid but that I think resonates with me more now that I’m an adult.  I probably have fewer close friends than I did when I first read it, but I know I treasure the close friends I have now.

 

 

 

2. “Don’t ignore half of me so you can fit me into a box. Don’t do that.”  This quote stuck with me after reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo because I agreed with her so strongly about the importance of not trying to pigeon-hole people into some pre-conceived notion you have about them.

 

 

 

3. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”  This is another one I read as a child.  I loved both the imagery used in the quote and the message about trying to put yourself into another person’s shoes rather than passing judgment on them.

 

 

 

4.  “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”  This is actually one of my favorite quotes from Harry Potter and it’s just so true.  The path of least resistance is to just go along with whatever your friends are doing, even if you know it’s wrong.  Standing up to them and risking losing their friendship is a hard and brave thing to do.

 

 

 

5.  “What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”  This quote from The Hate U Give resonates with me on many different levels.  Most recently I’ve been thinking about it in terms of certain individuals in Congress who have a voice but choose to turn a blind eye even though doing so could ultimately harm our democracy.

 

 

 

6.  “Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”  I love this quote and its message to live life to the fullest because you never know how long you have on this Earth.

 

 

 

7.  “But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.”  I’ve always loved the possibilities that this quote puts on the table.  Your past does not define you. No matter where you come from, you are in charge of where you ultimately go.

 

 

 

8. “Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared.”  This quote resonates with me and the message is something that I’m constantly trying to teach my son.  That it’s okay to be afraid. You just can’t let that fear hold you back.

 

 

 

9.  “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”  This quote is another that has always stuck with me because it’s so true.  As I look at it right now, it also makes me think of politics and how each party only sees and hears what they want to hear, even if evidence to the contrary is staring them right in the face.  They hear what fits the narrative they’re trying to create and nothing anyone says can change their minds.

 

 

 

10.  “I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse. I am not a muse. I am the somebody. End of fucking story.”  I think this was the quote that made me fall in love with Daisy Jones.  I just loved that attitude and that passion about following her dream.  She didn’t want to inspire other people to write songs about her. She wanted to write her own damn songs and perform them.

 

 

 

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Do any of these book quotes resonate with you?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – SLAY by Brittney Morris

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is SLAY by Brittney Morris.  That fantastic cover for Slay was what first caught my eye but the blurb moved this book right to the top of my must-read list.  I mean, seriously, Ready Player One meets The Hate U Give, plus a female main character who is a video game creator and who has designed a Black Panther-inspired video game?!  That’s pretty much all of my favorites all rolled into one story!

 

SLAY by Brittney Morris

Publication Date:  September 24, 2019

 

From Goodreads:

Ready Player One meets The Hate U Give in this dynamite debut novel that follows a fierce teen game developer as she battles a real-life troll intent on ruining the Black Panther–inspired video game she created and the safe community it represents for black gamers

By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the black man.”

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically black in a world intimidated by blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

 

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – First 10 Books I Ever Reviewed

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is First 10 Books I Ever Reviewed.  Okay, I’m using the term “reviewed” very loosely here since these titles come from around the time I first joined Goodreads.  I joined back in 2008 and when I first started out, I rarely ever wrote more than a sentence about a book, if I even did that much.  I think I set up my account, “reviewed” a couple of current reads, and then got sucked down the rabbit hole of rating books I’d read in order to supposedly get better book recommendations generated by GR.  I also must have only been interested in putting ratings on books that I liked because as you can see, these first books reviewed are almost all 4 and 5 star reads.

My, how my review style and my taste in books has changed over the years…

 

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First 10 Books I Ever Reviewed

 

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS by Sara Gruen  (4 STARS)

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen  (5 STARS)

THE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield  (4 STARS)

THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini  (5 STARS)

ANGELS & DEMONS by Dan Brown  (5 STARS)

THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE by Pat Conroy  (5 STARS)

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hosseini  (5 STARS)

BLEAK HOUSE by Charles Dickens  (5 STARS)

ONE FOR THE MONEY by Janet Evanovich  (4 STARS)

1ST TO DIE by James Patterson  (3 STARS)

 

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What are first books you remember reviewing?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – HOPE AND OTHER PUNCHLINES by Julie Buxbaum

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is HOPE AND OTHER PUNCHLINES by Julie Buxbaum.  I read my first book by Julie Buxbaum last year, Tell Me Three Things, and really enjoyed it.  As soon as I read the synopsis for her latest, I knew it was a book I wanted to read.  I’ve read a few other novels that have dealt with 9/11 but this sounds like a perspective that I haven’t seen covered yet so I’m looking forward to seeing what the author does with it.

 

HOPE AND OTHER PUNCHLINES by Julie Buxbaum

Publication Date:  May 7, 2019

 

From Goodreads:

Sometimes looking to the past helps you find your future.

Abbi Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager, with a few smallish exceptions: her famous alter ego, Baby Hope, is the subject of internet memes, she has asthma, and sometimes people spontaneously burst into tears when they recognize her. Abbi has lived almost her entire life in the shadow of the terrorist attacks of September 11. On that fateful day, she was captured in what became an iconic photograph: in the picture, Abbi (aka “Baby Hope”) wears a birthday crown and grasps a red balloon; just behind her, the South Tower of the World Trade Center is collapsing.

Now, fifteen years later, Abbi is desperate for anonymity and decides to spend the summer before her seventeenth birthday incognito as a counselor at Knights Day Camp two towns away. She’s psyched for eight weeks in the company of four-year-olds, none of whom have ever heard of Baby Hope.

Too bad Noah Stern, whose own world was irrevocably shattered on that terrible day, has a similar summer plan. Noah believes his meeting Baby Hope is fate. Abbi is sure it’s a disaster. Soon, though, the two team up to ask difficult questions about the history behind the Baby Hope photo. But is either of them ready to hear the answers?

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Perfect Rainy Day Reads

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Rainy Day Reads.  This was a surprisingly hard topic for me, I guess mainly because as a book nerd, I think pretty much every book is great for a rainy day. So I got to thinking about it and decided to focus in on books I think would consume readers so thoroughly they would actually forget it was even raining outside.  For me, that list contains both some old favorites and some new ones that have sucked me in and kept me reading all day.  Both Kristin Hannah and Taylor Jenkins Reid feature prominently on my list as I’m currently addicted their their books.  Harry Potter of course made my list.  I picked one book for here but honestly any book would be perfect.

 

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10 Perfect Rainy Day Reads

 

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah

DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid

THE BRIDE TEST by Helen Hoang

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS by J.K. Rowling

THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morganstern

 

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What are some of your favorite rainy day reads?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – SCREEN QUEENS by Lori Goldstein

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is SCREEN QUEENS by Lori Goldstein.  There’s just something about girls kicking butt in the male-dominated world of STEM that I find very satisfying so this novel really jumped out at me. I was also intrigued by the blurb’s description calling it ‘The Bold Type meets The Social Network.’

 

SCREEN QUEENS by Lori Goldstein

Publication Date:  June 11, 2019

 

From Goodreads:

The Bold Type meets The Social Network when three girls vying for prestigious summer internships through a startup incubator program uncover the truth about what it means to succeed in the male-dominated world of tech.

This summer Silicon Valley is a girls’ club.  Three thousand applicants. An acceptance rate of two percent. A dream internship for the winning team. ValleyStart is the most prestigious high school tech incubator competition in the country. Lucy Katz, Maddie Li, and Delia Meyer have secured their spots. And they’ve come to win.

Meet the Screen Queens.

Lucy Katz was born and raised in Palo Alto, so tech, well, it runs in her blood. A social butterfly and CEO in-the-making, Lucy is ready to win and party.

East Coast designer, Maddie Li left her home and small business behind for a summer at ValleyStart. Maddie thinks she’s only there to bolster her graphic design portfolio, not to make friends.

Delia Meyer taught herself how to code on a hand-me-down computer in her tiny Midwestern town. Now, it’s time for the big leagues–ValleyStart–but super shy Delia isn’t sure if she can hack it (pun intended).

When the competition kicks off, Lucy, Maddie, and Delia realize just how challenging the next five weeks will be. As if there wasn’t enough pressure already, the girls learn that they would be the only all-female team to win ever. Add in one first love, a two-faced mentor, and an ex-boyfriend turned nemesis and things get…complicated.

Filled with humor, heart, and a whole lot of girl power, Screen Queens is perfect for fans of Morgan Matson, Jenny Han, and The Bold Type.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Ways I Squeeze a Little Extra Reading Time into My Day

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is actually supposed to be Outrageous/Crazy/Uncharacteristic Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books (i.e. skipped meals, camped outside a bookstore, broke up with someone because they don’t like to read, traveled long distances to bookish events, etc.  After sitting here staring at that topic for way too long and drawing a complete blank, I decided to take a slightly different route.  Today instead, I’m going to share some random moments throughout my day where I try to squeeze in a few extra minutes of reading time.  Some are pretty normal, but several of them have been known to garner weird looks from my friends, family, and from complete strangers.  Whatever, people. A bookworm’s gotta bookworm, right?!

 

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10 Ways I Squeeze a Little Extra Reading Time into My Day

 

1. Reading While Cooking

 

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Whether it’s listening to an audiobook or having my Kindle propped up on the kitchen counter,

it’s not uncommon to find me sneaking in a few pages of my current read while I’m preparing meals.

 

2. Reading While Getting Ready for Work

 

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Pretty much every morning, my Kindle is propped up on the bathroom counter so that I can read a few pages while I’m getting ready for work.

Yes, this often leads to me running behind schedule, but it’s totally worth it, lol.

 

3. Reading While in the Bathtub

 

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This one is a little tricky since it’s so easy to ruin a book or e-reader, but what a perfect time to relax and get a little reading done…

Minus the creepy green ghost in the gif, of course, haha!

 

4. Reading While Eating

 

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Okay, so I do behave myself and put the books away while we’re having a family meal,

but if it’s just me eating alone, like for breakfast or for lunch, it’s a guarantee my nose will be in a book.

 

5. Reading While Driving

 

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If I’m in the car alone, it’s audiobook time!

 

6. Reading While Doing Chores

 

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Let’s face it…chores suck, right?  I can’t think of anyway to make them more enjoyable to turn on an audiobook

and squeeze in some reading time while folding laundry, ironing, or doing the dishes.

 

7. Reading While at the Soccer Field

 

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Anyone who has been following my blog for a while knows that I’m a soccer mom and that my son lives and breathes soccer.

We have practice 4 times a week, plus games.  I’m a good soccer mom and pay attention during all of the games,

but I confess to reading my way through most of those practices.

 

8. Reading While Waiting in Line

 

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Lines bore me, so while I’m stuck waiting in them, I almost always pull out a book and read.  It doesn’t even matter what kind of line, honestly.

At the grocery store, the pharmacy, the post office, DMV, restaurant drive-thrus, you name a line and I’ve probably read a book while waiting in it.

 

9. Reading in Waiting Rooms

 

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Along similar lines, I always read when I’m waiting for a doctor’s appointment.  I’ll even continue to read once they call my name

and take me back to the exam room because I know I still have time before the doctor actually shows up.

 

10. Reading While a Passenger

 

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Whether it’s public transportation of any kind or even if I’m just the passenger in a car, if I’m not the one driving, it’s party time!

And by party time, I mean it means I have more time to read.  Woo Hoo!

 

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What are some ways you manage to squeeze in a little extra reading time each day?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – WHISPER NETWORK by Chandler Baker

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is WHISPER NETWORK by Chandler Baker.  This one caught my attention because it just seems so timely because of the Me Too movement and more and more women feeling empowered enough to fight back against men who behave inappropriately.  I also read on Netgalley that it has a humorous angle to it as well, which immediately brought to mind the old 9 to 5 movie with Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin.  (BTW – If you haven’t seen that movie, you are really missing out. It’s hilarious!)

 

WHISPER NETWORK by Chandler Baker

Publication Date:  July 2, 2019

 

From Goodreads:

Four women learn their boss (a man who’s always been surrounded by rumors about how he treats women) is next in line to be CEO—what will happen when they decide enough is enough?

Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita are four women who have worked at Truviv, Inc., for years. The sudden death of Truviv’s CEO means their boss, Ames, will likely take over the entire company. Ames is a complicated man, a man they’ve all known for a long time, a man who’s always been surrounded by…whispers. Whispers that have always been ignored by those in charge. But the world has changed, and the women are watching Ames’s latest promotion differently. This time, they’ve decided enough is enough.

Sloane and her colleagues set in motion a catastrophic shift within every floor and department of the Truviv offices. All four women’s lives—as women, colleagues, mothers, wives, friends, even adversaries—will change dramatically as a result.

“If only you had listened to us,” they tell us on page one, “none of this would have happened.”

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂