For my first read of 2020, I chose a Young Adult Fantasy novel by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani titled Seven Deadly Shadows. The story is set in Japan and embraces Japanese mythology. I am loving the story and the snapshot of a culture that is so different to what I know and experience every day.
Yesterday I met up with a friend and while travelling on the public transit, I took the opportunity to delve a little into the world of yokai, kitsanes, and shinigamis.
My first read of 2020 is a perfect fit for me and hope that Seven Deadly Shadows will be the first of many good stories I enjoy this year.
Have you ever wondered about the difference between an ARC and the final published copy? One of the differences may be the cover.
I received an ARC of Crier’s War by Nina Varela at the last Frenzy Presents event that I attended. I loved the start to this series so much that I knew I would want to continue reading it. When I picked up a copy of the book this weekend, I fell in love with its beautiful cover.
The ARC shows the sketched outline of the proposed cover but does not do true justice to its final lines and the embossing on the book’s dust jacket.
Have you noticed any other differences between ARCs and final published copies?
This month I am focusing on reading the ARCs that I have on my bookshelf – it is #arcaugust on bookstagram and people are sharing the stories that they have received to read and review. This morning, I decided to pick up a memoir that interests me: A Good Wife by Samra Zafar. I stood in line at the OLA Super Conference early on in the year to receive a signed copy of the galley. The book was available in stores from March 2019.
At seventeen, Samra Zafar had to leave her family behind in Pakistan and move to Canada when she married a stranger. In the years that followed, she suffered her husband’s physical and emotional abuse. Desperate to get out and refusing to give up, she hatched an escape plan for her and her daughters. Somehow she found the strength to not only build a new future, but to walk away from her past, ignoring the pleas of her family and risking cultural isolation by divorcing her husband.
I am a couple of chapters in, and already my eyes have been opened to practices that I had not really accepted still exist.
I was so excited on Monday when I received the ARCs that my contact at Harper Collins Canada had sent to me because one of the galleys was Postscript by Cecelia Ahern. I love her writing and could not believe that I had been chosen to read and review her latest. Even though the book is set for release in September of this year, I could not hold off reading it.
The novel is beautifully written and continues with the experience of Holly as outlined in the novel P.S. I Love You.
The story has captured my attention and I am having trouble putting it aside to focus on other chores. I foresee spending time this afternoon with Ahern’s novel instead of continuing with the cleanup process that is happening in my home. 😀
Are you currently reading a book you cannot put down?
My daughter volunteers her time at our public library for a youth programme that entourages young people to write. Last year my daughter’s work was published in their magazine and now that she has finished high school, she wants to help encourage others who are on the journey she took. At her last meeting, the librarian offered some ARCs to the volunteers, ARCs that had been given to the librarians by the publishing houses to help them choose relevant books for the library members. My daughter came home with a few galleys of books I am interested in reading.
One of them is titled Five Feet Apart. I have read good things about this story on social media and I look forward to reading it.
Yesterday I came home to bookmail – which I always love. My contact at Harper Collins Canada Had sent me two ARCs of historical novels that I am interested in reading. The covers are beautiful – especially the cover of The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning. I was so excited to read Kirsty Manning’s novel that I started it this morning while eating breakfast. The story depicts events during World War II and so far I have met a young Austrian Jewish girl.
My smile for this week is definitely the bookmail I opened when I got home from work yesterday.