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This Week In Books (January 11th, 2017)

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This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

∧ Then ∧ PsychoAnalysis, V.R. Stone

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A serial killer who wants to quit. A detective struggling to keep his personal life out of a murder hunt. And a celebrity psychiatrist facing an incredible challenge. Three damaged individuals, linked by their traumatic histories. They’ve chosen very different paths. Now those paths are about to cross.

Sarah Silver is a hedge fund manager – from Monday to Friday she makes a killing in the markets. At weekends, though, she hunts men, not profits. Martin White used to be a brilliant detective. But his family, judgement and self-control are deserting him. And Karl Gross has sold millions of books on serial killers. However he’s a controversial figure in the medical community.

Can Martin keep it together and catch a killer who commits almost perfect crimes? Is Karl capable of unravelling Sarah’s psyche and putting an end to the killing? Or will she disappear when she realises that the hunter has become the hunted?

PsychoAnalysis is a psychological crime thriller that explores the grey area between good and evil. Why would a woman kill for fun? Can she be understood? Can she be stopped?

This one was not as I expected. I’ll be vague and mysterious until I review it 😀

≈ Now ≈ Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe / In The Days of the Comet, H.G. Wells

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Robinson Crusoe is one of the most famous literary characters in history, and his story has spawned hundreds of retellings. Inspired by the life of Alexander Selkirk, a sailor who lived for several years on a Pacific island, the novel tells the story of Crusoe’s survival after shipwreck on an island, interaction with the mainland’s native inhabitants, and eventual rescue. Read variously as economic fable, religious allegory, or imperialist fantasy, Crusoe has never lost its appeal as one of the most compelling adventure stories of all time. In addition to an introduction and helpful notes, this Broadview Edition includes a wide range of appendices that situate Defoe’s 1719 novel amidst castaway narratives, economic treatises, reports of cannibalism, explorations of solitude, and Defoe’s own writings on slavery and the African trade.

With a new semester comes new assigned readings! Oh joy.

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A comet rushes toward Earth, a glowing orb filling the sky, promising doom. Humanity is too busy hating, stealing, scheming & killing to care. As luminous green trails of cosmic dust & vapor stream across the heavens, blood flows beneath: nations wage wars, bitter strikes erupt, jealous lovers plot revenge & murder. Earth slips past the comet by a narrow margins, but all succumb to the gases in its tail. When everyone wakes up, they are completely & profoundly different.
In the Days of the Comet is Wells’s tale of the last days of old Earth & the extraterrestrial change that is the salvation of the species. An ill-fated romance between Willie Leadford & Nettie Stuart unfolds in a world buried in misery & bent on destruction. After Earth passes thru the comet’s tail, suffering, pettiness & injustice melt away. Willie, Nettie & all around them are reborn. They now see themselves & their world in a dramatically new way.

To help with the classics, I decided to.. add a second classic to the list! Time to start the sci-fi challenge with In the Days of the Comet.

∨ Next ∨ The Widow, Fiona Barton

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We’ve all seen him: the man – the monster – staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.

But what about the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the woman who stands by him?

Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.

But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows

After a little less than a year of waiting, I am finally days away from reading The Widow.

Have you read any of those books? What is on your list this week?
Do share in the comments:)
Happy reading
!

46 thoughts on “This Week In Books (January 11th, 2017)

  1. I didn’t read The Widow but have requested the new book 😄 Can’t keep up with old books! Vague and mysterious? Color me interested 😛

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  2. I can’t wait for the Psycho Analysis review from you.. this has caught my eye a number of times and I am interested to find out more from a trusted source 😉

    Oh my, sci fi 🙂 I am kind of so-so with scifi so itll be interesting to see how you get along, you may just persuade me to hop on the scifi train as well! 🙂

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    1. My review of PyschoAnalysis might not be what you expect! I’ll say again that the cover is beautiful but… *shush, spoiler for the review* haha!
      I was so afraid by scifi that I had to do something to make sure I wasn’t missing on great things. I hope this challenge proves me I’m a scifi lover!

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  3. I look forward to your review of Psycho Analysis. I didn’t know about it but it sure does sound very interesting. Widow looks good too. Enjoy all your books. Happy reading 🙂

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    1. The review will be up next week, probably on Monday. It ended up different from what I expected.. The Widow is crushed under my over-heightened expectations, haha! Thank you, happy reading too 🙂

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    1. I’m 30 pages in and I haven’t started dozing off yet, haha! But I think I might be enjoying it… Well, we’ll see how long it goes! I can’t wait to start the scifi reads, all the books sounds so good!

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  4. I admit I have not read these, but I love the cover for Psycho Analysis and think it sounds great.Waiting for your elusive and mysterious review 😉 Your required reading is promising at least! I usually enjoy some good old school sci-fi. Should see a review on this I hope?

    I just finished The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn. I just love her work! I am trying to write the review.. but weird.. after a night of horrible insomnia.. I am wired. I hate that. I also finally snagged a copy of A Monster Calls. Finishing today ❤ Plus The Lies of Locke Lamora.. not sure if I got that right. I always have to look haha.

    Happy Wednesday Adorable Waffle Lover! 🙂

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    1. PsychoAnalysis has such a powerful cover! My review will be up on Monday, but it probably won’t be what’s expected! :p
      Surprisingly, I am enjoying Robinson Crusoe. Maybe the flu is on its way, it would certainly explain it! 😂 I’ll try to review every sci-fi book I read, and not have it published three months later xD Need to catch up with reviews fast!
      I just read your review of The Devil Crept In, it sounds fantastic! I wish I had more courage so I could read it! Tell me about it! I haven’t had a good night of sleep for days and my writing sucks so bad. I finished my review of PsychoAnalysis this morning and I find it so yikes I’m afraid to publish it, haha! But as insomnia is here to stay, I don’t think I should pressure myself to write the perfect review… But I don’t want the quality to go away, argh, so hard being sleep-deprived! Yep, I’m whiny today!!
      Have a wonderful reading week my favorite tea lover 😀

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      1. I am waiting for Monday now. You have me really curious with your comment about it probably not being what I expect!

        Is insomnia a regular occurrence for you? They have had me on so many meds. But with the hefty dose of seizure meds and Valium now, I opted to go off of the others. Didn’t feel safe. You would think I could sleep on Valium haha.

        Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? I fall asleep and then wake so often I accumulate only 2 to 3 hours a night. Sorry haha. I totally jumped on your blog and dove into all of your personal biz ❤

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        1. This is the mysterious me playing with you :p
          It depends! Sometimes I can’t fall asleep, sometimes I do but I wake up a couple of hours later and there’s no way I can sleep again, sometimes I fall in and out of a light sleep that feels like I’m not sleeping at all. It lasts a bit, then I get one not-to-bad night and it starts again. Love when you jump on my blog to talk 😀 ❤

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  5. I had to read Robinson Crusoe when I did my undergrad degree in English Lit and I wasn’t really looking forward to it. I have to say that I actually ended up quite enjoying a lot of it, there was so much more to it than I was expecting. I hope you end up enjoying it too. Ooh I hope The Widow is one you very much enjoy after you’ve had such a long wait to read it. 🙂 My week in books post is here: https://rathertoofondofbooks.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesdays-11-jan-what-are-you-reading-this-week/

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    1. Well, I’m only at the early stage of my relationship with Crusoe but surprisingly I’m enjoying it! I’ve been waiting for The Widow for so long that I’m afraid my expectations are a bit too high but fingers crossed the book will be as good as I hope it to be! Thanks so much for the link 🙂 Happy reading!

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  6. I’ve only read The Widow but since you’re about to start it I shall be as vague and mysterious as you’re being about Psycho Analysis… 😉

    Oh, I lie! I also read Robinson Crusoe many years ago. Good luck with that one! 😉

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    1. You’ll know everything on Monday 😀 I hope you enjoy it… I can’t wait to discuss it with you! The Widow sounds so promising, I just hope my expectations won’t kill the story! Happy reading to you too!

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  7. Very interested in Psycho Analysis- and oh my that cover is striking- looking forward to your review on it! Oh dear oh dear I’m so sorry your professors assigned you Robinson Crusoe- it’s not like anyone in academia even likes that book- when my tutor said that about it I dnf’d it without a backward glance!

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    1. You can’t forget this kind of cover, right? I love it. It would look great as a painting! Weirdly, I like Crusoe but it’s not the most interesting book ever. I’m starting to get tired of reading about building stuff and killing animals to eat. Still, it’s better than Lolita xD

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  8. When I saw Robinson Crusoé in your Currently Reading, I had a feeling that it MUST have been required reading cause you know.. classics.. Hahahahahh I do hope it will somehow be enjoyable though since you’re probably going to have plenty of other thicker classics to read in the near future! 😛

    – Lashaan

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    1. I would definitely not have picked Robinson Crusoe myself, hahaha! It was more enjoyable than I thought it would be, certainly less painful than Lolita! But gosh I hate boats and pirates!! I’m packing my reading schedule with loooots of books I want to read to forget the classics, haha.

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