Wednesday, September 3, 2014

W...W...W...Wednesdays - September 3

This meme was created by MizB at Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I broke away to start something else this weekend, so I am still reading this one:

One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person-helpful, generous, and chivalrous-a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn't recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape.

Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can't hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it.

Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He's attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before "the change." Where he'd been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he's a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.

Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his "superjock" former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan's newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he's genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott's trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan's obsession.

I'm also slowly making my way through this book. It's very interesting, but I had some books due for review coming up.

A publishing industry in constant change, authors find themselves trying to make decisions about whether or not to self-publish or traditionally publish. Now you have a book that explains the Hybrid Author path.
• What it is.
• What the options are.
• How to decide.
Including interviews with C. J. Lyons, Joanna Penn, J. A. Konrath, Hugh C. Howey, Barbara Freethy, Marie Force, Barbara Morgenroth and Jennifer Archer. The Hybrid Author is "a treasure house of useful suggestions and resources for any writer."

What did you recently finish reading?

Known for her heartwarming observations of family life, New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer showcases her beloved Nantucket’s snowy off-season in this emotionally gratifying and utterly entertaining story.

Holidays on this Massachusetts island are nothing short of magical, from the jolly decorations on the Brant Point lighthouse to the much anticipated Christmas Stroll, in which merrymakers promenade through quaint streets adorned with Yuletide cheer. The season’s wonderful traditions are much loved by Nicole Somerset, new to Nantucket and recently married to a handsome former attorney. Their home is already full of enticing scents of pine, baking spices, and homemade pie.

But the warm, festive mood is soon tempered by Nicole’s chilly stepdaughter, Kennedy, who arrives without a hint of holiday spirit. Determined to keep her stepmother at arms’ length—or, better yet, out of the picture altogether—Kennedy schemes to sabotage Nicole’s holiday preparations. Nicole, however, is not about to let anyone or anything tarnish her first Christmas with her new husband.

Nancy Thayer’s wonderful tale reminds us that this is the season of miracles. Before the gifts are unwrapped, surprise visitors appear, and holiday joy comes to all, both naughty and nice.

You can read my review of this one at

What do you think you’ll read next?

I'm still hoping it's this one, but it could be something else.

Many girls in elementary and middle school fall in love with the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What they don’t always realize is that Wilder’s books are autobiographical. This narrative biography describes more of the details of the young Laura’s real life as a young pioneer homesteading with her family on many adventurous journeys. This biography, complete with charming illustrations, points out the differences between the fictional series as well as the many similarities. It’s a fascinating story of a much-celebrated writer.

What is on your list this week?


Cleopatra Loves Books said...

I loved The Little House on the Prairie as a girl as did my daughter although she quickly cottoned on that it was autobiographical and thought the author's name spoilt some of the story!

HollyK said...

I loved loved loved the Little House Books growing up! I even re-posted a blog about her on my site!
And that Hybrid author book sounds like it would be really interesting and so helpful for me. I'm both self-published and traditionally published by a small press and it's a toss up how I want to proceed with my next book. I'm very excited about your picks this week!! :) Thanks for sharing! Here's mine

Raquel Byrnes said...

Those were some of my favorite books as a kid. I remember trying to make a doll.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the visit, ladies. Funny story is that I never liked the Little House books as a kid. I thought they were boring. I was much more into mysteries back then. It wasn't until my early 20s that I appreciated those books and went on to learn more about Laura's real life. This summer I went on a Laura Ingalls Wilder adventure to the Midwest to visit some of the LIW sites. What a blast.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Body in the Library said...

A Nantucket Christmas sounds good -it is never too early to start reading Christmas fiction! Haha! There are so many good books set around Christmas, you need to read them all year round!

Anonymous said...

Hey there hope you're well! The Red Sheet looks particularly interesting to me, hope you enjoy. Thanks for visiting me earlier :-)