Another new feature you ask? Why not?! I’ve been envisioning a feature called Officially Obsessed for awhile now, but was so bogged down with reviews that I didn’t have the time to put anything into motion. Basically, I wanted a place where I could fangirl about anything and everything book related with no limits on a theme. While some of the material might coincide with Cover Love, I’m intending for this feature to appear consistently on the blog regardless of publishing schedules and ever changing seasons. This is a piece where I’ll pick some aspect of the book world that I’m currently hung up on and gush about it here.
This edition I’m officially obsessed with-you guessed it–RED COVERS!!! I’m not sure if it’s the sheer fact that there are simply more of them around right now, but every one that I’ve received in the mail puts giant butterflies in my tummy. They are bold and demand to be seen and touched. Don’t act like you don’t pet your books. We all do it; just ask Amy @ Novelgossip. 😉 Upon further thought, it seems red covers are “the thing” for the summer season and I for one am glad they are so popular! I’ve included some pictures of my red covers below, along with descriptions of the upcoming reads that you may be interested in adding to you TBR. Which cover is your favorite? What bookish things are you officially obsessed with?
PART OF THE SILENCE BY DEBBIE HOWELLS
A blighted memory. A child who seems never to have existed. A watcher in the shadows.
When they find Evie Sherman, battered and left for dead in a maize field, the young woman has no recollection of who she is. After three days in a hospital bed, the fog in her head begins to lift, and she remembers two names: her own, and that of her three-year-old daughter, Angel. Evie is convinced that Angel is in grave danger. But the police can find no evidence of the girl’s existence.
It’s clear that Evie is having some kind of mental breakdown–or is it? Even in the depths of her amnesiac darkness, Evie knows her daughter’s voice, her chameleon eyes, every precious hair on her head. So how can she be losing her mind?
As Evie’s grasp on reality slips away, she finds herself haunted by the same three-word warning, which she hears over and over: Trust no one. But whom is she being warned against? The police? The doctors and nurses? Or the mysterious figure who’s been watching her, who knows all her secrets, has a hidden agenda–and perhaps their own twisted version of reality.
BEST DAY EVER BY KAIRA ROUDA
Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.
But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?
THE WEIGHT OF NIGHT BY CHRISTINE CARBO
In a land sculpted by glaciers, the forest is on fire. Thick smoke chokes the mountain air and casts an apocalyptic glow over the imposing peaks and vistas of Montana’s Glacier National Park. When firefighters are called in to dig firebreaks near the small town bordering the park, a crew member is shocked to unearth a shallow grave containing human remains.
Park Police Officer Monty Harris is summoned to the site to conduct an excavation. But with an incendiary monster threatening to consume the town, Monty seeks help from Gretchen Larson, the county’s lead crime scene investigator.
While the two work frantically to determine the true identity of the victim, a teenager suddenly disappears from one of the campgrounds in Glacier. Could the cases somehow be connected? As chances for recovery of the missing boy grow slimmer and the FBI finds only dead ends, Gretchen and Monty desperately race to fit all the pieces together while battling time, the elements, and their own unresolved inner conflicts.
THE ALMOST SISTERS BY JOSHILYN JACKSON
Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs’ weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman.
It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She’s having a baby boy–an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old’s life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel’s marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she’s been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.
Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother’s affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she’s pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family’s freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.
These are some of my arcs with red covers, along with a final picture containing more arcs/fun reads with red spines. Have you read any of these books? If red isn’t your color, what is your preferred hue that makes you go gaga? Stay tuned for the next obsession; who knows what I’ll pick up next?