Weird, Way-Out Winter

Hey guys! It is finally November and officially fall here in Virginia. The leaves are falling and the weather is crisp and cool which makes me a happy camper. As you may have noticed I’ve been mostly posting reviews for arcs and blog tours that I had previously committed to, but that’s about it. Well, I’ve been clearing my backlog and holding off on accepting almost anything new because I’m hoping to get back into my discussion posts, lists, and other non-review related shannanigans. My first order of business was creating a sort of challenge for myself, something to encourage reading a variety of books, both review copies and reads I have either bought or grabbed from the library. What I came up with was a seasonal challenge, although my first one is going to combine a bit of fall into winter because I do what I want because of how the timing came out. My first challenge will run from November-February and… Wait for it…. Is titled…

Weird, Way-Out Winter!

Haha, Mr. Humphrey is still laughing at my title, but my WWW challenge is something I anticipate to be an exciting way of holding myself accountable. I polled my Goodreads friends on their favorite weird books and I’m really excited that I found a few that fit well. The theme for this season is obviously books that are weird, odd, creepy, and dark. Each season will feature a new theme, but I thought this one fit best for the months of the year where it gets dark the earliest. I’ve also broken this down month by month; I’ll announce the four books I’ve chosen for November today and will announce the rest on a monthly basis (you know, in case I change my mind on the ones I want to read and stuff). First off, we have Nebulous November!

nebulous • hazy; unclear, vague, or ill-defined.

My thought behind choosing Nebulous November was the urge to jump into some reads on my shelf that give me that hazy, “what did I just read?” feeling. I love a good mind-warping book and I think I found a few that fit the bill. Three of my choices are review copies, but for the remaining 3 months only 1 choice is an arc, so these all will mainly be books I purchased or snagged from the library. Here are my choices:

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. 
There is.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. 
She’s wrong.

 

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Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland super fan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

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Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

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When ninety-five percent of the world’s population disappears for no apparent reason, Mira does what she can to create some semblance of a life: She cobbles together a haphazard community named Zion, scavenges the Piles for supplies they might need, and avoids loving anyone she can’t afford to lose. Four years after the Rending, Mira has everything under control. Almost. 

Then Mira’s best friend, Lana, announces her pregnancy, the first in this strange world and a new source of hope for Mira. But Lana gives birth to an inanimate object—and soon other women of Zion do, too—and the thin veil of normalcy Mira has thrown over her new world begins to fray. As the community wrestles with the presence of these Babies, a confident outsider named Michael appears, proselytizing about the world outside Zion. He lures Lana away and when she doesn’t return, Mira has to decide how much she’s willing to let go in order to save her friend, her community, and her own fraught pregnancy.

That’s it for me guys! What about you? What would be your nebulous picks for November? Anyone is welcome to join in who needs accountability clearing their shelves! ❤

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About The Suspense Is Thrilling Me

Chelsea is a happily married mother of two who's love of mysteries can be traced back to her first Nancy Drew experience. When not reading and writing book reviews, she likes to drink wine in her jammies and pretend that she exercises.
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10 Responses to Weird, Way-Out Winter

  1. YAY! I’m going to be reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer this month too! I’ve been trying to utilize my library more and cross off the books that have been sitting on my TBR for ages! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on these books! -Ashley

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  2. FictionFan says:

    I love your new challenge and look forward to seeing what other books you pick as time goes by. These all sound like fun, especially Into the Drowning Deep. 😀

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  3. Dyann Downs says:

    I am so jealous and excited!!! I love to read. My problem is that I am a slow reader. I actually have to visualize everything.Ya’ll seem to read many books a month. I am working hard to squeeze in two or three. How do you do it? Also, I feel like I am getting better. Is there hope for a book romantic that wants to devour some good books?

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  4. britt76 says:

    Have you red Bird Box? Just finished it last night as I saw so many Goodreads members recommend it last month. I hear it’s being made into a movie with Sandra Bullock. Interested to hear your review!

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  5. SunSian+Soul says:

    I love this idea! Can’t wait to read your thoughts on them! ☺️

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  6. Annie says:

    The rending and the nest caught my eye so I’ll be waiting for your review !!!! Great idea C 🙂

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