GoodReads Monday

This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. It is now being hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog. To participate, choose a random book from your GoodReads TBR and show it off. Which sounds easy enough until you have to decide how to choose that book! I think I will use a different way each week, like picking a color or number of pages. I will let you know each week how I chose the book and then something interesting about it, like how it ended up on the list or why I want to read it. Got it? Okay let’s get started.

This is the second to the last Monday of the year! Hard to believe this year is finally drawing to a close. While it wasn’t as bad as 2020, it still had its moments and I am glad that it is finally going to be over. Hopefully 2022 will be the better than the last few. Hopefully the publishing world will get back on track and books will be published on time.

For this week’s post I am again picking a book that will be out next year that I can’t wait to get my hands on and read.

The Book of Night by Holly Black

Publication Date: May 3, 2022
Summary from GoodReads:

In Charlie Hall’s world, shadows can be altered, for entertainment and cosmetic preferences—but also to increase power and influence. You can alter someone’s feelings—and memories—but manipulating shadows has a cost, with the potential to take hours or days from your life. Your shadow holds all the parts of you that you want to keep hidden—a second self, standing just to your left, walking behind you into lit rooms. And sometimes, it has a life of its own.

Charlie is a low-level con artist, working as a bartender while trying to distance herself from the powerful and dangerous underground world of shadow trading. She gets by doing odd jobs for her patrons and the naive new money in her town at the edge of the Berkshires. But when a terrible figure from her past returns, Charlie’s present life is thrown into chaos, and her future seems at best, unclear—and at worst, non-existent. Determined to survive, Charlie throws herself into a maelstrom of secrets and murder, setting her against a cast of doppelgangers, mercurial billionaires, shadow thieves, and her own sister—all desperate to control the magic of the shadows.

With sharp angles and prose, and a sinister bent, Holly Black is a master of shadow and story stitching. Remember while you read, light isn’t playing tricks in Book of Night, the people are.

Holly Black has been a favorite author of mine ever since I discovered her Curse Workers series. They are saying this is adult fiction, but I am not sure what makes it adult. The summary doesn’t sound all that different from her YA stuff, so we shall see. Sometimes I think they just label something adult because the characters are over 20. Who knows. But that is all beside the point. I am super excited to read this book and May is certainly going to feel a long way away from now.

Is there a book by your favorite author that you are looking forward to in 2022? Let me know in the comments.

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