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.
I had a really hard time choosing a book to talk about this week. I am beginning to think that maybe I just need to delete my whole Want to Read list and start over. Nothing seems to be peaking my interest lately. But that is a though for another day. The book I finally settled on has a new movie being released soon, so I thought it would be a good one to talk about.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Summary from GoodReads:
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her.
But Kya is not what they say. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life’s lessons from the land, learning the real ways of the world from the dishonest signals of fireflies. But while she has the skills to live in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world—until the unthinkable happens.
In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a profound coming of age story and haunting mystery. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the child within us, while also subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
The story asks how isolation influences the behavior of a young woman, who like all of us, has the genetic propensity to belong to a group. The clues to the mystery are brushed into the lush habitat and natural histories of its wild creatures.
To be completely honest this isn’t actually on my GoodReads list, I actually own a copy of it and so technically is on my physical TBR. I acquired this book through a white elephant book exchange that the librarians in my district have every christmas. By the end of the exchange this was the book I ended up with. At the time it had been receiving a lot of hype from just about everyone, but for some reason I just don’t feel like it is the book for me. I can’t quite but my finger on why that is, as it seems to have everything I tend to like in a story, but I have yet to pick it up and strangely enough I have held on to it. I must say that the commercials I have been seeing for the movie have peaked my interest in maybe giving it a try, but I might just opt to watch the movie instead.