cottage bound!

The best feeling in the world is leaving for holidays. We’re cottage-bound for a mini-holiday (Sunday->Wednesday) and I’m super-excited. A break from work; sun; the lake; and lots of reading time!

Here’s what I’m bringing along to read (I can’t just take one book. There’s something terrible about arriving to your destination and only having one thing to read. What if you finish early? What if you get there and you’re not in the mood for that book??)

the winter witch

Goodreads synopsis:

Fledgling witch Morgana must defend her love, her home, and her life in this enthralling tale perfect for fans ofDiscovery of Witches

In her small Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She has never spoken, and her silence as well as the magic she can’t quite control make her a mystery. Concerned for her safety, her mother quickly arranges a marriage with Cai Bevan, the widower from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumours that swirl around her. After their wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving, but she soon falls in love with Cai’s farm and the rugged mountains that surround it, while slowly Cai himself begins to win her heart. It’s not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. A dark force is at work there—a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana, even at the expense of those closest to her. Forced to defend her home, her love, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything

the poison apples

Goodreads synopsis:

We all know the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel.  But have you ever heard of Alice Bingley-Beckerman, Reena Paruchuri, or Molly Miller?  Of course you haven’t.  Not yet.  What these girls have in common with their fairy tale sisters is this:  they are the stepdaughters of three very evil stepmothers.  And they’re not happy about it.  They think they are alone in their unhappiness until they arrive at Putnam Mount McKinsey, a posh boarding school located in lovely rural Massachusetts.  Here is where they will plot their revenge.  But first they have to meet.
In her first novel, Lily Archer tells a knowing, wickedly funny story about how friendship just may turn out to be more happily-ever-after than family.

through her eyesGoodreads synopsis:

Every ghost has a story to tell.
The last place Tansy Piper wants to be is stuck in Cedar Canyon, Texas, in the middle of nowhere, with a bunch of small-town kids. But when her mother decides to move to the desolate West Texas town, Tansy has no choice but to go along. Once there, Tansy is immediately drawn to the turret of their rickety old house, a place she soon learns has a disturbing history. But it’s the strange artifacts she finds in the cellar—a pocket watch, a journal of poetry, and a tiny crystal—that have the most chilling impact on her.

Tansy soon finds that through the lens of her camera, she can become part of a surreal black-and-white world where her life is intertwined with that of mysterious, troubled Henry, who lived in the same house and died decades earlier. It seems their lives are linked by fate and the artifacts she found, but as Tansy begins spending more and more time in the past, her present world starts to fade away. Tansy must untangle herself from Henry’s dangerous reality—before she loses touch with her own life forever.

I also have an arc e-copy of:

bellman

I haven’t read The Thirteenth Tale, and am not really interested in it, but this one deals with “a decidedly macabre business” and seems to hint at a partnership of magicians, or at least something sinister and tricksy. If there’s a tale I can’t resist, it’s the sinister and tricksy. So I figured I’d give it a try. It’s going to be published this November, and NetGalley was kind enough to approve me for the advance copy, and Himself is bringing his e-reader, so I may dip into this while we’re away. If not, I’ll definitely give it a try when we get back.

And that’s all!

I’m also bringing along the other cottage necessities: swimsuit, sun-hat, flip-flops, and warm handknit socks for when it gets cool at night.

Wish us lovely weather!!

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