[Belated] Sneak Peek Sunday: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing + Upcoming Reads!

img_0990As I sit here and lament the fact that it’s Monday, and therefore the very beginning of another long work week I am simultaneously jumping for joy for all the great books out there in the world just waiting for me to read them! Today I’m linking up with Kim of It’s All About The Thrill and Brenda and Norma of Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee! Last year I got a little over zealous with my reading, and this year I’m trying to tone it down a bit. I’ve still set my reading goal at 100 books, but I’m working on broadening my reading scope further and selecting books I really want to read.

So today, I wanted to take part in Sneak Peek Sunday, a meme created by none other than the Traveling Sisters where we discuss upcoming reads and our initial thoughts right out of the gate! 

However, that’s not the only thing I wanted to do today, I also wanted to take some time to give ya’ll a sneak peek of my upcoming 2019 short list of reads! I’ve put in a bunch of requests at my library, I’m eagerly awaiting some 2019 releases and finishing up some of my top 2018 TBR books as well. It’s been a long time coming but I’m gearing up to bring you guys not just a lot of reviews – but a lot of recipes to go with them as well!

Buckle up folks, books are coming.

Alright then, shall we get a move on? So first on the docket is my Sneak Peek Sunday post and today (which should’ve been yesterday but #yolo) I’m bringing you an upcoming Sister read that I’m super excited about! This baby already has hundreds of reviews and a 4.16 average rating on Goodreads so I’m thrilled to have a copy of this ARC (pro-tip: it’s an instant download on Edelweiss so pop on over there if you’re interested)!

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing


From Goodreads:

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.
We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.
We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive.
Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

So, what drew me in to wanting to read this book initially, is obviously the synopsis. When you read as many thrillers as I have this past year, it can be hard to find ones that get you particularly excited. One’s that you feel like you can’t already figure out the formula and answer all the questions and twists that are bound to ensue. However, in all of my thriller binge, I’ve only read a couple over the past year that take the point of view of the villain instead of the victim. A husband and wife killing duo? My interests are piqued. I’ve read the first chapter of this book and I’ll be honest: despite being excited to read this book I honestly didn’t want to start it.

I’ve been kind of flighty with my reading recently and have had a hard time sinking my teeth into anything. I don’t know if it’s because I’m happy AF right now, or because so much of my anxiety has stopped weighing me down like a ton of bricks and I’m just enjoying simply being alive but I’ve been in a tiny lil’ baby reading slump. However, I plunged ahead and now I want to start this book early! There’s a sinister undertone going on here in the first chapter, and questions are already building one on top of the other that I have to figure out what is going on. I can’t say anything about how this book is going to end, but ya’ll it’s starting out gripping as all get out!

Onto the reading list! 

Alright, so I obviously don’t have all of my 2019 mapped out, or even the first half. However, I do have a short list of books that are at the TOP of my list right now that I’ve either already got, or I have a request into the library to check out! So, without further ado – off we go!

The Wicked King by Holly Black: I read The Cruel Prince (book one in this series) last year during a mostly fantasy hiatus and really enjoyed it! It’s a bit more YA than the other books I’ve been reading but I really enjoyed the set up in the first novel so I’m excited to continue on! It was just released a couple weeks ago and the reviews are stellar!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: So in the vein of getting back to my favorite genre I’ve got quite a few fantasy novels lined up and this one is very high on my list! With killer reviews and an incredibly unique synopsis, I couldn’t help but request this one from my library and I’m next in line!

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang: First, how awesome is that name? It just rolls right off the tongue. Sooooo, for this one I’ve committed a huge readers sin – I’ve had this book on loan from the library since BEFORE the surgery. I know, I know, but there are no holds on it so no one is waiting in line! This was a Traveling Friends read last year that I just never got around to, and I’ve already got it on my shelf so I’m hoping to get to it ASAP!

Blood Child and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler: If you like fantasy and you haven’t read Butler’s work you are missing out! I first read Kindred by her last year and was totally blown away. Blood Child and Other Stories is a collection of fantastical short stories that I’m super amped to read.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Head: Mastering The Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton: I am so excited to start this one! I received it as a Christmas gift and I’ll feature some of my favorite recipes and lessons on my blog when I’m done with it. I haven’t seen the Netflix special, but plan to watch it after I read this as well.

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir: This has been on my TBR 5ever and I just never got around to it in 2018 so I’m very happily on the waiting list at my library for this one!

Unwind by Neal Shusterman: OBVI more Shusterman is on my short list. I actually read the first novel in this series a really long time ago. But I don’t think I appreciated his genius when I was younger and since becoming obsessed with his writing I want ALL THE BOOKS. I’ve got this one on loan from the library and am chomping at the bit to get to it. *HONORABLE MENTION: I’m the MOST excited for the third Arc of a Scythe book, The Toll but it has no cover, synopsis or release date yet. But you better know I’m gonna pre-order that baby.*

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides: This was another Traveling Sister’s read but alas, I was not approved for the ARC so I have to wait like a peasant for the February 5th release date. However, I’m super excited about this one. Who can say what about a synopsis draws in a reader but this one has me hook, line and sinker. (LOL @ that rhyme)

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I don’t think I need to explain this. I’ve fawned over Evelyn Hugo and this book like six million times already. But, I. NEED. IT.

Me, lining up all deez books.

Have you read My Lovely Wife or any of these books? If so, what did you think? What are some books on your 2019 short list? Drop me a note in the comments and let me know!

24 thoughts on “[Belated] Sneak Peek Sunday: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing + Upcoming Reads!”

  1. Ah, i felt like i’ve read so many thrillers and domestic suspense, and wanted this year to be different. And then i saw My Lovely Wife, and was like “I need this!!” 😀 But it just sounds so awesome!


  2. Ok, so normally I’m not that into this genre but your writing has me wanting to read the book haha!
    Strange the Dreamer is on my MUST READ in 2019-list hahaha. I’ve been a huge fan of Laini’s work for years – understatement – and I’ve been wanting to read Strange the Dreamer ever since she announced she was writing this book years ago. And in the meantime, its sequel is released as well already and I still haven’t read it – epic faaaaail. ugh.


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