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Book Review – ‘The Book of Speculation’

Title: The Book of Speculation Author: Erika Swyler Genre: Fiction (Historical) Release Date: June 23, 2015 Rating: ★★★★★ “Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off six years ago and now reads tarot cards for a traveling carnival. One June day, an old book arrives on Simon’s doorstep, sent by an antiquarian bookseller who purchased it on speculation. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of “mermaids” in Simon’s family have drowned–always on July 24, which is only weeks away. As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon’s family? What …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘The Book of Speculation’

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share two sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers! My teaser this week is from a NetGalley read by Erika Swyler called The Book of Speculation. It’s not released until June 23rd, but I’m going to call it now – everyone will be reading this and raving about it. IT IS THAT GOOD. It’s reminiscent of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, but where I found that book beautiful and whimsical, The Book of Speculation is beautiful and dark. So far I love everything about it. The cover is beautiful (even though I have a Kindle version and it doesn’t have a pretty cover, I still like looking at pictures of it), there are some lovely sketches throughout, and the writing is, in my opinion, perfection. Also, it’s a book about a book, all readers love that. I’ll definitely be …

June Reads and Reviews

I am so excited for June. It marks the start of a break in my studies, which I don’t really want to take. But my brain has been a bit mushy lately, and I’ve been studying and working full time for the last year without a break (as well as blogging and sporadically writing), so I feel like I need to give it a rest for a while. There’s so many things I’m looking forward to do on weekends that I haven’t been able to because of my studies. Having a sleep in is foremost of these. My birthday is also coming up this month. The big 3-0 (although my occasional childishness would suggest that I’m much younger [I think?]). When I reflect on some of the stupid things I’ve done in recent years, it’s good I made it to 30, so go Team Me. I’m not nearly as petrified of turning 30 as I think I should be, but I’m sure I will imagine a few wrinkles over the next couple of weeks, so it’ll be fun to …