Try a Chapter

I just finished a book. My daughter is at her Grandfather’s house for two more hours. My husband is snoring in his hospital bed across the room. I’m ready to read another book. I get to read so little these days that it feels like an even bigger choice than normal to choose which book to read next. I have here four that feel like excellent options for my next book.

  1. Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman
  2. The Demon in the Trees by Ben Sanders
  3. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
  4. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Britt-Marie is the next book on my list of Backman books to read and I have been waiting to get back to my collection. The Demon in the Trees was my haul revisit book for April and I still haven’t gotten to it yet. Kings of the Wyld was my Easter Gift and I’ve been waiting to read it since I first heard of it before Christmas last year. Bernadette is the last book on my first color coded TBR I’ve been working on since September last year. All valid reasons for them to be next book. I can choose only one though so I thought I would do a try a chapter tag and see what I would read next.

Britt-Marie was Here The first chapter in this book was 9 pages long. We follow Britt-Marie. We met her in Backman’s other book My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry. In this book Britt-Marie is at the unemployment office and we find that she is separated from her husband. She is as irritating as ever. Backman’s writing is as beautiful as ever and I’m eager to keep reading this book soon. I’m not sure I can handle a book with quite so much sadness at this time.

The Demon in the Trees This book is one that I won a year ago April. I was eager to read it when I won it and just never got around to it. I chose it for my April haul revisit and because my reading has slowed so much with the whole cancer thing I still haven’t manged to get to it. The first chapter in this book is 18 pages. I read the first three pages of this book. A house has been broken in to and someone is missing. A woman is running through the woods with no cell phone. It’s fast paced, but it’s also very intense. It’s kind of scary and I’m not really centered enough emotionally for that right now. I’ve been having terrible nightmares as it is. I still really want to read this book and to support the author, but my life will have to calm down a bit more before that can happen.

Kings of the Wyld This is my most anticipated book for a while. I wanted it desperately last year for Christmas, but we just couldn’t make it happen. We couldn’t make it happen for my birthday or Valentine’s Day either, but I got it for Easter and I’m hoping to love this book as much as I expect that I will. Chapter one is 6 pages. In this first chapter we met Clay. He is old now, but he used to belong to a band that saved princesses and went on other fantastic quests that the boys are still in awe of. He is older now and works a watch in town. He settled down with a wife and kid. But at the end of this first chapter a member of the band has shown up at his home sad and asking for help. There was some humor and a promise of a grand adventure. I’m excited to continue this book.

Where’d You Go Bernadette This book is the one of the four that I’ve been telling you guys I’ll read for the longest. It was on my very first color coded TBR in September of last year and I still haven’t read this last book. I want to read it, it just hasn’t been a priority it seems. This book doesn’t have chapters. It has days. So I’ll read to page 12, that’s the end of the second day.  In these first dozen pages we meet Bee, she is graduating middle school and has gotten straight A’s. Her parents had promised her anything she wanted if she did so and she has chosen a trip to Antarctica. Her mother is not happy about this. She doesn’t seem to want to leave the house at all, but they agreed to the trip for their daughter. The mother has a secret virtual assistant in India. And we find out from the first page that she disappears just before Christmas. Currently the book is set in mid November. I love a book that is told in various formats and this one has emails and other things used to tell the story. I still really want to read this one, but it didn’t make it to the top of the stack for this round.


I am still really interested in reading all of these books. But I can choose just one to read for right now. I’m torn between Britt Marie and Kings of the Wyld. They will both be immensely enjoyed, but I think Kings of the Wyld will bring more joy at this time and that is something I can use in my life right now.

I will continue reading Kings of the Wyld as my next book choice and get to the others afterwards.
What book are you reading right now?

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