Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (165)

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme to discuss upcoming books we can't wait to get our hands on. Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week, I'm waiting on:

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Release date: October 6, 2015

Mindy McGinnis, the acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, combines murder, madness, and mystery in a beautifully twisted gothic historical thriller perfect for fans of novels such as Asylum and The Diviners as well as television's True Detective and American Horror Story.
Grace Mae is already familiar with madness when family secrets and the bulge in her belly send her to an insane asylum—but it is in the darkness that she finds a new lease on life. When a visiting doctor interested in criminal psychology recognizes Grace's brilliant mind beneath her rage, he recruits her as his assistant. Continuing to operate under the cloak of madness at crime scenes allows her to gather clues from bystanders who believe her less than human. Now comfortable in an ethical asylum, Grace finds friends—and hope. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who will bring her shaky sanity and the demons in her past dangerously close to the surface.

I haven't read a book set in an asylum before.  I think this sounds really interesting and dark and perfect for Halloween! 

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Release date: September 8, 2015

Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her delicious wit and keen eye to early twentieth-century America in a moving yet comedic tour de force.
Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself—because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of—a woman with a future. Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz relates Joan’s journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society household in Baltimore (Electricity! Carpet sweepers! Sending out the laundry!), taking readers on an exploration of feminism and housework; religion and literature; love and loyalty; cats, hats, and bunions.

This sounds like a fun historical and its received two starred reviews from professional journals. I am curious to see if it is a better fit for my library's teen collection or our middle grade books.


  1. I love the sound of both of these books, especially The Hired Girl. Thankfully, we don't have to wait too long for that one! Great picks!

  2. These both sound really tempting...I love the idea of the character in the asylum, and imagine rooting for her. And the poor farm girl is something that resonates with me. Thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “ALL THE STARS IN THE HEAVENS”

  3. Haven't heard of the second one, but I'm very excited for the first one too! Great picks!
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  4. I'm definitely excited for both of these! I'm always drawn to a good creepy asylum setting and Hired Girl caught my attention by sounding very Downton-ish! :D


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