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waiting on wednesday (02)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Each Wednesday, the books you absolutely cannot wait to get your hands on are showcased!

My WoW pick this week is a non-fiction book, Lost at Sea by Jon Ronson.

The New York Times–bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. Lost at Sea reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even in the most mundane circumstances.

Ronson investigates the strange things we’re willing to believe in, from lifelike robots programmed with our loved ones’ personalities to indigo children to hypersuccessful spiritual healers to the Insane Clown Posse’s juggalo fans. He looks at ordinary lives that take on extraordinary perspectives, for instance a pop singer whose life’s greatest passion is the coming alien invasion, and the scientist designated to greet those aliens when they arrive. Ronson throws himself into the stories—in a tour de force piece, he splits himself into multiple Ronsons (Happy, Paul, and Titch, among others) to get to the bottom of credit card companies’ predatory tactics and the murky, fabulously wealthy companies behind those tactics. Amateur nuclear physicists, assisted-suicide practitioners, the town of North Pole, Alaska’s Christmas-induced high school mass-murder plot: Ronson explores all these tales with a sense of higher purpose and universality, and suddenly, mid-read, they are stories not about the fringe of society or about people far removed from our own experience, but about all of us.

Incisive and hilarious, poignant and maddening, revealing and disturbing—Ronson writes about our modern world, the foibles of contemporary culture, and the chaos that lies at the edge of our daily lives.

Ohhh my goodness, this book practically screams “LEAH!” I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. Come on, November!

Ronson also wrote The Psychopath Test which came out last year. This man writes for me, I swear.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big podcast fan. One day I was listening to a completely unrelated podcast and that particular episode just so happened to feature an interview with him where he went through the actual test and it was SO interesting.

& for a fiction pick, I have to mention Enshadowed, the second book in Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore series.

Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dream world — a treacherous and desolate realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel Lanley, plagued by strange visions and haunted by the nightmares of Varen’s creation, is the only one who can save him.

Isobel knows that her only hope lies within a Baltimore cemetery. There, in the early morning hours of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, a mysterious stranger known as the “Poe Toaster” will make his annual homage at the legendary poet’s grave.

Only the Poe Toaster holds the key to the way between worlds. But even greater dangers lie ahead for Isobel. An ancient evil, draped in veils of white, is watching, challenging her for Varen’s affections. When Isobel finally finds Varen, he is no longer the quiet and brooding boy who once captivated her, but a dark force, powerful and malevolent.

I fell madly in love with Nevermore last year, despite my initial reservations. FINALLY the sequel is here!

:) What books are you itching to get your hands on?

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