Saturday, September 4, 2021

This OR That #Giveaway Week 27 ~ Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger OR Inland by Téa Obreht #HerFearfulSymmetry #Inland


I have sooooo many books! 

The This or That Giveaway! feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the many books I have. It's a way for me to cull my collection and give someone else the chance to enjoy these treasures.

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!


One of my absolute favorite books of all time is The Time Traveler's Wife. Love it!! Her Fearful Symmetry is by the same author, but this book is so, so different. It's well written, has great characters, is a little bit odd, while being a great ghost story! I gave it 4 ⭐'s on Goodreads.

Her Fearful Symmetry
by Audrey Niffenegger
Hardcover ~ Pub date September 2009

Audrey Niffenegger's spectacularly compelling second novel opens with a letter that alters the fate of every character. Julia and Valentina Poole are semi-normal American twenty-year-olds with seemingly little interest in college or finding jobs. Their attachment to one another is intense. One morning the mailman delivers a thick envelope to their house in the suburbs of Chicago. From a London solicitor, the enclosed letter informs Valentina and Julia that their English aunt Elspeth Noblin, whom they never knew, has died of cancer and left them her London apartment. There are two conditions to this inheritance: that they live in it for a year before they sell it and that their parents not enter it. Julia and Valentina are twins. So were the estranged Elspeth and Edie, their mother.

The girls move to Elspeth's flat, which borders the vast and ornate Highgate Cemetery, where Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Radclyffe Hall, Stella Gibbons and Karl Marx are buried. Julia and Valentina come to know the living residents of their building. There is Martin, a brilliant and charming crossword-puzzle setter suffering from crippling obsessive compulsive disorder; Marijke, Martin's devoted but trapped wife; and Robert, Elspeth's elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. As the girls become embroiled in the fraying lives of their aunt's neighbors, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including - perhaps - their aunt.


Téa Obreht
ARC ~ August 2019

In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives unfold. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life--her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons, who have vanished after an explosive argument. Nora is biding her time with her youngest son, who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home.

Meanwhile, Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. He sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires a momentous expedition across the West. The way in which Lurie's death-defying trek at last intersects with Nora's plight is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant novel.

Mythical, lyrical, and sweeping in scope, Inland is grounded in true but little-known history. It showcases all of Téa Obreht's talents as a writer, as she subverts and reimagines the myths of the American West, making them entirely--and unforgettably--her own.



Be sure to check the sidebar for all of my current giveaways!


  1. I have to admit that I am a cover lover and a cover can either draw me in or turn me away. That being said, there are my 'must read' authors that I'll pick up no matter what the cover looks like. Also authors I've read before will be enough for me to give it a second look.

  2. I am drawn to the cover, the title and or a feeling.

  3. "What attracts you to a book? The cover? Blurb? Recommendation from others?"
    All of the above? But I definitely like a cool, beautiful cover. I want people to think "What a cool and insightful person. He reads only the coolest, hippest books with the best covers. If only *I* could be like that!"

  4. The cover/title & then the blurb.

  5. I love a good cover. That usually grabs me first then the blurb.

  6. It looks like an interesting read.


Thanks SO much for leaving me a comment! Every single one means a whole lot to me!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...