Sample Saturday – thought experiments, a girl, and life’s big themes

Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward

Why I have it: Because of Bookish Beck’s review.

Summary: One night Rachel wakes up screaming and tells her partner Eliza that an ant has crawled into her eye and is stuck there. She knows it sounds mad, but she also knows it’s true. As a scientist, Eliza won’t take Rachel’s fear seriously and they fight, calling their entire relationship into question.

I’m thinking: No.

Betty by Tiffany McDaniel

Why I have it: No idea (but could have something to do with that gorgeous cover).

Summary: Betty Carpenter, born in 1954 to a Cherokee father and white mother. The world they inhabit is one of poverty and violence, both from outside and within the family. The land becomes a refuge for Betty, but when her family’s darkest secrets are brought to light, she has no choice but to reckon with the brutal history hiding in the hills.

I’m thinking: Maybe.

New Animal by Ella Baxter

Why I have it: a new(ish) release that caught my eye because the main character is in the funeral business.

Summary: Amelia’s meeting a lot of men but once she gets the sex she wants from them, that’s it for her; she can’t connect further. Maybe being a cosmetician at her family’s mortuary business isn’t the best job for learning about emotional connections?

I’m thinking: No.

4 responses

  1. When I worked in publishing we spent a lot of time arguing about samples – which at that time meant including a chapter of the author’s next book at the end of the current book. Timing-wise, this was usually done in the paperback. But as a reader, I sometimes find it annoying if I think there’s a big section of the book left to read and it turns out to be a teaser from a book I will have to wait a year to read!

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