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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the USA!  Enjoy this day and the official start to the holiday season.

Don’t eat too much turkey or do too much Black Friday shopping! 

Jessica and Kim

Upcoming Release Spotlight: This Poison Will Remain

Today I am spreading the word about an upcoming release: This Poison Will Remain.  Publication day for this one is August 20, but thanks to the publisher  Penguin Books, I am having a giveaway where you can win a copy if you are in the USA! 

Author: Fred Vargus
To Be Published: August 20, 2019
416 Pages

Book Description:

In THIS POISON WILL REMAIN, the seventh book in the Commissaire Adamsberg series, Vargas follows the quirky, intuitive detective as he investigates the deaths of three men killed by spider bites. A hit-and-run in Paris calls the commissaire out of the Icelandic mists of his previous investigation, but it is a stray internet search about recluse spiders that truly catches his attention. Following a whim and a hunch, Adamsberg becomes convinced that these deaths by spider bite are not just unnatural; they’re actually murders. And the closer he looks, the more suspicious they seem. Recluse venom is indeed poisonous, but it would take the venom of twenty-two spiders to kill like this. And what’s more, two of the three victims are linked by their childhood at an orphanage in Nîmes, where they belonged to a group of violent young boys known as “the recluse gang.” Is one of the victims of these childhood bullies seeking revenge at long last, or are there even darker secrets at play?

As more members of the old gang begin succumbing to recluse bites, Adamsberg and his team must race against time to find the perpetrator. The ragtag team of detectives—including an anxious boss who may be hiding something, an unflappable female lieutenant, a narcoleptic, a naturalist, and one of Adamsberg’s dearest childhood friends—crisscross France in an effort to uncover the tragedies of the past and prevent another murder from occurring on their watch.

In Adamsberg, Vargas has created a brilliant and delightfully odd detective to rival Maigret, Poirot, and Merrivale—one who is willing to follow flights of fancy, scraps of memory, and even wordplay down the rabbit hole. Intricate, imaginative, and peppered through with Vargas’ trademark dry humor, THIS POISON WILL REMAIN is full of twists and surprises that will keep readers guessing until the very end. As The Washington Post once put it, “It’s a tangled web [Vargas] weaves, and a hard one to escape.”

Pre-order Links:
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Fred Vargas is one of the most prolific and celebrated crime writers in the world—The Guardian calls her “the hottest property in contemporary crime fiction.” A native of France, her books have been published in forty countries and sold more than ten million copies. Her Commissaire Adamsberg series has been celebrated as “insanely imaginative” (The New York Times Book Review), “darkly whimsical” (The Washington Post), and “immensely enjoyable” (Publishers Weekly).

Fred Vargas is a #1 bestselling author in France, Italy, and Germany. She is the winner of four International Dagger Awards from the Crime Writers Association, and is the first author to achieve such an honor. In 2018, Vargas won the Princess of Asturias Prize for letters.


Win a copy of This Poison Will Remain courtesy of the publisher! You MUST be a US resident.
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**Important Details: The giveaway will run until Tuesday, August 13th at midnight. The winner will be selected from verified entries.  Winner will be contacted for their address which will be passed on to the publisher for the prize to be sent out.  Jessica’s Reading Room is not responsible for misdirected copies.

Praise for Fred Vargas:

“Fred Vargas’ books are murder mysteries, yes—cunning, corkscrew murder mysteries—but so much else besides: delicate comedies, engrossing tours of French geography and history, fascinating excursions into folklore and myth.” —A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“[Vargas’] mysteries are darkly whimsical—magical realism with its feet on the ground in a highly entertaining French way.” The Washington Post

“A wildly imaginative series.” The New York Times

“Insanely imaginative procedurals… One reads to be amazed by the fantastic twists… as well to be delighted by the literary grace notes… who can resist a detective who cracks a case by researching the etymology of a killer’s name?” The New York Times Book Review

“Anyone who enjoys kooky characters and intricate detail will happily follow Vargas along.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Spry, ironic, yet fully engaged with the horror of contemporary reality.” Los Angeles Times

“Few crime stories are as apt to leave a reader wondering so ardently: Who dunnit?… Vargas’ characters are like something out of a fairy tale – eternal opposites, ever-renewing archetypes despite their fresh adventures each time. That’s why each novel’s opening feels new.” The Philadelphia Inquirer 


“Crime fiction doesn’t get any quirkier than Fred Vargas’ Commissaire Adamsberg mysteries. With her nods to fantasy, mysticism and medieval fiction, her unusual settings and titles like Seeking Whom He May Devour, the wonderful French writer (real name: Frederique Audoin-Rouzeau) has established a subgenre all her own.”

Chicago Tribune



Jessica’s Reading Room is THREE!!! It’s Our ‘Blogiversary’!

Who would have thought that when I started this site three years ago I would still be doing it!?!?!   ALL my free time is dedicated to blogging and sharing the book love: BUT as long as I enjoy it, that is what matters!  I started my blog for me first and it may not be a blog with a huge following (which I am fine with ) I still do have people looking at what I think and this is great! It’s crazy to think that people actually read about what I have to say about books!

And we have Kim as well who brings her own flair to things.  She does her monthly video wrap ups, she had the DC vs Marvel debate (She’s DC and I like both, but I think I prefer Marvel) , and she also heads up the Most Gorgeous Cover contest on the Facebook page. This is currently going on now!  Be sure to join us there to vote on covers! 

Here are the social media we are on:

Jessica’s Reading Room:
Twitter @JessReadingRoom
Facebook: It is a companion to this site and Kim and I use it as a way to get to know us more personally. If you have not given us a ‘like’ you should.  We have lots of fun things going on!

**Twitter is run by Jessica; Both Jessica and Kim post on the Facebook page. Jessica ends her posts with JPJ and Kim ends hers with KSF (When we remember… Sometimes we forget, we aren’t perfect!)

Instagram @jessica42980

Instagram @living_the_nerd_dream

**Kim is very active on her IG, and I try to be on mine! It’s so hard since it is strictly on your phone!

NOW to celebrate… Since we are now 3….We are having 3 GIVEAWAYS! And one is just for the international folks!!!

**These will run from TODAY, the 19th through July 23rd at midnight Eastern.**

**If you are US, you can enter both US Giveaways, but you can not win both. If you win  the first one, you can not win the second giveaway!**

Now, who are these other facebook pages that I can visit in the giveaways? I just wanted to give some shout outs and they had no idea that they  were going to be on these giveaways:

  1. Bookies: I got my start as an admin over at Bookies and will continue to be one as long as I can! (Which is hopefully a longwhile!)
  2. A BookWorm’s Thoughts: This page is run by Yami who is a constant over at Jessica’s Reading Room.
  3. All About Books Divas: They are another page I follow on Facebook and Suleika helps run it.  She is also a constant over at Jessica’s Reading Room.

Giveaway One:  (US Only)

Win some books! These may be new or used and may be arcs. The books are pictured below, but there will be more in the winning package!:

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Books include:
UK version of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (used paperback)
Kiss Me in New York and Kiss Me in Paris by Catherine Rider (used ARC copies)
Uninvited:Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst  (new paperback)
Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Katherine Howe (used hardback)
The Complete Life’s Little Instruction Book (Used hardback)

And more!!

Giveaway Two: (US Only)

Win a $15 Amazon Giftcard!  This will be delivered by email address.

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Giveaway Three (International Folks Only!)

I don’t forget about the international folks! We care about you guys too! You can win up to $20 in books from Books Depository as long as they ship to your home country! Your choice on books!! 

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So now let’s party and have some cake! Good luck to everyone who enters and wins!