First Impression Friday- Toil & Trouble

Hey ya’ll! I am coming at ya with a “weekly” meme thanks to my friend Joe over @ Storeys of Stories! I really liked this idea because it is less commitment on my part (I don’t have to do it EVERY week, only when I start a new book) and gets me talking about books I have just started (or want to start very soon).

Straight from the horse’s mouth (if you will):

First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther.  Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.  Did you think you’d love it and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right? I think what will really make this meme a lot of fun, is linking back to it from your review to say, “Look at how wrong I was!” OR “See? I knew it all along!”

This week I started:

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe 

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I don’t normally do very well with short stories. I get too invested, and when they just end, I get sad. BUT I mean COME ON! I obviously had to make an exception for an anthology about witches! It’s in my name people!

Aside from this cover being absolutely stunning, I was so very excited when my pre-order of this book finally came in. Now that we are officially into the month of October, what could be a better time to start it?

I have currently read 2 (and about half of a third) stories thus far and I am really enjoying them! Surprising even myself to be honest. The reviews all say really great things about this anthology, and I have to share that my book even creaks when I move it around, adding to the charm of it. I am predicting a 4 our of 5 stars for this book.

What say you? Is this book on your TBR?

14 thoughts on “First Impression Friday- Toil & Trouble

  1. When I first read “half of a third” I thought you were trying to tell us how far you were in the book in other words. I was thinking, “Isn’t that a sixth?” And then I realized that I was just dumb and can’t read. LOL

    Thanks for playing along again this week!!

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  2. I struggle with short stories too! More often than not, I end up wanting more. I think it takes a really talented author to be able to give me the story I crave in a short amount of pages. However, the short story authors I love I REALLY love. I’m glad those tales of women and witchcraft are off to a great start! And this is a really fun idea for a writing topic.

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    1. RIGHT!?!? I selfishly need more and that’s why I end up really avoiding short stories! I am so glad I am not alone.
      I am really enjoying this set thus far though, and I would recommend it to many reluctant short story readers.

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      1. I’ve officially put it on my TBR :). After reading this post, I got the sense that we approach short stories in the same way so I took this recommendation seriously. I’ve got a few weeks left in October and I hope to read this before the witching season has past us!

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