Weekly Wrap-Up – April 2, 2016


Welcome to my weekly wrap-up! Here is where you can see my books read during the past week, books to be read next week, books I have added to my shelves, any bookish happenings and the like. I have linked to Stacking the Shelves, the Saturday Situation, the Saturday Review of Books, Talk of the TownBought, Borrowed & Bagged, The Sunday Salon, Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Sunday Wrap-UpIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday. So check out what I’ve been up to this past week.





Books Added This Week


From NetGalley




The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti – Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips. What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her. As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi – Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds friendship and warmth. But Akaran has its own secrets – thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar’s plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk – it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly. Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.

B. S., Incorporated by Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss – Business Solutions, Inc., is falling apart at the seams. While employees are killing time stalking free snacks and filming porn in the HQ stairwells, the company’s co-CEOs bring in shadowy corporate consultants to shake up their business in ways even they don’t understand. As the communications manager tasked with translating C-suite doublespeak, Will Evans is constantly torn between his blue-collar warehouse past and his white-collar future. When he is put in charge of rolling out a dubious strategy the consultants brand Optelligence, Will is thrust deep into a muddle of absurdity and responsibility he never expected. Enter Anna Reed, corporate mercenary with heels as high as her ambition. To her, BSI is just a stepping-stone to a better job at a smarter company. Demoted to Will’s team on her first day, she’s ready to steamroll anyone to get her career back on track. When BSI is pushed to the brink of bankruptcy, Will hatches a covert plan that just might save them all. But first, he must convince Anna to go all-in on BSI, and she’s prepared to let everyone around her go down in flames if it means she’ll get out unscathed.

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin – Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond. Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands. On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired. As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.

Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger – Deep in the forest, four friends gather for a weekend of fun.

Truth #1: Rob is thrilled about the weekend trip. It’s the perfect time for him to break out of his shell…to be the person he really, really wants to be.

Truth #2: Liam, Rob’s boyfriend, is nothing short of perfect. He’s everything Rob could have wanted. They’re perfect together. Perfect.

Truth #3: Mia has been Liam’s best friend for years…long before Rob came along. They get each other in a way Rob could never, will never, understand.

Truth #4: Galen, Mia’s boyfriend, is sweet, handsome, and incredibly charming. He’s the definition of a Golden Boy…even with the secrets up his sleeve.

One of these truths is a lie…and not everyone will live to find out which one it is.

Queen Bees and Wannabes Updated 3rd Edition by Rosalind Wiseman. Our 11-year-old is going to Middle School this coming year and I want to be prepared. – Welcome to the wonderful world of your daughter’s adolescence. A world in which she comes to school one day to find that her friends have suddenly decided that she no longer belongs. Or she’s teased mercilessly for wearing the wrong outfit or having the wrong friend. Or branded with a reputation she can’t shake. Or pressured into conforming so she won’t be kicked out of the group. For better or worse, your daughter’s friendships are the key to enduring adolescence—as well as the biggest threat to her well-being.


From Edelweiss




All in Pieces by Suzanne Young – “Anger-management issues.” That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center. The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy. Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own; a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself, except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant. And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.

Queen Bees and Wannabes Updated 3rd Edition by Rosalind Wiseman. Also received from Netgalley.


From Other




People Who Knew Me by Kim Hooper from St. Martin’s Press – Emily Morris got her happily-ever-after earlier than most. Married at a young age to a man she loves passionately, she is building the life she always wanted. But when her mother-in-law becomes chronically ill, enormous stress threatens her marriage. Emily watches helplessly as the devotion Drew once showed her is transferred to his ailing mother. When she’s thrust into an enforced caretaker role, it’s too much to bear. Emily starts spending more and more time at work. That’s when she falls in love with her boss. That’s when she gets pregnant. Resolved to tell her husband of the affair and to leave him for the father of her child, Emily’s plans are thwarted when the world is suddenly split open. It’s 9/11 and her lover is just one of the thousands of people who have been killed in the towers. It’s amid terrible tragedy that she finds her freedom, as she leaves New York City to start a new life. It’s not easy, but Emily–now Connie–forges a new happily-ever-after in California. But when a life-threatening diagnosis upends Connie’s life, she is forced to confront her past for the good of her thirteen-year-old daughter.

50 Shades of Greg by Daphne Lamb from Booktrope – It’s the end of the world as we know it, and Verdell is just okay. In this bitingly funny short story follow-up to The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse, Daphne Lamb gives us a glimpse of dating in a new world disorder. The handful of survivors of a viral Incident (thanks, infected transplant organs from China) are scraping by and dealing with water rationing and oddly-named street gangs, among other things. Still, girls just want to have fun. Verdell’s housemates drag her to a club – the height of post-Incident chic in an abandoned gas station with a battery-powered CD player, and a ‘bar’ serving drinks that taste suspiciously like gasoline. Verdell finds it’s not so bad to let loose for one night. It’s the morning after when she finds a random Greg in her bed that is the problem. When Greg decides she’s the love of his life and takes drastic steps to prove it, she realizes post-apocalyptic dating has new rules that are as crazy as the survivors.



Books Read This Week




Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen

Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey

The History of Great Things by Elizabeth Crane

The Dig by John Preston

Faerie by Eisha Marjara

Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday by Christine Reilly

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The Mothers by Rod Jones



 Books to be Read Next Week





This Week in Review…


This week was amazing! I’m going to BEA y’all! It came together super quickly, the hubs and I talked about it Sunday and had everything booked Monday. I won a pair of plane tickets that have to be used by July 1 and Chicago is a place they fly, the hubs was able to switch vacation with a co-worker, we owed the IRS less than we though so we had some savings and we did not buy each other Christmas or anniversary presents (our anniversary was March 15th) so we could take an adults only trip. So Chicago here we come! If you are going, please let me know so I make sure to say hi, and I will have a giant post for everyone when we get back.

I did my Quarter 1 Challenge Check-Up. You can see how I did here.

My March Wrap-up is out here.




And in case you somehow missed it, it’s 125Pages’ 1st blogiversary!! Craziness I know! There is a giant post here with all of the details. We will have weekly guest posts, weekly giveaways, surprises and more. Right now I have a guest post from author Amy Avanzino on how she finds inspiration for her writing, you can check it out here.  The main giveaway is open now and 1 winner will receive a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card and 2 winners will receive a copy (Kindle or physical) of any book mentioned on my site. It can be a review, a Top Ten Tuesday, a Waiting on Wednesday, in a wrap-up, whatever! If you can find it, you can have it! (Provided it is already published, as I cannot provide ARCs and if physical that Book Depository* delivers to your country.) (INT) Enter this one via the Rafflecopter on the main Blogiversary page. Giveaway will be open to May 6, 2016.

I have a ridiculous amount of giveaways going on this week and month. Right now we have –

Print copy of No True Echo (US only) — Ends Apr 5th, 2016

2 winners will receive a finished copy of FUTURE SHOCK, US Only — Ends Apr 4th, 2016

2 copies of Don’t Get Caught (US & Canada Only) — Ends Apr 30th, 2016

2 Kindle copies of Wake-Up Call — Ends Apr 8th, 2016

$10 Amazon Gift Card — Ends Apr 9th, 2016

(1) $50.00 Amazon Gift Card and (2) a copy (Kindle or physical) of any book mentioned on my site (already published & if physical Book Depository delivery) (INT) — Ends May 7th, 2016

Tuesday will bring a giveaway for a hardback copy of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead and a $25 Sephora Gift Card.



Stuff I Enjoyed This Week…


Rather Too Fond of Books – Keeping Books for ‘Best’!

Perpetual Page Turner – If We Were Having Coffee





This week’s Saturday Soapbox is a on why I hate April Fool’s Day. I Feel Bad For You.  Let me know what makes you cringe when you read, link to your latest discussion posting and enter to win a $10.00 Amazon gift card.



125US of Books


United States of Books – This week’s book took us to Hawaii with The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings.




Running Now –  Gareth P. Jones author of No True Echo (print copy giveaway US only).

Up Next – April 12, 2016 – Amy Avanzino author of Wake-Up Call and we will be giving away two Kindle copies.



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Posted April 2, 2016 by Laura in Stacking The Shelves, Weekly Wrap-Up / 34 Comments

34 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up – April 2, 2016

  1. Wow! Great post, I really enjoyed reading it. I love the sound of Three Truths and a Lie – I’m going to look out for that one. I have a review copy of People Who Knew Me so I’m keen to read that soon, it sounds like a very good read. I’m very envious that you’re going to be reading Eligible soon, I can’t wait for this to be out. I love Curtis Sittenfeld’s books anyway but I’m very keen to see what she’s done with this one. Hope you enjoy it and all your other books this week.

    Thanks for stopping by my StS earlier:

  2. First Comes Love!!! I have requests out on NG and EW for it (I couldn’t help myself she is one of my very favorites). Looks like you got a lot of other great ones in there too. I just started Lies and Other Acts of Love and the darn ARC is formatted all nutty and it’s so distracting. Hope I can get used to it soon. YAY for BEA. Very cool!! Have a great week!
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  3. Great haul! I definitely want the new Giffin book….and I’ve been obsessing about The Obsession.

    Hope to start reading Most Wanted soon, as I have it tucked away on Pippa, my Kindle. Enjoy your week!
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  4. The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse and 50 Shades of Greg sound so much fun! How com I had never heard of them??? sometimes I can’t stand myself! how can I call myself a book blogger. Ok I’m adding them now to GR.
    *sigh* you are going to BEA!!! *sigh* SUPER HAPPY FOR YOU!
    and… HAPPY’ 1st blogiversary!! {mine was the 25th!) Wow it seems like a lot of celebration Ok now off to read Amy Avanzino guest post and enter the giveaway.

  5. I love your photo collages Laura – and lots of amazing books there! SO MANY BOOKS!

    Exciting news that you’re off to BEA. I’m trying to think of something I can plan to attend to give me something to look forward to.

    I’ve noted a few book bloggers who join the Sunday Post are going so you’ll have to have a meet-up!
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  6. That’s so exciting about BEA!! I hope you have a fantastic amazing time! You’ve gotten some great books this week and your books read look good too. I’ve liked Roberts’ latest couple of books though I’d been lukewarm on her the past few years and I’ve heard fantastic things for the Anna Quindlen. Have a great week!

  7. Happy, happy, happy blogiversary!! And I’m so jealous about BEA. I so badly want to go and experience the madness/amazingness. I hope you have so much fun!

  8. That’s fantastic that you are able to make it to BEA. I really, really want to go because I hear it’s going back to NYC again next year and Chicago would be much easier to get too. I don’t think my sister can go though (usually my travel buddy) so I’ve asked a friend. hah We’ll see; it’ll be last minute though!

    Congrats again on one year blogging! That’s awesome.

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  9. It really has been an amazing week for you! As ever, I’m awestruck at the sheer PRODUCTIVITY – the amazing number and range of books you read and write about is amazing:). Thank you for swinging by earlier – I thought I’d touched base with you today – until I realised I hadn’t! And I completely agree with your Saturday Soapbox article – I LOATHE practical jokes. My ex-husband’s family were always very fond of playing these sorts of pranks on each other, but to me there has always seemed a measure of cruelty involved. Have a great week and happy reading:)

  10. Oh wow, there’s a whole lot of books here that I don’t even know where to begin. I particularly love the way that you put all the book covers together in a striking collage. 🙂

  11. The Vanishing Year, People Who Knew Me, and Most Wanted caught my eye (the first two I hadn’t heard of, the third I’m already excited for).

    You did have a busy week, as usual! I hope your coming week will be more relaxing for you and enjoyable as always. Congrats again on the 1st year Blogoversary!
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  12. You will LOVE the BEA. Have a great time.

    I won’t be going this year, but I really enjoyed it when I went the past four years.

    Great post and mailbox too….People Who Knew Me looks good.

    I like your avatar at the top…adorable.

    Congrats on you Blogversary….here’s to many more.

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