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 Town, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, The Sunday Salon, Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Sunday Wrap-Up, It’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
The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner – On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down from the window of Stuyvesant High School. Moments later, terrified and fleeing home to safety across the Brooklyn Bridge, he stumbles across a girl perched in the shadows, covered in ash, and wearing a pair of costume wings. With his mother and sister in California and unable to reach his father, a NYC detective likely on his way to the disaster, Kyle makes the split-second decision to bring the girl home. What follows is their story, told in alternating points of view, as Kyle tries to unravel the mystery of the girl so he can return her to her family. But what if the girl has forgotten everything, even her own name? And what if the more Kyle gets to know her, the less he wants her to go home? The Memory of Things tells a stunning story of friendship and first love and of carrying on with our day-to-day living in the midst of world-changing tragedy and unforgettable pain—it tells a story of hope.
The Regulars by Georgia Clark – Best friends Evie, Krista, and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls, with average looks and typical quarter-life crises: making it up the corporate ladder, making sense of online dating, and making rent. Until they come across Pretty, a magic tincture that makes them, well…gorgeous. Like, supermodel gorgeous. And it’s certainly not their fault if the sudden gift of beauty causes unexpected doors to open for them. But there’s a dark side to Pretty, too, and as the gloss fades for these modern-day Cinderellas, there’s just one question left:What would you sacrifice to be Pretty?
Claiming Noah by Amanda Ortlepp – Catriona Sinclair has always had a well-developed sense of independence–in fact the one sore point in her otherwise happy marriage is her husband James’s desire to take care of her. As she’s often tried to explain to him, she took care of herself before she met him, and did a good job of it. But James has been especially attentive lately as they struggle to have a baby. They succeed at last through in vitro fertilization, but unwilling to risk the heartbreak of another miscarriage, they decide to make their “spare” frozen embryo available to another family. Diana and Liam Simmons are desperate for a child. Unable to conceive, they are overjoyed to learn that as the closest genetic match to the Sinclairs they are the recipients of the embryo donation. Diana’s only concern is her mother’s disapproval of IVF, but any doubts raised are quickly eclipsed by Diana’s joy of being pregnant. As Diana is finding delight in every aspect of motherhood, Catriona keeps waiting for the rush of adoration she knows she is supposed to feel, but instead slips into a deep depression. Just as Catriona begins to find her way back to normalcy, one of the babies is kidnapped. Suddenly, all of their lives begin to unravel and intertwine, and none of them will ever be the same.
How to Party With an Infant by Kaui Hart Hemmings – When Mele Bart told her boyfriend Bobby she was pregnant with his child, he stunned her with an announcement of his own: he was engaged to someone else. Fast forward two years, Mele’s daughter is a toddler, and Bobby and his fiancée want Ellie to be the flower girl at their wedding. Mele, who also has agreed to attend the nuptials, knows she can’t continue obsessing about Bobby and his cheese making, Napa-residing, fiancée. She needs something to do. So she answers a questionnaire provided by the San Francisco Mommy Club in elaborate and shocking detail and decides to enter their cookbook writing contest. Even though she joined the group out of desperation, Mele has found her people: Annie, Barrett, Georgia, and Henry (a stay-at-home dad). As the wedding date approaches, Mele uses her friends’ stories to inspire recipes and find comfort, both.
American Girls by Alison Umminger – Anna is a fifteen-year-old girl slouching toward adulthood, and she’s had it with her life at home. So Anna “borrows” her stepmom’s credit card and runs away to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. But LA isn’t quite the glamorous escape Anna had imagined. As Anna spends her days on TV and movie sets, she engrosses herself in a project researching the murderous Manson girls—and although the violence in her own life isn’t the kind that leaves physical scars, she begins to notice the parallels between herself and the lost girls of LA, and of America, past and present.
Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman – Maggie Sheets is just trying to get by. A single mother, she works as a house cleaner and dreams of the days when her financial woes will be over. When her former employer, Liza, a renowned author Maggie once considered a friend, takes her own life, Maggie learns that she has been included in the will and now owns a beautiful home in Sag Harbor. But there’s a catch: Maggie’s also inherited Liza’s eighty-two year old mother. Edith has always prided herself on her independence, but a recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis has her wary about the future. She’s left on her own to pick up the pieces of her daughter’s death until Maggie, with her toddler in tow, arrives at her house, guarded but determined to make their unlikely situation work. Edith is angry and uninterested, until she suffers a fall and must rely on Maggie. Together they begin to heal the hurt left in Liza’s wake, and when Maggie offers to transcribe Edith’s life for her to help hold onto the moments she’s terrified of losing, a tentative alliance forms. As Maggie helps Edith resolve the aftermath of a long-held secret—and confronts both the roots and repercussions of one of her own—each woman embarks on a path to forgiveness, acceptance, and a life-changing friendship.
This Is Not Over by Holly Brown – You’ll have your deposit within seven business days, just like it says on Getaway.com. I’ve put through a refund to your credit card for the full amount, minus $200 to replace the sheets. I couldn’t get the stain out despite professional laundering and bleaching. . .
All Dawn wanted was to stay in a beautiful beach house with her husband, to live like money’s no object, for just one long weekend. Then Miranda, the home’s owner, has to send an e-mail like this, full of lies and the suggestion that Dawn’s so dirty, she needs to throw out her sheets. Someone needs to teach Miranda a lesson.
Beware of your “host”
I wouldn’t leave a review on Getaway.com at all, if I didn’t feel it was my civic duty to warn others . . .
Miranda cannot believe her eyes. Yes, she may be a doctor’s wife, but she needs the rental money from the beach house desperately. Someone needs to teach this Dawn a lesson.
Two very different women with one thing in common: Each one knows she’s right, and each is determined to win this battle of words and wills and (eventually) worse. Neither will yield, not before they’ve dredged up hidden secrets, old hurts, and painful truths that threaten to shatter the foundations of their lives.
Because it’s never really just about the sheets, is it?
This is not over.
This is so not over.
Clean Break by Abby Vegas – Lane Haviland can’t seem to catch a break. She’s dead broke, barely functioning as an adult, and completely alone in New York City. Her so-called “apartment” is a six-by-nine cell in a Brooklyn basement. And her new boss hasn’t ever met a personal or professional boundary she can’t bulldoze through. Still, Lane’s determined to at least attempt to claw her way back to respectability. But she can’t seem to get her mysterious handyman, Viktor, out of her apartment – or her headspace. Maybe that’s a good thing: Viktor’s easy on the eyes, and that deep-voiced Russian accent is beyond sexy. But as he and Lane grow closer, he can no longer hide his connections with a dangerous criminal underworld – where secrets can be deadly.
Indiana Belle (American Journey Book 3) by John A. Heldt – Providence, Rhode Island, 2017. When doctoral student Cameron Coelho, 28, opens a package from Indiana, he finds more than private papers that will help him with his dissertation. He finds a photograph of a beautiful society editor murdered in 1925 and clues to a century-old mystery. Within days, he meets Geoffrey Bell, the “time-travel professor,” and begins an unlikely journey through the Roaring Twenties. Filled with history, romance, and intrigue, INDIANA BELLE follows a lonely soul on the adventure of a lifetime as he searches for love and answers in the age of Prohibition, flappers, and jazz.
Stirred: A Love Story by Tracy Ewens – Sage Jeffries grew up an overachiever. She studied, excelled, and became a mechanical engineer for a firm in San Francisco. Yet much to her family’s surprise, at age thirty, she made a bold move to Los Angeles and became a bartender at The Yard. Now, she spends her time mixing drinks and trying new things. Her life is good, fun . . . except for two teeny tiny challenges—she’s in love with her best friend’s older brother, and her sister bought her a book, Nice to Naughty in Ten Easy Steps, and dares her to master every step. Sage never backs down from a challenge. Garrett Rye is Ryeland Farms. He grew up under his father’s wing and has now taken over operations. Working the fields was nothing compared to the hassle of managing, but keeping the farm running without hiccups is what’s expected. His brother and sister may run The Yard, but Ryeland Farms is the rock of their family. No matter how many changes swirl around him, Garrett intends to keep it that way. It’s New Year’s Eve and Sage, who’s had too much tequila, is realizing it’s easier to read about “naughty” than actually put it into practice. Instead of a wild night, she ends up tucked into Garrett’s truck, spilling her heart. Now, Garrett is finding it impossible to concentrate on keeping things business as usual when the woman he’s only noticed behind the bar suddenly wants to raise the bar. Both stirred and shaken, Sage and Garrett will have to decide whether to keep mixing things up or if they should put their feelings on ice.
Books Read This Week
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
Ruined by Amy Tintera
Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse
The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate Tempest
The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen
The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir by D. Watkins
Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens
The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah
The Last Good Girl by Allison Leotta
Stirred: A Love Story by Tracy Ewens
Books to be Read Next Week
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
Saga of Kings, Book 1: The Immortal Crown by Kieth Merrill
The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay
This Week in Review…
I was the featured blogger over at The Book Addicts Guide Book and a Beverage series this week. You can check it out here.
Author Tuesday is now set till mid-October. I added 6 new authors this past week –
August 16, 2016 – Eric Smith author of Inked
August 30, 2016 – Christine Reilly author of Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday
September 13, 2016 – Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke co-authors of The Year We Turned Forty
September 27, 2016 – Jim McDoniel author of An Unattractive Vampire
October 11, 2016 – Amber Smith author of The Way I Used To Be
For the full upcoming list go here.
I finished two challenges this week –
Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge hosted by Falling for YA. I wanted to get to Platinum 75 books read and I was at 76 when I last updated.
2016 Debut Author Challenge hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. A challenge to read 12 or more middle grade, young adult, and new adult debuts this year. My goal is to read at least twelve in 2016.
If you are ever curious on my reading challenge stats during the year, I update my Challenges page almost every week. You can check it 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 Hayley from Rather Too Fond of Books on how she blogs and building her bookish community. 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 –
Stuff I Enjoyed This Week…
Teri at Second Run Reviews – How to Organize Your Goodreads Shelves
Lexxie at (un)Conventional Bookviews – Inspiration Where Art Thou?
And for those going to BEA in a few short weeks –
Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction – BEA is Coming Soon! What You Need to Know. (BEA Tips)
Brittany at The Books Addicts Guide – BEA PART OF IT | CHICAGO EDITION 2016
This week’s Saturday Soapbox is on, well, it’s totally about Prince. When Doves Cry. Let me know if fictional characters dying affects you, link to your latest discussion posting and enter to win a $10.00 Amazon gift card.
Up Next – April 26, 2016 – Tegan Wren author of Inconceivable with a print copy (US only) and an ebook copy, May 10 , 2016 – Becky Jerams author of Reasons To Love a Nerd Like Me with a pdf copy giveaway.
My Weekly Posts
- [17 Apr] Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much by Faith Salie ★★★½
- [18 Apr] Meternity by Meghann Foye ★★★
- [18 Apr] United States of Books – Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion
- [18 Apr] Top Ten Tuesday – Good For A Laugh
- [19 Apr] She by Michelle Latiolais ★★★
- [19 Apr] Author Tuesday Countdown – Tegan Wren
- [19 Apr] Waiting on Wednesday – Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge
- [20 Apr] Not Working by Lisa Owens ★★★½
- [21 Apr] The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian ★★★½
- [21 Apr] I Was Told There Would Be Surprises…
- [21 Apr] #FF Feature & Follow Time – Get Your Hop On! – April 22, 2016
- [21 Apr] Book Blogger Hop – April 22, 2016
- [22 Apr] The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett ★★★½
- [22 Apr] Guest Post – Hayley from Rather Too Fond of Books
- [23 Apr] The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi ★★★★½
- [23 Apr] Saturday Soapbox – When Doves Cry
- [23 Apr] Weekly Wrap-Up – April 23, 2016
So how was your bookish week?
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