Weekly Wrap-Up – February 13, 2016


Welcome to my weekly wrap-up! Here is where you can see my books read during the past 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-Up and Mailbox Monday. So check out what I’ve been up to this past week.



Books Added This Week

From NetGalley

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Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday by Christine Reilly. I have been waiting for this one for months. It was my WoW at the beginning of the month and I am so glad I got it. –  The Middlesteins meets The Virgin Suicides in this arresting family love story about the eccentric yet tightknit Simone family, coping with tragedy during 90s New York, struggling to reconnect with each other and heal. Claudio and Mathilde Simone, once romantic bohemians hopelessly enamored with each other, find themselves nestled in domesticity in New York, running a struggling vinyl record store and parenting three daughters as best they can: Natasha, an overachieving prodigy; sensitive Lucy, with her debilitating heart condition; and Carly, adopted from China and quietly fixated on her true origins. With prose that is as keen and illuminating as it is whimsical and luminous, debut novelist Christine Reilly tells the unusual love story of this family. Poignant and humane, Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday is a deft exploration of the tender ties that bind families together, even as they threaten to tear them apart.

Alice and Oliver by Charles Bock. This sounds like a unique type of love story. – New York, 1993. Alice Culvert is a caring wife, a doting new mother, a loyal friend, and a soulful artist—a fashion designer who wears a baby carrier and haute couture with equal aplomb. In their loft in Manhattan’s gritty Meatpacking District, Alice and her husband, Oliver, are raising their infant daughter, Doe, delighting in the wonders of early parenthood. Their life together feels so vital and full of promise, which makes Alice’s sudden cancer diagnosis especially staggering. In the span of a single day, the couple’s focus narrows to the basic question of her survival. Though they do their best to remain brave, each faces enormous pressure: Oliver tries to navigate a labyrinthine healthcare system and handle their mounting medical bills; Alice tries to be hopeful as her body turns against her. Bracing themselves for the unthinkable, they must confront the new realities of their marriage, their strengths as partners and flaws as people, how to nourish love against all odds, and what it means to truly care for another person.

We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley. New psylogical thriller, sign me up.- Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. She sees her personal trainer, she gets weekly massages, and occasionally she visits her mother and sister on the Upper East Side, but after two broken engagements and boyfriends who wanted only her money, she is haunted by the fear that she’ll never have a family of her own. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine’s parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs.

From Library

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These are all books for United States of Books that I have gotten over the past three weeks.

Shoeless Joe by W.P Kinsella

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

Spartina by John Casey

The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver


Books Read This Week

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Shoeless Joe by W.P Kinsella

In Real Life by Jessica Love

She’s Not There by Joy Fielding

Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard

What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera

Mercer Street by John A. Heldt


This Week in Review…

Hello hello! It appears I have my reading slump combated, which is good as I was falling very far behind. I am also feeling better so that’s a plus. This coming week is our annual audit at work so I am super stressed but once it is over, I will finally be able to slow down a little.

I am excited to announce that I will be the April Wrap-Up Round-Up host for April. I love Nicole’s monthly feature over at Feed Your Fiction Addiction so I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.

I have one giveaway running right now and one other starting this coming week.

$25 Amazon Gift Certificate, $10 Amazon Gift Certificate, Signed Print copy of FORGED IN FIRE — Ends Feb 16th, 2016


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United States of Books – This week’s book took us to South Carolina with The Prince of Tides by Pat C0nroy.





Up Next for Author Tuesday – February 16, 2016 brings us Sonali Dev author of The Bollywood Bride. Then on March 1, 2016 Sarah J. Schmitt author of It’s a Wonderful Death will be featured.

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So how was your bookish week?

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Posted February 12, 2016 by Laura in Stacking The Shelves, Weekly Wrap-Up / 21 Comments

21 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up – February 13, 2016

  1. I enjoy reading your reviews, clear cut and honest. And I also enjoy your blog. I know you’re probably backed up with books to review, but I would love for you to review my ebook entitled THE TWINS: A PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

  2. Meg

    Well, that’s another load of books added to my wishlist! Really like the sound of Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday – love a good book about eccentric families! #TalkoftheTown

  3. A big reading week so it does look as if the reading slump is over. I love some of the books you’ve read AND some of your new arrivals… so exciting times ahead!

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  4. Wow! Lots of great books! I’ve been waiting to dive into She’s Not There! And your Netgalley books look great! Funny, how we all can find different books on there. I haven’t seen these and now I’m going to have to take another look! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week!

    Chick with Books