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 Town, Bought, 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
You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour. Love, love, love the sound of this.- Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed. That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.
Loner by Teddy Wayne. I am super intrigued by this one. Is it a thriller, a NA romance, a mash up of the two? – David Federman has never felt appreciated. An academically gifted yet painfully forgettable member of his New Jersey high school class, the withdrawn, mild-mannered freshman arrives at Harvard fully expecting to be embraced by a new tribe of high-achieving peers. But, initially, his social prospects seem unlikely to change, sentencing him to a lifetime of anonymity. Then he meets Veronica Morgan Wells. Struck by her beauty, wit, and sophisticated Manhattan upbringing, David falls feverishly in love. Determined to win her attention and an invite into her glamorous world, he begins compromising his moral standards for this one, great shot at happiness. But both Veronica and David, it turns out, are not exactly as they seem.
The Life of the World to Come by Dan Cluchey. I loved this synopsis, so unique. A debut I am looking forward to reading. – Leo Brice is dead, in a sense (not the traditional one). When the neurotic law student meets his cosmic match in Fiona Haeberle, an impulsive spirit and burgeoning soap star, all seems well—the two fall fast in love, and spend three years navigating their twenties in wide-eyed wonder. But once the fantastical woman who had defined his future bolts to pursue a fantasy life of her own, Leo is forced to come to terms with a reality that more closely resembles an epilogue than the story he’d hoped it might be.
My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul. I am loving the new crop of YA books coming out. – Despite the best of intentions, seventeen-year old, wisecracking Hank Kirby can’t quite seem to catch a break. It’s not that he means to screw things up all the time, it just happens. A lot. Case in point: his attempt to ask out the girl he likes literally goes up in flames when he spells “Prom” in sparklers on her lawn…and nearly burns down her house. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Peyton Breedlove, a brooding loner and budding pyromaniac, witnesses the whole thing. Much to Hank’s dismay, Peyton takes an interest in him-and his “work.”
Surprise Me by Deena Goldstone. A long friendship with a singular bond, sounds great. – The fragile dream of becoming a writer takes hold of Isabelle Rothman during her senior year of college. Feeling brave, she begins a one-on-one tutorial with a once highly praised novelist, Daniel Jablonski, who is known on campus as eccentric, difficult, and disengaged. Despite his reputation, Isabelle loves his early novels and hopes Daniel can teach her the secrets of his luminous prose. But their first meeting is a disaster. He never read the chapters she submitted and will not apologize for being unprepared. He has lived up to his reputation, and she feels dismissed, humiliated, and furious. But slowly, over the semester, they gingerly form a bond that begins to anchor both of them. And over the next twenty years, as they live very separate lives—she in Northern California and he finally settled in a tiny New Hampshire town—they reach out to each other through e-mails, phone calls, and visits. Their continual connection helps Isabelle find the courage to take greater risks and push Daniel to work through layers of self-loathing and regret that have kept his career from flourishing. They are the single constant in each other’s life and the most profound influence.
It’s Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort. A memoir that sounds lie it will make me feel all the feels. – Twentysomething Nora McInerny Purmort bounced from boyfriend to boyfriend and job to job. Then she met Aaron, a charismatic art director and her kindred spirit. They made mix tapes (and pancakes) into the wee hours of the morning. They finished each other’s sentences. They just knew. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron’s hospital bed and married after his first surgery. They had a baby when he was on chemo. They shared an amazing summer filled with happiness and laughter. A few months later, Aaron died in Nora’s arms in another hospital bed. His wildly creative obituary, which they wrote together, touched the world.
Firstlife by Gena Showalter – I love Showalter and have been waiting for this book for months. – Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies. There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.
Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell – I saw this one everywhere before it came out and debated about requesting an ARC as I’m not usually into re-telling’s. The reviews are so good that I figured I should check it out. – For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home. Her mother believes they are being hunted by brutal monsters, and those delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. Gwen’s only saving grace is that her best friend, Olivia, is with her for the summer. But shortly after their arrival, the girls are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and dragged to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey. And Gwen begins to realize that maybe her mother isn’t so crazy after all…
I’m Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck. I read an amazing review of this one recently and had to go buy the book immediately. I wish I could remember where I read it, so if you recently reviewed this one, let me know as I’d love to link back to that review. – Their meeting in a parking lot outside a high school football game was both completely forgettable and utterly life-changing. Because no matter how you look at it, it is piss-poor luck to meet the love of your life before your life has even started. Fierce and ambitious, Alison is determined to shed her Midwestern roots and emerge an actress. Kyle, all heart and spiritual yearning, believes medicine can heal the world. What could these mismatched souls have to do with each other? Everything and nothing. Even as their fates rocket them forward and apart, neither can fully let go of the past.
Books Read This Week
Girl Last Seen by Anne Greenwood Brown and Heather Anastasiu
Somewhere Out There by Amy Hatvany
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins
Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta
This Week in Review…
This was a good week personally. Caution, mom bragging ahead – My little one turned 11 and she is just getting so big. Almost all remnants of little girl are gone and she is growing into an amazing young woman. She was also accepted into the gifted program for middle school next year and she is very excited to go to a new school and ride a bus for the first time (she’ll get over it quickly but the novelty is fun). My oldest (he’s 20) has gotten his dream job and begins next week assisting a professional DJ. He will be helping to DJ at a wedding Friday and at a middle school dance Saturday, and he is over the moon excited. To temper that, they are still kids and are not perfect. I have an full dishwasher and a full garbage can, and yet they are watching ridiculous YouTube videos of cats falling right now. In work news I hired an assistant and he starts Monday. I can’t wait to not be working 70+ hour weeks.
Bookish stuff for this past week…other than reading nothing much has happened. I have totally failed at my “read two, write two” system and I am 6 reviews behind and have been doing them the night they post which is super stressful. I hope to spend most of Sunday catching up a little. I have not gotten to one of my book club picks for February and am grumpy as I love the discussion on it and can’t join in. Luckily next month’s selection is one I have already read so I will be able to participate.
I have one giveaway starting this coming week in conjunction with Author Tuesday.
Coming up on March 1, 2016, Sarah J. Schmitt author of It’s a Wonderful Death, we will be giving away an Audible download of the book.
Then on March 15, 2016 we will have Anna Mitchael and Michelle Sassa authors of Copygirl, we will be giving away a print copy (US only).
My Weekly Posts
- [21 Feb] Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach ★★★½
- [22 Feb] In the Context of Love by Linda K. Sienkiewicz ★★★½
- [22 Feb] United States of Books – My Ántonia by Willa Cather
- [22 Feb] Top Ten Tuesday – Not My Usual Read
- [23 Feb] Author Tuesday Countdown – Sarah J. Schmitt
- [23 Feb] We Just Clicked by Sophie Childs ★★★½
- [23 Feb] Waiting on Wednesday – Ruined
- [24 Feb] Into the Dim by Janet Taylor ★★★★
- [25 Feb] Saving Alex by Alex Cooper, Joanna Brooks ★★★★
- [26 Feb] The Passenger by Lisa Lutz ★★★★½
- [27 Feb] I Met Someone by Bruce Wagner ★½
- [27 Feb] Weekly Wrap-Up – February 27, 2016
So how was your bookish week?
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