Weekly Wrap-Up – January 2, 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, the Sunday ShowcaseCaffeinated 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 Amazon and Gifted


Amazon – Yay Christmas gift cards! I received both Amazon and Barnes & Nobel gift cards and I promptly spent the majority of my Amazon ones. I tend to save the Barnes & Nobel ones for the handful of hardbacks I buy on release day, but I love my Kindle and I keep it nice and full.

I got the Vessel Trilogy as I received the first in the spinoff series, The Deepest Well (Age of Gray #1) for a book tour. I really liked it and wanted to see what else happened in that world.

Forged in Fire by Juliette Cross – The Vessel Trilogy, Book 1 Genevieve Drake never needed a man to come to her rescue. Not until the night of her twentieth birthday, when some dude nearly chokes her to death in an alley behind a New Orleans Goth club. And a hot stranger splits the guy in half, rips a monster from inside, and incinerates it into ash.

Sealed in Sin by Juliette Cross – The Vessel Trilogy, Book 2 One demon prince may be festering in the bowels of the soul eater Cocytus, but Genevieve’s troubles are far from over. Prince Bamal, demon lord of New York City, still wants her. But this time, he wants her alive, to control her inherent power as a Vessel of Light.

Bound in Black by Juliette Cross – The Vessel Trilogy, Book 3 Genevieve Drake is on a dangerous mission to find the soul collector, Lethe, and enter the deepest, darkest level of the underworld. No one has ever returned alive from the belly of a soul collector, but she will let nothing stop her from going after the precious treasure Lethe stole from her.

Inception by Bianca Scardoni. I really enjoy YA paranormal and I saw a great review for this one on Goodreads.  – 17 year-old Jemma Blackburn knows vampires are real. She watched one murder her father eight months ago. They tried to convince her otherwise—tried to tell her she’d lost touch with reality due to the trauma, but she knows what she saw was real. And now they’re after her again. What she doesn’t know is that there’s a lot more to the seemingly coincidental bulls-eye on her back.

People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann. This was recommended to me as I really liked Furiously Happy and this is supposed to be just as funny. – Jen Mann doesn’t have a filter, which sometimes gets her in trouble with her neighbors, her fellow PTA moms, and that one woman who tried to sell her sex toys at a home shopping party. Known for her hilariously acerbic observations on her blog, People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Mann now brings her sharp wit to bear on suburban life, marriage, and motherhood in this laugh-out-loud collection of essays.

Gifted – I used to own the majority of these until I lent them out and never got them back. I am now repurchasing them and this was one I needed, so a girlfriend gave it to me as she had two copies.

Burned: A House of Night Novel Book 6 by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast – Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart, and a broken heart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey’s fading fast. It’s seeming more and more doubtful that she will be able pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must find a way to get to her. But how? He will have to die to do so, the Vampyre High Council stipulates. And then Zoey will give up for sure. There are only 7 days left…


Books Read This Week



Smart Girl by Rachel Hollis

The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich

Good On Paper by Rachel Cantor

Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah by Erin Jade Lange

The Edge of Nowhere by C.H. Armstrong

No Ordinary Life by Suzanne Redfearn

Inception by Bianca Scardoni


Bookish Happenings

Vegas was amazing! Got to spend some much needed girl time with my best friend for her birthday and I surprised her with Britney Spears tickets as she has always wanted to see it. I’m headed off for a week long work conference tomorrow, then another is right on the horizon for the first week in February. I hate traveling but I love the reading time it provides, so I should have some great reading time coming up.

My giant Year End Wrap-Up can be found here. You can see the list of all 124 reviewed books, my choice for best of the year, my favorite covers from 2015 and more.

I signed up for a bunch of 2016 reading challenges. They look fun and I like having a goal. You can see my list and track my progress here.

The United States of Books starts Monday, January 4, 2016 and I’m super excited to see how it goes.

Up Next for Author Tuesday – January 5, 2016 – Jenny Bravo author of These Are the Moments. We will be giving away a Kindle copy, so make sure you stop by to enter.

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Posted January 2, 2016 by Laura in Stacking The Shelves, Weekly Wrap-Up / 17 Comments

17 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up – January 2, 2016

  1. I think bookish gift cards are some of the best presents. 🙂 Nothing like free books. The Jen Mann book looks fun- hope you enjoy it. Have a super week.
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  2. Happy New Year!! It looks like you have some great new books. I’ve never heard about the Vessel Trilogy before, but they sound great. I’ll definitely need to check them out sometimes.

    I’ve spend my free days reading as much as I could and making my blog new year ready. I love the first days of a new year. They always feel exciting!

    It’s my first time joining the Sunday Post today. And I look forward to seeing all these posts! 😉
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  3. Ok I want to read People I want to Punch In the Throat based on the title alone. I say at work all the time “Man, he/she needs a good throat punch” and my coworkers look at me like I’m crazy. They have never heard that phrase before! (Or maybe because I am threatening bodily harm….) Great book haul!
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  4. vvb

    Forged in Fire certainly grabs the attention. Love travel and the reading time that comes with it too. Enjoy your latest batch of reads.