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
Falling by Jane Green – When Emma Montague left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she felt sure it would make her happy. Away from her parents and expectations, she felt liberated, throwing herself into Manhattan life replete with a high-paying job, a gorgeous apartment, and a string of successful boyfriends. But the cutthroat world of finance and relentless pursuit of more began to take its toll. This wasn’t the life she wanted either. On the move again, Emma settles in the picturesque waterfront town of Westport, Connecticut, a world apart from both England and Manhattan. It is here that she begins to confront what it is she really wants from her life. With no job, and knowing only one person in town, she channels her passion for creating beautiful spaces into remaking the dilapidated cottage she rents from Dominic, a local handyman who lives next door with his six-year-old son. Unlike any man Emma has ever known, Dominic is confident, grounded, and committed to being present for his son whose mother fled shortly after he was born. They become friends, and slowly much more, as Emma finds herself feeling at home in a way she never has before. But just as they start to imagine a life together as a family, fate intervenes in the most shocking of ways. For the first time, Emma has to stay and fight for what she loves, for the truth she has discovered about herself, or risk losing it all. In a novel of changing seasons, shifting lives, and selfless love, a story unfolds—of one woman’s far-reaching journey to discover who she is truly meant to be…
The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy – In an unnamed city, Eurydice works for the Elysian Society, a private service that allows grieving clients to reconnect with lost loved ones. She and her fellow workers, known as “bodies“, wear the discarded belongings of the dead and swallow pills called lotuses to summon their spirits—numbing their own minds and losing themselves in the process. Edie has been a body at the Elysian Society for five years, an unusual record. Her success is the result of careful detachment: she seeks refuge in the lotuses’ anesthetic effects and distances herself from making personal connections with her clients. But when Edie channels Sylvia, the dead wife of recent widower Patrick Braddock, she becomes obsessed with the glamorous couple. Despite the murky circumstances surrounding Sylvia’s drowning, Edie breaks her own rules and pursues Patrick, moving deeper into his life and summoning Sylvia outside the Elysian Society’s walls. After years of hiding beneath the lotuses’ dulling effect, Edie discovers that the lines between her own desires and those of Sylvia have begun to blur, and takes increasing risks to keep Patrick within her grasp. Suddenly, she finds her quiet life unraveling as she grapples not only with Sylvia’s growing influence and the questions surrounding her death, but with her own long-buried secrets.
The Edge of Juniper by Lora Richardson – “You’re off-limits, so why can’t I stop thinking about you?” Fay Whitaker, sixteen years old and yearning for adventure, is excited to spend the summer with her fearless cousin Celia in small-town Juniper, Indiana. But Fay soon discovers that her summer home is not what she expected. She is alarmed by her uncle’s temper, and learns of the grudge he holds against the Dearing family. Celia handles the tension at home by escaping with her boyfriend, leaving Fay with time on her hands—time that leads her straight to Malcolm Dearing, off-limits because of his last name. Fay is captivated by Malcolm’s warmth and intensity. She finds that trying to stay away from him only makes her think of him more. Fay and Celia are launched on a journey, and each must attempt to navigate the thrilling and unpredictable world of love. Everything Fay thinks she knows about love is put to the test, as relationships unfold and reveal themselves in ways she never before dreamed.
Freezer eCookbook Bundle by NewLeaf Wellness – These eCookbooks are going to change your life. What’s unique about these freezer recipes is that there’s no cooking required ahead of time – simply combine the meats, vegetables, sauces and spices, and freeze. Since there’s no cooking involved they’re very easy to prep. They also cook for the first time out the freezer and don’t taste like leftovers at all. Yay! After making thousands of freezer meals myself I decided share my family’s favorites in these eCookbooks.
Books Read This Week
Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
In Twenty Years by Alisson Winn Scotch
Indiana Belle by John A. Heldt
Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch
The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno
Winning by Lara Deloza
Clean Break by Abby Vegas
Books to be Read Next Week
This Week in Review…
So busy!!!! Our fiscal year at works ends on June 30th so I don’t think I left the office before 10 pm any day this week. I am really glad I was able to take my quick vacation to see my oldest friend and my favorite band (The Cure). I was in Florida for 3 1/2 days and it was glorious. We vegged on the couch and binge watched Unreal, I slept 12 hours each day (I usually get 6 hours) and the concert was amazing. We ended up having 2nd row seats with no one in front of us, so we were ridiculously close to the stage. Robert Smith still sounds like he did 20 years ago and it was worth every penny that I spent on the trip.
My quarterly challenge wrap-up is here.
My June wrap-up is here.
Stuff I Enjoyed This Week…
Inge from Of Wonderland – Become A Secret Sister
Lefty from The Left-Handed Book Lover – Lessons I’ve Learned From Bookstagram
Up Next – July 5, 2016 – C.H. Armstrong author of The Edge of Nowhere with an ebook copy up for grabs.
July 19, 2016 – Jeff Zentner author of The Serpent King with a Kindle copy for a lucky reader.
My Weekly Posts
- [26 Jun] In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch ★★★½
- [26 Jun] We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley ★★★½
- [27 Jun] United States of Books – Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
- [28 Jun] Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch ★★★★½
- [28 Jun] All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda ★★★★½
- [28 Jun] Author Tuesday Countdown – C.H. Armstrong
- [28 Jun] Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs by Dave Holmes ★★★★½
- [28 Jun] We Own the Night by Ashley Poston ★★★★½
- [29 Jun] Winning by Lara Deloza ★★★★
- [29 Jun] The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno ★★★★
- [30 Jun] An Idiot in Love by David Jester ★★★
- [30 Jun] The Trouble with Lexie by Jessica Anya Blau ★★★
- [30 Jun] In the Shadow of the Gods by Rachel Dunne ★★★
- [30 Jun] Clean Break by Abby Vegas ★★★★
- [30 Jun] Indiana Belle by John A. Heldt ★★★½
- [1 Jul] Challenge Update 2nd Quarter 2016
- [1 Jul] Monthly Wrap-Up – June 2016
- [2 Jul] Weekly Wrap-Up – July 2, 2016
So how was your bookish week?