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
Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch – Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly. Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she’s starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life. Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it’s too late?
The Young Widower’s Handbook by Tom McAllister – For Hunter Cady, meeting Kait was the greatest thing that ever happened to him. Otherwise unmotivated, he spent roughly half his twenty-nine years accomplishing very little, which makes him about fifteen in terms of real-life experience. But he’s the luckiest man on earth when it comes to his wife. Beautiful and confident, Kait is somehow charmed by Hunter’s awkwardness and droll humor. So when she dies quite suddenly, Hunter is crushed. Numb with grief, he stumbles forward the only way he knows how: by running away. To the dismay of her family, Hunter takes Kait’s ashes with him and heads west. They had always meant to travel. Soon enough, he finds himself–and Kait–in encounters with characters even quirkier than he is: an overzealous Renaissance Faire worker; a raucous yet sympathetic troop of bachelorettes; a Chicago couple and their pet parrot, Elvis. He meets a much older man still searching for the wife who walked out on him years ago. Along the way are glimpses of Hunter and Kait’s beautiful, flawed, very real marriage and the strength it gives Hunter, even when contemplating a future without it. Insightful, wry, and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, The Young Widower’s Handbook is a testament to the power of love.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – Nevernight is the first in an epic new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff. In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined. Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic — the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.
Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel – Despite her innate ambition and Summa Cum Laude smarts, Kate Pearson has turned into a major slacker. After being unceremoniously dumped by her handsome, French “almost fiancé,” she abandons her grad school plans and instead spends her days lolling on the couch, watching reruns ofSex and the City, and leaving her apartment only when a dog-walking gig demands it. Her friends don’t know what to do other than pass tissues and hope for a comeback, while her practical sister, Angela, pushes every remedy she can think of, from trapeze class to therapy to job interviews. Miraculously, and for reasons no one (least of all Kate) understands, she manages to land a job in the admissions department at the prestigious Hudson Day School. In her new position, Kate learns there’s no time for self-pity or nonsense during the height of the admissions season, or what her colleagues refer to as “the dark time.” As the process revs up, Kate meets smart kids who are unlikable, likeable kids who aren’t very smart, and Park Avenue parents who refuse to take no for an answer. Meanwhile, Kate’s sister and her closest friends find themselves keeping secrets, hiding boyfriends, dropping bombshells, and fighting each other on how to keep Kate on her feet. On top of it all, her cranky, oddly charming, and irritatingly handsome downstairs neighbor is more than he seems. Through every dishy, page-turning twist, it seems that one person’s happiness leads to another’s misfortune, and suddenly everyone, including Kate, is looking for a way to turn rejection on its head, using any means necessary—including the truly unexpected.
In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch – Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday. But along with the return of the friends come old grudges, unrequited feelings, and buried secrets. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts—but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that’s all about youth and slowly self-destructing as she grapples with her own identity. Behind his smile, handsome plastic surgeon Colin harbors the heartbreaking truth about his own history with Bea. And Annie carefully curates her life on Instagram and Facebook, keeping up appearances so she doesn’t have to face the truth about her own empty reality. Reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to confront the past.
Aftermath by Clara Kensie – A girl returns to her family after being kidnapped, only to discover that everyone’s unraveled in the wake of her absence. Locked in her kidnapper’s attic for four long years, the only thing that gave sixteen-year-old Charlotte Weatherstone any comfort was thinking about her family, healthy and happy. Now that Charlotte has escaped her captor and come home, she expects to return to the idyllic life she remembers. But she soon discovers that her family, devastated by her disappearance, has fallen apart: her father has turned to divorce, her mom has turned to alcohol and her sister Alexa has turned to delinquency. And the FBI can’t find proof of Charlotte’s claims of a previous victim in the attic. Charlotte’s dad wants her to tour the country, giving hope to families of missing children, but her mom thinks she’s a frail, broken little bird and won’t let her out of her sight. Alexa blames her for the destruction of their family. Charlotte may finally be free of her Keeper, but she may never be free of all the damage he caused all of them. To fix her broken family, and to find the body of her captor’s first victim, the traumatized girl must first heal herself.
Books Read This Week
Books to be Read Next Week
This Week in Review…
Work as usual for June has been just nuts (We run on a July-June year). I have the budget to prepare for next year, I have spent 40 hours out of three weeks interviewing for new staff and life has just been nuts. I am currently writing this from my office at 11:22 pm on a Friday night, as I knew if I went home I would fall asleep before getting this posted. I think I have pulled a 70 hour week this past week and I am just so very tired.
I am super behind on reading and reviewing so I did a series of mini-reviews this week to catch up. It did not help that my hosting was up for renewal and I somehow bought the wrong plan that wanted me to transfer my site to a new server, so that took two days to straighten out.
Long story short, I did pretty much nothing other than work and blog maintenance this week. So, nothing exciting.
I have one giveaway running – TWO signed hardcover copies of The Heir and the Spare (US/CAN) — Ends Jun 13th, 2016
Stuff I Enjoyed This Week…
Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Fun with Spam
Brittany at The Book Addicts Guide – THROWBACK THURSDAY
Running now – The Heir and the Spare author Emily Albright, check out her interview here, and enter to win one of TWO signed hardcover copies (US/CAN)! Giveaway will be open till 11:59 pm MST Monday, June 13, 2016.
Up Next – June 21, 2016 Suzanne Redfearn author of No Ordinary Life – a signed copy will be up for grabs!
My Weekly Posts
- [6 Jun] United States of Books – The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
- [7 Jun] Author Tuesday Interview and Giveaway – Emily Albright
- [8 Jun] This Is Not My Beautiful Life: A Memoir by Victoria Fedden ★★★
- [8 Jun] How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes ★★★
- [8 Jun] Working It by Leah Marie Brown ★★★
- [10 Jun] The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder ★★★★
- [10 Jun] The Leaving by Tara Altebrando ★★★★
- [10 Jun] One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★★
- [10 Jun] Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh ★★★★½
- [10 Jun] How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler ★★★★½
- [11 Jun] The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter ★★★★½
- [11 Jun] Weekly Wrap-Up – June 11, 2016
So how was your bookish week?