Weekly Wrap-Up – March 26, 2016


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 TownBought, Borrowed & Bagged, The Sunday Salon, Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Sunday Wrap-UpIt’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


From NetGalley

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The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel –

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.

When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.

The Last Good Girl by Allison Leotta –

Emma, a freshman at a Michigan university, has gone missing. She was last seen leaving a bar near the prestigious and secretive fraternity known on campus as “the rape factory.” The main suspect is Dylan Brooks, the son of one of the most powerful politicians in the state. But so far the only clues are pieced-together surveillance footage of Emma leaving the bar that night…and Dylan running down the street after her.

When Anna discovers the video diary Emma kept over her first few months at college, it exposes the history she had with Dylan: she had accused him of rape before disappearing.

Emma’s disappearance gets media attention and support from Title IX activists across the country, but Anna’s investigation hits a wall. Now Anna is looking for something, anything she can use to find Emma alive. But without a body or any physical evidence, she’s under threat from people who tell her to think hard before she ruins the name of an “innocent young man.”


From Edelweiss

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An Idiot in Love by David Jester –

Kieran’s love life didn’t get off to a good start. He threw up after his first kiss, was beaten up by the first girl to have a crush on him, and after a mix-up with his first love letter, he could only sit back and watch as the entire school mistook him for a brutal murderer. By the time the hormones kicked in, Kieran had all but given up on love, but the worst was yet to come.

Relying on advice from friends who are just as dumb and just as clueless, Kieran weaves a stuttering, stumbling path through the world of adult dating. He lacks decorum, charisma, confidence—everything he needs to succeed. Yet despite that, there is one girl who changes him, one girl who eases his nerves and gives him hope. She is everything he had hoped for: beautiful, generous, funny—and she didn’t turn tail and run when she first saw him. The question is whether Kieran’s luck can hold long enough to make a relationship with her last, and whether all of the mishaps and misadventures that go before, between, and after will put him off dating for good.

Lost Along the Way by Erin Duffy –

All through childhood and adolescence, Jane, Cara, and Meg swore their friendship would stand the test of time. Nothing would come between them, they pledged. But once they hit their twenties, life got more complicated and the BFFs began to grow distant. When Jane eloped with her slick, wealthy new boyfriend and didn’t invite her oldest friends to the ceremony, the small cracks and fissures in their once rock-solid relationship became a chasm that tore them apart.

Ten years later, when her husband is arrested and publically shamed for defrauding his clients, Jane realizes her life among the one percent was a sham. Penniless and desperate, deserted by her high society friends who turn their surgically perfected noses up at her, she comes crawling back to her childhood friends seeking forgiveness. But Cara and Meg have troubles of their own. One of them is trapped in a bad marriage with an abusive husband, while the other can’t have the one thing she desperately wants: a baby. Yet as much as they’d love to see Jane get her long overdue comeuppance, Cara and Meg won’t abandon their old friend in her time of need.



Books Read This Week




Alice and Oliver by Charles Bock

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

The Memory Jar by Elissa Janine Hoole

Tragedy Girl by Christine Hurley Deriso

Undecided by Julianna Keyes

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs



 Books to be Read Next Week




The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The Mothers by Rod Jones

This Side of Providence by Rachel M. Harper



This Week in Review…

Pardon me if none of this makes sense and sorry no links to book this week. I worked (now yesterday) 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., got home at 10:30 wrote three other posts, then started this one at 1:30 a.m. *Yawn*

I had some interesting things happen this past week.

I hit over 500 blog subscribers! I am so happy that you all come over and seem to enjoy my little corner of the web. I would still review if no one visited, but it is way more fun with you guys. So many, many thanks.

I created a (I think) cute little easter egg on my site. If you comment and find it, please let me know what you think.

I created a tribe on Triberr (Book Bloggers Unite). It is a service to help and encourage social media sharing of posts. You can sign up to join for free and I will make any joiner a member to enable sharing right away.

I was the featured blogger on Book Bloggers International. I had a lot of fun with the interview, so go over and check it out.

I was approached by an amazing author to provide a cover blurb for her next book *excuse me while I die*. I can’t say any more than that now but believe me, when I can tell you all about it I will.

I am finalizing plans for my one year blogiversary next month. There will be giveaways aplenty and hopefully, lots of fun stuff going on.

I have two giveaways starting this coming week. Author Tuesday and the Future Shock blog tour giveaway on Wednesday.



Stuff I Enjoyed This Week…

Organize Your Arcs

72 Thoughts We’ve All Had While on Goodreads



Saturday Soapbox


This week’s Saturday Soapbox is a continuation of last week’s post. It is on why I continue to read as an adult. Go check out Why I Read – Part 2,  let me know why you read as a adult and link to your latest discussion posting.


125US of Books


United States of Books – This week’s book took us to New Hampshire with A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.



Up Next – March 29, 2016, Gareth P. Jones author of No True Echo will be featured (print copy giveaway US only), and then on April 12, 2016 – Amy Avanzino author of Wake-Up Call and we will be giving away two Kindle copies.



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Posted March 26, 2016 by Laura in Stacking The Shelves, Weekly Wrap-Up / 64 Comments

64 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up – March 26, 2016

  1. Exciting about the blurb and your subscribers Laura 🙂

    As always, interesting round up about your bookish week. Thanks for linking #TalkoftheTown

    • It has been suggested that I may be part vampire. But really, my hubs works 1st shift so he goes to bed between 8-9 pm and I don’t go to bed till 12-1 am. So I can usually get one book read per night and then I write my posts for the week on the weekend.
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  2. As you know, I got The Last Good Girl and I’m very excited for it! Especially since it’s inspire by real life stories. I’m going to be reading Flawed soon and Undecided as well. You got Nora Roberts! I love her!!!
    Congrats on 500 and in time for your 1 year of blogging! That’s awesome 🙂
    I can’t find the Easter egg because I’m commenting from my phone 🙁
    Anyway, I hope you get better sleep this week!!

    • I was just so intrigued by the synopsis for The Last Good Girl. I really hope it lives up to it. 🙂
      Thanks for the kind words, it was my year goal and I was so happy I hit it a few weeks early.
      As for sleep, that is a constant battle that I don’t think I will even win. But it gives me time to read and blog, so it’s not all bad. 🙂
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  3. oh I can’t wait for your review of This Side of Providence! I work in Providence and I want to see how accurately this city is represented in the book!

  4. Congrats on the followers (and the blurb too)! I’m curious to see your thoughts on Every Heart a Doorway and Future Shock. Both look good. I’ll have to go check out the interview too. Have a super week!
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  5. Congrats on your numbers, and the blurb! And your upcoming blogoversary will be fun, I’m sure.

    I like the look of The Last Good Girl…and, of course, The Obsession… Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.
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  6. I like the look of all the books you picked up this week. They are all going on the to read list. Have a good week.

  7. Congrats on being featured! The 500 followers AND all the great books this week! I made a note of An Idiot in Love, which sounds fun and The Summer That Melted Everything! Thanks for sharing!

    Have a great week!

  8. I want to read The Last Good Girl! Actually I want to start with book #1, though the author said they could be read as stand-alones, on her website. Also might like The Obsession. Nora Roberts is hit or miss for my taste, but this one sounds good.
    Good news about the cover blurb!

    Is your “easter egg” the link to the bloggers interview, and then it says bye bye March(BBI March?) Just wondering.
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  9. The Last Good Girl sounds like my kind of book. Looking forward to the Nora Roberts book. Congrats on 500 and 1 year of blogging.

  10. Congratulations on the cover blurb! That’s great news! And way to go on getting so many subscribers to your blog! I’m not sure how many I have–I don’t usually follow my stats. I had to give it up when it started stressing me out a few years ago. I’m crazy that way. 🙂

    The Last Good Girl sounds like it will be good. I hope you enjoy all of your new books. Have a great week and thank you for visiting my blog!

    • Thanks! I know in comparison to some book blogs that 500 is not much, but to me it is just amazing. Have a great week!

    • I have not read one of hers in probably 5 years but remember really liking them. I have 1 1/2 books to finish before it and I’m hoping it will be as good as I remember.

    • I actually checked and made sure they sent the request to the right Laura! I was super surprised and super flattered so I hope my blurb makes the cut. When I can let you all know more I about it I will. 🙂