Weekly Wrap-Up – November 14, 2015

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, Saturday Situation, the Saturday Review of Books, Talk of the Town, and to Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Sunday Wrap-Up. So check out what I’ve been up to this past week.


Books Added This Week

From NetGalley

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Tragedy Girl by Christine Hurley Deriso. At first I was just drawn to the name then I read the synopsis and was super intrigued –   …just as Anne starts to feel she’s finally found something good in all the tragedy, she can’t ignore signs that something’s off. Her friends rarely let her be alone with Blake. Even those closest to Blake seem uneasy around him. And then there are the rumors about the death of Cara, whose body was never recovered. Rumors that suggest Blake’s pain is hiding something darker than Anne can even begin to comprehend . . .

Congratulations on Everything by Nathan Whitlock. This sounded like a new take on Waiting (the movie) which I find hilarious. –  A dark and comic novel, Congratulations On Everything tracks the struggles, frailties and cruelly pyrrhic victories of the middle-aged owner of a bar-restaurant and a 30ish lunch shift waitress. In an era when foodies rule and chefs become superstars, Congratulations On Everything is a hilarious and occasionally uncomfortable dose of anti-foodie reality that reveals what goes on when the customers and Instagrammers aren’t around — and even sometimes when they are.

The Memory Jar by Elissa Janine Hoole. I enjoy YA tragedy stories, which after I typed it looks weird but whatever I do. –  Since the accident, Taylor’s memory has been fuzzy. But at least she’s awake. Who knows what her boyfriend, Scott, will remember when he comes out of the coma. Will he remember that Taylor was driving the snowmobile when it crashed? Will he remember the engagement ring? Her pregnancy? Will he remember that she tried to break up with him?

From Edelweiss

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Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That’s When My Nightmare Began by Alex Cooper. I love me a good memior and this one seems like it will be emotional and thought provoking. – An inspiring, harrowing, and brave memoir by a young Mormon lesbian woman whose captivity and escape from an unlicensed “residential treatment program” resulted in a groundbreaking battle for LGBTQ rights that has impacted society and individual lives



From Amazon

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I am working on a reading challenge that will be going live the first week in January with four other amazing bloggers (so keep an eye out for details) and these are the first four of my ten.

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

From Author







From Russia With Claws and From Russia With Fangs by Molly Harper writing as Jacey Conrad and Gia Corona. I have Molly Harper’s Jane Jameson series and really like them. Somehow she fell off my radar and I haven’t read any of her new ones. Then I saw on Facebook she had a new series coming out and was looking for book bloggers so I signed up. – (Claws) When Alpha female Galina Sudenko agreed to attend her distant cousin’s birthday party, she wasn’t counting on meeting the devastatingly handsome and powerful Rom Alpha, Andrey Lupesco, or having her sexy times with him interrupted by the murder of her idiot brother-in-law, Sergei. But such is life when your father is one of the most powerful werewolves within Seattle’s supernatural Russian organized crime syndicate. (Fangs) Between her family’s drunken antics and vicious verbal attacks from her so-called friends, Irina Sudenko Volkov is having the worst night ever. And that’s before she’s widowed.

Books Read This Week

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Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

The Blackmail Of Evelynn Faust by Shirley Anne Edwards

City of Light by Keri Arthur

The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris

Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore

Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper: A Novel by Hilary Liftin

From Russia With Claws by Molly Harper writing as Jacey Conrad and Gia Corona

Arbor Day (Arosil Book 1) by B.L. Alley


Bookish Happenings




Author Tuesday Interview and Giveaway – Liana Maeby author of South on Highland will be featured until November 17th.

Up Next for Author Tuesday – November 24, 2015 – Kirker Butler author of Pretty Ugly. Kirker will be giving away a signed copy of Pretty Ugly so I’m excited for that.

I signed up to be a part of Pocket Letters over at Andi’s ABCs which looks like it will be a fun bookish craft to create.

I signed up for The Broke and the Bookish’s 6th annual Secret Santa. I can’t wait to get my match and send them a super awesome bookish package.

I have four giveaways going on currently:

2 copies of The Sister Pact — Ends Nov 30th, 2015

2 copies of South on Highland (Kindle or Physical) — Ends Nov 17th, 2015

8G Kindle Fire US Only — Ends Nov 19th, 2015

•One (1) winner will received a $25 Amazon Gift Card, a copy of Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver, a book mark, a coffee mug, and some other stuff for ‘readers’ from the author (INT) • Three (3) winners will receive a copy of Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver by Michele Brouder (INT) — Ends Dec 4th, 2015

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So how was your bookish week?

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Posted November 13, 2015 by Laura in Stacking The Shelves, Weekly Wrap-Up / 20 Comments

20 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up – November 14, 2015

  1. Looks like you got a great bunch of books this week!!! I will totally be looking out for your challenge come January. I also signed up for TBTB Secret Santa and got my match. I can’t wait to shop now!! Have a great week!!

  2. Love that sleeping vs reading meme! I did that last night. Kept reading and reading until I finished a book in the early hours of this morning. (And regret it today!!!)