Weekly Wrap-Up – April 30, 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




All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood – A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It’s safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy’s family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. A powerful novel you won’t soon forget, Bryn Greenwood’s All the Ugly and Wonderful Things challenges all we know and believe about love.


From Edelweiss




The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby – When Nico Morris’s older sister mysteriously disappears, her parents, family, and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah’s daily cruelties.

Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found.

But this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She’s thin and drawn, when Sarah had been golden and athletic; timid and unsure, instead of brash and competitive; and strangest of all, sweet and kind, when she had once been mean and abusive. Sarah’s retrograde amnesia has caused her to forget almost everything about her life, from small things like the plots of her favorite books and her tennis game to the more critical—where she’s been the last four years and what happened at the park on the fateful day she vanished. Despite the happy ending, the dark details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah. . . .

The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan – Zoe Maisey is a seventeen-year-old musical prodigy with a genius IQ. Three years ago, she was involved in a tragic incident that left three classmates dead. She served her time, and now her mother, Maria, is resolved to keep that devastating fact tucked far away from their new beginning, hiding the past even from her new husband and demanding Zoe do the same.

Tonight Zoe is giving a recital that Maria has been planning for months. It needs to be the performance of her life. But instead, by the end of the evening, Maria is dead.

In the aftermath, everyone—police, family, Zoe’s former solicitor, and Zoe herself—tries to piece together what happened. But as Zoe knows all too well, the truth is rarely straightforward, and the closer we are to someone, the less we may see.

Unfolding over a span of twenty-four hours through three compelling narratives, The Perfect Girl is gripping, surprising, and emotionally complex—a richly layered look at loyalty, second chances, and the way secrets unravel us all.

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman – One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it’s already been stolen.

London’s underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.

Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option—because it isn’t just Irene’s reputation at stake, it’s the nature of reality itself…


From Author




From the Sideline by Amy Avanzino – After losing her marriage, life savings, and waistline, Autumn Kovac is terrified of being hit by more heartache. So when her only child decides to try out for the football team, the overprotective, sports-illiterate mom has a near phobic reaction. But Zachary hasn’t smiled since his father left, and she’s desperate to make him happy (and doing nothing and hoping for the best hasn’t been working). She reluctantly enters a new world of youth competitive sports, full of overzealous coaches with Vince Lombardi dreams and fanatical parents trying to achieve vicarious glory.

Unexpectedly, Autumn begins transforming within this strangely addictive new culture, finding her voice, facing her past, tackling her fears…and uncovering the secret that’s been keeping her from her son. After meeting her ideal catch, she finds herself back in the dating game and discovers some fierce competition of her own. Will Autumn make it off the sideline? Can the underdog finally win?



Books Read This Week




From the Sideline by Amy Avanzino

Congratulations On Everything by Nathan Whitlock

The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

The Immortal Crown by Kieth Merrill

Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman



 Books to be Read Next Week





This Week in Review…


I was the featured ABCer this week on Andi’s ABCs. Much thanks to Andi for having me! You can see my post here.

I finished my Goodreads challenge. I was unsure how many books I read in a year as I have never super tracked it, so I picked a low challenge goal as I super hate not finishing a challenge (never play a board game with me, I am a mean winner).

You have read 101 of 100 books in 2016. Pages read – 33,094. Longest book Whisper to Me by Nick Lake at 544 pages. Shortest book read Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire at 173 pages.




Oh you guys! You make me so happy. I was super excited when I hit 500 subscribers at the end of March as that was a huge goal for me. So I never expected what April would bring. I am happy to say that as of this afternoon I am at 1,076 site subscribers and 1,021 Twitter followers. You all rule. 🙂 If you are new this week you can join the club and subscribe in the sidebar.





And in case you somehow missed it, it’s 125Pages’ 1st blogiversary!! Craziness I know! There is a giant post here with all of the details. We will have weekly guest posts, weekly giveaways, surprises and more. Right now I have a guest post from Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction on how she on how she runs her awesome meme and challenge, you can check it out here.  The main giveaway is open now and 1 winner will receive a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card and 2 winners will receive a copy (Kindle or physical) of any book mentioned on my site. It can be a review, a Top Ten Tuesday, a Waiting on Wednesday, in a wrap-up, whatever! If you can find it, you can have it! (Provided it is already published, as I cannot provide ARCs and if physical that Book Depository* delivers to your country.) (INT) Enter this one via the Rafflecopter on the main Blogiversary page. Giveaway will be open to May 6, 2016.

I have a ridiculous amount of giveaways going on this week and month. Right now we have –

Print copy (US only) and an ebook copy of Inconceivable! — Ends May 2nd, 2016

Your choice of a BunnyHell* mini book necklace (INT as long as the shop delivers to your country) — Ends May 6th, 2016

$10 Amazon Gift Card — Ends May 6, 2016

(1) $50.00 Amazon Gift Card and (2) a copy (Kindle or physical) of any book mentioned on my site (already published & if physical Book Depository delivery) (INT) — Ends May 6th, 2016



Stuff I Enjoyed This Week…


Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide – ON BOOK SLUMPS

Ali at Arctic Books – Reading as a Blogger vs. Reading as a Reader





This week’s Saturday Soapbox is a on why I love YA reads, You Make Me Feel So Young.  Let me know if you read YA and what about it appeals to you, link to your latest discussion posting and enter to win a $10.00 Amazon gift card.



125US of Books


United States of Books – This week’s book took us to Nevada with Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson.




Running Now –  April 26, 2016 – Tegan Wren author of Inconceivable (print copy US only and ebook copy).

Up Next – May 10 , 2016 – Becky Jerams author of Reasons To Love a Nerd Like Me



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Posted April 30, 2016 by Laura in Stacking The Shelves, Weekly Wrap-Up / 18 Comments

18 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up – April 30, 2016

  1. Wow! You sure add your blog to a LOT of places! I’m glad you do that because you gave me that idea, too! Why not add it to more than ONE?! Spread the book love! I’m going to check out a few you are adding to and check out a few more I know about and see how I like it! GREAT idea!

  2. Congratulations on getting so many subscribers! Whatever you are doing, you must be doing it right! I read (listened to) Girl on Fire and it was really gripping. Scary to think there are diseases that will strike a person and wreck havoc on their lives so easily. Have fun reading all your books.
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  3. Wow, that’s a lot of subscribers. I only have a hundred or so I think (and I’ve been blogging for 7yrs!!!).

    I just read Girls on Fire last night and enjoyed it. It felt more like a YA novel than adult novel… which doesn’t worry me other than that the publisher I got it from made a big deal in their release saying it was the author’s first adult novel.

    I hope you enjoy The Perfect Girl. It’s an interesting read!
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  4. Roo

    I just received a copy of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things and am looking forward to reading it. I have had my eye on Girls on Fire for months! I look forward to your review.
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  5. Happy blogoversary! Just popped over from Mailbox Monday to see what kinds of goodies you’ve gotten this week. Looks like a nice haul!