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
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.
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 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 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).
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 –
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.
Up Next – May 10 , 2016 – Becky Jerams author of Reasons To Love a Nerd Like Me
My Weekly Posts
- [24 Apr] Ruined by Amy Tintera ★★★★
- [25 Apr] United States of Books – Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
- [25 Apr] Whisper to Me by Nick Lake ★★½
- [25 Apr] Top Ten Tuesday – Bookworm Delights
- [26 Apr] Author Tuesday Interview and Giveaway – Tegan Wren author of Inconceivable!
- [26 Apr] The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir by D. Watkins ★★★★
- [26 Apr] Waiting on Wednesday – Winning
- [27 Apr] The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate Tempest ★★★
- [28 Apr] Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse ★★★½
- [28 Apr] #FF Feature & Follow Time – Get Your Hop On! – April 29, 2016
- [28 Apr] Book Blogger Hop – April 29, 2016
- [29 Apr] Guest Post – Nicole from Feed Your Fiction Addiction
- [29 Apr] Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens ★★★★
- [30 Apr] The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah ★★★½
- [30 Apr] Saturday Soapbox – You Make Me Feel So Young
- [30 Apr] Weekly Wrap-Up – April 30, 2016
- [30 Apr] Monthly Wrap-Up – April 2016
So how was your bookish week?
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