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, 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 and Mailbox Monday. So check out what I’ve been up to this past week.
Books Added This Week
Whisper to Me by Nick Lake. Oh YA romance drama, how I do adore you so. – Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She’s trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won’t let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely. Desperate for his forgiveness, she’s telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She’s hoping that love-love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself-can save both of them after all.
We Just Clicked by Sophie Childs. I read Childs’ debut (see review here) when I first started 125Pages. It was a good 3 star read, so when the publisher invited me to try her new one I accepted. – Erin Cochrane loves the gossip and the countless bizarre stories about her best friend Bex’ adventures with online dating. Not that she’d ever sign up for the site herself. Erin’s far too busy planning her dream wedding to her gorgeous fiancé, Tyson. But when Tyson decides that he is not ready for marriage, Erin’s world is turned upside down. Forced to move back in with her eccentric mother, things couldn’t get any worse. Thrust back into the singles’ scene, could online dating be the escape Erin needs from it all? Or will it be just another disaster?
From stalkers to cheapskates, Erin feels as though she’s become a magnet for every loser around, until she opens one message that changes everything.
The Children by Ann Leary. Troubling family secrets, yes please.- Charlotte and Sally Maynard grew up in a rambling Connecticut country house that belonged to their stepfather, Whit Whitman. Perry and Spin, Whit’s sons from his unhappy first marriage, were welcomed as weekend guests. All of the children received Whit’s love and attention, but they were also influenced, for better and for worse, by his often misguided ideals and wildly narcissistic personality. When Whit dies, he leaves the estate in the care of his wife, Charlotte and Sally’s mother, with the understanding that the home will revert to Perry and Spin when she passes away. But Joan, a stalwart sixty-something, isn’t going anywhere soon. She’s enjoying the house, which she shares with Charlotte, an agoraphobic mommy blogger, who doesn’t actually have any children. She and her sister have a good relationship, and they’re close, too, with their step brothers. But when Spin, the youngest, brings his beautiful fiancé Laurel Atwood home for the summer, she manages to subtly crack the polite veneer of the family, exposing an array of simmering resentments, old wounds, and troubling family secrets.
Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake. I love this synopsis. Reminds me somewhat of She’s Not There which I just read and really enjoyed. – Three-year-old Sophia Lassiter disappears at the playground only to return after 40 frantic minutes– but her mother Jill’s relief is short lived. Jill is convinced the tiny dots on her daughter’s arm are puncture marks. When doctors find no trace of drugs in her system, Jill accepts she won’t ever know what happened during her daughter’s absence and is simply grateful to have her home safely. Except Sophia isn’t safe. Three months later, she disappears again. This time from her bed at home, in the night. Working with the police and the community, Jill and her husband David are desperate to bring their little girl home. They remain hopeful—until information turns up suggesting their daughter was murdered, causing the police to turn their suspicions on the parents. Facing ugly family secrets and heart-rending evidence, Jill is still convinced her daughter is alive. But when the dragnet begins to close around them, Jill realizes the worst: if the police believe she has killed her daughter, that means they aren’t out there looking for the real perpetrator. They aren’t hunting for Sophie or the person who still has her.
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad. I received this one from Penguin back in December and had it pending with both Netgalley and Edelweiss, I wish there was a way to cancel your pending requests. Sadly it was not as good as I had hoped. (You can check out my review here.) – Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (a.k.a. Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she looks—even though her best friend Mel says she’s the pretty one. She starts dating guys online, but she’s afraid to send pictures, even when her skinny friend China does her makeup: she knows no one would want her if they could really see her. So she starts to lose. With punishing drive, she counts almonds consumed, miles logged, pounds dropped. She fights her way into coveted dresses. She grows up and gets thin, navigating double-edged validation from her mother, her friends, her husband, her reflection in the mirror. But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl?
Signs of You by Emily France. YA ghostish tale with a love triangle, how could I go wrong. – Since sixteen-year-old Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her saving grace has been her quirky little family in the grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Kate, and Noah understand her pain; each lost a loved one, and they’ve stuck together in spite of their differences, united by tragedies only they understand. When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears she is suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress. Then Jay and Kate report similar experiences. Only Noah hasn’t had some kind of vision, which is perhaps why he’s become so skeptical and distant. When Noah disappears, Riley fears she’s lost another loved one. As they frantically search for him, she, Kate, and Jay are drawn into the mystery surrounding a relic that belonged to Jay’s dead father and contains clues about the afterlife. Riley finds herself wrestling with her feelings for both Noah and Jay—which have become clear only in Noah’s absence. If Riley is to help those she loves, and herself, she must set things right with the one she’s lost.
Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday by Christine Reilly. I received this one from Netgalley last week, now Edelweiss has joined the party. Again, I wish I could cancel pending requests so this didn’t happen. – The Middlesteins meets The Virgin Suicides in this arresting family love story about the eccentric yet tightknit Simone family, coping with tragedy during 90s New York, struggling to reconnect with each other and heal. Claudio and Mathilde Simone, once romantic bohemians hopelessly enamored with each other, find themselves nestled in domesticity in New York, running a struggling vinyl record store and parenting three daughters as best they can: Natasha, an overachieving prodigy; sensitive Lucy, with her debilitating heart condition; and Carly, adopted from China and quietly fixated on her true origins. With prose that is as keen and illuminating as it is whimsical and luminous, debut novelist Christine Reilly tells the unusual love story of this family. Poignant and humane, Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday is a deft exploration of the tender ties that bind families together, even as they threaten to tear them apart.
Books Read This Week
Thanks For the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
We Just Clicked by Sophie Childs
Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That’s When My Nightmare Began by Alex Cooper and Joanna Brooks
In the Context of Love by Linda K. Sienkiewicz
I Met Someone by Bruce Wagner
This Week in Review…
So audit is done! Unqualified and zero adjusting entries (so really really good). I get to keep my job, huzzah! I also was approved to hire a full time assistant, and I can’t wait for some help. In non crazy work news, I got new hair and I love it. I swapped out the purple for blue and swoon, it’s glorious. My husband is teasing me that it is my patriotic hair and that I need to keep it till July 4th, but I know I will change it by then.
Nothing super exciting on the bookish front this past week. My reading slump is apparently over, but now I am a good five reviews behind. I can’t win, either I read or I review, but both don’t seem possible at once. I have been writing the review the night before this past week, but really want to catch up. Firstlife by Gena Showalter comes out on Tuesday the 23rd and I am ridiculous excited to read it. She is one of my favorite authors, and the new series premise sounds amazing. I still have the arc pending with Netgalley, so fingers crossed I still get it. I got Sweet Ruin the day before it published so maybe I will be lucky again.
I have one giveaway running right now.
Up Next for Author Tuesday, March 1, 2016 – Sarah J. Schmitt author of It’s a Wonderful Death.
My Weekly Posts
- [14 Feb] What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera ★★★★
- [15 Feb] Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella ★★½
- [15 Feb] Top Ten Tuesday – Songs That Should Be Books
- [16 Feb] Author Tuesday Interview and Giveaway – Sonali Dev
- [16 Feb] Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard ★★★★
- [16 Feb] Waiting on Wednesday – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- [17 Feb] She's Not There by Joy Fielding ★★★★
- [18 Feb] 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad ★★★
- [19 Feb] In Real Life by Jessica Love ★★★★
- [20 Feb] Mercer Street by John A. Heldt ★★★½
- [20 Feb] Weekly Wrap-Up – February 20, 2016
So how was your bookish week?
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