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, the Sunday Showcase, 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
Age of Consent by Marti Leimbach – Thirty years ago, June was a young widow with a hopeless crush on a Craig Kirtz, a disc jockey at a local rock station. To her surprise, the two struck up a friendship that seemed headed for something more. But it was June’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Bobbie, whom Craig had wanted all along. Bobbie thought her secret life—the sex, the drugs, the illicit relationship itself—could remain safely buried in the past. But when she discovers that Craig had similarly pursued any number of other young girls, Bobbie returns home after a long absence with one purpose in mind: to bring Craig to trial.
Why We Came to the City by Kristopher Jansma – this cast of rich, warmly drawn characters scrape by chasing their dreams in Great Recession New York. They watch acquaintances drop like flies and cling ever tighter to one another. When a devastating blow threatens to tear them irreparably apart, they must struggle to carry on together. A powerful and transfixing follow-up to Kristopher Jansma’s celebrated debut, Why We Came to the City paints a portrait of a generation and tells an unforgettable story of hope, love, and friendship.
Approval Junkie by Faith Salie – Faith Salie has done it all in the name of validation. Whether it’s trying to impress her parents with a perfect GPA, embarking on a spiritual retreat in the hopes of saving her toxic marriage, or maintaining the BMI of “a flapper with a touch of dysentery,” Salie is the ultimate approval seeker—an “approval junkie,” if you will.
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace. He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.
The Lost Girls by Heather Young – In 1935, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes from her family’s vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. Her disappearance destroys the family—her father commits suicide, and her mother and two older sisters spend the rest of their lives at the lake house, keeping a decades-long vigil for the lost child. Sixty years later Lucy, the quiet and watchful middle sister, lives in the lake house alone. Before her death, she writes the story of that devastating summer in a notebook that she leaves, along with the house, to the only person who might care: her grandniece, Justine.
The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin – Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan. Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.
The History of Great Things by Elizabeth Crane – In two beautifully counterpoised narratives, two women—mother and daughter—try to make sense of their own lives by revisiting what they know about each other. The History of Great Things tells the entwined stories of Lois, a daughter of the Depression Midwest who came to New York to transform herself into an opera star, and her daughter, Elizabeth, an aspiring writer who came of age in the 1970s and ‘80s in the forbidding shadow of her often-absent, always larger-than-life mother.
Girl in the Dark by Marion Pauw – A single mother and lawyer, Iris has a colorful caseload, a young son with behavior issues, and a judgmental mother. She also has a brother—shocking news she uncovers by accident. Why did her mother lie to her for her entire life? Why did she hide the existence of Ray Boelens from her? Curious about this sibling she has never known, Iris begins to search for long-buried truths. What she discovers surprises—and horrifies—her. Her older brother is autistic—and in prison for brutally murdering his neighbor and her daughter.
26 Kisses by Anna Michels – Breaking up with her boyfriend is not how Veda planned on starting her summer. When Mark makes it clear that it’s over between them, Veda is heartbroken and humiliated—but, more importantly, she’s inspired. So she sets out on the love quest of a lifetime: use the summer to forget about Mark, to move on, and move up. All she has to do is kiss twenty-six boys with twenty-six different names—one for each letter of the alphabet.
Books Read This Week
The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin
Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry
Second House From the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson
What a crazy busy week. My work thing was amazing and I learned a lot. But I didn’t get back till 11:30 p.m. or later every night, so I all of my hopes for some nice down time to read were shattered. I am ridiculously behind in writing reviews, 14 behind at last count, so I hope I can get at least half of those done this weekend.
The United States of Books started this week! I am super excited for this project as I have seen the next two reviews and they are great. Unfortunately, we lost two of the bloggers in the project due to life issues. So if you are interested in joining or know someone who may be please let me know. Make sure you check out the series every Monday!
This week I am featuring Jenny Bravo author of These Are the Moments. Check out her interview and enter to win one of 3 EBook copies of These Are the Moments — Ends Jan 12th, 2016.
My Weekly Posts
- [3 Jan] The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth ★★★★
- [4 Jan] Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson ★★★★
- [4 Jan] Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Resolutions I Have For 2016
- [5 Jan] Author Tuesday Interview and Giveaway – Jenny Bravo
- [5 Jan] Waiting on Wednesday – First Comes Love
- [6 Jan] The Case of Lisandra P. by Hélène Grémillon, Alison Anderson ★★★½
- [7 Jan] The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson ★★★★
- [8 Jan] Weathering by Lucy Wood ★★★
- [9 Jan] Weekly Wrap-Up – January 9, 2016
So how was your bookish week?
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