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
Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell by Liane Shaw. – Frederick has a lot of rules for himself—like if someone calls him Freddy, he doesn’t have to answer them, and he only wears shirts with buttons. But when his friend Angel—his only friend—goes missing and he is questioned by the police, he doesn’t have a rule for that. Friendship is a new concept for Frederick, so when Angel asked him to keep a secret no matter what, he agreed. But do the rules of friendship apply when your friend is missing?
Undecided by Julianna Keyes. – Nora Kincaid has one goal for her second year of college: be invisible. Last year’s all-party-no-study strategy resulted in three failed classes and two criminal charges, and if she messes up again she’ll lose her scholarship. But there’s one problem with her plan for invisibility, and his name is Crosbie Lucas: infamous party king, general hellraiser…and her new roommate’s best friend.
The Leaving by Tara Altebrando. – Eleven years ago, six kindergartners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to. Until today. Today five of those kids return. They’re sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn’t really recognize the person she’s supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they’re entirely unable to recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max–the only one who hasn’t come back. Which leaves Max’s sister, Avery, wanting answers. She wants to find her brother–dead or alive–and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story. But as details of the disappearance begin to unfold, no one is prepared for the truth.
The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder. – Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak. Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak. Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect for her. There’s possibly the worst person in the world, Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately. But sometimes the biggest heartbreak of all is learning to let go of that wondrous time before you ever knew things could be broken…
Unplugged by Donna Freitas. – Humanity is split into a dying physical world for the poor and an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy. Years ago, Skylar Cruz crossed over to the App World for a chance at a better life, and her family stayed behind in the Real World. Now Skye is a virtual teenager, surrounded by glamorous apps and expensive downloads—yet she’s never felt like she fits in, and all she wants is to see her mother and sister again. Skye is desperate and ready to risk everything to unplug from the App World. But she soon learns that the only person she can trust—in either world, including friends and family—is herself.
Meet Me Here by Bryan Bliss. – Thomas is supposed to leave for the Army in the morning. His father was Army. His brother, Jake, is Army—is a hero, even, with the medals to prove it. Everyone expects Thomas to follow in that fine tradition. But Jake came back from overseas a completely different person, and that has shaken Thomas’s certainty about his own future. And so when his long-estranged friend Mallory suggests one last night of adventure, Thomas takes her up on the distraction. Over the course of this single night, Thomas will lose, find, resolve, doubt, drive, explore, and leap off a bridge. He’ll also face the truth of his brother’s post-traumatic stress disorder and of his own courage.
Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger. – Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was a little different. Her clothes and her hair don’t suit her anymore. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates. There’s no more sadness in her life; she’s bursting with happiness. But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because until very recently, she was an entirely different person—a person who’s still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.
How It Feels To Fly by Kathryn Holmes. – Sam has always known she’d be a professional dancer—but that was before her body betrayed her, developing unmanageable curves in all the wrong places. Lately, the girl staring back at Sam in the mirror is unrecognizable. Dieting doesn’t work, ignoring the whispers is pointless, and her overbearing mother just makes it worse. Following a series of crippling anxiety attacks, Sam is sent to a treatment camp for teens struggling with mental and emotional obstacles. Forced to open up to complete strangers, Sam must get through the program if she wants to attend a crucial ballet intensive later in the summer. It seems hopeless until she starts confiding in a camp counselor who sparks a confidence she was sure she’d never feel again. But when she’s faced with disappointing setbacks, will Sam succumb to the insecurity that imprisons her?
Winning by Lara Deloza. – Who ever said being nice would get you to the top? Certainly not Alexandra Miles. She isn’t nice, but she’s more than skilled at playing the part. She floats through the halls of Spencer High, effortlessly orchestrating the actions of everyone around her, making people bend to her whim without even noticing they’re doing it. She is the queen of Spencer High—and it’s time to make it official. Alexandra has a goal, you see—Homecoming Queen. Her ambitions are far grander than her small town will allow, but Homecoming is just the first step to achieving total domination. So when peppy, popular Erin Hewett moves to town and seems to have a real shot at the crown, Alexandra has to take action.
Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh. – Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.
The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno. – Frannie and Louis met online when they were both little and have been pen pals ever since. They have never met face-to-face, and they don’t know each other’s real names. All they know is that they both have a mysterious tendency to lose things. Well, really, things just seem to . . . disappear. Louis and Frannie both receive news in the mail that sets them off on a road trip to Austin, Texas, looking for answers—and each other. Along the way, each one begins to find, as if by magic, important things the other has lost. And by the time they finally meet in person, they realize that the things you lose might be things you weren’t meant to have at all, and that you never know what you might find if you just take a chance.
Books Read This Week
Burning Down the House by Jane Mendelsohn
The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule
Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake
Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (my first Audiobook ever! Yay for free Audible trial.)
Trust No One by Paul Cleave
Books to be Read Next Week
The Decent Proposal by Kemper Donovan
Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley
My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul
This Week in Review…
I am excited this week to be going to my first big bookish event. The Tucson Festival of Books is this weekend and I am especially happy as Kristina McMorris author of The Edge of Lost and Lisa Lutz author of The Passenger will be there for me to
stalk meet. I have crowd issues so we will see how well it goes, but I am hopeful.
I participated in an awesome discussion this week entitled How to Not Piss Off a Book Blogger When Requesting a Review. Go check it out at CinthiaRitchie.com.
I am actively seeking a co-blogger. I am getting a little bogged down between work and life right now, and I have a lot of ideas for 125Pages but need help to make it happen. If you are interested let me know. You can shoot me an email or leave a comment (I do read them all).
The #30DayReadingIndie Challenge is now open. You can go check it out at Book Enthusiast Promotions for more info on how to get some great free reads. They also have a Facebook group that you can find here.
I have one giveaway starting on Tuesday in conjunction with Author Tuesday.
My discussion post is now up! I changed it from posting on Sundays to Saturdays as I wanted those visiting the Wrap-Up all weekend to be able to participate. Please go over and join in the discussion. I have also added a linky if you would like to link to your discussion posts from the last week.
This weeks topic – Just Stop It. Plot twists and recurring themes in books that you are tired of reading.
Tuesday, March 15th brings us Anna Mitchael and Michelle Sassa authors of Copygirl where we will be giving away a print copy. Then on March 29, 2016, Gareth P. Jones author of No True Echo will be featured with a Kindle copy giveaway.
My Weekly Posts
- [6 Mar] Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer ★★★★
- [7 Mar] United States of Books – True Grit by Charles Portis
- [7 Mar] Perfectly Broken by Robert Burke Warren ★★★★
- [7 Mar] Top Ten Tuesday – Character Love?
- [8 Mar] Author Tuesday Countdown – Anna Mitchael and Michelle Sassa
- [8 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday – Dragonmark
- [9 Mar] The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule ★★★★
- [10 Mar] Burning Down the House by Jane Mendelsohn ★★
- [11 Mar] An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel ★★★★½
- [12 Mar] Saturday Soapbox – Just Stop It
- [12 Mar] Weekly Wrap-Up – March 12, 2016
So how was your bookish week?
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