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
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern. Yes, yes, yes. I have been so excited about this book. This was my WoW pick back in December and I can’t wait to read it. – Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan. But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.
She by Michelle Latiolais. This synopsis reminds me of Go Ask Alice, a book that everyone read (including me) in my high school. – A nameless fifteen-year-old runs away to Los Angeles, seeking life beyond the harsh constraints of her evangelical upbringing. She is the narrative of her passage, from her escape on a bus through her quiet, determined progress across the city’s unforgiving terrain. The journey takes her into and around the lives of Angelinos from all walks: a dancer whose hyperactive sense of smell makes her fiance’s presence insufferable; a penniless botanist who earns her keep creating sugar-icing flowers to decorate glamorous wedding cakes she can never afford; a dentist lamenting the abuses done to the teeth of a patient for whom he has cared dutifully. Her odd encounters, set against the backdrop of Los Angeles’s flagrant wealth, cast into relief its eccentricities and the everyday trials faced by its collection of lost souls. Together these stories reflect and refract one another, illuminating a poignant, unflinching portrait of loss and the search for identity in its wake.
The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir by D. Watkins. I love me a good addiction memoir. – The smartest kid on his block in East Baltimore, D. was certain he would escape the life of drugs, decadence, and violence that had surrounded him since birth. But when his brother Devin is shot-only days after D. receives notice that he’s been accepted into Georgetown University-the plans for his life are exploded, and he takes up the mantel of his brother’s crack empire. D. succeeds in cultivating the family business, but when he meets a woman unlike any he’s known before, his priorities are once more put into question. Equally terrifying and hilarious, inspiring and heartbreaking, D.’s story offers a rare glimpse into the mentality of a person who has escaped many hells.
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. Sounds so very very good. –
Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Surprise Me by Deena Goldstone. An Edelweiss book from last week. Again, they need to make a way to cancel a pending request so this doesn’t keep happening. – The fragile dream of becoming a writer takes hold of Isabelle Rothman during her senior year of college. Feeling brave, she begins a one-on-one tutorial with a once highly praised novelist, Daniel Jablonski, who is known on campus as eccentric, difficult, and disengaged. Despite his reputation, Isabelle loves his early novels and hopes Daniel can teach her the secrets of his luminous prose. But their first meeting is a disaster. He never read the chapters she submitted and will not apologize for being unprepared. He has lived up to his reputation, and she feels dismissed, humiliated, and furious. But slowly, over the semester, they gingerly form a bond that begins to anchor both of them. And over the next twenty years, as they live very separate lives—she in Northern California and he finally settled in a tiny New Hampshire town—they reach out to each other through e-mails, phone calls, and visits. Their continual connection helps Isabelle find the courage to take greater risks and push Daniel to work through layers of self-loathing and regret that have kept his career from flourishing. They are the single constant in each other’s life and the most profound influence.
Life Before by Michele Bacon. Sounds like an awesome summer YA read. – Seventeen years is a long time to keep secrets, and Xander Fife has gotten very good at it. Everyone believes he has a normal life and a normal family. If he can just get through this summer, he’ll start his real life in college with a clean slate–no risk, no drama, no fear. Even better, his plans for summer are awesome: lots of pick-up soccer, relaxing afternoons with friends, and an epic road trip. Xander is banking on some long overdue nights with his ideal girlfriend, the amazing Gretchen Taylor. Instead of kicking off what had promised to be an amazing summer, however, graduation day brings terror. His family’s secrets are thrust out into the open, and Xander must confront his greatest fear. And survive doing so. Armed with a fake ID, cash, and a knife, Xander skips town and assumes a new identity. Hundreds of miles from home and in danger, one thing is clear: Xander’s real life is already in progress and just getting through it isn’t enough.
Books Read This Week
Firstlife by Gena Showalter
Perfectly Broken by Robert Burke Warren
Save Me Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer
An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel
Books to be Read Next Week
Burning Down the House by Jane Mendelsohn
The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule
Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
This Week in Review…
*Taps mic, clears throat* “Hello… hello. Are you still there?”
So life happened and stuff at work and busy. I am starting to feel really bad about the lack of interaction I am providing recently. I know that I have a small group of dedicated followers who visit and comment and I have not had the time to reciprocate. To help me feel a little more connected I am going to start posting some discussions to really have a forum to interact, instead of just my reviews. I want to hear what you think and it’ll give me a centralized place to respond. I am planning on running them Sundays but don’t hold me to a schedule right now. I have my first one planned for March 13th, so keep an eye out for it. I am also thinking of adding 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 probably 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 running right now.
We are currently featuring Sarah J. Schmitt author of It’s a Wonderful Death. Sarah is also giving away an Audible copy of her book, so check out her interview and enter here (giveaway ends March 8th).
Up Next – Anna Mitchael and Michelle Sassa authors of Copygirl on March 15, 2016 (giving away a print copy) and on March 29, 2016, Gareth P. Jones author of No True Echo will be featured (Kindle copy giveaway).
My Weekly Posts
- [28 Feb] Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu, Anne Greenwood Brown ★★★★
- [29 Feb] Somewhere Out There by Amy Hatvany ★★★½
- [29 Feb] United States of Books – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- [29 Feb] Monthly Wrap-Up – February 2016
- [29 Feb] Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For All The Feels
- [1 Mar] Author Tuesday Interview and Giveaway – Sarah J. Schmitt
- [1 Mar] The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner ★★★★½
- [1 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday – The Angels’ Share
- [2 Mar] Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate ★★★★½
- [3 Mar] The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins ★★★★
- [4 Mar] Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta ★★★
- [5 Mar] Firstlife by Gena Showalter ★★★★½
- [5 Mar] Weekly Wrap-Up – March 5, 2016
So how was your bookish week?
This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.