Can’t Wait Wednesday

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Can’t Wait Wednesday, is hosted by Wishful Endings  to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. 

 

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It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. 

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it. 

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.

This publishes October 2018

Check out these other great books by Lauren Oliver while you wait for Broken Things.

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Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

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Check out review HERE!

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CURRENTLY READING

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Book Blurb

Ten-year-old Zac Hutchinson collects facts: octopuses have three hearts, Usain Bolt is the fastest man on earth. But no one will tell him the one thing he wants to know most: who his father is and where he went.
When Zac’s mother, Juliet, inadvertently admits that his dad is the only man she’s ever loved, Zac decides he is going to find him and deliver his mom the happily ever after she deserves.
But Liam Jones left for a reason, and as Zac searches for clues of his father, Juliet begins to rebuild what shattered on the day that was at once the happiest and most heartbreaking of her life.
Told through the eyes of Zac, Juliet, and grandfather Mick, Little Big Love is a layered, heartfelt, utterly satisfying story about family, love, and the secrets that can define who we are.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Book Blurb

Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults.

For each of them, that means something different. For Marley, it’s coming to terms with the survivor’s guilt she’s carried around since her twin sister’s death, which has left her blind to the real chance for romance in her life. For Georgia, it’s about learning to stop trying to live up to her mother’s and brother’s ridiculous standards, and learning to accept the love her ex-husband has tried to give her.

But as Marley and Georgia grow stronger, the real meaning of Emerson’s dying wish becomes truly clear: more than anything, she wanted her friends to love themselves.

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPIC IS…

a FREEBIE so I choose…

My most valuable and/or valued books that I own.

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These books in the Oulander series have the original covers with original artwork. They are from 1992 and 1997. The covers were changed a few years back when the series became super popular.

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This Outlander book is newer, paperback even, but I value it because it is signed!

I met this Holocaust survivor and chatted with her for about a half an hour.  She was promoting her book that includes her survival story through verse at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.  I could have talked with her all day. She was so kind and not bitter about the things that had happened to her.  Her book is wonderful and I treasure it on my shelf along with her wonderful message to me.

I grabbed this ARC at a book convention a couple years back.  This book is one of my all time favorites and fortunately I met the author at a different book convention.  We talked for a long time about the rise in self-harm in teens today.

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I was able to grab this Special Anniversary Edition at a thrift store!

I found this first printing of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at Half-Price Books.  The first two Harry Potter books originally didn’t have the numbers on the spine.  The publishers started that with book 3. You can also tell it is a first printing because of the number line that goes 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1.   I also have a first printing of book 3, which is harder to find as well.

Before J.K. Rowling was outed as Robert Galbraith, this is what the author bio in the back of the book looked like.  Now it just says Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling.  As soon as I learned that Rowling had written this book I rushed to the book store and grabbed the only copy and warned the staff that they might want to order more!

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I was at my library one day and there was a cart of books for sale.  My husband grabbed one and showed it to me.  I almost had a heart attack! It was the first four books of the Game of Thrones series A Song of Ice and Fire, AND they were first printings as you can tell by the covers.  The second book was even autographed!!! It gets even better, they were only $3.00 each.

I am a big John Green fan so when I saw first printings of Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherins, and The Fault in our Stars, I grabbed them.

I am also a huge Disney fan and like to collect old Disney items especially books.  These are from 1955 and 1956.  I think they are so cool on the inside because they show the rides in Disneyland, some of which aren’t there anymore.

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I received this book for my first birthday. I remember reading this book over and over and over as a kid.  It is one of my favorite books from my childhood. It is over 40 years old!!!

 

It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading?

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IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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WHAT I READ LAST

astonishiing

Check out review HERE!

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CURRENTLY READING

littlebiglove

Book Blurb

Ten-year-old Zac Hutchinson collects facts: octopuses have three hearts, Usain Bolt is the fastest man on earth. But no one will tell him the one thing he wants to know most: who his father is and where he went.
When Zac’s mother, Juliet, inadvertently admits that his dad is the only man she’s ever loved, Zac decides he is going to find him and deliver his mom the happily ever after she deserves.
But Liam Jones left for a reason, and as Zac searches for clues of his father, Juliet begins to rebuild what shattered on the day that was at once the happiest and most heartbreaking of her life.
Told through the eyes of Zac, Juliet, and grandfather Mick, Little Big Love is a layered, heartfelt, utterly satisfying story about family, love, and the secrets that can define who we are.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

goodluck

Book Blurb

Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults.

For each of them, that means something different. For Marley, it’s coming to terms with the survivor’s guilt she’s carried around since her twin sister’s death, which has left her blind to the real chance for romance in her life. For Georgia, it’s about learning to stop trying to live up to her mother’s and brother’s ridiculous standards, and learning to accept the love her ex-husband has tried to give her.

But as Marley and Georgia grow stronger, the real meaning of Emerson’s dying wish becomes truly clear: more than anything, she wanted her friends to love themselves.

 

 

Weekend Wrap Up #34

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

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I didn’t get very much reading done this week due to going to my daughter’s track meets two nights this week and binge watching The Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix.  I had been hearing a lot of great things about this show on Twitter and some of the blogs I follow.  This show is hilarious, a bit gruesome, but so funny! The dialogue between the two main characters, Sheila and Joel, is clever and brilliant. If you want a fun show about a wife who wakes up dead one day and how the family has to deal with her new diet of humans, then I highly recommend this show!

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CURRENTLY READING

littlebiglove

Book Blurb

Ten-year-old Zac Hutchinson collects facts: octopuses have three hearts, Usain Bolt is the fastest man on earth. But no one will tell him the one thing he wants to know most: who his father is and where he went.
When Zac’s mother, Juliet, inadvertently admits that his dad is the only man she’s ever loved, Zac decides he is going to find him and deliver his mom the happily ever after she deserves.
But Liam Jones left for a reason, and as Zac searches for clues of his father, Juliet begins to rebuild what shattered on the day that was at once the happiest and most heartbreaking of her life.
Told through the eyes of Zac, Juliet, and grandfather Mick, Little Big Love is a layered, heartfelt, utterly satisfying story about family, love, and the secrets that can define who we are.

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saturdaysituation

Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.

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This was such a unique book full of Asian culture, tradition, and magic.  After Leigh’s mom commits suicide, she believes her mom has a come back as a large red bird to give her a message.  This leads Leigh to go to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time and try to learn what her mom is trying to tell her.  Leigh visits her mom’s favorite places in Taiwan searching for clues while still seeing the red bird flying above the city watching over her.  This was beautifully written and so heartbreaking at times, especially as some family secrets become uncovered.

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Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.

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Grabbed this from my local Library.  I really enjoyed her book Still Alice.

Book Blurb

An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago. Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce—his divorce.

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The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY ELIZABETH @ SILVER’S REVIEWS.

This weeks prompt is…

IS THERE A FICTITIOUS TOWN IN A BOOK THAT YOU WOULD LOVE TO LIVE IN? WHAT MAKES IT APPEALING?

My answer…

HOGSMEADE OF COURSE!!!!

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BUT SINCE THAT WAS PROBABLY OBVIOUS, I WILL CHOOSE ANOTHER ONE.

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RIVENDELL FROM THE LORD OF THE RINGS BOOKS.

Can’t Wait Wednesday

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Can’t Wait Wednesday, is hosted by Wishful Endings  to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. 

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On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway publishes May 29, 2018.

 

Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

 

 

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CURRENTLY READING

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Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.
Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen’s Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok’s street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history’s lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko…

Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in a chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe.

toptentuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPIC IS…

Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

 

 

It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?

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IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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WHAT I READ LAST

 

 

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CURRENTLY READING

astonishiing

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.
Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen’s Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok’s street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history’s lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko…

Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in a chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe.

Weekend Wrap Up #33

sunday

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

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I watched this movie based on the book on my local public tv station.  I have never heard of the book but the synopsis seemed interesting and duh, Benedict Cumberbatch!!!  I found the movie a bit strange and confusing which makes me want to read the book because I have a feeling that there were scenes that just didn’t transfer well from page to screen.

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CURRENTLY READING

astonishiing

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.
Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents.

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saturdaysituation

Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.

paris

I was so bummed this book was a flop.  I so wanted to like it! It was slow and boring and the writing style was strange.  The main character was so flat that I just didn’t care if she found her husband or not.  The only good thing about the book was the parts of the story that took place in Paris and the descriptions of the city and its sights.

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This book was so adorable and sweet.  It tells the story of Livy who is 12 and hasn’t been to her Grandma’s house since she was five.  When she arrives, Livy starts remembering things from when she was there last time.  One of those things lives in her closet, a non-zombie chicken boy named, Bob.  He has been waiting there for her the whole time.  Livy wants to help Bob find out where he is from and help him to find his home.  An incredibly written book on friendship and family with a bit of magic mixed in.

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Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.

 Got these two from First to Read

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Told in parallel narratives, this twisty, shocking story shows how one bad choice can lead to a spiral of unforeseen consequences where not everyone will survive.

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With beautiful prose and characters that are so real they jump off the page, Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship, and to loss and living.

Waiting on Wednesday

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Can’t Wait Wednesday, is hosted by Wishful Endings  to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. 

 

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Book Blurb

This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.

Then Noah → gets hypnotized.

Now Noah → sees changes—inexplicable scars, odd behaviors, rewritten histories—in all those around him. All except his Strange Fascinations .

This publishes May 22nnd.

 

I loved David Arnold’s first two books so check them out while we wait for his third!

 

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Tell Me Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

 

Click HERE for review of these books.

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CURRENTLY READING

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A missing person, a grieving family, a curious clue: a half-finished manuscript set in Paris. Heading off in search of its author, a mother and her daughters find themselves in France, rescuing a failing bookstore and drawing closer to unexpected truths.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

astonishiing

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.
Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents.