This Week In Books – August 9 – 15, 2017

This Week In Books

“This Week In Books” is a weekly event, hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found, that lets readers share what they read, what they’re reading, and what they’re planning to read next. I thought it would be a nice way to recap my reading week and share a few thoughts on what I’ve been reading.

What I Read:

Over the last week I’ve been working on books for #ARCAugust and #TomeTopple and since I’ve been trying to avoid my iPad and social media, I’ve been doing a good job! I’m also on a bit of a mission to read my own damn books over the next few months because I would LOVE to start 2018 with my owned TBR pile under 100 books.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum – I liked this one! I listened to the audiobook and it was such a great listen. I love stories that have people exchanging letters, where one person knows the other and it’s a guessing game for the other person. Definitely a sweet story.

Dinner With Edward by Isabel Vincent – This was really great! I don’t read a ton of non-fiction but can usually be lured in with stories that involve food and I started this one on an empty stomach. I loved the story of Edward and learning how Isabel worked out the issues in her life.

Deer Life by Ron Sexsmith – This was okay. I got it as a review book and the cover is amazing, but the story is rough. The writing didn’t suck me in and it wasn’t as fluid as I usually like. I think I’ll stick to listening to Ron’s music.

The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1) by Lois Lowry – This is a reread for me … I just learned last year that this series has three other books so I wanted to reread the first book before continuing on. I really, really loved the audiobook and it really made me think that we don’t give kids enough credit when it comes to subject matter. This story is DARK. Definitely recommended.

The Drowned Girls (Angie Pallorino, #1) by Loreth Anne White – I got a copy of this book from Ambur over at Thomas Allen & Sons and had to read it right away and it was so good! I loved Angie and all of the other characters. I loved the mystery and the cover and I just wanted to soak it all up … I can’t wait for the next one!

Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet, #2) by Lois Lowry Just had to continue on with this series and really enjoyed the second book, though it wasn’t quite as good as the first book. I’m really interested to read the next two to see what I think. I do like that they’re more companion stories to the first book and that this story isn’t quite in the same universe.

What I’m Currently Reading:

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) by V. E. Schwab – I am on a mission to catch up with all the series I’ve been reading – I’ve been buying the books but not quiet getting to them – and since it’s Tome Topple, I dove into this one and it’s great! I just love Victoria’s writing and this series is so so good. I’ll also say that I saw the UK covers and I kind of want a copy of all of them for my shelves, too. Seriously, she can do no wrong!

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein – I fell in love with Garth Stein’s book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, a long time ago and bought this book last year, I believe, but just didn’t have a chance to get to it. I’m listening to the audiobook and I’m glad I am since it’s a very different vibe from his first book. It almost reminds of something by Diane Setterfield or Audrey Niffinegger. It’s okay, but not my favourite.

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2) by Rick Riordan – Another series I have to continue on with! I do really like this series though it’s not as amazing as other people have been saying. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with middle grade books, so that’s probably why. It is really good, though, and I love Apollo. I think if I could pick a favourite character, it would be the arrow. It’s hilarious!

What I Plan To Read Next: 


Another ARC on my list for the upcoming week, as well as two more series to continue on with! I look forward to finishing two more series and will definitely feel less book guilt when I do.

New On The Shelf

I had signed back up with Audible a few months ago to get a review book courtesy of a narrator and when I went to cancel my membership (since $15 a month is a little steep for me) they offered me three months at $9 a month so I jumped at the chance! Just this week they had a 2-for-1 sale and I picked up a couple books with a credit, and got a few that were on my wishlist so I could suspend my membership for a while. I’m looking forward to ALL of these! I have a vacation coming up and will need some listening material while I drive!

Just last night I saw that Karina Halle’s latest book was available and I just had to get a copy of it! This book takes place in Canada and is a western romance and I think it’s going to be so good.

What I’m Waiting For

Detective Angie Pallorino took down a serial killer permanently and, according to her superiors, with excessive force. Benched on a desk assignment for twelve months, Angie struggles to maintain her sense of identity—if she’s not a detective, who is she? Then a decades-old cold case washes ashore, pulling her into an investigation she recognizes as deeply personal.

Angie’s lover and partner, James Maddocks, sees it, too. But spearheading an ongoing probe into a sex-trafficking ring and keeping Angie’s increasing obsession with her case in check is taking its toll. However, as startling connections between the parallel investigations emerge, Maddocks realizes he has more than Angie’s emotional state to worry about.

Driven and desperate to solve her case, Angie goes rogue, risking her relationship, career, and very life in pursuit of answers. She’ll learn that some truths are too painful to bear, and some sacrifices include collateral damage.

But Angie Pallorino won’t let it go. She can’t. It’s not in her blood.

November 14, 2017 | Montlake Romance

I received a copy of the first book in this series from my friend Ambur over at Thomas Allen & Sons and I was so in love with the cover that I had to dig in right away and man oh man was it good! I loved it so much that I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

What have you been reading lately? Any recommendations? What books are you waiting for to be published?

[Book Talk] Paper Hearts (The Heartbreaker Chronicles, #2) by Ali Novak

Book Details:

Format: ARC
Source: Publisher (Sourcebooks)
Read: August 2017


“I’m sorry,” he said, slowly untying the ribbon that held his mask in place. “It’s just…I didn’t want you to think of me any differently.”

Somehow I kept my mouth from falling open. I knew his face, but my mind couldn’t accept that he was the person looking down at me.

“My real name is Alec.”

Felicity has her entire future planned. Ever since her older sister ran away, she’s had the full weight of her mother’s expectations on her shoulders. So she works hard to get straight As and save for college.

Except sometimes the best things in life are unplanned—like when Felicity meets a handsome, masked stranger while she is volunteering at a charity masquerade ball. She never thought he’d flirt with her. And she certainly never thought he’d turn out to be a member of the world-famous band the Heartbreakers.

Then Felicity uncovers a shocking family secret. Suddenly, she, Alec, and her two best friends are off on a road trip to find Felicity’s missing sister. And she’s about to discover that unexpected turns have a peculiar way of landing her right where she needs to be…

My Thoughts

Thank you to Sourcebooks for a review copy of this book! 

When Sourcebooks sent out an email about upcoming ARCs available, I was a little nervous requesting this one because it was the second book in the series and I was worried that I might not be able to really get into it without reading the first book.

Fortunately, I dove right in and I’m so glad that I did because this book was so good! I absolutely LOVE books where people unknowingly meet celebrities. This one was so much fun because our two main characters, Alec and Felicity, met at a masquerade ball and had no idea who the other was and little did Felicity know that Alec was in one of her favourite bands.

This story could have gone so many different ways, and initially I read the synopsis for what must have been the first version of the story and it seemed so much like any other YA book, but this one had a bit of mystery woven into it, with the disappearance of Felicity’s sister. I loved that certain discoveries led to a road trip and band shenanigans, as well as lots of romance. I love celebrities being normal people in books, and this one was nice because not everyone was falling at Alec’s feet (honestly, some celebrity books have every single person the celebrity comes across knowing who they are and just fawning all over them – it would NOT have made sense with this one in my opinion, since I probably wouldn’t recognize certain members in my own favourite bands.).

I devoured this book in one day and while I thought I wasn’t going to like it, or that maybe it would be too juvenile for me, I totally loved it and it made me want to read more books with music in them because it’s just such a fun part of any book – there are a few song lists in the back and I’m TOTALLY building them up on Spotify so I can listen to them!

It’s so funny, reading reviews of this book it looks like it’s not the popular one in the series so far, so I’m glad that I didn’t read reviews prior to reading this one. Personally, I thought it was a lot of fun and even if it wasn’t totally realistic, it was just a light and fun contemporary that was perfect for a rainy day of reading. And I love that cover! I don’t usually do cutesy covers, but I think that one is adorable.

[Book Talk] Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan

Book Details:

Format: Ebook
Source: Borrowed
Read: July 2017


Were you a sherbet lemon or chocolate lime fan? Penny chews or hard boiled sweeties (you do get more for your money that way)? The jangle of your pocket money …the rustle of the pink and green striped paper bag …Rosie Hopkins thinks leaving her busy London life, and her boyfriend Gerard, to sort out her elderly Aunt Lilian’s sweetshop in a small country village is going to be dull. Boy, is she wrong. Lilian Hopkins has spent her life running Lipton’s sweetshop, through wartime and family feuds. As she struggles with the idea that it might finally be time to settle up, she also wrestles with the secret history hidden behind the jars of beautifully coloured sweets. Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams – a novel – with recipes.

My Thoughts

With the exception of her book shop book, Jenny Colgan definitely hits the mark when it comes to books that give me cravings! From bread to cupcakes to candy, whenever I read one of her books not only do I get lost in the story, but I also have MAD cravings. I think I cook something whenever I read her books, which is a good thing! Honestly, I’m scared to read her chocolate shop book since I do love chocolate!

Anyway, this book was just so good, so sweet, and perfect for the summertime. I absolutely adore stories where the main character has to uproot to a new city or country and leave the life they thought was perfect for something completely different. This is such a great story of finding what you want in life, finding your own happiness, finding love (which is always my favourite), and also finding family. We kind of get a glimpse at Rosie’s mother and her family, as well as Rosie’s best friend back in London, but mostly it’s a story about Rosie and Lillian and I loved seeing how they got to know and love each other as the story went on.

And not only that, this story is written in a way I love, with the past being wrapped together with the present. Lillian originally ran this sweet shop and we get her story and learn why she’s the way she is and see how it mirror’s Rosie’s story. I loved how the old met the new and how old friendships were remedied, love was found (and not the way I thought it would be), and friendships were made. Honestly, what I love about Jenny Colgan’s books is that they show a reader how it’s possible to leave your life and go somewhere different and you’ll still survive. It might not be totally realistic but it’s still a whimsical story that will appeal to people who love tales of finding yourself, where you’re almost a fish out of water.

I love love love Jenny Colgan’s books and can’t wait to read more of them, especially her Christmas books. AND she has a new one coming out this year and it’s just going to be fantastic, I know it. Seriously, if you haven’t read any of Jenny’s books, get on it. They’re fantastic and I promise you’ll fall in love.