This Week In Books – June 21st to 27th, 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:

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – From the first few pages, I knew I would love this book, and I totally did! I can see why there’s so much hype around this because it’s super cute and Dimple and Rishi is that kind of couple you ship, even if you think saying you ship something is weird. Definitely recommended!

Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali – I had this one on my radar after my search for some 2017 Canadian releases and thought it was really good! I loved the writing style and the story, while it didn’t have quite the resolution I was looking for, was intriguing and fun. And I definitely learned a lot about the Muslim culture reading this one, which was nice!

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari – Loved this one so much. I especially love the audiobook since it’s read by Aziz and he’s just so funny and tells a great story. Even though I’m a married lady, I still loved this story about the hardships of dating in the digital world. It was thoughtful, fascinating, and I now feel so much more thankful for not having to go through this when I dated!

And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz – I really enjoyed this tale of mother-daughter bonding abroad. Had I not seen it while browsing my library’s Overdrive catalogue, I might not have picked it up, so I’m glad that I saw it. Made me want to travel!

London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton – I was gifted this book by the author and it’s such a fun read! I love all things London and this book just makes me want to go there!

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2) by Victoria Schwab – I’m on a mission to read the piles of new books I have on our main floor – before anything can go on the bookcases, it has to be read! – and so I just had to dive into this one. I think it’s official – I love Victoria Schwab and just need to buy her back catalogue I don’t own and read everything. She’s awesome. I’m not too far into this one – maybe 75 pages – but it’s good so far.

Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill – I’ve had this one on my radar for SUCH a long time that I finally decided to listen to the audiobook. The fact that Shannon McManus narrates it was a selling point for me, since I love her narrations of Kasie West books. However, I’m equally loving and hating this book … it’s fun and light but man are the characters annoying!

What I Plan To Read Next: 

Since Canada’s 150th is just around the corner, I’m hoping to get some Canadian reading in! I just don’t know what yet. I’m just kind of winging it with my reading lately!

New On The Shelf


 
Got my preorder of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in the mail this week and it’s just so pretty to look at! And, as you’ll see below, I just had to buy a copy of K. A. Tucker’s newest book because all I’m seeing are raving reviews and I need to read it ASAP!

What I’m Waiting For


Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

June 27, 2017 | Atria Books

I’m cheating a bit with this one because it just came out yesterday, but this one looks so good! I actually went to buy this the other day on my kindle because I had no idea what to read next and I already know I’ll love it, even though I’ve only read one K. A. Tucker book, but it hadn’t been released yet! I’ve seen that it’s like a modern day Cinderella story, and honestly, I can’t wait to gobble it up!

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

This Week In Books – June 14th to 20th, 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:

Wow – talk about a small reading week! I was having a bit of an off week and just couldn’t get into anything and started listening to more music, so I didn’t listen to any audiobooks. And I just couldn’t find an audiobook that grabbed me, so I just took my time with some physical books.

Once And For All by Sarah Dessen – I was so excited for this one that I had to dig into it right when I got it. It was definitely really good and I loved the wedding planning part of it. It was very much a Sarah Dessen book, but something didn’t grab me as much as her other books and I had to suspend belief with the plot a bit. Not my favourite, but it was still good!

Ember Island by Kimberley Freeman – It had been forever since I read Kimberley Freeman’s last book and as I started reading this one I remembered how much I love her writing. This book was so good!! It seriously kept me up at night reading because I just had to see what was going on. I already have one of her older books on my books to buy list.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari – Last week I finally caught up with Aziz’s show Master of None, so when I saw this book at my library, I decided to give it a go. It’s so good! Right off the bat, I knew I had to slow down the speed (I’m a notorious 2x the speed listener) and just take in the book. I was laughing like crazy right away. It’s such an interesting book, a great blend of non-fiction and spit out your coffee humour.

 

What I Plan To Read Next: 

Oh hey, weren’t these on my list LAST week? Yup. But I’m TOTALLY going to read these this week! I was having a bit of an off week last week, so I need to catch up! I also just got the audiobook for It’s Not Like It’s A Secret and plan to listen to it next.

New On The Shelf


Nothing! It was such an off week for me that I didn’t buy one book. Definitely feels weird.

What I’m Waiting For


The powerful new novel from Kimberley Freeman.

A rich and satisfying story of two women with indomitable spirits and the high costs they have to pay for being strong-minded, from the author of the bestselling Lighthouse Bay and Ember Island.

A story about love, motherhood, and learning whom you belong to in the world.

In 1874, wild and willful Agnes Resolute finally leaves the foundling home where she grew up on the bleak moors of northern England. On her departure, she discovers that she was abandoned with a small token of her mother: a unicorn button. Agnes had always believed her mother to be too poor to keep her, but Agnes has been working as a laundress at the foundling home and recognises the button as belonging to the imperious and beautiful Genevieve Breakby, daughter of a local noble family. Agnes had only seen her once, but has never forgotten her. She investigates and discovers Genevieve is now in London. Agnes follows, living hard in the poor end of London until she finds out Genevieve has moved to France.

This sets Agnes off on her own adventure: to Paris, Agnes follows her mother’s trail, and starts to see it is also a trail of destruction. Finally, in Sydney she tracks Genevieve down. But is Genevieve capable of being the mother Agnes hopes she will be?

A powerful story about women with indomitable spirits, about love and motherhood, and about learning whom you belong to in the world.

TBA | Simon & Schuster Canada

Like I said, I love Kimberley Freeman’s books and when I started reading the book I just finished, Ember Island, I had to look her up and see if she had anything new coming out and this one was just released in Australia! I have no idea when it comes out in Canada but now after my second book by Kimberley, she is on my auto-buy list. Her books are just so good!

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

This Week In Books – June 7th to 13th, 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:

After so many weeks of Canadian reading I feel terrible that I didn’t work in any Canadian books this week!

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy – I saw so many good reviews of this book and I thought it was just okay. I felt like Ramona’s sexuality was the big thing anyone talked about with this book, but it really wasn’t a huge focal point? At any rate, this is my second Julie Murphy book and I think her writing and me just don’t get along.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) by Victoria Schwab – Holy freaking hell. I read this one via audiobook and thought it was just meh, but then I read the physical book and it was FREAKING AWESOME! I seriously can’t wait to read the next book!

Ghostal Living (Hamptons Home & Garden Mysteries, #3) by Kathleen Bridge – This was my book club book for this month and it was alright, but not the best cozy I’ve read. Thankfully, the book club meeting is a lot of fun, so I still look forward to it! Also interested to see if anyone else thought the same as I did.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – I read and loved this one a few years ago and when I was looking for something to listen to I saw there was an audiobook for this one available and I gave it a go. Rebecca Soler KILLS IT as Nimona and my first graphic novel as an audiobook was awesome!

No Such Thing As Luck: A North and South Variation by Nicole Clarkston – This was gifted to me by the narrator, Ana Clements, and it was okay. I did really enjoy Ana’s narration, but the story was just average for me. It was enjoyable, but probably nothing I’d pick up.

The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny, #1) by Jeaniene Frost – This is a book I was so looking forward to loving, but I’m so disappointed with it. I love Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series and the spin-offs, but this one was kind of terrible.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen – I just got this in the mail on Monday and I had to dig in right away! I love Sarah’s writing and even though I have other books I need to read ASAP, I just couldn’t NOT read this one. I’m not too far in, but it’s good so far!

What I Plan To Read Next: 

I have a RIDICULOUS amount of books I need to read ASAP, but next up will be London Belongs To Me, which was gifted to me by the author and it looks FABULOUS. Also, I just bought Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab, the last book to the Monsters of Verity series and I NEED to read it!

New On The Shelf


Oh man, I think next month needs to be a no-buy month because I just can’t stop buying books! However, all of these titles look fantastic and I wish I could just dive into all of them at once. I also love that they’re all so different!

 
Oh my gosh, the books I got as review books are insane! I didn’t plan on getting a lot of review books this year, but I just couldn’t pass up these titles. I’m especially looking forward to Miranda Kenneally’s book, AND I got three great Canadian ARCs! Big thanks to Raincoast Books, Sourcebooks Fire, and Penguin Canada for the review books!

I was gifted the audiobook for this book by the narrator, Ana Clements. It was so nice of her to send it to me!

What I’m Waiting For


In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

July 25, 2017 | Scholastic

I don’t even think I have to say it … I’ve read all of Kasie West’s books and I love them ALL! She is on my auto-buy list now – I don’t even need to know what the book is about, I’m buying it, and I’m probably LOVING it. Seriously, she’s amazing!

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