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Well, time flies and we are already halfway through April. This week I have jury duty, it’s tax week, I’m in spring cleaning mode, and I’m unfortunately in a mini reading rut. (I blame Gilmore Girls, my current TV addiction)

Here’s my week in books:




Pointe by Brandy Colbert – I really need to have Ballet week for all of these ballet books I’m acquiring! Pointe is about dance, eating disorders, and a mysterious abduction. And it sounds intense, and everyone’s raving about it!


Review e-books:

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran – A coming of age novel set in the 90s about a teen who reinvents herself with a new persona and a job as a rock journalist.

Rumble by Ellen Hopkins  - Hopkins tackles religion in her latest – an atheist falls for a Christian girl, and is mourning his brother’s death.

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy – This MG book is about a big family that includes two dads, four adopted boys and lots of pets.

We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt – This book is about sisters and secrets!

Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier – Born Confused first came out in 2002 and it’s coming back with a new cover to go with the forthcoming sequel Bombay Blues. Looks like a good coming of age.



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Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita, audiobook performed by Eileen Stevens – This is a summer camp story and companion novel to Sleepaway Girls. Thanks Audiobook Jukebox and Blackstone Audio!


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I’m still playing catch-up from my vacation, so I’m sorry if I haven’t been as present in the blogosphere lately. I’ll get my blogging mojo back soon I’m sure.

I’m excited about the books I picked up this week! There are some books that are perfect for LGBT April, an eagerly anticipated sequel, promising looking audiobooks, and a couple Adult titles that sound fantastic.

This week I received:


Review Books:

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead – Thank you Knoph publishing! I’ve been interested in this title – it’s about the world of professional ballet, family and love.

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler (Audiobook)Thank you Audiobook Jukebox and Macmillan Audio! I’m eager to listen to this one. It’s told by multiple perspectives and performed by a full cast. The book is about small-town life, music, friendship, and love, with some inspiration from Justin Vernon, frontman for Bon Iver, and friend of the author.

Review e-books:


Rooms by Lauren Oliver – I’m excited to read Oliver’s Adult debut! It’s described as a ghost story/ family drama.

Ask Me by Kimberley Pauley (Audiobook) – Thank you Audiobook Jukebox and Blackstone Audio. Ask Me is about a teenage oracle who is compelled to always tell the truth, even though what she says is cryptic.

No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace – No One Needs to Know is about a girl and her twin brother fall for the same girl.

Fragile Line by Brooklyn Sky – Fragile Line is about a girl who suffers mysterious blackouts and is haunted by bad childhood memories.

Whisper to Me by Christina Lee – Book 3 in the Between Breaths series. This installment is about Rachel and bass player Kai.

Boys Like You by Juliana Stone – This YA romance is about two damaged characters that find each other.

The Boy I Love by Nina de Gramont -This book is about secrets, love and prejudice.

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan – A Persian girl falls for another girl at her high school. A coming out story with plot twists.

My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter – This book is about friendship, love and sexuality and features a vacation to Greece.

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Hi all! Since I was on vacation for the last week I ended up taking a mini blogging break. I missed a few earthquakes in my hometown while I was gone, and got a good dose of San Francisco rain and fog. Fun to be back though! I managed to throw some business at Bay Area bookstores:

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Bookstore purchases:

From the awesome BookShop Santa Cruz:

The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender  by Leslye Walton – This literary YA debut has a dose of magical realism and ponders what it means to be human. Ava Lavender was born with wings, seemingly without purpose.

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, illustrated by Julia Kuo – A 2013 National Book Award winner so I have high hopes for this one. Luck is a MG book about a girl named Summer who lives with her grandparents and has been having nothing but bad luck.

Perfect by Rachel Joyce – This is a historical fiction / coming of age that I’ve heard good things about.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – I just read an e-galley of this and found it completely charming. Somehow they had a used copy at the store even though it’s out April 1st.

And I picked up a couple books from the always fabulous Green Apple Books:  (They were just named PW Bookstore of the year!)

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner – A girl is grieving her little brothers death and meets a boy who is eerily similar to him.

Before My Eyes by Caroline Block – This thriller is about the lives of three people living one summer in Long Island, and covers topics like mental illness and gun control.

Review Audiobooks:

Thank you Simon & Schuster Audio!

Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting, performed by Elizabeth Louise and Jason Carpenter – A romance between a tattoo artist and his client – two damaged people that are afraid to love.

Safe With Me by Amy Hatvany, performed by Joy Osmanski, Rebekkah Ross and Cassandra Campbell - A story of two mothers and a daughter whose lives are linked by tragedy.

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, performed by Zachary Webber and Angela Goethals – I loved the book and look forward to a re-listen!

Twisted by Emma Chase, performed by Charlotte Penfield – This is a sequel to Tangled from Kate’s POV, and it’s set two years later.


Review e-books:


Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae – This looks cute – it’s about a girl named Pippa vacationing in Italy one summer, and all her romantic and sightseeing adventures.

Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir – This book sounds intense – it’s about self-harm and obsessive love, and the author has pictures of Sid & Nancy as her inspiration on her blog. I definitely want to fit this one in soon!

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Happy spring! It’s spring break for us so we are doing a little traveling this week. I’ll check in periodically but will mostly be taking a mini break and enjoying sight seeing and family time. This week I received a few books:

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Fly Away by Kristin Hannah – Thank you St. Martin’s Press! Fly Away is a companion book to Firefly Lane, and is new to paperback. I haven’t read Firefly Lane yet, but I hear Fly Away can be read as standalone. Anyone want to chime in about that?


The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe – A new verse novel! I liked Kehoe’s Audition, and this one sounds like another winner. It’s about music, family, and love.

Review E-books:

Playing It Close by Kat Latham – The second book in the London Legends rugby series, and also can be read as standalone.

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack – The first book in Carmack’s Rusk University series, which has a Friday Night Lights flavor to it.

Played by Liz Fichera – It’s the week for Sports Romance! Played is the companion book to last year’s Hooked.

The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt – A sixteen-year-old receives a Vegas wedding chapel in her Grandpa’s will, and there’s family drama and romance with a guy who works at a rival chapel.

Push by Claire Wallis – This is a New Adult debut about a girl with anger issues and an abusive past who gets involved with a guy whose past girlfriends fell off the face of the earth.

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Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington, performed by Jorjeana Marie – Thank you Audiobook Jukebox and Blackstone Audio! Liv Bloom gets murdered at boarding school and now she haunts the halls, seeking the truth about the mysterious deaths (with her alive boyfriends’ help)

Print Books:

The Ring and The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz – Thank you Big Honcho Media and Disney/Hyperion! Such a pretty cover! This is the first book of a new historical series, and has magic, royal intrigue, and romance.


You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane – Rachel bumps into her ex Ben ten years after they broke up. She’s never gotten over him, but he’s married now. I’m curious about how it’s going to turn out!

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki – I  have not read a lot of graphic novels in the past so I’m trying out a few from First Second books. This is a coming of age about two friends vacationing with their families. The blue in the artwork really appeals to me. Wish I had a hard copy but the nook color will have to do for now.

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang – This is another graphic novel from First Second Books. IRL is about gaming, culture, and poverty, and the artwork is quite striking.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – My sister recommended this one to me, and I immediately hopped on Netgalley to request it. It’s about a struggling widower bookseller and the strange events that suddenly occur in the store. I haven’t read much of it yet, but I love the writing style.

Roman Holiday: The Complete Adventure by Ruthie Knox – All ten installments of this serialized novel are now bundled in one convenient package – time to dive in! 

The Kiss of Deception by Mary A. Pearson – The first book of a new fantasy trilogy about a princess who runs away from her would be arranged marriage. Everyone in my GR feed is raving about this book.

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Mailbox Monday buttonMailbox Monday is a weekly event where we share our latest book arrivals. Link up and find new mailboxes to stalk at the Mailbox Monday blog! Hope you all had a great week- I can’t complain. Spring has definitely sprung in my neck of the woods. It always takes me a little while to get used to daylight saving time though. On to the books!


Screw Everyone by Ophira Eisenberg – This is a humorous memoir performed by the author/comedian, and it’s been optioned for a film. Thanks Audible!

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham – Borrowed from the library. I’m glad I get to listen to this one to hear Lauren Graham’s performance.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson – Excited to snag this daily deal!

Print Books:

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The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu – Lovely book about an undocumented immigrant. I’ll have a review up this week. Thank you, Running Press!

Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell – Described as a non-PC YA Contemporary. Received from Running Press for a blog tour. Thanks!


The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh – I like the cover on this one…so summery. It’s about a married woman who falls for her teenage step-daughter’s boyfriend. Scandalous!

The Other Language by Francesca Marciano – This is a book of short stories that take place in exotic locales, like Venice, Greece, and India. Looks good!

The Last Time I Saw You by Eleanor Moran – A woman grapples with her college friends’ death and revisits the past.

Road to Somewhere by Kelley Lynn & Jenny S. Morris – A sister-roadtrip to LA for a singing competition takes a detour to their grandparents’ ranch in Texas.

Torn Away by Jennifer Brown – A girl loses her family in a tornado and moves in with her surviving relatives.

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In the last few days we’ve gotten lots of rain, which we desperately need. Good time to stay indoors with a good book! I don’t usually get a lot of books in the mail, but of course this week I got several wet and soggy packages. Luckily the books inside were fine though.


cress and tilt audiobooks

Cress by Marissa Meyer – Thanks Audiobook Jukebox and Macmillan Audio! I just finished listening to Scarlet so I’m ready to dig into this.

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins – Thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio! A favorite author and favorite audiobook narrators = happiness!

Print Books:

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Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols – Thanks to Simon Pulse! This is the first book in the Superlatives series about two people that are voted Biggest Flirts in their yearbook elections.

Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Maxwell – Thanks to Touchstone/Simon & Schuster! This is about a middle aged erotic novelist who meets her fictional romantic hero in real life, at Target!


The Last Forever by Deb Caletti – Tessa and her dad go on a roadtrip to heal after losing her mom.

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith – Andrew Smith gets the most interesting book covers, matching up with the unique stories within.

Sublime by Christina Lauren – The “Beautiful Bastard” writing team has a new YA book! Sublime is about a boy in love with a ghost- he can only see her when he’s on the brink of death himself, so that encourages his risky behavior. What an epic cover, huh?

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover – Well, this is going to the top of my TBR! CoHo’s latest is about a musician whose life is turned upside down when she catches her boyfriend with her good friend. She falls for another musician next door.

The Only Boy by Jordan Locke – This YA dystopia is about a future world without men. But one guy did survive, and now he’s masquerading as a woman to avoid execution. Mary has never seen a boy but she’s drawn to Taylor.

The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian – A New Adult dystopia! A beta reader on Goodreads describes it as The Hunger Games meets Lost.


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Take Me There by Carolee Dean – From Paperback Swap. A road trip book from 2010 about friendship, love and second chances.

Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic – Thanks for the trade, Lisa! Never Eighteen is a YA contemporary from 2012 about a dying boy who journey’s to say goodbye and make peace with the important people in his life.

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