Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi
Release Date: August 4, 2015

Goodreads Summary:
It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.
The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?

Why I'm Waiting:
Wow. This sounds like a very heavy, emotional book. I cannot wait to read it though.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips
Release Date: June 30, 2015

Goodreads Summary:
When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High's resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:

1. Avoid her at school.
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.

Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?

Why I'm Waiting:
This sounds like a good story. I can't wait to read it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson
Release Date: June 16, 2015

Goodreads Summary:
When Heather Toulson returns to her parents cottage in the English countryside, she uncovers long-hidden secrets about her family history and stumbles onto the truth about a sixty-year-old murder. Libby, a free spirit who can't be tamed by her parents, finds solace with her neighbor Oliver, the son of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor. Libby finds herself pregnant and alone when her father kicks her out and Oliver mysteriously drowns in a nearby river. Though theories spread across the English countryside, no one is ever held responsible for Oliver's death.Sixty years later, Heather Toulson, returning to her family's cottage in the shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, is filled with mixed emotions. She's mourning her father's passing but can't let go of the anger and resentment over their strained relationship. Adding to her confusion, Heather has an uneasy reunion with her first love, all while sorting through her family's belongings left behind in the cottage. As Heather digs, she finds a mysterious journal that belonged to a woman she never knew and it contains clues that lead to the truth about a mysterious drowning decades ago. What she uncovers will change everything she thought she knew about her family's history. Award-winning author Melanie Dobson seamlessly weaves the past and present together, fluidly unraveling the decades-old mystery and reveals how the characters are connected in shocking ways. Set in a charming world of thatched cottages, lush gardens, and lovely summer evenings, this romantic and historical mystery brings to light the secrets and heartaches that have divided a family for generations.

Why I'm Waiting:
This sounds like such a cool story. I like how it's kind of like uncovering a mystery several years later. I think it is also going to be really interesting to see how the two stories intertwine.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #11

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

For Review:
The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay

Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter

30 Lays in 30 Days

The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott
Release Date: June 9, 2015

Goodreads Summary:
Fans of John Green's Looking for Alaska as well as Lauren Oliver and Sarah Dessen will embrace this provocative debut novel, an exploration of taboo love set against the backdrop of a suburban high school.

Charlie, a senior, isn't looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.

But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he's the only one who gets her.

She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.

In this stunning debut, Jessica Alcott explores relationships-and their boundaries-in a way that is both searingly honest and sympathetic.

Why I'm Waiting:
I'm a little iffy about this book. I think there's a way that it could definitely be written well, but it could also be done very poorly. I am interested to see how this book will end up being.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Bout of Books Sign-Ups

Bout of Books

Bout of books is here, and I can finally participate! It usually falls on a week when I know I won't be able to do anything, but this year it is my one free week! I am hoping this will help me get back into the swing of things and start my summer reading off right.

Edit: I ended up not getting any reading done this week. I thought it was going to be the perfect week for me, but I ended up getting some interviews (yay!!!) in a different city, so I haven't had much time to read. I am also in the process of packing for a trip.

Here's the blurb from the Bout of Books team telling you what it's about:
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Are you going to participate? You can sign up here.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Drowning in my TBR Pile #3

Photo taken from here.

I have WAAAY too many books on my TBR pile (both physical and on my kindle). In fact, it's out of control. So, this post is going to become a monthly thing. You can check out my first post here.

Here's how it works:
At the end of every month, I am going to tell you how many books are on my TBR, how many I have added, how many I have deducted (either by reading or giving away), and my new total number of books on my TBR. This is supposed to help me keep this in check. We will see how it goes. (By the way-- this is only books that I own. They can be physical copies or on my kindle, but this does not include all the books on my goodreads list that I want to read. Just what I already own or have received for review).

In my first post I told you that I had 364 books on my TBR. Last month I got it down to 363 books. Since then I have added 4 more books. So, now we have a total of 367. But I have read 0 books. Which leaves us with an updated total of 367 books!

Not good to see that number going up! Hopefully I'll be able to get the ball rolling during the summer.

How many books do you have on your TBR? How do you keep track and keep things under control? I would love to know your secrets!