The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.
Life and Blog
Life: I’m typing this up on a Thursday afternoon where I am officially two hours away from my two week winter break. These past couple of weeks have been rooooough. We have a collapsed trap (or tap — I’m not sure what they are saying), which has required our entire basement to be jack-hammered up and two bathroom walls to be torn down. I’ve been in a hotel for the past few nights and cannot wait to just be at home for break. I’m also sad about parting with the few thousands dollars this shit is going to cost me.
What I’m reading: I’m super into Blood Sugar which I’ve read the past couple of nights before bed. One of my biggest resolutions this year is just reading whatever I feel like (which I kind of do anyway, but I always feel guilty about reading books “too early” when I have arcs that release way sooner. Listen, it’s this whole thing, but I’ve decided that publishers are more into having people read the arcs more than they care about WHEN they are read. Frankly 2022 is shaping up to be an amazing year book wise, and Imma gonna read books as they come my way.). I’m also finishing up Amari and the Night Brothers, which is a MG fantasy (I’m digging it) and In Every Generation which takes place in the world of the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and has Willow and Spike, etc). I never got into the show, but I’ve seen and read enough to follow.
What I’m watching: We’re still watching Wheel of Time and Dexter: New Blood. I’ve been re-watching the first season of Euphoria and cannot wait for the second season next month.
New books: I have a handful of pretties to share with you this week. So without further ado, I hope you’re all having fantastic weekends!
Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild
I’m about a quarter of the way through this and am into it. It follows a woman who is being interrogated about four murders that have occurred to people she’s known throughout her life — but she’s only killed three of them. I really like the back and forth in the timeline and the writing style.
Real Easy by Marie Rutkoski
This is an adult thriller that takes place in a late 1990s midwest strip club. I recognized the name of the author as that of YA fantasy author of The Winner’s Curse series. This is pretty petty, but I never finished that series because I was so annoyed by the cover art change, but I remember liking that first book and am intrigued by this premise.
These Deadly Games by Diana Urban
A young woman gets this message from the kidnapper of her little sister: “Let’s play a game. You have 24 hours to win. If you break my rules, she dies. If you call the police, she dies. If you tell your parents or anyone else, she dies. Are you ready?” Sounds pretty intriguing.
Required Reading for Disenfranchised Freshmen by Kristen Lee
A debut novel that takes a look at the racist history (and present) of an elite ivy-league school.
Mercy Street by Jennifer Haigh
This follows the different lives that intersect at a woman’s clinic in Boston from a counselor to an anti-abortionist.
Catch Her When She Falls by Allison Buccola
Ten years ago, a woman’s boyfriend was accused of killing her best friend when they were teens. After a podcast starts looking into the case, she is forced to take a look at what really happened.
Wishing Upon the Same Stars Jacquetta Nammar Feldman
This MG novel follows two girls who’ve become friends in their Texas town who are forced to grabble with the Israeli-Palestinian divide.
Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee
This MG novel follows a young girl who is staying in her grandparent’s small town and working at the family restaurant while her grandfather recovers. It looks like a cute one.
The Supernatural Society by Rex Ogle
A MG novel about a boy who can see monsters and the sixth grade students he teams up with.
The New Girl by Jesse Sutano
On her first day at a posh private school, a teen witnesses a girl being forcefully carried away by campus security. Her new schoolmates and teachers seem unphased, but it leaves her unsure of what she’s gotten herself into.
From Hollywood With Love by Scott Meslow
A history of the romantic comedy from the 80s to today. I read the first chapter which was specific to When Harry Met Sally.
Horror Hotel by Victoria Fulton
A YA horror about teen “ghost hunters” who spend the night in a haunted hotel.
Well that’s it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, etc). I love to see what books people have recently snagged and especially enjoy hearing about my fellow bloggers’ weeks. I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!