The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.
Life and Blog
Life: Despite still having an extremely expensive sewer problem (we can at least use our bathroom now), I’ve had a pretty awesome winter break. I’ve been doing my bi-annual clean out of my closet, drawers, etc (I have a fairly serious thrift store problem and an old house with one closet, lol. There are clothes — and books — everywhere). I’ve hit the jackpot of book after book that I’m loving. I can’t even remember the last time I’ve completed as many books in a row. I read all the time, but I only complete a relatively small percentage of the books I start. I’ve watched good shows and taken long baths. I’m not ready for this break to end.
What I’m reading: Since I last posted I finished a handful of books. First, was an adult thriller called Blood Sugar, which follows a woman who is being accused of her husband’s murder. She is innocent of the crime, but she has killed a number of people over the years and a police officer seems to be connecting the dots. Next up was a YA thriller called These Deadly Games. This followed a teen girl who is obsessed with an online video game that she plays with a group of friends. One day, just a few days before a major tournament she and her friends are hoping to win, she finds a message on an app she never downloaded onto her phone. The message states that her younger sister has been kidnapped and she is going to die if the teen doesn’t do everything the kidnapper says. I figured out both the who and whydunit pretty early on, but I was still quite invested in this story, finishing it in just a couple of days. It was actually one of the best YA thrillers I’ve read in a long time. After that I did a reread of Election, which is one of my all-time favorite books and then a couple of graphic novels. Finally, I just finished Cleopatra and Frankenstein, which is probably my favorite book of the year. It follows a newly married couple and their friends over the course of the year. I loved it so much. I’m finishing off the year by reading the sequel to Election called Tracy Flick Can’t Win. It doesn’t come out until the summer, but I just can’t wait. I’m so excited for this book.
What I’m watching: We finished watching Wheel of Time, which again felt very derivative of LotR but we enjoyed regardless. We’ve also been watching and enjoying Dexter: New Blood. We started the second season of The Witcher last night (after I made Mr. Flix rewatch the first season because I didn’t remember any of it). We started watching the newest Matrix but haven’t finished it. At least the first 30 minutes was just so similar to the first movie.
New books: I have a handful of pretties to share this week. So without further ado, I hope you’re having fantastic weekends! Happiest of New Years!
Tracy Flick Can’t Win by Tom Perrotta
This sequel to Election is definitely my most anticipated books of 2022. It doesn’t come out until next summer, but I can’t resist starting this now.
Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors
This was probably my favorite book of 2021. It’s a simple book that follows a newly married couple and their friends, but I just adored the writing.
All the Right Reasons by Bethany Mangle
Isn’t this cover the cutest? It follows a girls whose mom has gone onto a dating show for single parents and then she finds love herself with one of the contestant’s son.
Bright Ruined Things by Samantha Cohoe
This is a retelling of The Tempest (with what looks like a dash of The Great Gatsby).
Golden Boys by Phil Stamper
This sounds a bit like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but with four gay teen boys. A group of friends spends the summer of the senior year apart doing various things.
The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman
I’m excited for this nonfiction look at my favorite decade.
Our American Friend by Anna Pitoniak
This supposes that Melania Trump is an actually interesting woman full of espionage and intrigue.
The Chandler Legacies by Abdi Nazemian
Per synopsis: “A revelatory novel about the enclosed world of privilege and silence at an elite boarding school and the unlikely group of friends who dare challenge the status quo through their writing.” Sounds right up my alley.
Beach Wedding by Michael Ledwidge
A murder in the Hamptons takes place during a wedding. I don’t read James Patterson, but I understand that this author is often one of his cowriters.
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!