The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.
I swear when I don’t have the structure of the school year, I just become a giant blob that doesn’t even know what day it is. Hmm, life. I’ve entered a couple of writing contests this summer. A flash fiction contest through NYC Midnight and a flash fiction contest through Writing Battle. I wrote the first round NYC back in June and just found out I got second place in my category, so I’ll be writing a story for the second round this weekend. I wrote the Writing Battle story last weekend and have enjoyed judging the “duels” I’m responsible for judging.
I have one more full week of freedom, and that first week back is just teacher meetings/room set-up (although I have the same room and pretty much left it how I want it). I can’t believe how early some schools go back. I didn’t accomplish much this summer, but I never really do – lol.
What I’m reading: I’m finally reading Truly Devious. I don’t know why I’ve waited so long on this one. I’m also about halfway through The Kind Worth Killing, I’m the Girl, and The Last Housewife.
What I’m watching: I have two episodes left of The Sandman. I love this show. Netflix better renew it. I watched Mare of Easttown, and Mr. Flix and I have been binging old episodes of the show Alone.
New books: I’m not going to share all of the books I’ve missed posting these last few weeks, but I am going to post a couple that I’m excited about alongside what I would have posted this week on a normal schedule. So without further ado, I hope you’re all having fantastic weekends!
Marple: Twelve New Mysteries by various authors (including McManus, Ware, and Bardugo)
This anthology of Agatha Christie’s beloved character has some stellar authors. I’m excited.
The Enigma of Room 622 by Joel Dicker
Per the synopsis: “A matryoshka doll of a mystery built with the precision of a Swiss watch. Joel Dicker presents a diabolically addictive thriller where a love triangle, a power struggle, shocking betrayals and dangerous envy play out against the backdrop of a not so quiet Switzerland, where the truth twists and turns into something no reader will see coming.”
The House Party by Rita Cameron
A quiet community has to deal with the fall-out when a group of teens throws a party at a beautiful new house, trashing it before the owner is able to move in.
I’m the Girl by Courtney Summer
Per the synopsis: “When sixteen-year-old Georgia Avis discovers the dead body of thirteen-year-old Ashley James, she teams up with Ashley’s older sister, Nora, to find and bring the killer to justice before he strikes again. But their investigation throws Georgia into a world of unimaginable privilege and wealth, without conscience or consequence, and as Ashley’s killer closes in, Georgia will discover when money, power and beauty rule, it might not be a matter of who is guilty—but who is guiltiest.” I’ve started this. I’ll be the first to admit that I as much as I WANT to enjoy Summer’s books, I have a hard time with her writing style. I am liking this one more than most of her books, though, so I guess that’s something.
The Weight of Blood by Tiffany Jackson
A retelling (or at least inspired by) Carrie by Stephen King, this follows a bullied girl whose bullies become even more relentless when they find out she is bi-racial.
Fairy Tale by Stephen King
This almost sounds like an actual fairy tale story — with King’s monster, of course.
Coven by Jennifer Dugan
A graphic novel about a girl trying to save her family’s coven.
Over My Dead Body by Sweeney Boo
Another witchy graphic novel – this one following a girl at a magical institute who is trying to solve a friend’s disappearance.
How to Survive Your Murder by Danielle Valentine
A girl is the sole witness at her sister’s murder trial. Set to testify, she is knocked out and wakes up a year previous. Can she save her sister?
Nothing More to Tell by Karen McManus
A girl is returning to the prep school she once attended hoping to solve the murder of her favorite teacher from a couple of years before.
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!