IMM [14]

*Finished Copies*
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I was so happy when this arrived! Loved the book and so happy to have gotten a finished copy. Even more awesome Rainbow Rowell joked with me on Twitter that she was jealous since she hadn't even gotten her finished copy yet.

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
Expected Publication: July 2, 2013
Gallery Books
From an award-winning author comes a wise and tender coming-of-age story about a nine-year-old girl who runs away from her Mississippi home in 1963, befriends a lonely woman suffering loss and abuse, and embarks on a life-changing roadtrip. The summer of 1963 begins like any other for nine-year-old Starla Claudelle. Born to teenage parents in Mississippi, Starla is being raised by a strict paternal grandmother, Mamie, whose worst fear is that Starla will turn out like her mother. Starla hasn’t seen her momma since she was three, but is convinced that her mother will keep her promise to take Starla and her daddy to Nashville, where her mother hopes to become a famous singer—and that one day her family will be whole and perfect.
When Starla is grounded on the Fourth of July, she sneaks out to see the parade. After getting caught, Starla’s fear that Mamie will make good on her threats and send her to reform school cause her to panic and run away from home. Once out in the country, Starla is offered a ride by a black woman, Eula, who is traveling with a white baby. She happily accepts a ride, with the ultimate goal of reaching her mother in Nashville.

As the two unlikely companions make their long and sometimes dangerous journey, Starla’s eyes are opened to the harsh realities of 1963 southern segregation. Through talks with Eula, reconnecting with her parents, and encountering a series of surprising misadventures, Starla learns to let go of long-held dreams and realizes family is forged from those who will sacrifice all for you, no matter if bound by blood or by the heart.
Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer
Expected Publication: April 2, 2013
William Morrow Paperbacks

Queenie Wake, a country girl from North Star, Texas, has just been fired from her job as a chef for not allowing a customer to use ketchup. Again. Now the only place she has to go is home to North Star. She can hope, maybe things will be different. Maybe her family's reputation as those Wake women will have been forgotten. It's been years since her mother-notorious for stealing your man, your car, and your rent money-was killed. And her sister, who as a teenager was branded as a gold-digging harlot after having a baby with local golden boy Wes McKay, is now the mother of the captain of the high school football team. It can't be that bad…

Who knew that people in small town Texas had such long memories? And of course Queenie wishes that her memory were a little spottier when feelings for her high school love, Everett Coburn, resurface. He broke her heart and made her leave town-can she risk her heart again?

At least she has a new job-sure it's cooking last meals for death row inmates but at least they don't complain!

But when secrets from the past emerge, will Queenie be able to stick by her family or will she leave home again? A fun-filled, touching story of food, football, and fooling around.


Out of This Place by Emma Cameron
Expected Publication: May 14, 2013
Candlewick Press

A powerful novel in verse captures the voices of three teens as they struggle against hardscrabble realities — and move toward their dreams.

Luke spends his days hanging out at the beach, working shifts at the local supermarket, and trying to stay out of trouble at school. His mate Bongo gets wasted, blocking out memories of the little brother that social services took away from his addict mom and avoiding the stepdad who hits him. And Casey, the girl they both love, longs to get away from her strict, controlling father and start anew in a place where she can be free. But even after they each find a way to move on and lead very different lives, can they outrun their family stories — and will they ever be able to come together again? Set in Australia and narrated in alternating points of view, here is an affecting look at the evolving lives of three friends.

*Kindle Free Reads*
Miss Me Not by Tiffany King
Published: November 23, 2012

They had a pact.
Leave the world behind much as they had lived it.
No one would miss them. No harm, no foul.
Their personal demons would be left behind once and for all.
It was the only thing they could count on.
It was all she had.

Madison Hanson has spent the last four years being a "shadow." Her parents ignore her. The students at her school stopped talking to her years ago, and the majority of her teachers forget she's even there. In her desperate yearning to leave her invisible life behind, Madison makes a pact with her only friend, James Garrison, to end their lives as inconspicuously as they live them. No fuss, no muss. No one would miss her and she would miss no one. Their plan is set, and it's all she can count on. That is, until fellow student, Mitch Peterson, beats them to the punch. Everything Madison believed in is shaken to the core when she watches the aftermath of Mitch's death unfold. By taking his own life, Mitch unwittingly saves hers. What a selfish prick.

She is now left with the daunting task of living. Trying to bury her demons once and for all, and finally trusting someone with her fragile existence.

Living is hell.
Death would have been so much easier.

That's my haul this week...please link up yours.


  1. Eleanor & Park sounds really good. I may have to buy that one when it comes out! I really love the cover for Miss Me Not. I hope you enjoy everything!

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. Its really a cute read. One of my faves so far.

  2. Elanor & Park sounds good, and that cover is really too cute. I have to have that book as well :-P
    My IMM

    1. Please do. Just one of those reads that you smile while reading.

  3. Eleanor & Park looks good. I love the cover. Miss Me Not has a great cover too. Happy reading!

    Halee @ Confessions of a Book Addict

    My IMM

  4. Ooo I'm glad you have already had a copy of Eleanor & Park. It sounds terrific. I hope you like it :)

  5. Great books this week! I hope you enjoy your new books! Happy Reading!
    Brittany @ Spare Time book blog
    My IMM:

  6. Eleanor and Park looks really interesting. I've been seeing it around a lot lately. Anyway, enjoy your goodies. Happy reading :)

  7. Out Of This Place and Nowhere But Home both sound like EXCELLENT titles! I will have to keep my eyes out for them for when they release. Hope you enjoy :)

  8. Very Nice! Eleanor & Park was a DNF for me :/ I haven't heard of Whistling Past The Graveyard of Nowhere But Home before but I loveee the covers!

  9. I didn't read any of the books from your pile, although I am contemplating 'Whistling past the graveyard' I am hoping for your review soon. ;) Great haul, hope you enjoy them all!
    Thanks for stopping by my IMM.
    Dragana @ Bookworm Dreams

  10. Wow, now I feel like I've been living under a rock! I haven't read any of those books, and haven't really heard of any of them, but they sound so good. I hope you enjoy reading them.
    Thanks for stopping by at my blog! :)

    Emz @ Icy Cold Reads


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