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WoW [30]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW feature is: One Tiny Lie [Ten Tiny Breathes #2] Expected Publication: June 11, 2013 [Ebook] /January 14, 2014 [paperback] Publisher: Atria Books a Summary via Goodreads... Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action. Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marr

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week is a freebie week so I picked to spotlight… Summer Reads… Summer is here! Being in the South the temps are quickly rising, so here a few books I’ve read and a few that will be soon be thrown into my beach bag to be read in the sun relaxing. Regardless all these scream summer to me. * Just want to plug my FAVE summer book so far this year... A Hundred Summers. It's a great read and has a awesome love story. Plus how can you resist that gorgeous cover? That’s my Top Ten…what’s yours?

Feature and Follow Friday

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Gain new followers and make new friends! Or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond. Q: The #FF is 150 weeks old! And we want to hear from you! What would you change about the hop? What do you like about it? Or just suggest a question to be used for next week! A: I LOVE the hop! I think it’s a great way for bloggers to get to know each other. I like meeting new friends and seeing what others are reading. Please feel free to share. You can follow via GFC, email, or bloglovin’. Also feel free to friend me on Goodreads. Thanks!

Review: Talking to Girls about Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield

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Talking to Girls about Duran Duran b y Rob Sheffield Published: June 15, 2010 Format: purchased paperback Publisher: Dutton Rating: 3/5 Summary via Goodreads In Talking to Girls about Duran Duran, Sheffield shares the soundtrack to his eighties adolescence. When he turned 13 in 1980, Rob Sheffield had a lot to learn about women, love, music and himself, and in Talking to Girls About Duran Duran we get a glimpse into his transformation from pasty, geeky "hermit boy" into a young man with his first girlfriend, his first apartment, and a sense of the world. These were the years of MTV and John Hughes movies; the era of big dreams and bigger shoulder pads; and, like any all-American boy, this one was searching for true love and maybe a cooler haircut. It's all here: Inept flirtations. Dumb crushes. Deplorable fashion choices. Members Only jackets. Girls, every last one of whom seems to be madly in love with the bassist of Duran Duran. Sheffield's coming-of-ag

WoW [29]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW feature is: The Secrets She Carried by Barbara Davis Expected Publication: October 1, 2013 Publisher: NAL Trade Summary via Goodreads... When a young woman returns to North Carolina after a thirty-year absence, she finds that the once grand tobacco plantation she called home holds more secrets than she ever imagined. Though Peak Plantation has been in her family for generations, Leslie Nichols can’t wait to rid herself of the farm left to her by her estranged grandmother Maggie—and with it the disturbing memories of her mother’s death, her father’s disgrace, and her unhappy childhood. But Leslie isn’t the only one with a claim to Peak. Jay Davenport, Peak’s reclusive caretaker, has his own reasons for holding onto the land bequeathed to him by Leslie’s grandmother. Before she died, Maggie hinted at a

Review: A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

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A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams Expected Publication: May 30, 2013 Format: ARC in exchange for an honest review Publisher: Putnum Rating: 5/5 Summary via Goodreads Memorial Day, 1938: New York socialite Lily Dane has just returned with her family to the idyllic oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island, expecting another placid summer season among the familiar traditions and friendships that sustained her after heartbreak. That is, until Greenwalds decide to take up residence in Seaview. Nick and Budgie Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily’s past: her former best friend and her former fiancé, now recently married—an event that set off a wildfire of gossip among the elite of Seaview, who have summered together for generations. Budgie’s arrival to restore her family’s old house puts her once more in the center of the community’s social scene, and she insinuates herself back into Lily's friendship with an overpowering talent for seduction...and an all

Feature and Follow Friday

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Gain new followers and make new friends! Or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond. Q: What is your favorite summer reading book? A: Wow too many to name. I just love a good beach read. I look forward to them every year. I just love something light and funny with a splash of romance. Isn’t that what summer is all about? Oh btw I'm currently reading A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams. It's so good! It's set in the 30's, has betrayal, secrets and a great love story. Definitely a great beach read! Pick it up when it comes out May 30th. Please feel free to share. You can follow via GFC, email, or bloglovin’. Also feel free to friend me on Goodreads. Thanks!

Review: All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

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All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue Expected Publication: May 21, 2013 Format: E-ARC provided via Edelweiss Publisher: William Morrow & Co. Rating: 2.5/5 Summary via Goodreads In Philadelphia, good girl Kate is dumped by her fiancé the day she learns she is pregnant with his child. In New York City, beautiful stay-at-home mom Vanessa is obsessively searching the Internet for news of an old flame. And in San Francisco, Dani, the aspiring writer who can't seem to put down a book--or a cocktail--long enough to open her laptop, has just been fired...again. In an effort to regroup, Kate, Vanessa, and Dani retreat to the New Jersey beach town where they once spent their summers. Emboldened by the seductive cadences of the shore, the women being to realize how much their lives, and friendships, have been shaped by the choices they made one fateful night on the beach eight years earlier--and the secrets that only now threaten to surface. My Thoughts Let’s start off by

Top Ten Tuesday: Tough Subjects

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week topic… Books Dealing with Tough Subjects These books whether its grief, sexual abuse, sexuality, suicide or just teens coming of age all are tough subjects to write much less deal with. However these authors wrote some amazing stories dealing with them. Live Through This – Mindi Scott Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson The Fault in Our Stars – John Green The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Emily M. Danforth My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides We Were the Mulvaneys – Joyce Carol Oates White Oleander – Janet Fitch Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher That’s my Top Ten…what’s yours?

Review: Live Through This by Mindi Scott

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Live Through This by Mindi Scott Published: October 2, 2012 Format: Purchased Publisher: Simon Pulse Challenge: TRB Pile Rating: 4/5 Summary via Goodreads From the outside, Coley Sterling’s life seems pretty normal . . . whatever that means. It’s not perfect—her best friend is seriously mad at her and her dance team captains keep giving her a hard time—but Coley’s adorable, sweet crush Reece helps distract her. Plus, she has a great family to fall back on—with a mom and stepdad who would stop at nothing to keep her siblings and her happy. But Coley has a lot of secrets. She won’t admit—not even to herself—that her almost-perfect life is her own carefully-crafted façade. That for years she’s been burying the shame and guilt over a relationship that crossed the line. Now that Coley has the chance at her first real boyfriend, a decade’s worth of lies are on the verge of unraveling. In this unforgettable powerhouse of a novel, Mindi Scott offers an absorbing, layered glimp

WoW [28]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW feature is: How to Love by Katie Cotugno Expected Publication: October 1, 2013 Publisher: Balzer+Bray Summary via Goodreads... Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind. After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn

Review: The Glass Wives by Amy Sue Nathan

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The Glass Wives by Amy Sue Nathan Expected Publication: May 14, 2013 Source: Finished copy provided by publisher Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Rating: 4/5 Summary via Goodreads Evie and Nicole Glass share a last name. They also shared a husband. When a tragic car accident ends the life of Richard Glass, it also upends the lives of Evie and Nicole, and their children. There’s no love lost between the widow and the ex. In fact, Evie sees a silver lining in all this heartache—the chance to rid herself of Nicole once and for all. But Evie wasn’t counting on her children’s bond with their baby half-brother, and she wasn’t counting on Nicole’s desperate need to hang on to the threads of family, no matter how frayed. Strapped for cash, Evie cautiously agrees to share living expenses—and her home—with Nicole and the baby. But when Evie suspects that Nicole is determined to rearrange more than her kitchen, Evie must decide who she can trust. More than that, she must ask: what mak

IMM [20]

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme, it is all about sharing what goodies you received during the week. This post features about 2 weeks of books. Actual mailbox: [Thank you St. Martin’s Press!] The Glass Wives by Amy Sue Nathan [currently reading...it's really good] Love Me Anyway by Tiffany Hawk Mystic by Alyson Noel Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter Lullaby by Amanda Hocking Wake by Amanda Hocking For Review via Edelweiss Turn Around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield Expected Publication: August 6, 2013 It Books   OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu Expected Publication: July 23, 2013 Simon Pulse   Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin Expected Publication: July 9, 2013 Bantam   Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian Expected Publication: September 3, 2013 Simon and Schuster BYR The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank Expected Publication: June 11, 2013 William Morrow & Co. For Review via NetGalley The

Feature and Follow Friday

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Gain new followers and make new friends! Or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond. Q: Give us a sneak peek! What are you reading? Tell us about a fun or fail scene in your current read. A: I’m currently reading Bossypants by Tina Fey and The Glass Wives by Amy Sue Nathan. I’m more than half way through with Bossypants and its hilarious! I adore Tina Fey and I love her funny take on everything. The Glass Wives is a how an ex-wife and new wife will co-exist after the man they had in common. If they can come together to form some sort of family for the sake of the kids left behind. I’m only about 30 pages in but it’s really good so far. Please feel free to share. You can follow via GFC, email, or bloglovin’. Also feel free to friend me on Goodreads. Thanks!

Review: The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

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The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston Expected Publication: May 14, 2013 Format: ARC provided by publisher Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Rating: 4/5 Summary via Goodreads She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last. Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself. But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who’s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding somethin