my week in pictures 3/30

I’m three days into a five-day weekend and I’m taking full advantage of that by staying in comfy pjs and getting a ton of reading done (including older titles)! I’m currently reading Love by the Morning Star by Laura L. Sullivan and am really enjoying it. Wartime fiction has always been near and dear to my heart, so this book was already scoring major points. WWII-era Germany and England. An English girl is sent to spy on a household as a kitchen maid (seeing as how the servants were virtually invisible and fully ignored) while a German girl is sent to a distant relative’s manor in an attempt to escape the wasteland that has become Berlin. ..only problem? These girls get mixed up. Hannah is mistaken for the kitchen maid while Anna is thought to be the aristocrat. SO fun!

My Bollywood obsession is still raging on – and I’ve even managed to get Matt into it! Not that he’s a converted fan or anything (at least not yet), but he actually picked this one for us to watch! Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara surprised me: I expected a light-hearted comedy, but I certainly hadn’t plan on the emotional side! Three college friends travel to Spain for a bachelor party and discover what they really want out of life. Definitely recommended, whether you’re a die-hard Bollywood fan or are just getting into it!

I got some awesome goodies this week! Shipstar is a joint project between Larry Niven and Gregory Benford. It’s a sequel to 2012’s Bowl of Heaven – which I haven’t read, but sounds intriguing. An expedition to another star system comes upon a giant bowl-shaped object half-encompassing a star and entirely habitable. I’m always up for a good alien story! Thank you, Tor!

From the fabulous ladies at Epic Reads I won Emily Hainsworth’s Through to You. This one seems to involve time travel and parallel worlds, plus it’s scored some awesome reviews by bloggers I trust! Thank you, Epic reads and Balzer + Bray!)

Mary E. Pearson’s The Kiss of Deception is the first book in a new series and it sounds FAB. It also features a Princess Lia which is basically my name. There’s also an assassin! A total Leah book! Thank you, Macmillan Children’s!)

Finally, a book I DESPERATELY wanted: Jaclyn Moriarty’s The Cracks in the Kingdom. It’s the second book in the Colors of Madeleine series (check out my review for A Corner of White) and is one of my most anticipated releases of 2014! Colors can attack people, y’all. They don’t play around. There’s a bridge between our world and another that was thought to be closed until a letter happened to get through a crack. Ohh I cannot wait to dive into this one! Thank you, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine!

Have you read any of these? What did you think? What books did YOU get this week?

In Case You Missed It
This week was chock full of reviews! Sarah Rayner’s The Other Half was a fascinating story told from the perspectives of a wife and a mistress. I breezed right through this one and fully enjoyed it! 3/5

Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood by Varsha Bajaj was an absolutely adorable Middle Grade novel that I loved! A thirteen-year-old girl wants to meet her father – and discovers he a huge Bollywood star. This one was tons of fun and is entirely responsible for my current Bollywood obsession! 4/5

Karl Schroeder’s Lockstep was INCREDIBLE…when it wasn’t making me feel stupid. I haven’t touched hard sci-fi since high school and this was the perfect way to revisit an old favorite genre. A boy gets lost in space…for 14,000 years and upon awakening discovers his family has taken over the empire. Really, really great and has my eager for more! 4/5


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