↠ Real life was kind of crappy this week and I spent a lot of time snuggling with my pup. Because of the crappiness, some of my friends and I brunched at Waffles INCaffinated, a ~gourmet~ wafflehouse and omg bourbon syrup y’all. DELISH! We also browsed around Sapling & Sons, the cutest stationery store ever! They also randomly have tea and I picked up some of Flying Bird Botanicals‘ Dream Catcher tea. Not only does it smell great, but it tastes fantastic and is so wonderfully calming and relaxing (that miiight be the catnip!)
↠ Because of the surrealness of this week I just wasn’t feeling in the mood to read novels, so my days lately have been spent with comics! I was beyond excited to read about a female Thor (and now I’m dying to get my hands on the second volume!!) and I also grabbed volumes 6-10 of Chew, one of my most absurdly favorite series. I also have a few more Thor and Loki graphic novels being sent to my library and ugghhh get here now.
↠ Last week I had 29 books read, 24 by women and 5 by men. As of today I’m at 34 books read, 27 are from female authors with 7 written by men. Because I’m about to binge on the rest of my Chew volumes the male talley will go up a bit – who are your favorite female comic writers??
↠ We went to see Deadpool and I loved it! A few of the jokes were very 12-year-old-boy, but overall I thought it was so much fun. Have you seen it??
↠ I chopped off my hair! It’s all gone and I couldn’t be happier ♥
↠ #BookClubFix chatters! Our next read and watch have been announced!! Our next book pick is Lyndsay Faye’s Jane Steele, a reimagining of Jane Eyre with serial killers! We’ll also be watching the first season of Reign! Our next chat will be May 24 so there’s plenty of time to join in!
↠ Missed something this week? Susan Strecker’s Nowhere Girl had so much potential and started out great, but the second half fell short and the cop-out ending was so disappointing. The nearly psychic bond between the still-living and dead twins came off as hokey too. Jessica Love’s In Real Life was a fun and quick read about two online friends who finally meet only to have it go horribly wrong. While I enjoyed this one, every single problem these two faced could have been avoided if they had just TALKED and been honest with each other. Mark Tompkins’s The Last Days of Magic was a fantasy debut I couldn’t wait to read! When it was good, it was great, but there were many chapters that were weighed down by historical details that it made for a VERY slow read. Lastly, Anna Greenwood Brown’s Girl Last Seen immediately caught my attention: two BFFs become youtube sensations..until tragedy strikes. One girl is missing and the other is the prime suspect. Another cop-out ending with a second half that seriously derailed into crazyville.
Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
This guy is wildly popular and I’ve always wanted to see what the fuss was about. Dutton must have read my mind because this beauty appeared at my door this week! Perfect timing too, since I’ve been on a massive thriller kick. A former special ops pilot comes home from war and discovers something very strange on her nanny cam: she sees her 2-year-old daughter playing with her husband…only Maya’s husband was brutally murdered just a few weeks earlier. So, so looking forward to this! Thank you, Dutton!
Girl in the Afternoon by Serena Burdick
A family at the center of Parisian society is living a life surrounded by famous painters and safely tucked hidden away from the Franco-Prussian war. That is until their adopted son goes missing. When Aimee sets off to find her brother, she realizes he doesn’t want to be found and only one member of the family knows why. This one is full of scandal and is set in the art world (and you all know how much I love art novels!) Thank you, St. Martin’s!
The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lipton
On November 24, Yasmin and her deaf daughter arrive in Alaska and drive alone across a frozen, vast landscape. They’re looking for Ruby’s father and as they drive on and on, they don’t realize someone is watching them. I know basically nothing about this one but it sounds like it could be terrifying! Thank you, Crown!
All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
More thrillers yay!! Fairview, Connecticut seems like a picture perfect town until the night Jenny is attacked at a party. She’s given a controversial drug that helps to erase the awful memory of her assault, but as the weeks go on and she physically heals, she’s still suffering emotionally. There’s been a ton of buzz for this one and I’m super excited to dive in! It sounds like a Law & Order episode, doesn’t it? It also makes me think of Daryl Gregory’s Afterparty, another novel that features a brain-altering drug. Thank you, St. Martin’s!
The Imperial Wife by Irina Reyn
St. Martin’s Press is on a roll this week! This one is a dual era (!!!) tale set in contemporary New York and Imperial Russia! A Russian art specialist at a top auction house is about to make the biggest sale of her career. Catherine the Great herself is said to be connected to the artifact and oh man I am pumped! Thank you, Thomas Dunne Books!