• Cauliflower rice. Total game changer and one I’ll be talking about more next week!!!
• New year, new format for my weekly wrap-ups? I had wanted to plan before today but lolno. Last year I used my weekly wrap-ups to break down how many books I read each week, what I was reading, etc and I just don’t know if I want to continue doing things that way or compile everything at the end of the month in each month’s recap.
• MISSED SOMETHING THIS WEEK? I’m thrilled to say January started with a bang and I’m hoping this momentum only builds throughout the year! Chelsea Sedoti’s The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett was absurd – and not in a good way. The title was extremely misleading, the main character is just awful and tries to become the missing Lizzie (when she’s not trying to convince everyone Lizzie turned into a werewolf), and there’s a gross/creepy/illegal relationship with Lizzie’s 25-year-old boyfriend. Definitely pass on this one.
Josh Sundquist’s Love and First Sight, however, was great! A teen, blind since birth, has the opportunity to undergo an experimental surgery that could allow him to see. Honestly, this would have just been an okay read, but Sundquist’s research and little details thrown in completely took this one to a new level.
My December 2016 recap was a little pathetic. Not a whole lot of reviews last month, BUT it was the first month that non-review posts outnumbered the reviews! There was also a recipe that was delish and even Matt-approved so I’ll be making it again for sure!
Lastly, a new feature I started called the Saturday Six where I highlight six interesting things I found online or that happened in my life that aren’t necessarily book related. This week I shared a recipe that had me drooling, a study that claims sitting is just as bad a smoking, a television show I’m obsessing over, an alternative to plastic wrap I want to try, and more!
Burntown by Jennifer McMahon
I love Jennifer. Like, totally and utterly in love. The very first post on the blog (almost SIX year ago eek!) was a review of Don’t Breathe a Word and, since then, I’ve been slowly devouring her other novels (The Winter People, The Night Sister). She hosted a giveaway during one of our #HistoricalFix chats and I even featured her in a GoodReads Recommends post! At this point, I don’t even care what the summary is, I’ll read it and love it. THAT SAID, this one is about a father who claims to have the blueprints for an Edison invention that will allow communication with the dead and a girl with a past determined to catch up with her. I’m auto-approved on netgalley for Doubleday books and the second I saw this one listed I pounced. Thank you, Doubleday!
Girl on the Leeside by Kathleen Anne Kenney
After her mother was killed during an IRA bombing, Siobhan’s Uncle Kee has been extremely overprotective. However, now Siobhan is an adult and ready to see what life outside their tiny Irish village has to offer. There’s a literary scholar from America, poetry, and it all sounds very cute and romantic. This was another auto-approval grab and I’m looking forward to it! Thank you, Nan A. Talese!
NOT PICTURED The List by Patricia Forde
This August release doesn’t have a final cover yet, so no photo for now! This Middle Grade novel is described as Fahrenheit 451 meets The Giver and I’m very intrigued. In this dystopian society there are only 500 government-approved words and anyone who utters a word outside those 500 risks banishment. The only two exceptions are the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta. When the Wordsmith dies, however, Letta takes over his title and uncovers a sinister plan. Thank you, Sourcebooks!