Waiting on Wednesday: Goodbye Days

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Summary:

Fans of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Looking for Alaska will love this heartbreaking and at times humorous look into one teen’s life after the death of his best friends.
 
Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. But now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation.

Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a “goodbye day” together to share their memories and say a proper farewell.

Soon the other families are asking for their own goodbye day with Carver—but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?

“One of the most stunningly heartfelt, lump-in-your-throat novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Hold on to your heart: this book will wreck you, fix you, and most definitely change you.”
—Becky Albertalli, author of Morris Award winner Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

“Tender, honest, moving, and lyrical. His characters live and breathe. Ahh, lucky me. Lucky us. Zentner is the real thing.”—Benjamin Alire Sáenz, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and Printz Honor Winner

Why I’m Excited:

I LOVED The Serpent King. LOVED it…so I was automatically onboard for whatever Jeff puts out. Then I heard about the concept for this book and I’ve already pre-ordered it and it doesn’t come out until March 2017.

His 3 best friends died thanks to trying to answer his text? I can’t even IMAGINE.

Serpent King made me tear up enough, so I’m ready for what this one will do to my emotions already.

Bring on March 2017!

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Monday Musing: Which one?

I’ve caught myself buying a hardcopy of books that I already own in ebook format several times here recently, which leads me to wonder- what is the preferred format?

Sure, I get that it’s silly to spend the money for two copies, but there’s just something about having a hard copy of a book that I love.

I tend to actually like reading an ebook better just for the convenience. I mean, I can pull it up on my phone if I don’t have my kindle AND I can read in the dark without needing a lamp. Actually…the reading in the dark is probably the biggest draw if we’re being honest.

While I may like ebooks better, I always find myself buying that second copy if I love the book or if there is an author signing books in my area.

Either way, I can’t help but see the pros of both formats.

-Melanie

Music Fridays…The Wild Feathers

I enjoyed sharing about The Avett Brothers recently, so I’m back with another music suggestion that you may or may not have heard from.

This week’s suggestion is The Wild Feathers!

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I got hooked on Wild Feathers back in the spring when Lonely is a Lifetime was released and I got curious about some friends talking about them. I looked them up and was quickly sold on them.

Honestly there isn’t a song on this album or their first album that I don’t love.

They’re different, fun, and can be enjoyed by a wide variety of music fans.

Additionally, they are currently on tour with Band of Horses- which is huge in my opinion. I’ll get to see them with BoH in Jackson, MS on September 28. I bought my ticket ( a dang good one at that!) in early July as soon as the concert was announced. I don’t have any friends who were interested in seeing BoH, so I bought a ticket to go by myself. I was SO iffy on this decision, but just a few weeks later Wild Feathers were announced as the opener and I no longer questioned my idea to go to the concert alone. (Spoiler- I’m way more excited to see them than I am to see BoH)

GO HERE (<— click) for a video performing one of the tracks from this album to check them out and see what they’re all about…so go! Let me know what you think 🙂

-Melanie

Waiting on Wednesday: Caraval

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Summary:

“A spellbinding tale of sisterhood, love, and betrayal.”
―Sabaa Tahir, New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Why I’m Excited:

This. Sounds. Awesome.

A mysterious game?

Sisters?

Heartbreak?

Sign. Me. Up.

The hype around Caraval as been HUGE and I think it sounds like it is rightly so.

It releases on January 31, 2017, and I couldn’t be more excited for it to be out in the world.

Not a Starbucks coffee fan, but loved this book…

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Summary:

From the creators of the eponymous viral Tumblr comes a single day with your favorite authors in one Twilight-Zone-esque Starbucks…

Ever wonder which intricate, elaborately-named drinks might be consumed if your favorite authors and characters wandered into a Starbucks? How many pumpkin lattes J.K. Rowling would drink? Or if Cormac McCarthy needed caffeine, which latte would be laconic enough? Look no further; LITERARY STARBUCKS explores such pressing matters with humor and erudition. Set over the course of a single day, and replete with puns and satirized literary styles, the three authors go darker, stronger, and more global than the blog in book format, including illustrations by acclaimed New Yorker cover artist and cartoonist Harry Bliss.

My Thoughts:

Truthfully, I thought this was an odd concept when St. Martin’s approached me about it several months ago. However, when it came in, I ended up thinking it was incredibly fun!

The entries are witty and clever and the book would be fun to pick up and have at your work desk if you need something for a quick mental break during the day.

Furthermore, I’d never heard of the Tumblr that the book came from and found it hilarious when I looked it up.

So…go here to check out more about what Literary Starbucks is all about and then order the book- out today!

 

This one took awhile to think on…

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Summary:

The newest, highly anticipated novel from beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author, Colleen Hoover.

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

My Thoughts:

This is the first Colleen Hoover book that I wasn’t able to read in one sitting.

That doesn’t mean that I didn’t love it, just that I was incredibly busy.

That said, I’m torn. Completely torn. Part of me thinks this is my new favorite book from Colleen, but part of me still has a broken heart.

Colleen says that it’s best to going the book as blind as possible and I agree, but…dang it hurt. I almost feel like there should be a content warning because I know there are people who won’t be able to handle some of the subject matter in it for various reasons.

I don’t want to extend on that for fear of spoilers, but I do feel like it may be a disservice to some readers to go in completely blind.

The book isn’t perfect. There are parts that I cringed over the repeated use of different phrases, but overall…I loved it.

There were times that I threw my books across my bed or gasped, but I loved it.

Do yourself a favor and don’t skip the author’s note at the end when you read it- just don’t read it first because, again…spoilers.

7 thoughts on A Week of Mondays…

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Summary:

When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true… 

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!

As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?

From the author 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and The Unremembered trilogy comes a hilarious and heartwarming story about second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances. Because sometimes it takes a whole week of Mondays to figure out what you really want.


 

  1. Don’t we all wish we could get a re-do and make Monday awesome from time to time? OF COURSE this bad day was on a Monday! I love Groundhog Day type stories that give do-overs.
  2. I really liked Ellie…granted, she SHOULD have followed her friend to book club ages ago, but I like her.
  3. The book is drags in spots. The first 3 or so Mondays before she finally catches on seem to be almost identical and got boring in spots. Granted, it wasn’t enough to give up, but it was enough to where I started hoping progress would be made.
  4. The last couple “days” moved fast and are where most of the development is. Those days ended up being my favorites for that reason.
  5. I loved Owen, but…I wish there’d been more to him. I knew what would happen with him from the get go, but I wish there’d been more development and getting to know him.
  6. I kind of found Tristan annoying. Not in a way that hurt the book, but in a way that made me hurt for Ellie because…girl, you could do better than this silly guy.
  7. The book is long. It over 450 pages and was way longer than I thought it needed to be, but it was good over all despite the length. It wasn’t too long that I lost interest, and  do still suggest it, but…it’s LONG. Maybe that’s just me and my short attention span though?

Overall? I liked it and definitely give it a try if you want something fun or if you like Groundhog Day type situations.

A Week of Mondays is out TODAY!

-Melanie