Waiting on Wednesday- Love, Life and the List



What do you do when you’ve fallen for your best friend? Funny and romantic, this effervescent story about family, friendship, and finding yourself is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.

Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings, Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list, she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being.

But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems . . . and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

Why I’m Excited:

This releases December 26, 2017, so I’m calling it an early birthday present to myself. There’s not much I enjoy more than a fun Kasie West book. I like that she tends to have 2 releases per year, but this year we get THREE (By Your Side and Lucky in Love). Kasie’s books are always fast reads for me, so I don’t expect this one to be any different. I can’t wait to get this one to read over winter break! That will be here before I know it!

Monday Musing: Choosing Books

Happy Monday!

When a student comes in the library and asks for a suggestion, the first thing I ask is “well, what kind of book are you in the mood for?”

It always throws me for a loop when the kid then says “Oh, it doesn’t matter-just whatever is good.” Of course, I then give a few different suggestions of varying types, but it still kills me how they say that it doesn’t matter what type they’re getting.


The cute little TBR selection jars I’ve seen on pinterest and just randomly online? No, thank you.

I have to WANT to read whatever I’m about to read. Granted, that’s probably how I end up with tons of books sitting on my shelves waiting for me, but I can’t just randomly pick out a book and hope it is good.

I have to think “You know, I feel like reading a contemporary…” or a fantasy, romance, whatever.

Am I the only one with this problem? I can’t be.

My kids at work are even more surprised by my mood reading than I am by their nonchalant “oh, as long as its good its whatever.” NOPE.


Without Merit- Colleen Hoover



The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.


I’ve had the biggest reading rut for awhile now.

It doesn’t help that  I’ve been swamped with stuff for grad school and work (work starting back in August was a whole other mess in and of itself to be honest). So, reading hasn’t been a huge priority at all.

With that said, I knew the new Colleen Hoover book would still be on that I zoomed through. I’m serious though, it was the first book I finished in awhile.

I went into Without Merit without knowing much at all about it. I didn’t even really read the synopsis before preordering it. That’s just how much I usually enjoy Colleen’s books.

This one was a little different for me than her others as it focused more on a family rather than mostly romance. I think I would like more from the Voss family even though I know it is not likely to happen. However, it would be good to see what happens after this book and how the family learns and grows.

Again, this is quite different from Colleen’s other books, but it is still highly recommended just the same.