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.

Friday Thoughts: SPRING BREAK, y’all!

SPRING BREAK TIME!!!

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…that still wasn’t good enough. Let’s try again….

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There. That one did it. Thanks, Dumbledore!

Now, on to business…

Tomorrow, or really NOW, starts my week off for Spring Break.

Now I’ll be the first to tell you- school work schedules are the BEST. Sure, I can only take vacations when places are crazy crowded, but it is still awesome!

But that’s not why I’m here…well, it is, but it isn’t.

I’m here to talk about my goal for the week…a goal that I need encouragement to meet.

I plan to use this week to binge read the Throne of Glass series.

You read that correctly.

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THIS.

I intended to read the first book a few months ago and got distracted and then…a phenomenon happened at work.

Or rather, this series happened.

I’m not even sure what happened. I ordered all 4 books in the fall and got them. Then I recommended it to one kid…she loved it.

And then…well…I honestly CANNOT keep these on my shelf!

So I’ve decided that it’s time to see what the hype is about. Sure, I’ve heard tons of great things about it in the book world, but my kids at work are LOVING these, so I’ve got to catch up to what they’re so excited for.

Also, (self gloating here…) that’s how you do it.

I hadn’t read them, but knew my kids would love it. I bought it and suggested it to the right person and now they’re all hooked.

KNOW WHAT YOUR PATRONS WILL LOVE, librarians!

Now, if you’ll excuse me—I have a book series to binge.

-Melanie

(Seriously though, I only anticipate being able to finish the first two this week, but we’ll see.)

Also, this is probably what I looked like when the bell rang to go home today..you know…only a tiny bit excited and all:

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Thanksgiving break TBR!

Contrary to popular belief, librarians DON’T have time to sit around and read all day.

It’s true. We’re surrounded by books all day, but we don’t get to actually read while we’re in such a lovely place all day!

But now….it’s almost time for….THANKSGIVING BREAK!!!

I’m ecstatic! I love my job, but I’m excited to have some downtime and get to chill out. Sure, I’ll be out exploring Nashville, but I’ll also get to set aside some major reading time, so without further delay…he’s my Thanksgiving break TBR!

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

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I’m SO excited to finally get to read this! I bought it at a signing at my favorite bookstore, Lemuria, in Jackson, MS, back in September. In fact, I even went ahead and ordered it for my library a week after the signing and it should *hopefully* be in within the next week or two. It’s a middle grade, but check out how fun it sounds:

Following a series of murders, an apothecary’s apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in this suspenseful debut novel.

“Tell no one what I’ve given you.”

Until he got that cryptic warning, Christopher Rowe was happy, learning how to solve complex codes and puzzles and creating powerful medicines, potions, and weapons as an apprentice to Master Benedict Blackthorn—with maybe an explosion or two along the way.

But when a mysterious cult begins to prey on London’s apothecaries, the trail of murders grows closer and closer to Blackthorn’s shop. With time running out, Christopher must use every skill he’s learned to discover the key to a terrible secret with the power to tear the world apart.

In his stunning debut novel, Kevin Sands brings readers on a heart-stopping adventure rich with suspense, mystery, and unforgettable characters.

This sounds so fun and I’m glad to finally get a chance to read a book that has been waiting on me to get around to it for a couple months.

Also…I’ll know what this means:

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A Cannon?? Beats me!


The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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This has been waiting on me to read since MAY! I went to the Teen Day at RT Convention and got a copy of this at the evening party. The friend who went with me had been excited to meet Kasie West and loves her books, so she was happy FOR me to get this in my bag at the party because then I could get on board with knowing how adorable these books are.

Again-that was in May….oops.

This may be my first read for the week off this weekend, so check it out:

Money can’t buy a good first impression.

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom’s porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence—he’s tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But just when Xander’s loyalty and attentiveness are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?

This sounds so great!


And finally…

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

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SO ready for this one. I hate that I even took as long as I did to read it because I’ve heard amazing things about it! I’m ready to be pulled in to it and not let go.

If for some reason you don’t know about this one then see what’s up:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

It. Sounds. AMAZING.

I’m ready!


Obviously, I HOPE to read more than just three books, but I also anticipate having a huge book hangover from Winter when I finish it this week, so it might be rough getting back into the swing of reading after that.

Either way, these three are my first stops next week when I have time to do more reading!

I hope everyone gets to read something great over the holiday!

-Melanie

Monday Musings!

So many things to talk about, so let’s jump into it…

First things first…

….I’m the realest?

No, that’s not right.

It’s Bookmail!!

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I requested this awesome ARC at the beginning of the month from Simon & Schuster and was excited to find it in my mail Friday! It. Sounds. Awesome. Sad! …but awesome.

Check it out:

In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.

In the tradition of SPEAK??? Don’t mind if I do! That’s one of my all-time favorites!


Second things…second?

CURRENTLY READING!

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Okay so maybe I’m too lazy to add the actual cover without the “first two chapters free!” at the top…oops?

Anyways!

My copy of Winter came on Wednesday and I immediately started it Wednesday, but I haven’t done much reading to make good progress on it. I think it’s almost like I’m scared to read it. This is honestly one of (if not THE) my favorite series, so I’m sad to see it end even thought I’m ecstatic to see how it all plays out. Hopefully I’ll be done this week and if not I’ll take it with me on vacation like I originally planned.


Speaking of vacation!

I know that Saturday I spoke of two bookstores that I plan to visit while in Nashville next week, but TOMORROW I’ll have a post about my vacation TBR!

Y’all.

A whole WEEK of no schedule!

I won’t have a 5 am alarm set so that I can leave by 6:30 to be at work by 7:15.

I love my job, but I’m SO READY for a break!


one last thing…

I have a book order coming in today at work and I’m so excited for it!

Some books are series additions that kids are ready for and some awesome series that I’m ready to get them hooked on. Either way, my kids at work are PUMPED to get some new books. I don’t know how their last librarians ordered, but I tried to genuinely choose things that I knew that they would love.

What? That’s what a librarian is supposed to do? I know that, but it shocks my kids when I give them recommendations and think SPECIFICALLY of them. It breaks my heart that they weren’t already used to that from previous librarians!


Until tomorrow with the TBR post…

-Melanie 🙂

Currently reading and update!

Before I share, can I just take a second to point out that I just realized that WINTER comes out in TWO WEEKS! My excitement for that book is ridiculous. Get on board and read Cinder ASAP if you haven’t yet!

I’m planning to take Winter with me to read on vacation over Thanksgiving break, but I know that I’ll break down and read it before then. Plus, the cover is beautiful, but that book is a MONSTER in size…I don’t want to get the kindle version for vacation just to turn around and also get the hardcover. :/

Anyways…moving on before I fangirl over the Lunar Chronicles too much…

Currently reading:

This is why I’ve been MIA for the past couple of days:

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I know. EVERYONE is reading it. I know.

I had an eARC for months that was online-only and, while I’m thankful for it, my vision didn’t quite agree with reading the wild fonts on a computer screen. So….I waited even after getting about 100 pages in.

WOW.

If you’ve been on the fence about Illuminae then I will say that it definitely lives up to the hype.

In fact, last night I hit a point in the book that blew me away and I maybe yelled at the book (no, I’m serious!) and then had to take a little mental break from the craziness.

Wanna know what’s sad? The author’s know that spot does this to people! They KNOW:

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Granted, I’ve told a few people that I don’t think it’d be their thing, but I’m still telling everyone else that it’s amazing. GET THIS BOOK! Not only that, it’s just a cool looking book. The actual book itself, not the jacket, is set up to look like a folder with notes and markings all over it to stay with the theme.

It’s awesome and I’ve had students come in the library asking me about it when they see it on the desk. It’s just that good!

I should finish Illuminae today and then I’m also reading How to Be Brave which releases NEXT WEEK! I’ll have a blog tour post with a q&a post from the author next Thursday along with a giveaway, so be on the lookout for that!

Stuck

There’s nothing that I hate more than getting stuck in a rut and being unable to finish a book.

Sure, I may LIKE what I’m reading, but I’m not invested enough to trudge through and finish for whatever reason.

That just happened to me and it happens frequently!

I have shelves that are slammed full and a loaded kindle, but I couldn’t come up with anything to read really, so I decided to pick a book that I recently purchased on my kindle, Jennifer E Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

So far, so good! I started it while I was eating my lunch today and didn’t want to put it down and get back to work. I mean…it’s okay for a librarian to read on the job, right? No? Okay 😦

What does anyone else do when stuck and unable to finish a book?

Ask for suggestions? Pick something at random?

-M

Update time!

So I’m getting sporadic with my reading again.

In fact, Goodreads currently says that I’m reading, I think, 5 books. I’m only actively reading 3 of them. I hate reading more than two books at a time! Things get confusing and I feel like I’m abandoning the other books when I do that. It’s a weird thing though- I get in moods for a certain style of book and that’s how I end up with so many. I think most people end up reading more than one thing at some point.

However…I finally started THIS lovely book and am loving it!

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I’m reading it online (Thanks, Randomhouse via Edeilweiss!) and it’s a bit of a struggle due to font sizing, but I still enjoy it. I can’t wait for a print copy. I’ll have a review when I finish, but so far…whoa. It’s really different and doesn’t feel like I’m reading 600 pages at all! I cannot WAIT to purchase this for my library- my students will love it!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a review of one of my other current reads,  Vivian Apple at the End of the World. I’m about halfway done with it right now and also love it!

Hope you’re reading something that you love!