Well, well, well… it’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these! I started finding these posts a little boring and repetitive when I was posting them once a week, so I think I’ll maybe do them every fortnight from now on.
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme created and hosted by Kimberly, over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Go check out her blog if you get a minute!
I feel like I have been so busy recently, but I don’t know what with. Do you ever feel like that? I’ve recently started working in a new shop which leaves me super tired and when I come home I usually read, do some blog stuff, learn French or study for my driving theory test.
I’ve also been very active on NetGalley recently, requesting a ridiculous amount of books, thinking that I wouldn’t get approved for most of them. Haha… oops. Turns out I got accepted for a lot and now have a bunch of deadlines to meet, yay.
The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone
I’ve just started reading this one and it’s certainly different… in a good way, though. It follows the life of a girl named Maddie who is well off and, by the looks of it, the Queen Bee and leader in her friend group. This is one of the books I requested from NetGalley and I’m glad I have – because of NetGalley I’m reading a lot of books which I wouldn’t have otherwise read. Thumbs up for new and interesting reads!
Synopsis from Goodreads
Seventeen-year-old Maddie O’Neill Levine lives a charmed life, and is primed to spend he perfect pre-college summer with her best friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie’s closest confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie’s plans change the instant Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret “death with dignity” cruise ship so that she can leave the world in her own unconventional way – and give the O’Neill clan an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.
Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top family. As they travel the globe, Maddie bonds with other passengers and falls for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, headiness of first love, and excitement of glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram. She struggles to find the strength to say good-bye in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, loss, and the power of forgiveness.
What I Want To Read Next…
The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This is another one I received through NetGalley and am excited to begin reading. I’ve never read anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout before, even though she’s quite a popular author, so this should be a nice little change.
Synopsis from Goodreads
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.
Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.
One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
I just finished reading the eARC of this book and abolsutely loved it! It’s a cute and fluffy little read which is perfect for summer, I highly recommend it (I believe it comes out on the 7th June) 🙂 If you’re interested in this book, my review of it will be uploaded tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that.
Synopsis from Goodreads
Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren’t betrayal enough, he’s about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.
Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn’t support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.
Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.
TV Show Recommendation…
The Tudors is a TV show I watched years ago, and recently started re-watching because all four seasons of it are on Netflix. It follows the life of King Henry VIII’s of England during his reign and showcases the rise and fall of his six wives. I love this show but it is definitely for more of an adult audience because there is a LOT of nudity and graphic violence. I’d still recommend it though, plus, 2000’s Henry Cavill is in this (which is a very wonderful sight indeed).
Favourite Songs This Week…
- Glasgow – Catfish and the Bottleman
Catfish and the Bottleman’s new album dropped the other day and they have a song on it called Glasgow! If you don’t know, I live just outside of Glasgow, so I’m having a little bit of a fangirl meltdown about this haha. Definitely go check them out, I love their songs!
Favourite Story of the Week…
New Magnus Bane Trilogy
So… Cassandra Clare casually announced that she’s writing a separate trilogy about Magnus Bane with Wesley Chu. This news literally made my whole week. When I found out about this I uploaded a rather embarrassing post talking about my excitement – if you haven’t seen it, you can find it right her.
Next Week’s Planned Blog Posts…
I haven’t uploaded a Teaser Tuesday or Thursday Quotable in a while, so I’ll definitely try to post them this week! Also, as I’ve mentioned, I’ll have a review of One Paris Summer up tomorrow and my May Wrap Up + June TBR will be uploaded on Wednesday 🙂