January Reads

Some Advance Reader Copies (eARCs) via Netgalley included. They will be marked with an *

I read more books than I review individually on the blog, so I thought I’d do a round up at the end of each month. Starting, obviously enough, with my January reads.

January Reads

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

I’ve already written a full review of The Versions of Us so I won’t go in to too much detail. It’s an enjoyable and well written story about fate and love. If the moment two people meet never actually happens will their paths cross further down the line?

This central question is used to weave three alternate narratives for Eva and Jim. This is definitely a book to read in the physical form. I read it on my Kindle and found not being able to being able to flick back and forth, when I needed reminding of which timeline I was in, incredibly frustrating.

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All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All the Rage by Courtney Summers. Advance Reader Copy (eARC) via Netgalley included.

All The Rage by Courtney Summers

 

he covers her mouth.

That’s how you get a girl to stop crying; you cover her mouth until the sound dies against her pain.

Romy Grey is doing her best to simply get through the days. Romy has been raped. She has also been branded a liar by almost everyone in town. School is unbearable. Her escape is her job at a diner outside of town, where no one really knows her.

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.

I first watched Susan Cain’s The Power of Introverts TED Talk a few years ago and have re-watched it many times since. It played a significant part in my acceptance of being an introvert and dealing with everything that entails. As a result, I was really looking forward to reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

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The Versions Of Us by Laura Barnett

The Versions Of Us by Laura Barnett

because he is old enough now to know happiness for what it is: brief and fleeting, not a state to strive for, to seek to live in, but to catch when it comes, and to hold on to for as long as you can.

The Versions Of Us by Laura Barnett is a story about fate and love. What if the moment two people meet never actually happens? Will their paths cross further down the line?

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This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends by Marueke Nijkamp is published on January 5th. Advance Reader Copy (eARC) via Netgalley included.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Told through the eyes of four students This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp is an unflinching look at what it’s like to be caught up in a high school shooting. As the tagline states, everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.

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Best Books of 2015 + Giveaway

I made a conscious decision to read more books written by women this year, so it’s hardly surprising that my best books of 2015 list is comprised solely of women.

I’ve read and enjoyed many books, both fiction and non-fiction, but these six affected me the most. Some made me laugh. Some made me cry. Some did both. They all made me think. They all made me want to seek out people who had read them so we could discuss the stories at length. They are all books I know I will re-read and that’s the sign of a great book for me.

Best Books of 2015

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth

I was doing my little stand-up shtick, the one I did for pretty girls, so they’d like me quickly and wouldn’t try too hard to actually get to know me beyond my role as wisecracking Cameron the orphan.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth tells the story of Cameron Post, a 12 year-old who lives in a small town in Montana. Cameron’s relationship with her best friend Irene becomes more than friendship, leaving Cameron feeling confused and excited. When her parents are killed in a car crash Cameron’s first thought is that at least they won’t find out that their daughter is gay.

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Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker is published on November 17th. Advance Reader Copy (eARC) via Netgalley included. 

Dear Mr You by Mary Louise Parker

There was such a fog around me that I felt like I had entered a Whitesnake video.

Dear Mr. You is not your typical Hollywood memoir. It is a brilliantly crafted literary memoir written in letter form to the men who have helped shape Mary-Louise Parker’s life.

The men in these letters include her grandfather, her father, an oyster picker, the doctor who saved her life, and a taxi driver. There is even an apology to NASA.

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Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

So much is lost when you lose yourself. Not just your pride, or your hope. But worse things, things that affect others. Like your ability to help them when they need you, to notice when they’re hurting.

Evie is sixteen and desperately wants to be normal. She is almost off her medication and is finally making new friends at a college where no one knows her past. She is no longer known as the girl who went crazy. Having a boyfriend would be the final step in being a normal teenager, right? Continue reading Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

Places I Stopped On The Way Home by Meg Fee

Places I Stopped On The Way Home by Meg Fee, $8.00 (available to download from the wild and wily ways of a Brunette “Bombshell”). No Advance Reader Copy (ARC) included.

Places I Stopped On The Way Home by Meg Fee

I am the stumbling, stubborn belief that one word becomes two and one foot in front of the other. I am every man who has ever hurt me, and the promise we’ve only got to get it right once. I am all that has yet to happen and the hope that it’ll be worth the wait.

One of the reasons I love blogs so much is that they have led me to discover some brilliant writing by women. Places I Stopped On The Way Home by Meg Fee is one such example. I stumbled across Meg’s blog, the wild and wily ways of a Brunette “Bombshell”, last year and felt compelled to read the entire blog. When Meg announced that she had published an ebook the decision to purchase it was a no-brainer.

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