Ebook deals – Bookish

There are some pretty awesome e-book deals going on this week. All of these are on my TBR and Vassa in the Night was Owlcrate’s book for last October (I still haven’t read it I know shame on meee!) The Thousandth Floor has a sequel releasing soon and Into the Dim just had a sequel released earlier this month so now is the perfect time to get em cheap and read em fast!

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Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere .(goodreads summary)

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In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair… (goodreads summary)

For Sale on iBooks and Kindle Store for sure.

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NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down…. (goodreads summary)

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One high school girl’s comedic examination of her dating past as told by the friends, family, and boys who were involved!

Avery Dennis is a high school senior and one of the most popular girls in her class. But a majorly public breakup with the guy she’s been dating causes some disastrous waves. It is right before prom and Avery no longer has the perfect date. She runs the prom committee, how could she not show up with somebody?

Post-breakup, Avery gets to thinking about all of the guys that she has ever dated. How come none of those relationships ever worked out? Could it be her fault? Avery decides to investigate. In history class she’s learning about this method of record-keeping called “oral history” and she has a report due. So Avery decides to go directly to the source. Avery tracks down all of the guys she’s ever dated, and uses that information, along with thoughts from her friends, family, and teachers, to compile a total account of her dating history.

Avery discovers some surprises about herself and the guys she’s spent time with — just in time for prom night!(goodreads summary)

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When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. (goodreads summary)

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Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all. (goodreads summary)

 

Six of Crows is also still on sale until 9/4/17 and trust me when I tell you this is an AMAZING read! Leigh Bardugo is a talented author and an auto buy for me. READ THIS BOOK!

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Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first. (goodreads summary)


Most of these deals last only until the end of the month.

Happy reading!

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Waiting on Wednesday – Tower of Dawn

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am waiting waiting WAITING on Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Expected publication September 5th 2017 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books


31450852In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined. (Goodreads summary)

Why I Am Waiting

  • Because Sarah J. Maas
  • Because Empire of Storms destroyed me and I need MORE!
  • Because it feels like A Court of Wings and Ruin seems like forever ago.
  • Because Sarah J. Maas
  • Because even though Chaol isn’t anywhere close to being by favorite character ( I seem to be in the minority here) I am very curious about the southern continent, we only explored a small fraction in The Assassin’s Blade stories. I want more.
  • Because I want more Nesryn.
  • Because I need more of this world.
  • SARAH J. FREAKIN MAAS!

July Wrap Up

July was a busy month and August is going to be even busier! But despite that I still managed to read 8 new books and reread 2 old favorites.  I am 14 books ahead of my Goodreads reading goal 72/100 which means time to reread some more old favorites!

  • Defy the Stars
  • Starfall
  • Geekerella
  • All the Feels
  • The Hunt
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here
  • When I Am Through with You
  • The Glass Arrow

 

My favorite was Geekerella. It was so cute and I love a good cinderella story. Add in geek culture and I am hooked! My least favorite was probably The Glass Arrow. It was still a good read, just a lot slower then what I needed at the time.

I reread Fangirl and A Court of Mist and Fury, two of my very favorites! Don’t you dare ask me to choose a favorite!

 

I also got to meet one author, Jennifer A. Nielsen and had some books signed.

 

I also bought a house! Husband and I are now first time home owners!!! img_3667

As stressful as the buying process was whats to come will be even more so! We have 3 weekends to get the house cleaned up and painted and then get all of our stuff moved in. For me picking paint is even more stressful then picking the actual house! I’m so indecisive! So August is really going to cut into my reading time and I don’t even want to think about all the time my poor books will spend boxed up. I’m already embarrassed just thinking of next month’s recap! Bear with me guys! August is going to be BUSY!

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Waiting on Wednesday – Daughter of the Burning City

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am waiting on Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Harlequin Teen


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A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear. (Goodreads Summary)

Why I Am Waiting

After reading The Night Circus, Carnival of Secrets and Caraval I am throughly intrigued by anything carnival/festival like. Add in magical illusions that are the real deal and you can just take my money! With this book it looks like you get magic and a mystery, and I love a good mystery. The Author has another book coming out next april in a vegas like setting with casinos and street gangs. If this book is as good as I am hoping Amanda Foody will be added to my list of authors to watch.

Waiting on Wednesday – Lucky In Love

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am waiting on Lucky In Love by Kacie West.

Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Scholastic


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In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment –She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love. (goodreads summary).

Why I am Waiting

I have been on a Kacie West kick lately. Last month I read three of her books; The Fill in Boyfriend, On the Fence, & The Distance Between Us and now I’m out of Kacie West stories. I like her writing, her books are easy cute reads and perfect for when your in the mood for a cute fluffy contemporary story where everything works out just fine and the world is all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes you just need that in between the thrillers, high fantasy and dystopians. Lucky In Love looks like another classic Kacie West story and its set in a ZOO! I love Zoos! More books should include Zoos. Thankfully this book releases at the end of the month so I can get my Kacie West fix soon!

June Wrap Up

I can’t believe it is already July! This month, this year really has flown by!

This month I seemed to be on a contemporary kick. I read 9 books and 5 of those were contemporaries and three of those were Kacie West books. I have officially ran out of Kacie West books to read just in time for her newest book to come out this month!

My favorite by far was Eliza and Her Monsters! It was amazing and I can continue to gush about it and sing it’s praises or you can just go read my review.

Currently Reading

  • Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge
  • Defy the Stars
  • The Fiery Cross

My audiobook for Defy the Stars expired before I could finish so I’m waiting for my turn to check it out again. And yes I know I’m STILL reading The Fiery Cross but 1. Its huge and 2. I read it on my 30 minute lunches. So it’s going to take a bit!

And some personal news. Husband and I are buying a house! Whoo! We are so excited, we are in love with the house and have lots of plans for it! First is getting a dog! As much as we love our little duplex that has been our first home there is no fenced in backyard or room for a Golden Retriever. So July and August will be a bit crazy for me. We close on the 31st and have a garage sale planned for that weekend and then moving and settling in in August. I’m hoping I will still have time to read and blog in between prepping for a garage sale/moving sale, all of my many doctors appointments, packing, painting and moving. It may be pretty hit or miss here and there but bare with me! Its a fun little journey that we’re on!signature-1

Furiously Happy – Book Review

Author: Jenny Lawson
Published: September 22nd 2015 by Flatiron Books
Genre: Autobiography, Humor, Nonfiction, Memoir
Rating: ★★★★✰

FuriouslyHappyCoverIn LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist. In her new book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

Jenny’s first book, LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, was ostensibly about family, but deep down it was about celebrating your own weirdness. FURIOUSLY HAPPY is a book about mental illness, but under the surface it’s about embracing joy in fantastic and outrageous ways-and who doesn’t need a bit more of that? (Goodreads Summary)


Furiously Happy…This was a book I didn’t even realize I needed to read. I debated even writing a review for this due to just how closely I related to this book. but here it is.

What does Furiously Happy even mean? Well in the words of Jenny herself:

“AWESOME. In fact, I’m starting a whole movement right now. The FURIOUSLY HAPPY movement. And it’s going to be awesome because first of all, we’re all going to be VEHEMENTLY happy, and secondly because it will freak the sh*t out of everyone that hates you because those a**holes don’t want to see you even vaguely amused, much less furiously happy, and it will make their world turn a little sideways and will probably scare the sh*t out of them. Which will make you even more happy. Legitimately. Then the world tips in our favor. Us: 1. A**holes: 8,000,000. That score doesn’t look as satisfying as it should because they have a bit of a head start. Except you know what? F*** that. We’re starting from scratch. Us: 1. A**holes: 0.” 

Well that’s all fine and dandy you say, but tell me Taylor, why is there a raccoon on the cover? What does a bug eyed raccoon have to do with mental illness and being furiously happy? Well that raccoon’s name is Rory and he is taxidermyed. I know that’s not a word but for this post it is. (now I really feel like I’m channeling my inner Jenny) Rory is a stuffed raccoon that Jenny LOVES, she will hide him under the covers to scare her husband or peek his head out the door to freak out the mailman and she takes him on airplanes as her “Therapy Pet”. She just really really loves taxadermyed animals and it’s a theme throughout the book

This is the first thing I have read by Jenny Lawson and I immediately added her first book Lets Pretend This Never Happened to my TBR before I even finished chapter 2. Jenny’s explanations of how her mental illnesses affect her and what it’s like to deal with them is perfection!

“When you come out of the grips of a depression there is an incredible relief, but not one you feel allowed to celebrate. Instead, the feeling of victory is replaced with anxiety that it will happen again, and with shame and vulnerability when you see how your illness affected your family, your work, everything left untouched while you struggled to survive. We come back to life thinner, paler, weaker … but as survivors. Survivors who don’t get pats on the back from coworkers who congratulate them on making it. Survivors who wake to more work than before because their friends and family are exhausted from helping them fight a battle they may not even understand. I hope to one day see a sea of people all wearing silver ribbons as a sign that they understand the secret battle, and as a celebration of the victories made each day as we individually pull ourselves up out of our foxholes to see our scars heal, and to remember what the sun looks like.” 

“When I went on my first antidepressant it had the side effect of making me fixated on suicide (which is sort of the opposite of what you want). It’s a rare side effect so I switched to something else that did work. Lots of concerned friends and family felt that the first medication’s failure was a clear sign that drugs were not the answer; if they were I would have been fixed. Clearly I wasn’t as sick as I said I was if the medication didn’t work for me. And that sort of makes sense, because when you have cancer the doctor gives you the best medicine and if it doesn’t shrink the tumor immediately then that’s a pretty clear sign you were just faking it for attention. I mean, cancer is a serious, often fatal disease we’ve spent billions of dollars studying and treating so obviously a patient would never have to try multiple drugs, surgeries, radiation, etc., to find what will work specifically for them. And once the cancer sufferer is in remission they’re set for life because once they’ve learned how to not have cancer they should be good. And if they let themselves get cancer again they can just do whatever they did last time. Once you find the right cancer medication you’re pretty much immune from that disease forever. And if you get it again it’s probably just a reaction to too much gluten or not praying correctly. Right?”

“I can tell you that “Just cheer up” is almost universally looked at as the most unhelpful depression cure ever. It’s pretty much the equivalent of telling someone who just had their legs amputated to “just walk it off.” Some people don’t understand that for a lot of us, mental illness is a severe chemical imbalance rather just having “a case of the Mondays.” Those same well-meaning people will tell me that I’m keeping myself from recovering because I really “just need to cheer up and smile.” That’s when I consider chopping off their arms and then blaming them for not picking up their severed arms so they can take them to the hospital to get reattached.”  

Her explanations and thought processes make so much sense to me. That quote right there is why I am so hesitant and nervous to tell people that I struggle with depression and anxiety.. It’s something that I have been ashamed of and feel guilty about. Like, I have a great life, I know I do. I have a wonderful husband and amazing family who love me, a great job with awesome coworkers, a nice home, no debt and a relationship with Jesus Christ. I have a great life, why do I feel this way? Why do I sit in my car after work staring at the steering wheel trying to find the will to turn the key and go home? What is wrong with me? Everyone else sees that I have a great life, what will they think? Will they think I’m faking? What kind of Christian am I if I’m on antidepressants? Who is going to believe anything I say about having a relationship with a loving God when they see this? And then something Jenny wrote stuck with me “I used to feel a lot of guilt about having depression but then I realized that’s a lot like feeling guilty for having brown hair.”  Or in my case blonde hair..but that guilt is something I will have to move past. It’s not my fault that my brain is like this. This is just a sickness that has to be managed just like the herniated disks in my back and my psoriatic arthritis. I have to medicate to be able to function. It’s just like any other illness and it’s not. my. fault.

I know a lot of people who read this book won’t understand it. They won’t understand the humor or the funny ways in which Jenny deals with her mental illnesses but that is only because they don’t know anyone struggling with mental illnesses or have experienced the struggle themselves. This book truly is a funny book about horrible things. Mental illnesses are horrible, they take things from you and the ones you love. But knowing your not alone helps with the horrible. If you struggle with depression or anxiety your not alone. I’m dealing with it too.

And if you do suffer from these or any mental illnesses I highly suggest reading this book. I actually listened to the audio book and Jenny Lawson herself reads it which made it that much better!

“I AM GOING TO BE FURIOUSLY HAPPY, OUT OF SHEER SPITE.”
― Jenny Lawson, Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things