Monthly Archives: June 2016

Book Title:
The Invoice
Book Author:
Jonas Karlsson
Publishing Date:
July 12th, 2016
Publisher:
Hogarth
Date Read:
June 29th, 2016
Source:
ARC from publisher

Synopsis

Hilarious, profound, and achingly true-to-life, Jonas Karlsson’s novel explores the true nature of happiness through the eyes of hero you won’t soon forget

A passionate film buff, our hero’s life revolves around his part-time job at a video store, the company of a few precious friends, and a daily routine that more often than not concludes with pizza and movie in his treasured small space in Stockholm. When he receives an astronomical invoice from a random national bureaucratic agency, everything will tumble into madness as he calls the hotline night and day to find out why he is the recipient of the largest bill in the entire country.

What is the price of a cherished memory? How much would you pay for a beautiful summer day? How will our carefree idealist, who is content with so little and has no chance of paying it back, find a way out of this mess? All these questions pull you through The Invoice and prove once again that Jonas Karlsson is simply a master of entertaining, intelligent, and life-affirming work.

My Review

I missed out on reading The Room back when it first came out, despite how quirky and amusing it sounded, and while I still haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of Jonas Karlsson’s debut novel, I did manage to … Continue reading

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Radio Girls Author: Sarah-Jane Stratford Publication Date: June 14th, 2016 Publisher: NAL Synopsis: The Great War is over, and change is in the air, in this novel that brings to life the exciting days of early British radio…and one woman … Continue reading

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Book Title:
George
Book Author:
Alex Gino
Publishing Date:
August 25th, 2016
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Date Read:
June 25th, 2016
Source:
Purchased

Synopsis

BE WHO YOU ARE.

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.

George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part . . . because she's a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

My Review

I heard about this book back when it first came out, probably about a year ago now, and I while I was intrigued, I don’t read as much middle grade fiction as I do young adult, so I never really … Continue reading

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Frayed Author: Kara Terzis Publication Date: June 7th, 2016 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Synopsis: Dear Kesley, My therapist tells me I should write you a letter. Like flushing all my thoughts and feelings out of my system and onto paper. I … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The Maze Runner
Book Author:
James Dashner
Book Series:
The Maze Runner Series, #1
Publishing Date:
October 6th, 2009
Publisher:
Delacorte Press
Date Read:
June 1st, 2016
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher

Synopsis

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

My Review

Ah yes, The Maze Runner.  Until now, it has been one of those books that I have been seeing and hearing about for years..and there’s even a movie out for it now.  Honestly, I don’t know what took me so … Continue reading

4.5 stars
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What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle Publisher: HarperTeen Release Date: June 7th 2016 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Illness Rate: 4.5/5 stars Synopsis: “I know what it is to want something so badly, you feel like your cells aren’t properly … Continue reading

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Hello everyone! Today I want to talk about some really awesome furniture that I have come across that I think would make for some really great pieces for a personal library or reading room! Today I’m mostly focusing on comfortable … Continue reading

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Unplugged (The Wired #1) by Donna Freitas Publisher: Harper Children’s Release Date: June 21st 2016 Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia Rate: 4/5 stars Synopsis: The first book in a provocative new series from acclaimed author Donna Freitas—Feed for a new generation. … Continue reading

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How to Disappear Author: Ann Redisch Stampler Publication Date: June 14th, 2016 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 416 Format: Hardcover, eBook Synopsis: This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Animals: A Mindful Coloring Book
Book Author:
Georgie Woolridge
Publishing Date:
September 6mth, 2016
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher

Synopsis

In this follow-up to the acclaimed first and second books in the series, Animals beautifully captures the stunning and fascinating creatures that inhabit the world’s wilder terrains. Containing over 35 astounding drawings inspired by illustrator Georgie Woolridge’s travels in India and around the world, each intricate drawing incorporates swirling paisley patterns and other local designs inspired by the styles in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. By easing you out of your thoughts and into another world, coloring these beautiful images becomes a practical exercise in mindfulness that anyone can adopt, regardless of skill level.

Each stunning illustration is accompanied by a brief paragraph about the animal and its habitat, in addition to a helpful introduction with hints and tips about drawing, coloring, and the various effects that you can achieve by using different coloring tools. Escape the pressures of everyday life and find peace and relaxation coloring these wonderful beasts of the wild!

My Review

This is my first Georgie Woolridge coloring book, but I have seen some of her other books (Birds and Waterlife) on Amazon.  I haven’t gotten the chance to check out any of those books up close yet (just from the … Continue reading

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