In My Mailbox – March 30, 2015

Hey y’all!

I’m here today – a day late – to do In My Mailbox, a weekly meme previously hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Since she’s no longer blogging, it’s morphed into Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It’s where bloggers, authors, or readers post about the books they got in their mailboxes or somehow acquired that week.

Blog-wise, this week had a few posts. I reviewed Even in Paradise, which struck me as a charming mixture of The Great Gatsby and The Summer I Turned Pretty. I talked about my terrible terrible habit of not finishing series because I get too emotionally attached. Finally, I gushed about how badly I want a new book releasing from The Novl soon!

I’m doing In My Mailbox a day late, because I had a pretty hectic weekend but wanted to definitely share the books that I got! It was prom weekend – I’ll be sharing a few photos at some point – and between that and Hemingway book club, it got a little overloaded. I spent Saturday scaling trees attempting to hang lights in my backyard and spent Saturday night swing-dancing with my date. I definitely want to remember everything about prom so I got some lovely new journals from the Oxford Exchange, my glorious workplace.

Meanwhile, I got a few ebooks and a few for review:

For Review:

goodbye stranger

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead | Goodreads

Bought:

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Leuchtturm 1917 journals in grey and blue

Kalahari by Jessica Khoury | Goodreads
We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist | Goodreads

Happy reading!

 

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Waiting on Wednesday (9)

Hey y’all!

It’s Grace here to do Waiting on Wednesday. Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where bloggers and readers showcase upcoming books that they’re looking forward to reading! I’ve just recently decided to partake in it (partly due to the girls over at Lit Up Review, where I also blog) and I’ve discovered so many reads that I’m putting on my to-read list. Without further ado, here’s this week’s pick!

kissing ted callahan amy spalding Novel: Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy Spalding | Goodreads
 Release Date: April 7, 2015
 Publisher: Poppy (Little Brown/Hachette)

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist meets Easy A in this hilariously realistic story of sneaking out, making out, and playing in a band.

After catching their bandmates in a compromising position, sixteen-year-old Los Angelenos Riley and Reid become painfully aware of the romance missing from their own lives. And so a pact is formed: they’ll both try to make something happen with their respective crushes and document the experiences in a shared notebook.

While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over someone’s heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, who she’s been obsessed with forever-His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But suddenly cute guys are popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! With their love lives going from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid realize the results of their pact may be more than they bargained for.

“Easy A…[…] making out, sneaking out, and playing in a band.” That one sentence immediately reeled me in. First off, blurb on point. It sounds like a comedy you’d watch at a sleepover, and that’s a very appealing description to me. Cinematic, bubbly, charming, but with the awkward depth that makes it endearing. I love coming of age romances. It feels almost classic, feel-good, which is undeniably refreshing. It’s been way too long since I’ve read a funny book. Not a mildly amusing book but a laugh-out-loud funny book.

I feel like it’s a book I’d live rather vicariously through which would be so much fun. From reviews that I’ve read – I don’t normally read that many reviews but I heard so much about this – I think I figured out that Riley and Reid are very different people, who have a tentative but kind friendship. I think this is a book that will do a lot with relationship dynamics which I’m eager to read. I want it to be hilarious, and heartwarming, and clever like a story you’d tell your best friend.

Plenty of authentic characters, a journal focus (!!! I’m such a journaler!!!) and an honest voice.

I’m excited for this one.

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