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In My Mailbox -- November 25, 2018

Hey y'all!Happy Thanksgiving! If you're like me and headed back to school for the end of the semester, safe travels (and good luck with all that work.) Today, I only have one book to spotlight that I received. I may not have gotten it in November, but it's new to me because it's the first time I've been home since August.When I was in Athens visiting my boyfriend over the summer, I had to swing by Avid Bookshop and say hi. I met a few of the booksellers at BEA a few years back, and I also just love independent bookstores. For one, I loved the cozy, crammed vibe of Avid. I love when a place nails my taste with their curatorial decisions -- and that's the personal touch that means I will always advocate for the little guys.I knew Will Walton worked there, and so I had to buy a copy of his book! Also, I love David Levithan as an editor. Unfortunately, he'd just sold out of his last copy, so he sent me a signed one to my house. I'm glad I finally got it. Without further ado, here's Anything Could Happen.

The Book

Novel: Anything Could Happen by Will Walton | GoodreadsRelease Date: May 26, 2015Publisher: ScholasticFormat: PaperbackSource: Avid!

When you’re in love with the wrong person for the right reasons, anything could happen.Tretch lives in a very small town where everybody's in everybody else's business. Which makes it hard for him to be in love with his straight best friend. For his part, Matt is completely oblivious to the way Tretch feels – and Tretch can’t tell whether that makes it better or worse.The problem with living a lie is that the lie can slowly become your life. For Tretch, the problem isn’t just with Matt. His family has no idea who he really is and what he’s really thinking. The girl at the local bookstore has no clue how off-base her crush on him is. And the guy at school who’s a thorn in Tretch’s side doesn’t realize how close to the truth he’s hitting.Tretch has spent a lot of time dancing alone in his room, but now he’s got to step outside his comfort zone and into the wider world. Because like love, a true self can rarely be contained. ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN is a poignant, hard-hitting exploration of love and friendship, a provocative debut that shows that sometimes we have to let things fall apart before we can make them whole again.

For one, I remember hearing a lot of buzz about this one when it came out. Also, David Levithan tends to champion quieter (but lovable) coming-of-age narratives. I'm always a sucker for stories that feel authentic, even if they don't subscribe to a norm of contemporary fiction. Hoping for some good one-liners and a satisfying character development arc. Every once in a while, I need a book I can just sink into.

What did y'all get this week?

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In My Mailbox -- November 18, 2018

Hey y'all!It's Grace here, on the Sunday kicking off Thanksgiving break (thankful for that, at the very least!) It's been a while since I've had a book haul, mainly because I avoid requesting review copies from publishing houses if I know I have a busy semester, but I got an absolute GEM in the mail this week that I've already torn through. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I've been looking forward to this one for a while. Thank you, Macmillan!I spent my Saturday curled up with a cappuccino and Famous in a Small Town in a Lexington cafe. Once I was done with my coffee time, I moved to the daybed on my porch to soak up some sun before the winter. I could not have spent my time reading this any better!This semester, I've been messing around with the idea of incorporating my lettering more into my book blogging. (It normally lives on the art blog.) So excuse the wobbliness, but I'm trying it out this week with some of my headers!Novel: Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills | GoodreadsRelease Date: January 15, 2019Publisher: Henry Holt (Macmillan)Format: ARCSource: Publisher

For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. She has the Yum Yum Shoppe, with its famous fourteen flavors of ice cream; her beloved marching band, the pride and joy of Acadia High (even if the football team disagrees); and her four best friends, loving and infuriating, wonderfully weird and all she could ever ask for.Then August moves in next door. A quiet guy with a magnetic smile, August seems determined to keep everyone at arm's length. Sophie in particular.Country stars, revenge plots, and a few fake kisses (along with some excellent real ones) await Sophie in this hilarious, heartfelt story.

I already read it and loved it, so this is cheating, but I was originally hyped to find it in my mailbox because Emma Mills is a genuine writer. Her characters are kind, and generous (usually to a fault.) While her stories tend to be on the quieter side, the witty dialogue sparkles. I love wholesome books that still feel full-bodied, that still show flaws. She's on my auto-buy list as the ultimate feel-good writer.For those of you who equally love Emma Mills, Famous in a Small Town will be out this January, and I'll be hyping it up until then!

What did y'all get this week?

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In My Mailbox -- August 19, 2018

Hey y'all!It's Grace here, packing and getting ready to head to school tomorrow -- aahh. Although I'm dying to be back in Lexington around friends and routine, I never feel ready by the time I leave; or, at least, I always feel like I'm forgetting everything. Inevitably, today, I will have not have slept well at all, have clothes exploding around the house, and have stacks of boxes and knickknacks overflowing on my stairs that I haven't decided whether or not will stay or leave.And, of course, I have my books.Before Hannah left last week, we had a family trip to the bookstore, which we hadn't done in ages. We used to do it all the time as kids! I got to pick up two reads (thanks Dad) that I can't wait to dig into.

Bought

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab | Goodreads

I've been hit-or-miss with Schwab's books in the past, but I know this series is supposed to fill the void that The Night Circus left, and I've had my eye on it for awhile.

The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Bérubé | Goodreads

Eerie possession book. Yessss.

What did y'all get this week?

 

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In My Mailbox: August 12, 2018

Hey y'all!It's Grace here, soaking in the two or so weeks I have at home before heading back to school. I've been writing like a fiend hoping to get ready for the fall. Although I know I should enjoy the Floridian sunshine so far, I've really only ventured out to run. I love being home and getting a lot of alone time right now, so I'm going to use it to my advantage to get a lot of the action items done that I want so that I can spend some quality time with people up at school.I haven't bought too many books, mostly because I have very little money at the moment, but I'm still tearing through my ARCs from the summer. I did however replace my Kindle, which fills me with an enormous amount of guilt, so I've made up for it by purchasing from independent retailers.

Calamities by Renee Gladman | GoodreadsAnything Could Happen by Will Walton | Goodreads

I visited Avid Bookshop in Athens while I was visiting in early August and loved it. They do the notecard thing where they have hand-scrawled recommendations under certain shelves, decorated and curated by members of the staff. Immediately, they're ready to talk books with you, to ask you what you've been reading lately and what you're looking for. (I could have stayed and talked to them for ages, but I was with someone, so I opted against it.) Still, I've mutually followed Will Walton, an author I met briefly a few years ago, who works there so I felt like I should buy his book. Plus, it's edited by David Levithan and features a coming-of-age story. He didn't have it in stock because it had sold out (yay Will!) but is shipping me a personalized copy.Our book taste was insanely similar, so I knew I was in good hands. I ended up restricting myself to only buying one additional book, but I'll realistically order books online from them in the future when I'm at school -- or if I'm lucky enough to be in Athens again.

What did y'all get this week?

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In My Mailbox -- March 25, 2018

Hey y'all!It's the Sunday after Fancy Dress -- college prom -- at Washington and Lee and thus a relatively quiet afternoon spent typing away at the third year café overlooking the lacrosse fields. Iced latte in hand, that warm lethargy after a busy weekend.This week at school was such an adrenaline rush. I had a major assessment due every day, and we only have two weeks left in the semester -- which means that I'm working myself to the bone. Additionally, I had to campaign for a leadership position on the Executive Committee, my extracurricular here. Next year, I'll be Vice President on the body that handles student government matters and also deals with the Honor System, the most prevalent feature of W&L. Very exciting -- and also the reason I've been a little absent here!With all that going on, I've made up my mind that I need to write a Day in the Life post and update y'all on all that. Now though, I'm psyched to share the books I've gotten lately. (This week, post-election, I drove to Charlottesville to run errands -- and rewarded myself with a Barnes & Noble trip. I've been looking forward to recent releases for so, so long.)

The Books

You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein | Buy HereThe Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro | Buy HereHero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton | Buy HereI Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin | Buy Here

I'm burning to read each of these. I've started chipping away at You'll Grow Out of It because it made me laugh and that's honestly rare for me to find in a book. Meanwhile, Rebel of the Sands and A Study in Charlotte are two of my favorite books and are book series that make me feel deeply and viscerally -- while being cinematic, entertaining experiences. I have no doubt that each of them will be extraordinary. And I Hate Everyone But You seems so funny, accurate, and poignant. Yay for best friend stories!My next week is a little quieter academically, so I'm hoping that I find the time in my day to spend some time before bed reading.

What books did y'all get this week?