Bookish Things My Husband Is Sick Of

I am married to a nerd. But unfortunately for me, not a book nerd. My husband loves all things science. So he will read, if it’s science articles. I’ve recently bought him comic books that he will read when he gets bored. But that is the extent of his bookish qualities. Now, does that mean we don’t have anything to talk about? Absolutely not. We talk about lots of stuff. And ironically, he teaches me a lot about science. However, I know that there are times where he just wants me to shut the hell up. So, since I think this is hysterical. I’ve come up with a list of things my husband is either sick of or sick of hearing. 🙂

Also, this post was inspired by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner

“I didn’t spend a lot! I Promise!”

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Every time I go to the book store (usually Half Price Books) I end up buying piles of books to add to my insane collection at home. And every time, Joe is so concerned with how much I spent on books.

“Just let me finish this chapter and we can go!”

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I usually end up bringing a book with me no matter where I go. “Oh, we’re gonna go drink at a friends house and play games? Okay, let me just make sure I have a book and my kindle packed, too!” Is what goes on in my brain…

“Aren’t these so pretty?!”

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A recent case is when I bought A Court of Mist and Fury and I immediately grabbed ACOTAR and turned to my husband and was like, “LOOK AT THE PRETTIES! Which cover do you think is prettier?” (in case you wanted to know he said A Court of Mist and Fury’s cover is better)

“Oooh, that’s based off a book! I need it!”

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So, every time we see a trailer for a movie or TV show and it’s based off of a book, I immediately turn to him and say, “I need that book” and then “We’re gonna watch that!” Needless to say, I usually am the one who watches and he does something else.

“My books NEED a HOME!”

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I currently have 3 bookcases dedicated to my books and those are double or triple stacked. It’s in the works of Joe building me shelves, but we have so many other things to do around the house that this project keeps getting pushed back. But every single time I get more books (which is a lot, I have a problem) I tell him that my books need a home! (In fact, I told him before I moved in with him over 2 years ago, that my books were coming with me).

“BOOKSTORE!! Let’s go!”

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Every time we’re out and about and I see a bookstore, I immediately head in that direction. I think he’s just given up by now. Poor Joe.

“OMG and then he did this and that!”

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I sometimes talk to Joe about fictional characters as if it were truly happening to my life. I think at this point he ignores me half of the time. I do this about TV shows too.

**Sniffs book** Looks at Joe, “Yes, that just happened.” **Joe shakes his head**

GIF book smell

I don’t think I need any explanation as to sniffing a book. 😀

Let’s Talk About It

Do you do any of these? Do you do anything else, that maybe I forgot to mention?

Stephanie

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Announcement: Reading Challenges

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So, Katrina and I started this Steampunk Reading Challenge and we have decided to revamp it a bit. We have noticed that no one ever links up in the linky’s/or signs up for the challenge here on the blog. Yet we have 30 members on the Goodreads group we created for the challenge. So, here’s what we’re thinking:

  • We’re thinking of taking away the challenge link ups/giveaway, since no one links up but we are keeping the Steampunk Reading Challenge on Goodreads but revamping it for a book club with a possible reading challenge if you want to challenge yourself.
  • We can do monthly or every other monthly read alongs, which we can open up polls so everyone gets a chance to vote on what they’d like to read

If you’re interested here is where you can join the Goodreads Group

Steampunk Reading Challenge’s currently-reading…
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This is the official group for the Steampunk Reading Challenge hosted by Katrina @ Bookish Things…

Books we’re currently reading

Changeless
Changeless
by Gail Carriger
Start date: February 23, 2016



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Ironically, I am doing the same thing with the YA Mystery/Thriller Reading Challenge. All the polls will be up on the Goodreads group, I will keep the challenge up as well for whomever wants to continue challenging themselves. But it will be strictly on Goodreads.

If you’re also interested in this group, you can go here

YA Mystery/Thriller Reading Challenge’s current…
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Hosted by Stephanie @ In Wonderland www.inwonderlandbookblog.com comes a reading challenge that …

Books we’re currently reading

Dangerous Girls
Dangerous Girls
by Abigail Haas
Start date: May 1, 2016



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Stephanie

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WoW [69]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we (or rather, in this case, Sophia) are waiting for eagerly.

This Week’s Victim Pick….

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child JK RowlingTitle: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: JK Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #8
Genre: Fantasy
Coming out July 31, 2016 by Pottermore

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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

My Thoughts

Okay, I am honestly scared of reading a spin off to the Harry Potter series. This can either a) turn out really good, or b) backfire.

I’m really hoping it doesn’t backfire.

And now… over to you: what book are you waiting to release? Link me up and I’ll try my best to drop by! 🙂

Sophia Lin

Blog Tour: Lovegame [Spotlight & Excerpt]

Blog Tour: Lovegame [Spotlight & Excerpt]

Blog Tour: Lovegame [Spotlight & Excerpt]Lovegame by Tracy Wolff
Published by Loveswept on June 7th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Erotica
Pages: 320
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Hailed by J. Kenner as an author who “knows how to steam up the pages,” Tracy Wolff delivers a darkly addictive novel of seduction and psychological obsession. The stakes are high in Lovegame, when a movie star with a shattered past meets a man who can either break her or make her whole.   True Crime novelist Ian Sharpe has spent his career writing about serial killers for very personal reasons. For his latest exposé, he is taking on the sadistic madman known as the Red Ribbon Strangler, and when his research leads him to Hollywood’s most private and provocative actress, he will break every rule to uncover her truth.   The daughter of one of Hollywood’s golden couples, chased by paparazzi and treated as a commodity her entire life, Veronica Romero wields her sex appeal like a weapon. She expects Ian to be as easy to control as every other man she’s ever known. But from the beginning, he refuses to fall into line. Mysterious and cool, challenging and just a little bit dangerous, Ian somehow makes her feel safe—even as he digs into the deepest secrets of her life and pushes her to the breaking point.   As raw ecstasy gives way to agonized truths, their dark obsession exposes secrets that have been buried for far too long. Ian wants to tear down her walls and heal the sensual woman underneath. But if Veronica’s learned anything, it’s that the line between pleasure and pain is a narrow one—and when caught between them the only thing that matters is how you play the game.Lovegame is intended for mature audiences. This ebook includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Praise for the novels of Tracy Wolff   “Tracy Wolff knows how to steam up the pages.”New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner   “Fall in love under the spell of a master. Tracy Wolff knows how to keep you panting for more and utterly satisfied all at once.”New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery, on Ruined   “Tracy Wolff had me turning pages way past my bedtime. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat, and the steamy love scenes had my pulse racing.”New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo, on Exposed

Message from Tracy

I’m so glad to be here today talking about Lovegame, my June 7th release.  This book is a little different than my others—it’s a little darker, a little more psychological, a little more twisted than what I usually write.  But every once in a while, for every author, an idea comes along that you just HAVE to write.  It’s different, it’s harder, it’s scarier than anything else you’ve ever done, but it just won’t go away no matter how many other books you write before it.  For me, Lovegame is that story. I ran from it for a long time because I was scared of it, not to mention desperately afraid that I wouldn’t do it justice.  But now that it’s finished and ready to be launched into the world, I have to admit that I’m very, very proud of how it turned out and am thrilled to be able to share an exclusive excerpt with you.  Thanks so much for hanging out with me today and I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks!  Have a great day!!!!!

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About the Author

Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.

And for all of those who want the unedited version:
Tracy Wolff lives with four men, teaches writing to local college students and spends as much time as she can manage immersed in worlds of her own creation. Married to the alpha hero of her dreams for twelve years, she is the mother of three young sons who spend most of their time trying to make her as crazy as possible.

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Excerpt

“When are you going to stop deflecting and actually answer what I ask you?”

She freezes. “Excuse me?”

“I’m here to interview you and the last few questions I’ve asked, you’ve thrown back in my lap. I already know what I think—I’d like your thoughts or this article is going to end being an autobiography.”

“That’s not a bad idea. I’d read your autobiography in a heartbeat.”

“Yeah, well, you’d be the only one.” I take a bite of my burger, give her a minute to figure out that she’s not going to be able to charm her way out of this one. Then I ask again, “So, what is it like?”

Her shoulders tense, and suddenly it’s like a switch flips inside of her. Gone is the friendliness of the last fifteen minutes and in its place . . . in its place is something else entirely. “Being attractive?”

I shoot her a look that tells her to knock off the bullshit. “Being Maxim’s sexiest woman alive seven of the last ten years. Topping Esquire magazine’s sexiest list. Making People’s Most Beautiful list every year for the last decade. Being number one on IMDB’s top one hundred sexiest actresses of all time.” I pause, take a very deliberate sip of my water. “Should I keep going?”

“No. I think I get it.” Her voice is about ten degrees cooler than it was and as she purses her lips, narrows her eyes, I’m reminded of a children’s fairy tale. The better to see—hear—eat—you with, my darling. “It feels exactly like you’d expect it to feel.”

The whole thing is very definitely a warning to lay off this line of questioning, but all it does is intrigue me. And solidify my belief that Veronica Romero would play the hell out of the big, bad wolf.

Too bad I’m not cut out for the role of Little Red.

“Gratifying?” I ask. “Claustrophobic? Unsafe?”

This time when she laughs, it sounds nothing like tinkling bells and everything like high-end sex. I try not to respond, but it’s pretty hard not to notice the way the sound goes straight to my cock like it was designed specifically to get me hard.

“Nothing about this business is safe,” she tells me. “I thought you’d be the last person I’d have to explain that to.”

“All that money, all those bodyguards, and you still don’t feel secure?” It’s a direct salvo, one that hits the mark judging from the way her shoulders tense and the dimple disappears completely. For a moment I mourn its loss, but then I’m too caught up in her transformation to think about anything else.

“Silly, Ian,” she all but purrs as she lightly traces one dark purple fingernail across the back of my hand. She’s dripping sensuality now, wearing her sex appeal like Perrault’s wolf wears its teeth and claws. “In this town, it’s not bodyguards that keep you safe.”

Her fingertip is gliding over the inside of my wrist now, stroking back and forth in a rhythm that takes my dick from semi-aroused to fully hard in seconds. Then again, maybe that’s the way she’s looking at me, eyes hooded, lips wet and parted, cheeks just a little bit flushed.

“So, what does?” I have to clear my throat twice before I can get the question out.

It’s her turn to lift a brow. “I would think that was obvious.” Then she’s sucking her lower lip between her teeth, biting down oh-so gently. Her breath hitches just a little and—fuck—so does mine, though I know exactly what she’s doing. Turns out being forewarned doesn’t always mean forearmed. “I keep myself safe.”

“Touché.” I make a concerted effort to keep my voice—and my hand—steady, even as desire—pure, unadulterated lust—sweeps through me. I ignore it, concentrating instead on the list of questions that I have memorized. “Before we were sidetracked, we were talking about your tendency toward improvisation—”

“But you already got your question,” she tells me, cutting me off. “Several questions, in fact. Now it’s my turn.”

I could push, considering she’s given me a non-answer to pretty much everything I’ve asked her so far. But she’s not the only one who knows how to play games at this table. “Ask away,” I answer, smiling broadly. “I’m an open book.”

“Why do people always say that like it’s a good thing?” she asks, and if possible, her voice is even huskier—even sexier—than it was just a few minutes ago. “An open book only shows you two random pages in the middle of the action. How is that supposed to tell you everything you want to know?”

“I guess that depends on the pages, doesn’t it?”

“Perhaps it does at that.” She looks me over, her eyes lingering on my mouth, my chest, my hands. “What two pages are you going to use to portray me?”

“Whichever two you show me.”

She smiles at that and this time it is the man-slayer she’s so famous for. Her hand is at her throat, her fingers deliberately toying with the amethyst pendant that rests just between her breasts.

“That is exactly what I hoped you’d say.”

I try to ignore the sudden sensation of bite marks on my ass, but it’s not easy. Especially when it hits me that I’ve just lost the first battle of whatever game we’re playing.

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Stephanie

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Sing Along Saturday [6]

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Sing Along Saturday is a new meme hosted by my good friend Katrina @ Bookish Things and More! Every Saturday there will be a different theme and you have to share a song that goes along with that theme! I think it’s a great idea and I am going to start participating in it and I’d love to see all of your Sing Along Saturdays!

Love – What’s Your Favorite Song Celebrating Love?

Let’s Talk About It

I just got married a little over a month ago and this was our first dance song, so I will always symbolize this song with love. <3

Stephanie

Vote for July’s Read

2016 YA MRC

So, I have decided to try and do a read along every month for the 2016 YA Mystery Reading Challenge. Which only means more extra entries for all you who participate! 🙂 Here is where we choose what July’s Read Along pick will be! 🙂 So since the end of May and all throughout June some interesting Mysteries/Thrillers are coming out. I thought it’d be nice to showcase those and read one of those for July. (With the exception of The Fixer, because its sequel, The Long Game comes out in June)

Read With Us In July!

the leavingwith malicenever missing never found
beware that girlhow to disappearthe fixer

Voting will be open until June 16 and I will post on June 17th what the winner was!

What Should Be July's Mystery Read Along?

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Don’t forget to sign up if you want to participate in this challenge! I think we could all use a little more Mystery, Thriller, or Suspense in our lives! 🙂 Sign ups are still open and will be open until December 1st, 2016! You can overlap the books you read with this challenge and count towards other challenges as well! And if you want to win the giveaways for this challenge, you have to be a participant! Click the button below to sign up!
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Let’s Talk About It!

Are there any books you’d like to see in future read alongs? Leave your thoughts in the comments and I will be sure to put them in future polls as long as they go with the theme! Have you read any of these books? Do you want to? Let’s chat! 🙂

Stephanie

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Announcement: June’s Read Along Pick!

2016 YA MRC

So, I hope you are enjoying Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas if you are partaking in the Read Along for May! That discussion post will be on Monday, May 23rd. So, be on the look out for that! But, in the meantime, here is the June Read Along pick!

Announcement: June’s Read Along Pick!They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire
Published by Delacorte Press on October 14th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 339
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Pretty Little Liars meets Final Destination in this YA psychological thriller that will have readers' hearts racing right till the very end!
Every year, the lives of ten girls at Vienna High are transformed.
All because of the list.
Kenzie Summerall can't imagine how she's been voted onto a list of the hottest girls in school, but when she lands at number five, her average life becomes dazzling. Doors open to the best parties, new friends surround her, the cutest jock in school is after her.
This is the power of the list. If you're on it, your life changes.
If you're on it this year? Your life ends.
The girls on the list have started to die, one by one. Is it a coincidence? A curse? Or is the list in the hands of a killer?
Time is running out for Kenzie, but she’s determined to uncover the deadly secret of the list...before her number’s up.

Discussion Post

There will be 1 discussion post in June and that will happen on June 27th. If you participate in this discussion then you will be able to put in an EXTRA entry for the giveaway! 🙂

Future Read Alongs?

Have any books that fit in the YA/MG/NA Mystery or Thriller genre that you’d like to see in future polls? Let us know in the comments and we will be sure to put them in future polls! 🙂

Sign Up For The Challenge

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It’s not too late to join in this challenge! Sign ups are open until December 1st, 2016! Just click the button above to sign up! 🙂

Stephanie

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Spend May With Finding Audrey! [Review & Giveaway]

Spend May With Finding Audrey! [Review & Giveaway]Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on June 9th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic
Pages: 286
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased, Uppercase Box
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four-half-stars

Now available in paperback is the New York Times bestselling debut YA novel Finding Audrey (Ember /on sale May 3, 2016 /$9.99) from internationally bestselling author Sophie Kinsella. Kinsella, the author of such favorites as the Shopaholic series, Can You Keep a Secret?, Wedding Night, and Remember Me?, introduced readers to 14-year- old Audrey Turner, a teen in the throes of a severe social anxiety disorder after a bullying incident at school, and following her journey to rediscovering herself and her happiness. Receiving much critical acclaim from reviewers and fans, the book was hailed as “heartfelt,” “engaging,” and “relatable.”

Audrey spends most of her days hiding behind her dark sunglasses and in the safety of her own home, surrounded by her lovable but chaotic family. Interaction with non–family members has been almost impossible to master since the incident at school. But then one day Linus arrives at her house. A friend of her brother’s, Linus makes an instant connection with Audrey and starts to chip away at her exterior, exposing the girl underneath—the girl Audrey herself has been searching for. What results is a tender love story that begins as a friendship and continues in the local Starbucks, where Audrey begins to heal the wounds that have threatened to hold her captive.

Filled with poignancy and laugh-out- loud moments, Finding Audrey gives readers a character they can relate to and a family to embrace. Kinsella’s story tackles serious topics with humor and heart and creates the next YA couple to root for in Audrey and Linus.

*via the press release courtesy of Penguin Random House*

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book! I felt like I was really able to connect with Audrey considering I have my own anxiety and depression issues. Sure, they never got as bad as Audrey’s but I felt like I was still able to connect with Audrey and I really loved her! She not only has these mental health issues, but she’s also funny. Her family is funny. A little dysfunctional, but hey, whose family isn’t dysfunctional nowadays? 🙂

This book is refreshing because Audrey doesn’t go through the normal day. She doesn’t go to school so she doesn’t have to face the normal trials and tribulations that a normal high school student would face, i.e.: bullying or petty high school drama. Instead she has to face her inner demons and she has to learn to find herself again. She has to learn to heal. And that’s what this book is about and that’s why I loved it so much. Don’t get me wrong, I still love reading about drama, but it is also refreshing to be reading Audrey’s story.

I really liked that Audrey is put on this task to make eye-contact with people through a camera lens. I really enjoyed how she documents her life that way. Kudos to Dr. Sarah (Audrey’s therapist). I also really loved the other characters within this novel as well. Specifically, Linus and Felix. Linus and Audrey’s relationship was pitch perfect. I loved that they got to know each other and that their relationship grew slowly. Because that makes it a lot more realistic. And I loved Felix because he is Audrey’s 4 year old little brother and he just made me laugh all the time!

I think that Sophie Kinsella nailed it straight on the head for her debut YA novel! I’m excited to see more YA from her in the future. But I will also be taking a look into her Adult fiction as well! I think that if you’re in the mood for a refreshing read and don’t mind reading about Mental Health issues, then you should give this book a try!

About the Author

sophie kinsellaSophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series and the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, and Wedding Night. Confessions of a Shopaholic was turned into a Hollywood movie. She lives in England.

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Giveaway

1 PB copy of FINDING AUDREY (US Only)

*must be 13 years or older*

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Tour Schedule

May 1: Bookhounds YA

May 2: The Reading Date

May 3: The Fandom

May 4: Here’s To Happy Endings

May 5: Love is Not a Triangle

May 6: Undeniably {Book} Nerdy

May 7: Novel Ink

May 8: Electively Paige

May 9: Into the Hall of Books

May 10: Eclectic Bookworms

May 11: Wall to Wall Books

May 12: Winterhaven Books

May 13: Once Upon A Twilight

May 14: A Midwife Life  

May 15: Book Syrup

May 16: Across the Words

May 17: Slow Reader’s Blog

May 18: Books Buying Beauty

May 19: In Wonderland

May 20: Fangirlish

May 21: YA Interrobang

May 22: Stories for Coffee

May 23: A Midsummer Night’s Read

May 24: Lost in Literature

May 25: Live, Love, Read

May 26: Bookish Lifestyle

May 27: Art Books Coffee

May 28: Luxury Reading

May 29: Peace Love Books

May 30: Swooney Boys Podcast

May 31: Fiction Fare

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Stephanie

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Blog Tour: The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You [Excerpt]

Blog Tour: The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You [Excerpt]The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 17th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West--and his horrendous new mustache that he spent all summer growing--down to number four.
Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben's, including give up sleep and comic books--well, maybe not comic books--but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it's time to declare a champion once and for all.
The war is Trixie's for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben's best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben's cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie's best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they're on--and they might not pick the same side.

Excerpt

Chapter One

       Ben West spent summer vacation growing a handlebar mustache.

       Seriously.

       Hovering over his upper lip—possibly glued there—was a bushy monstrosity that shouted, “Look out, senior class, I’m gonna tie some chicks to the train tracks and then go on safari with my good friend Teddy Roosevelt. Bully!”

       I blindly swatted at Harper with my comic book, trying to alert her to the fact that there was a mustachioed moron trying to blend in with the other people entering campus.

       “I know I should have made flash cards for the poems that Cline assigned,” she said, elbowing me back hard, both acknowledging that she wasn’t blind and that she hated when I interrupted her monologues about the summer reading list. “But I found Mrs. Bergman’s sociolinguistics syllabus on the U of O website and I’m sure she’ll use the same one here.”

       The mustache twitched an attempt at freedom, edging away from West’s ferrety nose as he tried to shove past a group of nervous looking freshmen. It might have been looking at me and Harper, but its owner was doing everything possible to ignore us, the planter box we were sitting on, and anything else that might have been east of the wrought iron gate.

       “So,” Harper continued, louder than necessary considering we were sitting two inches apart. “I thought I’d get a head start. But now I’m afraid that we were supposed to memorize the poems for Cline. He never responded to my emails.”

       Pushing my comic aside, I braced my hands against the brick ledge. The mustache was daring me to say something. Harper could hear it too, as evidenced by her staring up at the sun and muttering, “Or you could, you know, not do this.”

 “Hey, West,” I called, ignoring the clucks of protest coming from my left. “I’m pretty sure your milk mustache curdled. Do you need a napkin?”

Ben West lurched to a stop, one foot inside of the gate. Even on the first day of school, he hadn’t managed to find a clean uniform. His polo was a series of baggy wrinkles, half tucked into a pair of dingy khakis. He turned his head. If the mustache had been able to give me the finger, it would have. Instead, it stared back at me with its curlicue fists raised on either side of West’s thin mouth.

“Hey, Harper,” he said. He cut his eyes at me and grumbled, “Trixie.”

       I leaned back, offering the slowest of slow claps. “Great job, West. You have correctly named us. I, however, may need to change your mantle. Do you prefer Yosemite Sam or Doc Holliday? I definitely think it should be cowboy related.”

       “Isn’t it cruel to make the freshmen walk past you?” he asked me, pushing the ratty brown hair out of his eyes. “Or is it some kind of ritual hazing?”

       “Gotta scare them straight.” I gestured to my blonde associate. “Besides, I’ve got Harper to soften the blow. It’s like good cop, bad cop.”

       “It is nothing like good cop, bad cop. We’re waiting for Meg,” Harper said, flushing under the smattering of freckles across her cheeks as she turned back to the parking lot, undoubtedly trying to escape to the special place in her head where pop quizzes—and student council vice presidents—lived. She removed her headband,  pushing it back in place until she once again looked like Sleeping Beauty in pink glasses and khakis. Whereas I continued to look like I’d slept on my ponytail.

Which I had because it is cruel to start school on a Wednesday.

       “Is it heavy?” I asked Ben, waving at his mustache. “Like weight training for your face? Or are you just trying to compensate for your narrow shoulders?”

       He gave a half-hearted leer at my polo. “I could ask the same thing of your bra.”

       My arms flew automatically to cover my chest, but I seemed to be able to only conjure the consonants of the curses I wanted to hurl at him. In his usual show of bad form, West took this as some sort of victory.

       “As you were,” he said, jumping back into the line of uniforms on their way to the main building. He passed too close to Kenneth Pollack, who shoved him hard into the main gate, growling, “Watch it, nerd.”

       “School for geniuses, Kenneth,” Harper called. “We’re all nerds.”

       Kenneth flipped her off absentmindedly as West brushed himself off and darted past Mike Shepherd into the main building.

       “Brute,” Harper said under her breath.

       I scuffed the planter box with the heels of my mandatory Mary Janes. “I’m off my game. My brain is still on summer vacation. I totally left myself open to that cheap trick.”

       “I was referring to Kenneth, not Ben,” she frowned. “But, yes, you should have known better. Ben’s been using that bra line since fourth grade.”

As a rule, I refused to admit when Harper was right before eight in the morning. It would just lead to a full day of her gloating. I hopped off of the planter and scooped up my messenger bag, shoving my comic inside.

“Come on. I’m over waiting for Meg. She’s undoubtedly choosing hair care over punctuality. Again.”

Harper slid bonelessly to her feet, sighing with enough force to slump her shoulders as she followed me through the front gate and up the stairs. The sunlight refracted against her pale hair every time her neck swiveled to look behind us. Without my massive aviator sunglasses, I was sure I would have been blinded by the glare.

“What’s with you?” I asked, kicking a stray pebble out of the way.

“What? Nothing.” Her head snapped back to attention, knocking her glasses askew. She quickly straightened them with two trembling hands. “Nothing. I was just thinking that maybe senior year might be a good time for you to end your war with Ben. You’d have more time to study and read comics and…”

       Unlike the tardy Meg, Harper was tall enough that I could look at her without craning my neck downward. It made it easier to level her with a droll stare. Sometimes, it’s better to save one’s wit and just let the stupidity of a thought do the talking.

She rolled her eyes and clucked again, breezing past me to open the door.

       “Or not,” she said, swinging the door open and letting me slip past her. “Year ten of Watson v. West starts now. But if one of you brings up the day he pushed you off the monkey bars, I am taking custody of Meg and we are going to sit with the yearbook staff during lunch.”

       “I accept those terms,” I grinned. “Now help me think of historical figures with mustaches. Hitler and Stalin are entirely too obvious. I need to brainstorm before we get homework.”

About the Author

the only thing worse authorLily Anderson is an elementary school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theater tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in Northern California. THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU is her debut novel.

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we (or rather, in this case, Sophia) are waiting for eagerly.

This Week’s Victim Pick….

The Marked Girl Title: The Marked Girl
Author: Lindsey Klingele
Series: The Marked Girl #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Time Travel
Coming out June 7, 2016 by HarperCollins

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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Los Angeles)…

When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day L.A. via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task…

My Thoughts

I don’t even remember if I’ve featured this book yet…

Anyways… lack of motivation aside (I’m in a horrible slump right now), The Marked Girl sounds like a parallel worlds book that I might actually like… and I’m definitely not reading this one in audio format like I did with A Thousand Pieces of You (that was a really bad idea).

And now… over to you: what book are you waiting to release? Link me up and I’ll try my best to drop by (hellooooo lack of motivation)! 🙂

Sophia Lin