This week in books

This Week In Books (August 17th 2016)


This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

∧ Then ∧ Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson / If You Were Here, Alafair Burke

furiously happy

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.

According to Jenny: “Some people might think that being ‘furiously happy’ is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he’s never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos.”

“Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you’d never guess because we’ve learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal. Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club, ‘We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it.’ Except go back and cross out the word ‘hiding.’”

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?

Do I really need to say anything other than “buy that book, you’ll thank me later”? My review will be up tomorrow.

if you were here

Magazine journalist McKenna Wright is chasing the latest urban folktale-the story of an unidentified woman who heroically pulled a teenaged boy from the subway tracks, seconds before an oncoming train. When McKenna locates a short video snippet that purportedly captures part of the incident, she thinks she has an edge on the competition scrambling to identify the mystery heroine.

She is shocked to discover that the woman in the video bears a strong resemblance to Susan Hauptmann, a close friend who disappeared without a trace a decade earlier. Investigating her disappearance, the NYPD concluded that the nomadic Susan-forced by her father into an early military life, floundering as an adult for a fixed identity-simply left town to start over again somewhere else.

But McKenna has always believed the truth went deeper than the police investigation ever reached, and sees Susan’s resurfacing as a sign that she wants to be found. Yet when she shares the image with her husband, Patrick, who was Susan’s classmate at West Point, he isn’t convinced.

What would have been a short-lived metro story sends McKenna on a dangerous search for the missing woman, a twisting journey through New York City that will force her to unearth long-buried truths much closer to home-to her own husband, who seems to know much more about Susan than McKenna could have ever imagined…

It took me a few chapters to get into the story but then suddenly I was so engrossed in the events that I lost track of time.

≈ Now ≈ Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas / The Last Day of Captain Lincoln, Exo Books

throne of glass

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

To be able to prepare the best snark-off possible and give my eyes a break, I decided to get the audio book of Throne of Glass, naively thinking it would be easier than rereading it. I now laugh at that terrible idea. The narrator’s voice is perfect for Celaena. High-pitched and annoying.


Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life.

An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity.

Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.

The End is just the beginning.

For some reason, the Captain Lincoln reminds me of Ten on his final days. I’ve only started it today so I can’t say more than that for the moment.

∨ Next ∨ Return To The Little French Guesthouse, Helen Pollard

french guesthouse

Blue skies, new love, and a glass of Bordeaux . . . what could possibly go wrong?

When Emmy Jamieson leaves her life behind and moves to La Cour des Roses, a gorgeous guesthouse amidst vineyards in France, everything is resting on her success as the new guesthouse manager.

Looming in the calendar is the biggest booking ever, when the entire eccentric, demanding Thomson family will descend for a golden wedding anniversary. With airbeds on the floor and caravans in the garden, La Cour des Roses will be bursting at the seams.

Emmy knows she’s up to the challenge, especially with the support of the gorgeous Alain, the half-French, half-English, caramel-eyed accountant. But she hadn’t counted on a naked, sleepwalking travel blogger, or the return of owner Rupert’s venomous ex-wife Gloria.

Gloria has a few things to say about Emmy’s new role, Rupert’s finances, and the unsuspecting Alain, which send everybody reeling. Just when Emmy can see a future for herself of endless sunshine, true love and laughter, are her dreams about to be ripped at the seams?

I am so excited about this book. I admit I was hoping to get an ARC of it as soon as I finished the first book a few weeks ago. Now I’m eager to see what happens to Emmie.

Have you read any of these books? What is on your list this week?
Do share in the comments:)
Happy reading

42 thoughts on “This Week In Books (August 17th 2016)”

  1. I hadn’t realised that’s what Furiously Happy was about. I just saw the cover and thought hmm that looks interesting. Now I really need to read it. I should probably also be doing a quick re read of Throne of Glass. Only a couple of weeks till the next one is out. Soooo excited.

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    1. The happy cover and title don’t give away what the book deals with, but I love the contrast, and the tone used reflects them so well that it stays as a happy book in your head 🙂
      Yes, I heard! I still have a couple of books before reaching this new installment, but I don’t know when I’ll have time for it!

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    1. It’s more of an ode to the book, haha!
      You’re not missing out much, that main character is a pain in the ass! I’ve already reviewed the first book, I might do a rant about all the other books altogether, it will save time and energy xD

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  2. I hope that Return to the Little French GuestHouse will be as good as the first book, I remember how much you liked that one. I will look out for If you were here, sounds like a book I would like and I am glad that you are enjoying it despite the slow pace at the start. Enjoy your books this week. Happy Reading!

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    1. I have high expectations for Return To The Little French Guesthouse, it’s my way of going on holiday this year 🙂
      If You Were Here started slow but boy those twists!
      Thank you 🙂 Happy reading too, if you find the time between study periods!

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    1. Yes! How do they do that?? I haven’t read The Girl In The Ice yet, and I learned on twitter that the author has finished his third book and it is now on pre-order. I can’t keep up!
      Thank you 🙂 I was hoping the audio book would make the story go faster, but so far it’s only been more painful!
      Thank you for the link 🙂

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  3. My hubby just finished Throne of Glass yesterday and I couldn’t help but chuckle behind my hand every time I saw him with it :D. He wanted a physical copy to read in the swimming pool, so I gave him ToG and said: “Here, it’s about a female rogue assassin and fantasy.”. *sniggers*
    I haven’t read it myself yet, but I know it’s heavy on the YA love triangle bullshit. So here I thought I was being evil and then he actually finishes the book in like, 2-3 days xD. Looking forward to the snark!

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    1. Hahahah, did he really like it?? Did Celaena strike again??? Nooooo xD Heavy on the love triangle and way too heavy on the bullshit about Celaena. Gosh, hearing her story makes me so mad at her!

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      1. He said he’d give it 3 stars. Which means he liked it :’). And when I give him some good books, he DNF’s them at 10% or something. I should’ve put things like these in our prenup! xD

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    1. Almost? Wait for my review tomorrow 😀
      I can handle reading the rest of the series, but rereading, or in that case hearing, is hard. I want to slap Celaena again.
      I agreed to read The Last Days of Captain Lincoln after I saw your review of it, it got me curious!

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  4. I picked up Throne of Glass about the same time of A Court of Thorns & Roses, then read ACOTAR first. Now I wish I hadn’t picked up TOG 😛 Oh well! I’ll probably give it a try one day anyway.
    Hope you enjoy Return to the Little French Guesthouse once you get to it. I think I’ll definitely check out the first one for myself.
    Happy Reading!

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    1. It’s the perfect book for a lousy Tuesday morning when it’s raining and you need a main character to annoy you 😀
      I can only recommend the first Little French Guesthouse book, my heart is still on holiday at La Cour des Roses 🙂
      Thank you for the link, I’ll head to your post now!

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  5. If you were here looks so intriguing! I’ll have to add that to my tbr! I have the audiobook for Throne of Glass, and I have to say, I’m not a fan of the reader either. I stopped listening to it a few chapters in.

    Thanks for stopping by my post earlier. 🙂

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    1. If You Were Here is a great read, lots of twists and questions!
      I’m happy to hear that, I was starting to think my lack of love for Celaena was the reason why I could not stand that voice!
      My pleasure 🙂 Happy reading!

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  6. The cover for Furiously Happy, makes me happy. I’ve never seen a happier racoon in my life! (That is a racoon.. right?) I can’t wait for your review 🙂 The cover of The Last Day of Captain Lincoln just freaks me out for some reason… Maybe it’s the drawing?


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