New Books!

Monday, March 3, 2014
I have a smaller haul than usual because I am on a bookbuying ban. And, for once, I seem to be mostly holding steady. So what I get lately is a mix of pre-orders from 2013 and gifts, giveaway wins, or tour books. Still, there are some very good books in the mix here.

From Random House:

A special edition of Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, and a Harriet "Private!" notebook.

There is nothing about this that is not totally awesome and fantastic. Harriet was always a big favorite of mine growing up (she was why I asked for my first journal!) so it is a privilege to be included in her 50th celebration.

In other words: Thank you, Random House!

From TLC Book Tours:

The Accident by Chris Pavone

As dawn approaches in New York, literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript, racing through the explosive revelations about powerful people, as well as long-hidden secrets about her own past. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of an unexpected gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life, trying to atone for a lifetime’s worth of lies and betrayals with publication of The Accident, while always looking over his shoulder.

Over the course of one long, desperate, increasingly perilous day, these lives collide as the book begins its dangerous march toward publication, toward saving or ruining careers and companies, placing everything at risk—and everyone in mortal peril.  The rich cast of characters—in publishing and film, politics and espionage—are all forced to confront the consequences of their ambitions, the schisms between their ideal selves and the people they actually became.

The action rockets around Europe and across America, with an intricate web of duplicities stretching back a quarter-century to a dark winding road in upstate New York, where the shocking truth about the accident itself is buried.

Gripping, sophisticated, layered, and impossible to put down, The Accident proves once again that Chris Pavone is a true master of suspense.

I don't know much about this book or author. I just know my non-reading roommate freaked out when I got the offer and told me "I could not COULD NOT turn it down." So here's hoping. 

Won from one of the best people ever Lyn of Great Imaginations:

 Split Second (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West

Life can change in a split second.

Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.

When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.

I already read and 5-starred this. Kasie West can do no wrong. 3 books - 2 5-star and 1 - 4.5 star. She is golden. I loved how different this was from the first, how awesome Laila was, how real her friendship with Addie was... READ IT.

Loaned from a friend (lol):

A Practical Wedding by Meg Keene

 Getting engaged is exhilarating…until it sets in that a wedding costs three times what you thought, and takes five to ten times the effort it reasonably should. And then there are the expectations: from calligraphy invitations to satin chair-covers, all those things that Must Be Done or everyone will be Horribly Offended. Or will they?
A Practical Wedding helps you create the wedding you want—without going broke or crazy in the process. After all, what really matters on your wedding day, what you’ll remember ‘til you’re old and gray, is not so much how it looked as how it felt. In this refreshing guide, expert Meg Keene shares her secrets to planning a beautiful celebration that reflects your taste and your relationship. You’ll discover:

The real purpose of engagement (hint: it’s not just about the planning) How to pinpoint what matters most to you and your partner DIY-ing your wedding: brilliant or crazy? Affording a wedding without having to cut your guest list How to communicate decisions with your family Why that color-coded spreadsheet is actually worth it Wedding Zen can be yours. Meg walks you through everything from choosing a venue to writing vows, complete with stories and advice from women who have been in the trenches, the Team Practical brides. So here’s to the joyful wedding, the sensible wedding, the unbelievably fun wedding! A Practical Wedding is your complete guide to getting married with grace.

I started laughing as soon as she showed me this. It has officially begun. 

(BTW: The Date is August 22, 2015)


Did you know Mockingjay FINALLY came out in paperback? I COMPLETED MY COLLECTION. 

I also could not resist some Kindle Deals over the last couple days, like:

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner
Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling

I am very happy with my little hail. Especially to re-read Harriet, if I am being honest. It has been so long and it will be a genuine pleasure to revisit a childhood favorite (as I take notes in my own Harriet journal).

1 comment:

  1. Aw, I loved Harriet the Spy when I was a kid! That's so funny, when I got engaged I totally checked out A Practical Wedding. Seems like a good one. I'm still looking for the one that will plan everything for me. Lol


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