Square Root of Summer Blog Tour!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

 Today I get to be part of the blog tour for Harriet Reuter Hapgood's new novel, The Square Root of Summer! I answered these sets of questions twice -- once in February when I joined the tour, and then again earlier today to update the answers with hopefully some new perspective or ideas.

This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It's a little bit like a black hole. It's a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she's hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie's past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone's heart is about to be broken.


 What Brings You The Most Joy In Life?

o February 2016:

My family! This extends from my husband to my dogs to my parents to my inlaws and to my best friends. I'm not someone that can survive alone for long, and these are the people that have laughed with/at me for the last xx  years. And also, escaping into a good book -- that is one of my life's truest pleasures.

o May 2016:

This answer will probably never change; dogs and family and books! But as now, I'm enjoying just living with only my husband. We had had a roommate we loved for the last fiveish years, but now that he has moved out, it's so much fun to create a home that is designed and decorated just by us as a newly married couple.

 What Are You Reading?

o February 2016:

Right now I am balancing two review books: These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas -- a fantastically-voice-y YA regency with a supernatural edge, and a historical fiction about the Roman empire: Daughters of the Palatine Hill by Phyllis T. Smith. I've been on a historical kick lately so these are two different books that are satiating my cravings!

o May 2016:

Now I've switched over to fantasy instead of historical fiction. I've been on a fantasy run since early March and it shows no signs of abating. Right now I'm wrapping up Ruined by Amy Tintera and eyeing Evelyn Skye's The Crown's Game. I've had it on my radar forever but I keep getting behind on my ARCs or distracted!  Since it's due out soon, I plan to jump in later today.

What Is Something  You’re Really Looking Forward To?

o February 2016: BEA! I just bought my tickets a few days ago, so it's starting to feel kind of real.. but not totally? It still just feels like a world away instead of threeish months, but by the time I get back to this question, it will be less than two weeks instead.

o May 2016:

BEA for the second time! I am so so stoked to see Dani again for the second time in less than 10 months (after 10 years of not seeing her EVER), to meet Morgan and Lindsey and Laura and Ashley and to see Gilly and Gaby (#boozyladyknights) and Meg and Bekka and Angie and Nikki and OMG EVERYOOONE. There are some people I will super miss, but I know they'll be there in spirit. Also, there's books and Captain America trips and drinking with friends and authors and CHICAGO!

What Is One Thing That’s Worrying You?

o February 2016:

Well, my hot water heater kinda exploded? And then it flooded my roommate's room and ruined his wood floors.. but even more worryingly, I have had a bad run of books! I have yet to find a book that wowed me this year (non-reread category.) I'm getting pretty bummed and have turned to old favorites to keep me from falling into a complete and utter slump (The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Sanderson's epic Words of Radiance, natch). Here's hoping something works for me soon!

o May 2016:

Not much! I'm actually in a great place - mentally, readerly, etc. I had some personal issues through the end of March and beginning of April that kept me offline and off social media for a while, but I feel pretty good right now. I'm excited to see friends at BEA and to have a little more time to explore Chicago than I did NYC in 2014. I've been keeping to a sort-of schedule that has me reviewing more and enjoying it without feeling obligated.

What Is Something That You Always Have With You?

o February 2016:

ha, a book and often a kindle or a nook!  Even if we are just going to somewhere 10 minutes down the road, you never know - there could be traffic! I also always have a book-light with new batteries in my giant purses. I also have eos chapstick in more than one flavor, tampons, aspirin and lipstick. Survival kit.

o May 2016:

This answer will never change but now I've thought to add: mini hairbrush and floss.  And a mini-deodorant is never a bad idea. (You see why I have to have such big purses.)

(If only I could use a Undetectable Extension Charm..)

"That'll the be the books" indeed #carrythewholelibrary

What Is Something That You Wish You Could Change?

o February 2016:

I'm just now coming up on my six-month anniversary of marriage, and I so wish I had paid a little more for a video! I have some great photos, but I also find I don't remember walking down the aisle besides looking at Ryan and thinking, "for xxxx's sake, Jessie, don't trip!"

o May 2016:

 Time! Or my perception of it! I would love to speed up the next week. And then, once I had that power, I could stop time when I was reading, thus allowing me infinite time to read an infinite amount of books in peace! This is the change I wish I could make, yes.

About the Author

 Harriet Reuter Hapgood is a freelance fashion journalist and author. Her first-ever professional writing credit was for Just Seventeen magazine, and she's been YA obsessed ever since. She likes burritos, cats, Gwyneth Paltrow and young adult fiction, which she plans to write more of, though she's also considering a PhD in Dawson’s Creek. Follow her on Twitter: @hapgoodness and on Instagram: @hapgo0dness if you like pictures of cats

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