Honestly I'm so glad that August is over. It felt like the month that never ends. Plus it has been absolutely sweltering here in an area that is not used to that kind of heat. I expect it to be quite warm and summery throughout September. Saying that, this past week was pretty great. I hosted a game night with some of my friends and we had a hilarious time playing "Apples to Apples." I also completed a big project at work and am diving into one more next week in addition to my usual workload. There was no softball this week but we've got a game coming up and I'm hoping for a great turnout again.
If you're ever curious about what I'm reading, you can friend me on Goodreads or check out my 2013 Reading page which spotlights my favorite books read (in pink.) But I also wanted to share four recent favorites with you so you can scoop them up!
Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor, released July 30; this title features a sassy, wise-cracking heroine with a strong commitment to justice. I'm looking forward to more of her adventures in sequels to come.
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson, released August 27; this is the conclusion to the Fire and Thorns trilogy and boy does it end with a flourish. There's adventure, magic, and romance all mingled together in an absolutely enchanting way-one of the best third books I've read!
A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchison, released September 1; I realize this may prove to be less popular than some of my other recommendations but I found its writing to be beautiful and challenging. For people who like different takes on Shakespeare (this is a contemporary retelling of "Hamlet.")
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales, releases September 17; I saved the best for last and I really want to make sure it gets on your radar. This has been one of my favorite books of the year and I feel that its themes of not fitting in and exploring your passion will resonate with a lot of people.
Just because it's Labor Day tomorrow doesn't mean I don't have a review prepared; it's for Natalie Standiford's The Boy on the Bridge, historical fiction set in 1980s USSR, possibly a new trendy setting for YA. Then we're going back to contemporary with Leap of Faith by Jamie Blair, returning to historical in the form of Elizabeth Wein's highly anticipated Rose Under Fire, the companion novel to my favorite read of 2012 Code Name Verity (have you read this yet? If not, definitely give it a shot!)
We're ending the week strong in contemporary: Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, my first introduction to Simone Elkeles in her latest Wild Cards, and then Robyn Schneider's The Beginning of Everything, which I have been anticipating since it used to be called the much more evocative Severed Heads, Broken Hearts.
How is your reading going on this lovely Labor Day weekend? Is anyone traveling or doing something fun?
Check back later for the latest installment in my quest to read War and Peace-we only have four more months to go!