Friday Reads: March 18

Friday Reads

I’m at the tail end of my spring break, so I have quite a few books I’m hoping to read this weekend to finish up a great reading week.  Here are the books on my TBR…

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Shrill: Women Are Funny, It’s Okay to Be Fat, and Feminists Don’t Have to Be Nice by Lindy West

Hailed by Lena Dunham as an “essential (and hilarious) voice for women,” Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice and body image. Her empowering work has garnered a coast-to-coast audience that eagerly awaits SHRILL, her highly-anticipated literary debut.

West has rocked readers in work published everywhere from The Guardian to GQ to This American Life. She is a catalyst for a national conversation in a world where not all stories are created equal and not every body is treated with equal respect. SHRILL is comprised of a series of essays that bravely shares her life, including her transition from quiet to feminist-out-loud, coming of age in a popular culture that is hostile to women (especially fat, funny women) and how keeping quiet is not an option for any of us.

I have around 100 pages left in this one, and I’m really surprised at how fast I’ve been flying through it.  I love non-fiction but it usually reads very slowly for me.  I’ve been loving this and reading 50-100 pages at a time so I should have no problem finishing it this weekend.

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Friday Reads: February 5, 2016

Friday Reads

Here are the books I’m planning to read this weekend…


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I’m halfway through Isla and it’s so good! I wanted to read the entire thing in one sitting but I’m trying to force myself to read it slowly over the week since it’s the last one in the trilogy. I don’t want it to end!

9627755Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

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My Round 3 Secret Sister sent me The Book of Ivy last fall and I LOVED it. I finally picked up the concluding book in the duology and I cannot wait to read it!

23198876The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #2) by Amy Engel

Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty–forced marriages and murder plots–for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall’s borders.

But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy’s life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she’s fought for.

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ADSOM was one of my favorite reads of 2015, and I’m participating in a readalong this month in preparation for the release of  A Gathering of Shadows on the 23rd.  I need to read Parts 1-5 and then somehow force myself to stop until the chat on Monday night!

A Darker Shade final for IreneA Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.

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What are you reading this weekend?  Do you read multiple books at once like I do?

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Friday Reads

I’m actively reading two books today, with plans to start an ebook this weekend as well.

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I put this book down ages ago midway through, and I finally picked it back up again yesterday and got re-invested in the story.  Hopefully I can finish it soon.


The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

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This one has terrible Goodreads reviews (at least from everyone I follow), but I absolutely loved the first episode of the new MTV series, and it made me really curious about the book. I’m almost at the 100 page point, and I’m still really enjoying it so far!


The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks

In the far future, unbeknown to humankind, an apocalyptic war is brewing. Fearsome, vengeful Demons rage at the boundaries of the world, held at bay by a spell called the Forbidding. But now that barrier is dying. Evil is beginning to break through. And only the Chosen can banish the Demons back to their realm.

Wil Ohmsford is a healer, not a fighter; a man of duty, not great deeds. But this epic battle seeks him out, for he holds the Elfstones: mysterious protective talismans passed down by his grandfather. Wil is recruited to act as guardian to the Elf girl Amberle, who must venture far to deliver a seed that will help the Forbidding to grow again. The fate of civilization rests upon her shoulders—and the completion of her mission rests upon Wil’s. Now, as the forces of darkness descend, Wil and Amberle embark on a perilous journey, placing their faith in each other to survive the bloodthirsty terrors that await.

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I like to always be reading an ebook alongside my physical books, so I need to pick out another one to start this weekend as well.

It’s going to be one of these. I’m leaning towards Him, but I haven’t decided which I’m in the mood for yet…


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What are you reading this weekend?